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August 8, 2020

NJ Judiciary Free Webinars for Landlords/Tenants During Health Crisis

The New Jersey Judiciary has launched an initiative to provide landlords and tenants with information about court operations as well as available services and community resources during the COVID-19 health crisis. Read the full statement here. Joining the webinars will be Catholic Charities’ staff member, Cynthia Lebron, Housing Division Director and Regional Coordinator of Cumberland & Salem Counties. Cynthia has extensive experience in assisting Catholic Charities clients with finding affordable housing, preventing homelessness and evictions, offering housing counseling, and understanding how COVID-19 has impacted landlords and tenants. Register for the free webinars today! Click here, to view the PDF. To register... Read more →


AG Investigating Fatal Police Shooting in Ventor

VENTNOR, N.J. (August 8, 2020)--– The Attorney General’s Office is conducting an investigation of a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred on Thursday, August 6, in Ventnor, N.J. One male civilian sustained fatal injuries, and authorities are still working to confirm his identity. According to the preliminary investigation, at approximately 4:16 p.m., Ventnor and Atlantic City Police Department officers responded to a 911 call concerning a man behaving erratically in the vicinity of Wellington Avenue and West End Avenue. When the responding officers encountered the man, he was walking in and out of a marshy area along the roadway, while holding a... Read more →


Learn About Recent Scams & How To Recognize The Warning Signs

Gloucester Township Police Community Bulletin: We’ve shared many post in the past months warning our Gloucester Township residents about the latest scams, especially the ones where scammers actively seek out victims. They pretend to be from the IRS threatening to arrest you because you owe money, from your credit card company as they attempt to lure you into giving them your credit card information, or even selling fake COVID-19 cures. These same old scammers are still active, and new scams are being discovered daily. The Federal Trade Commission website lists the most recent scams and you can browse scams by topic... Read more →


Some Educators Want Remote-Only Opening for NJ Public Schools

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. Top administrator association makes public plea to start the year with virtual-only instruction JOHN MOONEY A month out from Labor Day, pressure is mounting for a remote-only opening for New Jersey public schools. The state’s principals and supervisors association on Thursday made a public appeal, including an NJ Spotlight op-ed, for Gov. Phil Murphy to call for virtual-only instruction to start the year. “Beginning the school year with statewide remote learning... Read more →


Attention NJ Republicans: Voters Deserve All The Info

(August 7, 2020)--In New Jersey, voters will be able to cast their ballots beginning September 19th, however the first Presidential debate is not scheduled until 10 Gloucestercitynews.net files days after on September 29th. Debates are a critical component of any election, often offering the most raw insights into a candidate’s platform and ideas. Therefore, the NJGOP is joining in requesting the Commission on Presidential Debates consider adding an additional, earlier debate in New Jersey this September.NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt offered the following statement: “This is an election surrounded with unprecedented circumstances. Throughout, the NJGOP has fought to ensure the process is... Read more →


THE MYSTERY SEEDS

August 7, 2020 by Jennifer Leach Associate Director, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC Those mysterious seeds from China have been in the headlines, but we’re also hearing about other stuff that people are getting that looks connected to the seed mystery. There could be a few things going on, so let’s start unraveling the Great Unwanted Goods Mystery of 2020. First, DON’T PLANT MYSTERY SEEDS. And don’t throw them away. Instead, follow the USDA’s advice on what to do. Did you order something and get seeds or other junk instead? If that’s you, dispute the charges for the thing... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: A Dog's Aging

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor Previously, a dog’s age was calculated by multiplying his age by seven. A new theory has been discovered that adjusts that timeline. When a dog is a year old, his aging factors can be compared to that of a thirty-year old human. The new theory suggests that when dogs are young, they age rapidly. A four-year-old dog is the equivalent of a fifty-two-year-old human. Then, when a dog is seven years old, dog aging slows. The changes are referred to as epigenetic changes. Research is ongoing—this particular timeline measures only the aging factors of medium to large... Read more →


Heroin Traffickers Sentenced for Operating Drug Delivery Service in South Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Stefan Tucker, 33, of Philadelphia, PA was sentenced to 200 months (over 16 years) in prison by United States District Judge Gerald J. Pappert for his involvement in an almost around-the-clock drug delivery service for several years in South Philadelphia. Two of Tucker’s co-defendants, Stephen Wilkerson, 30, and Jerome Tucker, 29, both of Philadelphia, PA, were also recently sentenced and received ten years and five years in prison, respectively. All three pleaded guilty to multiple drug offenses in January and February, 2020. Between 2013 and 2016, the defendants and their co-conspirators,... Read more →


Employee from Philly City Controllers Office Guilty of Public Corruption

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Jeffrey Blackwell, 47, of Philadelphia, PA, pleaded guilty today to charges of Gloucestercitynews.net files honest services wire fraud, filing a false tax return, and two counts of failure to file a tax return. The defendant was charged by Superseding Indictment in September 2019. Blackwell, a former City of Philadelphia employee in the Office of the City Controller, committed a series of frauds, accepting more than $20,000 in bribes and kickbacks. Between 2013 and 2015, while serving in the Investigations Division of the Controller’s Office, Blackwell misused his official position to enrich... Read more →


CONSUMER NEWS: Car Buying Tips

One automotive company has won more J.D. Power Awards for Initial Quality than any other brand. (NAPSI)—The U.S. auto industry estimates about 17 million cars are bought in the United States every year. If you’re hoping—or just dreaming—of buying one of them anytime soon, there are a few facts and stats that can make car shopping a better experience for you. COMMON CAR MAINTENANCE TIPS First, you should know that, based on input from tens of thousands of drivers, J.D. Power named Kia the highest-ranked, mass-market brand for initial quality overall in the industry. The vehicles were evaluated on driving experience,... Read more →


SWEDESBORO: Railroad Avenue Closed Next Week for Repairs

Necessary safety work will require detours (Trenton) – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced the start of a railroad crossing rehabilitation project that will require a nine-day closure and detour of Railroad Avenue in Swedesboro, Gloucester County. Beginning at 7 a.m., Monday, August 10, until 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 18, Railroad Avenue is scheduled to be closed and detoured in both directions at the railroad crossing between Guest Avenue and 3rd Street. Construction will remove the existing railroad crossing and replace it with a new concrete crossing, as well as new asphalt approaches for a safer and smoother... Read more →


New Jersey Sierra Club Pleased that DEP Finally Cites Illegal ATV's

A total of 13 ATVs and dirt bikes were impounded as the NJ Fish and Wildlife Conservation investigated illegal off-road vehicle use in the Greenwood Forest Wildlife Management Area in Ocean County the weekend of July 25th. Owners of the impounded ATVs and dirt bikes will face fines starting at $274 and impound, towing, and storage fees of at least $300. “The state of New Jersey has allowed illegal ATV use to destroy and damage our forests and public lands for far too long. Finally, they took action. They impounded a total of 13 ATVs and dirt bikes in one weekend... Read more →


Delaware Residents: How To Dispose of Debris from Tropical Storm Isaias  

After Tropical Storm Isaias and tornados spawned by the storm left a destructive wake through the state this week that included many downed trees and limbs, the cleanup has begun for many Delaware residents – and will include disposing of more yard waste than usual. Yard waste is banned from Delaware’s landfills so it cannot be placed in trash containers or recycling bins, but DNREC provides resources to help Delawareans manage their yard waste in ways that are protective of human health and the environment. Gloucestercitynews.net files Yard waste typically consists of materials such as grass clippings, leaves, brush, small limbs... Read more →


Groundbreaking Monday for St. Rita Place

SOUTH PHILADELPHIA, PA (August 8, 2020)--Catholic Housing and Community Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (CHCS), in partnership with the National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia, will hold a special groundbreaking ceremony for Saint Rita Place, an affordable housing community for independent seniors in South Philadelphia. Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez will preside over the blessing and groundbreaking service. He will joined by Reverend Michael Di Gregorio, O.S.A., the Prior Provincial of the Augustinian Province of Saint Thomas of Villanova; Mr. James Amato, Secretary for Catholic Human Services; Ms. Heather Huot, Director of CHCS; members of the CHCS Board of Directors;... Read more →


MEDIA MEETING ON STATE’S HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOM RESPONSE EFFORTS

On Tuesday, August 11, at 11 a.m.,the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will make experts available during a Microsoft Teams meeting to explain and answer questions about the state’s multi-faceted response to harmful algal blooms, a growing national and global problem exacerbated by climate change. DEP scientists and water quality experts will: Offer hands-on assistance on the use of the new Harmful Algal Bloom Alert Index and Harmful Algal Bloom Interactive Mapping Tool; Explain how monitoring, surveillance and research are implemented; Provide the status of blooms this summer and frame the state’s situation in the context of climate change; Discuss... Read more →


GUEST OPINION: NJBIA Believes Health Clubs/Gyms Should Be Allow to Open

New Jersey Health Clubs/Gyms employi 53,000 in over 1,100 facilities Planet Fitness, Brooklawn (Gloucestercitynews.net files) NJBIA President and CEO Michele Siekerka issued the following statement regarding Thursday’s Senate Fiscal Recovery Strategists Committee held in Trenton. The discussion revolved around the challenges faced by health and fitness clubs in returning to business. “NJBIA thanks Chairman Sarlo and the members of the committee for conducting Thursday's public hearing on the impacts of COVID-19 on New Jersey's health and fitness clubs. “While we recognize an uptick in our state’s rate of transmission and positivity tests, we know from looking at neighboring states such as... Read more →