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September 2019

Rutgers Student Makes Long Journey

From Immigration Battle to Outer Space NASA’s Diana Trujillo discusses Rutgers student’s persistence in her quest to become an astronaut New Brunswick, N.J. (Sept. 30, 2019) – Becoming an astronaut is challenging for anyone, but Marissa Navarro’s dream was complicated by an eight-year fight to stay in the United States. Today, however, the Mexican immigrant is one step closer to her goal of reaching outer space. Navarro, an electrical and computer engineering student at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, spent last summer mentored by NASA aerospace engineer... Read more →


IMAGINE A DAY WITH ZERO TRAFFIC FATALITIES

LOWER TOWNSHIP WILL CELEBRATES THE 19 ANNUAL "PUT THE BRAKES ON FATALITIES DAY®" October 10, 2019 Lower Township, NJ, a May 2019 report released by the National Highway and Transportation Administration (NHTSA) indicated there were 37,133 traffic fatalities in 2017. This is one fatality nearly every fourteen minutes. There is still much to be done to reduce the number of fatalities. Everyone needs to be engaged as we work toward the goal of a day with zero deaths. A day we imagine where all drivers... Read more →


Robert Peterson Appointed Vice President Finance and CFO of United Methodist Communities

NEPTUNE, N.J., September 30, 2019 — United Methodist Communities (UMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Peterson to the position of vice president finance and chief financial officer. In this role, Mr. Peterson, a resident of Bridgewater, New Jersey, will direct the overall financial plans and accounting practices for United Methodist Communities and its 13 statewide sites. Among his duties, Mr. Peterson oversees the financial and accounting system controls and standards, ensuring timely statistical reports for leadership to assist in meeting UMC’s strategic... Read more →


GUEST OPINION: Cardinal Pell And Brett Kavanaugh; Two Defamed Catholics

September 30, 2019 Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the defamation of two prominent Catholics: In some quarters, George Cardinal Pell and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh are both seen as sexual predators, deserving of imprisonment and impeachment, respectively. The Catholic League stands behind both the Australian cleric and the American judge: they have been maliciously defamed and are deserving of total exoneration. Cardinal Pell has appealed his conviction of sexually abusing two choirboys to the Australian High Court. In a 2-1 decision rendered... Read more →


Pennacchio: Murphy’s Sanctuary State Policy Allows Sexual Predators to Roam Free

Denounces False Promise that Directive would “protect the safety of all New Jersey residents” TRENTON, NJ (September 30, 2019)--Senator Joe Pennacchio condemned Governor Murphy’s sanctuary state policies that resulted in the release from county jail of an illegal immigrant who was arrested for sexual assault of a minor, despite a detainer request by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). A directive from the Attorney General has prohibited local law enforcement agencies from working with federal immigration authorities. When the “Immigrant Trust Directive” was announced, Attorney... Read more →


Five Cities Named Winners in the Degree® Deodorant “Made To Move” Grant Program

September 30, 2019, In partnership with Blue Zones®, the world’s #1 deodorant1 will provide half a million dollars to city projects inspiring communities to move more ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. /PRNewswire/ – Degree Deodorant announced the five winners in the brand’s first “Made To Move” grant program, a national competition that will dedicate $500,000 dollars in funding for city projects that encourage healthy, active lifestyles. Brought together by Degree and Blue Zones, global experts in community health and well-being transformation, the program supports Degree’s larger mission... Read more →


NJ News Commons: FEDERAL FUNDS: $2.5M IN NJ FOR ORAL HEALTH INVESTMENT

Three health centers in our state — Henry J. Austin Health Center in Trenton, Paterson Community Health Center, and Ocean Health Initiatives — will each receive $300,000 to expand and improve dental and oral health care for their patients. These centers are open to anyone, "regardless of their citizenship status, insurance status or ability to pay," Lilo H. Stainton writes. (NJ Spotlight) AG REVISES DIRECTIVE: ICE COOPERATION, COUNTY JAILS On Friday, state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal signed a revised Immigrant Trust Directive, citing an "overzealous... Read more →


GOP Congressional Candidate Singh: Democrats are finally going whole hog on impeachment

Let's recap the craziest thing that happened last week: They've dropped all pretenses. They're actively working to undermine and overturn the 2016 election. America is a country of 'We the People,’ and We elected President Trump. But these radical Democrats don’t respect the results of our victory. Cory Booker is one of the worst, saying We the People don't matter. We know the truth, Cory. We're not buying your lies. PLEDGE $20.20 for 2020 Since taking office, President Trump has done one thing: Put America... Read more →


CASH POP from NJ Lottery – AVAILABLE NOW!

Match One Number and Win in Exciting New Game . TRENTON (September 30, 2019) – The New Jersey Lottery is proud to announce CASH POP, a new draw game where just ONE number wins! “New Jersey Lottery is pleased to be the first state lottery to offer this new and exciting game of CASH POP to the public,” said New Jersey Lottery’s Acting Executive Director James Carey. “This unique and entertaining game is easy to play and offers good odds of winning. Players can win... Read more →


Hamilton's Legacy Endures In Philadelphia

His Greatest Achievements Took Place In Philadelphia Freedom fighter, statesman, financial genius, adulterer. These are the impressions Alexander Hamilton has left on his Broadway-based fans. (The Tony Award-winning musical is playing at Philadelphia’s Forrest Theatre through November 17, 2019.) But the sites and exhibits in Philadelphia, especially in the city’s easy-to-explore Historic District, prove there’s plenty more to the real Hamilton. The National Constitution Center’s exhibit, Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation, highlights the competing ideas of Hamilton and his rivals. At the... Read more →


Brigantine Native Raising Funds for Shore Cancer Center

MediaWize September 2019 Shore Medical Center in Somers Point At age 14, Todd Gordon lost his mother, Margaret Mary “Peggy” Gordon, to melanoma cancer that had spread to her organs. She was his source of security and love, and naturally, losing her devastated him. What he did not realize was the deep and profound effect her death had on his emotional health and how that insecurity transcended into every aspect of his life. After 31, Gordon realized there had to be a better way to... Read more →


Pennsylvania’s public pensions are 79.9 percent taxpayer funded, 9th highest in U.S.

The Center Square September 2019 Taxpayer contributions to Pennsylvania’s public pension funds in 2017 amounted to 79.9 percent of the total, the ninth highest ratio among the 50 states, according to newly released data by the U.S. Census Bureau. The total contributions for the state’s public pension plans amounted to $9.1 billion. Employee contributions stood at only $1.8 billion, while state contributions amounted to $2 billion and the local share was $5.3 billion. The Census Bureau’s survey of the public pension plans includes revenues, assets... Read more →


Detainer non-cooperation threatens public safety

source https://www.ice.gov/ U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Matthew T. Albence held a White House press briefing Thursday to explain how sanctuary policies threaten public safety and called on the public to hold their local lawmakers accountable. The briefing made clear that local jurisdictions across the U.S. that refuse to cooperate with ICE are complicit in the crimes committed by aliens who ICE could have otherwise been arrested and removed. Under federal law, ICE has the authority to lodge immigration detainers with law... Read more →


5 Amazing Tips on How to Save Money on a Cruise

(Gloucestercitynews.net)(Sept. 30, 2019)--Did you know over 28 million people took a cruise in 2018? There's no doubt about it—cruises are one of the most popular ways to travel. From local weekend getaways to round-the-world cruises at $183,000 per person, there's something out there for everyone. If you love to cruise but money is tight, what are your options? What's the cheapest way to cruise and still get the most bang for your buck? In this post, we'll reveal how to save money on a cruise... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': Parking Matters

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Over the years I’ve gotten quite a few tickets for parking my car on the street cleaner’s route. Everyone I know complains about it and everyone has gotten a ticket at one time or another. All except for Mr. Down. I don’t think it’s fair that this fellow parks wherever he wants and never gets a ticket! If you look carefully enough you can even see the water marks where the cleaner went around his car! I should say, “cars” because he... Read more →


What is marijuana?

Marijuana refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indicaplant. The plant contains the mind-altering chemical THC and other similar compounds. Extracts can also be made from the cannabis plant (see "Marijuana Extracts"). Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States.1 Its use is widespread among young people. In 2015, more than 11 million young adults ages 18 to 25 used marijuana in the past year.1 According to the Monitoring the Future survey, rates... Read more →


Miguel Vargas Convicted of Endangering the Welfare of a Child

MAYS LANDING- Miguel Vargas, 48, was convicted of 3 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and one count of Obstructing the Administration of Law following a 2 week-long trial, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on related Sexual Assault counts. Vargas was arrested in December 2015, following a three-month long investigation by the Atlantic City Police Department and the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force. During the course of the trial, 3 of the 4... Read more →


Support for 'Spartacus' - All Shriveled Up

We've really come a long way in recent months. I am endlessly grateful for your support. Generous patriots like you make our mission possible. It's why we're extremely close to ending Cory Booker's political career. You can help us give Booker that final push goodbye. BYE BOOKER Cory Booker can't hide his true self any longer. Just take a look: First, he decided "I'm gonna be the President!" But at some point he realized "Uh oh, I might not win the Primary." So he gets... Read more →


Game Commission and Penn Vet Partner to Protect Wildlife

New program will improve disease surveillance to safeguard wildlife and public health. [PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA] - White-nose syndrome has killed 99 percent of most cave-bat species. Chronic wasting disease continues to spread to new parts of Pennsylvania, infecting and killing deer and threatening hunting tradition. West Nile virus has left Pennsylvania’s state bird, the ruffed grouse, with an uncertain future. At no time in history has disease posed more problems for wildlife and its conservation. And that’s why a new partnership between the Pennsylvania Game Commission... Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: Police Officer Brian Mulkeen Shot and Killed Arresting Armed Suspect

Police Officer Brian Mulkeen New York City Police Department, New York End of Watch Sunday, September 29, 2019 NEW YORK, NY--Police Officer Brian Mulkeen was shot and killed as he attempted to arrest a subject armed with an illegal handgun. He was 33. He and his team were assigned to patrol in plainclothes around the Edenwald Houses in the Bronx. The officers were assigned to the area due to gang activity, including a recent shooting in the area. The officers observed a suspicious male in... Read more →


Carpenters’ Benefit Plan Official George R. Laufenberg Indicted On Fraud Charges

NEWARK, N.J. – The former administrative manager of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (Carpenters Union) New Jersey/New York benefit funds was indicted today by a federal grand jury for defrauding the funds of more than $1.5 million, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. George R. Laufenberg, 69, of Harvey Cedars, New Jersey, is charged in a five-count indictment with embezzlement of pension funds, embezzlement of deferred compensation payments, embezzlement of excess annuity fund contributions, conspiracy to embezzle with a “low-show” employee, and making a false statement... Read more →


Six Men Sentenced for Roles in Illegal Loansharking, Check Cashing, Gambling & Money Laundering Schemes

Linked to Genovese Crime Family Indicted in “Operation Fistful” by Division of Criminal Justice & Waterfront Commission TRENTON –Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that six defendants were sentenced today for their roles in criminal schemes that generated millions of dollars through illegal loansharking, unlicensed check cashing, gambling, and money laundering. The schemes were linked to the New York-based Genovese organized crime family. The defendants were indicted in “Operation Fistful,” a joint investigation by the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice and the Waterfront Commission... Read more →


Maryland Sept 25-Oct. 1 Fishing Report: Striped Bass Active in the Upper Chesapeake Bay

By Keith Lockwood Maryland Department of Natural Resources Travis Long and Justin Beam quickly hold up a pair of huge red drum before slipping them back into the bay. Photo courtesy of Travis Long As summer slips into history and we step into fall, there is a lot of exciting fishing in Maryland. Trout fishermen are getting ready for the fall stocking program that begins in October. The Chesapeake Bay is teeming with Spanish mackerel and behemoth red drum, providing some amazing catch-and-release fishing. Forecast... Read more →


State Investigating Death of Atlantic County Jail Inmate

HAMILTON –The Attorney General’s Shooting Response Task Force – which also investigates other deaths that occur during an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in his or her official capacity or that occur in custody – is investigating the death of an inmate who died early Monday morning after being taken to the hospital from the Atlantic County Justice Facility. Mario Terruso, 41, of Mays Landing, died early Monday morning, Sept. 16, at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Mainland Campus. Terruso was arrested on Sunday... Read more →


Philadelphia Police Searching for Suspect who Attacked 71-Year-Old Man (video)

PHILADELPHIA, PA (September 29, 2019)--Philadelphia Police are searching for a suspect who beat up a 71-year-old man at the Hunting Park recreational center, 1000 Hunting Park Avenue on Tuesday, September 24. The surveillance video released by police, shows a man in red shorts walking through the park before entering the recreation center. He has a brief conversation with the victim who was eating his lunch and then the video shows the suspect punching the elderly employee some 15 times. If you have any information about... Read more →


McDaniel College Freshmen from NJ Awarded Educator's Legacy Scholarships

WESTMINSTER, MD (09/26/2019)-- McDaniel College has awarded select freshmen with Educator's Legacy Scholarships valued at up to $100,000 for each student. Children with a parent or guardian who has at least four years of current and consecutive full time employment at a K-12 school or community college can apply for this guaranteed scholarship to attend McDaniel College. Any service qualifies, such as teachers, administrators, counselors, nurses or support staff, etc. Erin Agnew of Haddonfield (08033) has been awarded an Educator's Legacy Scholarship valued at up... Read more →


31 Defendants Charged In Takedown Of Two Separate Burlington County Drug Trafficking Gangs

Twenty-eight Arrests Made in Coordinated Takedown by Federal and State Law Enforcement TRENTON, N.J. – Federal criminal charges have been filed against 31 individuals for their roles as members, associates, and suppliers of multiple drug-trafficking conspiracies that distributed cocaine, crack cocaine, and heroin in the Burlington County, New Jersey, area, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today. Twenty-eight defendants were arrested today, one was already in state custody, and two remain at large. Those arrested today are scheduled to have their initial appearances this afternoon before... Read more →


Pennsylvania 2019-2020 Fiscal Year Given 'D' Grade

By Kim Jarrett | The Center SquareSep 25, 2019 Pennsylvania’s $34 billion budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year did not include any new taxes or fees, but an economic think tank says the commonwealth’s fiscal health is not as good as it seems. Truth in Accounting gave Pennsylvania a “D” grade for financial health, ranking the state at number 39th nationally, with one being the best. Pennsylvania needs $75 billion, according to the annual report. To meet the shortfall, every taxpayer would have to pay... Read more →


Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter

September 16-22 Reminder for the week: Hunters are required to wear hunter orange and properly transport firearms for safety DOVER (Sept. 29, 2019) – To achieve public compliance with laws and regulations through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, DNREC’s Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between Sept. 16-22 made 2,384 contacts with hunters, anglers, boaters, and the general public, issuing 40 citations. Officers responded to 57 complaints regarding possible violations... Read more →


“Golden Goose” of the Mexican Mafia Sentenced to 30 Years

SAN DIEGO – Fady Esho, was sentenced in federal court to 30 years in prison for his aggravated role in a drug distribution conspiracy as well as his participation in an attempted armed robbery ordered by the Mexican Mafia. The charges stem from an investigation by the FBI-led Violent Crimes Task Force, Gang Group (VCTF-GG) into drug trafficking, firearms and violent crimes being committed by certain gang members and their associates in San Diego. “Taking this Mexican Mafia member off the street for three decades... Read more →


Author Benjamin Ludwig visits Rowan College of SJ-Cumberland Campus- Oct. 16, 2019

(CNBNewsnet)--With the start of fall semester classes, Rowan College of South Jersey’s “One Book, One College” reading campaign is in full swing as this year’s selection, “Ginny Moon” by Benjamin Ludwig, is becoming a topic of conversation in many classrooms. One of the highlights of the One Book, One College program is an on-campus visit by the featured author. The public is invited to meet Benjamin Ludwig during his presentation and book signing on Wednesday, Oct. 16, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Guaracini Performing... Read more →


Scenario Tests FBI Hostage Rescue Team Trainees and SC First Responders

CHARLESTON, SC (CNBNewsnet)--A caller to the FBI tip line reported seeing a man throwing a backpack off the Ravenel Bridge, which connects Charleston to Mt. Pleasant in coastal South Carolina. FBI special agents and intelligence analysts, working with local law enforcement, gathered evidence that led them to believe the person seen dumping the bag was affiliated with a local militia group with a violent history. The signs indicated the group, once thought to be dormant after the arrest of its leader, was organizing again. Confronted... Read more →


Lehigh University Welcomes NJ Residents

BETHLEHEM, PA (09/29/2019)-- Lehigh University is thrilled to officially welcome the Class of 2023. The incoming class represents an accomplished, diverse group of students who represent 42 U.S. states and territories and 26 countries. Congratulations to these students on their enrollment at Lehigh - we are proud to call them Mountain Hawks! Leeza Khalif of Margate City Sarah Kolb of Moorestown Jack Sarkos of Linwood Sean McKenna of Cherry Hill Emily Cimino of Estell Manor Madison Kahn of Ocean City Mariana Ziejewski of Swedesboro Katie... Read more →


JEROME BY DAVE WOLFE

Related: ARTIST Dave Wolfe Vol. 6 No. 15(September 29, 2019) Editor's Note: Each Sunday morning we post a weekly comic strip provided by cartoonist Dave Wolfe, age 18. Dave has been drawing since he was 5 years old, he knew he wanted to be a cartoonist at the age of 8. He’s been distributing his comics in school since 3rd grade. (click image to enlarge) Read more →


Human Skull Found at Mailbu Beach Wildlife Area

MediaWizeSeptember , 2019 The Malibu Beach Wildlife Management Area is more popularly known as "Dog Beach" to local dog owners. By NANETTE LoBIONDO GALLOWAY New Jersey State Police confirmed that a human skull was discovered at Malibu Beach, or what locals call “Dog Beach,” located at the foot of the Ocean City-Longport Bridge in Egg Harbor Township. According to Lt. Ted Schafer, a man was walking his dog and came upon the discovery at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9. State Police troopers from the Woodbine... Read more →