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December 2019

PART I: A Look at Gloucester City's Top Stories in 2019

Brooklawn's Two Street Stompers Ready for New Year's Day; Their Theme is "Mummers University" Monday, December 31, 2018 BROOKLAWN, NJ (CNBNewsnet)(December 31, 2018)--Brooklawn's Two Street Stompers held their last practice Saturday and are looking forward to their annual march in the Philadelphia Mummers Parade on New Year's Day. This is their 41st... Read more →


Your Ultimate Guide to Coachella Festival 2020

(Gloucestercitynews.net)(December 31, 2019)--New Year’s just around the corner and lots of us start planning our summer vacations and trips as soon as April rolls in. Why? Obviously, because we know that’s the time for the annual Coachella Festival. This festival is everything a summer festival should be like. From sunny skies to... Read more →


Face of Defense: Navy Seaman Lewis Horton Medal of Honor Recipient

BY Katie Lange , DOD News As we head into the new year, we would be remiss to not highlight one of the first-ever service members to earn the Medal of Honor as a noncombatant. Navy Seaman Lewis Horton served during the Civil War, and his time in the military included being... Read more →


Miss America Camille Schier to Partake in Tournament of Roses Parade

Pasadena, California--For the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, newly crowned Miss America Camille Schier will throw the parade-ending football. She will join famous names and acts such as Rita Moreno, Gina Torres, and Laurie Hernandez, who were all announced as the 2020 Grand Marshals. They will ride in the 131st... Read more →


Maple Shade PD Reminds Residents Alarm Systems Must Be Registered with MSPD Beginning Each Year

MAPLE SHADE NJ--The Maple Shade Police Department would like to remind all homeowners and business owners that burglar alarms, fire alarms, robbery hold up alarms, and duress alarms, etc, must be registered with MSPD. Registration expires on December 31st. It is the responsibility of the applicant to renew. If you are already... Read more →


New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthier and Happier Pet

Gloucestercitynews.net--Veterinarians from BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital are encouraging pet owners to make New Year’s plans for pets, because just like us, they can benefit from changes to their wellness routines. “Pets cannot make resolutions on their own; only you, the owner, can do that. As we come into the new... Read more →


CNB Hunting/Fishing New Jersey: The Striped Bass Bonus Program

The 2019 Striped Bass Bonus Program (SBBP) closed at 12:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Permits issued for 2019 are not valid in 2020. Applications for the 2020 SBBP are not currently being accepted. A new application must be submitted for 2020 when available. The NJ Marine Fisheries Council will make decisions... Read more →


Get Your Family Outside in Cooler Weather: It’s Good for You

Parents and guardians may be tempted to dial back outdoor activities when cold temperatures arrive, but getting outside is good for children and their families, even in the wintertime. The TurfMutt environmental education and stewardship program encourages families to appreciate and use the outdoors and offers the following tips: Do outdoor activities... Read more →


United States Responding to Attacks by Iraq

Statement by Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper (photo): (December 31, 2019)--"The Department of Defense is working closely with the Department of State to ensure the security of our Embassy and personnel in Baghdad. We have taken appropriate force protection actions to ensure the safety of American citizens, military personnel and diplomats... Read more →


NJBIA Statement on January 1 Minimum Wage Increase

NJBIA President & CEO Michele N. Siekerka, Esq., issued the following statement today with New Jersey's minimum wage set to increase to $11 per hour for most workers on Jan. 1, 2020, the next step toward the phase-in of a $15 minimum wage by Jan. 1, 2024. "As New Jersey's minimum wage... Read more →


11 Handy Garage Heaters @HomeBNC

(Gloucestercitynews.net)(December 31, 2019)--Looking for a high quality garage heater can be tough, because even though these are specialty devices there are a lot of options out there. That’s why we’ve made things simpler by putting together a list of 11 handy garage heaters that you’ll appreciate. These are all top of the... Read more →


CATHOLIC LEAGUE FOR RELIGIOUS AND CIVIL RIGHTS: 2019 YEAR IN REVIEW

by Bill Donohue When the year began, I was anxiously awaiting an opportunity to defend the Catholic Church in one of those storied debates sponsored by the Oxford Union. The debate was scheduled for February. But in early January, about a month after being invited, I was disinvited. We learned that some... Read more →


Linda Bittman, Gloucester City Employee, Member of School Board, Community Choir, 1st Baptist Church

Linda Sue Bittman Gloucester City - Linda Sue Bittmann, 72, of Gloucester City, lost her battle with cancer on December 27, 2019. Linda was a long time resident of Gloucester City and an active member of her community. She served in Gloucester City’s Finance Department for 25 years. Linda started on November... Read more →


Wednesday's Powerball Jackpot Rolls to $220,000,000

TRENTON (Dec. 30, 2019) – The Powerball jackpot has rolled to $220 million! Although no one won the jackpot in the Dec. 28, drawing, 33,060 New Jersey players took home an estimated $163,291 in prizes ranging from $4 to $200, according to Lottery Acting Executive Director James Carey. The winning numbers for... Read more →


Charles C. Beswick Sr., Member of VFW Post 3620, Gloucester City Sportsmen AC, American Legion, Mason

Charles C. Beswick Sr., (photo) of Gloucester City passed away Friday, December 20, 2019, at the age of 76. Born in Camden, Charles was a longtime South Jersey resident and retired Union Pressman. He was a dedicated member of the Gloucester City VFW Post 3620 for many years. Charles was also a... Read more →


Today's Mega Millions Jackpot $55,000,000

TRENTON (Dec. 30, 2019) – The Mega Millions jackpot has rolled to $55 million! James Carey, New Jersey Lottery acting executive director, announced that in the Friday, Dec. 27, drawing, six players matched four of the five white balls drawn making each ticket worth $500. One of those tickets was purchased with... Read more →


15TH ANNUAL FREE NEW YEAR’S DAY CELEBRATION RETURNS TO KIMMEL CENTER

JANUARY 1, 2020, 10AM–5PM Celebrate New Year’s Day with FREE family-oriented entertainment all day and the best view of the Mummer’s parade, free hot chocolate, brunch by Garces events, prizes & more! The Kimmel Center is hosting its 15th annual New Year’s Day Celebration, with free family fun all day. Attendees are... Read more →


Latest Newspaper Apps to Help You Stay on Top of the Latest (and Correct) News

Gloucestercitynews.net (December 31, 2019)--Keeping yourself updated on current affairs is ever so important. Not only does it let you spark a conversation at a gathering, but it also keeps you in tabs with the right information to make decisions in business. Nowadays, many people prefer reading their news on their mobile phones... Read more →


PATCO OFFERING FREE RIDES NEW YEAR'S EVE

Free fares will begin at 8 p.m. on December 31 and run through 4 a.m. on January 1. PATCO will offer free train rides for New Year’s Eve for the fourth year in a row. The free rides are aimed at offering a responsible, convenient travel option for those who wish to... Read more →


The Benefits of Earning an MSN Degree

(Gloucestercitynews.net)(December 30, 2019)--The profession of nursing is one of the most popular healthcare professions in the United States. In fact, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing reports that there are 3.8 million licensed registered nurses (RNs) nationwide. Of that number, 84.5% are currently actively employed in nursing. Even so, there is... Read more →


New Year's Eve Entertainment in New Jersey

Sahara Sam’s Water Park offers a New Year’s Eve Midnight at the Oasis party from 7:00 until 12:30. The park’s water attractions will be open, as well as games, limbo and a Foam Party. Sahara Sam’s also provides food, party goods and a champagne/apple cider toast, all for $68.99. Kids under 2... Read more →


Non-Fatal Police Shooting in Woodlynne

WOODLYNNE, NJ (Dec. 30, 2019)--Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer reported a non-fatal police involved shooting in Woodlynne on Sunday evening December 29, 2019. Preliminary investigation indicates that on Sunday, December 29, 2019, at approximately 10:57 p.m., officers from Woodlynne Police Department were dispatched for a report of an armed robbery... Read more →


Coast Guard Medevaced Man from Cruise Ship 17 Miles Off the Atlantic City Coast

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (December 30, 2019)-- — The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a cruise ship approximately 17 miles off the coast of Little Egg Inlet, Saturday night. The captain of the cruise ship Anthem of the Seas contacted watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay’s command center and notified... Read more →


Lindenwold Chief of Police Thomas J. Brennan Retires

LINDENWOLD, NJ (December 30, 2019)----The Lindenwold Police Department announces that Chief Thomas J. Brennan (photo)will retire on December 31, 2019, after thirty years of dedicated service to the community. Chief Brennan began his law enforcement career with the Camden County Sheriff’s Department in December 1989. On January 27, 1992, Chief Brennan was... Read more →


Deadly New York Harbor Pilot Accident; Coast Guard Responds

SANDY HOOK, New Jersey – The Coast Guard responded with units from the New York Fire Department and New York Police Department Harbor Police to an incident where a Sandy Hook Harbor pilot fell while boarding the merchant vessel Maersk Kensington at 4:30 this morning. The pilot, who was transported to a... Read more →


William J. McDevitt, of Laurel Springs; Korean War Air Force Veteran

A long-time resident of Laurel Springs, NJ and previously of Collingswood, at the age of 87, passed away at home on December 27, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. Loving and devoted husband of 62 years to Evelyn H. McDevitt (nee Dillin). Son of the late Blanche and William McDevitt of Philadelphia,... Read more →


One Jersey Cash 5 Ticket Wins $270,758 Jackpot in Burlington County

TRENTON (Dec. 30, 2019) – One lucky ticket matched all five numbers drawn winning the $270,758 Jersey Cash 5 jackpot from the Friday, Dec. 27, drawing. The winning numbers were: 02, 07, 29, 32 and 42 and the XTRA number was: 04. The retailer will receive a bonus check for $2,000 for... Read more →


10 Odd Jobs of World War II

BY CLAUDETTE ROULO/ U.S. Dept of Defense Today's military has some jobs that might surprise you — for example, did you know the Army and Marine Corps have instrument repair technicians? These troops repair musical instruments for the military bands. But during World War II, there were a lot of jobs that... Read more →


Yuma Mayor Withdraws Proclamation Thanks to Trump’s Successful Efforts to Confront Border Crisis

WASHINGTON — Today, Mayor of Yuma, Arizona, Douglas Nicholls, at a meeting with Senior Official Performing the Duties of Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) Ken Cuccinelli, withdrew an April 2019 local State of Emergency proclamation regarding the ongoing security and humanitarian crisis on the Southwest border. Mayor Nicholls officially issued the... Read more →


Do You Need a High School Diploma?

Gloucestercitynews.net (December 30, 2019)--In the United States, 90% of the population has a high school diploma or higher. Do you need a high school diploma? To answer that question, let’s break down what exactly a high school diploma does for you. How it can help you and whether or not a high... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': I Will Remember You

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Lately I find that my short-term memory has fallen out of my brain. I’m not sure whether it has to do with my age or the fact that I’ve block some of the weirder shenanigans of my recent past. But whatever the reason I’ve lost track of some of... Read more →


CHOP RESEARCHING HAND/ARM DISORDERS & TREATMENTS

PHILADELPHIA PA--Orthopedic clinicians at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) are actively researching a range of hand and arm disorders and treatments. Orthopedic doctors regularly collaborate with The Center for Applied Genomics at CHOP, one of the world's largest genetics research programs and the only center at a pediatric hospital to have large-scale... Read more →


Defense Department Announces the Establishment of the U.S. Space Force

Earlier this month, the President signed the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act and with it, directed the establishment of the U.S. Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. Space Force Logo “We are at the dawn of a new era for our Nation’s Armed Forces. The establishment of the... Read more →


Lewes wastewater treatment plant resumes full treatment operation

DOVER (Dec. 28, 2019) – The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control was informed today by Tidewater Utilities, Inc. that the Lewes wastewater treatment plant was back online and had resumed normal treatment of effluent following a Dec. 18 system malfunction at the plant. Tidewater Utilities informed DNREC Saturday evening that... Read more →


DOWN THE SHORE: Ocean City Fiberglass Offers Top Customer Service

Employees Edgar Rivero and Karen Wilchens look at a rendering of a job at OC Fiberglass. By MADDY VITALE There are no short cuts. There are no patch jobs. Just fine craftsmanship by the OC Fiberglass team. They put customers first to deliver quality work when designing decks, railings, siding and renovations... Read more →