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June 2020

Leader of NE Philly Heroin Ring and Associates Arrested and Charged with Drug Trafficking

Four additional defendants were also charged in Atlantic County, New Jersey in a related investigation PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Juan Caceres, 30, of Elkins Park, PA; Jose M. Suarez-Mendosa, 29, of Philadelphia, PA; Jerson David Diaz, 31, of Gloucestercitynews.net files Philadelphia, PA; Ezequiel Regalado-Rosario, 45, of Philadelphia, PA; Ramcel Duarte-Rodriguez, 21, of Philadelphia, PA, and Juan Francisco Regalado-Ferreras, 27, of Philadelphia, PA, were arrested and charged by criminal complaint on charges of possession with intent to distribute various amounts of heroin as associates of the Caceres drug trafficking organization. During the execution of simultaneous search warrants in June, Caceres, Regalado-Rosario, Duarte-Rodriguez and Regalado-Ferreras were arrested at a residence in the 1000 block of Saint Vincent Street in Northeast Philadelphia... Read more →


Video: Hot Car Interiors Can Kill A Dog Quickly

Gloucester Township Police Community Safety Tip- GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP NJ--Even on a moderately warm day, the inside of a car can heat up in minutes, putting the life of a dog in danger. In general, it’s best to leave pets at home in summertime if you have to go into a store or if there is a possibility you might have to leave them alone. While they may love jumping in the car when you do errands at other times of the year, give it a second thought before taking them for the ride for the next couple of months. Even leaving a dog in the car for 10 minutes while you run into the grocery store can be extremely dangerous in hot weather. Dogs do... Read more →


John “Thomas” Underwood, formerly of Gloucester City, UPS Driver, Vietnam War Army Veteran, GCHS Alumnus

North Wildwood – Key West, Florida and Formerly of Gloucester City. On June 26, 2020. Age 67. Born in Camden, NJ, he was the son of the late Harry and Jane (Hanson) Underwood. Beloved husband of 35 years to Patricia (nee Brady); loving father of Sean Underwood (Jen); grandfather of Jacob Underwood; Predeceased by his brothers, Rich (Joanne), James (Kathy). Dear brother of Harry (Maureen), Phil (Betty), Jane Ellen (Bob), Lou (Sharon). Loving Brother-In-law of the late James Brady (Polly), Jack Brady (Barb) and Joseph Brady (Maureen). Dear Uncle of many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, Uncle Drosselmeyer to Theresa and their many friends who also called Tom "Uncle." Tom was raised in Gloucester City and a graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School. He proudly served... Read more →


School Bus Company Charged with Contract Fraud; Used Drivers with Criminal Records

TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced criminal charges against the owner of a Paterson-based school bus company, its manager, and the company itself for allegedly providing false information to school districts in connection with contracts in order to cover up the fact that the company hired unqualified drivers, failed to conduct mandatory drug testing and criminal background checks for drivers and aides, and operated unsafe buses, all in violation of contract terms and state requirements. The owner, Shelim Khalique, 51, of Wayne, N.J., the manager, Henry Rhodes, 56, of Paterson, N.J., and the company, A-1 Elegant Tours, Inc., d/b/a Eastern Star Transportation, LLC, (“A-1”), were each charged today by complaint-summons with the following offenses: Conspiracy (2nd Degree), False Representations for a Government... Read more →


Countries that allow online gambling but do not allow operating online casinos 

(Gloucestercitynews.net)(June 28, 2020)--Gambling is an old phenomenon. Every country has its regulation of gambling activities and, at one time or another, established a Gambling Act. But the proliferation of the internet and mobile casino gaming has redefined gambling from the way we used to know it. Both Pennsylvania and New Jersey allow online gambling in the form of sports betting and online casinos. As more states legalize online gambling it is time to look to other countries around the world and how they handle online casinos. The legality of gambling, especially the law surrounding online gambling, is foggy at best. Other than a few exceptions, online gambling is fast becoming a societal pastime in several countries. The fact that the world has become a connected... Read more →


Consumer Alert: Cryptocurrency blackmail scam alert

by Cristina Miranda Consumer Education Specialist, FTC The email suddenly appears in your inbox. Someone is writing to say that they have access to your cell phone or your computer. And they’re about to make your sensitive videos, pictures, or compromising information public. Pay them money (a ransom), they say, using a cryptocurrency, like Bitcoin, and they won’t expose the truth. Have you gotten one of these emails? If so, you’re not alone. The email is a part of a cryptocurrency blackmail scam that’s been popping up for a while. But last month, the FTC saw another uptick in the number of reports of this scam. We’ve said it before, but it’s always worth repeating. The person behind these emails is a scammer. Don’t pay... Read more →


Wall Street Rating of New Jersey School Districts Strikes a Cautious Tone

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. JOHN MOONEY | JUNE 26, 2020 S&P issues ratings report on districts’ credit during and after pandemic crisis Title: New Jersey’s $335 Million State Aid Revisions Could Weaken School Districts’ Credit Quality Author: S&P Global Gloucestercitynews.net files What it says: The ratings report dated June 20 from one of the main agencies specifically speaks to the financial health of New Jersey public school districts overall for when they seek to borrow funds for operations, capital or other needs. It provides a breakdown of state and local support for schools, reflecting the latest proposals from the... Read more →


Donald S. Knapp, Jr. of Medford, formerly of Haddon Twp.

Medford – Formerly of Haddon Township. On June 14, 2020, Age 94. Loving uncle of William McGuinness and Shelly McGuinness. Born in Pittsburgh, PA and raised in Scarsdale, NY, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1946. Donald was awarded his A.B from Dartmouth College, MS and Ed.D both from Columbia University. He taught at Friends Girls School in Tokyo, at American University and the International College (both in Beirut). Donald served as President of the International Assn. of Teachers of English as a Second Language, was a longtime Professor of English at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and served as Director of the English Language Center at Temple’s Tokyo campus. He was a member of Haddonfield Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.... Read more →


The Philadelphia Union Foundation Virtual Fundraiser

The Philadelphia Union Foundation today announced a Virtual Fundraiser will take place on Tuesday, June 30th, at 7:00pm. Hosted by Union announcer, Kevin Casey, the fundraiser will feature player Q&A sessions, leadership discussions, silent auctions, prize draws and more. Tickets for the event will be $25 for a household ticket to the 75-minute event but fans may also purchase a $40 ticket that includes a raffle ticket for to win signed Philadelphia Union apparel. Fundraising from the event goes directly to the Philadelphia Union Foundation’s community initiatives under “Fight for Philly” which provide COVID-19 relief to those in need through PPE, meals and much more. On the evening, attendees will have the pleasure of engaging with team captain Alejandro Bedoya, Mark McKenzie, Kacper Pryzbylko, and... Read more →


Philadelphia Taxpayers Can Partake in the New Water and Sewer Rate Proceeding

PHILADELPHIA PA (June 26, 2020)--On May 20, 2020, the City of Philadelphia Water Department filed with the Department of Records and the Water, Sewer and Storm Water Rate Board (Rate Board) an Advance Notice of proposed rates and charges to implement the mandated annual adjustment to the Tiered Assistance Program Rate Rider Surcharge Rates (TAP-R) and to revise related water, sewer, and fire service connection quantity Gloucestercitynews.net files charges. The Water Department proposes to make such changes to rates and charges effective October 1, 2020. This Advance Notice initiates a TAP-R Reconciliation Proceeding under Section II.C of the Regulations of the Rate Board. The Water Department filed Formal Notice of the proposed changes on Monday, June 22, 2020. During the TAP-R Reconciliation Proceeding the Rate... Read more →


Shaq vs Gronk Showdown Saturday Night  

Orlando, Florida – When Hall of Fame legend and four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal and three-time Super Bowl champion Rob Gronkowski go head-to-head for a series of live-streamed entertaining challenges Saturday night, they will have peace of mind that their production sets have been disinfected and protected with the BIOPROTECTUs System products along with sanitizer for everyone’s hands. BioSupplies.com is the preferred partner of ViaClean Technologies, which manufactures the BIOPROTECT Hydrating Hand Sanitizer. Shaq’s Fun House vs Gronk Beach is being billed as a virtual party with a purpose. Shaq and Gronk will compete in six “epic” live challenges such as sports trivia, a game of horse, a lip sync battle, a cook-off, a chicken wing eating contest and jousting. The sports trivia segment will... Read more →


CONSUMER ALERT: Health product claims and false guarantees

by Lisa Lake Consumer Education Specialist, FTC If you’re looking for help with chronic pain, you might come across over-the-counter devices promising powerful, drug-free relief. But sometimes device marketers make claims that are not backed by scientific evidence. A case in point: The FTC’s settlement with the company marketing a low-level light therapy (LLLT) device called Willow Curve. According to the FTC, Willow Curve’s ads claimed it was an FDA-approved, “clinically proven” treatment for chronic, severe pain and inflammation from serious conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, lupus, shingles, and bone fractures. But the FTC says the company lacks the scientific evidence to support these claims – and that Willow Curve is not FDA-approved. The FTC says the company also advertised risk-free, money-back guarantees for Willow... Read more →


NJ Legislators Add $7.7 Billion to State Spending Plan

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. JOHN REITMEYER | JUNE 27, 2020 [Updated: June 26, 2020] Lawmakers add money for higher ed, labor department tech problems, but keep Murphy cuts to property-tax programs; GOP members complain about rushed process Gloucestercitynews.net files Lawmakers are advancing a $7.7 billion supplemental spending bill that would fund state operations for another three months as New Jersey wrestles with the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. The Legislature’s spending proposal makes modest changes to a budget plan drafted last month by the Department of Treasury after Gov. Phil Murphy and lawmakers voted to extend the current fiscal year... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Fear of Noise

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor Many dogs are fearful of loud, sudden noises. Thunder and fireworks can reduce a dog to a quivering, whining wreck who does not calm down until the noise has gone away. There is hope, however! One way to help your dog calm down is to purchase a Thundershirt. The idea behind this product resulted from the work of Temple Grandin, an autistic scientist. The Thundershirt will wrap your dog snugly which will reduce his anxiety, somewhat. This product can be emulated by wrapping him snugly in an old tee shirt, preferably one that has your smell on it. This provides an extra layer of comfort. CBD oil is a product that is quite effective in calming both animals and humans! A... Read more →


What Effect did the Pandemic have on College Students' Mental Health

Of 2,500 student respondents, 75% feel more anxious or stressed, 57% said they lost their summer jobs and 90% want to return to campus in the fall CHICAGO, Illinois – (June 23, 2020) – A recent survey conducted by student housing developer, Core Spaces, of nearly 2,500 college students throughout the United States, reveals how Covid-19 has impacted them – including their mental state, sentiment about remote learning, personal and parents' finances and more. Core Spaces emailed the survey to student residents at 19 Core Spaces properties across 12 cities in 11 states. Responses were collected from June 2 to June 9. “These important survey results speak to a wide range of ways the pandemic has impacted our young people,” explained Marc Lifshin, founder and... Read more →


Fitness Expert Devon Levesque to Bear Crawl 26.2 Miles through New York City

Historic Marathon Ran On Hands and Feet To Raise Funds For FitOps Foundation To Help Veterans Become Elite, Certified Personal Trainers Devon Levesque, practicing a bear crawl image courtesy of FoxNews New York, NY – Devon Levesque, a renowned fitness expert, entrepreneur and Partner of Performix House, will be the first person to embark on the historic feat of “bear crawling” 26.2 miles. This November he will be taking on the incredible endeavor across the streets of New York City to raise funds for FitOps Foundation, a nonprofit organization which holds month-long “live on” camps to train and certify veterans to become elite personal trainers. “This will be my biggest fitness challenge to date,” said Devon Levesque. “I was inspired to bring awareness to mental... Read more →


ELITE METHOD FILLS THE VOID WITH PRIVATE COACHING PROGRAM

NEW YORK -- Summer camps are canceling programs every day … Online school ends in June … And parents are struggling with children stuck inside and few outdoor activities to engage their interest. The solution? Elite Method, a concierge-style private coaching program that combines sports, fitness and social-emotional skills development through one-on-one sessions with highly trained coaches. This combination of both “mind and body” coaching has been proven to improve physical and mental health, cognitive abilities, self-esteem and social skills. Elite Method will get kids and teens outdoors after three months of stay-in-orders. It’s a much needed lifeline for parents worried about their children's physical and mental health. “We announced Elite Method in the spring, before the outbreak, but this crisis made our mission even... Read more →


PATCO Weekday Service Will Increase Monday

Weekday Service Increases Again to Keep Pace with Increasing Ridership Demand Trains will operate every 10 minutes during weekday rush hours starting June 29 Starting Monday, June 29, 2020, PATCO will increase the frequency of weekday rush hour service with trains departing every 10 minutes instead of 15 minutes. The increase in service comes as ridership increases as COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease in the Greater Philadelphia region. Ridership has increased to 18% of normal levels, up from 12% in the beginning of June and 8% from the start of the pandemic. PATCO will continue to monitor ridership and make additional, real-time service adjustments as necessary as ridership is expected to increase in the coming weeks as reopening phases continue. View the Schedule Schedule Overview... Read more →


CNBNews Spotlight on NJ College Students

More than 2,300 make the Dean's List at CCU CONWAY, SC (06/24/2020)-- More than 2,300 undergraduate students at Coastal Carolina University were named to the Dean's List for the Spring 2020 semester, including: Makenna Albanese, a Recreation and Sport Management major from Oaklyn, NJ, 08107. Haley Barnabei, a Biochemistry major from Turnersville, NJ, 08012. Cody Bokash, a exercise and sport science major from Bridgeton, NJ, 08302. Sarah Buckley, a major from Millville, NJ, 08332. Gianna Conway, a Computer Science-Preengineering major from Sicklerville, NJ, 08081. Ryan Fleagle, a management major from Sicklerville, NJ, 08081. Bianca Funari, a Philosophy major from Voorhees, NJ, 08043. Alexander Gattinelli, a major from Sewell, NJ, 08080. Emily Hampson, a intelligence and national security studies premajor major from Mount Laurel, NJ, 08054.... Read more →


Camden County GOP Chair: Hirsh Singh Should Stop Confusing Voters

HADDON HEIGHTS (June 25, 2020)--– Camden County Republican Chairman Rich Ambrosino after receiving an image of a mailer sent by US Senate candidate Hirsh Singh called on the candidate to “immediately cease all attempts at confusing voters.” In the Singh campaign mailer the candidate writes, “As a patriot, if you have been hoodwinked into voting for Rik Mehta, it is your patriotic duty to contact your county clerk and request a duplicate ballot to vote for the only Conservative Hirsh Singh. Your duplicate ballot will replace your earlier ballot.” “In all my years participating in Republican politics this is a first! Singh is telling voters, vote early and if you change your mind, vote again. Al Capone would be proud.” Rich Ambrosino said, “I never... Read more →


Republican Women Set New Record for U.S. House Nominees

; A record 54 Republican women have secured nominations in races for U.S. House seats in the 2020 election, according to data collected by the Center for American Women and Politics, a division of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. The previous record of 53 was set in 2004. Thus far, 114 Democratic women have won nominations for House seats in 2020, still short of their record of 182 set during the 2018 midterms. Multiple women of both parties are competing in races from the June 23rd primary that remain too close to call, and primary races are yet to be held in 24 states, so these numbers are expected to rise. In other election news for women candidates, congressional and statewide primaries... Read more →


Census Bureau: NJ Population Aging; 65 and Older Increased from 1.19 Million to 1.475 Million

By Kim Jarrett | The Center Square (The Center Square) – New Jersey’s population has more gray hair than it did nine years ago, according to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The number of residents older than 65 increased from 1.19 million in 2010 to 1.475 million in 2019. The number of residents 45 and older increased from 3.6 million to 3.9 million between the same time period. Gloucestercitynews.net files Nearly 44 percent of the Garden State’s population is older than 45, up from 41 percent in 2010. The state’s under-18 population decreased from two million to 1.95 million. The total population number for New Jersey for 2019 was about 8.9 million, down by about 4,000 people from 2018. New Jersey mirrors the... Read more →


A Perfect Father's Day in Maryland, Fishing with Your Sons

Maryland Fishing Report – June 24 by Keith Lockwood, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Bryan Brainer spent a fun day with his two young sons fishing for blue catfish in the Chester River. Photo courtesy of Bryan Brainer Many dads, daughters, sons, and moms spent a special Father’s Day enjoying time together in that special setting that fishing provides. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources offers a license-free fishing day July 4 — an opportunity to explore Maryland’s diverse and unique fishing experiences without needing a fishing license, trout stamp, or registration. As we enter Maryland’s warmest months, the department’s online striped bass fishing advisory forecast provides a seven-day outlook to help anglers reduce striped bass mortality during the summer fishing season. Forecast Summary: June... Read more →


Police Investigating Murder in Camden City

Camden City, N.J. – Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man who was found with severe head trauma in Camden early Thursday, according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer and Camden County Police Chief Joseph Wysocki. Police responded to the 1100 block of Kaighn Ave. in Camden shortly after midnight to a report of an unresponsive man in the alleyway. When they arrived, they found Bobby J. Hill Jr., 63, suffering from multiple injuries to the head. Hill was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. No arrests have been made. If you have any information on this crime, please contact Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Kevin Courtney at 856-397-6770 or Camden County Police Detective Shawn Donlon at... Read more →


Mariann J. Corcoran of Gloucester City, St. Marys Grammar School Cafeteria Worker, GHS Alumus

Gloucester City - On June 23, 2020. Age 91. Born in Malaga, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Edward B. and Louise Ann (Tomensky) Hill. Beloved mother of Kevin J. Corcoran (Luanne) and Janice Judge (Robert); loving grandmother of Jeffrey Judge, Jennifer Steinberg (Evan), Steven Corcoran (Fallon), Nicole Corcoran; great grandmother of Nolan Samuel Steinberg; sister of Edward Hill (Sharon), Louise Kohler (Edward) and Carol Branson (Jim). Mariann was also predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Samuel F. Corcoran. A longtime resident of Gloucester City, she was a graduate of Gloucester High School. Mariann worked for 28 years as a cafeteria worker in the St. Mary’s Catholic Grammar School. She was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Church, member of the community... Read more →


Guest Opinion: Two of the Worst Political Leaders in NY History Get Creamed in Court

DE BLASIO AND CUOMO EXCEEDED THEIR AUTHORITY Bill Donohue | CNBNews Contributor Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on a judicial decision just handed down that is of utmost importance to people of faith: Protesters can take to the streets, some violently, and that is okay by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo—the mob does not have to abide by social distancing rules—but religious New Yorkers cannot congregate in their houses of worship lest they imperil the public health. de Blasio and Cuomo Well, the jig is up. U.S. District Court Judge Gary Sharpe issued a preliminary injunction on June 26 saying that de Blasio and Cuomo (as well as Attorney General Letitia James) exceeded their authority by putting restrictions on people of... Read more →


Gale Ann Sweda, age 62, Holiday Inn Express General Manager

Surrounded by her loving family, at home, Gale passed peacefully on June 22, 2020 at the age of 62. Born in Pottsville, PA on May 28, 1958 to the late Irvin and Kathryn Kehler (nee Else). Loving mother of Tiana Sweda (Jonathan), PJ Sweda (Elizabeth), Kaylee Sweda (Maurice) and the late Matthew Sweda. Cherished grandmother of Colby Sweda, Kierrah Lopez and Jayce Lopez. Also survived by many loving brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. Gale worked many years as the General Manager of the Holiday Inn Express in Stroudsburg, PA. At her request, services will be private. Condolences and Memories may be shared at www.mccannhealey.com under the obituary of Gale Ann Sweda. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME, Gloucester City Ph: 856-456-1142 Read more →


The Center for American Women and Politics Releases Database of Women Elected Officials

The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, is proud to announce the launch of the online CAWP Women Elected Officials Database, a first-of-its-kind tool for exploring and analyzing women's current and historical representation in the U.S. political system. The CAWP Women Elected Officials Database includes every woman officeholder in U.S. history at the federal, statewide elected executive, and state legislative levels. This tool expands on the officeholder database that CAWP has long kept and shared with researchers, and, crucially, transforms it into a searchable, online format for public access. The CAWP Women Elected Officials Database contains entries for more than eleven thousand women officeholders dating back to 1893 when the first woman was... Read more →


Katherine Kennedy, on June 24, 2020, of Runnemede. Age 68.

Beloved daughter of the late Stephen and Gertrude Kennedy. Devoted mother of Kimberly Meglino, Lawrance S. Meglino (Dana), and Tara Meglino. Loving grandmother of Brooke, Kurt, Marisa, Lawrence Jr., Taryn, Domenic, Allanah, Braydon, and Tayne and great grandmother of Jelani and Amelia. Dear sister of Stephen Kennedy III, Patricia Robinson, John Kennedy, Michael Kennedy, and David Kennedy (Marie). Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her ex-husband, Lawrence A. Meglino. Katherine loved working with children, especially those with autism. She was an avid church goer who also taught Sunday school. There will be a viewing from 2pm to 4pm Tuesday afternoon at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral service 4pm at the funeral home. Interment is private at the request of the... Read more →


Congressman Norcross Favors George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

WASHINGTON, DC (June 26, 2020)--– U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) voted yes to H.R. 7120, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which passed through the House of Representatives this evening. This transformative legislation reimagines the culture of policing in America with unprecedented reforms to build greater trust between law enforcement and our communities. “I stand with my community and all those around the nation calling for justice following the senseless murder of George Floyd, along with real, meaningful change to the American policing culture and an end to systemic racial injustices,” said Congressman Norcross, a sponsor of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. “I’m honored to have sponsored this legislation and thank the Congressional Black Caucus for their leadership in advancing a bill... Read more →


Josephine R. Mehrer, of Barrington, formerly of Gloucester City

On June 16, 2020. Of Barrington and Formerly of Gloucester City. Josephine was born in Mt. Holly, NJ to the late Howard and Susan (Collins) Roberts. A homemaker she was the wife of the late, Vaughn F. Mehrer who died in 2005. She is survived by her sons, Russell Mehrer (Barbara), Howard Mehrer (Karen), Joseph Mehrer (Dina); grandchildren, Angelea, Frank and Katelyn, and her great grandson, Jayden. Burial will be private at the family’s convenience. There will be no visitation or service. Contributions may be made in memory of Josephine to the: Furrever Friends Rescue & Volunteers, Inc., P.O. 141, Woodbury, NJ 08096. Please write: Josephine Mehrer in the memo. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: Ph: 856-456-1142 Read more →


Saturday's Powerball Jackpot $42,000,000

Thousands of New Jersey Players Win Prizes TRENTON (June 25, 2020) – The winning numbers for the Wednesday, June 24, drawing were: 15, 22, 27, 33, and 46. The Red Power Ball number was 23. The Multiplier number was 03. 15,593 New Jersey players took home an estimated $91,710 in prizes ranging from $4 to $300. The Powerball jackpot rolls to $42,000,000 for the next drawing to be held Saturday, June 27, at 10:59 pm. Read more →


Tune in Today to Gov's Awards in Arts

Trenton, NJ: — On Friday, June 26th at 5pm, the annual New Jersey Governor’s Awards in Arts Education program will celebrate its 40th Anniversary virtually. Tune in to the NJ Governor's Awards in Arts Education's YouTube channel at 4pm to watch the LIVE virtual Red-Carpet Countdown hosted by 2020 Award recipients Jocelyn Jeffries and Jasmine Livingston followed by the virtual award ceremony starting at 5pm. The prestigious Governor’s Awards are hailed as the highest honor in arts education in the state by national and statewide arts organizations. Initiated in 1980 to promote awareness and appreciation of the arts, the awards recognize the creativity, talent, and leadership of those impacting arts education in the region. The virtual award ceremony will include a welcome from Governor Phil... Read more →


Rutgers Law School graduate Carmen Day Achieved Her Goal After Turning Her Life Around

TO THE POINT: CAMDEN CITY NJ (June 26, 2020)--– Through grit and perseverance, Carmen Day overcame hurdles to become an attorney. As a teenager, Day pleaded with a Camden judge to reduce her probation sentence for a mistake she made, vowing to the judge that she would make a better life for herself, and that he might one day see her as a lawyer in his courtroom. “I have always had a passion for justice and equality,” says Day, a Camden native. “I believe I was destined to be a lawyer.” Day graduated from Rutgers Law School in Camden in December 2019, and is now an associate attorney at the Brown and Connery law firm in Westmont. In 2006, Day was 17 years old when... Read more →


Should Christopher Columbus Statue Remain in Place at Marconi Plaza?

Christopher Columbus Monument and Railing Sculpture of Nina Pinta and Santa Maria in Marconi Plaza source Wikipedia PHILADELPHIA PA (June 25, 2020)--Like many communities across the country, Philadelphia is experiencing a reckoning about the legacy of systemic racism and oppression in this country. Part of addressing that history is putting a spotlight on what historical figures deserve to be commemorated in our public spaces. One figure that has come into question is Christopher Columbus and the statue erected in his honor that sits in Marconi Plaza on South Broad Street. Christopher Columbus became a symbol of Italian communities’ contributions to U.S. history, but scholars and historians have uncovered first-hand documentation establishing that his arrival in the Americas also marked the beginning of the displacement and... Read more →


NJ SIERRA CLUB: More Problems with Holtec at Oyster Creek Decommissioning

Ocean County Superior Court Judge Francis R. Hodgson has issued a temporary order of restraint to Holtec, stopping all decommissioning activities at Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station. Lacey Township, the community where the nuclear plant is located, filed a complaint against Holtec International and Holtec Decommissioning International in late May. Holtec is also under criminal investigation by the NJ Economic Development Authority for misrepresenting information on its 2014 tax credit application. “There are serious concerns with the Holtec and the decommissioning of Oyster Creek. From the beginning of their deal with Exelon, we were troubled by the lack of transparency and public input. Now Judge Hodgson has shown that these concerns are true. Holtec doesn’t want to show Lacey Township their site plan or what... Read more →


Are Mail-In Ballots A Good Idea? Morris Twp. Ballots Burned After Mail Truck Catches Fire

photo courtesy of Postal Times MORRIS TOWNSHIP NJ--A mail truck in Morris Township caught fire on Saturday and some vote-by-mail ballots being delivered to voters were destroyed, the New Jersey Globe has learned. The U.S. Postal Service notified Morris County election officials on Monday morning that an undetermined number of ballots were burned. These were ballots being delivered to voters and not completed ballots on their way to the Board of Elections, although it’s not immediately clear if the letter carrier picked up any returned ballots prior to the fire. Election officials are in the process of determining how to send out replacement ballots. It’s not immediately clear if the post office knows exactly which ballots were on the truck. The postal employee driving the... Read more →


Down The Shore: Plastic Bags Cannot Be Part of Your Recycling Waste Stream

AVALON, NJ--The Avalon Department of Public Works reminds you that plastic bags cannot be part of the recycling trash stream in Cape May County. This County participates in single stream recycling, where all clean recyclables can go into one container. However, if your container contains plastic bags, it will not be collected by Avalon’s trash and recycling contractor. And, if you put a bag full of recyclables into the regular trash can, it creates two issues for the Borough. First, the Borough pays for additional tonnage fees as these recyclables are counted as trash. Second, our recycling numbers go down, which impacts the amount of recycling grants the Borough receives. Never put plastic bags in your recycling container. And, if you visit the Avalon Courtesy... Read more →


GTPD Consumer Tip: Home Pool/Hot Tub Safety

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ--The American Red Cross reports that 69% of young children who drown were not expected to be in or near water. Learn how to reduce the risks: Top Things to Know Secure your pool with appropriate barriers. Designate a water watcher, and stay in arm’s reach of young children. Install anti entrapment drain covers and safety release systems to protect against drain entrapment If a child is missing, check the water first How to Create a Safer Home Pool or Hot Tub Secure Your Pool When Not in Use: Completely surround your pool with four sided isolation fencing with a self-closing and self-latching gate that is out of reach of a child. For above ground pools, secure, lock, or remove steps, ladders, and... Read more →


The Green Phase in Philadelphia Coming in July

Philadelphia is on track to enter the green phase of reopening in early July. Our strategy is working: Daily case counts are falling, residents are wearing masks, and the number of patients hospitalized with the infection is steadily dropping. When we begin the green phase, not all activities can restart right away. Philadelphia will still restrict some activities that are allowed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and we’ll have stricter guidance for some of the newly reopened activities. As Philadelphia Public Health Commissioner Dr. Tom Farley said, “We may be tired of the pandemic, but the virus is not tired of us.” COVID-19 is not gone, so we must reopen with care. Read more about our progress in the Reopen With Care report. New for... Read more →


Buy Instagram comments and other must-know tips for web designers to increase visibility

(Gloucestercitynews.net)(June 26, 2020)--There is a veritable sea of talent out there as far as web designers are concerned, with carefully crafted websites and domains. The competition is fierce out there, and to make it big. It would help if you thought outside the box, which is going to increase your visibility. The following post is about the tips you need as a designer, to integrate your passion with your social media to raise awareness and profile for your concern. A brief intro about the use of Instagram for business - Buy Instagram comments Instagram has slowly evolved into something more than just the beautiful feed of personal moments and selfies. Business people and entrepreneurs are now crafting Instagram profiles that showcase their talents, abilities, and... Read more →


Help COVID-19 contact tracers, not scammers

June 25, 2020 by Shameka L. Walker Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC After nearly three months of stay-at-home orders, America is starting to open up again. Contact tracers, the folks who work for state health departments to try to track anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19, are an important part of our road to recovery. But some scammers are pretending to be contact tracers so they can profit off of the current confusion. They’re trying to steal your identity, your money – or both. Luckily, there are ways to tell the difference between a real contact tracer and a scammer. A contact tracer might get in touch to discuss results of a test you know you took, or because someone... Read more →


Good Bye to Our Old Friend, Common Sense

Editor's Note: This has circulated on the internet for 20 years if not longer. It has been attributed to several internet sites along with the London Times. The earliest we can find is in 1998 on Lori Borgman website. and also to Lori Borgman, author, columnist, and speaker. In these troubling times the words below seem more appropriate than anytime in our history. ~ Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: image courtesy of https://depositphotos.com/ Knowing when to come in... Read more →


Mechanicsburg Man Sentenced to Probation and Fined for Structuring $2M in Cash Deposits

HARRISBURG –The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Kenneth Hoffman, age 57, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, was Gloucestercitynews.net files sentenced on June 23, 2020, by United States District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner to two years’ probation and to pay a $9,700 fine for structuring cash deposits. According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, between 2014 and 2017, Hoffman deposited over $2 million in cash into various bank accounts which were just below $10,000 to avoid having his cash deposits reported to federal authorities. Judge Conner recognized the remedial steps Hoffman took since the IRS began their investigation in 2017. When the IRS initiated the case, Hoffman worked closely with outside professionals to reform his business practices. In addition,... Read more →


Maple Shade Couple Charged with Conspiracy to Defraud 33 Victims of Over $6 Million

in Romance Fraud Scheme CAMDEN, N.J. – A husband and wife from Burlington County, New Jersey, were charged today with conspiring to defraud more than 33 victims into mailing and wiring more than $6 million to them and other conspirators after their conspirators met and wooed the victims on online dating sites, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Martins Friday Inalegwu, 31, and Steincy Mathieu, 24, both of Maple Shade, New Jersey, are charged by complaint with one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. Inalegwu was arrested today and made his first appearance by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ann Marie Donio. Mathieu remains at large. According to the documents filed in this case and statements made in court: Between October 2016 and... Read more →


Pew Study: WHO ARE THE PROTESTORS? Majority are White and Democratic

William E. Cleary | CNBNews (photo courtesy of The Philadelphia Inquirer) (Gloucestercitynews.net)(June 25, 2020)--The Pew Research Center released a survey today regarding the people who are participating in the Black Lives Matter protests taking place in major cities throughout the country in the past month. According to the study only 17% of the protestors are black Americans. Hispanic Americans account for 22% of recent protest attendees. When it comes to the share of protesters who are Asian the number is 8%. The survey reveals the majority of the protestors or 46% are white. About four-in-ten (41%) of those who say they recently attended a protest focused on race are younger than 30; among all U.S. adults, 19% are in this age group. In turn, those... Read more →


Hirsh V. Singh, NJ Republican for US Senate

We the People of New Jersey are suffering from political extremism and out-of-control egos. Our representatives have forgotten who they serve. Our economic engine is choking and our infrastructure is crumbling. Together, we will rebuild our state. Hirsh V. Singh Republican for U.S. Senate source Hirsh V. Singh Republican for U.S. Senate Read more →


Do sportsmen really need sports glasses? 

(Gloucestercitynews.net)(June 25, 2020)--Today, almost everyone who picks up a ball, bat, racket or club can see sports glasses, whether they play in the major leagues or the Little League. Fortunately, coaches, parents, and players now realize that there are many ways to pay for sports glasses. The risk of eye damage is reduced or eliminated, and the performance of players is improved by the fact that they are beautiful. Today, many clubs do not allow their members to participate without wearing the appropriate glasses. Initially, there was some resistance from children to "look funny" when wearing protective glasses. Today, sports glasses are an integral part of everyday life, and by far the way bicycle helmets have become the norm. Children and adults also love the... Read more →


Down The Shore: 53 Year-Old-Man Killed in Crash on White Horse Pike, Investigation Underway

MAYS LANDING (June 20, 2020)--- An investigation is underway after a 53 year-old Mays Landing man was killed Friday night in a crash on the White Horse Pike, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced. An initial investigation by the ACPO Crash Investigations Unit determined that Taquaysha Bell, 28, of Trenton was traveling westbound on the White Horse Pike in a 2010 Chevy Silverado. At 11:07 p.m., near the intersection of Moss Mill Road, Bell crossed into the eastbound lane and struck a 2003 Honda Civic, operated by Michael Luko Sr., who serves as an officer with the New Jersey Human Services Police Department and was traveling home from work. Following the crash, Officer Luko was transported to Atlanticare Regional Medical Center – Mainland Division... Read more →