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May 28, 2020

Is New Jersey's Public Employee's Pension Plan Headed to Bankruptcy?

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. JOHN REITMEYER | MAY 28, 2020 Investment returns for first 10 months of fiscal year edge into negative territory; value of pension funds in April drops to $74B, down almost $6B TRENTON, NJ (May 28, 2020)--Returns for New Jersey’s already troubled public-worker pension system are in danger of finishing the year in the red as... Read more →


RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY COMMENCEMENT-AT-A-GLANCE, WATCH SUNDAY 

THE UNIVERSITY’S 254TH ANNIVERSARY COMMENCEMENT WATCH ON SUNDAY, MAY 31, AT 2 P.M. >> An estimated 18,967 graduates will receive degrees from Rutgers this year (13,057 degrees and one artistic diploma from Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, 4,090 from Rutgers University-Newark, and 1,819 from Rutgers University-Camden). They include approximately 12,304 baccalaureate degrees, 4,688 master’s degrees, 1,974 doctorates (including professional doctorates), and one artistic diploma. Since its founding in 1766, Rutgers has awarded 617,699 academic degrees (excluding the 2020 estimated total). Coronavirus... Read more →


Murphy Promises State Residents New Information Friday on COVID-19 Lockdown

By Kim Jarrett | The Center Square The Center Square) – New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday he will give new guidance on “where we’re headed” on Friday and in the next few days but did not say specify what he will discuss. The governor met with a bipartisan group on Wednesday and the discussion ranged from youth sports to small businesses, he said. The state has been under a stay-at-home order since March. Murphy has relaxed some restrictions including allowing curbside pick-ups for... Read more →


Freeholder Director on Bellmawr Gym Dispute

The statement below is by Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr., regarding the defiance of Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order. “Last week, New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner, Judith Persichilli, signed an order closing a gym in Bellmawr which has been operating in defiance of Governor Phil Murphy’s Executive Order closing nonessential businesses. The commissioner’s order will continue to maintain measures set forth to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our county and statewide. Today, more than 5,900 of our residents have been infected... Read more →


Patrick J. Gaffney, of Lancaster, Pastor of The Lord's Home Church in Audubon

Suddenly, On May 24, 2020. Age 69. Of Lancaster, PA. Formerly of Barrington, NJ Loving husband of 34 years to Amanda Gaffney (nee Espenlaub). Devoted father of Michele, Amanda, Patricia, Thomas, Christy, Robyn, Robert and Jennyfer Hope. Beloved grandfather and great-grandfather. Dear Brother of Joseph and Kathleen. Patrick J. Gaffney Patrick was born and raised in Camden City. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden. Patrick was inspired to help men and women and was called to be a Christian Pastor. In 2006,... Read more →


2nd District Congressional Candidate on Floyd Murder

BRIGANTINE, NJ -Democratic Congressional candidate Amy Kennedy (2nd District-NJ)issued the following statement today regarding the alleged murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer(s). “George Floyd was needlessly murdered in the streets of Minneapolis this week. He was the most recent victim in a seemingly endless string of acts of violence against people of color in America. This isn’t a time for silence. Silence is acceptance. It’s a time for all people of conscience to stand up and say enough. The police officers guilty of... Read more →


CNBNews Spotlight on NJ College Students

Students Named to the University of Vermont Dean's List BURLINGTON, VT (05/26/2020)-- To be named to the dean's list, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school. Joshua Mccauley, of Cherry Hill, NJ. Kennedy Brown, of Bellmawr, NJ. James Voynow, of Marlton, NJ. Julia Kropiewnicki, of Mullica Hill, NJ. Anthony Lasalle, of Sewell, NJ. Claire Leahy, of Pilesgrove, NJ. Samantha Smoger, of Ventnor City, NJ. Lydia Sander,... Read more →


Workers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Launch Union Drive

PHILADELPHIA, PA--After a year of organizing, staff members at the Philadelphia Museum of Art launched a union drive. On Friday, they announced their intent to join District Council 47 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). By unionizing, organizers are hoping the museum, which is currently closed because of Covid-19, will prioritize worker and visitor safety and maintaining programs that serve the community as it works to recover from the... Read more →


A Near-Death Experience

By: Joe Ball | CNBNews Contributor I think I know what death is. I had a “near-death” experience. It was nothing like the recollections of the people featured recently in the Inquirer by staff writer Faye Flan. Those people told of happy near-death experiences involving light, flowers, music, and even a beautiful male angel. T’aint from one who knows (or so thinks) Joe Ball My experience came several days after an emergency gall bladder operation. I was released from the hospital – weak, but seemingly... Read more →


CNBNews Spotlight on NJ College Students

UVM Students Complete Service Projects as part of UVM's Alternative Spring Break Program BURLINGTON, VT (05/27/2020)-- The following local students, who along with 10 groups and about 100 of their peers, participated in the University of Vermont Alternative Spring Break program - a student-led, week long program that provides UVM students with an opportunity to travel and involve themselves in service-work focused around a number of social issues in communities throughout the nation during their spring recess. Alexander Creighton of Riverton, NJ (08077) Alexander traveled... Read more →


This “game” is a chain letter scam

by Seena Gressin Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC Are you tempted to play “The Circle Game,” join a “Blessing Loom,” or jump on a “Money Board”? These are some of the names for an online scam that’s making the rounds at a time when millions of people are out of work and scraping for cash. It promises a big return for a modest investment. Don’t fall for it. You’re virtually guaranteed to lose your money, or pull in friends and family who... Read more →


New Jersey American Water Provides $10,000 in Donations to Two First Responder Organizations

for COVID-19 Relief CAMDEN CITY, N.J. – May 26, 2020 – New Jersey American Water is providing $10,000 in donations to the COVID-19 emergency funds of two first responder support organizations in New Jersey. New Jersey American Water is donating $5,000 each to the EMS Council of New Jersey and the New Jersey Firemen’s Home. “We are so pleased to be able to support organizations that provide aid to the first responders who serve our communities throughout the state year-round but especially during this public... Read more →


Rutgers–Camden Nursing Student Served in the Army National Guard to care for COVID-19 Patients  

TO THE POINT: CAMDEN CITY– Taylor Lorchak’s final semester at Rutgers University‒Camden turned out to be more exciting than she could have dreamed: the Rutgers–Camden nursing student was activated by the Army National Guard to care for military veterans and family members recovering from COVID-19. In April, when coronavirus cases began to surge in New Jersey, she was called to serve at the Menlo Park Veterans Memorial Home in Edison. A combat medic and sergeant in the Army National Guard for four years, Lorchak assisted... Read more →


New Jersey Firefighters Endorse Democrat Brigid Callahan Harrison for Congress

[Rahway, New Jersey – May 26, 2020] – New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association (NJ FMBA), which represents, protects, and educates Firefighters, EMTs, and Dispatchers across the State of New Jersey through representation at the local, state, and federal level endorsed today Brigid Callahan Harrison, Democratic candidate for New Jersey’s second congressional district. The following is a statement from New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association President Ed Donnelly: “Representing over 5,000 of New Jersey’s first responders, the most important aspect in receiving the FMBA’s... Read more →


Why Should I Play Mobile Slot Games?

(Gloucestercitynews.net)May 28, 2020)--In the past decade, the best way to play online slot games was through the use of your PC. This was usually a device that was confined to one place, and everyone had access to it. But this is no longer the case as mobile gaming devices have developed hugely in recent years, enabling players to enjoy their favorite slot games anywhere, anytime. While mobile slots are increasing in popularity with each passing day, some novice players are still skeptical about them. If... Read more →


Report Turtles With Shell Lesions

May 26, 2020 TRENTON, NJ--In 2019 the Division received reports from an area of Salem County of severe lesions on the shells of northern red-bellied turtles, a large basking turtle regularly seen in the central and southern portions of the state. It's not clear if turtles in any other areas are affected. We are actively investigating the cause and need the public's help. Please send reports of any turtle species with lesions to Brian Zarate at Brian.Zarate@dep.nj.gov. Please include specific information on where the turtle... Read more →


U.S. Border Patrol Rescue Kayakers on Niagara River

Niagara River Rescue Release Date: May 27, 2020 NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Buffalo Sector responded to a call for assistance for two kayakers in distress near Tonawanda. Yesterday, at approximately 3:00 P.M., Buffalo Sector Communications received information from the U.S. Coast Guard regarding two kayakers in distress near the mouth of the Niagara River and the Erie Canal. A Border Patrol vessel that was patrolling the Niagara River responded to the area and immediately observed two kayakers in... Read more →


Commissioners Approve Widening of Turnpike and Garden State Parkway; Cost $24 Billion

"The Governor needs to veto these minutes to stop them and protect our environment.” ~ Jeff Tittel, Director of The NJ Sierra Club The NJ Turnpike Authority has unanimously voted to approve their $24 billion capital plan during their Board of Commissioners Meeting. The plan would widen major segments of the NJ Turnpike and GS Parkway. There are 15 highway widening or bridge replacement projects, totaling at least $15.635 billion, although the final costs will be much higher due to budget adjustments and cost overruns.... Read more →