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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 make a special effort to “Put the Brakes on Fatalities.” When this happens, we can achieve our goal. The nineteenth annual Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day will be celebrated on October 10, 2019 by promoting the theme “Don’t be Driven to Distraction-Drive to Arrive” in Lower Township, NJ to encourage the public to reduce driver distractions so they and their loved ones do not... 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 objectives. He also develops strategies for capital structure and works with investor stakeholders to achieve optimal financing. Mr. Peterson reports to President and CEO, Larry Carlson, who states, “Robert is a self-starter who excels in developing talent, anticipating and resolving issues, implementing process improvements, and working in a highly regulated environment.” Mr. Peterson earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Wagner College, Staten Island,... 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 in August, the Court of Appeal in Victoria found Pell guilty as charged of abusing the boys after Sunday Mass while he was Archbishop of Melbourne in 1996 and 1997. The dissenting judge, Justice Mark Weinberg, blasted the majority opinion in a lengthy statement. He noted that the entire case against Pell came from one person, and that his accusation was contradicted by more than... 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 General Grewal was quoted as saying the directive was “fair and welcoming” and would “protect the safety of all New Jersey residents.” Pennacchio also reasserted his call to mandate Megan’s Law registration for all sexual offenders regardless of where the crime was committed, and would require local police to cooperate with federal law enforcement in sexual abuse cases. “We have a sexual predator on the... 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 of bringing movement opportunities, events and resources to the masses. Standing out among projects from 47 applicants representing 28 states across the U.S.,2 winning projects – from Hartford, Connecticut; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Jersey City, New Jersey; Chattanooga, Tennessee and Richardson, Texas – showcase passion and commitment to increasing opportunities for activity in their communities. These five winning cities are pushing to improve their communities’ health... 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 first. Cory Booker has never cared about putting America first, let alone the American people. Time after time, he shows his love for power. And make no mistake — it's power he wants. Absolute control. As Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) puts it: "My point is the extreme left of the Democratic Party, they have so much anger and hatred directed at the president that we're... 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 prizes from 5X to 250X their wager by matching their one number to the number drawn!” CASH POP is simple to play. Participants just pick one number or up to 15 numbers between 1-15, then select a wager amount of $1, $2, $5, or $10 per number. Each one number will cost the amount of the wager selected. Prizes assigned vary per number and range... 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 and membership data. The survey indicated there were 299 pension funds administered by state governments and 5,977 funds managed by local governments. The information covered the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. --- State, Local Government Funding of Public Pension Plans Rank State Total Pension Plan Contributions (in Thousands of Dollars) Employee Contributions (in Thousands of Dollars) State Government Contributions (in Thousands of Dollars) Local... 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 enforcement partners who have custody of individuals arrested on criminal charges and who ICE has probable cause to believe are removable aliens. The detainer form asks the other law enforcement agency to notify ICE in advance of release and to maintain custody of the alien for a brief period so that ICE can take custody of that person in a safe and secure setting upon... 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 in 5 easy steps. Read on to learn more! 1. Book Early Sure, there are lots of last-minute deals you can find. Alaskan, Caribbean, or European cruises can take you to amazing places all over the world. But if you want to lock in the best deals (with plenty of time for planning), book your cruise early. In some cases, you can book your cruise... 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 of marijuana use among middle and high school students have dropped or leveled off in the past few years after several years of increase. However, the number of young people who believe regular marijuana use is risky is decreasing.2 Legalization of marijuana for medical use or adult recreational use in a growing number of states may affect these views. Read more about marijuana as medicine... 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 children who lived in his home testified to years of abuse and neglect, including long-term confinement and isolation, resulting in lasting injury and psychological harm. Vargas’s youngest child escaped from the home on September 13, 2015, initiating an investigation. Vargas subsequently fled the County with his family for several months until they were located on December 3, 2015 in Avon by the Sea. Sentencing is... 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 his Democrat cronies to change the law to let him run for both President and the Senate at the same time. ...then it all hilariously backfires. Look at what remains of his support: Hey Cory, reality's a cruel mistress isn't it? Exposing Cory Booker and corrupt Democrats like him is exactlywhy we need to smash our September and Third Quarter fundraising goals. It happens only... 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 and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) has formed to address those problems head-on. Penn Vet and the Game Commission today announced the Pennsylvania Wildlife Futures Program, a new science-based, wildlife health program that will increase disease surveillance, management and research to better protect wildlife across the Commonwealth. For hunters who submit samples from deer they harvest for chronic wasting disease... 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 the rear of one of the buildings. Three of the officers exited their patrol car to question the man but the subject fled on foot. Officer Mulkeen caught the male and attempted to take him into custody. A violent struggle ensued, during which the male suspect tried to pull out a .32-caliber revolver. During the struggle for the gun, Officer Mulkeen was shot and mortally... 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 in an annual financial report. He will be arraigned before a U.S. District Court Judge at a later date. According to the indictment: Laufenberg is the former administrative manager of the New Jersey Carpenter’s Pension, Annuity, Health and Training/Apprenticeship Funds. He allegedly stole from the benefit plans by using his authority to self-deal and benefit himself with unapproved and improper distributions from pension and annuity... 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 of New York Harbor, conducted with assistance from the New York and Queens County District Attorneys’ Offices and other law enforcement agencies. Much of the illicit revenue was collected and laundered through licensed and unlicensed check-cashing businesses in Newark run by alleged Genovese associate Domenick Pucillo. Pucillo and the other associates who were indicted allegedly are part of a New Jersey crew that was operating... 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 Summary: Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Due to the expected warm, calm and sunny conditions all week, expect generally stable conditions in the Chesapeake Bay. The recent absence of rain has helped bring salinities much closer to normal, allowing some of the more salt-loving fish to push further up the Bay. In general, gamefish will still hold at similar locations and depths as last week.... 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 afternoon, Sept. 15, on a warrant and lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility. In jail, he was agitated and ill and was the subject of various actions by jail staff responding to the situation. The Attorney General’s Task Force is conducting a thorough and independent investigation of what happened to Terruso, including all actions taken by correction officers and other staff at the jail... 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 this crime or suspect, call police at 215-686-3243/3244. Related: Philadelphia Police: Man Punches 71-Year-Old Recreation Center Employee Multiple Times In Face, Steals Cellphone 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 U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas E. Arpert in Trenton federal court. (See chart below.) The first complaint charges 20 defendants in two overlapping drug conspiracies involving the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine in the Burlington County area. This organization is allegedly operated by Herbert Mays of Willingboro, New Jersey. The second complaint charges 12 defendants with three interrelated drug conspiracies involving the distribution of cocaine,... 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 the state $17,100. States with a taxpayer burden between $5,000 to $20,000 earn “D” grades. The reason for the grade is billions of dollars of unfunded retirement costs and future retiree health benefits for workers, said Sheila Weinberg, founder and CEO of Truth in Accounting. She calls it “political math.” “They say, ‘Oh, the budget’s balanced,’ so therefore, everybody thinks it’s fine, and then they... 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 of laws and regulations or requests to assist the public. An increased Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police presence continued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area and Michael N. Castle Trail. Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police in the Community On Sept. 17, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers presented information to a Hunter Education Class held at Little Creek Hunter Education Training Center,... 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 is a big win for public safety,” said U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer. “This significant sentence will prevent defendant, who was a violent firearms and drug trafficker in addition to being a Mexican mafia member, from further menacing our community.” The U.S. Attorney praised prosecutors Todd Robinson and Kareem Salem as well as the FBI and the Violent Crimes Task force-Gang Group for their diligence in... 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 Arts Center, 3322 College Drive. Now in its 16th year, the college’s successful One Book, One College program was designed to connect the campus and the community to promote reading for pleasure, critical thinking, global awareness and multicultural understanding. Each years’ selections have proven popular with area book clubs as well. “Ginny Moon” was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and named... 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 with this emerging domestic terrorism threat from a group whose members have exhaustive knowledge of the area’s waterways, the FBI Columbia Field Office’s Joint Terrorism Task Force requested support from the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team and the unique resources and skills of its mobility operators. “The goal was to build a realistic scenario to exercise a range of techniques.” -Special agent, FBI Columbia Photos: HRT... 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 Barracks and South Jersey Homicide Unit responded to the scene. The skull was sent to the Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office, where it was identified as human remains, Schafer said. No further information about the grisly discovery was provided. The beach, a popular spot for local pet owners and their dogs from across the bridge in Ocean City, is located between Longport and Somers Point,... Read more →


Menendez Calls on Secretary of State to Appear Before Senate and Produce Documents

NEWARK – Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer following the issuance of a subpoena by three House committees to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over his refusal to produce critical documents related to President Donald Trump’s coercion of a foreign leader to investigate his domestic political opponents. “We have the President of the United Stated perverting and corrupting the use of his power to get a foreign government, once again, involved in our elections, and using the resources of the federal government… all in an effort to get dirt on the President’s political opponents,” said Menendez. “This is as outrageous as it gets, even for this presidency. It goes to the core of our democracy and our Constitution. That is why it needs to be pursued at any cost.” Earlier today, Menendez called on Secretary Pompeo to immediately testify... Read more →


DeANGELO SEEKS ANSWERS REGARDING TRENTON WATER WORKS BOIL WATER ADVISORY

September 28, 2019, 3:51 pm | in “Since the beginning of 2018, I have taken decisive action in addressing Trenton Water Works and their inability to deliver clean, reliable water to the communities they serve. It’s unacceptable to have residents worry about whether or not their water is safe to use or drink coming into the weekend. I demand answers from Trenton Water Works and the Department of Environmental Protection on behalf of the residents and businesses that are affected.” Read more →


NRA-ILA: Meet the Woman Who Took on Beto O’Rourke

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2019 SUPPORT NRA-ILA A Colorado woman challenged Beto O’Rourke’s gun confiscation plan at a town hall last week and the video went viral. Lauren Boebert’s interaction with the presidential candidate was viewed more than 5 million times on NRA social media and was shared 190,000 times. Boebert was even featured on national news. The NRA sat down with Boebert for a Q&A. Here’s what she had to say. Q. Millions of Americans watched you take on Beto O’Rourke at his gun control rally in Colorado. How did that come about? A. In Colorado, our Second Amendment rights have been hit hard in the last decade. Politicians have been shaving off pieces of our Second Amendment with knee jerk reactions any time they can find an excuse to restrict us. When I heard Beto was coming to my state to push for more gun control, I knew I... Read more →


Obituary | Walter C. Scranton of NC, formerly of Bellmawr

June 29, 1949 - September 27, 2019 Walter Carey Scranton passed away peacefully after a short illness surrounded by his family on September 27,2019, of North Carolina formally of Bellmawr. Age 70. Beloved husband of Judy (Cavalieri) Scranton. Devoted Step Father to Gina Quirindongo. Being a pop-pop was his true calling to Aiden, Ashton, Rylan and Brayden. He is survived by brothers and sister, Dr. John Scranton (Sally), Mary Ellen Mcgaley, (Frank), Tim Scranton, (Lisa) and Tom Scranton, (Rennie). Loved by many nieces and nephews. Son of the late Walter and Florence Scranton. Carey was a graduate of La Salle University, and worked in South Jersey in sales and management. In his youth he was an avid golfer and had a passion for the game. There will be a viewing at 8:15 am to 9:45 am, Tuesday morning at St. Joachim Parish, Mary Mother Church. 20 Braisington Ave. Bellmawr NJ... Read more →


Obituary: Mary E. Graham of Sewell, formerly of Bellmawr

Mary E. Graham (nee Rappe), on September 25, 2019, of Sewell, formerly of Bellmawr. Age 75. Beloved wife of the late Edward J. Graham and Alfred D. Lowenthal. Loving mother of Patty Antonelli (Greg Plocharski), Linda (Tim) Mergen and the late Eddie Graham. Devoted grandmom of Lisa (Craig), Heather, Christina, T.J., Emmalee, Michael and Christopher. Also survived by her loving companion Ron Trebing. Mary was an avid Eagles and Phillies fan. She enjoyed her family and friends and adored her grandchildren. Mary loved going to the casinos, the beach and the boardwalk. She enjoyed listening to music, especially Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond and the Highwaymen. Mary also enjoyed winning at Bingo. There will be a viewing from 6 to 8pm Tuesday eve and 10 to 11am Wednesday morning at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Service 11am Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment private. Read more →


Tri-Valley Trail in White Clay Creek State Park Completed Open to the Public

NEWARK (Sept. 27, 2019) – The second phase of the Tri-Valley Trail in White Clay Creek State Park has been completed and is open to the public, DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation announced today. The 1.1-mile trail links the Pike Creek area and the City of Newark. The newest trail in Delaware’s state park system is also the first continuous trail that allows visitors with mobility challenges to enjoy the opportunity to hunt, fish, and participate in accessible hay wagon rides. A primitive camping area in the park/along the trail is currently under construction and expected to be complete in October. “Delaware State Parks and our trail systems add value to our personal health, the economy, and tourism,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin. “Regardless of ability, everyone deserves the chance to recreate and enjoy the outdoors, and DNREC could not be more proud to provide these opportunities to... Read more →


EPA Partially Removes Novak Sanitary Landfill Site from National Superfund List

CNBNewsnet--PHILADELPHIA (Sept. 26, 2019) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) announced today that they have removed the groundwater portion of the 65-acre Novak Sanitary Landfill in South Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania from the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). “EPA is focused on making substantial and meaningful progress cleaning up Superfund Sites,” said EPA Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio. “Partially delisting the Novak Sanitary Landfill Site from the Superfund list is an important milestone that marks the completion of years of cleanup work and collaboration across many levels of government.” The Site was once contaminated with hazardous chemicals due to past disposal practices. Beginning in the mid-1950s, municipal, residential, commercial, and industrial wastes were disposed of in the landfill. This continued in various sections of the landfill until it was closed in 1990 by the State. The Site was contaminated with volatile... Read more →


Obituary | Robert G Paul of Gloucester City

November 07, 1980 - September 25, 2019 Robert G. Paul, 38, of Gloucester City, N.J. passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at home. Born in Camden, he was a longtime resident of Browns Mills, N.J. He is survived by his parents, Charles and Patricia Drayton; one brother, Samuel; one sister, Victoria; 6 nieces and nephews, Vicki Lee, Alexia, Makayla, Sammy Jr., Mckenna and Isabella. Relatives and friends may call on Sunday, September, 29, 2019 from 2pm until 3pm. A memorial service will follow at 3pm at the Moore Funeral Home, 371 Lakehurst Rd., Browns Mills, N.J. 08015 Read more →


LEGALIZATION IS DESTROYING MY KIDS AND THEIR GENERATION

source MOMS STRONG I am a former marijuana user who is dead set against legalization of it in any form. I experienced back in the 1970’s how it affected my life and led to stronger drug and alcohol abuse, and I know that all the other back doors to legalization are exactly that: back doors. My daughter, husband, and I have left Colorado due to what legalization did not only to our neighborhood (dirty needles, homeless camping in our back yards at night, drugs hidden in window wells, increase in auto and other theft), but to our family, as well. To begin with, our daughter, who is in her 20’s and finally living a productive and well-adjusted life in Texas, got sucked into marijuana use in Colorado and ended up in the emergency room twice. Both times, ER doctors thought other drugs were involved, but the tests were conclusive that... Read more →


Collingswood H.S. Student Charged with Bringing Handgun to School

CNBNews--COLLINGSWOOD NJ (Sept. 28, 2019)--The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office and Collingswood Police department reported that a 15-year-old Woodlynne male, a student of Collingswood High School, was charged with bringing a handgun to school today. The Collingswood Police Department was notified this afternoon by school personnel after students alerted a staff member that they believed the juvenile was in possession of a handgun. No one was injured, and there were no reported threats made to the students or the school. The student was charged with Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose according to the Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Collingswood Police Chief Kevin Carey. The juvenile was also charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon in an Educational Institution and Possession of Firearms by Minors. The investigation into the matter is ongoing and no further information is being released at this time.... Read more →


New Jersey Lottery Introduces New Game

TRENTON (September 26, 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 prizes from 5X to 250X their wager by matching their one number to the number drawn!” CASH POP is simple to play. Participants just pick one number or up to 15 numbers between 1-15, then select a wager amount of $1, $2, $5, or $10 per number. Each one number will cost the amount of the wager selected. Prizes assigned vary and range from $5 up to $250 per $1 wager. The ticket purchased will... Read more →


Somers Point Plastic Bag Ban Begins January

mvitaleSeptember 24, 2019 Somers Point now joins 26 other New Jersey communities to either ban plastic bags or impose a fee on their use. By MADDY VITALE SOMERS POINT, NJ--On Jan. 16, 2020, Somers Point will be sending a strong message about protecting the environment with a single-use plastic bag ban. City Council adopted an ordinance nine months ago charging a 5-cent fee on each single-use plastic bag at food stores and retail chains operating in Somers Point. Fast forward to Sept. 12 and City Council made an even bolder move. The governing body removed the fee and adopted an amended ordinance to ban single-use plastic bags. Somers Point became one of 27 municipalities across the state with either a single-use plastic bag ban or fee. Six more are set to follow, environmentalists said in interviews. Beth Kwart, chair of the Surfrider Foundation South Jersey, said she thought the ban... Read more →


Obituary | Anetta DiNapoli of Bellmawr

September 25, 1936 - September 26, 2019 Anetta DiNapoli (nee Lutricuso) on September 26, 2019, of Bellmawr. Age 83. Beloved wife of Anthony DiNapoli for 60 years. Devoted mother of Christopher DiNapoli and Marc DiNapoli. Loving sister of the late Dolores Laperra, Janet Capizzi and Joseph Lutricuso. There will be a viewing on Thursday morning from 8:30am to 9:45am at St. Joachim Parish, Annunciation BVM Church, Bellmawr. Funeral Mass 10am in the church. Interment New St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr. Expressions of sympathy may be expressed by sending flowers or by making a donation in Anetta’s name to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Donor Services at Donor Services PO Box 98018 Washington, DC 20090-8018. Funeral services under the direction of the Gardner Funeral Home, Runnemede Read more →


Sweeney Receives the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey’s Public Service Award

CNBNewsnet--Trenton – Senate President Steve Sweeney was the recipient of the 2019 Public Service Award at the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey’s Pinnacle Awards. The awards dinner also honored Debra “Deb” DiLorenzo, the President & CEO of CCSNJ, and Kathleen “Kathy” Davis, the Executive VP & COO of CCSNJ prior to their retirement at the end of this year. “Since my time as Gloucester County Freeholder Director, I have been steadfast in my commitment to preserving the role small businesses play in maintaining a thriving community,” said Senator Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “Economic growth starts in our local communities and I am honored to be here tonight with Deb and Kathy, who have dedicated decades to making South Jersey a better, more economically vibrant place to live and work. Serving South Jersey has been one of the greatest honors of my life, and it is made all the better when... Read more →


Obituary: Mark W. Breslin, of Gloucester City

On September 19, 2019, of Gloucester City, NJ, age 37. He is the beloved son of Marie (nee Reed) and the late Michael T. Breslin, Sr., loving father of Connor and Irelynn and dear brother of Michael, Matthew and Eric Breslin. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Mark’s Memorial Service on Saturday, September 28 at 3:00 PM at the Epiphany Church, 400 Monmouth St., Gloucester City, NJ. Interment will be private at the request of his family. Funeral services under the direction of the Etherington-Creran Funeral Home, 700 Powell St., Gloucester City. Read more →


NJ Attorney General Tells Monmouth and Cape May Counties to Stop Cooperating with ICE

TRENTON (Gloucestercitynews.net)-– Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today issued a directive to all state, county and local law enforcement agencies in New Jersey ending the use of so-called “287(g) agreements,” which allow U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to deputize local law enforcement officers to perform federal civil immigration duties. RELATED: CRIMINALS CHARGED WITH MAJOR CRIMES SET FREE— The order, which revises the “Immigrant Trust Directive” that Attorney General Grewal issued in November 2018, will have the practical effect of terminating the two 287(g) agreements still in effect in New Jersey, namely, those involving the Sheriff’s Offices in Monmouth and Cape May Counties. In issuing the revised Directive, Attorney General Grewal made clear that 287(g) agreements “undermine public trust without enhancing public safety,” and that any asserted benefits of the agreements “are already being achieved by the Immigrant Trust Directive.” “The goal of the Immigrant Trust Directive is clear—to make... Read more →


Pennsylvania Gov. Pushes to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

By Dave Lemery | The Center SquareSep 25, 2019 After years of being noncommittal on the topic, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf came out Wednesday in favor of the legalization of recreational marijuana. Speaking at an afternoon news conference and accompanied by Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, long an advocate for full legalization, Wolf said that removing the criminal penalties for possession of marijuana had widespread public support. “We now know the majority of Pennsylvanians are in favor of legalization, and that includes me,” Wolf, a Democrat, said. “I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together, especially the criminal justice reforms I am proposing today, which will have an immediately positive influence on thousands of families across Pennsylvania.” The proposed criminal justice moves include expunging the records of individuals convicted of minor offenses related to marijuana possession. Fetterman spent much of his first few months in office this year touring... Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: Deputy Sheriff Sandeep Dhaliwal Shot from Behind, Dies

SANDEEP DHALIWAL Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas End of Watch Friday, September 27, 2019 Deputy Sheriff Sandeep Dhaliwal, age 42, was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop in the 14800 block of Willancy Court at approximately 12:45 pm. A subject approached Deputy Dhaliwal from behind and shot him multiple times. He was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds several hours later. Two subjects were arrested later in the afternoon. Deputy Dhaliwal had served with the Harris County Sheriff's Office for 10 years. RELATED: Via Officer Down Memorial page CNB Crime Blue Line CNBNews Tips and Snippets CNBNews Point of View BREAKING NEWS published Gloucestercitynews.net | September 27, 2019 Read more →


Massachusetts Man Receives Prison Time for Possessing Large Quantity of Fentanyl

CNBNewsnet--BURLINGTON CITY, NJ--Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced that a 24-year-old Massachusetts man was sentenced today to five years in New Jersey state prison for attempting to transport a significant amount of fentanyl through the Garden State early last year. Walkyns Valentin-Cruz, of Lawrence, Mass., was sentenced to five years in New Jersey state prison after pleading guilty in May to Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with Intent to Distribute (Second Degree). New Jersey’s criminal code presently contains no first-degree charge that can be applied to fentanyl. Valentin-Cruz was pulled over by a Maple Shade police officer on Route 73 on April 3, 2018 and found to be in possession of suspected narcotics. The results of a laboratory analysis revealed that the package, which was discovered in the glove compartment, contained nearly a kilogram of fentanyl Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine but is... Read more →


New Sign for "Drag Way"; Criminals Charged with Major Crimes Set Free; Brooklawn Super Wawa Opening Soon

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet EAST THOMPSON AVENUE RECEIVES A STREET SIGN--Employees from the Gloucester City Public Works were seen erecting a 15mph street sign at the intersection of East Thompson Avenue and South Stinson Avenue on Wednesday, Sept. 25. There is a similar 15mph sign, which has been there for a decade or more, standing a few feet from Gloucestercitynews.net photo the new one. There are no speed limit signs at all on the other side of the street from Cold Springs Drive to Lane Avenue. Some Riverview Heights residents living in that neighborhood have named East Thompson Avenue "Atco Drag Way", after the longstanding 1/4 mile race track for dragsters in Atco, NJ. Gloucester City Police Chief Brian Morrell said he has approached mayor and council about the residents requests. "Council said they would look into the residents concerns. Since school started I have had two officers... Read more →


ChamberofCommerce.org Ranks Top 100 US Cities to Retire in 2019

For Immediate Release September 24, 2019 – ChamberofCommerce.org published the top 100 cities to retire in 2019, a ranking of the optimal cities for retirees based on variables that cover aspects such as cost of living, crime levels, and quality of life. Top 10 Best Cities to Retire New Bedford, Massachusetts Quincy, Massachusetts Warwick, Rhode Island New York, New York Fall River, Massachusetts Troy, Michigan Cambridge, Massachusetts Livonia, Michigan Cranston, Rhode Island Largo, Florida See the full list and report here: Although freedom increases with retirement, income tends to do the opposite. This report aims to address something that most retirees take into consideration: finding the perfect location to maximize happiness and funds. Retirement is all about planning: how and where does one want to spend their golden years? Data sources for this report include statistics from the U.S. Census, FBI crime databases, and the American Association of Medical Colleges... Read more →