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May 2020

News Anchor Lester Holt Guest Commencement Speaker for Rutgers 254 Anniversary Commencement

NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt delivered prerecorded remarks during the virtual Rutgers University 254th Anniversary Commencement. see commencement video : NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt confided in the Rutgers Class of 2020 that this was not the moment anyone had envisioned for them in a recorded message that was part of an unprecedented virtual commencement ceremony. It was a theme echoed throughout an hour-long celebration for graduates of Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences viewed Sunday on the university’s commencement website, Facebook and YouTube channel. The virtual ceremony was punctuated throughout with selections of... Read more →

NJ Day Cares, Youth Sports, Summer Camps Can Reopen in June

By Kim Jarrett | The Center Square May 29, 2020 – New Jersey day cares, youth sports programs and summer day camps will resume in the next few weeks, Gov. Phil Murphy said at his Friday news conference. Child care centers, except for those approved to care for the children of essential workers, were closed on April 1 by the governor's executive order. They will reopen on June 16. All non-contact sports can resume on June 22. Murphy said that includes all youth sports, including those that are school sponsored. Summer day camps will begin on July 6. The governor... Read more →

Master Gardner Classes, Must Register by 6-3-20

(Cherry Hill, NJ) – Have you and your family always wanted to garden? Do you just need a few tips to get started this growing season? Then join Camden County Master Gardener Coordinator Rebecca Szkotak and Camden County 4-H Agent Sharon Kinsey for the Get Ready to Grow! Family Gardening Series scheduled biweekly on Thursdays during June, July, and August 2020. This six-part webinar series offered via WebEx is free of charge but requires pre-registration to participate. Szkotak will teach topics for the whole family, while Kinsey’s webinars are geared towards youth. Topics include: – June 4, 2020, 6 pm... Read more →

Test for COVID-19 Available in CC

CAMDEN CITY, NJ--CAMcare Health Corporation opened a new testing site at the Gateway Health Center in Camden City. As a result they began offering appointment-based testing to residents, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay, at several sites in the City. In addition, patients do not need to be symptomatic to be seen at any of the sites. “Testing is the most critical resource in our arsenal as we enter the next phase of this crisis,” Cappelli said. “We are excited to have a strong partner in the community who is stepping up and providing testing to anyone who... Read more →

Vote Coming Monday on Murphy's Bond Issue; NJ Facing $10 Billion Deficit

By Kim Jarrett | The Center Square (Trenton NJ) – A bond issue proposed by Gov. Phil Murphy is headed for a vote by the State Assembly next week as lawmakers grapple with the economic effects of the novel files coronavirus pandemic. The state is facing a $10 billion budget shortfall over the next two years, according to numbers from State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio. The state extended fiscal 2020 from June 30 to Sept. 30 and extended the income tax filing deadline to July 15. April tax collections that rely on income were down significantly in April. The... Read more →

Register for Virtual Tours, Online Classes

By Stefanie Parker Let’s stay connected virtually during these days at home. Local attractions are offering virtual tours for viewers at home to watch, ask questions, and enjoy some fun at-home activities. Don’t miss out on the live streams from local musicians to fill that live music void we’re all experiencing. Adventure Aquarium: Enjoy daily storytimes with Adventure Aquarium animals! Coloring book images available to print out as a fun at-home activity. Diggerland: “The Daily Dig” Mon., Wed. & Fri. at 1:30 PM EST on Facebook Live. Rain or shine, they have another great educational live video for you. Battleship... Read more →

*Cooper River Park Driving Range Open

(PENNSAUKEN, NJ May 31, 2020)--The Camden County Driving Range at Cooper River Park (formerly the Camden County Golf Academy), a state-of-the-art golf center, features an aquatic, lighted, 60 station double-decker driving range with real grass tees, and a top quality short game area with a putting green and sand trap. The Camden County Driving Range at Cooper River Park is brought to you by the Camden County Board of Freeholders as an open to the public driving range where you never need a tee time. We have space available for large groups and parties upon request. In addition we offer... Read more →

Weekly Unemployment Benefits Guidelines

(Camden City, NJ) – The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development is highlighting important filing guidelines for residents to make sure that unemployment filers receive their weekly benefits without delay. “Everyone facing unemployment because of the coronavirus pandemic should be aware of this information and review it carefully,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “Even a small mistake on your claim can result in a weeks-long delay while the system handles an unprecedented volume of claims. The absolute best way to ensure that there is no delay in receiving your benefits is to start with an accurate claim.”... Read more →

What to know about the Economic Impact Payment debit cards

May 30, 2020 by Cristina Miranda Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC If you’re still waiting for your Economic Impact Payments, you might be getting a debit card instead of a check in the mail. This, of course, is the money that’s meant to give relief due to the Coronavirus pandemic. You may have already gotten your payment by direct deposit or by check. But if you’re still waiting, watch your mailbox for either a check or a VISA debit card. And know that the government will never, ever call, text, email, or ask you to click on a... Read more →

I-295 northbound lane closures Monday night

Route 42 Missing Moves project Advances (Trenton) NJ (May 31, 2020)-- – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced overnight lane closures on I-295 northbound Monday night to establish a traffic shift as the I-295/Route 42 Missing Moves project advances in Bellmawr, Camden County. This work was originally scheduled for tonight but was rescheduled due to weather. Beginning at 8 p.m. Monday, June 1, until 6 a.m., Tuesday, June 2, NJDOT’s contractor, South State Inc., is scheduled to close two lanes of I-295 northbound from approximately the Almonesson Road overpass to Essex Avenue to place construction barrier and... Read more →

Norcross: We Continue to Fight COVID19

This past week, we continued to fight back against COVID-19 and worked hard to decrease the number of cases and deaths here in South Jersey. I am confident we will get through this unprecedented crisis, if we continue to work together. I want to take a minute to provide you all with an update on what I have been doing both in South Jersey and back in Washington. Child Care is Essential This week, I sponsored the Child Care is Essential Act, legislation that will help child care providers withstand the pandemic, so that they may continue providing an essential... Read more →

Transformative Justice Coalition and Voting Rights Alliance Convene Critical Town Hall

Topics include Voting, Political, Criminal and Social Justice in America Opening Remarks by Congresswoman Maxine Waters WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the wake of current vigilante violence and the death of African-American citizens at the hands of police departments across America, the Transformative Justice Coalition and the Voting Rights Alliance will hold a free national virtual town hall, “We Won't Be Silent...Register & Vote 2020!,” on Monday, June 1, 2020, 7 p.m. EDT. Attorney Benjamin Crump, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney, Aisha Braveboy and President of the Transformative Justice Coalition, Attorney Barbara Arnwine, will join the family of the late Second... Read more →

NO YOUR NEEDS: Generator Powers Essential Appliances During Power Outage.

(NAPSI)—Backyarding—the trend to move all sorts of indoor activities outside—has become a permanent part of many people’s lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. The backyard became a safe haven from the stress of quarantining by letting people reconnect with nature and each other, move work and play outside, and expand their living space into green space. The backyarding trend is here to stay. Home improvement projects abound, and many homeowners are investing in outdoor power equipment so they can take care of their yards. “Overall, the industry saw shipments of outdoor power equipment increase by more than 5 million units—a jump... Read more →

Moorestown Police Investigating Fatal MV Crash on Route 38 Today

MOORESTOWN, NJ (May 30, 2020)--The Moorestown Police Department is investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred on Saturday, May 30 at approximately 12:30 am at the intersection of Rt. 38 and Pleasant Valley Ave. A NJ Transit bus was making a left turn from Rt. 38 westbound on to Pleasant Valley Ave. southbound when it was struck by a passenger vehicle traveling eastbound on Rt. 38. The NJ Transit driver and one passenger were transported to Cooper Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The three occupants of the passenger vehicle, two females and one male were deceased at the scene.... Read more →

Guest Opinion: Nursing Home Data Shows PA Health Secretary Unfit for Office

By Pennsylvania State Rep. Russ Diamond | The Center Square Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine recommend nonessential businesses statewide close for two weeks amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Commonwealth Media Services Last week, I introduced a resolution in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives calling on Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine to either resign or be removed from office by Gov. Tom Wolf. I do not take my oath of office to my constituents lightly and I do not introduce this resolution to sow division. Hundreds of my constituents have sought help from... Read more →


TRENTON, NJ --May 29, 2020--Senator Michael Testa is calling on Senate President Steve Sweeney to join forces and take the necessary steps to fully open the Garden State economy. files “Our South Jersey restaurants are barely making ends meet. Last week, the Mayor of North Wildwood created a well-organized plan to allow community restaurants to open up and enjoy the beautiful weather,” said Testa. “What did our heavy handed Cape May County prosecutor do? He followed Gov. Murphy’s orders and shut down the plan. Then the governor’s administration had a helicopter monitor the city. Are we currently living in... Read more →

NYC pharmacist charged with hoarding and price gouging of N95 masks

NEW YORK – A New York City pharmacist was charged Tuesday following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York’s Dark Web & Cryptocurrency Task Force, with assistance from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Richard Schirripa, a/k/a “the Mask Man,” a licensed pharmacist, is charged with violating the Defense Production Act by hoarding and price gouging scarce N95 masks; making two false statements to law enforcement; committing healthcare fraud; and committing aggravated identity theft. “At this time when our nation is battling the COVID-19 pandemic and... Read more →

Sewell Contractor Involved with Direct Connection Project Cited by Justice Department

NEWARK, N.J. – The Justice Department today sued a Gloucesster County construction company for allegedly defrauding the United States by falsely claiming credit for using disadvantaged business entities, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. C. Abbonizio Contractors Inc., a company based in Sewell, New Jersey, allegedly defrauded the government by claiming to use disadvantaged entities when those entities were not actually used to perform work. Companies performing federally funded work on New Jersey transportation projects sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) are required to utilize disadvantaged business entities (DBE) for a specified percentage of the work, and are... Read more →

Pemberton Man Receives 20 Years for Sexual Assault of Minor  

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced that a 41-year-old Pemberton Township man has been sentenced to 20 years in New Jersey state prison for sexually assaulting a young girl last year. Erick Gentner, of the Browns Mills section of the township, must serve all 20 years before becoming eligible for parole. The sentence was handed down yesterday by the Hon. Gerard H. Breland, J.S.C. The proceeding was conducted through videoconferencing. Upon being released, Gentner will be subjected to parole supervision for life and also be placed on the New Jersey Sex Offender Internet Registry. In November, Gentner pled guilty to... Read more →

NJ SHARES/Volunteers of America Unveil New Program Providing Rent and Mortgage Assistance

to Camden County Residents In Need Camden City, N.J. – Volunteers of America Delaware Valley (VOADV) and New Jersey SHARES Inc. (NJ SHARES) are partnering to offer a new assistance program for Camden County residents in need. The SHARES Mortgage Assistance Rent or Taxes (SMART) Program provides critical funding for rent or mortgage assistance to individuals that are currently facing eviction or foreclosure. “Our SMART Program is designed to assist households on the brink of an emergency situation, where foreclosure and eviction are eminent,” explained Cheryl Stowell, CEO of NJ SHARES. “As New Jersey begins the process of re-opening from... Read more →

‘Electronic Communication’ Used to Launch Obama Administration’s Spy Operation on Trump’s Campaign Released

(Washington, DC) (May 30, 2020)--Judicial Watch announced today that it received the “electronic communication” (EC) that officially launched the counterintelligence investigation, termed “Crossfire Hurricane,” of President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. The document was written by former FBI official Peter Strzok and was obtained as the result of a Judicial Watch FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) lawsuit against the FBI and DOJ for: “The Electronic Communication that initiated the counterintelligence investigation of President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.” (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:19-cv-02743)). The redacted document details seeming third hand information that the Russian government “had been seeking... Read more →


RELATED: FACE OF DEFENSE AMERICAN HERO BROOKINGS, OR,Courtesy Photo U.S. Coast Guard District 13 Subscribe43 Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Preiser (surfman #535) operates a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat in the surf near Brookings, Oregon, Dec. 13, 2019. Surfman is the pinnacle of the five certifications available to boat-crew members, and Coast Guardsmen. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Bruce Beck Photography Public Domain use approved by Mr. Bruce Beck) Years ago a visitor from Central Oregon stood on the Depoe Bay Bridge, which runs along the Pacific Coast Highway, otherwise known as State Highway 101. She looked out to see... Read more →

Beware of COVID-19 Scams

by Ari Lazarus Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Hey college students: even though you’re likely far from campus, scammers are still trying to find you. Maybe you or your friends have gotten an email claiming to be from the “Financial Department” of your university. The email tells you to click on a link to get a message about your COVID-19 economic stimulus check — and it needs to be opened through a portal link requiring your university login. Don’t do it. It’s a phishing scam. If you click to “log in,” you could be giving your user name, password, or other... Read more →

PSE&G Installing Utility Poles on Market Street Beginning June 1; Expect Partial Road Closure

Lindenwold, NJ) – Freeholder Barbara Holcomb, has been notified by PSE&Electric that crews will be installing utility poles on Market Street in Gloucester City beginning on Monday, June 1, and continuing through Thursday, June 4. The project is expected to require the partial closure of the roadway to southbound traffic between King Street and Broadway “Any time a project requires the closure or partial closure of a roadway, traffic can be impacted throughout the surrounding area,” Holcomb said. “Motorists should be aware of this project and adjust their commute accordingly. If driving through or around the construction area is a... Read more →

NJ Governor’s Awards in Arts Education Announces 40th Anniversary Virtual Celebration

TRENTON— Students and adult leaders will receive the state’s most prestigious award in the arts, at the 40th Anniversary of the New Jersey Governor’s Awards in Arts Education on June 26 at 5pm. This event will recognize 70 students and 15 adult leaders who have demonstrated excellence in and dedication to arts education. Across the country, the Governor's Awards programs share similar goals however New Jersey sets itself apart. New Jersey students are the ultimate beneficiaries of the Governor’s Awards in Arts Education and this is what makes us unique. We applaud and acknowledge their talents, effort, dedication and passion... Read more →

Delaware to Resume State Park Campground Rentals June 1

DNREC to resume state park campground rentals June 1 The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will reopen its campgrounds in Delaware State Parks Monday in response to Governor John Carney’s removal of the emergency ban on short-term rental units starting June 1. The mandatory 14-day quarantine for out-of-state travelers will also be lifted Monday. Governor John Carney on Tuesday announced that the State of Delaware will lift the ban on short-term rental units and the quarantine on June 1 as part of the rolling reopening of Delaware’s economy. All state park campsites, cabins, cottages and yurts were temporarily... Read more →

I-295 northbound lane closures tonight

Route 42 Missing Moves project advances in Camden County Lane closures necessary to shift traffic (Trenton) – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced overnight lane closures on I-295 northbound tonight to establish a traffic shift as the I-295/Route 42 Missing Moves project advances in Bellmawr, Camden County. Beginning at 8 p.m. tonight, Friday, May 29, until 6 a.m., Saturday, May 30, NJDOT’s contractor, South State Inc., is scheduled to close two lanes of I-295 northbound from approximately the Almonesson Road overpass to Essex Avenue to place construction barrier and restripe the road to implement a traffic shift.... Read more →

NAACP President to Rioters: "These $%&*( need to go home"

MARLO SAFI CULTURE REPORTER MINNEAPOLIS (May 28, 2020)As protests, riots and looting enter the third day in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd, police in St. Paul were seen guarding a Target as people throw shopping carts at vehicles. A former president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) St. Paul chapter was at the scene Thursday trying to get medication for her daughter, a reporter for MN Reformer captured on video, and she’s seen expressing her anger with the people surrounding the Target and clashing with police. “St. Paul ain’t got shit to do... Read more →

Strange Calls to Gloucester City PD Continue

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (May 29, 2020)(CNBNews)--The number of bizarre, funny, outlandish calls to the Gloucester City Police Department keep popping up in the department's weekly crime report. For example, a resident found a baby blue jay and wanted police to take care of it; parents needed help because their children locked themselves in their bedroom; a person reported a green substance in a puddle, it was pollen. This week's crime report is below: 05/22 at 1144 a resident of Maple Terrace Trailer Park found a baby blue jay and wanted the police to come take care of it. 05/22 at... Read more →

FBI NOTES: Billion-Dollar Secrets Stolen

Scientist Sentenced for Theft of Trade Secrets When scientist Hongjin Tan resigned from the Oklahoma petroleum company he’d worked at for 18 months, he told his superiors that he planned to return to China to care for his aging parents. He also reported that he hadn’t arranged his next job, so the company agreed to let him to stay in his role until his departure date in December 2018. But Tan told a colleague a different story over dinner. That conversation prompted Tan’s employer to ask him to leave the firm immediately—and then his employer made a call to the... Read more →

Maryland Anglers Catching Largemouth Bass, White Perch, Striped Bass, Red Drum

Keith Lockwood Maryland Fishing Report May 27, 2020 Christian Gruber managed to spend some time fishing for largemouth bass in a local pond — and came up big with this 23-inch largemouth bass that he released after a quick picture. Photo courtesy of Kirk Groves Maryland is beginning to settle into something resembling summer, and anglers are out safely enjoying the outdoors. As we continue doing our part to keep transmission of COVID-19 to a minimum, please remember to check our website to find the latest guidance on a variety of outdoor activities. Our Forecast Summary will return next week.... Read more →

10 Indicted for Drug Sales in Pittsburg and Beyond

PITTSBURGH, PA – Ten residents of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, have been charged in three separate, but related, Indictments with violations of the federal narcotics and firearms laws, following a months-long investigation into narcotics trafficking in the City of Pittsburgh and greater Allegheny County region, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. The Indictments, returned on May 19, are related to the narcotics trafficking activities of several associates of a neighborhood street gang known as "11 Hunnit" operating in the Hill District neighborhood of Pittsburgh and beyond. The first Indictment charges the following individuals with conspiring to distribute and to... Read more →

Is SBObet safe to play?

By Jack Gallagher Introduction ( 29, 2020)--SBObet was found in 2004. SBObet is famous for online betting. The site has got a gambling license, so it is fully legalized, and they have all the right to operate themselves as an international sports gambling casino. SBObet is one of the top online casinos and sports betting service providers for the Asian handicap betting. SBObet has a powerful presence in European and Asian countries. image courtesy of What makes SBObet the safest website to bet on sports? Many reasons make SBObet the safest website for betting on sports games, online games,... Read more →

Carole L. Allen, 74, of Pitman, formerly of Brooklawn; Clearview Regional Employee; GCHS Alumnus '63

Carole L. Allen (nee Lane) Pitman, N.J.-- Carole L. Allen (nee Lane), age 74, died May 18 at her home in Pitman. Born in Woodbury and raised in Brooklawn, she graduated from Gloucester Catholic High School in 1963 and had lived in Pitman for the past 52 years. She was employed by Clearview Regional High School as the Secretary to the Vice Principal, where she was well liked by the faculty and students, and retired in February 2019. She was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church. Carole spent her summers in North Wildwood and was the family... Read more →

NJBIA Releases New Reopening of NJ Infographic Identifying State's Pain Points

The New Jersey Business & Industry Association today released a new Reopening New Jersey infographic, identifying the state's pain points and urging swift solutions to bring much-needed certainty and predictability now to New Jersey businesses. The infographic, found here, follows a business coalition letter sent to Gov. Phil Murphy last week detailing and expressing the immediate need of the administration to take industry best practices and create prescriptive guidance for businesses to reopen. "If these solutions found in the Reopening New Jersey infographic are followed, it will give businesses and nonprofits the predictability and certainty they desperately need now to... Read more →

Kennedy Endorsed by Taking the Hill PAC and Former US Secretary of the Army

Brigantine, NJ — Today, Taking the Hill PAC announced its endorsement of Amy Kennedy, former public school teacher and mental health advocate, running for New Jersey’s second congressional district. Taking the Hill PAC was founded by Iraq War veteran and former U.S. Secretary of the Army, Patrick Murphy, who was also the first Iraq Veteran elected to serve in the United States Congress. The Hill PAC aims to help more veterans and military family members continue their service to America in elected office nationwide, and to support leaders who are committed to addressing the needs of veterans and military families.... Read more →

Jeff Tittel: DEP Must Stop Montclair University From Closing Conservation School

The President of Montclair State University notified the NJ DEP of the university’s intent to close the School and return the management of the property to the state, effective July 1, 2020. This could potentially result in permanent closure of the School of Conservation. The School of Conservation is located in Stokes State Forest and has been open since 1949 and managed by Montclair State University since 1981. The New Jersey Sierra Club have sent a letter to Commissioner McCabe asking for help and to prevent the school from closing. “One of New Jersey’s first conservation schools is in jeopardy... Read more →

(Video) Prosecutors, "There is evidence that does not support a criminal charge"

Minneapolis, Minnesota-- (May 29, 2020)----At a press conference Thursday, Mike Freeman, county attorney for Hennepin County, condemned the actions of white cop Derek Chauvin as 'horrific and terrible', but said prosecutors needed to determine if he used 'excessive' force when he knelt on the black man's neck for eight minutes until he passed out and later died. 'That video is graphic and horrific and terrible and no person should do that,' he said. 'But my job in the end is to prove he violated a criminal statute - but there is other evidence that does not support a criminal charge.'... Read more →

Teen Car Thief Arrested Using Thermal Imaging

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP NJ--May 20, at approximately 0215 AM, Gloucester Township Police patrol officers and detectives were conducting enhanced patrol and plainclothes surveillance operations in reference to a series of unsecured vehicle burglaries that were occurring overnight in the area of Hilltop West NOPTIC Spotlight allows one to see what is hidden in the dark Gloucester Township NJ. K-9 Officer Ptl. S. Centrone #274, was utilizing his NOPTIC Spotlight System (Nighttime Optical Thermal Imaging Camera), equipped inside his patrol unit. The NOPTIC system is always on, ready for continual night vision surveillance, and able to capture thermal imaging at 250 to... Read more →

Pompton Plains, NJ Man Pleads Guilty to Threat to Bomb Religious Institution

NEWARK, N.J. – A Morris County, New Jersey, man today admitted maliciously calling in a bomb threat to a religious institution, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. James Triano, 38, of Pompton Plains, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty to an indictment charging him with maliciously conveying false information about an explosive. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: On March 21, 2017, Triano called a religious institution in Livingston, New Jersey. He told a representative of that institution there was a bomb located in the religious institution’s building that... Read more →

Keeping Home Pool Water Safe During COVID-19 Crisis

Budd’s Pools & Spas Offers FREE At-Home Water Testing For Pools and Hot Tubs Deptford, N.J.—As pools get uncovered and the summer swimming season approaches, COVID-19 store closures have made testing of water safety difficult for home pool owners to obtain. In response Budd’s Pools & Spas in Deptford, N.J., is offering free at-home water testing. General Manager Chris Volk says he wants to make sure that area pool and hot tub owners continue to have access to professional testing and advice. "This is an essential service for pool and hot tub owners," he says."When water isn’t properly tested, people... Read more →

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 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 the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue to hit long-term investments. files The... 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 retailers and the opening of motor vehicle showrooms. Beaches and state parks are also open.... 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 with COVID-19 and tragically more than 287 have died from this insidious disease since March... 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, he started The Lord’s Home Church in Audubon. This was a ministry that he was... 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 this crime need to be investigated and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.... 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 financial fallout from the pandemic. Employees also want to unionize to empower staff who face... 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 on the way to complete recovery. My first evening home – three days after the... 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 will lose theirs. Also known as the “Mandala Game,” “Blessing Circle,” “Infinity Loom,” “Giving Circle,”... Read more →