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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 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 →

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 show and 10:00 pm for the midnight show. Come aboard for just a $10 donation per person. Become a member today ($40) and receive 5 free tickets to the fireworks show! Call (856) 966-1652 Extension 127 for details. All proceeds go to the on-going restoration of the Battleship, a non-profit museum and memorial. Fire the 5-inch gun at the conclusion of the 6:00 pm and Midnight Fireworks! We’ll offer chances for guests to pull the trigger and fire this historic gun on New Year’s Eve! 6 PM Show Tickets Midnight Show Tickets Also available by calling 866-877-6262 ext. 108,... 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 was wise, dependable and unconditionally offered himself to the matter at hand. Mr. Zappa was a renaissance man who was accomplished in the kitchen, the garden, the dance floor and had been a part of the Philadelphia Mummers Parade as a comic in the Liberty Clowns. He was born in the cradle of Liberty, South Philadelphia. "Mum-Town USA". During these formative years he had contributed to the manpower of our great nation serving as a coxswain in the United States Navy. Frank defended the ideals of our American freedoms during World War II in the American and Pacific Theaters... 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, “2019’s Most Charitable States.” Pennsylvania ranked sixth of the 50 states. Charitable giving, naturally, is a front-and-center topic amid the holidays. WalletHub asked a number of academics and experts to weigh in on this topic in a broad sense. Femida Handy, professor and director of the University of Pennsylvania’s social welfare program, offered her insight and views on a number of topics, including the percentage of income households should donate to charity. “All households, with incomes above the median income, should donate, and they should donate anywhere from 2 to 6 percent of their incomes,” Handy said. According to... Read more →


Related: ARTIST Dave Wolfe Vol. 6 No. 27 (Dec. 28, 2019) Editor's Note: Each Sunday morning we post a weekly comic strip provided by cartoonist Dave Wolfe. Dave has been drawing since he was 5 years old, he knew he wanted to be a cartoonist at the age of 8. He’s been distributing his comics in school since 3rd grade. (click image to enlarge) Read more →

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 Tesa Stone. (All images: Eric Sucar/University Communications) PHILADELPHIA PA--More sure-footed and confident by the day, the U litter puppies of the Working Dog Center are not yet 3 months old, yet are already a month into their training to use their agile bodies and sensitive noses to serve society. These eight pups, all black Labrador retrievers, also fit into a special category: They are WDC legacies, the first to be born to two “graduates” of the Center, mom Pinto and dad Boomer. Since their arrival at the WDC, they’ve been gradually introduced to tasks that will guide them on... 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 on Monday, January 20, 2020 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore located at 530 Route 38 East in Maple Shade. The Senator and a group of volunteers will participate in a “Building Blitz” where they will help assemble furniture and other items for sale in the ReStore showrooms. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old. Anyone interested in volunteering can sign-up on the Senator’s website: “Over the past two years, we have joined with dozens of volunteers to donate over 1,000 hours to community service projects that benefit residents throughout Burlington County,” said... 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 out by New Jersey state troopers and forcibly removed her from the crowded State Senate hearing on corporate tax breaks. The New York Times reported she was led past her main political rival, George E. Norcross III, a Democratic power broker who was at the hearing to testify in support of an $11 billion economic incentive program that Ms. Altman had criticized harshly and that is the subject of state investigations and subpoenas. According to Times the imagery and its aftermath have roiled Trenton, exposing a generational and philosophical rift between progressive and mainstream Democrats that is mirrored nationwide... Read more →

How to Use CBD oil for Better Sleep 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 as well as emotional disorders. There are many medical treatments available for getting you better sleep but most people do not recommend taking any sleep disorder medicines due to their addictive effects. This would be the moment where top rated UK CBD oil brands must enter your life. Yes, currently, it’s the most natural treatment for insomnia and quite affordable as well. If you or someone you know is suffering from sleeping problems, then CBD oil is just the thing for you! Of course, you would want to learn more about the use of CBD oil for better sleep... 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 hard to get out of bed in the morning during the winter months. Finally, his partner, who lives near Skagway, Alaska, suggested using a seasonal affective disorder light, otherwise known as a SAD light, to deal with his sleepiness and mild depression. “This worked far better than expected. I would even call it life changing,” said Robert, a Seattle resident and software engineer, who, like others living in the Northwest, endures many dark months in a place where sunlight barely limps pass the eight-hour mark in December. Most of us struggle to get out of bed, but for Robert,... Read more →

How to Choose High Quality CBD Oil (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 the health benefits of CBD is fancy, there are numerous cases of common people who have successfully improved their lives with daily dosage of CBD oil. Intrigued to try CBD oil to heal your mind and body? Well, go ahead but keep in mind to choose the best quality of CBD oil for consumption. Now, the question is how to choose high-quality CBD oil? There are a few things you can do to be assured that the CBD oil or any other product for that matter, is of great quality and worth trying. Before anything else, you should know... 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 all involved! Find a safe place for Fido, even if it means he is in a bedroom or his crate. Cover his crate (except for the door) so it resembles a den. Put a few treats in there and his favorite toy. You may even consider leaving his door open so he can come and go as he chooses. Remind guests not to feed your dog. Over-indulging on table food may cause gastric problems and irregularity. And make sure to take him outdoors before turning in for the night so he doesn't wake you up in the wee hours... 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 perform realistic-looking 3D nipple tattoos as an in-office procedure, reports a paper in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). "Nipple by Number® is a simple stencil device that allows consistent, realistic 3D tattooing of the nipple-areola complex [NAC] to complete breast reconstruction," comments lead author Solomon Azouz, MD, of Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale. "It allows plastic surgeons to perform this sought-after procedure in a safe, reliable, and more- affordable manner, without the need for special training or experience." For most patients, mastectomy results in loss... 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 celebration of fitness in the nation’s great outdoors. There’s no need to register for any of the hikes listed below; just show up prepared to walk! Items hikers may want to bring along include comfortable hiking/walking shoes, a camera, a bottle of water, appropriate layers for the weather, a hat, sunglasses, a backpack, and snacks. Some hikes may require water-resistant shoes, or have age or pet restrictions. Not all hikes are suitable for strollers. Check out one of the following hikes to celebrate the New Year at a Delaware State Park. 10 a.m. – Alapocas Run State Park, Wilmington... 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 study of these areas shows that soil and sediment are contaminated with arsenic and lead, and soil in other areas are contaminated with paint solvents. EPA’s cleanup plan addresses a nearly 20-acre area where the former manufacturing plant operated, the headwaters of Hilliards Creek and adjoining areas, which include approximately six residential properties. At the former manufacturing plant area, the plan includes removing and disposing of approximately 67,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil from the site and backfilling with clean soil, groundwater monitoring, and institutional controls in the form of deed notices. Floodplain soil and sediment within Upper Hilliards... 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 cold weather, but that is not necessarily true. Cold tolerance can vary based on a pets’ size, coat, body fat percentage, activity level, age and overall health,” remarked Harry Weatherson, BVetMed, MRCVS, ER Service Head and emergency veterinarian at BluePearl in New York City. “While huskies and other dogs bred for colder climates are more tolerant of cold weather, all dogs and cats are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia. As a general rule, if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pet.” While prolonged exposure to cold air, rain, sleet and snow can cause paws 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 governor’s commitment to expanding job training related opportunities throughout Pennsylvania. “It is critical that we invest in the future of Pennsylvania’s workforce by helping industries and organizations bring on, train, and grow new talent,” said Gov. Wolf. “Since taking office, my administration has been committed to supporting the training and development opportunities that will shape the future of workplaces across the commonwealth.” The $49,500 grant will support recruitment methods, including job fairs in the community and local schools, as well as open house job fairs at the IAHFIAW JAC (LU14) Training Center. The program will recruit and train apprentices... 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, December 31, 2019 – Wednesday, January 1, 2020 11:00 p.m. Holy Hour 12:00 a.m. Midnight Mass 1:00 a.m. – 2:30 a.m. Celebration Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103 Reverend G. Dennis Gill, Rector of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and Director of the Archdiocesan Office for Divine Worship, will be the principal celebrant and Father Shaun Mahoney will be the homilist at the Midnight Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Following the Mass, there will be a celebration in Drexel Hall. The theme... 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 Counties. According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Wilfong previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine between July 2016 and May 2017. Wilfong is the fourth defendant connected to the methamphetamine ring to be sentenced in federal court. Anibal Rodriguez, the leader of the drug conspiracy, was previously sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment. Ernest Schaeffer received a 15-year prison sentence. David Castro was sentenced to 57 months’ imprisonment. The matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Shenandoah Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P.... 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 and 37. The XTRA Multiplier was: 03. By adding XTRA for an additional $1.00 per play, winners are able to multiply their non-jackpot prizes by the XTRA number drawn. Acting Executive Director James Carey announced that there were 483,331 tickets purchased for the drawing and of those sold, thousands were prizewinners! For correctly matching four numbers, 323 ticketholders won $72 each and 45 others won $216 each with the addition of XTRA. Moreover, for correctly matching three numbers 6,773 ticketholders won $3.00 each and 997 others won $9 each with the addition of XTRA. Lastly 7,941 ticketholders each won... 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 Brown, Dawn Colofranson (Tony), Janet Goetz (Pete); 13 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; brothers, Bob Hills (Diane), Barry Hills (Vicki), Brian Hills (Sean) and his sisters, Karen Jones, Barbara Robbins, Regina Morrison and Karen Hills. Harry was predeceased by his daughter-in-law, Colleen Brown; brothers, Roger and George Hills and his sister, Ruth Nail. Harry worked for many years as a Pipe Insulator for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. He was a parishioner of St. Mary’s R.C. Church, liked hunting, fishing and was an avid Eagles and Phillies fan. He was a family man who loved spending time with his family. Mass... 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 wages – amounting to $1,027.50 net – to the employees after the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division issued one of its first stop-work orders under a new wage theft law that allows the department to shut businesses that underpay employees in certain situations. When faced with the shutdown of his business, the owner immediately wrote a check for the entire back wage amount, based on a judgment. The check was deposited with the state Treasury on December 20, which enabled the workers to receive their checks before Christmas. “Our mission all year long is to help workers who... 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 tickets. LEARN MORE New Year’s Fireworks from the Battleship @ Battleship New Jersey December 31 • 4PM - 12:30AM The annual tradition continues! Ring in the New Year with fireworks aboard the Battleship New Jersey. Music, concessions, and cash bar service will be available for both showtimes – 6pm and 10pm. Tickets required. Purchase tickets here. Additionally, families can spend the night on the ship on December 31, with breakfast the next morning. Purchase tickets for the overnight event here. Smithville Holiday Light Show On The Lake Thursday - Sunday until January 5 • Dark until 8PM Historical Smithville... 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 gifting iconic Philly treats to unsuspecting travelers at Philadelphia International Airport. The two-minute, 15-second video begins by showing the mascots gathering holiday goods at popular locations all over the city: Gritty secures a tree from Rittenhouse Square, Swoop grabs hot chocolate from Franklin Square, Franklin gets baked goods from Termini Brothers Bakery, the Phillie Phanatic borrows lights from the Miracle on South 13th Street and Phang sets the mood with music from The Wanamaker Organ at Macy’s. All of this activity was in preparation for a surprise-and-delight moment at the Philadelphia International Airport, taking place on December 11 at... 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 annual Parties on Ice at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest (5pm and 10pm), guests can also watch in awe as fireworks illuminate the sky with a view with parties for all ages at the award-winning Cherry Street Pier that will host two New Year’s Eve events (Family party at 5pm with PopUpPlay and a 21+ and older party at 10pm.) The centerpiece on December 31st -- the Rivers Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront-- uses over 3,000 explosive devices and three miles of wiring that allow the sparkling lights to be seen for miles in all directions. Each... 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 to keep you company, you must come meet sweet Reuben at PetValu on Rte 70 in Marlton, NJ today! You can read more about Reuben, and all of the other fine felines that are available for adoption here. 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, R.J., Quinn, Lawrence 4th, Aiden, Bianca, Steven and A.J. Beloved brother of Dianne Bodenhorn, Andrea Lee (Rick) and Steven Roberts. Todd was born in Anderson, Indiana to the late E. Max and Ruth Roberts. He worked over 30 years as a scale technician for Industrial Weighing Systems in Pennsauken and Thermoseal in Gloucester City. Todd was a proud member of the Original Garden State Corvette Club for many years. He also enjoyed vacationing to Riviera Maya and spending time at the campground with his family and friends. He loved animals, especially his dog Brutus, his “best friend”. Relatives and... 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, Jimmy M. Monahan; sisters, Cheryl Ginipro (Mike), Patty Monahan and her step-father, Edward Tilton. Kristi also was predeceased by her sister, Robin Monahan. Celebration of Life and Sharing of Memories will be held on Saturday, December 28th from 4 to 8 pm at the Elks Lodge, 57 West Main Street, Penns Grove. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Kristi to the Robins Nest, 42 South Delsea Drive, Glassboro, NJ 08028. Please write: Kristi L. Smith in memo. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of Kristi Lee Smith. Funeral Arrangements... 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 for recycling. Whatever route you and your Christmas tree may take toward recycling, it’s always a good post-holiday destination that benefits the state environmentally. “Recycling Christmas trees has been an environmentally-friendly tradition in the state for many years, and we hope that more Delawareans will continue that tradition this holiday season,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin. “We also welcome residents who might be newcomers to recycling their Christmas trees – and thank them for helping to make our environment better.” A list of yard waste sites accepting Christmas trees for recycling can be found on the DNREC website.... 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 more than 50,000 cases with potentially inaccurate voter records. While he called the estimate conservative, the review “did not validate the thousands of cases/situations identified.” DePasquale, who is running for Congress, noted a lack of cooperation by PennDOT and four county election offices in compiling his audit. He also said the Department of State denied his office access to potentially relevant documents. “It is past time to improve this system,” DePasquale said. “Some county election officials are busy replacing voting equipment ahead of next year’s presidential election,” DePasquale said. “But keeping voter registration records up-to-date is an equally important... 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 financial challenges facing a free press. Hindsight being 20/20, there are common threads we can trace to this current cultural and political moment. The dual and growing forces of monopoly and inequality intensified over the decade. But so too did public support in favor of the issues and ideals our editors and readers have long held to be important: questions of racial justice and feminism, a fair economy that works for all, and enduring civil liberties, environmental sustainability, and peace and nuclear disarmament. This list of articles, while not at all comprehensive, pulls together the threads of some of... 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 rapid growth a year earlier, which lowered the aggregate growth rate, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO). “Pennsylvania’s spending and revenue figures reported in the survey for FY2019 and FY2020 indicate stable growth somewhat more modest than national averages,” said Kathryn Vesey White, NASBO’s director of budget process studies. In February, Gov. Tom Wolf introduced a $34.1 billion general fund spending plan, a 2.79 percent increase from a year earlier. State lawmakers subsequently passed a general fund budget of slightly less than $34 billion, an increase of 1.8 percent over the previous year’s budget. “Fiscal... 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 24, 2022 for Diwali. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that holiday on Diwali in New Jersey schools would be a step in the positive direction in view of presence of a substantial number of Hindu students at schools around the state, as it was important to meet the religious and spiritual needs of Hindu pupils. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, indicated that since it was important for Hindu families to celebrate Diwali day together at home with their children; closing schools on Diwali would ensure that and would also... 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, is facing multiple charges, including drug delivery resulting in death. The Attorney General said Darby smuggled Oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, from New York City and distributed the drug to people in Franklin and Cumberland counties. In August 2019, a delivery of the narcotic by Darby to Kayla Bertone, 28, of Chambersburg, lead to Bertone’s death. “This defendant and his drug trafficking ring are responsible for the death of a young woman and the spread of an opioid epidemic we are fighting every day to stop,” AG Shapiro said following the round up of the 12 drug dealers,... 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 Brady, Lucah and Reese Sherry, and Cole, Logan and Riley Kandel. She also leaves a dear sister, Diane Nastinski, sister-in-law, Laraine Clements, brother-in-law, Martin J. Sherry and cousins, Sharon and Sandy. A graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School and Chestnut Hill College, Linda became an educator who spent most of her career in the West Deptford School District. She derived great satisfaction and joy as an educator and helping children. In addition to her hobbies of doll-making and crocheting, she enjoyed the theater, movies, dancing and TV dramas. Her family brought her great happiness; she especially relished time with... Read more →

What to Know Going into an Oil Field Job (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, and there are various potential problems that you’ll need to prepare for if you want to maximize your chances of success. This is not among the easier industries to be in, and you should definitely anticipate a rough uphill battle in the beginning, especially if you’re coming from another line of work. It’s Tough There’s no soft way to say this – working in the oil industry is simply very challenging. You should be prepared for long days of hard manual work with little in the way of breaks, and on some days, it might be particularly bad depending... 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 a job at a sporting goods store, I fell in love with hunting for real. My exposure to the store’s hunting department was like something familiar and new all at the same time, even though I’d never known any ‘real’ hunters growing up. When hunting season came around, I would ring up customers for all kinds of hunting equipment and licenses. I grew incredibly curious. I asked co-workers a few questions, wandered the hunting section in my spare time, and started going online to do more research. Fresh out of college, with no car and a minimum wage retail... 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 we are trying to get done. “This has been a year of many accomplishments and many disappointments at the state, local, and national level. We still have a lot of work to do. The Murphy Administration has been frustrating because of their failure to move forward, especially on issues like climate change and sea level rise. We have been calling for a moratorium on new fossil fuel projects for over a year, but Governor Murphy has failed to act. He has also failed to repealed a single Christie-era rule,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club.... Read more →

Togel Singapore - Everything to Know About It (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 you go and what you want, everything is accessible at your fingertips. That’s 100 percent true. Say any gambling casino games and it is available on the casino site. And most popular across all the games is togel Singapore. Not only Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia are enjoying the game but even the western world has accepted the game. Unfortunately, even today some people have no access to togel games because they don’t even know about togel. For all those who have played the game once or trying it for first, this is a handy guide on togel Singapore. About... 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 a firearm frame or receiver. The strained interpretation has the potential to effectively eliminate Pennsylvanians’ long-standing tradition of making their own firearms for personal use. Under federal law (18 U.S. Code § 921), the term firearm is defined as follows, (A) any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; (B) the frame or receiver of any such weapon; (C) any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or (D) any destructive device. Such term does not include an antique firearm. The only individual... 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, Sr. and the late Louise A. Fowler. Beloved sister of Michelle and Thomas Quinn, Stephanie and John Bryszewski, Kimberly and Michael Morrell and Earl Jr. and Kelliann Fowler. Beloved daughter in law of Amelia Fountain and sister in law of Aldy and Tina DiGiacomo, Georgeanne and John Fagan and Nicole and Doug Rathbone. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins and her beloved dog, Opie. Dawn was a graduate of Gloucester Catholic High school class of 1987. She enjoyed her time down the shore, especially being on the beach. Relatives and... 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) CAMDEN CITY, NJ (December 26, 2019)--NJTV NEWS interviewed a reporter from the Philadelphia Inquirer who wrote an investigating article about South Jersey Political Boss George Norcross and his quest to buy up properties along the Camden City waterfront. How did George Norcross obtain acres of land along this prime section of waterfront at prices under the appraised value? What is known is Norcross and his friends used tens of million in state-approved incentives to obtain the properties. The Delaware River Port Authority and Camden Redevelopment Agency held interests in one of the properties, which was appraised at $2.3 million in 2015. Public officials agreed to sell it to Liberty for $800,000. After the sale, Liberty gave Norcross and his... 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 audience waiting for something quiet, beautiful and reflective. The Trinity Session was like a whisper that cut through the noise — and it was compelling. It stood out in the midst of the flash and bombast that came to define the late 80’s. The now-classic recording combined folk, blues and rock in a way that had never been heard before and went on to sell more than a million copies. With Cowboy Junkies’ new album, All That Reckoning, the band once again gently shakes the listener to wake up. Whether commenting on the fragile state of the world or... 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 States. In this small, bowlshaped bog, a phenomenon known as a “frost pocket” creates a habitat more reminiscent of Alaska than Maryland. As weather patterns move east across the region, the hills surrounding Cranesville Swamp channel precipitation and chilled air into the valley, making the preserve one of the coolest locations in our state. Thanks to this unique climate, visitors can find lots of unusual plant and animal species in this out-of-place ecosystem and see what the landscape looked like 15,000 years ago as the last ice age receded. The Power of Peat The cool and damp setting of... 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 of Pennsauken (08109) studying at ISEP in Netherlands - Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, ISEP Exchange in Nijmegen, Netherlands Over one-third of McDaniel students study abroad for academic credit in more than 50 countries. For more information about the study abroad options at McDaniel College, including exchange programs, affiliated partners and McDaniel College Europe, visit Visit for more information about McDaniel College. McDaniel College, founded in 1867, is a four-year, independent college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including pre-professional specializations and student-designed majors, and over 20 graduate programs. One... 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 child pornography and aggravated indecent assault against two children. Of the victims, Shapiro said Bragg, 39 — in addition to videotaping hundreds of patients without consent — sexually assaulted a nude, intubated and unconscious woman in the hospital’s emergency room, and touched the breasts of another emergency room patient. “People who were rushed to the emergency room or needed serious medical attention were violated by this man,” AG Shapiro said. “This sick sexual predator took advantage of patients when they were at their most vulnerable, in need of care. Thanks to the full cooperation of UPMC Carlisle, we identified... 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 pulmonary disease (COPD), in the U.S. In one study, published Dec. 9 in JAMA Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins researchers found that, among other effects, long-term ozone exposure increases the risk of lung disease — and the severity of that disease — among both former and current smokers. In another study, published Oct. 23 in American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins researchers also found that increased neighborhood use of wood as a primary heating source — which releases fine particles into the air — is associated with higher prevalence of lung disease among never-smokers in the... 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 public safety, DNREC’s Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between Dec. 9-15 made 1,360 contacts with hunters, anglers, boaters, and the general public, issuing 16 citations. Officers responded to 43 complaints regarding possible violations of laws and regulations or requests to assist the public. A Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police presence continued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area and Michael N. Castle Trail." Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Actions Citations issued by category, with the number of charges in parentheses, included: Wildlife Conservation: Hunting on a refuge (1), removing antlered deer parts prior to checking (1),... 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 million dollars to carry out a host of gun control measures that Northam and his anti-gun allies hope to enact. The $250,000 is appropriated to the Corrections Special Reserve Fund in order to provide for the “increase in the operating cost of adult correctional facilities resulting from the enactment” of Northam’s gun control measures. Among the enumerated laws that this allocation is meant to fund is a ban on commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms, the criminalization of private firearms transfers, and gun confiscation orders issued without due process. Aside from the insult of forcing law-abiding Virginia taxpayers to pay for the... Read more →