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April 2019

GHS Will Induct One Distinguished Alumnus & Two Academic Achievement Alumni

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (April 30, 2019)--Gloucester High School will hold their annual “Academic Awards Night” on Wednesday, May 22 at 7 p.m. Along with the honoring of many of their current students, they will induct the following alumni into branches of our Academic Achievement Hall of Fame: Distinguished Alumnus Distinguished alumni who exemplify the school's motto of Partnership, Performance, and Pride. Honorees have led lives of purpose and have given a great deal back to... Read more →

Gloucester High School Softball/Baseball News

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ --Gloucester High Girls softball had a big conference win over Schalick 11 to 0 earlier this week. Vanesa Pino threw a three hitter with nine strikeouts. Offensively, the Lady Lions were led by Grace Fenton (2 for 2), Sara Bonney (1 for 2) and Meghan Ferry ( 2 for 4) each with two RBIs. Hayley Welsh scored three runs and Danaka Bennett and Ferry each scored twice. **** April 23 the Lady... Read more →

Townsend’s Inlet Bridge to Remain Closed Through “Late Summer”

Townsend’s Inlet Bridge The following is a press release issued by the County of Cape May on Monday, April 8, 2018 regarding construction work on the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge. The bridge, roadway, and construction project are all managed by the County. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, NJ — In September 2018, the County in cooperation with the Cape May County Bridge Commission engaged a contractor to replace spans 1-7 of the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge. Although originally... Read more →

Philadelphia Council Passes Bill Targeting Campaign Finance Loopholes/Dark Money

PHILADELPHIA, April 2019 – Amid a busy and historic election season here in Philadelphia, City Council passed a bill today, introduced earlier this year by Councilmember Derek S. Green (At-Large), which aims to provide more transparency and simplicity to the campaign finance process. The ordinance, Bill No. 190083-A, fills in gaps in the existing requirements related to dark money disclosure and pass through political contributions, ensuring the public is aware of all sources of spending... Read more →

Native Animal Profile: Baltimore Oriole

source The State of Maryland A male Baltimore Oriole inspects a tent caterpillar web; by Bonnie Ott With striking orange and black plumage, it is no wonder why the Baltimore Oriole was selected as Maryland’s state bird. The male’s colors resemble the coat of arms for Sir George Calvert, First Lord of Baltimore. Baltimore Orioles are medium-sized birds. Male Baltimore Orioles are flame orange and black with a solid black head and orange sides, with... Read more →


Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on an offensive cartoon that was pulled by the New York Times: The New York Times has withdrawn a cartoon published last week on the opinion page of its international edition that was flagrantly anti-Semitic. It showed President Trump wearing sunglasses and a yarmulke being pulled by a dachshund with the face of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (he is shown wearing a Star of David collar). The Times... Read more →

Political Consultant Going To Prison for Bribery of Allentown & Reading Officials

PHILADELPHIA – Deputy U.S. Attorney Louis D. Lappen announced that the political consultant to then-Allentown Mayor Edwin Pawlowski, Michael Fleck, 40, formerly of Allentown, PA was sentenced today to five years in prison followed by three years of supervised release by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Juan R. Sanchez. Fleck must also pay $134,487 in restitution. The defendant was immediately remanded to federal custody to begin serving his sentence. Fleck previously pleaded guilty to one... Read more →

Prosecutor Coffina Partners Up with Cinnaminson Police Officer

CINNAMINSON TOWNSHIP NJ--Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina recently visited the Cinnaminson Township Police Department and partnered up with an officer during the evening shift. “I would like to thank Cinnaminson Township Police Chief Rich Calabrese and his command staff for welcoming me to their Department, and Officer Garrett McLaverty for allowing me to accompany him on patrol," Prosecutor Coffina said. "Officer McLaverty’s devotion to serving the people of his hometown is readily apparent, and the... Read more →

Nickelback "Feeds The Machine" at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

NICKELBACK Saturday, August 24 at 8 p.m. Hard Rock Live @ Etess Arena/**On Sale Friday, May 3 at 10 a.m.** 2019 ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP 4/30 -5/5 - Kinky Boots – Sound Waves 5/4 – Tropicaliente 2 - Hard Rock Live @ Etess Arena 5/6 – 5/9 – Bob Zany - Howie Mandel’s Comedy Club 5/10 – The Band Perry – Sound Waves 5/11 – Kenny Chesney - Hard Rock Live @ Etess Arena 5/13 – 5/16... Read more →

66-Year-Old Voorhees Man Commits Suicide

Voorhees, New Jersey – On Sunday, April 28th, 2019, at approximately 10:22 p.m. officers of the Voorhees Police Department were dispatched to the 1500 block of Chestnut Avenue for a suicidal person with a weapon. The caller indicated that he was distraught and intended to harm himself. Upon arrival to the scene, officers secured a perimeter to keep bystanders away and made numerous attempts to contact the caller, which went unanswered. The Lower Camden County... Read more →

PA American Water Protects Against Dangers of Improper Prescription Disposal

April 26, 2019 MECHANICSBURG, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pennsylvania American Water is joining forces with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to encourage participation in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 27. This awareness campaign encourages area residents to clean out their medicine cabinets and turn medications in safely and anonymously at their local collection site on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For those who are unable to participate, the campaign teaches the public how... Read more →

Letters to the Ed: Pennsylvania, the Center of the 2020 World

Dear supporters, friends, and those interested in the Republican Party of Pennsylvania: Once again, Pennsylvania is at the center of the 2020 world and, after a busy week, I am more energized than I have ever been to re-elect President Donald Trump. The highlight of the week was a meeting I attended with our Vice-Chair Bernie Comfort, National Committeeman Bob Asher, and other Pennsylvania Republican leaders with the President’s re-election team. There, we continued the... Read more →

350 Fish Plus Released in Gloucester City's Martin's Lake

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ --State workers from the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife were in Gloucester City recently stocking Martin Lake, Johnson Blvd. with fish. A spokesman said they stocked about 350 fish on the day they were here. And they will stock it several more times in the coming weeks. THE SPRING TROUT STOCKING PROGRAM Each spring, approximately 570,000 rainbow trout raised at the Pequest Trout Hatchery are stocked into the state's streams, ponds,... Read more →

Work on Joint Health Science Center has Begun

(Camden City, NJ) – Federal, state, and local elected officials recently gathered with leaders from Camden’s higher education institutions on their first tour of the Joint Health Sciences Center (JHSC). Once complete, the 100,000 square-foot building will be used by Rowan University, Rutgers University–Camden, Camden County College, and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) for research, education and training. Chief Executive Officer, Dana Redd, previously talked about the newest addition to the Eds and... Read more →

Haddonfield-Berlin Road Improvements to Begin

Voorhees, NJ) – Beginning on May 13, the Camden County Department of Public Works is making significant roadway and safety improvements to Haddonfield- Berlin Road (CR561) in Cherry Hill and Voorhees Townships. The $4.3 million project will improve traffic flow and accessibility on one of the county’s most traveled roadways. “Every year the Freeholder Board gathers data and input from the community to identify problematic roads and highways that need improvements or restorations,” said Freeholder... Read more →

DOWN THE SHORE: Art in the Park in Somers Point

Art in the Park in Somers Point will feature artists' works in several categories, including pastels and oils. (Photo courtesy Somers Point Arts Commission) The Somers Point Arts Commission is calling for professional and amateur artists to participate in the fourth annual Art in the Park at John F. Kennedy Park on June 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art in the Park accepts traditional two dimensional work in the following categories: oil/acrylic; drawing/pastels;... Read more →

Blackwood Resident Pleads Guilty to Meth Possession

CAMDEN, City N.J. – A Camden County, New Jersey man today admitted his role in a scheme to possess and distribute crystal methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Mauricio Melendrez, 46, of Blackwood, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle in Camden federal court to an information charging him one count of attempt to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five grams or more of crystal methamphetamine. According to documents... Read more →

Four Homes Destroyed by Fire in Gloucester Twp.; Two Families Displaced

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP—Sunday, April 28, 2019 at approximately 6:07 PM, the Gloucester Township Police Department responded to Yorkshire Court located in the Brittany Woods Townhome Development of Gloucester Township for a report of a dwelling fire. Gloucester Township Police units arrived and observed heavy smoke coming from the front of the residence and active fire coming from the rear second floor window of the home. The residents of the home were evacuated prior to police arrival.... Read more →

NJ State Police Accepting Applications

The New Jersey State Police will be accepting initial applications online from Monday, April 29 through Sunday, May 12, 2019. The road to becoming a New Jersey State Trooper does not begin at the academy; it begins now. On Monday, April 29, they will begin accepting initial applications for the position of New Jersey State Trooper, so those who intend on applying should begin physically training now. There are several phases of the selection process,... Read more →

PA Expands Workforce Program Linking Teachers with Local Employers

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf was joined by teachers and business leaders recently to announce nearly $2.6 million in Teacher in the Workplace grants supporting 59 programs in Pennsylvania. The governor is committed to strengthening the collaboration between local educators and businesses to better prepare students with the skills for in-demand jobs. “These grants enable teachers to visit local employers and learn about the skills and knowledge their students need to succeed in today’s... Read more →

John Morgan Sentenced for the Death of Atlantic City Man

MAYS LANDING – A Camden City man was sentenced today after he pleaded guilty last month to Aggravated Manslaughter in the 2017 death of an Atlantic City man, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced. Johnny Morgan, 34, (photo) was sentenced before Judge Rauh to 15 years in New Jersey state prison under the No Early Release Act (NERA) and he must serve 12 years 6 months before he is eligible for parole. Upon release,... Read more →

Small Tax Increase in Somers Point Budget

Somers Point City Council adopts its budget for 2019. By Maddy Vitale/April 25, 2019/source Somers Point Somers Point City Council adopted a $16.39 million municipal budget Thursday night, resulting in a 2.43-cent increase to the local tax rate for 2019. The amount to be raised by taxation is $11.3 million, up from $11.1 million the year before. Under the spending plan, the city tax rate will increase from 96.5 cents per $100 of assessed valuation... Read more →

Essential Revolutionary War Sites Surround Philadelphia

Onlookers admire Carpenters Hall, the site where representatives from 12 colonies gathered in 1774 for the first Congressional Congress Long before 1775, when the first musket shot was fired in Lexington, the seeds of the American Revolution had taken root in Philadelphia. Today, Philadelphia’s Historic District, home of iconic Independence Hall and dozens more 18th-century landmarks, offers visitors firsthand experiences of the United States’ early days. In the heart of the district, the remarkable, two-year-old... Read more →

Remembering Somers Point Police K-9 Sonny

Somers Point Officer Mark McElwee displays a memorial plaque presented to him during a ceremony Thursday before City Council honoring his late K-9 partner, Sonny. By Maddy Vitale/April 26, 2019/Somers Point, NJ Somers Point retired K-9 Officer Sonny was honored in a heartfelt tribute by police and City Council during a ceremony Thursday night to salute the police dog. Sonny was a K-9 for Somers Point from 2008 to 2016. Upon his retirement, his handler... Read more →


Related: ARTIST Dave Wolfe Vol. 5 No. 45(April 28, 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) published | April 28, 2019 Read more →

ACUA's Earth Day Festival, Egg Harbor Sunday

South Jersey’s largest Earth Day event offers a full day of environmental education and entertainment The Atlantic County Utilities Authority will host the 29th annual Earth Day Festival at its Environmental Park at 6700 Delilah Road in Egg Harbor Township on Sunday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The celebration will be held rain or shine. Admission and parking are free. The event includes live demonstrations, environmental-themed entertainment, workshops throughout the day and... Read more →

Johnny Ormston, of Pine Hill & Bellmawr

John G. Ormston, “Johnny,” on April 25, 2019, of Pine Hill; formerly of Bellmawr. Age 78. Beloved Husband of Louise (nee McNeff). Loving Daddy of Louise Chapman (the late Tom) and Michele Shute (Michael). Cherished Pop-Pop of Ryan Shute, Tyler Shute, Sean Shute and Stephen Chapman (Kim). Great Grandfather of Jacob Chapman. Dear Brother of Charles Ormston Jr., Edna Trout, Carol Ormston, Dorothy Engstrom and the late Mary Ormston and Jimmy Ormston. Also survived by... Read more →

Brandon Washington Sentenced to 17 Years for 2017 Willingboro Attempted Murders

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced that a Trenton man was sentenced yesterday to 20 years in New Jersey state prison for shooting two security guards outside of a Veterans of Foreign War hall in Willingboro in early 2017. Brandon Washington, 34, must serve 17 years before becoming eligible for parole. The sentence was handed down by the Hon. Charles A. Delehey, J.S.C. A jury in February found Washington guilty of two counts of Passion... Read more →

CDC Offers Tips on How to Avoid Bug Bites

Bugs, including mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, and some flies, can spread diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and Lyme, all of which have risk of severe and lasting consequences. Several diseases spread by bug bites cannot be prevented or treated with vaccines or medicine, such as Zika, dengue, and Lyme. Reduce your risk of getting these diseases by taking steps to prevent bug bites. What You Should Know Before You Go Current Risks... Read more →

Delaware Fish & Wildlife Issues Citations for Illegal Hunting & Unlicensed Fishing

Police Blotter: April 15-21 Reminder for the week: Retaining striped bass during spawning season unlawful in specified Delaware waters DOVER (April 26, 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 April 15-21 made 2,569 contacts with hunters, anglers, boaters, and the general public, issuing... Read more →

AmeriCorps in Camden City Receives $725,000

Apr 25, 2019 News Release WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) today announced that the Center for Family Services (CFS) will receive $725,264 from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to help support AmeriCorps’ community service efforts in Camden. The grants will help fund two of CFS’ programs: PowerCorps Camden, a youth-led AmeriCorps public service program dedicated to improving the environment through revitalizing public land, improving infrastructure and cleaning the city,... Read more →

Committee of Seventy Releases Philadelphia Resolution 1

New Platform for a Stronger Local Democracy PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Committee of Seventy released today a new platform – Philadelphia Resolution 1 – that highlights five areas where change is needed to build a stronger local democracy in the city. “There’s been vigorous discussion around how our democracy works over the last several years,” said Seventy CEO David Thornburgh. “Much of our attention goes to Washington D.C., but it’s critical that we remember our... Read more →

Blue Monkey Tavern & Niagara Fire Company to Host 2019 SpringFest

Supporting Merchantville’s Niagara Fire Company & Local First Responders Merchantville, NJ – On Saturday, April 27, Blue Monkey Tavern and the Niagara Fire Company are hosting their 2019 SpringFest from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Blue Monkey Tavern 2 South Centre Street, Merchantville, NJ. In its 11th year, the annual beer and wine festival will feature tastings of 70+ beers, cider, select wines (while supplies last), music, food, fun and more! All attendees must... Read more →

Miles for Myeloma 5K Run/Walk Saturday

Miles for Myeloma 5K Run/Walk April 27, 2019 To see a short video of the day please click HERE The 2019 Miles for Myeloma 5K Run/Walk is a regional, family friendly 5K Run/Walk presented by the Philadelphia Multiple Myeloma Networking Group. The USA Track & Field/RRTC Certified 5K course boasts beautiful views of the historic Please Touch Museum and the Horticultural Center’s Japanese Gardens along with accessible and free parking! Proceeds from the event will... Read more →

Pine Hill Police DepartmentTaking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs

April 27, 2019 at Police Headquarters The Pine Hill Police Department will be participating in the DEA - Drug Enforcement Administration Take Back Event on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10:00am until 2:00pm. The event will be held at the Police Administration Building located at 48 West Sixth Avenue. The Department will be providing a safe and legal method for the residents of Pine Hill and surrounding jurisdictions to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired... Read more →

The Maple Shade Police Dept. "Project Medicine Drop".

The Maple Shade Police Department wishes to remind the community of “Project Medicine Drop”; a prescription medication take-back program located at - Maple Shade Police Department, 200 Stiles Avenue, Maple Shade, NJ 08052. Residents of Maple Shade are encouraged to bring unused or expired medications for disposal. Project Medicine Drop is an important component of the New Jersey Attorney General’s effort to stop the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs, including highly addictive opiate painkillers.... Read more →

Photo Pop Philly Returns Summer 2019

with a New Theme and Location Welcome to Sweet Paradise at The Bourse PHILADELPHIA, PA (May 2019) - Photo Pop Philly is poppin’ up again this summer! This May, Philly PR Girl is excited to introduce Photo Pop Philly: Sweet Paradise, where guests will immerse themselves in unique environments exploring themes of paradise. Located in the heart of Old City at The Bourse, a newly restored food hall in Old City. Photo Pop’s brand-new, one-of-a-kind... Read more →

Brandywine Zoo updated withnew animal species and exhibits this spring

WILMINGTON (April 25, 2019) – DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation and the Delaware Zoological Society have announced that new animal species, and new and updated exhibits, are now on display for visitors to the Brandywine Zoo. “We are pleased that visitors can now enjoy all of the new animals, exhibit updates and renovations going on at the Brandywine Zoo, which are part of the zoo’s master plan,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin. “Visiting... Read more →

Despite health warnings, Americans still sit too much

Survey of 50,000 people across multiple ages, racial, ethnic groups documents troubling trends Newswise — Most Americans continue to sit for prolonged periods despite public health messages that such inactivity increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers, according to a major new study led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The research team analyzed surveys of 51,000 people from 2001 to 2016 to track sitting trends... Read more →

Avalon Sand Back Passing Project to be Completed on or About April 30

Avalon is in the final days of a major sand back passing project that results in restored beaches in the northern end of the community that were compromised during winter storm activity. The project is anticipated to conclude on Tuesday, April 30th and results in approximately 55,000 cubic yards of sand being back passed from a borrow area in the central part of the community to beach blocks between 9th through 15th streets that lost... Read more →

Gloucester City Police Dept. Offering Residents New Service

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ --The Gloucester City Police Department announced today that residents will now be able to see where crime activity is happening by viewing a Crime Map. The Department released the following statement. It is the mission of the Gloucester City Police Department to safeguard the lives and property of the people we serve, to reduce the incidence and fear of crime, and to enhance public safety while working with all community members to... Read more →

Historical Society Hosts Program on the Battle of Gloucester

The Camden County Historical Society invites the public to an illustrated lecture on “The Battle of Gloucester, 1777—Where Lafayette Won His Spurs” on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 6:30 PM at the Camden County Historical Society, 1900 Park Boulevard, Camden NJ. Free parking is available in the parking lot beside the tennis courts on Park Boulevard. Did you know that 241 years ago, during the American Revolution, United States troops based in Haddonfield attacked a... Read more →


04/25/2019 | US Lauryn Overhultz | Columnist A 13-year-old girl died days after she was beaten by fellow classmates on her way home from school in Houston. Kashala Francis, a student at Attucks Middle School, died Wednesday morning after suffering intense head aches and falling into a coma, ABC 13 reported. Just days before Francis was beaten by three girls for reportedly no reason. The seventh grader was allegedly punched and kicked by the three... Read more →

Georgianna M. Onorato, of Gloucester City

Gloucester City - On April 24, 2019. Age 75. (nee Long). Georgianna was predeceased by her parents Charles and Stella Long, two husbands, John W. Kuntz, her children’s father and her beloved Anthony Onorato. She is also predeceased by her two children, Corena Ferris and Mark Kuntz; her brother Charles Long; son-in-law Andy Lang. Survived by her two children, June Kuntz and Darren Kuntz (Angie); her brother Harry Long (Rita) and four grandchildren, Drew, Corena,... Read more →

Support ALS Research at Jefferson by Voting in 'NRG Gives' Competition

Now through April 29th, support research at Jefferson’s Weinberg ALS Center by voting for Family Strong 4 ALS, one of three charities competing in the NRG Gives program. Established in 2016, NRG Gives supports deserving local nonprofits. This year, votes will determine how NRG directs its charitable donation — a $100,000 donation to the top vote-getter, $20,000 to the runner-up, and $10,000 to third place. Family Strong 4 ALS will contribute all dollars received from... Read more →

Berlin Resident Convicted of Aggravated Manslaughter; Killed Man with Bow & Arrow

CAMDEN CITY, NJ (April 25, 2019)--On April 24, 2019, a Camden County jury found Timothy Canfield, 31, of Berlin Borough, guilty of Aggravated Manslaughter, three counts of Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. At the trial, Assistant Prosecutors Lauren Pratter and Brian Scanlon presented evidence and witness testimony that proved Timothy Canfield shot and killed Kereti Paulsen, 25, with a compound bow and arrow and then attempted to... Read more →


MAYS LANDING –An Atlantic County jury has convicted Dennis Munoz of the murder in the fatal shooting of Michael Black, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced. photo: Dennis Munoz Munoz, 40, was found guilty of the following charges: First degree Murder Second degree Unlawful Possession of a Handgun Second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose First degree Witness Tampering Second degree Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Person Munoz’ co-defendant,... Read more →


EHT POLICE OFFICERS PAY IT FORWARD WITH SUPPORT FOR GIRLS’ LEMONADE STAND EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP–Going above and beyond the call of duty, four Egg Harbor Township Police officers stopped by a lemonade stand on Monday to show their support and enjoy a glass of refreshing lemonade, but they also spent some quality time with sisters Rebecca, 12, Annalena, 10, and Julia DiMaio, 6, and their cousins Emily, 9, and Elizabeth Suhr, 6. In addition to... Read more →

"Straight ... to Treatment" Addiction Treatment Program

Begins Next Week in Burlington City (APRIL 24, 2019)--Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and City of Burlington Police Chief John Fine announced today that the drug treatment program that allows people to walk off the street and into a police station to seek help with addiction will expand to the City of Burlington beginning May 1. The Straight ... to Treatment program will operate every Wednesday and Thursday at the City of Burlington police station... Read more →

Why a Company Needs Police Checking During the Pre-Employment Process

Every organization has its employment policies and procedure, but one thing stands out, and that is police checks in the pre-employment stage. Organizations should carry out thorough pre-employment checks when hiring recruits as it’s good practice. Potential recruits should not feel a sense of distrust, but instead, they should view the whole process as an act of due diligence on the employers part. It’s for the company's benefit to ensure that they hire recruits that... Read more →