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July 2019

NEW ITEMS ADDED: Online Auction Now Open for Johnny Gaudreau Scholarship Golf Tournament!

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (July 22, 2019)( online auction for the Fourth Annual Johnny Gaudreau Scholarship Golf Tournament is now posted! New items have been recently added! Visit the link below and register to bid on many exciting items: Click here to view Online Auction! Items up for bid include: * Many getaway vacation packages, including a California Wine Experience, a Wrigley Field Getaway, and a Kentucky Derby Package and more! * Rental of a private villa in the National Park of Cilento, Italy for 12; * Numerous autographed memorabilia by pro sports stars; * A private pizza lunch with NHL... Read more →

CNBNews Archives: Westville Resident Competing in 2013 Army Reserve Best Warrior Event

story by Cpl. Charlotte Fitzgerald ( 30, 2013)--Spc. Russell Williams, a Westville, N.J., native and member of the 108th Training Command, loads his ammunition as he prepares to qualify with his M4 rifle for the 2013 Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition on June 26 at Fort McCoy, Wis.. FORT MCCOY, Wis. – To say his road to success has been tough, would almost be an understatement. Nevertheless, this Westville, N.J., native has managed to remain in high spirits as he continues to compete in the 2013 Army Reserve Best Warrior. Spc. Russell Williams, a member of the 108th Training Command... Read more →

Pine Hill Police Dept. Accepting SLEOII Applications

July 22, 2019 – August 16, 2019 The Pine Hill Police Department is initiating the recruitment process for the position of SLEOII. The Department is currently seeking to establish an eligibility list for current and future vacancies within our agency with energetic, dedicated and hardworking individuals who are currently PTC certified SLEOII Officers within three years of their certification date and capable of obtaining a PTC waiver for Police Officer. The Pine Hill Police Department is a proactive police agency, with members who are dedicated to fulfilling the community’s expectations of professional and community oriented police services. Currently the Pine... Read more →

Somers Point Honors Veterans With New Advisory Board

mvitaleJuly 2019 Somers Point Mayor Jack Glasser stands alongside a monument in honor of a fallen soldier at Patriot Park. By Maddy Vitale Somers Point values the veterans who have given so much to serve the country. That is why City Council recently adopted an ordinance creating a veterans advisory board. The board will include seven Somers Point veterans who will oversee veterans activities and concerns. The positions are for three-year terms. “We have so many veterans organizations in town and so much history in Somers Point,” Mayor Jack Glasser, an Air Force veteran, said recently as he walked around... Read more →

Former West Catholic High School Football Coach Charged with Theft

Brian Fluck Charged for Stealing more than $65,000 from Philadelphia City All-Star Football Game HARRISBURG— Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced charges against the former football coach of West Catholic High School for allegedly stealing more than $65,000 from the Philadelphia City All-Star Football Game. Brian Fluck, 49, of Philadelphia, was charged with Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities, Theft by Unlawful Taking, Theft by Receiving Stolen Property, and Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition of Funds Received. “The defendant was entrusted to oversee a football game, but he stands charged with abusing this authority to steal from kids... Read more →

Bail bondswoman sentenced to 3 years’ imprisonment for smuggling hundreds of aliens into the US

NEW YORK (— Pursuant to an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York, Hema Patel, 51, a Texas-based bail bondswoman, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for her role in smuggling hundreds of illegal aliens into the United States. Patel was also ordered to forfeit her Texas residence, two hotels, $7.2 million in bail bonds, $400,000 in cash and 11 gold bars, among other assets. On June 7, 2018, Patel pleaded guilty to alien smuggling for financial gain by fraudulently bonding illegal aliens from immigration custody and causing their release into the United... Read more →


UPDATED/CORRECTED GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ ( photo)--The Gloucester Train Station is slowly rotting away. This recent photo was taken at the front of the building. Windows are all broken and boarded up. There is trash laying about, along with empty whiskey bottles, empty glassine bags, empty NARCAN nasal spray containers, and a sleeping bag and cushion. William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews JEER-The historical Gloucester Train Station, located at Monmouth Street and the Railroad has been sitting empty now for at least five years. Because it is being neglected the building is deteriorating. Over the years so many century old properties... Read more →

Pennsylvania mayors beg lawmakers for options other than raising property taxes

CNBNewsnet files By Dave Lemery | The Center Square July 2019 Every city in Pennsylvania other than Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Scranton is grouped into a designation known as “third-class” cities. There are 53 cities that fall into that designation, and for those that don’t have home rule charters, local officials say they are finding increasingly that property taxes are not sufficient to fund the operations of local government. “Property taxes contribute 50 percent of our general fund revenues,” Denane Sorace, mayor of Lancaster, recently told a gathering of state senators. “And our total costs related to public safety, just as... Read more →


Related: ARTIST Dave Wolfe Vol. 6 No. 5 (July 21, 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 Read more →

Pemberton Township Man Shot Friday; Also AG Investigating Police Shooting

PEMBERTON TOWNSHIP NJ (July 20, 2019)( County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Pemberton Township Police Chief David H. Jantas announced that a man was shot last night in the Sunbury Village section of Pemberton Township. Police were alerted shortly after 9 p.m. that a shooting had occurred on Kinsley Road. It was subsequently determined that the victim, a 20-year-old male, had been taken by an acquaintance to a Pemberton hospital and later transported and admitted to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, where he was listed in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The investigation is being... Read more →

Obituary: James Bernard, of Bellmawr

BELLMAWR, NJ --James passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2019. James was a resident of Bellmawr, New Jersey at the time of passing. James served his county in the US Army. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Thursday July 25th from 10-10:45 AM at the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 100 Willowbend Rd., Marlton, NJ. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 AM Thursday at the church. Interment Brigadier General William C Doyle Veterans Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the American Kidney Fund at... Read more →

Obituary: Curtis H. Burg of Gloucester City

On July 17, 2019 of Gloucester City, NJ, age 55. He is the beloved husband of Joanne (nee Boccaleri), loving father of Dana Farquar (Ryan) Desiree Reeves, the late Ashley Burg and stepfather of Joseph Allen, Kristina Haydak (Steven) and David Kusch (Julia). He is also survived by his sisters Bonnie Burg and Theresa Brooks, 13 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild, his mother in law Virginia Emerson and sister in law and brother in law Wendy and Kevin Hinch. Relatives and friends are invited to meet Monday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the ETHERINGTON-CRERAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 POWELL ST.,... Read more →

Kathy Shutter (nee Schoen), of Mt. Ephraim; Collingswood HS Alumnus

MOUNT EPHRAIM, NJ--On July 18, 2019. Age 61. (nee Schoen). Of Mt. Ephraim. Formerly of Collingswood. Survived by her husband of 36 years, Wayne A. Shutter; children, Christopher (Lindsey) and Jessica (Gage); grandchildren, Jake and Ava. Predeceased by her parents Howard and Jean Schoen and her brothers, Mike and Fred Schoen (surviving Barbara). Kathy was a graduate of Collingswood High School class of 1975. She worked over 30 years in the brokerage firm industry, most recently as a Client Sr. Advisor for Wells Fargo in Marlton. Kathy enjoyed shooting pool, family get-togethers at their home, her animals and was a... Read more →

OFFICER DOWN: Sergeant Michael Stephen Killed Responding to a Domestic Call

Michael Stephen Stone County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas End of Watch Thursday, July 18, 2019 STONE COUNTY, ARKANSAS (July 19, 2019)--Sergeant Mike Stephen was shot and killed while responding to a domestic incident at a home in the area of 2020 Flag Road at about 9:00 am. He was speaking to a female in the front yard when another subject opened fire, striking Sergeant Stephen and the woman. The subject who shot Sergeant Stephen was found dead by responding deputies. Sergeant Stephen was a U.S. Army veteran. He had served with the Stone County Sheriff's Office for 20 years and also... Read more →

Three weeks on the campaign trail

Three weeks ago, I launched my campaign in Waterloo, Iowa. Since then, I’ve shaken over 22,000 hands across the state. I’ve gone running in parades. I’ve spoken to local Democratic Party groups. I’ve met veterans. I’ve had countless conversations with great people – Democrats, Republicans and Independents – who believe we need change. I’ve really enjoyed these last three weeks: Iowans have been welcoming and receptive to my message that we need accountable leadership in Washington, DC, and that restoring America’s place in the world is essential if we are to face monumental challenges like climate change. Some of my... Read more →

Gov. Murphy: Camden City’s unemployment rate reaches 30-year-low

CAMDEN CITY, NJ ( 19, 2019)--Today Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration released data that highlights how Camden’s unemployment rate fell to the lowest levels in at least 30 years. According to Governor Murphy’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Camden’s unemployment rate fell to 6.8% in May 2019. In 1990 the unemployment rate was 16.4%, reaching as high as 24% in 1992 ( “We want to thank Gov. Murphy for being transparent and releasing objective data that supports what we have been saying all along – despite Camden’s challenges, our residents are benefitting directly from the city’s renaissance,” said Camden County... Read more →

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: July 8-14

Reminder for the week: Afterhours use of state wildlife and fishing areas prohibited unless hunting, fishing, or boating DOVER ( 19, 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 July 8-14 made 3,360 contacts with anglers, boaters, and the general public, issuing 41 citations. Officers responded to 85 complaints regarding possible violations of laws and regulations or requests to assist the public. A Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police... Read more →

Op-Ed: Pennsylvania taxpayers pay a lot for lawmakers to not work so much

By Mark O'Keefe THE CENTER SQUARE Pennsylvania lawmakers left Harrisburg on June 28 for their annual summer recess. And what a recess it will be. If only we all had such recesses. Members of the state House of Representatives won't be back in session for almost three months, returning on Monday, Sept. 17. The state Senate will reconvene a week later. Neither chamber will be back for long. Over the last four months of 2019, the House will be in session for 24 days and the Senate for 15. And it's not like their schedule was all that grueling in... Read more →

ICE Released List Of Illegal Immigrants Accused Of Crimes After Local Police Ignored Detainers

JASON HOPKINSIMMIGRATION AND POLITICS REPORTER July 15, 20196:24 PM ET Immigration and Customs Enforcement is releasing quarterly reports of illegal immigrants accused of crimes in an effort to highlight the dangers posed by “sanctuary city” policies after local police denied retainer requests. ICE released its first “Declined Detainer Report,” a comprehensive list of illegal aliens who were accused of criminal actions after local jails refused to honor ICE detainers and allowed them to be released back into the public. The list pertains to detainers issued between Jan. 1, 2018 and March 31, 2018 — the second quarter of the 2018... Read more →

Obituary | Mary E. Martin of Westville

March 15, 1942 - July 15, 2019 Mary E. Martin (nee Miller), on July 15, 2019, of Westville. Beloved mother of Sharky, Maryann Rush (Joe), and the late Danny. Devoted grandmother of Crystal (Joe), Shaun (Ashley), Little Danny, Zach, and the late Kelly and great grandmother of Joey, Jackson, Ryan, Jayden, Alex, and Liam. Loving sister of Joan, Sue (Harry), Billy, George, Anna (Gary), the late Freddie, Sissy, and Jimmy. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Mary worked for L-3 Communications for over 30 years. She loved traveling and going to the casinos. Mary loved to spend time with... Read more →

Details Emerge Of Mystery FBI Spreadsheet That Kept Track Of Steele Dossier

Chuck RossJuly 2019 FBI investigators maintained a spreadsheet that kept track of individual allegations made in the infamous Steele dossier. The spreadsheet reportedly noted many of the allegations were either inaccurate or unverified. Former Rep. Trey Gowdy has previously alluded to the spreadsheet, saying it showed the FBI also used a longtime Hillary Clinton ally to corroborate some of the dossier’s claims. Former Republican South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy revealed in an interview that the FBI maintained a spreadsheet on which it kept track of the allegations made by former British spy Christopher Steele in his infamous dossier. According to... Read more →

Throw Back Thursday...A Dog Running Away Is No Laughing Matter

Gloucester Township Police Department Community Bulletin: Throw Back Thursday... To One of GTPD's “First Found Dog Pictures” from 2016 We have found many dogs since our first found dog social media post in June of 2016, some returned to their owners, many taken to the shelter and claimed, and several others who Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center found new homes. A dog running away is no laughing matter. They could get hit by a car, attacked by a wild animal, or placed in a shelter. Here are some of the reasons dogs run away and how you can prevent it:... Read more →

Joe Sestak Releases His Agriculture Policy Platform

( presidential candidate Joe Sestak, a former Pennsylvania Congressman and a three-star Admiral, who served in the Navy for 31 years, released his agriculture policy proposals today. Farmers and farmworkers are the backbone of our economy. Yet American farmers have seldom faced as many challenges as they face today — from corporate consolidation to harmful trade wars to the increasingly extreme weather of our changing world, farmers are at the mercy of outside forces. Unfortunately, our government has all too often prioritized the interests of huge agribusiness corporations over small family farms, farmworkers, and the natural world. As President, I... Read more →

Suisun City resident charged with sexual abuse of a minor

07/16/2019 Photo of suspect was provided by the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office. This office is prosecuting the case at the state level. SAN FRANCISCO – Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) San Francisco agents worked with the Walnut Creek Police Department in an investigation that led to the arrest of Paul Fielder, a 60-year-old resident of Suisun City, California, charged, July 15, with 32 counts of sexual abuse of a child under 14 years of age. Fielder’s bail was set at $3.2 million. Fielder was arrested July 11, by Walnut Creek Police Detectives and HSI special agents when he arrived... Read more →

Jane H Brown of Bellmawr, age 83

September 03, 1935 - July 15, 2019 Jane H. Brown (nee Speno), on July 15, 2019, of Bellmawr. Age 83. Beloved wife of the late George P. Devoted mother of Marie Aldrich (Glen), Cheryl O’Neill (Patrick), Georgia Vitacolonna (the late Bob), and Jeffrey Brown (Cindy). Loving grandmother of Jessie (Doug), Sean, Matthew (Jess), Ryan (Becky), Elizabeth (Brian), Courtney (Eddie), Jenna, and Brittney (Ressie) and great grandmother of Abby, Lillie, Eddie, Colton, Eleri, Jonathan, and Olwen. Dear sister of Mike Speno (the late Jane) and the late Alice Speno and John Speno. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Jane enjoyed... Read more →

Benjamin F. Brooks of Bellmawr, age 91

November 30, 1927 - July 15, 2019 Benjamin F. Brooks on July 15, 2019 of Bellmawr formerly of Philadelphia. Age 91. Beloved husband of Joan (nee Myers) for 66 years. Devoted father of Benjamin (Lucy) and Sherry Verderame (Fran). Loving grandfather of Jason Brooks (Kelly), Brian Brooks (Lindsay), Chris Verderame and Nicole Verderame (Rob). Great grandfather of Riley, Landon, Charlie and Lyla. Benjamin was an Army Veteran, who proudly served in the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Quaker City String Band for 30 years. Benjamin was a Mason, a Shriner and member of the LuLu Temple Stringband.... Read more →

Nancy Clouden, of Deptford, GHS Alumnus Class of 1954

Nancy E Clouden (nee Preston), 83 of Deptford, New Jersey, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. She graduated from Gloucester City High School Class of 1954. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her viewing on Tuesday, June 25th from 9:00AM to 11:00AM in the McGuinness Funeral Home 34 Hunter St., Woodbury, NJ. Funeral Service at 11:00AM. Interment Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery Williamstown, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Woodbury, 544 North Broad Street, Woodbury, NJ 08096. Services under the direction of the McGuinnes Funeral Home... Read more →

Despite reported Trump backing, Comfort steps aside in favor of Tabas as Pennsylvania GOP chairman

Bernie Comfort (left) and Lawrence Tabas By Dave Lemery | The Center SquareJuly, 2019 With a day remaining before the party’s annual meeting, a deal has been reached to choose Pennsylvania’s next Republican chairman. Attorney Lawrence Tabas will take over as the leader of the GOP in the Keystone State, while acting chairwoman Bernadette “Bernie” Comfort will return to her prior role as vice chair and pick up additional duties as the state campaign chairwoman for the Trump 2020 campaign. The contest for the next leader of the state party garnered an unusual amount of attention after the sudden resignation... Read more →

Coast Guard responds to boat accident near Wildwood

WILDWOOD, N.J. (— The Coast Guard responded to a boat collision that injured four passengers aboard two vessels on Sunset Lake near Wildwood, Monday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay received the initial report of the accident from a good Samaritan at approximately 8:30 p.m. A 29-foot Response Boat — Small boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Cape May launched to assist, and transferred two of the four persons aboard, while another two were taken aboard by a Tow Boat US vessel. The four injured boaters were transported to Schooner Island Marina where local EMS were standing by to provide... Read more →

Lancaster Man Charged with Abusing Minor Children in Kenya

During Lancaster Courthouse Press Conference, McSwain Highlights Recent Local Cases Pursued by the Justice Department in Lancaster County Eastern District of Pennsylvania PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced today that Gregory Dow, 60, of Lancaster, PA was arrested and charged by Indictment with four counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place. In a news conference at the Lancaster County Courthouse, U.S. Attorney McSwain discussed the charges in the Dow Indictment and also highlighted broader efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to protect the residents of Lancaster County.... Read more →

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Paintball Gun

( 17, 2019)--Starting any new activity can create a lot of anxiety and uncertainty in most of us. And if that activity requires considerable investment of both time and money, then many questions pop-up in our head as well. Paintball is an exhilarating and exciting sport that requires its share of research and commitment before its pursuit. Before you embark on this colorful journey, it is important to venture once you are fully informed. So, to free your mind of doubts, here are the answers to the most common questions asked by prospective buyers of a paintball gun. 1. How... Read more →

DOWN THE SHORE: Somers Point New Businesses Receive Warm Welcome

MediaWizeJuly 15, 2019 Somers Point officials make stops at new businesses. From left, John Davidson, SPBA; Levi Fox and Greg Sykora, SPEDAC; Mike Costello, Gas Up Barbershop & Shave Co. Owner/Barber; and Janice Johnston, SPEDAC. (Photos courtesy Suasion) Several new businesses that have recently opened in Somers Point were stops on a welcome tour organized by members of the Somers Point Economic Development Advisory Commission (SPEDAC) and the Somers Point Business Association (SPBA). The tour was part of an initiative designed to enhance Somers Point’s business-friendly community. During each visit, business owners receive a personal welcome visit and sign stating,... Read more →

Atlantic County Man Convicted of Heroin Trafficking and other Crimes

Unlawful Possession of Firearm and Witness Tampering CAMDEN, N.J. – An Atlantic County, New Jersey, man has been convicted on heroin trafficking, firearms and witness tampering charges, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today. Sean Figaro, a/k/a “Carlito,” a/k/a “Carlito the don,” 32, was convicted July 11, 2019, on five counts of the indictment against him: Count 1 – distribution of heroin; Count 2 – possession of a firearm in furtherance of his heroin distribution; Count 3 – witness tampering; Count 4 – conspiracy to commit witness tampering; and Count 5 – unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.... Read more →

The Matteo & Sons Cleanup Plan to be Discussed Wednesday Night

EPA to hold public meeting on July 17 West Deptford, N.J. (– Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a cleanup plan to address lead and other contamination on a portion of the Matteo & Sons, Inc. Superfund Site in West Deptford, New Jersey. The portion of the Matteo site includes the Matteo facility at 1692 Crown Point Road as well as a property across the street formerly occupied by Mira Trucking. Former operations in this area of the Matteo site included crushing batteries, recycling batteries and landfilling, which contaminated the soil, sediment and groundwater with lead, antimony and... Read more →

John Brewer, of Gloucester City; Pressman for WB Saunders of Pennsauken

On July 10, 2019. Age 65. Of Gloucester City. Loving father of Daniel Brewer, John M. Brewer, III, Kimberly Ann Paleschic, Stephanie Brewer and Erica Brewer. Beloved grandfather of 17 and 1 great-grandson. Dear Brother of Patricia Brewer. John was born in Camden and was a longtime resident of Gloucester City. He worked as a pressman for WB Saunders Company in Pennsauken. At the request of the family, cremation and services are private. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of John M. Brewer, Jr. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME, Gloucester City. Ph:... Read more →

Mildred E. 'Midge' DiBenedetto Glassboro; formerly of Brooklawn

( E. ("Midge") DiBenedetto, nee Henderson, 93, of Glassboro, wife of the late Cosmo DiBenedetto, went home to be with her Lord on June 30, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Brooklawn, NJ, she was a Glassboro resident for most of her life. Midge was a licensed practical nurse and worked at Camden County General Hospital and Underwood-Memorial for many years. She and her husband owned and operated Crown Pipeline & Construction for 40 years until Cosmo's death in 2000. A faithful and active member of Calvary Hill Church, Glassboro, she taught Sunday School classes and was a... Read more →

Car Breaks Utility Pole, and Destroys Part of the Westville Lions Club Building

The Westville Lions Club building was hit by a car (, NJ)(July 16, 2019)—Last Thursday, around 1:30AM, a car coming from Almonesson Road onto Delsea Drive (Rt 47) struck a telephone pole and a road sign breaking both in half. The driver of the car continued another 25 feet before coming to a stop after hitting the storage area of the Westville Lions Club building, located at the Thomas West park. The condition of the driver and the passenger is not known. Some Looky-Lous' survey the accident damage A Lions Club member said the storage area of the club was... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: Coast Guard Cutter Munro returns home following 98-day counter drug patrol

more than $467 million worth of cocaine seized Editors' Note: Click on images to download high resolution version. ALAMEDA, Calif. – The crew aboard Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) returned home to Alameda Monday following a three month counter-drug patrol in international waters off the coasts of Central and South America in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. This was Munro’s first counter-drug patrol since its commissioning in 2017, and resulted in drug seizures onboard five “panga” style vessels, one low-profile go-fast vessel, one fishing vessel, and one self-propelled semi-submersible vessel. The interdiction of the self-propelled semi-submersible on June 18th resulted... Read more →

Scott MacLennan, of Haddonfield, Dies Suddenly; GCHS and Maryland University Alumnus

Haddonfield - On July 10, 2019, Scott MacLennan, age 69, passed away suddenly at home. He was the son of the late William and Min MacLennan of Gloucester City. Scott worked for many years for the former MacLennan's Gas Station and Auto Repair, at Broadway and Market Streets, Gloucester City for decades. He is survived by his loving wife Carol (nee Shaw), daughter Kate, sister Deborah Hodges and nephews Jonathan (Lauren, Madelyn, Brayden) and Sean. Scott was an amazing caretaker and will be sadly missed by his mother-in-law Joyce Shaw. Scott was a 1968 graduate of Gloucester Catholic HS and... Read more →

Obituary | Charles L. Gruber of Ocean City, formerly of Runnemede

October 06, 1930 - July 03, 2019 Charles Leonard Gruber, on July 3, 2019, of Ocean City, formerly of Runnemede. Age 88. Beloved husband of the late Dorothy Frances (nee Helms). Devoted father of Linda Lou Gruber, June Gruber-Samartino (Roger), Marta Bravoco (Michael, Sr.) and Greta Gruber Kolmer (Mark). Loving grandfather of Brian Samartino, Brittany Chan (Bryan), Brent Samartino (Amanda), Michael Bravoco, Jr. (Anais Fernandez), Charles Bravoco, Lauren Bravoco (Donnie Ankudovich), Mark Kolmer and Kylie Kolmer. Great grandfather of Sophie, Wesley, and Owen. Brother of Edward Gruber (Carol). Uncle of Michael and Nick Gruber. Charles served in the US Marine... Read more →

Uncle Bill’s Pancake House Serves Up Great Food and Atmosphere

MediaWizeJuly 2019 Uncle Bill's Pancake House at 21st Street in Ocean City packs in a breakfast crowd for the Fourth of July holiday week. (Photo courtesy Pat O'Hara) By Maddy Vitale Uncle Bill’s Pancake House in Ocean City isn’t a typical shore restaurant that ushers people in and out for a quick bite. The owners try — and succeed — at creating a tasty, memorable experience for customers. The proof is in the residents coming back day after day and vacationers year after year. The service is friendly and speedy because the owners recognize the eatery is just a stop... Read more →

A History of Camden County

By Gail Greenberg Visit the Camden County Historical Society Web Site to learn more… “Let it be remembered,” wrote Thomas Sharp in 1718, “That upon the nineteenth day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and eighty-one, Mark Newby, William Bates, Thomas Thackara, George Goldsmith and Thomas Sharp set sail from the harbor…of Dublin…We took our land in tract together…bounding in the forks of Newton Creek and so over to Cooper’s Creek…” Sharp’s narrative account of the first permanent European settlement in what is today West Collingswood is the most accurate history of the establishment... Read more →

PFAS Chemicals exceeding EPA health advisory have been found in four wells near base

DOVER (July 14, 2019) – The US Air Force and Dover Air Force Base have notified Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and Division of Public Health that four wells near the base sampled by the federal government for perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), have returned elevated levels of PFOS and PFOA above the US Environmental Protection Agency’s health advisory for these substances of 70 parts per trillion (ppt). Because of the elevated PFOS and PFOA levels, the owners of the four wells – which provide water to a shopping center with... Read more →

Gov. Wolf issue $90M in bonds for new voting machines without legislative action

By Dave Lemery | The Center SquareJuly, 2019 There appears to be agreement among Republican and Democratic leaders in Harrisburg that something needs to be done to help defray the expenses that Pennsylvania counties face following Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive order last year requiring them to obtain new voting machines for the 2020 election. But rather than wait for Rep. Gene DiGirolamo’s forthcoming proposal to work its way through the legislative process in the aftermath of the governor’s veto of another bill that would have sent some money to the counties, the governor’s office announced Tuesday that the Wolf administration... Read more →

Schuylkill County Man Sentenced To 15 Years’ Imprisonment For Methamphetamine Trafficking

Middle District of Pennsylvania SCRANTON—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Ernest Schaeffer, age 43, of Schuylkill Haven, was sentenced on July 2, 2019, by U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion to 15 years’ imprisonment followed by five years on supervised release for participating in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy. According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Schaeffer previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine between June and October 2016. Judge Mannion explained that he imposed a sentence above the advisory guidelines range because during the course... Read more →


Related: ARTIST Dave Wolfe Vol. 6 No. 4 (July 14, 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 Read more →

Former Pennsylvania Congressman Sestak a late but hopeful presidential candidate

By Steve Bittenbender | The Center SquareJuly, 2019 The newest entry seeking the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination knows he has a tough road ahead. Joe Sestak, a retired Navy admiral and two-term Congressman from Pennsylvania, formally announced his candidacy last month. While most candidates threw their hats in the ring months earlier, Sestak had an important reason for waiting. His daughter recently beat brain cancer for the second time in her young life. He said only 8 percent of kids survive from glioblastoma. The first time she survived, he decided to run against incumbent Curt Wheldon for a U.S. House... Read more →

Philadelphia CBP Seizes $253k in Counterfeit Speakers from China bound for Los Angeles

PHILADELPHIA –( U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized 1,626 counterfeit Edison Professional speakers in Philadelphia July 9. If authentic, the speakers would have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $253,572. The speakers arrived in two shipments to Philadelphia from China June 13. The first shipment consisted of 975 Edison Professional M7000 speakers and the second shipment consisted of 651 Edison Professional EP-365 speakers. They were destined to an address in Los Angeles. CBP officers inspected the speakers and suspected them to be counterfeit due to the poor quality of the packaging and markings. Officers contacted CBP’s Electronics... Read more →

Bi-partisan bill in Pennsylvania could freeze some seniors’ school district property taxes

By Dave Fidlin | The Center Square July 2019 HARRISBURG PA ( senior citizens’ school district property taxes could be frozen if a bill working its way through the state legislature is passed into law. State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Thorndale, and state Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, are co-sponsors of the bipartisan effort. The bill was first introduced in January and in late June was referred to the House Finance Committee for further review. The proposal, introduced as House Bill 1675, has since gained the support of 21 other House legislators. To date, the bill’s total sponsorship includes 20 Democrats and... Read more →

Ultraviolet Rays Don’t Discriminate: With Summer Sun Comes Increased Need for Safety

People of color just as susceptible to being diagnosed with and dying from skin cancer July 11, 2019 01:52 PM Eastern Daylight Time UV Rays Don't Discriminate: With summer sun comes an increased need for all, even people with skin of color, to use sunscreen and take other steps to protect their skin from too much sun exposure. Skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the United States, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, accounts for nearly 5.5 million cancer diagnoses, resulting in 15,000 deaths per year. This year new cases of melanoma – the most dangerous form... Read more →