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May 2020

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more →


HIRSH SINGH: "Shame on Phil Murphy"

Hirsh Singh Calls for Opening NJ and Exposes Democrat Infiltration of GOP LINWOOD, NJ — Hundreds of people joined Republican candidate for United States Senate Hirsh Singh in chanting "Shame on Phil Murphy" at Point Pleasant in New Jersey, which was the site of the 'Freedom March of NJ' on Memorial Day. A number of speakers and supporters gathered at the site of the protest to demand that New Jersey be opened immediately, but the... Read more →


Portland Pays Antifa Militant Who Attacked Police During Violent Protest

PORTLAND, OREGON--A renowned Antifa militant who publicly celebrates attacks on law enforcement is getting a cash settlement from a big U.S. city after claiming in a federal lawsuit that his civil rights were violated during a violent protest with his fellow extremists. The incident occurred in August 2018 when hundreds of radical leftists, including masked Antifa militants, confronted police and conservatives in downtown Portland, Oregon. Rowdy demonstrators used pepper spray against police and threw fireworks,... Read more →


Harrison: Wellpath Continuously Cited For Mental Health Violations and Neglect

“Mental Health Advocate” Amy Kennedy Continues to Duck and Dodge Association with Corrupt Health Care Company [May 27, 2020 – Longport, New Jersey] Amy Kennedy’s links to Wellpath continue to come under fire, as mounting information has now been publicly levied showcasing the company’s mental health practices, including depriving patients with mental illness of their psychotropic medication and lacking needed mental health services in a variety of locations around the country. Since first announcing as... Read more →


Delaware Police Park Rangers Arrest Rehoboth Beach Man on CDS Charges

K-9 Vos has first drug alert while on patrol CAPE HENLOPEN STATE PARK, DELAWARE--DNREC Natural Resources Police Park Rangers arrested a Rehoboth Beach man on multiple drug and other charges Memorial Day at Cape Henlopen State Park after park rangers found two subjects in a closed primitive camping area. At around 4 p.m. May 25, Rangers approached and questioned the individuals, who were burning a fire in a campsite fire pit, and found Ricky C.... Read more →


70 Illegal Off-Road Vehicles Impounded by CC Police; Part of Public Safety Campaign

(Camden City, NJ) – In recent weeks, the Camden County Police Department has focused on making our streets and our neighborhoods safer for pedestrians and other drivers by targeting illegally operated off-road vehicles. To date in 2020, the department has impounded a total of 70 ATVs, dirt bikes and other off-road vehicles being operated illegally and dangerously on city streets and in parks and other public spaces. A total of 148 traffic summons have been... Read more →


Gloucester County Republican Freeholder Candidates Say it’s Time To Smartly Reopen

It’s time state government stops picking winners and losers MULLICA HILL – Gloucester County Republican freeholder candidates George W. Shivery, Jr., Chris Konawel and Nick DeSilvio said today it is time to “let commonsense prevail and smartly get the state reopened.” “While we acknowledge there has been some progress made toward reopening, far too many folks are still out of work, still having issues with unemployment and struggling to pay their bills, as a state... Read more →


Doylestown Man Sentenced to Prison for Health Care Fraud Scheme

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced today that Branden Coluccio, 32, of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to 37 months in prison for conspiracy to commit health care fraud. As part of his sentence, he was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $3,070,157, forfeiture in the amount of $110,000, and an additional $15,000 fine. United States District Judge Wendy Beetlestone presided over the sentencing hearing in Philadelphia via video... Read more →


ATLANTIC CITY: Operation Feed Food Distribution 5-28

A generous donation of baked goods coordinated by the Bakery Confectionery Tobacco and Grain Millers International Union will be the highlight of a food distribution sponsored by the New Jersey State AFL-CIO and its affiliated unions, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Union volunteers will again gather at Bader Field in Atlantic City on Thursday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to distribute emergency food kits to... Read more →


Federal Trade Commission Warns Public About Contact Tracing

by Colleen Tressler Consumer Education Specialist, FTC You’ve probably been hearing a lot about contact tracing. It’s the process of identifying people who have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, instructing them to quarantine and monitoring their symptoms daily. Contact tracers are usually hired by a state’s department of public health. They work with an infected person to get the names and phone numbers for everyone that infected person came... Read more →


New Jersey needs 'post-mortem' on COVID-19 response, Says Murphy

but the state still trying to 'save lives' By Kim Jarrett | The Center Square (The Center Square) – A “post mortem” is needed on the state’s coronavirus response but “we’re still working 24/7 to save lives,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday as the state Senate plans to establish a commission to review the state’s handling of COVID-19. A vote on the commission will come in the next few weeks, Senate President Steve... Read more →


Pets News: Adding a Furry Friend to your Family

by Namukolo Kasumpa International Fellow, Division of Consumer & Business Education If you’ve been thinking about adding a pet to your family, now may be a good time. In addition to pets offering unconditional love, companionship, and amusement, studies have shown that the bond between people and their pets has health benefits. Regular walking or playing with pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels. Finding a pet may be a little different... Read more →


WalletHub Study: NJ The State With The Worst Health Infrastructure for COVID-19

COVID-19 has exposed weaknesses in the country’s healthcare system, from supplies to staffing to bed counts, but issues have been far from uniform across the U.S. To find out which states were most prepared going into the pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on the States with the Best Health Infrastructure for Coronavirus, as well as accompanying videos. To identify which states have the best health infrastructure, WalletHub compared the 50 states... Read more →


Moody's Gives Gloucester County Aa1 Rating

(Gloucester County, NJ)—Gloucester County’s local economy continues to benefit from growth in the higher education, medical and logistics industries according to Moody’s Investors Service. Moody’s is an independent rating agency that reviews historical and current financial data, practices, and planning capabilities of Governmental Agencies. An independent rating agency’s opinion strongly matters when it comes to the financial health marketability of financing loans and long-term debt by achieving the lowest possible interest on borrowing. “The county’s... Read more →


Primaries Being Held in Eight States June 2

Marielle Bricker / Ballotpedia via The Center Square Eight states are holding statewide primaries on June 2, 2020: Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and South Dakota. CNBNews graphics file \Four states did not originally plan to hold primaries on this date, but postponed them amid the coronavirus pandemic. Maryland and Pennsylvania’s primaries were originally scheduled for April 28, Indiana’s primary was scheduled for May 5, and Idaho’s primary was scheduled for May... Read more →


Psychological Game Benefits for Adults

(Gloucestercitynews.net)(May 27, 2020)--In our modern lives, most of us focus so heavily on work and other things that we never seem to have time for fun. When we have some leisure time, we tend to sit in front of our TV or computer than engage in fun, rejuvenating play as we did in our childhood. But the thing is that play is not just essential for kids; it can be an important source of relaxation... Read more →


Rep. Norcross Releases Information About How To Order Groceries Online With SNAP

Neighbor, Families across the country are struggling to put food on the table as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a devastating toll on employment and the economy. No one should have to worry about whether they can afford to feed their families. Today, I want to provide you with some information on food security resources and updates to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits in New Jersey. Ordering Groceries Online with SNAP Beginning next... Read more →


Two Pemberton Township Residents Charged with Possessing Pipe Bombs

BURLINGTON CITY NJ--Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced that a Pemberton Township man and his girlfriend have been charged with possessing illegal explosives after two pipe bombs were discovered during the execution of search warrants at their home and the residence of an acquaintance in Southampton. William Heath, 47, and Ashley Sprague, 32, of the 600 block of Lakehurst Road, were charged with Possession of Explosives/Bombs for an Unlawful Purpose and Possession of Prohibited Weapons... Read more →


Two Free Online Events for Women offered by Virtua Health; Must Register in Advance

Celebrity moderator, health experts to provide fun and educational sessions that help women be well, get well, and stay well (Marlton, NJ….) Virtua Health is well-known for its women’s health services, including educational classes on everything from fitness to parenting. Now, during this time of social distancing, the South Jersey health system will continue empowering women through two new online workshops. The first of these free, live webinars, on May 27, will focus on emotional... Read more →


POLITICS: Kennedy Environmental Protection Policy

Brigantine, NJ – Today, Amy Kennedy, candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s second district, released an Environmental Protection Policy, detailing her commitment to addressing the impacts of climate change on South Jersey while creating new jobs and economic opportunity through clean energy. Kennedy pledges to protect coastal communities, including fighting for the infrastructure South Jersey needs to protect shorelines, reforming and strengthening the national flood insurance system, and fighting to block oil drilling off of... Read more →


Violators of Gov. Murphy's Coronavirus Law Arrested

TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, on Friday announced enforcement actions from the past week, including coughing and spitting assaults, bias Gloucestercitynews.net graphic files incidents and noteworthy violations of Governor Murphy’s Executive Orders. The Attorney General also announced enforcement actions targeting price-gouging and consumer fraud violations. “We’re cracking down on those who jeopardize public health and undermine public safety,” said Attorney General... Read more →


Dolores "Doris" Adamski, of Gloucester City

Gloucester City – On May 23, 2020, Age 86. (nee Dickerson) born on April 2, 1935 in South Philadelphia to John and Dorothy Dickerson (nee Weist). Doris and Edward attended grammar school together at St. Phillips Grammar School. Doris attended Hallahan High School. While at Hallahan, she was crowned May Queen. After high school, Edward joined the Air Force. Doris would take piano lessons at the convent and was studying to be a nun. She... Read more →


Spring Allergies and COVID-19

By Dorothy York, President and CEO of North American Precis Syndicate (NAPS) Spring allergy season has caused new concerns about how to control symptoms, when businesses reopen, after the COVID 19 epidemic isolation restrictions are lifted. There may be a lot of finger pointing due to the similarity of those symptoms with those experienced by a Coronavirus carrier. Fortunately, experts have offered guidance about preventing and treating those symptoms. Here are the top allergy stories... Read more →


Gloucester County Offering Coronavirus 19 Testing Site Update

(Sewell, NJ)—Gloucester County will again offer its drive-thru style COVID-19 testing site on Thursday, May 28, 2020. The site will be set up at Rowan College of South Jersey, 1400 Tanyard Rd., Sewell 08080. Testing will begin at 10 a.m. Additional testing dates to follow. Tests will be performed by appointment only. Residents do not need to be symptomatic to receive testing. Gloucester County residents 18 and older who want to be tested must call... Read more →


CONSUMER ALERT: CORONAVIRUS CONTACT TRACING TEXT MESSAGE SCAM

(Camden City, NJ) – The Federal Trade Commission has issued a warning regarding a text messaging scam involving supposed COVID-19 contact tracing, and Camden County residents are urged to exercise caution and not to clink any links sent to them in a text message about contact tracing. Scammers posing as government contact tracers have sent text messages to potential victims asking them to click a link sent in the text. Clicking on the link downloads... Read more →


Down The Shore: Gym Owner Waiting to Open

By MADDY VITALE/MediaWize Chris Lambert, who owns four Atilis gyms, says he will be ready to reopen as soon as Gov. Phil Murphy gives the order – but not a moment sooner. His comments came two days after the franchise owners of the Atilis in Bellmawr chose to ignore Murphy’s order that deems gyms as non-essential businesses that are to remain closed for now amid the COVID-19 safety regulations and restrictions in place since March.... Read more →


UPMC Magee—Women’s Hospital Nurse Arrested for Stealing Patient’s Oxycodone Prescription

HARRISBURG― Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced the arrest of a registered nurse at UPMC Magee—Women’s hospital for stealing a patient’s Oxycodone prescription, denying important pain relief to the patient. Tiffany Hafner turned herself in to Pittsburgh authorities today on charges of Neglect of a Care Dependent Person, Violations of the Controlled Substance Act, and Theft by Unlawful Taking. “As we’ve seen in this crisis, we owe a debt to the thousands of medical professionals... Read more →


Aloysius (Alajos) N. Remetei, 88, of Westville

Aloysius (Alajos) N. Remetei, 88, of Westville, NJ passed away peacefully on May 20, 2020. He was born in Budapest, Hungary, on December 5, 1931 to the late Alajos & Rozina Remetei. Due to his political beliefs he became a Hungarian Freedom Fighter and was imprisoned for those beliefs. After escaping to Austria, he met the love of his life, Gabriela on Christmas Day in 1956. In 1957 he then immigrated to the United States... Read more →


Attract Butterflies to your Garden

(NAPSI)­—In this season of social distancing, many Americans are turning to gardening, finding joy and peace in an outdoor activity that can be safely enjoyed from home. “What all gardeners know, and the rest of you may discover, is that if you have even the smallest space, a pot on a window ledge, a front step, a wee yard, there is no balm to the soul greater than planting seeds,” recently wrote Charlotte Mendelsen for... Read more →


Want To Work For Facebook? Now’s Your Chance

Philadelphia City Hall/unsplash.com (Gloucestercitynews.net)(May 26, 2020)--The job market is difficult at the moment. Of all the times to find yourself out of work, the first half of 2020 has been particularly unkind to those seeking employment. It's a competitive world out there at the best of times, but with so many companies laying staff off or scaling back operations in recent months, more people are struggling to find paid work in Philadelphia right now than... Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: Louisiana State Trooper George Baker Struck and Killed by Patrol Car

Trooper George Baker Louisiana State Police, Louisiana End of Watch Sunday, May 24, 2020 HAMMOND, LOUISIANA--Trooper George Baker, age 33, succumbed to injuries sustained on May 20th, 2020, when he was struck by a Hammond patrol car while removing stop sticks from the roadway during a vehicle pursuit. The pursuit started when officers from the Hammond Police Department attempted to stop a suspicious vehicle. Trooper Baker and another trooper successfully deployed stop sticks on Wardline... Read more →


Liberta Russo, of Bellmawr, age 89

Liberta Russo (nee Leto), on May 22, 2020, of Bellmawr, formerly of South Philadelphia. Age 89. Beloved wife of the late Peter Russo Sr. Devoted mother of Peter, Jr. (Lori), Joseph (Ginnie), and Karen Aversa (Keith). Loving grandmother of Danielle (Steven), Peter III (Kristen), Michael (Nicole), Gina (Jason), Joseph (Natalie), Anthony (Stephanie), Krista, and Keith, Jr. Cherished great-grandmother of 15. Preceded in death by 6 siblings. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Due to... Read more →


Gloucester County switched to “grab and go” meals

(Monroe Twp., NJ) -- To protect seniors and reduce risk of infection, congregate meal sites across the state have closed. Gloucester County switched to “grab and go” meals only in addition to home delivered meals. Food access and availability are among the major concerns of older Gloucester County residents amidst the Covid-19 pandemic “The Division of Senior Services staff and volunteers are on the front lines in responding to the increased demand for meals and... Read more →


600,000 NJ People Seeking Unemployment Benefits

TRENTON – With more than 600,000 people now collecting unemployment in New Jersey, the Department of Labor is helping claimants through the process of certifying for weekly benefits so they receive payment without delay. The US Labor Department requires unemployment recipients to certify for benefits each week. In New Jersey, that means answering seven questions and attesting to the truthfulness of the answers. But, the certification questions have proven an obstacle for tens of thousands... Read more →


ENERGY COMPANY FED UP WITH DENIALS WONT REFILE FOR PERMIT; MEANTIME THOUSANDS UNEMPLOYED

By Steve Bittenbender | The Center Square Natural gas pipeline expansion project in New York, New Jersey Dead (The Center Square) – Williams Companies said on Thursday that while it may appeal Gloucestercitynews.net files decisions made by officials in New Jersey and New York last week, the energy company will not seek to refile permit applications for a natural gas expansion project in those states. The proposed natural pipeline additions to existing infrastructure would have... Read more →


SWIMMING CLOSED AT STATE-OWNED BEACHES, LAKES

TRENTON - Swimming at state-owned ocean and lake beaches this weekend will remain closed, but visitors are welcome to enjoy passive recreation while maintaining a 6-foot social distance from others and wearing face masks or coverings, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today. As part of the continued phase-in of park operations, the State Park Service is actively preparing for the summer swimming season. "We recognize that some visitors to our beautiful... Read more →


Avalon Lions Postpone Charity Golf Tournament

AVALON, NJ --Out of an abundance of caution due to Covid-19, the Avalon Lions Club is moving back the date for its 12th annual charity golf tournament. In cooperation with the Avalon Golf Club, the Lions have changed the event’s planned date from June 28 to September 13, 2020. Details for the outing will be determined by the safety precautions in effect at that time, but the Lions promise a great day of golf, food... Read more →


Another Lackawanna Prison Employee Sentenced For Sexual Offenses

HARRISBURG― Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that a fourth Lackawanna County Prison employee was sentenced for her role in perpetuating a culture of sexual abuse within the prison. Samantha Heinrich, 36, of Sweet Valley, was today sentenced to 3-18 months of incarceration and 2 years of probation after pleading guilty to two counts of Official Oppression in February 2020. Heinrich, a counselor at the prison, was found guilty of abusing her authority, propositioning inmates,... Read more →


Kennedy Responds to Jeff Van Drew’s Appointment to Trump Campaign Fundraising Committee 

Instead of raising money for Trump, Van Drew should be fighting to get more money and resources for South Jersey Brigantine, NJ- Today, NJ.com reported that Jeff Van Drew is one of only 22 House Republicans appointed to the “House Congressional Captains” program that will help raise money for Donald Trump’s re-election campaign. Amy Kennedy released the followingstatement: With 100,000 Americans now dead from coronavirus and people across South Jersey struggling to stay safe and... Read more →


Chinese National Arrested For $20 Million Scheme To Fraudulently Obtain Loans

MUGE MA, a/k/a “Hummer Mars,” lied about his phony companies having hundreds of employees; MA’s Company Also Fraudulently Held Itself Out as Representing New York State in Procuring COVID-19 Supplies MUGE MA, a/k/a “Hummer Mars Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), Kevin Kupperbusch, Eastern Region Special Agent-in-Charge of the... Read more →


SJ Leaders Call for Reopening Plan/Timetable for Atlantic City and Other Low Impact Regions

Immediate Action Needed To Prevent Economic Collapse Trenton - Senator Troy Singleton (D-Burlington), Deputy Assembly Speaker John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester) and Assemblymen John Armato (D-Atlantic) and Vincent Mazzeo (D-Atlantic) today called upon Governor Phil Murphy to immediately issue actionable plans with specific timetables for the reopening of Atlantic City and other regions of the state that have seen far fewer infections from COVID-19 than harder hit counties. Neighboring states have all begun implementing phased regional re-openings... Read more →


Obituary: Rosie Lee Knight of Sicklerville

On May 16, 2020. Age 82. Of Sicklerville. Formerly of Philadelphia and Newburgh, NY. Survived by Jeffery Knight and Veronica Knight. Daughter of the late Thomas and Pauline Bethea. Rossie worked many years for the US Postal service and as a ward clerk at St. Luke’s Hospital in Newburgh, NY. A Private Memorial will be held on Friday, May 22, 2020 at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME, Gloucester City. Condolences and Memories may be shared at... Read more →


Lawmakers in Pennsylvania want to end COVID-19 disaster declaration

By Christen Smith | The Center Square (The Center Square) – House lawmakers formally advanced a resolutionThursday to terminate Pennsylvania’s disaster declaration for COVID-19 in an attempt to relieve economic pressure from the state-enforced shut down. The House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee voted along party lines in favor of a resolution, sponsored by Lebanon County Republican Rep. Russ Diamond, that would end the state of emergency declared by Gov. Tom Wolf on March... Read more →


COVID-19 Can Cause Kidney Injury

(NAPSI)—According to a recent Harris Poll, too many people don’t know all they should about the dangers of coronavirus—particularly how it can affect the kidneys. Most Americans don’t know it, but the coronavirus can hurt patients’ kidneys as well as their lungs. COVID-19, it seems, attacks more than just the lungs. In the new National Kidney Foundation-Harris Poll Survey on COVID-19 and Kidney Health, the findings show low levels of awareness on both the risk... Read more →