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December 2019

Do You Need Health Insurance-You Have Options

(NAPSI)—“We need to find health insurance. Where do we start?” This question will occur to millions of Americans who have lost their employer-provided health coverage—or want to be prepared in the event they do. Some reports suggest that some individuals may not enroll in health insurance at all, and the health and financial impact of going without could have long-lasting consequences. “Choosing the right health coverage may seem daunting since many Americans have never shopped for coverage before or worry that they cannot get affordable health insurance,” said Mark Smith, president of HealthMarkets, one of the largest independent health insurance agencies in the United States. “People should know that there is a wide range of coverage options available to meet their unique care needs and financial situations, some of which are free or subsidized.” Health Care Coverage Guidance and Enrollment Support Individuals can find support through health care marketplaces, insurance... Read more →

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 parade.... Read more → Westville Joins Gloucester County EMS Tuesday, January 01, 2019 Westville is the 21st town to join GCEMS Westville Twp., NJ) – Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert Damminger and Freeholder Deputy Director Giuseppe 'Joe' Chila announced today that beginning on December 28, 2018, Gloucester County... Read more → Blue Jackets Forward Eric Robinson off to strong debut season as a pro Wednesday, January 02, 2019 Robinson is a Bellmawr resident; Gloucester Catholic Alumnus; Princeton U graduate Rookie forward called up to Columbus on Monday by Jeffrey Svoboda @JacketsInsider / (December 31, 2018)--It took Eric... Read more →

Your Ultimate Guide to Coachella Festival 2020

( 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 unimaginable moments, this is exactly what you call a fulfilling experience. But wait this can actually go wrong if you don’t plan ahead! So what you can do to make sure it doesn’t? Well, lucky for you we have compiled a list of all things you need for a fantastic experience at Coachella 2020. Here’s is all you need to know: Festival Information: Here are the 6 essential questions you might have in your mind: Why? Starting from its first inauguration festival in 1999, this festival has been one of the top-rated, highly crowded festivals. Aside from music... 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 a prisoner of war, a double amputee and a courageous lifesaver. Horton was born May 26, 1842, in Bristol, Massachusetts. He enlisted in the Navy in May 1861 when he was 19. That summer, during the early days of the war, Horton was captured while serving on the USS Massachusetts and taken to a Confederate prison in Richmond, Virginia. He was paroled and discharged in March 1862 and almost immediately reenlisted. His new duty station was the USS Rhode Island, and that's where he was serving when he earned the Medal of Honor. On Dec. 30, 1862, the... 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 Rose Parade® presented by Honda, themed “The Power of Hope” and join in the pre-game celebration of the 106th Rose Bowl Game® presented by Northwestern Mutual. For more information about the Tournament of Roses, click here. Please note: Camille Schrier will be available for press interviews and/or other media efforts surrounding the event. For more information on Camille and the Miss America Organization, click here. To schedule an interview with Camille Schrier, please contact 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 registered remember to contact us whenever there is a change in emergency contact information, phone numbers, etc. Don't have an alarm system? If you do not have an alarm system then please fill out an emergency contact form instead. This will allow us to contact you if police respond to an emergency at your business or residence and you are not there. There is no fee to file an emergency contact form. This allows us to better serve you and make Maple Shade a safer community. The alarm registration form and emergency contact information form can be downloaded... Read more →

New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthier and Happier Pet 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 years and the new decade, it is important to remember that pets’ may also need to ditch those bad dietary habits and engage in a more healthy lifestyle,” said Cathy Meeks, DVM, Regional Vice President of Medicine at BluePearl. “This new year, try to set some achievable goals for your pet and stick to them. Ultimately, these resolutions will make for a happier and healthier pet.” Here are a few New Year’s resolution ideas that will help promote a happier and healthier year for your furry friend. Consider quitting smoking. Second hand smoke isn’t only harmful to people;... 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 early in 2020 regarding the future of the 2020 SBBP. The Division will provide information regarding 2020 applications for individual anglers and party/charter boat owners once a decision is announced. Updated and new information about the SBBP is posted on this webpage and sent to Marine Fisheries e-mail list subscribers and media outlets when available. Reporting of all harvested bonus fish is mandatory. Submit logbooks to ensure eligibility for 2020. Effective September 1, 2019, the SBBP regulations were as follows: One fish per permit 24" to less than 28" September 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019 Please note... 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 that are fun. Winter weather that adults consider to be “messy” can be a huge canvas for children and their imaginations. Fall leaf piles, snowball fights, and snow forts offer a wealth of opportunities for parents to play with their children and to explore and experiment in our living landscapes. Encourage exploration. Ask your child to look at how the landscape changes with the seasons. Talk about what happens after leaves fall, when snow arrives, when it’s windy, and more, linking these seasonable changes with basic science about clouds, rainfall, temperature changes and the earth. Try something new.... 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 in country, and to ensure our right of self-defense. We are sending additional forces to support our personnel at the Embassy. As in all countries, we rely on host nation forces to assist in the protection of our personnel in country, and we call on the Government of Iraq to fulfill its international responsibilities to do so. The United States continues to support the Iraqi people and a free, sovereign, and prosperous Iraq." Dr. Mark T. Esper > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ... 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 progresses, we continue to see what was always anticipated – businesses making necessary adjustments to afford the cost of their labor. "Of course, employers who can afford to pay a $15 an hour minimum wage or more to their workforce, will do so. Other smaller businesses, with their slimmer profit margins impacted by a higher minimum wage and other costly workplace mandates, will need to raise prices or reduce staff, hours or benefits to accommodate these added expenses. "Across the country, we are beginning to see some of the unintended consequences of $15 minimum wage increases – whether... Read more →

11 Handy Garage Heaters @HomeBNC

( 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 line options and we’re sure that you’ll be more than satisfied with any one of these. Before we get into the 11 handy garage heaters @homebnc, there are a few questions people commonly have about these devices that we’d thought we’d take the time to clear up. What exactly is a garage heater and how are they different from the space heaters that you might use in a home? Garage heaters are designed to be a little more industrial than a typical space heater you might put in a house. Plus, with these they typically require you to... Read more →


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 sources in the U.S. notified those in the U.K. about me, giving them information they deemed problematic. Why invite someone who may win when the pretext of the debate was to put the Catholic Church on the defensive? So while the Oxford Union proved to be cowardly, we took their decision as a backhanded compliment. It was a smart move on their part. It was also intellectually dishonest. On the education front at home, students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky were slammed by the media for abusing an Indian activist in our nation’s capital at a... 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 1, 1992 as the Welfare Director in Gloucester City and became Senior Account Clerk for Gloucester City Finance Department and retired on May 31, 2018. Linda was a founding member of the Gloucester City Community Choir, was a member of the Gloucester City First Baptist Church and Choir, was a member of the Ruby Tuesday’s chapter of the Red Hat Society, was a member of the PTA and the city’s school board for four years, was involved with the Boy Scouts of America on the local and county level for over 10 years, and served as a Gloucester... 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 the Saturday, Dec. 28, drawing were: 20, 23, 39, 59 and 60. The Red Power Ball number was 18. The Multiplier number was 02. The Powerball jackpot rolls to $220,000,000 for the next drawing to be held Wednesday Jan. 1, at 10:59 pm. 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 member of the Gloucester City Sportsmen Athletic Club, American Legion, and the Free and Accepted Masons. He is survived by his previous spouses, Sara Beswick, Kathy Bagley; four loving children, Charles Beswick Jr. (Mary Ann), Janice Steeg, Michael Beswick (Chrissy), Nicole Beswick; eleven cherished grandchildren; twelve beloved great-grandchildren; two caring brothers; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Charles was predeceased by one brother and his loving companion, Mary. A memorial celebration will be held Saturday, January 4, 2020 from 2-6 pm at the Gloucester City VFW Post 3620, 27 N. Burlington St., Gloucester City, NJ 08030. In lieu... 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 the Megaplier option, multiplying the prize to $2,000. Moreover, 17,586 other New Jersey players took home $79,974 in prizes ranging from $2 to $800, according to Carey. The winning numbers for the Friday, Dec. 27, drawing were: 17, 34, 40, 63, and 64. The Gold Mega Ball was 24, and the Megaplier Multiplier was 04. The next drawing will be held Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 11:00 pm. All New Jersey Lottery Mega Millions tickets must be purchased before 10:45 pm to participate in the drawing. Mega Millions tickets cost just two dollars; by adding the Megaplier option for... Read more →


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 invited to enjoy giveaways, hot chocolate, games, family-friendly activities, and a birds’ eye view of the Mummers Parade. Tuesday, January 1, 2020, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Commonwealth Plaza inside the Kimmel Center 300 S Broad St Philadelphia, PA 19102 The FREE New Year’s celebration includes: The Kimmel Center’s Resolution Wall, where guests are invited to write their 2020 New Year’s resolutions A Garces Events FREE hot chocolate lounge with add-on toppings, as well as pop-up hot dog cart and cotton candy Family-friendly fun including: Face painting 10-foot-tall puppets Phil & Del Phila Hula hooping by J-Hoop Balloon... Read more →

Latest Newspaper Apps to Help You Stay on Top of the Latest (and Correct) News (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 as opposed to newspapers. Personally, it was quite challenging to find an app that provided the news I was most interested in until I came across the link below: List of Great Apps to Get the Latest News Let’s explore some of them and identify how newspaper apps can be more useful than it seems. Become more environmentally friendly by using newspaper apps Newspapers work great in helping you keep yourself updated on the latest information. It also lets you be aware of the local news in your town too. For some, it has been a lifelong habit... Read more →


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 enjoy New Year’s Eve festivities. The free rides will begin at 8 p.m. on December 31, 2019 and run through 4 a.m. on January 1, 2020. During those hours, station fare gates will be open to allow free passage. If a rider boards right before 4 a.m. and reaches their destination station after 4 a.m. when the fare gates close, they are asked to pick up the red phone located at the fare gates and a Customer Service Agent will open a gate to allow exit. PATCO will operate a special holiday schedule on New Year’s Eve with... Read more →

The Benefits of Earning an MSN Degree

( 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 a widely accepted consensus that there exists a very real shortage of nurses in the workforce. This fact might lend itself to being an explanation as to why more and more students are applying to nursing school each year. With figures and facts like that, those who wish to pursue a job in nursing might find themselves looking for ways to stand out from the crowd and make the most of their career. This is especially true for those who might not want to work as a general staff-nurse for the entirety of their career. One of the... 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 go for free! The Adventure Aquarium in Camden The Adventure Aquarium in Camden’s New Year’s Splash begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m. The day includes a DJ dance party, visiting the residents (fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals), a beautiful fireworks display over the Delaware River, and more. Prices start at $21.99 for children and $29.99 for adults. See Adventure Aquarium for more. Ocean City’s First Night Ocean City offers a First Night celebration with rides at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier and fireworks. The 60+ entertainment programs include magicians, puppeteers, Broadway shows, ice skating, games, music,... 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 at a gas station in the area of Mt. Ephraim and Ferry Avenues in Woodlynne. Upon arrival, the officers were advised by the victim of the direction where the suspect fled and encountered a male matching the description of the suspect. The male appeared to be armed with a handgun and fled the scene on foot. After a brief foot chase and refusing multiple orders to drop the weapon, one of the officers fired a single round striking the suspect. The suspect told police that he discarded the weapon and provided its location. The weapon was then located... 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 them that the 70-year-old passenger was having severe abdominal issues and needed a higher level of medical care. An aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City launched to assist. Once on scene, the aircrew hoisted the man up, accompanied by his son, and transported them to AtlaniCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City. "We are glad that the crew contacted us as soon as they did," said David Umbereger, command duty officer at Sector Delaware Bay. "The speedy notification and precise coordination was key in getting the man the care he needed." 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 hired by the Lindenwold Police Department. Over the course of the next 27 years of his career Chief Brennan steadily rose through the ranks. He was promoted to Sergeant in June 1999, Lieutenant in March 2007 and ultimately Chief of Police on April 4, 2012. During his successful career Chief Brennan also served on the Community Policing Bicycle Unit, Tactical Entry Team, and Internal Affairs Unit. Over the past seven years, Chief Brennan demonstrated progressive leadership by utilizing new technology to enhance the department’s operations by upgrading to a new records management system, utilizing social media to enhance... 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 hospital on Staten Island by a Sandy Hook pilot vessel, eventually succumbed to injuries received in the fall. The name of the deceased is being withheld until 24 hours after the next of kin have been notified. The Coast Guard has begun an ongoing investigation into the circumstance surrounding the fall. 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, PA. Loving father of William (Joann), John (Jacqueline), Robert (Susan), Joseph (Michele) and Barbara McDevitt. Cherished grandfather of Matthew (Samantha), Michael Sr., Ryan, Shawn (Krista), Jessica, Robby, Daniel, Joseph and Brandon. Cherished great-grandfather of Summer, Michael Jr. and Liam. Predeceased by his two sisters, Barbara Dudash and Patricia Cotter. William proudly served our country as a radio operator in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He worked as an electrical supervisor for Boeing in Ridley Park, PA and as a copier technician at several companies. At his request, funeral services will be private. In lieu of... 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 the winning ticket sold. That ticket was sold at Shoprite of Medford, 208 Route 70 E., Medford in Burlington County. Acting Executive Director James Carey announced that there were 370,319 tickets purchased for the drawing. By adding XTRA, for an additional $1.00 per play, winners are able to multiply their non-jackpot prizes by the XTRA number drawn. For correctly matching four of the five numbers drawn, 62 ticketholders won $522 each and eight others won $2,088 each with the addition of XTRA. Moreover, for correctly matching three of the five numbers drawn, 1,993 ticketholders won $17 each and... 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 would seem strange in today's technologically focused military. Over the course of the war, technological advances reduced or eliminated the need for many manual occupations. This transition is captured in the War Department's list of military jobs from 1944, where entries like ''horse artillery driver'' appear just a page away from ''remote control turret repairman.'' 1 Blacksmith During World War II, blacksmiths still made many of the items needed to repair equipment and machinery. They would make metal tools and parts, by hand, in coal or coke forges. They also made shoes for some of the tens of... 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 proclamation on April 16, 2019, after the historic flow of illegal immigration caused thousands of illegal aliens to be released into his city. The mayor credits successful efforts by the Trump Administration in confronting the crisis, including initiatives implemented by DHS and the Government of Mexico, that have substantially relieved the city’s burden in caring for the overwhelming number of illegal immigrants. “The president’s strategy to address the crisis at the Southern border, particularly Central American families illegally flooding across the border, has worked and we are seeing an impact in border towns across the country,” said Acting... Read more →

Do You Need a High School Diploma? (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 school diploma is truly necessary. Starting off, we can look at tangibles that can be measured by statistics. Then, we will explore the social impacts of not having a degree. Work Options If you don’t have a high school diploma, you’ll have fewer options for work. Many employers require that employees have at least passed high school before they are eligible to be hired. You can get a GED to make up for a lack of a high school diploma. This will open a lot of doors, but without either, you’re going to have trouble finding a job.... Read more →


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 access to state-of-the-art throughput genotyping technology. Current hand and arm research includes: Long-term follow-up of gunshot wounds to the hand or upper extremity in children Pink pulseless hand (prospective study) Diagnostic utility of MRI scans in pediatric wrist injury Outcomes of reconstruction of congenital hand anomalies such as syndactyly Unstable supracondylar humerus fractures: experience with the “suprone” technique Validation and integrated use of a simulated pediatric distal radius fracture reduction model Functional outcomes of displaced distal radius fractures in children Shoulder instability in adolescents With research, orthopedic leaders at CHOP hope to be able to improve surgical techniques,... 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 U.S. Space Force is an historic event and a strategic imperative for our Nation. Space has become so important to our way of life, our economy, and our national security that we must be prepared as a Nation to protect it from hostile actions,” said Secretary of Defense, Mark T. Esper. “Our Military Services have created the world’s best space capabilities. Now is the time for the U.S. Space Force to lead our Nation in preparing for emerging threats in an evolving space environment. This new service will help ensure we are postured to deter aggression, defend our... 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 treatment membranes contaminated during an automated backwashing process which caused the malfunction had been replaced, ending the plant’s system bypass operation that discharged partially-treated effluent for nine days into the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal and the lower Delaware Bay." Installation today of the new and highly-effective treatment membranes by Tidewater Utilities enabled the Lewes WWTP to treat incoming flow as normal and discontinue bypass pumping. During the bypass operation, DNREC staff was onsite at the plant directing Tidewater Utilities’ sampling of the partially-treated effluent for bacteria levels and monitoring the sampling for possible health risks. When the system malfunctioned and... 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 to homes throughout the region, said Edgar Rivero, who handles the company’s marketing. OC Fiberglass, located at 1125 Asbury Ave. in Ocean City, became a business in 2014. It started with a crew of three brothers and a friend. Since then, and with the opening of the storefront in 2017 it is growing and has 18 people employed, including six carpenters. Rivero, 23, of Ocean City, is the nephew of three of the owners and said he has some ideas why they are becoming successful. “We have a reputation of turning down some requests because we want to... Read more →

Illegal Immigrants Can Get Drivers Licenses in NJ

TRENTON, NJ--A new law signed by NJ Gov. Phil Murphy will allow drivers licenses to be issued to illegal immigrants. According to a New Jersey101.5 report, supporters of the measure claim roads will be safer as a result. However, opponents argue the state is just rewarding the lawbreakers. The legislation creates two classes of license. One is compliant with federal REAL ID standards, and will be the only sort of license that can be used to fly on a plane or enter a federal facility starting in October of 2020. Applicants for those licenses will have to prove they have a legal right to live in the U.S. and New Jersey. The other is a standard license -- similar to the ones most NJ residents have now -- and will be available to all Garden State residents, regardless of immigration status. Sue Fulton, the Motor Vehicle Commission's chief administrator, told... Read more →

Blenheim Suspect Arrested after Fleeing Police

BLENHEIM, NJ-- Saturday, 12/28/2019 at approximately 10:45 pm, a Gloucester Township Police Officer patrolling the Blenheim section of the Township, initiated a motor vehicle stop on a 2018 Honda Accord for a motor vehicle violation. The driver failed to stop and continued driving onto the Old Black Horse Pike and eventually onto Boxwood Drive. The driver, identified as Karron Martin, pulled into a driveway and fled into a residence which was later determined to be his own. As officers attempted to take him into custody, he resisted arrest and fled out the back of the residence and onto the Valleybrook golf course. Assisting officers and a Gloucester Township Police K9 team established a perimeter and later located and took Martin into custody as he attempted to return back to his residence. One officer received a minor injury during the arrest. Martin was found to have an active warrant for his... Read more →

Linda J. Bauman (nee Southward) of Bellmawr; Employed by Botte Insurance

Linda J. Bauman (nee Southward), on December 29, 2019, of Bellmawr. Age 66. Beloved wife of Bob, Devoted mother of Danielle Borbon (Froilan) and Renee. Loving grandmother of Nicholas and Gavin. Dear sister of Brian and Kevin. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters in law and her best friend Terri Sherlock. Linda loved to bowl and crochet. She worked for Botte Insurance Company. Linda loved helping people and spending time with her family and grandkids. There will be a visitation from 8:15am to 9:45am on Friday at St. Joachim Parish, Annunciation BVM Church, 601 Browning Road Bellmawr. Funeral Mass at 10am at the Church. Interment New St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr. In lieu of flowers family requests donations be made in Linda’s memory to MD Anderson Cancer Center. 2 Cooper Plaza, Camden NJ 08103. Read more →

Dawn DiGiacomo Loved Life; Died Too Soon

by William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (December 29, 2019)--—Funeral services for Dawn DiGiacomo will be held this afternoon starting 4 PM to 6 PM at McCann-Healey Funeral Home 851 Monmouth Dawn DiGiacomo Street., Gloucester City. Dawn was a lifelong resident of Gloucester educated in the local Catholic School system, She graduated from Gloucester Catholic in 1987. Her husband Vince DiGiacomo said he and Dawn were together for 32 years. He said that Dawn wasn't sick for very long. "She was having trouble walking, her knee kept giving out. It got so bad she couldn't walk. She was admitted to Cooper Hospital and underwent a battery of tests. At the end of two weeks the doctors said she either had Stage 4 lung cancer or it was a parasite that was causing her problems. We looked at each other and said if we have a choice we... Read more →


Must be a citizen and resident of Brooklawn 1 year immediately preceding appointment Must be able to read and write Must be registered to vote in Brooklawn Must have no interest directly or indirectly in any contract with or claim against the Board Must not be disqualified from membership for the conviction of certain crimes. (Within 30 days of election or appointment to the board, a member must undergo a criminal history background investigation through the state Department of Education.) All interested parties please send a letter of interest to: Mr. Sam Dutkin, Board of Education Secretary 301 Haakon Road Brooklawn, NJ 08030 All letters of interest must be received by 3:00pm on January 8, 2020 Read more →

American Hero: Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Goble, 33, of Washington Township NJ, Killed in Afghanistan War

An Army carry team salutes a transfer case containing the remains of U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Goble, as U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Shaquita Darby closes the door, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. ALEX BRANDON/AP The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel. Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Goble, 33, of Washington Township, Bergen County, New Jersey, died Dec. 23, 2019, as a result of injuries sustained while his unit was engaged in combat operations on Dec. 22, 2019, in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation. Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Goble, 33, of Washington Township, New Jersey, died Dec. 23 as a result of injuries sustained in a roadside bombing in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan. U.S. ARMY Goble was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base,... Read more →

Helen B. Johnston of Collingswood; Teacher at Collingswood and Cherry Hill Schools; GHS Alum

Helen B. Johnston COLLINGSWOOD NJ --Helen B. Johnston (nee Hughes) Born August 1, 1920, passed into the loving arms of the Lord at age 99 on December 24, 2019 at her home in Collingswood, NJ. Born in Philadelphia, PA, Helen grew up in Gloucester City, NJ and was the class Salutatorian as she graduated from Gloucester City High School in 1938. Following graduation, Helen was a bookkeeper for several companies including Photo Developing Co. in Camden, NJ and Amburgo Co. and Ridgewood Paper Co., both of Philadelphia. During World War II, she volunteered as a Nurse's Aide at Cooper Hospital, Camden and Fort Dix Army Hospital. After graduation from Glassboro State College in 1958, Helen taught 2nd grade in Collingswood for 10 years and Cherry Hill for 15 years. During this time she taught every student in her class with love and dedication and was the recipient of the "Miss... Read more →

Route 22 Eastbound Connector to Hillside Ave. to Close Next Week

Safety improvement project begins in Hillside Signed detour will be in place (Trenton)(December 29, 2019)-- – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced that the Route 22 eastbound connector ramp to Hillside Avenue will be closed next week as the Route 22 Hilldale Place/North Broad Street safety improvement project begins in Hillside, Union County. The $10.3 million federally-funded project will replace the existing bridge that serves as the Route 22 eastbound connector. The new bridge will meet current design and safety standards and improve the vertical under clearance over Route 22. It will also include an acceleration lane for the Route 22 eastbound entrance ramp from Hillside Avenue, a deceleration taper for the Route 22 eastbound entrance ramp to Hillside Avenue, and a right turn lane in the area between N Broad Street and Harding Terrace. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., Monday, December 30, 2019, NJDOT’s contractor, Anselmi &... Read more →

DOWN THE SHORE: United Methodist Communities (UMC) Recipient of Four 2019 MarCom Awards

UMC The Shores in Ocean City OCEAN CITY, NJ--United Methodist Communities (UMC) is the recipient of four 2019 MarCom Awards, an international creative competition recognizing outstanding marketing and communications professionals. The MarCom Awards administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, consists of several thousand marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, digital, and web professionals. This year, they judged over 6,500 entries representing the United States, Canada, and 18 other countries. The fall 2018 issue of engage, UMC’s newsletter, took Platinum. With the theme, Then and Now, it contrasted the organization’s founding year, 1907 with 2017. Platinum winners are the most outstanding for their excellence in quality, creativity, and resourcefulness. They demonstrate excellence in terms of quality, creativity, and resourcefulness. About 17 percent won Platinum. Entries judged to exceed the high standards of the industry norm received Gold awards. Approximately 24 percent fell into this category. The United... Read more →

Recording Artist CC Miles Named Youth Ambassador for Food Bank of South Jersey

PENNSAUKEN, NEW JERSEY – With a focus on increasing awareness of the impact of food insecurity and the importance of healthy eating in the youth community of South Jersey, the Food Bank of South Jersey announces recording artist CC Miles, 18, will serve as Youth Ambassador 2020. Recording artist CC Miles As Youth Ambassador 2020 for the Food Bank, Miles will bring the message of food insecurity and hunger awareness to regional schools, communities and organizations, as well as work directly with the Food Bank of South Jersey’s Health & Wellness and Community Engagement & Impact teams to distribute information and resources to support healthy eating, nutrition awareness and an understanding of the many faces of food insecurity in South Jersey communities today. “I am honored to support the Food Bank of South Jersey’s mission to spread food insecurity awareness and health and wellness strategies and eating habits to young... Read more →

USDA Approves Plans for Domestic Production of Hemp by Louisiana, NJ, and Ohio and Three Indian Tribes

(December 28, 2019)--The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved the first set of plans submitted by states and Indian tribes for the domestic production of hemp under the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program. The plans were submitted by the states of Louisiana, New Jersey, and Ohio, and the Flandreau Santee Sioux, Santa Rosa Cahuilla, and La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indian Tribes. image courtesy of The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) directed USDA to develop a regulatory oversight program for hemp and include provisions for USDA to approve hemp production plans submitted by states and Indian tribes. Accordingly, on October 31, 2019, USDA issued an interim final rule establishing the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program and the provisions for USDA to approve submitted plans. State and tribal plans provide details on practices and procedures that enable hemp producers in their jurisdictions to operate according to... Read more →

Mike and Peaches Luken, Just One of the Many Reasons Ocean City is America's Greatest Family Resort

After 30 years, Mike and Peaches Lukens are wrapping up what is expected to be their last Community Christmas Dinner. By TIM KELLY/Somers Point News OCEAN CITY, NJ--Ocean City Councilman Keith Hartzell, a longtime volunteer and benefactor to Wednesday’s Community Christmas Dinner in Ocean City, took a moment to consider the event organizers, Mike and Peaches Lukens. The couple conceived the event in 1989, organized it and executed it every year since. “They are the heart and soul of what it means to call Ocean City ‘America’s Greatest Family Resort,’” Hartzell said. “We’re a beach resort in the summer. In the other nine months, we’re a Norman Rockwell painting. We’re Mayberry. We’re small town America coming together as a community. Nothing says it better than this event.” Peaches and Mike, who started the event by serving approximately 150 people at the old Ocean City Youth Center, have seen their idea... Read more →

DOWN THE SHORE: Shore Medical Center Joins the Penn Cancer Network

From left, Lori Gustave, of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Dr. James M. Pond, medical director of the Cancer Program and Cancer Committee chairman at Shore Cancer Center, Joy Sutter, of Penn Medicine, and Joseph Johnston, of Shore Cancer Center, celebrate the new agreement. (Photo courtesy Shore Medical Center) SOMERS POINT NJ--Shore Medical Center in Somers Point and Penn Medicine announced Tuesday that the Shore Cancer Center is now a member of the Penn Cancer Network. The agreement brings expanded access to the highest quality cancer care for patients across southeast New Jersey, according to a press release. The Penn Cancer Network is a select group of community hospitals throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware collaborating with Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center to provide excellence in cancer care throughout the region. Penn’s Cancer Network hospitals are recognized for their excellence in patient care and a commitment to improving the... Read more →

Retiring Paterson Firefighters, Police Officers Receiving $1.2 million Leave Time Payouts Under Tax Deferred Plan

PATERSON, NJ (December 28, 2019)--Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh (photo) and council members have agreed to set up what’s called a 401(a) plan, tax-differed retirement saving accounts, for retiring public safety employees. According to The Paterson Times members of the City Council approved a measure this past Monday allowing Sayegh’s administration to set up the plan at the request of the police and fire unions. Under the proposal, the city will deposit the accumulated leave time payouts for police and fire employees into the tax-differed retirement savings accounts. Before the new year, the city is paying $1.2 million to 19 firefighters and police officers. The sum is a partial severance payout for the employees. Municipal official disclosed the city has to pay approximately $5 million in accumulated leave time payouts to firefighters and police officers. The lot includes approximately 30 employees, said officials. Read More Read more →

January 2020 Programming/Special Hours at Avalon Free Public Library

Avalon, NJ Holiday Hours New Year’s Eve: 9am-5pm New Year’s Day: Closed Martin Luther King Jr., Day: 9am-5pm Tuesday, December 31 11am-12pm Happy Noon Year! Our youngest patrons are invited to help us ring in the “Noon” year with a story, snacks, fun, and a puppet show! Saturday, January 4 1pm The Unsinkable Titanic The Titanic may be the best-known ship of all time. It hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage – sinking in less than three hours with a loss of almost 1,500 men, women, and children. How did this happen? Who perished? What happened to the survivors? This lecture will address all these questions and more. Location: Avalon History Center, 215 39th St. Monday, January 6 1pm Monday Matinee: “Columbus” Synopsis: A Korean-born man finds himself stuck in Columbus, Indiana, where his architect father is in a coma. The man meets a young woman who wants to... Read more →