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March 2020

Bellmawr Man Faces Numerous Charges for Shooting Gun at Cop

Camden City, N.J. – A Bellmawr man is facing numerous charges after he fired a gun at police and the bullet went through a neighbor’s home where a child was sleeping, according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer and Bellmawr Police Chief William P. Walsh. Logan Vancamp, 31, of Bellmawr, faces charges of first-degree Attempted Murder, second-degree Aggravated Assault, second-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, second-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, fourth-degree Aggravated Assault and fourth-degree Criminal Mischief. Bellmawr Police officers responded to a home on the 100 block of Catherine Ave. shortly after midnight on March 28 to a report of a man pointing a gun at two others. The three responding officers said Vancamp pointed a handgun at them and fired a single shot before dropping the weapon and laying down on the driveway. After investigating, police found the bullet went through the... Read more →


Seniors Beat Up Line Jumper

I was in a long line at 7:45 AM today at the grocery store that opened at 8 AM for seniors only. A young man came from the parking lot and tried to cut in at the front of the line, but an old lady beat him back into the parking lot with her cane. He returned and tried to cut in again but an old man punched him in the gut, then kicked him to the ground and rolled him away. As he approached the line for the 3rd time he said, "If you don't let me unlock the door, you'll never get in there." Bonnie F. Read more →


CDC Issues Travel Advisory for NJ, NY, CT

Due to extensive community transmission of COVID -19 in the area, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately. This Domestic Travel Advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries, including but not limited to trucking, public health professionals, financial services, and food supply. These employees of critical infrastructure, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security (https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforceexternal icon), have a special responsibility to maintain normal work schedules. The Governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will have full discretion to implement this Domestic Travel Advisory. Read more →


COVID-19 Cases in Cape May County Increase to 10

March 28, 2020 Cape May Court House- New Jersey has become the second leading state in the nation with 8,825 total COVID-19 cases and 108 deaths. Today, Cape May County’s total has increased by one case, a 12-year-old female who is recovering at her residence, bringing the county to a total of 10 cases . MUNICIPALITY NUMBER Covid 19 Cases AVALON 1 CAPE MAY CITY 2 CAPE MAY POINT 0 DENNIS TOWNSHIP 0 LOWER TOWNSHIP 1 MIDDLE TOWNSHIP 3 NORTH WILDWOOD 0 OCEAN CITY 1 SEA ISLE CITY 1 STONE HARBOR 0 UPPER TOWNSHIP 1 WEST CAPE MAY 0 WEST WILDWOOD 0 WILDWOOD 0 WILDWOOD CREST 0 WOODBINE 0 TOTAL 10 “There is currently no treatment for COVID-19, which is why social distancing is so important. We urge our residents to continue social distancing and taking all standard precautions such as washing your hands and frequently cleaning touched surfaces,” said... Read more →


Gloucester County Reports A Total of 56 Cases COVID 19 ; 1st Fatality

The Gloucester County Department of Health and Human Services and Office of Emergency Management have announced 14 more positive COVID-19 cases in Gloucester County on Saturday morning, March 28th. The county announced its first fatality on Friday. This brings Gloucester County’s total positive COVID-19 cases to 56. The 43rd case is a 45-year-old male from Clayton. The 44th case is a 64-year-old male from Deptford. The 45th case is a 12-year-old male from Monroe Township. The 46th case is a 76-year-old female from Franklin Township. The 47th case is a 47-year-old female from Greenwich Township. The 48th case is a 26-year-old female from Deptford The 49th case is a 28-year-old female from Woodbury. The 50th case is a 50-year-old female from Deptford. The 51st case is a 28-year-old male from Deptford Township. The 52nd case is a 36-year-old female from Woodbury Heights. The 53rd case is a 20-year-old female from... Read more →


New Data Reveals Increase in Coronavirus Cases in Camden County and In NJ

Gloucester Township, NJ) –The Camden County Department of Health is announcing 21 additional positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) identified in Camden County. Trace investigations are being facilitated with the patients and remain ongoing. “While resources become more available from our three major county-based healthcare facilities, we continue to see a steady stream of confirmed positive tests for the novel coronavirus. Again, I believe, considering the delay in getting testing into the county and the state, that these numbers will continue to grow based on the original lag time in testing and the delay in getting tests back from the lab,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “Unified as one community, we have to be prepared for an extended fight. Preparation and a consistent response are how we break the back of this virus and win this war. I want to thank everyone who has been staying home and encourage... Read more →


Maryland 3-25 Fishing Report

March 25, 2020 by Keith Lockwood, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Mason Bair went fishing with family and caught this large red-ear sunfish. Photo by Zack Stough A lot of people find themselves with extra time on their hands. We encourage anglers to take advantage of the incredible fishing opportunities Maryland has to offer, provided everyone practices social distancing, avoids crowded areas, and minimizes social interaction. This is an especially good time to safely take youngsters out of the house to enjoy some fishing together, again being careful and thinking everything through when planning your trip. Department biologists have instituted several volunteer angler surveys to help them understand and better manage some of the important fish species to anglers as well as blue crabs and horseshoe crabs. This information is very important to the biologists who manage the species listed in the surveys, which are available on our website. Anglers... Read more →


Meals Available for Senior Citizens in Camden County

(Gloucester Township, NJ) – The Camden County Division of Senior and Disabled Services is prepared to ensure that no senior goes hungry during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. All residents previously enrolled in the Camden County Nutrition Program have automatically begun receiving home-delivery of meals this week, and seniors in need of meals – for any reason – can call the Division at (856) 374-MEAL to make immediate arrangements. The Division is continuing to secure emergency supplies and resources which will enable meal delivery for the coming weeks. Jason Ravitz of Ravitz Family Markets has generously donated gift cards which can be used to buy shelf stable meals at Ravitz supermarkets. “If you are a senior and you cannot get to the store, if you cannot cook for yourself, whatever the reason, we will make arrangements to make sure that you have nutritious meals throughout this crisis,” said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez,... Read more →


New Jersey American Water Invests $563,000 in Mount Holly and Westampton Infrastructure 

CAMDEN, N.J. – MAR. 27, 2020 – New Jersey American Water will replace approximately 2,400 feet of aging 6-inch water main beginning this week. The company will upgrade the aging water lines, installed as far back as the 1950s, with new 8-inch and 12-inch ductile iron main along Smith Lane from Woodpecker Lane in Mount Holly to Burlington-Mt Holly Road in Westampton. The project also includes replacing five fire hydrants and 55 utility-owned service lines along the pipeline route. This $563,000 investment will continue to advance water service reliability and increase water flows for household consumption and fire protection in this community. This improvement is part of New Jersey American Water’s multimillion-dollar initiative to accelerate the renewal of water infrastructure that has reached the end of its useful life in more than 100 communities across the state. New Jersey American Water’s local, qualified contractor, Pioneer Pipe Contractors, will begin work... Read more →


(Video) Murphy Says Only Government Should Have Guns

March 26, 2020 Alex "Alejandro" Roubian We always knew the argument from NJ politicians was nonsense – “they hate guns!” — this is PATENTLY untrue. Statists LOVE guns, as long as they are in the hands of the GOVERNMENT. Governor Murphy has made that sentiment abundantly clear in this stunning press conference. Watch NJ2AS President Alejandro Roubian confront Governor Murphy regarding his executive orders closing all state background checks and gun stores. You won’t believe his flippant response in this now viral video that is sweeping the nation: Help fight back and support our proven results-oriented activism by joining NJ2AS. Become a proud card-carrying member by clicking here. source : NJ2AS Read more →


During COVID-19 Outbreak ICE Air flying home US citizens from Central America

WASHINGTON – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), working with the U.S. Department of State, has brought home a total of 209 United States citizens on the return leg of two removal flights via ICE Air Operations. U.S. citizens occupied the Space Available seats on flights to the United States from Honduras and El Salvador. ICE removed Honduran nationals with final orders of removal from the United States to their home country on March 22, and Salvadoran nationals on March 24. On the return flight to the UnitedStates, ICE facilitated the transportation of U.S. citizens in accordance with the OMB Circular A-126 and the DHS MD 0020.1. ICE will continue to work with the State Department to facilitate the safe return of U.S. citizens on future removal flight returns from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador throughout theduration of the COVID-19 pandemic. These return operations could also potentially expand to other... Read more →


PET FOR ADOPTION: MEET GIGI

Gigi Siberian Husky Adult Female SEE MORE PETS HERE Available for Adoption Matawan, NJ 674 miles away Organization Contact Info: Husky House 391 Rt 34 Matawan, NJ 07747 Huskyhouseinc@gmail.com http://huskyhouse.org Meet Gigi! Doing well in her foster home, Gigi is still looking for her loving forever home. She is very sweet and gets along well with other dogs. She is also crate trained. Please no homes with small animals or cats. Interested in adopting Gigi? Please visit www.huskyhouse.org today to fill out an application. More about Gigi Up-to-date with vaccinations Good with dogs Available date: 3/23/2020 Birth date: 3/24/2018 (not exact) SOURCE https://www.huskyhouse.org/ RELATED : PET TIPS PETS ARE THE BEST Read more →


GOOD NEWS FOR Small Businesses in Pennsylvania

(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday a new relief fund for small businesses struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. The $100 million COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA) will provide loans up to $100,000 for businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees. “My top priority is to save Pennsylvania lives, then save their livelihoods,” Wolf said. “I am utilizing every resource available to assist Pennsylvania’s business during this incredibly difficult time, and this small business funding availability is a step in the right direction. It will help provide a little peace of mind to hundreds of small business owners and their employees.” The state began enforcing mandated closures of nonessential businesses Monday as the rate of residents diagnosed with COVID-19 continues doubling every two days. Wolf has also enacted stay at home orders for 10 counties that cover more than half of the state’s population. The Department... Read more →


New Jersey Residents Alleged Price Gouging

By Joe Chen | The Center Square (The Center Square) – Since New Jersey's price gouging laws came into effect when the state entered a State of Emergency on March 9, the state has received a flood of complaints regarding excessive pricing on items such as surgical masks, gloves, and sanitizing products. “To date, our Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has received over 1,400 COVID-19 related complaints concerning some 900 distinct business locations across New Jersey," Gurbir Grewal, attorney general, said at a coronavirus briefing this week. "We’ve issued about 160 cease-and-desist letters and served nearly 30 subpoenas." Of the approximately 350 inspections completed by the DCA, most of the price increases were determined to be appropriate because suppliers have raised the prices on retailers. "Excessive price increases are defined as those that are more than 10% higher than the price at which merchandise was sold during the normal course... Read more →


New Date Announced for PA Primary Election

By Christen Smith | The Center Square (The Center Square) – Pennsylvania lawmakers unanimously agreed Wednesday to delay the state’s April 28 primary election until June 2 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Senate Bill 422 moved quickly between the chambers before winding up on Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk Wednesday evening. The governor told reporters earlier in the day he would sign it. “Every Pennsylvanian is making sacrifices to try and slow the spread of COVID-19, and an Election Day has many moving parts that take weeks to prepare,” House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, said. “Ensuring the safety of poll workers, election officials, voters and candidates is our most important responsibility, so moving the date back is the most prudent action at this time.” Lawmakers agreed to postpone the election for five weeks in hopes that the peak of the state’s coronavirus outbreak would be behind them. The Department of Health... Read more →


Atlantic City Electric Warns Customers About Utility Scammers During COVID-19 Pandemic

MAYS LANDING N.J. (March 26, 2020) – With New Jersey and the world experiencing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Atlantic City Electric is reminding customers to always be on alert for potential scams targeting energy customers. Scams occur throughout the year, but the company has seen an increase in scam attempts with scammers using this health crisis to take advantage of energy customers throughout the United States. The company has received reports that scammers are threatening to shut service off, and also are offering cash or credit incentives in order to obtain a customer’s personal or financial information. "It is unfortunate that scammers are using the public’s concerns around health and financial uncertainty to deceive and further harm our customers,” said Derrick Dickens, senior vice president and Chief Customer Officer for Pepco Holdings, which includes Atlantic City Electric. “We want to provide our customers with tools and information that... Read more →


Non-Profit Organization Connects People to Vital Life-Sustaining Services

Norwescap Continues to Provide Vital Services to Communities during Pandemic Phillipsburg, NJ, March 26, 2020- Norwescap, a non-profit serving Northwest NJ, is on the forefront of providing the public with emergency services during the Corvid19 pandemic. The virus has impacted households across the U.S. with many individuals and families finding themselves short of resources. Many individuals and families in need are struggling to find basic necessities including diapers and perishables and the number of individuals who need assistance is growing rapidly as unemployment is rising. “Now more than ever people need organizations like Norwescap to help them get the assistance they need to support themselves and their families,” said Mark Valli, CEO of Norwescap. “The impact this virus is having on our region, state and country is unprecedented so Norwescap is providing emergency services to get the public through this pandemic. In a regular year, we serve over 30,000 individuals... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: US’s only heavy icebreaker returns home following 123-day Antarctic

Treaty inspection and resupply mission This mission marks the Polar Star’s 23rd journey to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze, an annual joint military service mission to resupply the United States Antarctic stations, in support of the National Science Foundation – the lead agency for the United States Antarctic Program. This year also marks the 63rd iteration of the annual operation.SEATTLE — The 150-member crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star returned Wednesday to their homeport of Seattle following a 123-day deployment to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze. The Polar Star crew departed Seattle on Nov. 27, 2019, for their sixth deployment in as many years and traveled more than 26,350 miles through the North Pacific, South Pacific, Indian and Southern Oceans. In the Southern Ocean, the crew travelled through nearly 500 miles of pack ice and broke through 23 miles of fast ice in... Read more →


GUEST OPINION: Trump Uses Coronavirus to Let Polluters Violate Laws At Will

Jeff Tittel, NJ Sierra Club The EPA issued a suspension of its enforcement of environmental laws, telling companies they would not need to meet environmental standards during the coronavirus outbreak. The temporary policy, for which EPA has set no end date, would allow any number of industries to skirt environmental laws, with the agency say it will not “seek penalties for noncompliance with routine monitoring and reporting obligations.” “Trump’s EPA is putting our public health in danger by using the coronavirus as an excuse to suspend enforcement. Without a cop on the beat, now polluters and others can violate environmental laws at will without getting caught. This is one of the most reckless things done by a government agency. EPA have created a polluter’s holiday. There is no one to enforce environmental laws, which means chemical companies, oil companies, and major polluters can ignore permits, violate the law without any... Read more →


Camden County Update on Coronavirus Cases, as of March 26, 2020

(Gloucester Township, NJ) –The Camden County Department of Health is announcing 14 additional positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) identified in Camden County. Trace investigations are being facilitated with the patients and remain ongoing. “This virus has no boundaries, knows no limits and doesn’t discriminate based on age, town or gender. That said, we have not seen the kind of spikes that our counterparts in the north have had,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “In the last two weeks I have seen Camden County’s residents taking this threat seriously and embracing the recommendations surrounding social distancing. To everyone who is saving lives by staying home, I want to say thank you. You are making a profound difference in this fight.” The following information is currently available regarding new patients: New Patient 1: Male, 40s, Haddonfield New Patient 2: Female, 40s, Cherry Hill New Patient 3: Female, 10s, Haddon Heights... Read more →


A Message from Congressman Norcross (NJ-1st-D)

America is currently facing a grave health emergency with a serious impact on our economy. Our workers, families and small business owners urgently need relief, and they need it now. Earlier today, Congress passed a nearly $2 trillion relief package to protect workers and families during the current COVID pandemic. This wide-ranging economic rescue package provides much-needed relief to small businesses, workers, hospitals, health care providers and families. To read my full statement on the passage of H.R. 748, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, click here. To watch my floor speech ahead of the House vote, click here. Breaking Down the Bill Here are just a few of the initiatives in this historic piece of legislation that will benefit the residents of New Jersey: Approximately $200 billion for our hospitals, health care workers, and health research; More than $375 billion in small business relief; $260 billion in... Read more →


CORONAVIRUS SPREADS TO 6876 CASES IN NJ, 81 DEATHS

The number of reported coronavirus cases in New Jersey has risen sharply: 2,492 more cases in only a day, plus 19 more deaths. A new report from researchers at Rutgers University-Camden estimates that hospitals in New Jersey will become overwhelmed in early April, with a shortage of 60,000 beds. And that's only if the state practices strict social distancing. If residents don't follow the new, statewide "stay-at-home" law, and people choose to live with only a moderate level of distancing, then hospitals will be overwhelmed sooner — as early as next week — and our hospitals would be 190,000 beds short. (Note: the study didn't include future hospital beds, like these four field hospitals that will open soon.) And this graphic shows projections at the county level, based on how far apart we decide to stay from each other. (NJ Spotlight) Economy: NJ may give homeowners mortgage relief, governor says... Read more →


Support for victims of Domestic Violence amidst growing stress around COVID-19

CAMDEN COUNTY, NJ —Domestic violence in Camden County may be about to get much worse. In a county that already reports the second highest rates of domestic violence in the state, the added stress of the COVID-19 virus and resulting “stay at home” mandates that have no end in sight is likely to compound existing abuse and intimate partner violence. Quarticha Perkins, Director of Victims Services for Camden County Women’s Center (CCWC) states: “We are losing the ability to live our lives as we normally would due to forces beyond our control. Many people are not able to work, children are out of school and we are all being told to stay at home.” Home for some, may not be a safe place during the best of times. Most domestic violence cases focus on power and control. Thus, when abusers lose control in some areas, they may take it out... Read more →


TENNYSON AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION:

SEE MORE PETS HERE Available for Adoption Tennyson, Siberian Husky, Adult Male Matawan, NJ Organization Contact Info: Husky House 391 Rt 34 Matawan, NJ 07747 Huskyhouseinc@gmail.com http://huskyhouse.org Meet Tennyson. The new boy at Husky House, Tennyson is looking for his loving forever home. Previously in a foster home with children, smaller dogs, cats, and big dogs, Tennyson got along well with all of them. He is a very big fella that loves being with his pack. He is super sweet and lovable. He will do best in a home that will continue his training. Interested in adopting Tennyson? Please visit www.huskyhouse.org today to fill out an application. More about Tennyson Up-to-date with vaccinations Good with cats Good with dogs Good with kids Available date: 2/28/2020 SOURCE https://www.huskyhouse.org/ RELATED : PET TIPS PETS ARE THE BEST Read more →


Lice Clinics of America Clinics in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware Offer Free Head Lice Treatment Kits

Philadelphia, PA, March 25, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lice Clinics of America (LCA) franchisees in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware have announced they are joining forces to help their communities during this time of social distancing and self-isolation. Starting immediately, they are offering free head lice treatment kits to first responders and their families in self-quarantine who cannot come into the clinics due to the ‘six feet’ social-distancing rule for COVID-19. “We want to support our community and especially our first responders in this crazy time,” says CJ Scharfenstein, who manages New Jersey clinics in Metuchen, Hamilton Township and Marlton, and Doylestown, Pennsylvania. “They’re on the front lines keeping our community safe and the last thing they need is the added stress of a head lice infestation at home.” Each kit includes a 4 oz. bottle of a dimethicone-based solution, a lice comb, and instructions. Dedicated telehealth video conferencing is... Read more →


Olympian: What a postponed Olympics can teach us about uncertainty & hope

US Olympic sailor Carol Newman Cronin, who competed in Athens in 2004, knows what it’s US Olympic sailor Carol Newman Cronin like to be an athlete in uncertain times. On September 12, 2001, while on her way to a regatta in preparation for the Games, she “sailed” right past the still-smoking remains of the Twin Towers. The whole world had shifted on its axis, paralyzed with shock and fear. Yet Carol sailed on. Sailors, she points out, are uniquely trained to adapt to a constant barrage of uncertainty. Sticking to her schedule right after 9/11 was her way of holding onto something normal so she could be mentally prepared to chart her course—whatever it might be. She also knew it was her only way to offer hope to her many followers. Now, amid the shock and devastation of the Coronavirus crisis and Olympic postponement, Cronin, whose 4th novel Ferry to... Read more →


Powerball Jackpot $160,000,000 For Saturday’s Drawing

TRENTON (March 26, 2020) – The winning numbers for the Wednesday, March 25, drawing were: 05, 09, 27, 39, and 42. The Red Power Ball number was 16. The Multiplier number was 02. 16,613 New Jersey players took home an estimated $86,353 in prizes ranging from $4 to $200. The Powerball jackpot rolls to $160,000,000 for the next drawing to be held Saturday, March 28, at 10:59 pm. Read more →


'Pass the message to kick out coronavirus’

FIFA & WHO join forces with Football Stars FIFA and the World Health Organization (WHO) have teamed up to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) by launching a new awareness campaign led by world-renowned footballers, who are calling on all people around the world to follow five key steps to stop the spread of the disease. In the video material provided for editorial purposes, football stars from around the world convey the key messages in their mother tongue. Feel free to use it and pass the message. English: video of Carli Lloyd (USA) and Michael Owen (ENG) French: video of Youri Djorkaeff (FRA), Laura Georges (FRA) and Samuel Eto’o (CMR) Spanish: video of Lionel Messi (ARG), Radamel Falcao (COL), Juan Sebastián Verón (ARG) and Jared Borgetti (MEX) Spanish: video of Carles Puyol (ESP), Xavi Hernández (ESP) and Iker Casillas (ESP) German: video of Philipp Lahm (GER), Célia Šašić (GER) and Miroslav Klose... Read more →


Zero Debts: 5 Main Steps to Becoming Debt Free in 2020

Gloucestercitynews.net (March 27, 2020)--Did you know that the average American has around $38,000 in debt? Once you factor in mortgages, this number skyrockets even higher. Although some debt is normal, that doesn't mean having it is ideal. Getting down to zero debts may sound too good to be true, but anything is possible with enough careful planning. Do you want to learn how to become debt free? Keep reading to learn 5 effective tips that will help you pay off debt much faster. 1. Take a Close Look at Monthly Spending If you want to become debt free, you'll have to be really strict about how you spend each paycheck. Although you'll have to make some sacrifices in the short term to tackle your debt, the rewards will be worth it in the end. Once you make a chart of your expenses, start thinking about what you can cut out... Read more →


Founder of PokerStars Pleads Guilty to Running Unlawful Internet Gambling Business

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ISAI SCHEINBERG, the founder and former executive of PokerStars, an online poker company, pled guilty today to running a multimillion-dollar unlawful internet gambling business. SCHEINBERG pled guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah L. Cave. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “Ten years ago, this Office charged 11 defendants who operated, or provided fraudulent payment processing services to, three of the largest online poker companies then operating in the United States – PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker – with operating illegal gambling businesses and other crimes. As Isai Scheinberg’s guilty plea today shows, the passage of time will not undermine this Office’s commitment to holding accountable individuals who violate U.S. law.” As alleged in the Indictment filed in March 2011 in Manhattan federal court, PokerStars was founded in approximately 2001, with headquarters... Read more →


NJBIA Statement on NJEDA Programs to Assist NJ Businesses, Non-profits

Impacted by Coronavirus New Jersey Business & Industry Association President & CEO Michele N. Siekerka, Esq. released the following statement in response to the package of grant, loan and support programs approved and announced today by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to help businesses hurt by the coronavirus response. "NJBIA thanks Governor Murphy and the EDA for standing up these programs in expeditious order to bring much-needed support to many vulnerable New Jersey small- and medium-sized businesses and non-profits who need it most. "Throughout this health crisis, we have fielded hundreds of calls and emails from New Jersey business owners unable to meet payroll and pay their bills because they have little to no revenue coming in and little reserves. By and large, they are desperate to stay afloat and devastated to have made difficult staff decisions. "While we know much more help will be needed in terms of... Read more →


Six reasons to choose equity release

(Gloucestercitynews.net )(March 27,2020)--Homeownership is something that many of us want to have - and some are lucky enough to achieve that dream. Whether you own a one-bedroom flat in the city centre or a luxury country cottage, you’ll be on the property ladder. What happens if you need access to some additional capital, though? The solution many people think of doing is to sell their home to get a smaller or less expensive property so they can have some cash to pay for these situations. You don’t have to take this drastic measure, though, as you could consider equity release. Is this the best route for you? Here are some reasons why going for equity release might be the solution for you. You can improve or expand your property If your plan means having your family living with you, then you will need to acquire funds to adapt to your... Read more →


COVID-19 Fraud

On March 13, 2020, President Donald J. Trump declared the outbreak of COVID-19 (the coronavirus) in the United States to be a national emergency. Unfortunately, criminals and scammers are trying to take advantage of the crisis for their own profit. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas through its United States Attorney, Ryan Patrick, has made it a top priority to detect, investigate, and prosecute anyone who attempts to exploit the anxiety and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak to defraud other people. For example, there are reports of fraudsters falsely claiming to be from legitimate health organizations, selling fake medicines, vaccines, tests, medical supplies, and using phishing scams to steal personal and financial information. Please don’t fall victim to these frauds and crimes. If you see these frauds being attempted or if you are a victim of one of these frauds, please report them to: National Center... Read more →


Hirsh Singh Wins Cumberland and Atlantic Counties!

Linwood, NJ — Conservative U.S. Senate candidate Hirsh Singh continued to demonstrate his overwhelming support in the most Republican areas of New Jersey by winning the endorsement of the Republican Party organizations of Cumberland County and Atlantic County. Singh's win comes on the back of his wins in Ocean County and Cape May County, and momentum is now solidly on his side. An analysis of Hirsh Singh's support base clearly shows that all his support is from committed Republicans who represent their constituents while his opponent has been propped up by the party elite who had opposed Donald Trump's candidacy in 2016. Bergen County Republican Party's convention has been canceled and looks like it will not endorse any candidate, but Singh was expected to win there as he had with Ocean County. A consistent pattern that has emerged in this year's election in New Jersey is that the pro-Trump Republicans... Read more →


PATCO Announces Temporary Station Closures

The changes support slowing spread of COVID-19, protect PATCO riders & employees and are necessary to sustain the continuity of services LINDENWOLD, NJ - The health and safety of our customers and employees is our highest priority. As the situation concerning COVID-19 continues to unfold, PATCO is monitoring and adjusting service as needed in order to promote the health and safety of its customers and employees. The adjustments meet the demands of current ridership and are necessary in order to sustain the continuity of service for essential riders. Starting Saturday, March 28, 2020, four PATCO stations will temporarily close 24 hours a day and adjustments will be made to PATCO’s weekday and weekend schedules. STATION CLOSURES: The PATCO stations that will temporarily close during the current conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic are: Ashland (riders are encouraged to use the Lindenwold or Woodcrest Stations) Westmont (riders are encouraged to use the... Read more →


Julia Ann “Sheila”  Kenney of Gloucester City; Bartender at Vincent's Mansion House and Bayer's Tavern

Gloucester City – On March 24, 2020. Age 61. (nee McDonald) Loving wife of 20 years to Kevin Kenney. Loving mother of Siobhan Cianfrani (Brian). Cherished mom-mom of Cassiday, Luci and Elijah. Beloved daughter of Mary McDonald and the late Hugh McDonald. Beloved step-mom of Kevin T. Kenney (Hanna) and Brittany L. Kenney. Dear sister of Moria Dillon (Martin), Thomas McDonald, Seamus McDonald and Joseph McDonald (Nuala). Predeceased by her sister, Breda Hill and her brother, Michael McDonald. Beloved daughter-in-law of Rosemary Kenney and sister-in-law of Tom Kenney (Carol), Pat Kenney (Nancy), Joe Kenney (Lori) and Bob Kenney (Lori). Also survived by 27 loving nieces and nephews. Sheila was born in Camden and lived in Cloughjordan, county Tipperary, Ireland at a young age. She was a bartender for many years at Vincent’s Mansion House and Bayer’s Tavern in Gloucester City. Due to current restrictions and complying with the executive order... Read more →


Mount Laurel Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Child Pornography

Mt. Holly, NJ--Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced that a 29-year-old Mount Laurel man has pled guilty to possessing child pornography. Under an agreement with the Prosecutor’s Office, Robert J. Dwyer, of Hollowell Way, will serve three years in New Jersey state prison in exchange for pleading guilty to one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The plea was entered March 11 in Superior Court in Mount Holly before the Hon. Jeanne T. Covert, A.J.S.C., who scheduled sentencing for June 24. The investigation began after the BCPO High-Tech Crimes Unit received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding Dwyer’s online activities. The investigation revealed that Dwyer would utilize an online search engine to seek out child pornography. He was arrested in August at his residence following the execution of a search warrant, during which multiple electronic devices were seized. Dwyer will be prosecuted by... Read more →


Task Force Launches CoverAid PHL Initiative to Combat Shortage of COVID-19 Supplies

for Healthcare Professionals PHILADELPHIA, PA (March 2020) - CoverAid PHL is a coalition of representatives from hospitals, universities, manufacturers, government, and small businesses collaborating on solutions for personal protective equipment (PPE) needs for healthcare professionals. Coming together to form this initiative started as a swift response to protecting our healthcare workers during the overwhelming threat (and lack of supplies) from the Coronavirus Pandemic. This project has also become a positive and productive way to cope and empower its organizers during uncertain times. CoverAid PHL started with a few quick phone calls that turned into collaborative action. When Mel Baiada (Board Member, BAYADA Home Health Care) reached out to Kendra Brill (DeSimone Group Investments, CHAR-COAL Apparel), his goal was to fill in some local manufacturing contacts for an initiative he had already put to paper and to make protective masks for local healthcare workers. A phone call ensued, and so did... Read more →


Phone Accessories You Need When You Travel

(Gloucestercitynews.net)(March 26, 2020)--Most people adore traveling. It’s an amazing opportunity to see beautiful places, meet interesting people and learn a lot about our planet. A pleasant journey awakens positive emotions and creates a memory that will last with us forever. Of course, you should take care of the stuff you’re going to take with you. There are multiple supplies, which are necessary for travelers that ensure their safety and comfort. The best way to buy all the traveling items is to go online shopping. For example, StartMyHobbyTrip.com is the top place to acquire the best travel accessories that can meet any demands a traveler may have. This online store provides equipment of any kind, which is of the highest quality and which suits the needs of men, women, and their children. Thus, this store offers important phone accessories, you’ll definitely require when you travel. We commonly use cell phones for... Read more →


Coronavirus March 26 Update for Camden County

(Gloucester Township, NJ) (March 26, 2020)--–The Camden County Department of Health is announcing 11 additional positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) identified in Camden County on Wednesday late afternoon. Trace investigations are being facilitated with the patients and remains ongoing. “Today we saw a small decline in the number of positive cases coming in, but we are in no way out of the woods with this virus,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “This is the time for us as a community to continue to social distance, so we can do our best to break the back of this virus and buy more time for our medical professionals to come up with medication and a vaccine to protect us all. In the interim, please keep staying at home and know that this mitigation strategy will yield successful results in saving lives.” The following information is currently available regarding new patients:... Read more →


DRPA Bridges Go Cashless Starting Today

All traffic is directed to use E-ZPass lanes. No cash is accepted. No collectors are in the lanes. Keep moving in E-ZPass lanes- do not stop. Vehicles without E-ZPass will receive an invoice in the mail. In a further effort to reduce human-to-human contact and help limit the spread of COVID-19, the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) initiated all-electronic (cashless) starting today at 6 a.m. until further notice. All motorists crossing the Ben Franklin, Walt Whitman, Betsy Ross, and Commodore Barry Bridges will be directed to travel through designated E-ZPass lanes. No toll collectors will be present nor will cash be accepted in any lane. Cash customers: Drivers without an E-ZPass account are instructed to drive through an E-ZPass lane. The equipment will capture a photograph of your vehicle’s license plate and an invoice for the cost of the toll will be mailed to the vehicle’s registered owner. The invoiced... Read more →


JOIN POPE FRANCIS’ LIVE STREAM PRAYER SERVICE RECEIVE EXTRAORDINARY URBI ET ORBI BLESSING

Pope Francis (courtesy of The Irish Times) PHILADELPHIA, PA (March 26, 2020)--In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Pope Francis invites Catholics around the world to participate remotely in a prayer service that will be streamed live from Saint Peters Square to https://www.vaticannews.va/en.html on Friday, March 27th. Pope Francis will give the extraordinary Urbi et Orbi Blessing with the opportunity for participants to receive a plenary indulgence. The Urbi et Orbi, meaning "to the City and the World," is a blessing usually delivered by the Holy Father at Christmas and Easter. Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez encourages faithful throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to join the Holy Father spiritually at 1:00 p.m., and to continue praying for sick, suffering, and their caregivers as well as government and health officials in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more →


Custom Software Development Service: Your Key to Success

(Gloucestercitynews.net)(March 26, 2020)--High-quality software is an essential element of any business success. Much depends on who you entrust the development of software to. Only experienced and well-educated specialists can create a good product that will correspond to the goals of your business. Choosing GNS-IT software development services you can be 100% sure that your personal needs and wants will be taken into account. App custom software development is the main focus of GNS-IT team. The best-qualified specialists implement projects of varying degrees of complexity and carry out the entire cycle of work from pre-project consulting, analysis of business processes and the preparation of technical specifications, to the development, implementation, and maintenance of final products. GNS-IT company offers fast and high-quality custom software development. The leading experts have been professionally engaged in software development for more than 12 years. Whether you need high-quality software in Edtech, Health, Ecommerce, Real Estate, or... Read more →


Has the U.S. Coronavirus Recession Begun?

By John Haughey | The Center Square (The Center Square) – The U.S., and Florida in particular, already is in a recession and will see a nearly 20 percent decline in its gross domestic product for the fiscal quarter beginning April 1, a Massachusetts real estate data analytics firm predicts. Cambridge-based StratoDem Analytics forecasts a Q2 national GDP drop of 18.1 percent because of coronavirus-related shutdowns between April 1-June 30 – the sharpest quarterly downturn in GDP modeling history. The firm projects the impacts of the economic fallout to be even greater in Florida. Seven of the nation’s 10 counties most impacted already by the coronavirus recession are in Florida, according to the study. Manatee County is projected to have the nation’s worst second-quarter decline in GDP, down 28 percent. According to StratoDem’s study, Miami-Dade County is forecast to suffer a 21.5 percent decline in economic activity next quarter, about... Read more →


Officer Down: Trooper Justin R. Schaffer, Struck and Killed by Fleeing Vehicle

Trooper Justin R. Schaffer Washington State Patrol, Washington End of Watch Tuesday, March 24, 2020 WASHINGTON STATE--Trooper Justin Schaffer, age 28, was struck and killed by a fleeing vehicle while attempting to deploy stop sticks during a vehicle pursuit along I-5 in Chehalis. The suspect driving the vehicle had stolen an item from a convenience store in Lacey the previous day. The man had threatened the clerk with a stun gun and threatened to run him over. Thurston County deputies spotted the truck the following day and attempted to stop it in Maytown. The vehicle fled into Lewis County with deputies pursuing it. Trooper Schaffer was struck by the subject as he attempted to deploy stop sticks near mile marker 79. The man continued to flee until stopping and barricading himself inside his vehicle several miles later. He was taken into custody by Thurston County deputies. Trooper Schaffer had served... Read more →


27 Pennsylvania Businesses Warned to Comply with Coronavirus Shutdown

By Christen Smith | The Center Square (The Center Square) – The Pennsylvania State Police said Tuesday that troopers warned more than two dozen businesses to shut down in compliance with the governor’s mandate issued last week. Col. Robert Evanchick said the warnings came during the first day of statewide enforcement. Only two regions – comprising Clearfield, Clarion, Forest, Elk and Jefferson counties in the northwest and Bradford, Sullivan, Wyoming and most of Luzerne counties in the northeast – showed 100 percent compliance. "As expected, we found the overwhelming majority of people and businesses across the commonwealth are voluntarily complying with the order and doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19," he said in a news release Tuesday. "This process is two phased beginning with warnings to gain voluntary compliance, followed by enforcement as necessary.” Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses shut down for two weeks beginning... Read more →


NEW JERSEY CONSTRUCTION WORKERS SPEAK OUT:

FEAR OF BEING LEFT BEHIND BY CONGRESS AS COVID-19 GRINDS INDUSTRY TO A HALT COVID-19 Relief Bills Leave Behind Nation’s 11 Million Construction Workers and Their Families Newark, NJ – COVID-19 has decimated the U.S. construction industry, and Congress has done little to stop it or to provide relief for workers in this major jobs sector, a leading international building trade union charged Monday. Although construction is the 6th largest U.S. employment sector – larger than the transportation, financial, and information sectors – the needs of construction workers have been excluded from COVID-19 relief bills currently being considered by Congress. Construction labor officials say the industry is being overlooked. “Millions of construction workers and their families are getting totally wiped out, and Congress is doing very little about it,” fumed Ken Rigmaiden, General President of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), which represents more than a hundred... Read more →


Atlantic City Expressway Suspends Cash Collections at All Toll Plazas

The South Jersey Transportation Authority has suspended cash collections at all toll locations on the Atlantic City Expressway as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. All tolls will be collected electronically or with coins in all exact change lanes. For drivers having an E-ZPass tag in their vehicle, the process will not change. The equipment in the lane will read the E-ZPass tag, and the cost of the toll will be deducted from the balance in the account, as usual. For drivers not having an E-ZPass tag, the equipment in the lane will capture a photograph of the license plate on the vehicle, and an invoice for the cost of the toll will be mailed to the registered owner. All billing will be at the cash toll rate; no additional administrative fees will be charged. Cash customers who do not want to be billed can open an E-ZPass account... Read more →