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August 2020

NJBIA Statement on Governor’s Decision to Reopen Health and Fitness Centers

while Failing to Lift Prohibition on Indoor Dining NJBIA President and CEO Michele Siekerka released the following statement regarding the partial reopening of health and fitness centers that was announced by Gov. Phil Murphy today. “NJBIA supports today’s decision by Governor Murphy to reopen health and fitness centers because owners of these businesses are able, willing and eager to reopen their doors in a safe and responsible manner that puts the health, safety and welfare... Read more →

Paying the high cost of payday loans

August 27, 2020 by Jennifer Leach Associate Director Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC Being broke is expensive. Right now, so many people are scrambling to figure out how to make rent, cover utilities, pick up some work, get their unemployment checks, and keep body and soul together. When it’s getting down to the end of the month, if people have exhausted personal loans through their bank or credit union, they may be putting... Read more →

Gyms May Open Sept. 1...Restaurants Must Continue to Wait to Open Indoor Dining

By Kim Jarrett | The Center Square (The Center Square) – New Jersey gyms and health clubs will reopen at 25 percent capacity on Sept. 1 but indoor dining remains banned. Gov. Phil Murphy said he hopes to announce a plan for indoor dining before Sept. 15 when asked by a reporter for a date. An executive order announced Wednesday by the governor requires gym staff and members to wear masks at all times and... Read more →

Developer Raphael S. Weiss Faces Criminal Charges Over Riverside Watch Case Project

The illegal scheme involved fraudulently-obtained electrical construction permits to cut costs Raphael S. Weiss RIVERSIDE TOWNSHIP, NJ (August 27, 2020)--Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Riverside Township Police Chief William T. Eliason announced that a New York developer who purchased a historic Riverside commercial building to create luxury apartments in the seven-story landmark has been charged with using the credentials of a potential subcontractor to fraudulently gain approval for electrical permits from the township construction... Read more →

Ewing Couple Charged with Pos. of 700 Glassine Bags of Heroin, $292,000 in Cash, AK-47

Pedro DeJesus Frances Perez-Arias EWING TOWNSHIP, AUGUST 26, 2020)--Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrests of PEDRO DEJESUS, age 29, (single; unemployed) and FRANCES PEREZ-ARIAS, age 22 (single; self-employed) in online clothing sales) both of 125 West Upper Ferry Road, Ewing, NJ, on charges of Maintaining A Controlled Dangerous Substance Facility, Possession Of Heroin With Intent To Distribute, Possession Of An Assault Weapon, Possession Of A Firearm In Commission Of A CDS Offense, Possession... Read more →

How to Achieve Your Full Potential

Dallas, Texas – For over three decades, Dr. E. Gaylon McCollough has given his patients the best care and results at McCollough Plastic Surgery Clinic & Skin Center and Total Health Spa. As a renowned facial plastic surgeon, Dr. McCollough created a successful, unique plan to allow everyone to feel beautiful AND healthy inside and out. Informative and inspiring, The Gift You Give Yourself (to be released by Brown Books Publishing Group on September 1,... Read more →

Obituary: James T. Lutner, of Barrington

On August 24, 2020. Aged 59 of Barrington. Born in Woodbury, NJ he is the son of the late James M. and Elizabeth C. (Smith) Lutner. Loving brother of, Richard Lutner (Holly) and sister, Ethel M. Richman. Loving uncle of many nieces and nephews, he is also survived by his friends at the Kelsch Associates. Jimmy loved to eat and say grace. He could down a can of soda in one gulp. He especially loved... Read more →

Over 17 Million Unsafe Takata Airbags Remain In Vehicles On U.S. Roads

(NAPSI)—Today, in the U.S., more than 17 million recalled Takata airbags remain in vehicles on the road. A defective part inside the airbag can explode when the airbag deploys, potentially shooting sharp metal fragments at the driver and passengers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that 16 people in the U.S. have been killed, and hundreds of others alleged to have been injured, by this defect. Affected vehicles include those made by... Read more →

$25,000 Reward for Information on Serial Armed Robbers Targeting Pennsylvania, Maryland Pharmacies

PHILADELPHIA PA--August 25, 2020--The FBI’s Philadelphia and Baltimore Divisions are asking for the public’s help in identifying several armed and dangerous individuals responsible for more than a dozen pharmacy robberies in Pennsylvania and Maryland. The suspects, dressed in dark clothing with hoods, face masks, and gloves, used pepper spray on employees and customers while stealing prescription drugs; primarily Oxycodone, Percocet, and Promethazine. CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE The FBI is offering a reward of up to... Read more →

Death Threats Have Become Part Of The Job For Election Administrators

In a polarized society, the bureaucrats who operate the machinery of democracy are taking flak from all sides. More than 20 have resigned or retired since March 1, thinning their ranks at a time when they are most needed. by Jessica Huseman Aug. 21, 6 a.m. EDT Photo Illustration: Lisa Larson-Walker/ProPublica; Source Image: Derek R. Henkle/AFP/Getty Images This article is part of Electionland, ProPublica’s collaborative reporting project covering problems that prevent eligible voters from casting... Read more →

Past Executive Director of Camden County PSA Sentenced to Prison for Tax Evasion

William Brunson also ordered to repay nearly $700,000 Southern District of Georgia BRUNSWICK, GA: The former executive director of the Camden County Public Service Authority is going to federal prison for misappropriating funds intended for payment of employees’ federal payroll taxes. Willliam Brunson, 53, of Kingsland, Ga., was sentenced to 32 months in federal prison by U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood after pleading guilty to one count of Tax Evasion, said Bobby L.... Read more →

Reason Foundation Study: Leasing the NJ Turnpike/Garden State Parkway Could Generate Over $17B

New Jersey could use the money for needed transportation projects like the unfunded Gateway tunnels project or to reduce the state’s public pension debt. Los Angeles (August 25, 2020) — A new Reason Foundation study finds New Jersey could net between $11.6 billion and $23.2 billion by leasing the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway, giving the state much-needed money to fund other transportation projects or pay down growing public pension liabilities. Using data... Read more →

Keeping your car in good repair may keep you from getting a ticket

(NAPSI)—Many drivers may feel that they don’t have the time or money to address vehicle repairs immediately but beware: Ignoring some repairs can get you pulled over and even ticketed. “Ignoring certain vehicle repairs may seem to save money in the short term but can lead to extra costs, such as fines or ‘fix-it’ tickets, if these problems are not taken care of when they arise,” explains Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “In... Read more →

5 Ways to Make the Most of Cannabis Nutrients for Your Next Grow Op

( 27, 2020)--Growing cannabis at home has some major perks - no more long lines at your local dispensary, no more overpriced bud, no more out of stock products, more control over your favorite strains… these are just a few of the benefits to home cultivation. The advantages don’t stop there, and you’re probably already thinking to yourself, how can I get started? But before you jump in, it’s important to realize that home growing... Read more →

SURVEY: 20 Percent of Small Business Owners Will Close if Economic Conditions Don't improve

By Bethany Blankley | The Center Square (The Center Square) – More than 20 percent of small business owners said they will have to close permanently if current economic conditions do not improve within the next six months, according to a survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business. The largest small business association in the U.S., headquartered in Nashville, conducted the survey to assess the financial health of small businesses. The survey found... Read more →

What Qualities Are Required to Be a Personal Injury Lawyer?

( 27, 2020)--Being a personal injury lawyer specialist is different from a divorce lawyer, or any other kind. It requires a certain collection of skills, knowledge, experience, and perseverance to get the best outcome for the client and the law firm, respectively. Here are a few of the qualities that a personal injury lawyer must possess to be successful. Experience Counts Experience in dealing with previous types of injury cases is a must. Initially, a... Read more →

3 Different Types of Ventilation Systems for Smoke Control

( 27, 2020)--A ventilation system is a critical feature of every building or structure. Residential properties, commercial establishments, public buildings, and offices all need efficient and effective ventilation for safety and comfort. Most importantly, it's vital to control smoke in case of fire. And contrary to what most people assume, fire isn't the primary cause of death in these emergencies. Smoke inhalation causes more than 50% of fire-related deaths. Also, without a way for smoke... Read more →

Online Dogs For Sale Scams

Gloucester Township Police Community Bulletin: GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP NJ--Gloucester Township Police Criminal Investigation Bureau is currently investigating two cases in which residents attempted to purchase dogs using what appeared to be legitimate online websites. In both cases, the sellers asked for payment via CashApp and Bitcoin ATM. After sending the payment, the victims received notifications from animal delivery companies and asked to provide another $950 of Bitcoin and Cashapp. Both victims realized it was a scam,... Read more →

Atlantic County Freeholders Supports NJ Business Coalition's Call for Regional Opening

The Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders has unanimously adopted Resolution 384, which urges Gov. Phil Murphy to reopen businesses in New Jersey. The bipartisan resolution adopted Aug. 18 cites the New Jersey Business Coalition’s Recovery and Reinvention Framework 2.0 and comments from Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson. The Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders is the first group of elected officials to pass a resolution in support of the New Jersey Business Coalition’s efforts.... Read more →

Another Member of Gloucester City Drug Ring Pleads Guilty

Fourth Person Admits Trafficking High-Dosage Oxycodone Pills Related to Gloucester City Drug Ring CAMDEN CITY, N.J. AUGUST 26, 2020– A Camden County, New Jersey, man today admitted buying and reselling high-dosage oxycodone pills in Gloucester City, New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Kenneth Rushworth, 59, of Gloucester City, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb to an information charging him with distributing and possessing with intent to distribute a quantity... Read more →

7 South Jersey Residents Among 21 Individuals Arrested in "Operation Screen Capture"

click image to enlarge TRENTON –Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced arrests of 21 individuals who are charged with sexually exploiting children online. The 19 men, one woman, and one juvenile male were arrested in “Operation Screen Capture,” a collaborative operation launched in response to a dramatic increase in reports of potential threats to children from online predators during the COVID pandemic. Three defendants – two men and one woman – are charged with... Read more →

Police Investigating Stabbing in Camden City; Man Dies from Injuries

Camden City, N.J. – A man was fatally stabbed and a woman was injured during a Tuesday night incident in Camden, according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill Mayer and Camden County Police Chief Joseph Wysocki. files Police were called to the intersection of 6th St. and Pearl St. for a reported fight around 10 p.m. on Aug. 25. When they arrived, officers found a woman suffering from an injury to the head and... Read more →

EPA Cancels Study To Incinerate PFAS Waste Near N.J. Fenceline Community

EWG: Future PFAS disposal experiments must protect public health WASHINGTON (August 26, 2020)--– On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency canceled a study to look into the incineration of the fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS. The study would have burned toxic PFAS and measured the amount released into the air at the Union County Resource Recovery Facility on the Rahway River in New Jersey. Researchers at the Environmental Working Group recently published a paper in the... Read more →

Wisconsin DOJ Says Man Shot By Police Had A Knife

UPDATE: Kenosha Officer Involved Shooting Mr. Blake admitted that he had a knife in his possession. DCI agents recovered a knife from the driver’s side floorboard of Mr. Blake’s vehicle. A search of the vehicle located no additional weapons. However, according to several social media sites, Blake said he had a gun in the car and was going to get it when he was shot. (image of Mr. Blake with the knife circulating on social... Read more →

Threatening Situation Involving Firearm Ends Peacefully in Gloucester Township

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP NJ (August 26, 2020)--On Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at approximately 12:16 PM, the Gloucester Township Police responded to 1341 Blackwood Clementon Road, building #500, for a verbal altercation with a male threatening the caller with a firearm. Officers responded to the scene and immediately set up a perimeter around the alleged suspect’s apartment. A command post was established and contact was made with the suspect’s family member who was not in the apartment.... Read more →

Donald Norcross Hasn’t Worked With The Tools Since 1993

Suggesting him for Labor Secretary is ridiculous COLLINGSWOOD – Republican candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s First Congressional District, Claire Gustafson, took issue with a recent news report that suggested Congressman Donald Norcross would be a good candidate for US Labor Secretary in a Joe Biden administration. “For a union boss to suggest Donald Norcross should be the Secretary of Labor because ‘we need somebody who has worked with their hands, especially a construction guy’... Read more →

Class Action Suit Filed Against Bladder Medication Allegedly Linked To Visual Problems

( 26, 2020)--Interstitial cystitis is a painful or uncomfortable condition affecting between three and eight million women, and one and four million men in the U.S. Its symptoms - including urgency, frequency, and pain - can interfere with one’s quality of life - including one’s sex life, since sexual intimacy can increase pain. Up until recently, one medication is given to people with this problem as Elmiron. However, a class action in Quebec has recently... Read more →

Best Reasons Why CBD Oil Users in Canada Are Shopping Online

( 26, 2020)--If you are into health and fitness and have missed the emergence of cannabidiol in Canada, where have you been? CBD oil has been making waves in the mainstream health and medical landscape for some time now. CBD is now among the fastest-growing sectors in the supplement market, both in Canada and in many countries around the world. Furthermore, experts predict that we may only be at the foot of the curve. While... Read more →

Best Free Youtube to MP3 Converters You Should Know [Online/Win/Mac] 

( 26, 2020)--When you locate a great or dramatic tune or music in a youtube video, what might you want to do? For me, I need to download it and hear it out when I'm disconnected. You should? Rather than tapping the as often as possible utilized connections on the YouTube stage, you can change over youtube to mp3 by utilizing a youtube to mp3 converter. At that point, you can generally tune in to... Read more →

500,000 Or More Nursing Home Residents May Be Unable To Vote In November's Election

Renowned inventor Walter Hutchins has voted in every presidential election since 1952. This year, as many states stopped sending teams to help seniors vote, his nursing home was on coronavirus lockdown and his streak was in jeopardy. by Ryan McCarthy and Jack Gillum Aug. 26, 5 a.m. EDT Sally Deng, special to ProPublica This article is part of Electionland, ProPublica’s collaborative reporting project covering problems that prevent eligible voters from casting their ballots during the... Read more →

Freddie Footman, Jr. of Pemberton, U.S. Army Sergeant Major Veteran, Retired

Pemberton – On August 5, 2020. Age 90. Beloved father of Nehemiah Footman and the late Suk Footman. Freddie was a proud U.S. Army Veteran serving from February 26, 1948 and retiring after 30 honorable years as a Sergeant Major on February 28, 1978. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his U.S. Army Military Honors on Friday, August 28, 2020 at 9:30 am (Z SHELTER) at Brig. General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial... Read more →

Democracy Is Not a Spectator Sport

By Arthur I. Blaustein Catch! The Future of Democracy is In Your Hands November 3. With the 2020 presidential election rapidly approaching, Election Stress Disorder or ESD is at the highest levels in all of history. And this time Americans have to be worried about the very future of democracy itself. They fear that that the Trump administration has trampled the traditional democratic values of equality, fairness, justice, and opportunity based on the public good... Read more →

GUEST OPINION: EPA Cancels Rahway PFAS Burn Experiment - Win for Clean Air

NJ SIERRA CLUB OPINION The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that they are cancelling their Municipal Waste Combustor Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) Emissions Characterization Study in Rahway, NJ. They had planned to conduct experimental burning of CF4, a compound related to PFAS. According to the EPA’s own presentation prepared on the subject in April 2020, the primary objective of these experiments burning CF4 is to “investigate how well thermal disposal processes such as hazardous... Read more →

How to Start Living – Not Just Existing

( 26, 2020)--If you’re the type of person who goes to work purely for the paycheck and to make ends meet, this can have a negative impact on your health and wellbeing. We only get one shot at life, so making the most of it and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is important. Many of us dream about having a better life, but never consider it as a real possibility. Here are a... Read more →

Delaware Fish and Wildlife Police Arrest Two Suspect in Stolen Vessel Incident

DOVER DELAWARE( AUGUST 25, 2020)--DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police arrested Matthew Tortu, 24, and Travis Gooding, 21, both of Coatsville, Pennsylvania on August 22 for multiple felony criminal charges and boating violations in response to and after investigating a report of a stolen vessel. The suspects were allegedly observed before daybreak on August 22 in a vessel aground on a sand bar in the Indian River Bay by other boaters in the area... Read more →

TO THE POINT:  High School/College Students engage in summer research through remote U.S. Army program

Led by Rutgers University‒Camden scientists CAMDEN CITY— Makeda Smalls is spending the summer immersed in cutting-edge research in Jinglin Fu’s Rutgers University‒Camden chemistry lab that could lead to methods that can rapidly diagnose illnesses, including coronavirus. “I have already learned so much new information in just this short amount of time, that it amazes me,” says Smalls, a Lindenwold resident. “Research as an undergraduate gives you real-world experience you don’t get in class.” Smalls, a... Read more →

Amy Kennedy Announces District-Wide Virtual Town Hall Series

Brigantine, NJ – This week, Amy Kennedy launched 8 Counties, 8 Weeks, 1 South Jersey, a district-wide virtual town hall series. Amy is also touring small businesses in every county of the district to learn about the impacts of the pandemic on small business owners. Amy Kennedy said, “The pandemic has changed a lot in our communities, including how we are campaigning. One thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment to reaching out to the... Read more →

Philadelphia Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped

PHILADELPHIA PA--The Free Library of Philadelphia's Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH), as part of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress (NLS) serves Pennsylvania residents who have difficulty reading due to a physical impairment, a reading disability, or a vision challenge. Please view the Eligibility page for more details. If the standard print has become difficult to read for you, a friend, or a family member,... Read more →

Congressman Norcross: America Needs To Build Back Better

By Donald Norcross COVID-19 continues to rage, our economy is officially in a recession and across the nation people are standing up to injustice and crying out for change. Clearly, America needs new leadership. Our country must have a comprehensive strategy to not only defeat COVID-19, but address the economic crisis and growing racial disparities. Joe files Biden has a plan to do it, which is why he and Kamala Harris are the steady,... Read more →

HELP WANTED: Full-time Amazon Package Sorter

Bonus + Benefits Your First Day (Logan Township) - Full Time Amazon - Gloucester City, NJ Posted on 08/24/20 (Ref: NJGiMUEnY2) Full-time Warehouse Team Member Shifts: Overnight, Early Morning, Day, Evening, Weekend Location: Logan Township , NJ - 2320 Center Square Rd Logan Township, NJ 08085 Job opportunities vary by location. We update postings daily with open positions. Hourly pay rate: Earn min $15.25 and a $500 sign-on bonus. Full-time jobs available now. Benefits start... Read more →

Will The Rise of Online Bingo Have an Effect on Philly’s Bingo Halls?

Source: Flickr (AUGUST 26, N2020)Philadelphia is renowned for having an abundance of bingo halls, with the pastime being hugely popular in the city and surrounding area. Indeed, there are countless options for lovers of the game, from Wellington Hall to Bustleton Bingo. With online bingo on the rise, though, these physical locations could be at risk of losing a lot of business if they don’t move forward with the changing landscape in the industry. Bingo... Read more →

Alleged Drug Dealer David Bender of Delran Charged with Causing Death of Customer

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina, Delran Township Police Chief Alfonso A. Parente Jr., and Riverside Township Police Chief William T. Eliason announced that a 27-year-old Delran drug dealer has been charged with causing the death of a Riverside customer who fatally overdose on fentanyl in late 2018. David Bender, of the Hunters Glen apartment complex on Route 130, was charged with Strict Liability for Drug-Induced Death (First Degree) and Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance... Read more →

High blood sugar? Can Growth Hormone help you?

( 25, 2020)--People may not realize just how dangerous high blood sugar is, but having chronic high blood sugar causes a host of other health problems both short-term and years into the future. What is High Blood Sugar? Your blood contains sugar. Your body creates sugar by the way it processes food. High blood sugar is an indicator of diabetes. There are two types of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 typically requires... Read more →

Murphy's Proposed Budget Will Force More Residents and Businesses To Leave New Jersey files By Dave Lemery | The Center Square (The Center Square) – New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has sought to portray himself as a fiscally cautious, business-friendly leader since taking office. But following his budget address Tuesday, it was evident that many in the business community were not on board with that portrayal. One proposal that specifically drew ire was Murphy’s plan to tax millionaires. The New Jersey chapter of the National Federation of... Read more →

Fall High School Sports Will Resume in Pennsylvania Despite Gov. Wolf's Reluntance

By Christen Smith | The Center Square (The Center Square) – Fall school sports resumed Monday after a two-week delay amid ongoing discussions with Gov. Tom Wolf over whether it was safe to proceed. The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) said Friday it would leave the decision up to local districts, many of which had already developed robust social distancing plans meant to limit the spread of COVID-19 among students and staff. “PIAA is committed... Read more →

 How to Protect Parcels Before Delivery

(August 25, 2020)--Parcels need to arrive intact. Your recipients will feel terrible if they see that the items are damaged. Protecting the packages isn't only dependent on your chosen delivery company. You also have to prepare well before sending them out for delivery. Use a brand-new box Unless you can find a recyclable delivery box, you shouldn't recycle it. New boxes are useful in protecting the items inside. If used several times, they no longer... Read more →

How to Remove a A 34,000 lb Structure From an Iconic Bridge

Question: How do you safely remove a massive overhead sign from the region’s busiest bridge? The answer, which includes a lot of planning and careful execution, sounds easy enough, but it’s much more complicated. In the early morning hours of August 12, 2020, crews removed an approximately 34,000 pound gantry from the Walt Whitman Bridge. The gantry is original to the bridge, which opened to traffic in 1957. Workers in place to begin the process... Read more →

Fatal Shooting in Camden City, 27-Year-Old Dead

Camden City, N.J. – Detectives are investigating a fatal shooting that happened near the intersection of Kolo St. and Sheridan St. in Camden Monday night, according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill Mayer and Camden County Police Chief Joseph Wysocki. Gloucestercitynews public service announcement Police received a ShotSpotter notification for the 1600 block of Kolo St. around 11 p.m. When they arrived, they found Michael Twiggs, 27, of Camden, lying near a walkway suffering from... Read more →

Bloomsburg University Awards Degrees at Spring Commencement

BLOOMSBURG, PA (08/25/2020)-- Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania congratulates the nearly 1,100 students who received their academic degrees on Aug. 8, 2020 in a virtual ceremony. The overall grade point average necessary for honors distinction is: cum laude (with distinction) 3.5 - 3.74 overall average; magna cum laude (with great distinction) 3.75 - 3.94 overall average and summa cum laude (with highest distinction) 3.95 - 4.0 overall average. Danielle Adornetto, of Lumberton, NJ, graduated with a... Read more →

Letters to the Ed: Vote for Independent Council Candidates Bill Groff & Sandy Valdez

With Bellmawr's local election in November, I am supporting Independent Council candidates Bill Groff and Sandy Valdez. As a resident of Bellmawr for 30 years, I have been attending Council and Caucus meetings for the past ten years. Current Councilman Jim D’Angelo has served 24 years on Council; and its time for someone else to have an opportunity to serve. During his 24 years on Council , incumbent Jim D'Angelo has failed to offer any... Read more →