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March 2019

UPDATE: Unified Command responds to reports of tar balls and sheen off coast of Rockaway, NY

Click on images to download high-resolution version. NEW YORK — Members of the Unified Command for Goethals Oil Spill continue responding to a report of sheening and tar balls received Saturday from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC). During shoreline assessments conducted Sunday afternoon, members of the Unified Command Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Technique (SCAT) teams located a 400-yard by two-feet band of tar balls at Jacob Riis Park in the Rockaways. The Unified Command intends to deploy crews proficient in the cleanup of the tar balls on Monday when the tide is favorable to clean-up any impacted areas. Five SCAT teams: four teams in New York and one team in New Jersey, consisting of members of the Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and Gallagher Marine Systems, were deployed to conclusively determine the presence of any pollution to beaches that were... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic and Gloucester High Baseball/Softball News

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (April 1, 2019)--Gloucester Catholic baseball is ranked number three by the Courier Post in their top 15 teams in South Jersey. Coming in at Number one is Bishop Eustace Prep followed by St. Augustine. Gloucester Catholic will play Salem today, Monday, at the Joe Barth Field, Browning Road, Brooklawn. First pitch 3:45PM Gloucester Catholic Baseball 2018 South Jersey Non-Public B Champions ( file photo) South Jersey baseball preseason Mean 15 ranking 3. Gloucester Catholic (20-8):The two-time defending Non-Public B state championsreturn another talented roster this year that will be a favorite to capture a third consecutive crown. Florida State recruit and senior third baseman Lillo Paxia is one of the best hitters in New Jersey and should make more waves this year. He batted .563 with 40 hits, 35 RBIs and a 1.551 OPS a year ago. Senior first baseman and Rider commit Luke Lesch adds some... Read more →

April 2019 Camden County History Alliance Events

APRIL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES Click each link below to open the event flyers, or scroll down to view all events. April 1: "Walt Whitman in the Civil War" at The Center at Camden County College April 2: "In Search of the Underground Railroad: Connecting People, Places, and Things" at Rutgers University-Camden April 3-May 8: Introduction to Historic Interiors Historic Preservation Course at the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Humanities April 3-17: "Middle East: New Perspectives" Lectures at the Center at Camden County College April 6: Vietnam War Living History Day on the Battleship New Jersey April 7: "Rescuing the Revolution: Unsung Patriot Heroes" with the American Revolution Round Table of South Jersey April 7: Paranormal Report at Griffith Morgan House April 11: "Martha Haney: An American Life" with the Lawnside Historical Society April 11: “Major General George H. Thomas: Time and History Will Do Me Justice” with the Old Baldy Civil... Read more →

State Laws Ban Surprise Medical Bills. She Got One for $227K And Fought Back

Debbie and Larry Moehnke of Washougal, Wash., faced bills of nearly $227,000, even after insurance, when she suffered a heart attack and spent a month at Portland’s Oregon Health & Science University hospital last summer. (Michael Hanson for KHN) This story also ran on Time. This story can be republished for free (details). By JoNel Aleccia MARCH 22, 2019 The first surprise was the massive heart attack, which struck as Debbie Moehnke waited in a Vancouver, Wash., medical clinic last summer. “She had an appointment because her feet were swollen real bad,” said Larry Moehnke, her husband. “But she got in there and it was like, ‘I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe!’” Her life suddenly at risk, the 59-year-old was rushed by ambulance, first to a local hospital, where she was stabilized, and then, the next day, to Oregon Health & Science University across the river in Portland for urgent... Read more →

Pennsylvania Republicans: Joe Pittman Running for Sen. Don White's Seat

As we continue to work toward the May 21st primary election and the dates for Special Elections, we had another meeting of conferees. This one was to select a nominee in the special election for Pennsylvania’s 41st Senatorial District. By unanimous acclamation, the conferees from Butler, Indiana, Armstrong, and Westmoreland counties nominated Joe Pittman to run in the election to replace Sen. Don White, who retired earlier this year. While we work to help Joe get elected on May 21st, we are also working to put together a strong volunteer effort to help Raja win in the 37th Senatorial District special election, scheduled for April 2nd. If you haven’t signed up yet, we are putting together a list of volunteers willing to head out to the Pittsburgh area on April 2nd for the final push to help get Raja elected to the state Senate and keep this seat red! You... Read more →

Mount Holly PD 44th Anniversary Memorial Held

Recognizing Fallen Officers Donald Aleshire, William Wurst and John Holmes MOUNT HOLLY, NJ – Members of the Mount Holly Police Department held its 44th annual memorial ceremony recognizing a fateful day in Mt. Holly’s history and the lives of three fallen officers. The memorial commemorates the ultimate sacrifice that was made by Donald Aleshire, William Wurst and John Holmes. On March 28, 1975, two police officers died and one officer was wounded and paralyzed at the hands of a sniper on Garden Street. Officer Donald Aleshire of the Mount Holly Police Department and Officer William Wurst of the Hainesport Police Department were both shot and killed at the scene. Officer John Holmes of the Mount Holly Police department was also wounded and paralyzed from the sniper’s bullets, and then died from his injuries 17 years later. | March 31, 2019 Read more →

AG Grewal Files First State Lawsuit Against “Ghost Gun” Company

for Offering Untraceable Guns in NJ AG Grewal Sues U.S. Patriot Armory After Vendor Sold Ghost Gun to Undercover NJ Investigator; Announces 15 Ghost Gun Companies Now Blocking NJ Sales After Receiving Cease-and-Desist Letters click on an image to enlarge U.S. Patriot Armory Verified Complaint I Company Compliance Examples TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today filed suit against a “ghost gun” company that allegedly sold an assault firearms kit online to an undercover state investigator. This marks the first such lawsuit against a ghost gun distributor. “Ghost guns” are partially-assembled firearms sold with the parts needed to create a fully-operational gun – and often even with the instructions on how to do so. Because “ghost guns” are incomplete at the moment of sale, the companies do not require their buyers to go through background checks. That allows prohibited persons – including terrorists, fugitives and felons – to get... Read more →

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: March 18-24 

Reminder for the week: Time to purchase your 2019 Delaware fishing license DOVER (March 29, 2019) – To achieve public compliance with laws and regulations through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, DNREC’s Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between March 18-24 made 1,037 contacts with hunters, anglers, boaters, and the general public, issuing 48 citations. Officers responded to 34 complaints regarding possible violations of laws and regulations or requests to assist the public. A Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police presence continued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area and Michael N. Castle Trail. Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Actions Citations issued by category, with the number of charges in parentheses, included: Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Unlicensed fishing (5), use of net in prohibited area within 300 feet of spillway (1), possession of river herring during... Read more →

UA Students from NJ Participate in Undergraduate Research/Creative Activity Conference

TUSCALOOSA, AL (03/28/2019)-- Nearly 500 students at The University of Alabama highlighted their research and creative projects during the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference on March 27. Among the participants and presentations were: Camille Howarth of Egg Harbor Township, NJ (08234). Presentation: "Perceived vs. Actual Alcohol Use At The University Of Alabama" in the Health Sciences category. Meredith Lee of Cherry Hill, NJ (08003). Presentation: "Characterization of Magnetorheological Fluids and Thiolated Iron to Prevent Oxidization Of Metal Particles" in the Engineering, Transportation and Energy category. Daniel Mantoni of United States, NJ (08048). Presentation: "Effect of Organic Molecules on the Electrodeposition of Cobalt for Interconnect Applications" in the Engineering, Transportation and Energy category. Jonathan Platt of Lumberton, NJ (08048). Presentation: "Miniaturized Helical FM Antenna Using 3D Printed Polymer and Ferrite Core" in the Engineering, Transportation and Energy category. The 12th annual conference is hosted by UA's Office for Undergraduate Research... Read more →

Atlantic City Electric Honors Top Local Volunteers

Two employees selected from hundreds who volunteered more than 21,000 hours to support South Jersey organizations MAYS LANDING, N.J. (March 28, 2019) – Atlantic City Electric honored two top volunteers with the company’s Volunteer of the Year Award, recognition for employees who go above and beyond to make a difference in their communities through volunteerism. As part of this recognition, two local nonprofits are receiving $500 contributions in honor of the winners. “We consider it our responsibility and privilege to help enhance the quality of life for people in the communities where we live, work, and serve,” said Gary Stockbridge, Atlantic City Electric region president. “We are extremely proud of our volunteers of the year, and all our employee volunteers, who embody our company’s commitment to service both in their day-to-day work at Atlantic City Electric and in their spare time helping our community partners achieve their missions.” Donna Hare,... Read more →

PATCO celebrates 50 years of service with customer appreciation events

PATCO celebrates 50 years of service with customer appreciation events all year long. Events will be held every month at various train stations in New Jersey and Philadelphia. During this month's event, which took place on March 26, riders had the opportunity to spin a prize wheel and win items such as a $50 FREEDOM Card, free one-way and round-trip tickets, and much more. Rita's Water Ice and P.J. Whelihan's food truck were also present giving away free food for the celebration! The next event is scheduled to take place at Collingswood Station on Tuesday, April 16th from 3pm-6pm. Dates and locations for the months to follow will be updated on PATCO's website as they become available. New PATCO Weekday Schedule Recycling Recycling bins have been added to Haddonfield through Ferry Stations in an effort to expand PATCO's recycling program. PATCO will be working with Republic Services Waste Collection Company... Read more →

Reports of tar balls and oil sheen off coast of Rockaway

NEW YORK— The U.S. Coast Guard, along with partner agencies, are responding to reports of oil sheen and tar balls, on the ocean side of Coney Island and Long Island, from Norton Point to Atlantic Beach, Saturday. Responders are assessing both shoreline and waterway impact, and investigating to determine the source and cause of the condition, including a possible connection to Thursday’s fuel-oil leak involving the motor vessel Dublin Express in the Arthur Kill waterway. The Dublin Express suffered a 15-inch hole in one of its fuel tanks prior to arriving to New York. The damaged tank has the capacity to carry approximately 300,000 gallons fuel-oil. The cause of the damage and the amount of fuel oil spilled have not been determined and remain under investigation. Coast Guard Sector New York received initial reports of tar balls in the vicinity of Jacobs Riis Park from New York State Department of... Read more →

South Jersey Arts Fest at Appel Farm kicks off the summer with a jam-packed weekend 

Immersive visual and performing arts workshops; and earthy, rootsy, countrified, soul-filled, rockin’ music presented by Appel Farm Arts & Music Campus on June 1 & 2, 2019. (Elmer, NJ – March 29, 2019) South Jersey Arts Fest at Appel Farm will be held on our campus in Elmer, NJ on Saturday & Sunday, June 1 & 2, 2019. This immersive arts festival will be experiential, hands-on, diverse and is designed to attract new and returning visitors of all ages to Appel Farm for a day of community, music, wine and food, and art-making in celebration of the culture-rich South Jersey region. The event will raise funds to support transformative arts and learning experiences for local children, raising the bar of arts education in South Jersey. “We are thrilled to bring this unique festival to South Jersey,” said Cori Solomon, Appel Farm’s Executive Director. “Arts Fest is for anyone who wants... Read more →


TO HELP SENIOR CITIZENS APPLY FOR SNAP BENEFITS Catholic Housing and Community Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (CHCS) has received a $30,000 grant through a partnership with Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) to help eligible senior citizens enroll in the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The grant, made possible by the Walmart Foundation, will support outreach and enrollment assistance by CHCS. CHCS continues to provide application assistance to senior citizens aged 60 and older who earn less than $2,024 per month, through their In-Home Support Program in South Philadelphia, Senior Community Centers, Parish Outreach Sites, and Affordable Senior Housing Communities. Social service workers at each location are able to help individuals complete the SNAP application process. “Walmart’s partnership with CCUSA has provided us with the resources to reach out into the community and make applying for SNAP accessible to seniors”, said Ms. Karen Becker, Director of In-Home Support... Read more →


Dr. Daniel Dahle Serves an Area Larger Than Five States (Above) Dr. Daniel Dahle with patients, click to enlarge DALLAS, TX – Serving an area larger than five states and a community 45 miles from the nearest traffic light, Dr. Daniel Dahle is the medical version of a hero in a Clint Eastwood western, keeping the local citizens safe not with six shooters but with over three decades of medical expertise and an unflinching commitment to personalized care. For his exceptional record of compassion and service, Dr. Dahle has been named 2019 Country Doctor of the Year. Presented by Staff Care, an AMN Healthcare company, the Country Doctor of the Year Award recognizes the spirit, skill, and dedication of America’s rural medical practitioners. The leading temporary physician staffing firm in the United States, Staff Care has presented the national award since 1992 to exemplary physicians practicing in communities of 30,000... Read more →

JEROME BY DAVE WOLFE | CNBNewsnet Related: ARTIST Dave Wolfe Vol. 5 No. 41(March 31, 2019) Editor's Note: Each Sunday morning we post a weekly comic strip provided by cartoonist Dave Wolfe, age 18. Dave has been drawing since he was 5 years old, he knew he wanted to be a cartoonist at the age of 8. He’s been distributing his comics in school since 3rd grade. (click image to enlarge) Read more →

Senator Menendez Invites Public to Rally to Save Affordable Care Act

You're invited to join me for a rally in support of the Affordable Care Act at Jersey City Medical Center on Monday, April 1st, at 11:30 AM. In light of the recent move by the Trump Administration to challenge the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act in the courts, threatening to strip coverage from millions of Americans, I'm leading a rally to save our healthcare alongside New Jerseyans who would be directly affected if the ACA were to be overturned. What’s at stake? Coverage for those with pre-existing conditions Elimination of lifetime caps Coverage of essential health benefits such as maternity and newborn care, mental health and substance use disorder services, prescription drugs, and more. Help me spread the word by sharing the Facebook event with friends and family. I hope to see you there! Sincerely, Senator Bob Menendez | March 30, 2019 Read more →

NJBIA Statement on NJ Higher Education Plan 

NJBIA President & CEO Michele Siekerka, Esq. issued the following statement about the state higher education plan announced Tuesday by Gov. Phil Murphy and Higher Education Secretary Dr. Zakiya Smith Ellis. Siekerka joined Murphy and Ellis at the news conference at Rutgers University-Newark where the plan was discussed. "New Jersey needs a strategic plan for post-secondary education, and today marks a milestone in setting one. NJBIA greatly appreciates the work of the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education and Governor Murphy to design a long-term, appropriately funded higher education plan designed to keep and attract millennials in state and provide a more effective path to the workforce. "In particular, the plan's call for infusing more in-demand skills into the curriculum of all students at an earlier stage in their educational path falls directly in line with one of our recommendations in the NJBIA Postsecondary Education Task Force report. Many... Read more →

Father and Son Plead Guilty to Defrauding Investors of Millions of Dollars

George Bussanich Sr. and George Bussanich Jr. face state prison sentences George Bussanich Jr. Wilma Bussanich George Bussanich Sr. TRENTON –Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that a father and son have pleaded guilty to defrauding investors of millions of dollars through two successive scams involving sales of bogus investments. After defrauding 26 investors in the first scam, the father and son agreed to pay $5.5 million, including $4 million in investor restitution, to settle a suit filed by the New Jersey Bureau of Securities, but they then proceeded to defraud 15 of the same investors of $3 million in a second scam. The following defendants pleaded guilty yesterday before Superior Court Judge Margaret M. Foti in Bergen County: George Bussanich Sr., 60, of Park Ridge, N.J., pleaded guilty to first-degree conspiracy to commit securities fraud and money laundering. Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that he be... Read more →

BrightView Landscapes and National Park Service Join Forces to Improve Independence Park

PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) and BrightView Landscapes LLC, the nation’s leading commercial landscaping services company, today announced a plan to make significant improvements to the grounds of one of America’s most treasured and historic sites, Independence National Historical Park (INHP) in Philadelphia, Pa. BrightView, headquartered in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., is donating landscape rehabilitation work to INHP, including the complete replacement of sod in the park’s most visited section, Block One of Independence Mall, bounded by the Liberty Bell Center on South Sixth Street and Independence Hall on Chestnut Street. Work is scheduled to begin today and likely will continue until the end of April. The lawn will remain roped off through May to allow the sod to take root. In addition to turf remediation, BrightView has committed to repair or replace the Block One irrigation system, to make significant improvements to the gardens and hardscape along South... Read more →

Attorney General Grewal Announces Takedown Of Major Fentanyl And Heroin Mill In Hudson County

TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced arrests of three men in the takedown of a major fentanyl and heroin mill in Harrison, N.J., that distributed its narcotics in wax folds stamped with the same brand names that have been linked to 227 overdoses, including 84 deaths. Approximately 32,500 individual doses and four kilos of fentanyl and heroin were seized in the investigation. The arrests were made in an ongoing investigation by the New Jersey State Police Opioid Enforcement Task Force and the Division of Criminal Justice. They were assisted by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, Passaic County Sheriff’s Office, Cliffside Park Police, Nutley Police, Harrison Police and Newark Police. The New Jersey State Police recently established the Opioid Enforcement Task Force, designed to strategically target heroin and... Read more →

Discover the Fun and Happiness of Summer Stage

Does your child enjoy music, dancing and the magic of putting on a show? Or, perhaps, show an interest in creating films? Then, Mainstage Center for the Arts’ Summer Stage performing and visual arts camp is the place for them. Discover the opportunities at the Summer Stage Open House, Tuesday, April 9, 6:30 pm, Mainstage Center for the Arts, 27 S. Black Horse Pike, Blackwood, NJ. At Summer Stage, hundreds of children from throughout southern New Jersey embark on magical adventures – sharing smiles while they sing, gaining confidence as they learn their lines, and making friends while they perfect a dance, or even build scenery together. Entering its 31st year, Summer Stage provides a creative, nurturing, safe environment. With programs for children entering kindergarten through 12th grade, the fun lasts for many years. The Summer Stage Programs The youngest campers (entering k-1st grade), receive a perfect introduction to performing... Read more →

Social Media Contest for HS Students in New Jersey

The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ is inviting high school students to submit an original social media campaign showing why it is important to protect wildlife in New Jersey. The contest gives students the chance to win scholarships and other prize along with the opportunity to showcase their talent, creativity, and love of nature. The contest helps to develop students’ experience in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) and their project management skills. CWF invites high school students from across the state to submit an original social media campaign showing why it is important to protect wildlife in New Jersey. The fun and educational "Species on the Edge 2.0" Social Media Contest capitalizes on high school students' expertise with social media platforms, and provides them with the opportunity to showcase their talent, creativity, and love of nature. The contest helps to develop students’ experience in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering,... Read more →

Join the Annual Philly Spring Cleanup on April 6

The annual Philly Spring Cleanup will take place on Saturday, April 6! It’s the largest citywide cleanup of the year, and we need your help to make it a success. Registering your project Why register your project? We’ll list it on the official Philly Spring Cleanup website so that volunteers can find it and sign up to support it. Plus we’ll assist in planning, collect trash and recyclables from your cleanup, and provide these supplies: Trash bags Rakes Gloves Shovels Brooms Register by Friday, March 22! Directions: Click here to complete the application online. Log in to the site. If you registered last year, you’ll need to create a new password for this year by clicking “Need a New Password.” If you’ve never registered a project before, click “register” on the top right to get started. Click “Submit Project” at the top left of the screen. Then fill out the... Read more →

Letter to the Editor: It's Time to Move on from the Collusion Myth

I recently wrote an op-Ed that was published in PennLive where I stand up for President Trump and call out the Democrats for spending two years and $25 million of taxpayer money for the most character-assassinating witch hunt in American Presidential history. Here is a portion that gets right to the point of why I am writing: Our nation’s unemployment rate is at 3.8 percent, there are more jobs open than there are people to fill them, we are working with other countries to make trade deals better for our country, more Americans have money in the pockets because of a rolling economy and tax cuts, and our military is strengthened and the ISIS caliphate defeated. President Trump did all this, in conjunction with Republican leadership, in the face of the most brutal witch hunt in this history of the American Presidency. I cannot wait to see what we can... Read more →


TRENTON - New Jersey will be the first state in the nation to sell annual state parks passes through a public lands pass website, giving visitors the opportunity to save gas, time and money by avoiding daily walk-in costs and parking fees, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today. The online purchase program through YourPassNow takes effect on Monday, April 1 and stems from an existing partnership between the DEP's Division of Parks and Forestry and the New Jersey Division of NICUSA Inc. YourPassNow is a digital marketplace that makes it easy and convenient for visitors to purchase online electronic passes, permits and tickets to public lands. "This partnership benefits the public in a variety of ways and is another example of New Jersey's environmental leadership on a national level," Commissioner McCabe said. "Instead of driving to a park office to buy an annual pass or mailing... Read more →

Widener U Recognizes NJ High School Students for Leadership and Civic Contributions

CHESTER, PA (03/27/2019)-- Widener University, one of the nation's premier universities for civic engagement and applied leadership, in partnership with WCAU-TV NBC10, is proud to recognize the 2019 winners of the Widener University High School Leadership Awards. In its eighth year, the program recognized 163 students from high schools throughout the region for their abilities to stand up for what is right, address a wrong and make a difference in their communities or schools. The honorees include: Courtney Gaston of Galloway, NJ, 08205. Gaston attends Absegami High School and has made a difference by leading by example as an academic scholar, varsity soccer player and active member in her school clubs. Paige Hoover of Egg Harbor Twp., NJ, 08234. Hoover attends Atlantic Christian School and has made a difference by being an active student council member and contributing in school mission trips. Mia Koehl of Mount Ephraim, NJ, 08059. Koehl... Read more →

Ocean City Resident Paul Kline Sentence to Prison for Murder

Cape May Court House, New Jersey - Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief of Detectives Paul Skill announce the sentencing of Paul Kline to 19 years in New Jersey State Prison. On July 22, 2017, Paul Kline, a 49 year old resident of Ocean City, NJ was charged with death of Denise Weber, also from Ocean City. On February 1, 2019, Kline pled guilty to Aggravated Manslaughter, a crime of the 1st degree. On March 27, 2019, Kline was sentenced to 19 years in New Jersey State Prison under the Early Release Act and five years of specialized parole by the Honorable Sarah Beth Johnson, JSC. Prosecutor Sutherland commends the Ocean City Police Department and all of the law enforcement agencies who investigated this violent crime along with Chief Assistant Prosecutor Saverio Carroccia who prosecuted this case resulting in a substantial prison sentence. Prosecutor Sutherland stated. "Our... Read more →

Clean Up of Arthur Kill Waterway Oil Spill Continues

NEW YORK – Unified Command members continue their response to an oil spill that occurred on the Arthur Kill waterway Thursday afternoon when a hole was detected in the hull of the Hapag-Lloyd container ship “Dublin Express” during unloading operations in the Global Marine New York Container Terminal. Fuel escaped from the approximately 15 square inch opening. The hole was sealed during the evening which stopped any further discharge. In addition, containment booms were promptly set out to prevent any additional spreading of the oil and to proactively protect nearby nature reserves. Hapag-Lloyd, the vessel owner, is pleased to be working closely in the Unified Command with the relevant authorities and interested parties to minimize the impact on people and the environment. The Unified Command consists of the U.S. Coast Guard, New Jersey Department Environmental Protection (NJ DEP), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), and Gallagher Marine... Read more →

Route 322 business closure Saturday; Detour necessary for Raccoon Creek Bridge project

Trenton) – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced that a two-week detour would be implemented on Route 322 Business/North Main Street, allowing for the Raccoon Creek Bridge replacement and pavement rehabilitation project to advance in Harrison, Gloucester County. Beginning at 11 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, March 30 and remaining in place for the next fourteen days, NJDOT’s contractor, PKF Mark III, Inc. will close and detour Route 322 Business/North Main Street at Mullica Hill Bypass (Route 322 Bypass), on the north side of the bridge, and at Mullica Hill Road on the south side of the Bridge. At the end of this closure, the bridge superstructure will be replaced and traffic will be restored in both directions on Route 322 Business/North Main Street. The following detour will be in place. Route 322 southbound Detour (approaching closure from the north): (From 11 p.m. Saturday, March 30 and remaining in... Read more →


Patch's massive write-up of the "ongoing financial fiasco" resulting from over a decade of state-approved corporate tax incentives — $11 billion over 14 years, according to a key State Comptroller's report — begins with a Thursday task force meeting in Trenton, where activists alleged that former Gov. Chris Christie's administration "pressured officials to overlook rules and regulations" to green-light tax breaks quickly, even turning "a blind eye to fraudulentapplications," Patch editor Eric Kiefer notes. At the meeting, a Jackson Hewitt 'whistleblower' executive testified the company lied to get $2.7 million in tax credits from the state Economic Development Authority. WHYY's story includes an explainer by reporter Joe Hernandez. (Montclair Patch) EVERY COUNTY TO HOST CAMPUS SEXUAL VIOLENCE FORUM At the New Jersey Conference on Campus Sexual Violence on Thursday, state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced the state plans to embed prosecutors in every county this fall in order to conduct... Read more →

CNB Spotlight on College Students from NJ

Kayleen Snyder named to Dean's List at Paul Smith's College PAUL SMITHS, NY (03/25/2019)-- Kayleen Snyder of Corbin City has been named to the Dean's List at Paul Smith's College for the fall 2018 semester. Snyder, majoring in Environmental Science, earned a semester average of 3.3 or higher to receive this distinction. About Paul Smith's College At Paul Smith's College, it's about the experience. We are the only four-year institution of higher education in the Adirondacks. Our programs - in fields including hospitality, culinary arts, forestry, natural resources, entrepreneurship and the sciences - draw on industries and resources available in our own backyard while preparing students for successful careers anywhere. For more information, visit Steeped in Style: Lasell College Student Cailin Flannery Showcases Talent at Boston Public Library NEWTON, MA (03/25/2019)-- As a part of the Marilyn Riseman "Steeped in Style" series, Lasell College designers, models, and production managers... Read more →

NJ Residents Initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

BATON ROUGE, LA (03/27/2019)-- The following local residents were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Angela DiGaetano of Medford, New Jersey was initiated at Widener University. Robert Erianne of Rosenhayn, New Jersey was initiated at Widener University. Gabrielle Hance of Wenonah, New Jersey was initiated at Widener University. Drew Lapinski of Medford, New Jersey was initiated at Ithaca College. Justina Snyder of Haddon Heights, New Jersey was initiated at Ithaca College. These residents are among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees... Read more →

CNB Hunting/Fishing Maryland: Opening Day of Trout Season Saturday, March 30

written by Keith Lockwood Maryland Fishing Report – March 27 Photo by Joe Evans The traditional opening day of trout season is this coming Saturday, March 30. Anticipation is always high for any opening day, and Maryland’s put-and-take trout fishermen will be out all across the state. Forecast Summary: March 27 – April 2 The daffodils and forsythia are blooming, but we are still waiting for that nice stretch of spring weather to arrive and warm our favorite fishing waters. After a warmer Friday and Saturday, we will have cool day and night air temperatures that won’t greatly increase water temperatures over the next week. Expect windy conditions on Thursday night; Sunday will be windy with a chance of rain. The Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay continues to have suitable oxygen conditions from surface to bottom. Bay salinities are still below average from the continued high rainfall. Recent Maryland... Read more →

CNB Business News:

From Custom Builder to Pro Fisherman

NEW HOLLAND, PA. – Greg DiPalma is living every guy’s dream. After a long run in the construction industry, he’s swapped his tool belt for a fishing rod. The Millville, N.J. native, who spent 16 years working side-by-side with his father at E D Builders, has just completed his first professional Bassmaster Elite Series fishing tournament --- and he has no plans to return to the construction site. “From the time I was just six years old, all I wanted to do was fish,” says DiPalma. “As a kid, I’d try to fish every day after school. When I grew up I was fishing on the weekends and after work. Now I’ve finally taken the big step. I’ve left the construction industry to focus on being a professional fisherman.” Concrete Fisherman One of the ways DiPalma was able to make the switch to full-time fisherman was by securing sponsorships. His... Read more →

East Orange Man Charged With Money Laundering

NEWARK, N.J. – An East Orange, New Jersey, man was charged today with conspiring to transact in criminal proceeds involving $2.36 million in funds obtained through a business email scheme, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Samora Patterson, 40, is charged by complaint with one count of conspiring to transact in criminal proceeds. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven C. Mannion in Newark federal court. According to the complaint: In March 2015, three related real estate companies entered into a multi-million dollar transaction to sell certain commercial real estate properties. “Title Company A” was the closing agent for the transaction. On May 7, 2015, immediately before the transaction was scheduled to close, hackers impersonating the president of the three real estate companies sent a fraudulent email to Title Company A with wire instructions for the net closing proceeds. The fraudulent wire instructions... Read more →

New Jersey Senate Advances Bill Package to Combat Surge in Foreclosures  

Trenton – Legislation from the foreclosure bill package sponsored by Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee Chair Troy Singleton, Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, and Senator Steve Oroho, which would tackle the surge in foreclosures and streamline the pending cases, advanced from the Senate. The impetus of these bills stems from the report which was released in May of 2017 by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner and the Special Committee on Residential Foreclosures. This report was the culmination of work from key stakeholders in the process such as the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). “We all are aware that the surge in foreclosed properties continues to be an anchor that hinders more sustained economic growth in our state,”” said Senator Singleton (D-Burlington). “By solving the foreclosure issue, it will help increase property values and home prices, which will assist in improving our overall economic outlook. Therefore, New Jersey must adopt policies... Read more →

Former Gubernatorial Candidate Jack Ciattarelli to Headline North Jersey Rough Riders Fundraiser

Former New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli will headline The North Jersey Rough Riders Society annual spring fundraiser on April 3 at the Park Savoy in Florham Park. The NJRRS fundraiser this year will honor local sheriff and legislative candidates and feature Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, who is seeking re-election in November. Christian Barranco, the founder of the NJRRS, said the organization is proud to feature Ciattarelli as its keynote speaker saying that: “Jack brings valuable real-world experience to the state’s well documented economic problems. He recognizes the tax burden that state residents and businesses live under and he has solutions that will cut spending and lower property taxes – which this state needs desperately. If we want to attract good paying jobs to New Jersey, we need a governor who is willing to cut taxes.” Ciattarelli is former six-term state assemblyman and a successful business owner who... Read more →

Border Patrol Agents Interdict 33 Pounds of Marijuana in Upstate New York

Ogdensburg, N.Y. – U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a U.S. citizen involved in transporting approximately 33 pounds of marijuana near Ogdensburg on Saturday, March 25. In a separate incident, Border Patrol agents seized 58 pounds of marijuana on Thursday, March 21. U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered 33 pounds of marijuana on Saturday On Saturday, March 25, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to Ogdensburg Border Patrol Station observed a suspicious vehicle traveling west on State Highway 37. The vehicle pulled into a gas station in Ogdensburg and the driver began pumping gas into the vehicle. Agents approached the driver to speak to him and noticed a large duffle bag in the back of the vehicle. When agents asked the driver what was in the bag, he denied knowing that there was a duffle bag in the vehicle. A Border Patrol K9 team alerted to the vehicle, indicating the presence of drugs.... Read more →

25 Law Enforcement Officials In Awards Ceremony For Outstanding Efforts In Fighting Crime

U.S. Attorney’s Office Honors Middle District of Pennsylvania Harrisburg PA (March 27, 2019)– The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that U.S. Attorney David J. Freed presented awards on Friday, March 22, 2019, to members of law enforcement agencies for their outstanding efforts in fighting crime. “Cooperation among federal, state and local law enforcement is a key component in our mission to reduce crime and protect law-abiding citizens throughout the Middle District of Pennsylvania,” said U.S. Attorney Freed. “We are pleased and proud to recognize our colleagues who stand out for their bravery, dedication and service.” The award recipients are being honored for their exceptional heroism, distinguished service, and outstanding contributions to cooperative law enforcement. Those honored at Friday’s ceremony included: Nine members of the U.S. Marshals Taskforce received the Exceptional Heroism Award for their involvement in a shootout with a fugitive, which Deputy U.S.... Read more →

Camden High Basketball Legend Victor Carstarphen Running for City Council in Ward 2

(Camden, NJ) - Today Camden City Mayor Francisco “Frank” Moran, Camden City Democratic Committee Co-Chairs Council President Curtis Jenkins and Councilman Angel Fuentes, Camden County Sheriff Gilbert “Whip” Wilson, State Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez, and Assemblyman William Spearman announced their enthusiastic endorsement of Camden High basketball legend Victor Carstarphen, 49, to run for City Council in Ward 2. Incumbent Councilman Brian K. Coleman will not seek re-election to the City Council but he also proudly endorsed Carstarphen and will remain an integral part of the organization. “We couldn’t be more pleased to support Coach Vic Carstarphen for City Council,” said Camden Mayor Francisco “Frank” Moran. “As the head coach of the legendary Purple and Gold, Carstarphen has led an extraordinary basketball career both as a player and coach. Off the court, Coach Carstarphen has been a mentor to countless Camden youth, never forgetting his humble roots in Parkside.” While in high... Read more →


Montgomery in Somerset County is our #1 ranked town SUMMIT, NJ, March 28, 2019 – Today, New Jersey Family, the essential source for NJ parents, announced New Jersey’s Best Towns for Families 2019. Now in its fourth year, the list ranks New Jersey towns through the lens of how family friendly they are. Montgomery Township, located in Somerset County, tops this year’s list of more than 500 towns. “To make our list, we looked at things that matter to families, like stellar public schools along with safety, affordability anddiversity,” says Dina El Nabli, New Jersey Family’s editor. “I’m excited and honored that Montgomery Township has been selected,” says Montgomery Mayor Sadaf Jaffer. “With over 7,700 acres of parkland, farmland and open space preserved, Montgomery provides a serene and green environment to raise a family. We value sustainability and the environment, and we were one of the first municipalities to certify... Read more →

Gloucester Township Police Officer Injured In Crash On Atlantic City Expressway

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ--On March 28, 2019 at approximately 12:07 AM, multiple Gloucester Township Police Officers were dispatched to assist the New Jersey State Police with a Motor Vehicle Crash on the Atlantic City Expressway westbound near Exit 41. While assisting with traffic control, an occupied marked Gloucester Township Police vehicle was struck in the rear by a vehicle traveling Westbound on the Atlantic City Expressway near mile marker 41. The police vehicle was stationary with its emergency lights activated. A Gloucester Township Police Officer was in the driver's seat of the police vehicle at the time of the impact. The police vehicle sustained heavy damage, and the Officer was transported to Cooper Hospital in Camden, NJ. The Officer is being treated for minor injuries as a precaution. The officer was wearing his seat belt, and the vehicle was positioned in a way which is believed to have kept the Officer... Read more →

Plant Hire Services: An In-Depth Look

Plant hire services is a relatively new industry developed in western countries. Although most of the first companies that ventured into renting out equipment for various sectors were family-owned, there are a few large companies that operate internationally and have annual revenue of almost 1 billion Euros. Out of 100 large equipment rental companies, forty operate in European countries. The UK is one of the countries in the world with a high concentration of plant hire services. What led to the fast growth of the industry? The industry as a whole owes rapid growth to the following reasons: The range of advanced equipment available. Part of the success of Plant hire Preston companies and those located in other areas is the availability of high-end and sophisticated construction equipment readily available anytime the customer requires it. This state-of-the-art equipment may be rented with or without an operator. Compliance with regulations and... Read more →

NJBIA Calls for More Savings, Less Spending and No Tax Increases in FY 2020 State Budget

New Jersey Business and Industry Association Vice President of Government Affairs Andrew Musick called for less state spending and no tax increases in his testimony on the FY 2020 State Budget before the Senate Budget Committee this morning. While noting savings through changes to government employee health benefits and other efficiencies in the proposed budget, Musick also relayed the need for the state to engage in structural reforms that comprehensively address underfunded pensions and rising health benefit costs to address New Jersey's ever-increasing, long-term debt obligations. "An NJBIA analysis finds the pension liability and postemployment benefit obligation has grown to over $151 billion, which equates to every New Jersey resident paying over $17,000 to cover the cost," Musick said. "Additionally, the state has experienced a 382 percent increase in long-term debt obligations over the past 10 years, while state expenses have grown 45 percent and revenues have grown only 23... Read more →

Documentary Play to be Performed at Rutgers, Examines Minors Sentenced to Life in Prison

File:Rutgers Newark Law and Justice Building Newark, NJ— A thought-provoking documentary play that examines the lives of minors sentenced to life behind bars will be performed at Rutgers University-Newark at the Center for Law and Justice at 123 Washington Street on Wednesday, April 10 at 6 p.m. The play, Life, Death, Life Again: Children Sentenced to Die in Prison, was written by Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg. Based on actual interviews, it features true stories of men who were sentenced to life in prison for crimes they committed as teenagers. After the performance, there will be a panel discussion of the themes raised in the play – including forgiveness and how to create a more humane justice system. Participants include: Huwe Burton, who recently was exonerated after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced a term of life imprisonment when he was 16 years old; Tyler Dougherty ’18, a Maida Fellow with the New Jersey... Read more →

Cherry Hill National Guard Soldier Retires from Military Service

LATHAM, NY (03/26/2019)-- Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the recent retirement of members of the New York Army National Guard, marking their end of service to community, state and nation as part of the Army National Guard. Staff Sergeant Andrew Pencle from Cherry Hill, N.J. and assigned to the 10th Mountain Division (Mobile Command Post - Operational Detachment) retired from the New York Army National Guard last month after some 27 years of military service. Pencle first entered the military in December 1992. "A full military career is a major achievement in the lives of our Citizen Soldiers and their families," Shields said. "I congratulate our Soldiers, their loved ones and their employers on this milestone of more than 20 years of service. We may recruit individual Soldiers into our Army National Guard, but I know full well that it takes... Read more →

Volunteers needed for DNREC-sponsored28th annual Christina River Cleanup April 6 

NEW CASTLE COUNTY (March 27, 2019) – DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin encourages volunteers to sign up for the Department-sponsored 28th annual Christina River Watershed Cleanup along the river and several tributaries from 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, April 6, at 13 sites throughout northern New Castle County. “Clearing debris from the Christina River Watershed not only improves the landscape for residents and visitors to enjoy, it improves the health and quality of the river and its tributaries, the primary sources of public water supply for New Castle County residents and businesses. The work these volunteers do is important, and we thank them for it,” said Secretary Garvin. The annual cleanup will be held rain or shine. Also, for the third year, the City of Newark will hold its Spring Community Clean Up in conjunction with the Christina River Watershed Cleanup. Due to the opening day of upstate trout season, White Clay... Read more →