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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... 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 (gloucestercitynews.net file photo) South Jersey baseball preseason Mean 15 ranking 3. Gloucester Catholic (20-8):The two-time defending Non-Public B state championsreturn another... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more →


PHILADELPHIA DIOCESE CATHOLIC HOUSING/COMMUNITY SERVICES RECEIVES GRANT

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... Read more →


2019 COUNTRY DOCTOR OF THE YEAR “HOLDS THE FORT” IN WESTERN FRONTIER TOWN

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... Read more →


JEROME BY DAVE WOLFE | CNBNewsnet

gloucestercitynews.net 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... 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... 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,... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Wolf: Brother of the Dog

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Dogs possess the inherent qualities of pack animals. That is, if it’s true that they are descended from wolves, and wolves travel in packs then dogs too, are pack animals. It is upon this basis that Brother of the Wolf, LLC was founded. According to DNA research coyote is the cousin of the dog, showing fewer characteristics of the behavior of a dog, while wolf is the brother of the dog. The name, Brother of the Wolf indicates that studying wolf hierarchy... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more →


NJ FIRST STATE IN NATION TO OFFER ONLINE PURCHASE OF STATE PARKS PASSES

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more →


NJ News Commons: WHISTLEBLOWER' EXEC BLASTS CHRISTIE-ERA TAX BREAKS

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... 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,... 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.... Read more →