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October 8, 2019

Hoboken Resident Pleads Guilty to Participating in Voter Bribery Scheme

NEWARK, N.J. – A Hoboken, New Jersey, man admitted his role in a conspiracy to promote a voter bribery scheme during a municipal election in Hoboken, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. William Rojas, 69, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini in Newark federal court to an information charging him with conspiring with others to use the mail to promote a voter bribery scheme during the 2015 municipal election in Hoboken. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:... Read more →

Pilesgrove Acme Sells Cash 5 Ticket Worth $137,340

TRENTON (Oct. 8, 2019) – One lucky ticket matched all five numbers drawn winning the $137,340 Jersey Cash 5 jackpot from the Monday, Oct. 7, drawing. The winning numbers were: 08, 10, 19, 30 and 40 and the XTRA number was: 03. The retailer will receive a bonus check for $2,000 for the winning ticket sold. That ticket was sold at Acme #3920, 857 Route 45, Pilesgrove in Salem County. Acting Executive Director James Carey announced that there were 273,733 tickets purchased for the drawing.... Read more →

OFFICER DOWN: Border Patrol Agent Robert Hotten

TUSON, ARIZONA (October 8, 2019)--Border Patrol Agent Robert Hotten died while attempting to locate a group of seven suspected illegal aliens in the area of Mount Washington, south of Patagonia, Arizona. He and two other agents had gone to the area after a ground sensor was activated at 1:00 pm indicating that seven subjects were in the area. During the ensuing search, one of the subjects was taken into custody. The agents began a search for Agent Hotten when he failed to respond to radio... Read more →


Using statewide pension data for the State Police Retirement System and the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System, Susanne Cervenka has found that almost half (four in ten) of police officers across the state earn at least $100,000 per year. This article includes a breakdown by county. For example, the middle-of-the-road (median) salary in Cumberland County is about $67,000, versus about $101,000 in Mercer and $132,000 in Bergen. (Asbury Park Press) COSTS TO RISE FOR PEOPLE WHO BUY OWN HEALTH PLANS Though the state has a... Read more →

Obituary | Augustine "Steve" Fama, of Bellmawr

February 22, 1943 - October 07, 2019 On October 7, 2019, Augustine "Steve" Fama, age 76, passed away unexpectedly at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden. Born and raised in South Philadelphia, Steve has been a resident of Bellmawr for the past 50 years. Augustine, or as his coworkers called him, Gus, worked for Melrose Enterprises in North Wales, PA for 26 years and retired from Manheim in Bordentown, NJ this past year. He loved fishing and had recently taken a trip to... Read more →

Animals Bring Joy & Comfort to Patients - Masonic Villages of Pennsylvania

Nala walked excitedly beside her owner, Bethann Lizzi, one of hospice’s RN case managers. Her tail was wagging, as she knew she was going to visit with patients. As she walked down the hall, she spotted an old friend, Frank Bubbenmoyer. Frank immediately brightened up with a big smile as he bent over in his wheelchair to pet Nala. He talked to her, and even hand-fed her the treats Bethann gave to him. Bethann asked if he remembered Nala. “Yes, yes, I remember her,” Frank... Read more →

Jefferson Health in New Jersey Receives MAAPE Proficiency Award  

Voorhees, NJ, October 8, 2019 - Jefferson Health in New Jersey (JHNJ) recently received a Proficiency Award from the nonprofit Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE). The award is the next tier in JHNJ’s journey to achieve Baldrige Performance Excellence, after receiving MAAPE’s Commitment Award in 2017. JHNJ began its Baldrige journey in 2017 — under the leadership of Dr. David Condoluci, Senior Vice President and Chief Patient Safety & Quality Officer; Kathleen Victor, Corporate Director for Performance Improvement; and Abbey Driendl, Performance Excellence Specialist... Read more →

Obituary: Jane Louise Spencer, Longtime Gloucester City Resident

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ--Surrounded by her loving family, Jane Spencer, (nee Swindell), passed away peacefully at home on October 6, 2019 at the age of 86. Loving wife of 57 years to the late James L. “Mooney” Spencer. Loving mother of James (Sue), Patricia Grieski (late Jay), John (Gina) and Robert (Kim). Cherished grandmother of James Jr., Lynda, Felicia, Gabrielle, Damien, and Joshua; great grandmother of Megan, Maryssa, James III, Dominic, Sierra, and Eddie; great-great grandmother of Vidal Jr. and Ivan. Also survived by her sister... Read more →

Spotlight on Camden County, NJ

Camden County Municipalities Report Preview Population The population of Camden County declined by 0.5 percent from 2010 to 2015, dropping from 513,678 to 510,923. Race and Ethnicity • White: 65.4% • Black: 21.3 % • Asian: 6.2 % • Hispanic: 15.4 % • Two or more races: 3.0 % • Other: 9.4 % Registered Voters and Turnout As of 2016, 44 percent of Camden County’s registered voters are Democrats, 14 percent are Republicans and 41 percent are Unaffiliated. In both 2012 and 2016, Camden County’s... Read more →

Study: Loneliness, Transportation Among the Biggest Obstacles to Health in SJ

By Mike Sepanic CAMDEN CITY, NJ (October 8, 2019)--Loneliness is the one of the greatest challenges to public health in South Jersey. According to new research produced by the Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs at Rutgers University–Camden, millennials and younger residents in southern New Jersey suffer from surprisingly higher rates of social isolation than citizens aged 65 or older which, in turn, can lead to such chronic health conditions as obesity, heart disease, and asthma. Overall, the report – titled “South Jersey Health... Read more →

Blackbird Creek Fall Festival to celebrate Delaware natural treasures Oct. 19

TOWNSEND (Oct. 7, 2019) – Autumn’s vibrant foliage will be on full display within the lush landscape and pristine waters of the Blackbird Creek Reserve at the 12th Annual Blackbird Creek Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 19 on the Delaware Bayshore Byway. The festival takes place rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Blackbird Creek Reserve, 801 Blackbird Landing Road near Townsend. The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) and DNREC’s Delaware Coastal Programs host the festival along the banks of Blackbird... Read more →

Lack of Volunteer Firefighters in Pennsylvania Reaching a Crisis

By Kim Jarrett | The Center Square A volunteer firefighter takes part in a training exercise OCt. 8, 2016 in Lewisberry, Pennsylvania. RAFinkPhotography / Shutterstock.com HARRISBURG, PA--Legislators and panelists at a meeting this week said fire and emergency services in Pennsylvania communities need to change, and they need to change now to avoid service issues Senate Resolution 6 called for a study of fire and EMS services, but many of the 23 recommendations made in the 2018 report have not been implemented, according to speakers... Read more →

DOWN THE SHORE: Atlantic County Flu Clinics Have Begun

MediaWize Longport Mayor Nicholas Russo gets a flu shot. The Atlantic County Division of Public Health is providing 13 public flu shot clinics for those 18 years and older now through Nov. 6 at locations throughout Atlantic County. A clinic will be held 10 a.m. to noon on: Wednesday, Oct. 23 at St. James Church Memorial Hall, 9 S. Newport Ave., Ventnor There is a $15 fee for flu shots, however, there is no out-of-pocket cost for residents with Medicare Part B coverage who present... Read more →

Obituary: Patricia Ann Mahoney of Gloucester City

Patricia Ann Mahoney Gloucester City – On October 6, 2019. Age 65. (nee Hodge). Loving wife of 46 years to the late Dennis M. Mahoney. Loving mother of Bob Mahoney (Joanne), Dennis Mahoney and Jonathan Mahoney. Cherished grandmother of 10. Beloved sister of Dennis Hodge (Cheryl), the late Kathryn Wadsworth (surviving James) and the late Edward Hodge. Daughter of the late Edward and Catherine Hodge. Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing on Saturday, Oct. 12th, from 10 AM to 12 Noon at the... Read more →

GUEST OPINION: No more excuses. It’s time to fix NJ Transit

By Steve Sweeney The record shows that the Legislature has added $240 million more to New Jersey Transit’s operating subsidy since 2013, increasing the percentage of state operating support to 28 percent of its budget. However, last March the governor’s budget recommended only a $25 million increase in total $2.1 billion operating budget for NJ Transit, the nation’s third-largest mass transit network that is responsible for carrying more than 900,000 passengers a day. We were disappointed because $25 million didn’t even cover their increased contract... Read more →

Down The Shore: “Pick of the Batch” to Showcase Craft Beers

MediaWizeOctober 2019 Cape May Brewing Company will usher in fall with a festival-style celebration on Oct. 12. SOMERS POINT--Come sip, savor and have a great time. Cape May Brewing Company will welcome autumn on Saturday, October 12, with a brand new family-friendly event called the Pick of the Batch. “Most people are familiar with an Oktoberfest,” says Events Coordinator Randi Friel, “but with Pick of the Batch, Cape May Brewing Company is breathing new life into a two-hundred-year-old tradition. It’s not just about beer: It’s... Read more →

Four Must-Experience Art Events This Fall In Philadelphia

A Ghost Ship, a Vibrant Art Festival, Multi-Sensory Halloween & Tops to Spin In A ghost ship sails onto the Delaware River every night now until November 3 PHILADELPHIA, PA--One-of-a-kind artistic installations and experiences: Philadelphia’s full of them in October. Visitors can enjoy three weekends of audio-visual stimulation along the footprint of the Rail Park; five Halloween-themed experiences by famed choreographer Brian Sanders; an eerie, three-dimensional Ghost Ship along the Delaware River; and a colorful display of spinning tops (large enough to spin humans) at... Read more →

Flu Shots Available in Gloucester City, Camden City, Cherry Hill, Etc.

CORRECTED/UPDATED The Camden County Department of Health and Human Services recommends everyone get a flu shot this flu season, especially children and seniors who are most vulnerable. The flu shots are provided for no-out-of-pocket cost. Flu vaccinations are provided for children age 9 and older at the flu clinic sites. Children under the age of 9 need to see their primary care physician. For more information, contact the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services at 1-800-999-9045 Download Flu Shot Schedule Here. 2019 Flu... Read more →

Reading has the Highest Concentrated Poverty Rate in Pa; Atlantic City has the highest in NJ

The Center Square The Reading metro area’s share of extreme poverty – neighborhoods where at least 40 percent of residents live below the poverty level – is the highest in Pennsylvania, according to a new analysis from the website 24/7 Wall St. Among the metro area’s poor population, 28.1 percent live in neighborhoods where four out of 10 residents live in poverty, the analysis found. The overall poverty rate in the metro area is 13.6 percent. Extreme poverty affects 9 out of 89 neighborhoods in... Read more →

“Somers Point-Community First” Offers Self-Defense Classes

MediaWizeOctober 2019 Shore Medical Center in Somers Point SOMERS POINT, NJ--Somers Point-Community First, a local volunteer organization, is once again offering a series of free self-defense classes for women. Atlantic County Sheriff Eric Scheffler and Thomas Lacovara, a Somers Point resident and founding member of Somers Point-Community First, will serve as the class instructors. The fall classes will be held on Monday, Oct. 28, Wednesday, Oct. 30 and Monday, Nov. 4, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Shore Medical Center’s DiOrio Hall in Somers... Read more →

2 Employees of New Brunswick Water Dept. Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison

FOR Reducing Bills in Return for Bribes TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that a former meter reader and a former senior account clerk for the New Brunswick Water Department were sentenced to prison today in connection with schemes to reduce the water and sewer bills of numerous customers in return for bribes. The following men were sentenced today by Superior Court Judge Robert Kirsch in Union County. Both men pleaded guilty on April 20, 2018 to second-degree official misconduct. Joseph “Gordo” DeBonis,... Read more →

DOWN THE SHORE: Avalon Chamber of Commerce Seafood Festival

AVALON, NJ--Plan to celebrate seafood and seashore cuisine with Avalon’s annual Seafood Festival set for Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13 from 10am to 5pm at Surfside Park, 30th Street and the Beach! Attendees will enjoy delicious food from local vendors including Sylvester’s Seafood, The Whitebrier, Captain Chucky’s Seafood, and The Mermaid Mutineer to name a few. Vendors will be showcasing chowder, raw bar selections, fish tacos, bbq, seared scallops and more. Be sure to return on Sunday for the 1pm Chowder Championship, an... Read more →

The New York Red Bulls face Philadelphia Union in 1st Round of Playoffs

PHILADELPHIA, PA (October 8, 2019)--The New York Red Bulls will head down the turnpike to take on the Philadelphia Union in the first round of the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs. New York and Philly split the season series this year, with each team winning on their home turf. On June 8, in Talen Energy Stadium, the Red Bulls jumped out a two goal lead in the first half. A one-touch cross from Kyle Duncan set up Kaku for the skittering ball into the side... Read more →

Gloucester City Mayor and Police Chief Concerned about Increase in Crime at Crescent Trailer Park

CNBNEWS photo William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (October 8, 2019)—There have been several high-profile crimes this year at the Crescent Mobile Home Park, 1400 Crescent Blvd. For example, Delaware authorities arrested two Mexican nationals in August who were selling heroin, cocaine and fentanyl in Delaware. The suspects, Julian Rivera-Villa, age 56, and Ricardo Perez-Guillen, age 40, both in this country illegally, stashed the illicit drugs at their Crescent Park trailer, located on Birchwood Avenue. David C. Weiss, United States Attorney for... Read more →