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April 2019

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 Meds corridor in the city. “We’re going to see some... Read more →


Consumer Alert: Multi-state Outbreak of Salmonella Carrau Infections

CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug AdministrationExternal are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Carrau infections. Public health investigators are using the PulseNet system to identify illnesses that may be part of this outbreak. PulseNet is the national sub-typing network of public health and food regulatory agency laboratories coordinated by CDC. DNA fingerprinting is performed on Salmonella bacteria isolated from ill people by using techniques called pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and whole genome sequencing (WGS). CDC... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': Piercings

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Piercings are all the rage, right now. Almost everyone I know has at least one hole from which to hang jewelry. It’s as though fingers just aren’t good enough and folks have to have other ways to show off their costume jewelry. A friend of mine was wearing a spandex cocktail dress a few weeks ago and I reached over to brush a piece of glitter off her waist. She responded by saying, “Ouch!” and dropped her glass of wine. Turns out... 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 Susan Shin Angulo, liaison to the Department of Public Works.... 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; watercolor; hand-pulled prints and mixed media/collage. Artists may also participate... Read more →


NRA’s North Won’t Seek 2nd Term

After LaPierre Alleges Extortion Whitney Tipton National Rifle Association president Oliver North announced he will not serve a second term Saturday amid controversy stirring the group, including allegations of extortion from NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre. North cited a “clear crisis” that “needs to be dealt with” for the gun rights behemoth to continue operating in a statement read on his behalf, according to The Associated Press. LaPierre sent a letter to NRA board members Thursday claiming North was extorting him to leave the... 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 filed in this case and statements made in court: In... Read more →


2019 Camden County HS Golf Tournament

CAMDEN COUNTY, NJ--On April 22nd, high school golfers from 13 Camden County schools competed in the 22ndAnnual Camden County High School Golf Tournament. For the first time in 22 years, the tournament hosted a girls individual championship. “We congratulate all of the players that have been chosen to participate in this year’s tournament,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Ed McDonnell, liaison to the Camden County Department of Events and Community Outreach. “The Freeholder Board hosts this tournament each year to honor high school seniors from Camden... 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. Several neighboring homes were evacuated by police as a precaution.... 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, including the physical qualification test, which occurs shortly after the... 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 workforce,” said Governor Wolf. “Teachers bring that experience to their... Read more →


SPRING GOBBLER SEASON 2019 FORECAST

By Joe Kosack (excerpted from Pennsylvania Game News May 2019 issue) At a time when spring turkey hunting is drawing less of a crowd, Pennsylvania offers an almost unimaginable gobbler carryover for its 2019 spring season. Crafty old toms, strutting 2-year-olds and even ambitious jakes are available in above-average numbers to turkey hunters willing to spend time finding and calling for them this spring. “Low fall harvests in 2017 and 2018 – caused largely by fall food abundance that scattered birds – have positioned Pennsylvania... Read more →


Quesada Mahmoud Statement on Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants in New Jersey

Twelve states and Washington DC already issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants as a matter of public safety. However, in NJ in an election year in which all 80 seats in the General Assembly are up for grabs, the issue of providing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants is still being treated as a touch and go issue. The Quesada Mahmoud campaign stands by this being an absolute human rights issue. There’s an argument to be made about the safety of all New Jerseyans including the... Read more →


Murphy Orders Mississippi State Flag be Replaced by American Flag

at Liberty State Park The Mississippi state flag. (AP Photo file) TRENTON – Governor Murphy today ordered that the Mississippi state flag be replaced by the American flag at New Jersey’s Liberty State Park. Flags from every state in the country adorn poles along Freedom Way, which runs through the park. The Mississippi State flag, which prominently features the Confederate emblem, will be replaced with an American flag. “New Jersey’s strength is rooted in our diverse communities,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “The Confederate symbol displayed... Read more →


Montvale Mayor Mike Ghassali Lambast The DCCC

Montvale Mayor Mike Ghassali released the following statement: “It is unfortunate that the DCCC (the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) is using amateur smear tactics without knowing the facts and falling flat on their face; with name calling using wrong information. The fact is that Montvale is having municipal tax DECREASE for two years in a row, and on track for more great years of flat or even more tax reduction. DCCC is Distorting Clear, Concise, & Compelling facts. I wish the DCCC and their representatives... Read more →


Tractor Trailer Fire on NJ Turnpike

Saturday, (April 27, 2019) New Jersey State Troopers responded to a tractor-trailer fire on the New Jersey Turnpike. Hundreds of pounds of broccoli were burned and ultimately condemned as a result of the crash. No one was seriously hurt during the incident. published gloucestercitynews.net | April 28, 2019 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, Morgan will be subject to 5 years of parole in... 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 to 99 cents. The budget was introduced at the March... Read more →


‘Jewish Hero’ Killed In Synagogue Shooting Took Bullet To Save Her Rabbi’s Life

Prayers for her family, no greater love than to lay down one’s life for a friend. Via NY Post: The woman killed in Saturday’s synagogue shooting was hailed a “Jewish hero” after it emerged she was hit while saving her Brooklyn-born rabbi’s life. Lori Gilbert-Kaye, 60, died during the Passover celebration at the Chabad of Poway Synagogue near San Diego when gunman John T. Earnest, 19, burst in and opened fire with “an AR-type weapon,” injuring three others, according to police and witnesses. It emerged... Read more →


FBI Director Addresses Council on Foreign Relations

Wray Says China is ‘Stealing Its Way Up the Economic Ladder’ FBI Director Christopher Wray discusses the national security threat landscape during an interview with Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass on April 26, 2019 in Washington, D.C. FBI Director Christopher Wray called China’s sweeping spying and hacking efforts a threat to U.S. economic and national security and said the FBI is working diligently to stay ahead of the diverse and evolving threats our country faces. In remarks today at the Council on Foreign... 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 Museum of the American Revolution uses rare artifacts and interactive... Read more →


May 2019 Programming at Avalon Free Public Library

April showers and spring flowers are finally here! Enjoy these great programs at the Avalon Free Public Library and History Center. Stay tuned for author talks, motivational programming and the official launch to our summer reading program! A full calendar of events can be found at www.avalonfreelibrary.org. Saturday, May 4 1pm Author Talk: “Cape May County New Jersey: The Making of an American Resort Community” Enjoy a lecture at the History Center given by Dr. Jeffery M. Dorwart, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University, and author of... Read more →


NJ Governor's Awards in Arts Education

TRENTON— Nominations have been announced for the 39th Annual NJ Governor’s Awards in Arts Education. The Awards are hailed as the highest honor in arts education in the state by national and statewide arts organizations. Established in 1980 to promote awareness and appreciation of the arts, recognizing the creativity, talent and leadership of the award winners. Director of the Annual NJ Governor’s Awards in Arts Education, Priscilla Hopkins-Smith, emphasizes that this event is truly one of a kind. “Other states may have their own Governor’s... Read more →


RAW GROUND BEEF PRODUCTS RECALLED

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2019 – K2D Foods, doing business as (DBA) Colorado Premium Foods, a Carrolton, Ga. establishment, is recalling approximately 113,424 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O103, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The raw ground beef items were produced on March 26, March 29, April 2, April 5, April 10, and April 12, 2019. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF only)] Two 24-lb. vacuum-packed... 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 and partner, K-9 Officer Mark McElwee, and he lived together... Read more →


Family Fun With Thomas The Tank Engine™

Phillipsburg,New Jersey (PR MediaRelease) All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to go full steam ahead for a day of engaging activities and fun adventures at Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019. Children are invited to spend the day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Phillipsburg, New Jersey on July 5,6,7,12,13,14, 2019. Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019 is presented by Mattel. Day Out With Thomas is a fun-filled event that provides children... Read more →


JEROME BY DAVE WOLFE

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 gloucestercitynews.net | April 28, 2019 Read more →


Planet Fitness to Allow Teens to Work Out for Free

THE PLANET FITNESS TEEN SUMMER CHALLENGE IS COMING SOON! Starting May 15th and running through Sept. 1st, teens ages 15-18 can work out TOTALLY FREE. No catches, no commitments. Come in and use tons of cardio and strength equipment on your own, or sign up for our free fitness training classes. Plus, enter for the chance to win a $5,000 scholarship and other prizes! Visit any Planet Fitness on or after May 15th to sign up for your free summer membership. Under 18 must have... 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 more than 150 exhibitors. “ACUA is very pleased to partner... Read more →


(Video) Coast Guard's newest cutter arrives in San Diego

Related: FACE OF DEFENSE SAN DIEGO — The Coast Guard Cutter Benjamin Bottoms, the fourth California-based 154-foot Fast Response Cutter (FRC), arrived in San Diego, Friday, and will be open for public tours throughout the weekend. The Benjamin Bottoms is the last of four FRCs to be homeported at Base Los Angeles-Long Beach and while these ships will be based in Southern California, they will operate throughout the 11th Coast Guard District, which includes all of California and international waters off of Mexico and Central... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Nail Clipping

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor It can be a chore to clip your dog’s nails. Some dogs must be sedated and have a veterinarian clip them but most dogs can adapt if you use positive reinforcement techniques to get through the process. If you adopted your dog as a puppy, accustom him to paw-handling and clipping right from the start. But if your dog was adopted as an adult, there are ways to desensitize him to the process. Have a familiar friend or relative hold Fido as... 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 many nieces, nephews, and his faithful companions “Sugar Booger” (Bo),... Read more →


Rutgers Master Gardeners of Camden County Plant Sale

BLACKWOOD, NJ--On Wednesday, May 1st and Friday, May 3rd, 10 am to 6 pm, Rutgers Master Gardeners of Camden County Plant Sale will be held. There will be reasonably priced perennials and annual flowers, vegetables, and herb plants available for purchase. In addition, their staff of Master Gardeners will be there to answer all of your gardening questions. A complimentary plant will be provided with your purchase. All are welcome to stop by our Greenhouse located at 508 Lakeland Road, Blackwood, NJ 08012. Free parking... 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 Provocation Attempted Manslaughter (Second Degree). “We are very pleased that... Read more →


NJ Residents Initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

BATON ROUGE, LA (04/26/2019)-- 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. Juan Carlos Belmonte of Absecon, New Jersey, was initiated at The College of New Jersey. James Cottrell of Absecon, New Jersey, was initiated at The College of New Jersey. Kelly Pickul of Audubon, New Jersey, was initiated at The College of New Jersey. Samantha Ryan of Bordentown, New Jersey, was initiated at The College of New... Read more →