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June 2019

NJBIA Statement on FY2020 State Budget and NJ's Tax Incentive Programs

NJBIA President and CEO Michele N. Siekerka, Esq. issued the following today statement regarding the final FY2020 state budget and the expiration of New Jersey's Gloucester City News blog files tax incentive programs. "While we are pleased that the final FY2020 budget does not include any broad-based tax increases, it is important to recognize that this budget is more than 11 percent higher than FY2018. "Our policymakers should understand that New Jersey simply cannot sustain such large increases in expenditures every year when our pension... Read more →


Murphy Takes Action on Fiscal Year 2020 State Budget

Budget Makes Critical Investments in the Middle Class, NJ TRANSIT, Property Tax Relief, and Education Governor Also Takes Action to Ensure Fiscal Responsibility Gloucester City News blog files TRENTON (Gloucestercitynews.net)(June 30, 2019)--– Governor Phil Murphy today signed the Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations Act into law, growing core investments in education, NJ TRANSIT, and many other middle-class priorities, while taking decisive action to promote the fiscal responsibility that was lacking in the Legislature’s spending plan and set up New Jersey to better weather a possible future... Read more →


Our Lady of Lourdes Agrees to Pay Over $1.1M to Resolve Claims It Failed to Perform Background Checks

Fraudulently Billed U.S. for Community Service Grants Eastern District of Pennsylvania PHILADELPHIA and CAMDEN (Gloucestercitynews.net)(June 29, 2019)--– United States Attorneys William M. McSwain for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Craig Carpenito for the District of New Jersey jointly announced that Our Lady of Lourdes Health Foundation and two related Our Lady of Lourdes companies have agreed to pay $1,143,881.19 to resolve claims arising from Lourdes’ administration of community service grants funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). From 2012 until 2017,... Read more →


Two Soldiers Die in Afghanistan from Small Arms Fire

Department of Defense Identifies Army Casualties The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel. Both soldiers died June 25, 2019, in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan as a result of wounds sustained from small arms fire while engaged in combat operations. The incident is under investigation. The deceased are: Master Sgt. Micheal B. Riley, 32, of Heilbronn, Germany. Riley was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado. Sgt. James G. Johnston, 24, of... Read more →


A young woman others see as ‘a holy person’

By Carl Peters Christina McNasby has endured numerous surgeries — 33 of them so far. Disproving the bleak medical prognosis she was given at birth, she learned how to talk after years of speech therapy, and recently graduated from high school. But now the disorder is attacking her kidneys and liver. Many people are praying for her because only a miracle will save her from an early death — and perhaps because she seems to embody for them the aspiration of all Christians: the triumph... Read more →


BRIDGE REPAIRS between Cape May and Wildwood Crest (Ocean Drive) Week of 7/1/19

TRAFFIC ADVISORY - During the upcoming week, ending on 7/6/19, South State will be closing the Northbound Lane over Mill Creek for installation of guide rail & crash cushions, and placing alternating traffic in the Southbound Lane. Work hours will be approximately 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Monday, July 1st & Tuesday, July 2nd. Traffic will be returned to normal condition by the end of the work day on Tuesday 7/2/19, with no impacts to traffic on Wednesday 7/3/19. Expect delays during this project... Read more →


USDA Selects Warner Real Estate to Sell 26 Homes Through Online Auction

Woodstown,New Jersey (PR MediaRelease) June 27, 2019-- Warner Real Estate & Auction Company, a leading real estate firm in New Jersey, has been selected once again by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to sell (26) foreclosed single-family homes throughout New Jersey. Warner Real Estate & Auction Company will be selling all 26 foreclosed homes through an online auction, without reserve with starting bids of $1,000.00, beginning at 8:00am (EDT) on 07/25/2019 and ending at 12:40pm (EDT) on 07/31/2019. Photos, property details and terms of... Read more →


Another NJ2AS Legal Victory! Victorious in Final Phase of OPRA Lawsuit!

Posted by Alexander Roubian 801sc on June 28, 2019 · Today, NJ2AS received Judge Hurd's order denying NJ's motion for summary judgement, granting NJ2AS' motion for summary judgement, and subsequently ordering the State of NJ to provide NJ2AS with unredacted copies of Attachments A, B and C to the 2005 New Jersey State Police Firearms Applicant Investigation Guide within 30 days. It has been 8 years since we first filed our lawsuit to gain access to the guide. Here are some of the highlights: NJ2AS... Read more →


How to use your Washing Machine

(Gloucestercitynews.net)(June 30, 2019)--If you are planning to invest in a new washing machine, you should know more than just the cleaning part. First, you have to decide on the type of washing machine you prefer. It could be an old-style top loader, a top loader that lacks an agitator, and so on. When it comes to budgeting, a standard machine would cost around $400 to above $1,700. Ensure the machine you choose has cleaning features that will benefit you. Here's what to consider when it... Read more →


Delaware Fish & Wildlife Police Blotter June 17-23

Reminder for the week: Observe safety precautions when towing water skiers, tubers, and knee-boarders DOVER Delaware (Gloucestercitynews.net)(June 28, 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 June 17-23 made 2,210 contacts with anglers, boaters, and the general public, issuing 38 citations. Officers responded to 69 complaints regarding possible violations of laws and regulations or... Read more →


Guest Opinion: Living in La-La Land: Joe Biden’s Alternative Reality

FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2019 SOURCE NRA-ILA Anti-gun folks typically characterize their gun control restrictions as “common sense” and “responsible,” regardless of how poorly grounded in reality these “solutions” tend to be, or how little their proponents understand what these measures will do (like the gun control supporters at one event who, when asked, were unable to explain what an AR-15 or a bumpstock is). A related, recurring theme is their claim that the gun community opposes these incredible “gun safety” measures due to blind, reflexive... Read more →


Voorhees PD: We urge parents/guardians to discuss bike laws with their kids

We have provided warnings through school assemblies and letters. VOORHEES, NJ (Gloucestercitynews.net)--The Voorhees Police Department released the following statement regarding bike laws. We have been urging parents/guardians to discuss bike laws with their kids. We have provided warnings through school assemblies and letters. Unfortunately, to keep our children and the motoring public safe, we may need to move to enforcement options due to the illegal and unsafe behavior continuing throughout our Township. Here is a detailed list of the efforts of our Department thus far:... Read more →


Olde Philly Pharmacy and its Owner to Pay $350,000 to Resolve Alleged Violations of Controlled Substance Act

PHILADELPHIA, PA – (Gloucestercitynews.net)-United States Attorney William McSwain announced that Olde Philly Pharmacy has agreed to pay $350,000 to resolve allegations that three of its pharmacy stores located in Philadelphia violated the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Gloucester City News blog files by failing to maintain complete and accurate records of controlled substances, including nearly 100 missing oxycodone and hydrocodone prescriptions. James Cirillo, managing pharmacist and co-owner of Olde Philly Pharmacy, is also a party to the settlement agreement. The United States’ investigation involved three Olde... Read more →


Investment Broker Pleads Guilty to Stealing $270,000 from Elderly Couple

TRENTON – (Gloucestercitynews.net)--Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that an investment broker pleaded guilty today to stealing $270,000 from an elderly couple by deceiving them into investing in a fictitious investment program. Michael Alan Siegel, 62, of Livingston, N.J., pleaded guilty today to an accusation charging him with second-degree theft by deception before Superior Court Judge Verna G. Leath in Essex County. Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that he be sentenced to three years in state prison. He must pay full restitution... Read more →


NJ Students Named to Hartford's Dean's List

WEST HARTFORD, CT (June 2019)-- The University of Hartford is pleased to announce the following students have been named to the Dean's List for Spring 2019. Darius Kinnel of Blackwood (08012) Hannah Heberling of Bordentown (08505) Brianna Hicks of Bridgeton (08302) Anyae Jackson of Burlington (08016) Andrew Dunne of Cherry Hill (08034) Nicole Kibbe of Cinnaminson (08077) Gabrielle Stokes of Cinnaminson (08077) Sarah Dellorco of Haddonfield (08033) Nicholas Ferraro of Haddonfield (08033) Keanu Alcoces of Jbmdl (08640) Audrey Morgan of Lindenwold (08021) Karl Rohrbach of... Read more →


Terror Comes to U.S. Soil : The Bomb ‘Outrages’ of 1919

Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer and family stand outside their home in Washington, D.C., circa 1919—the year their home was bombed. Mitchell and his family survived the bombing. (Library of Congress photo) Late one evening, a series of mysterious figures placed powerful bombs outside nine deliberately chosen residences stretching from Boston to Cleveland. A carefully coordinated campaign of terror had begun. The targets included three judges, a state representative, a silk manufacturer, an immigration official, a mayor, Catholic priests, and the U.S. attorney general. The... Read more →


Three Individuals Charged with Drug Trafficking Offenses

Middle District of Pennsylvania WILLIAMSPORT Pa (Gloucestercitynews.net)--– The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Anthony Bressi, age 47, of Danville, Pennsylvania, Terry Harris, age 45, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Damonico Henderson, age 54, of Elyria, Ohio, were indicted by a federal grand jury for drug trafficking charges. According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that Bressi, Harris and Henderson conspired to manufacture, distribute and possess with the intent to distribute fentanyl, carfentanil, and other fentanyl... Read more →


Delaware Hunters harvested 564 wild turkeys during 2019 season

Turkey hunter Kimberly Pokoiski with a gobbler taken at the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Midlands Wildlife Area. The photo, titled “My Pride and Joy,” was taken by Paul Skibicki of St. Georges and won an honorable mention award in the 2018/19 Delaware hunting photo contest. DOVER (June 28, 2019) (Gloucestercitynews.net)--– Delaware’s month-long spring wild turkey hunting season, which ended May 11, yielded a harvest of 564 birds, slightly lower than last year’s harvest of 571 birds, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.... Read more →


Understanding Your Pet’s Emotions for a Better Life

[KENNETT SQUARE, PA] (Gloucestercitynews.net)– With more than 100 million households nationwide owning cats or dogs, pets have become integral members of American families. But when “Fido” and “Fluffy” start to act in unusual, frustrating, or frightening manners, where can owners turn? Recently, Penn Vet’s Dr. Carlo Siracusa, Director of Penn Vet Ryan Hospital’s Companion Animal Behavior Medicine service, shared insights on his integrated approach to treating unsavory behavior to help owners offer a better life for their four-legged family members. Our animal companions can face... Read more →


U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gerrymandering casts new light on Pennsylvania maps conflict

By Dave Lemery | The Center Square The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday that the federal courts have no place in deciding disputes over electoral maps and gerrymandering shouldn’t have any immediate impact on Pennsylvania. That’s because the series of legal disputes that played out in the Keystone State took place largely within the state court system, with Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court having thrown out the former congressional maps and imposed its own for the 2018 midterm election. The only time the U.S. Supreme Court was... Read more →


Former Northumberland Chief of Probation for Charged with Theft

James Cortelyou charged for stealing $31K from house arrest funds between 2014-2016 HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that the former Northumberland County Chief of Adult Probation has been arrested for allegedly stealing $31,530 from the Northumberland County Probation House Arrest funds while he was Chief from 2014-2016. James Cortelyou, 41, of Herndon, was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition, Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition of Funds Received, Receiving Stolen Property, and related charges. “The defendant was a public... Read more →


JEROME BY DAVE WOLFE

Related: ARTIST Dave Wolfe Vol. 6 No. 2 (June 30, 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 Read more →


GTPD Alert: Camden & Gloucester County OEMs Co-Sponsoring MARC

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ--(Gloucestercitynews.net)--With the this recent rain we know that some residents in South Jersey have been devastated by the effects of the storm damage. #GTPD and the Office of Emergency Management want to share an upcoming event. This Sunday June 30th, 2019 Camden and Gloucester County OEMs will be co-sponsoring the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) at Gloucester City High School. This is event is to assist both Camden and Gloucester County residents who were affected by last week’s storm, and resulting flood event. Address/Location... Read more →


EPA Recognizes Four New York and New Jersey 2018 WasteWise Winners

for Diverting Over 356,000 Tons of Waste from Landfills NEW YORK (June 2019) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey as one of the 2018 winners of the national WasteWise awards, as well as four regional winners in New York and New Jersey. The work conducted by 10 national winning organizations collectively prevented and diverted over 356,000 tons of waste from entering landfills and saved the organizations over $19.6 million in avoided landfill fees. “For more... Read more →


Sunset Parade Sunday at Cape May Coast Guard Base

CAPE MAY, N.J. (Gloucestercitynews.net)--– U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May is scheduled to host a Sunset Parade in honor of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary at the Training Center, June 30, 2019 at 8:10 p.m. Sunset Parades are military displays of marching troops and the Coast Guard Recruit Precision Drill Team. More than 250 recruits will march in the parade and strike the National Ensign from the parade field at sunset. The gates of Training Center Cape May will open at 6:50 p.m. Visitors... Read more →


Additional Sexual Assault Charges Filed against Wilkes-Barre Police Officer

Four additional victims report that Robert Collins sexually assaulted them while on duty HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro and the Pennsylvania State Police today announced additional charges against former Wilkes-Barre police officer Robert Collins after four additional victims came forward with allegations of sexual assault. Collins, 53 of Mountain Top, was charged today with five additional counts of Rape, three counts of Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, and related charges. “The defendant served in a position of public trust, but he is charged with abusing... Read more →


Seaford angler CHARGED with landing a prohibited shark species

SANDBAR SHARKS-Distributed in tropical and subtropical waters around the world. It reaches 2.5 meters in length. The genus Carcharhinus has many other sharks that look similar to this species, however the first dorsal fin of the sandbar sharks is much larger than in other species making it easy to identify. Sandbar sharks in the Churaumi Aquarium give birth in early summer to mid summer, producing 6 to 10 pups around 60 cm in length. SOURCE https://churaumi.okinawa DOVER (June 28, 2019) – Following a tip made... Read more →


Analysis of Pennsylvania's revenues points to need to cut regulations, policy organization says

By Dave Lemery | The Center Square Some time in the coming week, Pennsylvania lawmakers should put the finishing touches on a state budget for the fiscal year that runs from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020. With the current fiscal year coming to a close, the Allegheny Institute, a Pittsburgh-based public policy organization, looked at some of the state revenue trends from the expiring current budget as a way to inform discussion of the next one. The authors of the analysis, Executive Director... Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: Deputy Sheriff Troy Chisum, Shot and Killed

TROY CHISUM Fulton County Sheriff's Office, Illinois End of Watch Tuesday, June 25, 2019 FULTON COUNTY, ILLINOIS--Deputy Sheriff Troy Chisum was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance call in the 5200 block of East Troy Road in Avon at 2:00 pm. He was shot by a subject who then barricaded himself inside the home. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody without incident the next day. Deputy Chisum served with the Fulton County Sheriff's Office for 4-1/2 years. He also served as... Read more →


Maryland Fishing Report: Pretty Rainbow Greets Fishermen on Chesapeake Bay

June 26, 2019 Bob Bruns was fishing at the Bay Bridge recently and found this beautiful striped bass at the end of a rainbow. Photo by Travis Long By Keith Lockwood | Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources We’ve all heard the saying about finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. In the past couple weeks, fishermen on the bay and freshwater areas have been dodging passing rain clouds, but were blessed with the sight of a pretty rainbow. A serious problem... Read more →


4 More People Charged with Filing False Applications for Sandy Relief Funds

AG’s Office has charged 130 defendants in historic anti-fraud program with state & federal partners TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced that the Attorney General’s Office and its state and federal partners have charged four additional defendants during the past three months with filing fraudulent applications for federal relief funds related to Superstorm Sandy, bringing the total number of defendants charged by the office in these cases to 130 since March 2014. “Any fraud against public assistance programs is deplorable, but these... Read more →


NJ Report Card on Hospital Maternity Care Released

Interactive Dashboard Features Hospital Data on Surgical Births, Complication Rates and Severe Birth Complications As part of its mission to improve maternal health outcomes and racial disparities, First Lady Tammy Murphy and the Department of Health today released the first New Jersey Report Card of Hospital Maternity Care that includes interactive data on hospital-specific and statewide surgical births, complication rates and severe maternal birth complications. The public Report Card dashboard allows users to select a New Jersey birthing hospital and view the total number of... Read more →


Philadelphia CBP Seizes Nearly 4,000 Non-Compliant Tires from China

PHILADELPHIA — (Gloucestercitynews.net)(June 29, 2019)--U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized 3,942 tires June 13 that were imported from China for violating National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) standards June 13. The tires have an assessed value of nearly $140,000. About 4,000 non-compliant tires from China line the floor of CBP's Centralized Examination Station in Philadelphia. CBP officers initially inspected the tires May 15. NHTSA confirmed that the tires violated federal motor vehicle safety standards and regulations. The tires lacked markings that convey important... Read more →


NJ Residents Named to Bryant University Dean's List

SMITHFIELD, RI (Gloucestercitynews.net)(06/27/2019)-- Bryant University is committed to the pursuit, recognition, and celebration of academic excellence. The University is pleased to recognize the students who have been named to the Deans' List for the spring 2019 semester. Congratulations on this outstanding achievement! Michael Andrejco, class of 2021, from Wall, NJ Kaitlyn Birnbohm-Kaminski, class of 2022, from Tabernacle, NJ Meghan Robinson, class of 2022, from Haddon Heights, NJ Shane Kelly, class of 2021, from Sewell, NJ Hayden Panagos, class of 2020, from Haddonfield, NJ Jenna Cali,... Read more →


'Incredible' Legion support helps bring disabled veterans together

By Steven B. Brooks JUN 26, 2019 View Photo Gallery (Gloucestercitynews.net)(June 29, 2019)--Fifty years ago, Paul Minillo, Bill Hancock, Ron Marmon, Joe Hughes and Tom Crites all served together in Vietnam in the U.S. Marines’ Hotel (H) Company in the 2nd Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Division. All five men earned Purple Hearts, as did more than 90 percent of those who served in Hotel Company; another 74 of the company’s Marines were killed in action. Their service together created a bond that the five men... Read more →