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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... Read more →

See New Year's Eve Fireworks on the Battleship

CAMDEN CITY, NJ--The Battleship will open her decks for guests to watch the 6 pm or Midnight SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront. We’ll have music, food concessions and bar service. We will open her decks two hours before each show – 4:00 pm for the 6:00 pm fireworks... Read more →

Francis A. "Frank" Zappa, World War II Navy Veteran; Iron Worker; Liberty Clowns Member

The greatest measure of a man is not measured in the crucible of imperfections, but rather, in the metamorphoses of what he becomes. Francis A. "Frank" Zappa was a man of strength and conviction. He was stern, argumentative and preferred to just do it himself. But, when Frank was needed, he... Read more →

The Sixth Most Charitable State is Pennsylvania

By Dave Fidlin | The Center Square Pennsylvanians are more likely to help their neighbors, stick with a volunteer activity and partake in fundraising compared to most other areas of the country, according to a recent study. Researchers with personal finance website WalletHub recently combed through various data for the study,... Read more →

PETS ARE THE BEST: Eight new pups report for duty

Urban, a three-month-old black Labrador retriever, trains with Danielle Berger at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center. Berger is leading the training for the U litter, composed of Urban and seven of her brothers and sisters, with assistance from interns including (left to right) Charlotte Kronick, Dominique Andrews, Trevor Vidas, and... Read more →

NJ Senator Singleton to Kick-Off 2020 Community Projects Jan. 20

Event will be held as a Day of Service in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. MAPLE SHADE, NJ– Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Senator Troy Singleton (photo) is partnering with Habitat for Humanity for his January community service project. The “Serve with Senator Singleton” event will be held... Read more →

Political Observers Say There is a Deep Rift Among Democrats in New Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. — Several political observers are suggesting there is a big rift among members of the Democratic Party in the states of New Jersey. The proof they say was seen at a State Senate hearing in November when Sue Altman, the leader of the left-leaning Working Families Alliance was singled... Read more →

How to Use CBD oil for Better Sleep

Gloucestercitynews.net(December 28, 2019)--It might come as a surprise but according to certain reports, more than 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders. To put it the other way, a good lot of people are exhausted from personal and professional pressures of life, which often results in insomnia and other mental... Read more →

University of Washington: SAD lights push back depression during dark days

SAD is a subset of depression that can be marked by feeling blue and tired, craving carbs, and having less interest in socializing. Getty Images About ten percent of those who live in the Northwest suffer from SAD, according to UW Medicine experts. For Robert, * it was getting just too... Read more →

How to Choose High Quality CBD Oil 

Gloucestercitynews.net (December 28, 2019)--CBD industry is expected to grow by $ 1 billion in 2020. It is one of the top players in the health and wellness industry as well. This is no wonder because people across America have realized the therapeutic effects of CBD products. Even though the research on... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: New Year's Eve

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor New Year's eve can be a festive, fun-filled adventure for everyone. But what about Fido? It's possible that the festivities can overwhelm your dog, with its noise makers and fireworks, people and fun. If you are planning a get-together, take precautions ahead of time. Make it safe for... Read more →

'Nipple By Number' Device Helps Plastic Surgeons Perform 3D Nipple Tattoos

Newswise — December 26, 2019 – Three-dimensional tattoos offer a new alternative for creating a natural-looking nipple after breast reconstruction. For most women, accessing this option means finding a tattoo artist with the skill to create these detailed tattoos. Now a new device called Nipple By Number® enables plastic surgeons to... Read more →

DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation hosts First Day Hikes across Delaware

DOVER (Dec. 27, 2019) – New Year’s Day is a great time to kick the 2020s off on the right foot with one of 18 First Day Hikes hosted by DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation. First Day Hikes is a national movement sponsored by America’s State Parks to encourage the... Read more →

Public Comment Period Extended on Cleanup Plan for the Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek Superfund Site

Gibbsboro, N.J. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended the public comment period for its proposed cleanup plan that includes a combination of technologies and methods to address the former paint manufacturing plant and adjoining areas of the Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek Superfund Site in Gibbsboro to January 29, 2020. EPA’s... Read more →

Veterinarians Offer Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe in Winter

As parts of the U.S. gear up for a powerful post-Christmas winter storm–packed with strong winds, heavy snow, and freezing rain—veterinarians at BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital are offering a few tips to help keep pets safe. "Many people think that dogs and cats’ fur make them more resistant to... Read more →

New Apprenticeship Funding in Philadelphia

December 27, 2019 HARRISBURG PA--Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of new funding for the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers JAC Local Unit 14. (IAHFIAW), whose training center is dedicated to building professionals with expertise, character, and a sense of teamwork. The funding will support the... Read more →


PHILADELPHIA PA--Faithful throughout the Archdiocese are invited to gather at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul for a prayerful, holy, and unique way to ring in the New Year. It will be hosted by members of the Cathedral’s Young Adult Group and the Catholic Center for Young Adults. Tuesday,... Read more →

Malcom Wilfong, age 28, of Allentown, Pa Sentenced to Prison for Drug Trafficking

SCRANTON—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on December 19, 2019, Malcom Wilfong, age 28, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani to 55 months’ imprisonment for participating in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy that operated in Schuylkill and Berks... Read more →

Pick-6 Rolls to $5.2 Million for Dec. 30 Drawing

TRENTON (Dec. 27, 2019) – The Pick-6 drawing on December 26 produced four winners of $6,041 for matching five out of six white balls drawn. The $5.2 million drawing will be held Monday, December 30, 2019. The winning numbers for the Thursday, December 26, drawing were: 13, 16, 26, 30, 35... Read more →

Harry W. Hofflinger, Sr. of Westville

Harry W. Hofflinger, Sr. On December 24, 2019. Age 72, of Westville. Born in Woodbury, he was the son of the late Harry M. and Mary T. (Bowe) Hofflinger. Harry is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia R. (Butler) Hofflinger, his loving children, Sharon Hofflinger (Gill), Harry W. Hofflinger, Jr., Joe... Read more →

Back-Wage Checks Hand-Delivered on Christmas Eve  

NJ Labor Department Plays Santa to Unpaid Workers TRENTON – Two former employees of an Ocean County pizzeria on Tuesday got a visit from Santa’s helper, who delivered a most valuable gift: back pay they were owed for shifts worked long ago. Luigi’s Pizza in Ocean agreed to pay the back... Read more →

Holiday Events in SOUTH JERSEY

Adventure Aquarium's Christmas Celebration Through December 30 1 Riverside Dr, Camden, NJ A unique experience you can’t miss! Visitors can experience Scuba Santa and his elf swim alongside the Aquarium’s habitants while enjoying the twinkling lights, glowing trees, and falling snow of the Aquarium. AAA Members can save on Adventure Aquarium... Read more →

(Video) Philly Team Mascots Surprise and Spread Cheer To Holiday Travelers

New Video Features Philly’s Favorite Friends Welcoming Travelers At Philadelphia International Airport To inspire people to give the gift of memory-making, share-worthy Philadelphia experiences, VISIT PHILADELPHIA® released the “Gift of Philly,” a video featuring the city’s five professional mascots—Phillie Phanatic (Phillies), Gritty (Flyers), Swoop (Eagles), Franklin (Sixers) and Phang (Union)—collecting and... Read more →

The Ultimate Way to Ring in the New Year

PHILADELPHIA, PA (December 19, 2019) – The ultimate way to ring in the new year is with TWO Rivers Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront shows at 6PM and Midnight, plus ice skating at Philly’s favorite outdoor rink, festive foods, drinks, kids’ activities, and more. In addition to the... Read more →

Voorhees Animal Orphanage Pet of the Week: Reuben

Reuben is a beautiful buff and white boy who came to the Voorhees Animal Orphanage as a stray and is looking for a fresh start. He's a gentle soul and enjoys being petted and loved. And he would love to go home with you! If you're looking for a devoted companion... Read more →

William Todd Roberts, 62 of Gloucester City

William Todd Roberts GLOUCESTER CITY NJ--On December 22, 2019. Age 62. Of Gloucester City. Loving and devoted husband of Joanne Roberts (née Rosati). Loving father of Shawn M. Roberts (Jennifer), Steven C. Roberts, Todd Roberts Jr. (Dana), Lawrence Orsino 3rd (Rachel) and Rose Clark (Kenneth). Cherished grandfather of Lacey, Izabella, Mackenzie,... Read more →

Kristi Lee Smith, age 46, of West Deptford

WEST DEPTFORD NJ--On December 21, 2019. Age 46, of West Deptford. Born in Woodbury, she was the daughter of the late Roy L. and Patricia L. (Daugherty) Rogers. Kristi is survived by her beloved sons, Daryn Reed Smith (Karen) and Levi Mason Sparks; her brothers, Anthony J. Monahon, Charles E. Monahon,... Read more →

Christmas tree recycling – a Delaware post-holiday tradition – carries on statewide for 2019/2020

Take your tree to a yard waste site or contact your waste collector DOVER (Dec. 26, 2019) – The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control encourages Delawareans to recycle your Christmas tree at one of many yard waste recycling facilities located throughout the state, or to place your tree curbside... Read more →

Pennsylvania’s voter system has problems

By Todd DeFeo | The Center Square An audit of the state’s voter registration system uncovered “potentially bad data and sloppy record-keeping,” but stopped short of saying the results revealed any inappropriate voting. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s examination of the Statewide Uniform Registry of Electors (SURE) found what he said were... Read more →

A Decade That Changed the Nation

Katrina vanden Heuvel and D.D. Guttenplan | For over 154 years, The Nation has seen political, economic, and cultural upheaval in America, but the ferocious drumbeat of the 2010s shaped a new media landscape: One defined by a 24/7 news cycle, amplified and accelerated by social media, and compounded by the... Read more →

STUDY: Fiscal Conditions Improving in Pennsylvania

By Todd DeFeo | The Center Square Pennsylvania’s revenue growth was slightly above average, and the state has improved its overall financial stability by increasing the size of its rainy day fund, a new report revealed. Pennsylvania, like Illinois, New York and Texas, experienced slower revenue growth in fiscal 2019 after... Read more →

Guest Opinion: Lauding Bernards for Diwali holiday, Hindus want all New Jersey schools close on Diwali

Welcoming Bernards Township School District (BTSD) in New Jersey declaring Diwali holiday for students during 2022-23 school year, Hindus are urging all public school districts and private-charter-independent schools in New Jersey to close on their most popular festival Diwali. BTSD calendar 2022-23, posted on its website, shows schools closed on October... Read more →

Chambersburg-to-NYC Drug Trafficking Ring Busted: 12 Suspects Arrested

December 20, 2019 | Topic: Opioids Press Release HARRISBURG – Attorney General Josh Shapiro today said agents from his Office, the Pennsylvania State Police, and local police departments arrested 12 people and stopped a major Pennsylvania trafficker of the opioid Oxycodone. The ringleader of the group, David Bruce Darby of Chambersburg,... Read more →

Linda D. Sherry, 72, of Haddon Township; West Deptford School Educator; GCHS & Chestnut Hill College Alum

Haddon Township - Linda D. Sherry (nee Dewey) age 72 passed away December 23, 2019. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Raymond A. Sherry, her son, Beau (Shanon) Sherry, and her daughter, Kristen (David) Kandel, and was predeceased by her son, Sonny. She was the proud grandmother of... Read more →

What to Know Going into an Oil Field Job

Gloucestercitynews.net (December 27, 2019)--By this point, many people have heard of the great prospects that lie in the oil industry, and working out on an oil field can be an attractive prospect for some, especially those with a predisposition for physical work. But it’s not a smooth experience all the way,... Read more →

Maryland’s Mentored Hunt Rejuvenates Childhood Dream

A Hunter’s Story: December 2019 Hunting turkey. Photo by Maribeth Kulynycz. My passion for hunting began when I was a young girl, listening raptly to my dad’s bedtime stories about his childhood spent stalking birds with only a slingshot and a pouch of pebbles on his family’s farm. When I got... Read more →

GUEST OPINION: NJ Sierra Club End of Year Review - 2019

We have had a very eventful and busy year in 2019. We accomplished a lot to protect New Jersey’s environment. We won some battles and lost some, and there are a few that keep coming back. In addition to everything we have accomplished this year, we still have a lot that... Read more →

Togel Singapore - Everything to Know About It

Gloucestercitynews.net (DecemberThe brick and mortar casino had put a stepping stone for the online casinos. And now online casino sites are taking the gambling fun to the globe. But we must not forget giving thanks to the internet that has a huge role in making it popular. Today, no matter where... Read more →

GUEST OPINION: Pennsylvania AG Targets Partially-Manufactured Receivers, Gun Owners

HARRISBURG PA--On December 16, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro issued a convoluted interpretation of state gun law that will have broad implications for Keystone State gun owners. The attorney general’s letter expanded the state’s statutory definition of “firearm” to include almost any material that has the potential to be fashioned into... Read more →

Dawn DiGiacomo, 51, of Gloucester City; GCHS Alumnus

Dawn DiGiacomo Gloucester City – On December 25, 2019. Age 51. (nee Fowler). Loving and devoted wife of Vincent J. DiGiacomo. Loving mother of Derick and Ashley Fowler, Amber DiGiacomo, Vincent DiGiacomo, Jr. and Dominick DiGiacomo. Cherished grandmother of Brianna, C.J., Maximus and Derick, Jr. Cherished daughter of Earl T. Fowler,... Read more →

Video: How Did Political Boss George Norcross Acquire Waterfront Land in Camden City at Such Low Prices?

The tower, located on the Camden City waterfront, is owned by George Norcross and two other partners who received a $245 million tax break (image courtesy of David L. Lewis/WNYC) CNBNews.net CAMDEN CITY, NJ (December 26, 2019)--NJTV NEWS interviewed a reporter from the Philadelphia Inquirer who wrote an investigating article about... Read more →

Cowboy Junkies Coming Feb. 1

COLLINGSWOOD NJ--Presented by the Camden County Board of Freeholders in association with BRE and the Borough of Collingswood, the Scottish Rite Auditorium welcomes An Evening with Cowboy Junkies on Saturday, February 1, 2020. Doors open at 7 PM, showtime at 8 PM.​ In 1988, Cowboy Junkies proved that there was an... Read more →

Cranesville Swamp Maryland Offers a Glimpse into a Different Time and Climate

December 2019 Photo by Ashley Stimpson Most people come to western Maryland for the mountains — but Garrett County visitors who venture off the beaten path will find a remarkable and rare treasure tucked between the hills. Cranesville Swamp Preserve is one of the last boreal bogs in the southeastern United... Read more →

CNBNews Spotlight on NJ College Students

McDaniel College Students Return From Studying Abroad During Fall Semester WESTMINSTER, MD (12/23/2019)-- Nearly 20 McDaniel College students immersed themselves in another country through their study abroad experience during the fall 2019 semester, including: Valerie Galderisi of Ocean View (08230) studying at McDaniel College in Budapest in Budapest, Hungary Hannah Thomson... Read more →

Former Nurse with Secret Video Recordings of Hundreds of UPMC Carlisle Patients

Press Release HARRISBURG – Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced criminal charges against a Franklin County man who surreptitiously videotaped 206 patients at UPMC Carlisle, including nearly two dozen minors. The charges against Michael Bragg (photo) follow his arrest in April by the Office of Attorney General for producing and possessing... Read more →

Exposure to Ozone Pollution or Wood Smoke Worsens Lung Health of Smokers/Former Smokers

Newswise — Over many years, exposure to the levels of ozone and other forms of pollution found in most U.S. cities and some rural communities can take a toll on a person’s health. Two studies led by Johns Hopkins researchers describe the impact of pollution on lung disease, particularly chronic obstructive... Read more →

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: Dec. 9-15

Reminder for the week: Hunting and fishing licenses and Conservation Access Passes help fund Delaware conservation and outdoor recreation facilities DOVER (Dec. 23, 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... Read more →

GUEST OPINION: Virginia Gov. Northam Proposing a Host of Anti-Gun Measures

As if Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s wholesale attack on law-abiding gun owners wasn’t enough, the disgraced public official and his Michael Bloomberg-bought allies in the General Assembly now want the state’s hard-working taxpayers to foot the bill for their unconstitutional schemes. The budget bill (HB30) includes an appropriation of a quarter... Read more →