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May 2020

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 1 in Camden County. As I stated earlier this week, we are experiencing a public health crisis, the likes of which has not been seen... 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 called to serve his fellow man and women through Scripture and love for Jesus Christ. He was a salesman for H and G Signs in... 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. But that’s just a start. There are moments in history that grab us and demand that we change. That happened in 1968 and another moment... 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, of Haddonfield, NJ. Gillian Purvenas, of West Deptford, NJ. Olivia Hart, of Moorestown, NJ. About UVM Since 1791, the University of Vermont has worked to move humankind forward. Committed to both research and teaching, UVM professors -- world-class researchers, scholars,... 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 incidents of harassment and discrimination. In January, the museum was criticized over its mishandling of previous misconduct allegations against a male manager, who resigned in... 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 operation – I told my wife, Sandy, “I feel tired. I’m going to bed.” It was about 7 p.m., not quite four days after the... 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 to Baltimore, MD, where they worked with Civic Works. Civic Works strengthens Baltimore's communities through education, skills development, and community service. We are a non-profit working in Baltimore communities for over 20 years, and we are deeply committed to service.... 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,” and by other names, the scam is a chain letter-type of pyramid scheme. While versions vary slightly, the one we’re hearing about most promises that... 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 health emergency,” said Cheryl Norton, President of New Jersey American Water. “These donations are just one way New Jersey American Water says thank you for the bravery and selflessness of our everyday heroes.” The 90-year-old nonprofit EMS Council of New... 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 nursing staff by taking vital signs and performing tasks such as helping with patient hygiene. “I did not envision my last semester ending with a pandemic and having to leave home at a moment’s notice,” says Lorchak, of Claymont, Del.... 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 endorsement is a commitment and understanding to keeping the communities we protect safe. With the reality of the fiscal crisis New Jersey will face due to this pandemic, now more than ever, we must bring leadership to DC and elect... 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 this is the case, here is everything you need to know about mobile slots. Why people prefer playing mobile slots? Currently, the best way in which players all around the world like to play the best slot games is through... 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 was found, when, how many turtles you saw and any other observations that may be relevant (abnormal behavior, water conditions, dead fish/amphibians in the area). The Division appreciates the cooperation of the public and "citizen scientists." Red-bellied Turtle Click to... 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 distress beneath the Taylor Drive Bridge. The kayakers had become overwhelmed by the swift water and were clinging to the bridge abutment. U.S Border Patrol Buffalo Sector patrolling the Niagara River. Agents were able to maneuver their vessel alongside the... 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. “Today, the NJ Turnpike Authority pushed through the biggest road widening project in more than a generation. They did it by hiding behind the pandemic without allowing the public to have any meaningful input. This massive project will have a... 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 star of the show was easily Hirsh Singh, who enthused the crowd into joining him as they chanted slogans against the state's Governor. Hirsh Singh pointed out that quarantine was for the sick and not the healthy. His point that everything the media reported was about fear while America was... 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, bottles, rocks and ball bearings, according to a local news report. Videos of police in riot gear are embedded in the story, which says that protestors were armed with knives, traded blows and drew blood. Among the rioters was a 31-year-old Antifa leader named James Mathew Mattox who praises cop... 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 a candidate for Congress, Kennedy has made mental health the focal point of her campaign and has often sited this issue in her press releases and public appearances. New reports have since surfaced that in Michigan where a statewide class action lawsuit has been filed against Wellpath for “establishing” and... 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. Gardener, 37, of Rehoboth Beach to be in possession of marijuana. K-9 Vos then gave a positive alert for the presence of narcotics in Gardner’s belongings, where Rangers found suspected powder cocaine and suspected MDMA (ecstasy). The Rangers recovered 139 grams of marijuana, edible marijuana, marijuana vape oil, 1.9 grams... 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 issued to the operators of these vehicles. The department is working with law enforcement agencies from across South Jersey on cases in which the off-road vehicles that we have impounded were previously stolen. We are working with these agencies to ensure that such vehicles are returned to their rightful owners... 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 we have to do better.” George W. Shivery, Jr. said, “We can open more businesses. For example, barber shops and beauty salons could safely reopen while following social distancing guidelines by moving chairs further apart and wearing masks. These businesses are licensed and sanitary, sitting in a barber’s chair you... 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 teleconference. This scheme involved Liberation Way, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation organization that had treatment centers in Yardley, Bala Cynwyd, and Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. The investigation exposed an array of health care fraud schemes committed by individuals associated with Liberation Way, including an over-billing scheme connected with the facility’s medical... Read more →


Home Country: Windy Wilson educatin’ the kids

CNBNews Contributor (Gloucestercitynews.net)(May 26, 2020)--It’s always a treat when Windy Wilson stops by the Mule Barn for a cup and a visit with us. He got all settled in while we waited for him. “Now you fellas know it shore ain’t perlite to interrupt a guy when he’s educatin’ the kids, right? A real gentleman wouldn’t do it. But that didn’t slow down this weird young guy who was visitin’ one of our hometown girls. “I think she met him in college where he was majorin’ in bein’ wrong, and brought him home to meet the folks. The way it was, I had a few kids I found coming out of the malt shop and I kinda herded them over to this year sidewalk bench... 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 fellow union brothers and sisters, as well as members of the greater Atlantic City community, who have been hit hard by the casino industry shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. WHAT: Operation Feed Atlantic City food distribution WHEN: Thursday, May 28, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Bader... 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 in close contact with while the possibly infectious. Those names and phone numbers are often kept in an online system. People who had contact with someone infected with COVID-19 may first get a text message from the health department, telling them they’ll get a call from a specific number. The... 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 Sweeney and Senate Republican leader Tom Kean said in a joint announcement on Friday. The commission will not only look at the number of deaths in nursing homes but will also study how the state responded to unemployment and fiscal issues, the senators said. More than 40 percent of the... 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 during the pandemic. While many shelters, rescue leagues and breeders are closed for in-person visits, many are still posting photos and videos of available animals, and hosting online meet-and-greets. But like any major decision, it pays to do your homework — especially because scammers are trying to take advantage of... 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 across 14 key metrics. Our data set ranges from the state’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness funding per capita to the share of the population that is uninsured and the number of hospital beds per capita. Below, you can see highlights from the report, along with a WalletHub Q&A. Health Infrastructure... 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 management team is extremely hands-on in controlling daily operations across all county departments,” said Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger. “We generate five-year financial forecast that set estimated reserve targets which we historically meet.” The Moody’s credit analysis takes into account current conditions and states that the coronavirus outbreak is a... 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 19. Three states are holding their primaries largely by mail instead of in-person due to the pandemic. Idaho maintained its original election day, May 19, as the final day for voters to register to vote and request mail-in ballots. June 2 is the deadline for county clerks to receive mail-in... 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 for adults as well. Playfulness leads to creative thinking and smarter decision-making. Also, playfulness offers a chance to exercise both the analytical and creative aspects of our lives. What’s more, it can improve your connections with co-workers, family members, and friends. Read on to know more about the psychological benefits... 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 week, New Jerseyans on SNAP will be able to shop for groceries online from Amazon starting May 27 and participating Walmarts, ShopRites and The Fresh Grocers starting on May 28. Once operational, online purchasing will be available in 36 states and the District of Columbia, home to more than 90%... 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 and Devices. Heath was also charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose for carrying a revolver. The investigation began earlier this month after law enforcement officials received information that Heath and Sprague were in possession of illegal explosives. Search warrants were... 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 eating – and how to avoid it – while on lockdown. The second session, on June 4, will address pelvic-floor disorders – which affect one in four women – and can cause pain and bladder incontinence. “Education is a key component of staying healthy,” said Dr. Nicole Lamborne, director of... 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 New Jersey’s shoreline. Additionally, Kennedy is committed to transitioning to 100% clean energy and fighting to preserve clean air, land and water, supporting South Jersey’s farmers and rural economy and working to block, repeal or reverse Trump administration regulations that threaten our environment. Amy Kennedy said, “As a lifelong resident... 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 Grewal. “We have zero patience for those who spit on cops, gouge prices, or try to exploit this pandemic for their personal gain.” “Although law enforcement and medical professionals are on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19, we are ultimately winning the war because of the extraordinary resolve and... 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 asked God for a sign. She received a letter from Ed asking her to marry him. Doris married the love of her life on November 6, 1953. They were married shortly after and moved to an Air Force Base in San Antonio Texas where they had their first son. They... Read more →


Rev. Francis J. Gramigna, Guidance Director, Cooper Chaplain, Parish Pastor, Camden Catholic HS Alum

Rev. Francis J. Gramigna Egg Harbor Township – On May 22, 2020. Age 83. Loving son of the late Joseph and Jane Gramigna. Devoted brother of Kathleen “Cass” (late Edward) Garrity and Charles (late Claire) Gramigna, and Sister-in-law Mary Gramigna. Predeceased by Mary (Louis) Lippa, Joan (Thomas) Campbell, Rose (Patrick) McShane, Joseph (Patricia) Gramigna, Edward Gramigna, Sr. Dear uncle of 48 nieces and nephews, and too many great-nieces and great-nephews to count. Father Frank was born in Oaklyn and was a graduate of Camden Catholic High School in 1955 where he was Captain of the football team. Father attended St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore and was ordained on May 16, 1964 by Archbishop Celestine Damiano at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Camden. He... 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 of the decade, filled with helpful advice. 1- SinuSonic/ International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology/ American Rhinology Society/ American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy: “News For Noses” 2- National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA): ”Get Ahead Of Allergies” 3- Henry Schein: “Breathe Easier, Have Your Kids Tested For Asthma” 4- American... 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 the COVID-19 Call Center at (856) 218-4142 to be prescreened. The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Scheduling for the site will begin Friday, May 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please have your insurance information available at this time. Once prescreened an... 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 software onto a victim’s phone that allows scammers access to personal and/or financial information. Contract tracing – in which people who have been in contact with someone carrying the virus are warned and advised to quarantine – is an import tool in the effort by county and state health departments... 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. Ian Smith and Frank Trumbetti are the owners of the Atilis location that violated the executive order of the governor. And while Lambert does not own the location, he is the franchisor “I financially back the gym, but I do not agree with them,” Lambert said of Smith and Trumbetti.... 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 in Pennsylvania who are enduring a prolonged crisis to save lives and keep us safe, but when someone abuses that trust we will hold them accountable,” said Attorney General Shapiro. “This defendant abused her position when she stole medication from a patient and left them in pain. We will not... 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 to become a U.S. Citizen. After two years of exchanging love letters he returned to Austria to marry Gabriela and they began their new life in the United States. He began his career at P.S.E.&G in Moorestown, NJ as a lineman and worked his way up to Supervisor of the... 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 The New Yorker. If you haven’t gotten your hands a little dirty yet, now could be the time. More Milkweed for Monarchs This spring, you can help feed both your soul and butterflies across the country by planting monarch habitat, including milkweed and other flowers that provide nectar. Milkweed in... 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 at any other point in living memory. That could be about to change, though. Whether you're looking for a new job or a career change, a chance to work for one of the world's biggest companies has just materialized. When it comes to social media, the biggest name in the... 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 Road, near the intersection with Kate Street, causing the vehicle to hit them. As the troopers attempted to remove the stop sticks from the roadway, they were inadvertently struck by a responding Hammond patrol car. Both occupants in the fleeing vehicle were arrested a short time later. Both troopers were... 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 the restriction set forth by the state of New Jersey services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Liberta's memory to the Alzheimer's Association, 3 Eves Drive, Suite 310 Marlton NJ 08053. Read more →


Three Elementary Schools and Two High Schools in the Camden Diocese Closing

The Good Shepherd Regional Elementary School, Collingswood one of five schools to be closed At the end of the current school term on June 30, 2020. The three elementary schools and two high schools are: — Good Shepherd Regional Elementary School in Collingswood — Saint Joseph Regional Elementary School in Hammonton — Cape Trinity Catholic School in Wildwood
 — Saint Joseph High School in Hammonton — Wildwood Catholic High School in Wildwood “The decision to close the schools is difficult,” the diocese said in announcing the closures. “Years of dwindling community support in the form of declining student enrollment and local fundraising, despite significant diocesan and parish financial support, has necessitated this decision. “The administrations, faculties, families and donors who have supported these schools should... 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 ensuring food security for vulnerable older adults in our county,” said Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger. Beginning May 26, 2020, the Pfeiffer Center in Monroe Township located at 301 Blue Bell Rd. in Williamstown will be the third county site to allow the Nutrition Staff of Senior Services to prepare... Read more →