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November 2020

New Jersey's Reef Network Expanded, Named Maher Terminals Reef

November 23, 2020 Deployment Video DEP News Release On October 28 and November 10, 2020, Bureau of Marine Fisheries staff expanded New Jersey's reef network through a deployment of nearly 6,000 tons of concrete on the Manasquan Inlet reef site. This new feature inside the Manasquan Inlet reef site will be called the Maher Terminals Reef in recognition of the donated material by Maher Terminals, located in Port Elizabeth, NJ. Material consisted of 151 concrete forms, measuring 40 feet x 8 feet x 1.5 feet each. The forms, once used for shipping container inspections, were no longer needed and were slated for demolition and disposal. Click to enlarge The structure of the reef, and the feeding opportunities provided by the animals growing on the reef, attract species such as black sea bass, tautog and lobster, and provide excellent opportunities for recreational anglers and divers. A Fully Colonized Reef Structure Click... Read more →


Only in NJ: State Transit at Risk of Missing Dec. 31 RR Safety Deadline

By Todd DeFeo | The Center Square (The Center Square) – NJ Transit is the only railroad in the country “at risk of not fully implementing” a federally mandated safety system “on all its required main lines” by the end of the year, a federal agency said in a new report. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced its conclusion based on railroads’ self-reported progress as of a Sept. 30 progress report. Congress has mandated railroads fully implement positive train control (PTC) systems by the end of the year. Nationally, PTC systems were either in operation or revenue service demonstration (RSD) on 99.6% of the 57,537 route miles where the system is required. As of Sep. 30, NJ Transit is operating a PTC system in RSD on about 48% of the 375.9 route miles where PTC is mandated. For a Nov. 12 board meeting, Parsons, the contractor handling the PTC project... Read more →


$120,000 EPA Grant to Cooper’s Ferry Partnership

Helps Camden Residents Reduce Health Risks in Their Homes NEW YORK (November 24, 2020) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it has awarded $120,000 through an Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement to Cooper’s Ferry Partnership located in Camden, New Jersey. The EPA funding will support work to help reduce risks of lead exposure, asthma and mold dangers. It will foster community education programs and the greening of public spaces. This agreement is one of 18 community-based organizations selected nationwide, totaling $2.1 million in funding distributed this year under EJCPS Cooperative Agreements. “Through this grant, Cooper’s Ferry will provide hands-on assistance for many Camden residents who may need advice on how to reduce lead, mold and asthma risks in their homes. EPA has a long history of partnering with the government and nonprofit groups in Camden, New Jersey to mitigate the environmental health risks that disproportionately... Read more →


Preventing Pet Hazards this Thanksgiving

By Laura Fournlotis BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital Thanksgiving is a time to pause, reflect, and show thanks to friends, family, and companions, which includes our beloved pets. While we enjoy quality time (and food) with friends and family this holiday, it is important to keep a few things in mind—specifically, the hidden pet dangers that lurk on our dining room tables and plates. Each year, BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital clinicians see a significant uptick in cases during the November and December months. The most common problems include an increase in animals struck by vehicles, gastrointestinal irritations with vomiting and diarrhea, and pancreatitis from eating fatty human foods. Lindsey E. Bullen, DVM, DACVN, Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist, BluePearl Pet Hospital in Cary, N.C., says that while some pets can handle certain human treats and foods, not all can. “Although tempting, cats and dogs with food specific allergies... Read more →


Gloucester Township Police Chief's Thanksgiving Message

By Police Chief David J. Harkins As we enter into this strange Holiday Season, we at the Gloucester Township Police Department still believe that we have much to be thankful for. We are thankful for the recovery of our officers who were infected with COVID-19. We are thankful that we were able to be there to help those who have called us in their time of need. We are thankful for this great community that we serve. We are thankful to be able to do what we are called to do. We are thankful that our community has shown us so much support even during some turbulent times in our country. As we celebrate Thanksgiving, please take a moment to remember the 253 Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty this year. This staggering number is up from 148 line of duty deaths in 2019. Please... Read more →


Jose Rodolfo Villarreal-Hernandez Named to the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive List

Jose Rodolfo Villarreal-Hernandez, wanted for allegedly directing his associates to track and murder a man in Southlake, Texas, has been added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. The Department of State’s Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program is offering a reward of up to $1 million for information leading directly to his arrest. Villarreal-Hernandez, also known as “El Gato,” is believed to hold an active leadership position in the Beltran Leyva Drug Trafficking Organization within the region of San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He is also believed to be responsible for numerous murders in Mexico. The victim of the Texas murder, 43, was shot while sitting in the passenger seat of his vehicle outside an upscale shopping center in a Dallas-Fort Worth suburb on May 22, 2013. His wife was standing near the driver’s side door when her husband was killed. And the brazen ambush occurred in... Read more →


Feeling Stressed and Overwhelmed Call...

GTPD Is Here To Help If You're Feeling Stressed and Overwhelmed This Holiday Season Or During Quarantine The holiday season can be stressful and overwhelming, especially with the added pressure of COVID and quarantining, but you are NOT alone. Help for our Gloucester Township, New Jersey residents is available right here in Camden County! The Gloucester Township Police Department proudly supports the New Jersey Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) model and training to be responsive for those in need. Oaks Integrated Care provides Early Intervention Support Services (EISS) that helps adults 18 years and older in Camden County who are experiencing emotional problems. Please feel free to contact GTPD at 856-228-4500 / police@gtpolice.com or Oaks Integrated Care if you need to talk, and visit the Oak's website for more information here: https://oaksintcare.org/ Address/Location Gloucester Township Police Department 1261 Chews Landing Rd Gloucester Township, NJ 08021 Contact Emergency: 9-1-1 Non-emergencies: 856-228-4500 Read more →


GOOD NEWS: Rowan Student Athletes, Staff Adopt Families for Thanksgiving

GLASSBORO, NJ – This Thanksgiving, the Rowan athletic teams and staff are giving back by providing donations as part of the University’s “Adopt A Family” program. Student-athletes from the football, men’s cross country and track & field, women’s cross country and track & field, field hockey, women’s soccer, men’s swimming & diving, women’s swimming & diving, baseball, women’s lacrosse and softball teams and the athletic staff purchased all of the food needed for Thanksgiving dinners along with gift cards for the turkeys. “Adopt a Family for Thanksgiving is a great way to pay if forward,” said Shelly Klink, administrative assistant in the Dean of Students and Office of Volunteerism, Community Engagement and Commuter Services. “The Rowan athletic teams and staff adopted 18 families. I couldn't have done this without them. I am truly grateful for their support.” Klink organizes the annual donations, which dates back to 2009. The Office of... Read more →


Tips for Getting the Best Night’s Sleep Possible

(November 26, 2020)--Getting an adequate amount of sleep is integral to one’s overall functioning. The body is able to repair itself during this time. Evidently, sleep affects various aspects of your day-to-day life. Therefore, getting enough sleep should be one of your top priorities Everyone has different experiences with sleep. Some people suffer from conditions that make it very difficult to go to sleep. Some people have issues staying asleep. Sleep deprivation can have devastating affects on your daily routine. Therefore, managing these symptoms is extremely important. In this article we are going to review some tips on getting a great night’s sleep. Put Away all Technology Technology has become ingrained in all aspects of our lives. It seems as though we spend the majority of our day staring into our screens. Some statistics report that we spend an average of 3-4 hours a day on our phones. Therefore, it... Read more →


Live Entertainment Returns to Sound Waves at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City

“A Motown Christmas” Tickets Go On Sale Friday, Nov. 27 at 10 a.m. Atlantic City, N.J. (Nov. 24, 2020) – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City announced today that they will safely bring back live music this holiday season with Motor City Live’s “A Motown Christmas” featuring holiday classics. This holiday series will be hosted at Sound Waves and will run select dates from Friday, Dec. 11 through Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. Tickets cost $29 and go on sale Friday, Nov. 27, and will be sold as individual tables of two and four seats to ensure social distancing. The series of shows will be held under strict “Safe + Sound” guidelines with attendees seated at appropriately distanced individual tables. Additional safety precautions will include temperature checks, one-way directed traffic patterns, decreased venue capacity, mandated facial coverings, and more. Motor City Live’s “A Motown Christmas” will feature renditions of holiday... Read more →


Ej Dalius throws light on the cost-effective small business marketing ideas during the pandemic

...for a garment brand (November 26, 2020)--The majority of business owners didn't see the COVID-19 coming! Also, the established organizations with more capital and human resources didn't have a crisis management system ready to fight this pandemic. When it comes to small business companies, you can imagine the challenge they underwent and are still suffering from trying to resume operations. One of the sectors adversely affected by the pandemic is the small business garment brands. People have slowed their purchase of garments and attires because they are afraid of the contamination rates. Here the small business companies dealing in garments need to come up with smart, cost-effective marketing ideas. Eric J Dalius on using Instagram The garment brands aren't in a stage to promote new products. Hence, it's smart to focus on the existing product range through social media posts. Eric J Dalius suggests that small business garment brands should... Read more →


Weekly Wastebasket: Setting the Subsidy Table

Setting the Subsidy Table November 25, 2020 Being Thanksgiving week, we’re taking this opportunity to reflect on how Washington’s agriculture policy impacts your plate. For while the pandemic is leading many taxpayers to wrestle with how to safely celebrate the holiday, if at all, select agricultural special interests are gorging at taxpayers’ expense. If this feast of federal payments were a temporary response to the pandemic, it would have few ill effects. But the actions of industry and President Trump’s Department of Agriculture(USDA) make it clear they are looking to set their subsidy table for years to come. Main Course – The centerpiece of Washington’s crop subsidy cornucopia is the incredibly generous federal crop insurance program. Covering everything from corn to clams, crop insurance is projected to cost taxpayers $8 billion a year, though the price is often much more -- $12.3 billion as recently as last year. Costs pile... Read more →


CNB Hunting News NJ: 2020-21 Hunting and Trapping Digest

The 2020-21 NJ Hunting and Trapping Digest is available on the Division's website in PDF format and on the publisher's website. Publisher's Online 2020-21 Hunting and Trapping Digest Print versions are available at license agents. Out-of-state residents ONLY can request a print copy by e-mailing njfishandwildlife@dep.nj.gov. Digest segments and past issues are available on the NJ Hunting and Trapping Digest PDF Segments page. Complete 2020-21 NJ Hunting and Trapping Digest (pdf, 10.0mb) NOTE: An error was identified in the print version of the Digest: The correct closing dates for the following zones in the Permit Bow Season are as follows: November 21, 2020: Zones 21, 23, 24, 34, 43, 45, 46 November 29, 2020: Zones 1, 3, 4, 18, 22, 26, 30, 55, 63, 65 This error has been corrected in the PDF version of the Digest available on this website. DIGEST SEGMENTS in PDF Format Past Issues of the... Read more →


The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your Holiday Timeline

(November 26, 2020)--With just a few short weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the fun, festive holiday season never seems long enough to fit in everything you want to see and do. From getting together with friends and loved ones to shopping and decorating, there's a lot to squeeze in and little time to do it. Looking to make the most of your holiday season? Here is the ultimate guide to planning the perfect Christmas season timeline. Book Holiday Travel Plans in Early December If you're traveling for the holidays, mark your calendars for the first week of December. That's when you should start watching flights if you want to get the best deal. Travel experts recommend booking any domestic flights two to three weeks before you plan to travel in order to get the best deal. Of course, if you need to fly at a certain time, consider booking further... Read more →


Trump Administration COVID-19 Vaccine Being Offered to Public at No Cost

Important information from Congressman Donald Norcross... I am pleased to inform you that through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), eligible Medicare recipients will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost as soon as it becomes available. The CMS is guaranteeing that all FDA approved COVID-19 vaccines will be covered under Medicare as a preventative medicine. Additionally, CMS will be expanding additional Medicare hospital payments to support Medicare patients' access to critical COVID-19 treatment therapies. More information on the CMS guidelines can be found here. For COVID-19 vaccine resources, click here. For COVID-19 billing information, click here. More information on coverage As a condition of receiving free COVID-19 vaccines from the federal government, providers will be prohibited from charging consumers for administration of the vaccine. To ensure broad and consistent coverage across programs and payers, the toolkits have specific information for several programs, including: Medicare:... Read more →


Arnetha E. Jackson of Pennsauken, formerly of Camden

Pennsauken - Formerly of Camden. Passed away on November 17, 2020. Age 101. Born in Sterling, VA, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Lee, Sr. and Alma (Smith) Nokes. Arnetha is survived by many nieces and nephews. Arnetha retired after working many years at the Philadelphia Ship Yard in Philadelphia. She later worked as a crossing guard in Camden. Graveside services will be celebrated on Saturday, November 28th at 12 noon in Tippett’s Hill Cemetery in Sterling, VA. There will be no viewing. Mask is required and there will be Covid protocols in place. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.mccannhealey.com under the obituary of Arnetha Jackson. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: Gloucester City Ph: 856-456-1142 Read more →


FBI ALERT: HO, HO, HO Holiday Scams

November 25, 2020 If you’re doing online shopping this holiday season, be on the lookout for scammers trying to steal a deal, too! With more people shopping online this year, shoppers may encounter more online shopping scams. “Scammers don't take holidays off from swindling unsuspecting shoppers,” said Steven M. D’Antuono, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office. “There are a variety of ways that fraudsters try to scam you during the holiday season, including through online shopping scams. As more people shop online this year, the FBI is asking the public to know the telltale signs of these scams and protect yourself and your financial information. The simplest tips can save you a lot of money: verify the legitimacy of websites before providing financial or personal information; if the deal from an unknown seller looks too good to be true it just may be a scam so... Read more →


HAPPY THANKSGIVING from CNBNews

(Gloucestercitynews.net)—Watching the sunset last week we were awestruck with the many colors that kept changing in the sky as the sun slipped behind the horizon. With all the turmoil in the world sometimes you just have to stop and appreciate what is happening around you. Looking at this scene you can see that God is still with us. Now take a deep breath, and think about all the good things you have to be thankful for in your life. HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Bill and Connie Cleary Sr. Peyton too, Woof ! Read more →


This Thanksgiving, Beware The FOG!

New Jersey American Water provides tips for proper disposal of cooking grease to protect home plumbing and sewers from backups CAMDEN CITY, N.J. – NOV. 23, 2020 – As Thanksgiving approaches, New Jersey American Water is warning customers: do not let the FOG ruin your holiday! Fats, oils and grease (FOG) are a natural result of the cooking that will occur across New Jersey in the coming days. But failure to properly dispose of FOG could create a holiday to remember for all the wrong reasons. When washed down the drain, FOG can adhere to the insides of the pipes. Over time, this build up can cause clogs that lead to sewer overflows. In the worst cases, sewer backups may occur for homeowners, creating lasting memories of the holidays that you would probably prefer to forget. Neither dishwashing detergents nor garbage disposals can properly stop the FOG! “It’s not something... Read more →


Pennsylvania Governor Bans Thanksgiving Eve Alcohol Sales in Bars/Restaurants

By Christen Smith | The Center Square (The Center Square) – Pennsylvania officials banned alcohol sales at bars and restaurants on Thanksgiving Eve, traditionally one of the industry’s biggest nights of the year, as COVID-19 cases surge. The Department of Health said Monday nearly 12,000 new cases emerged over the last 48 hours as hospitalizations for the virus exceed 3,300. Another 69 people died, bringing the statewide total to 9,870 since the first recorded case in early March. And forbidding bars and restaurants from selling drinks between 5 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday will prevent more deaths, Gov. Tom Wolf said during a Monday news conference. He also advised residents to celebrate Thanksgiving with other household members only. The state-run Fine Wine and Good Spirits stores will remain open on Wednesday, Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board spokesperson Shawn Kelly said. “A number is not just a number," Wolf said. “It’s... Read more →


Traveling This Thanksgiving? See States with Restrictions

Samuel Wonacott / Ballotpedia via The Center Square Message board flashes mandatory face covering rule to motorists heading northbound on Interstate 25 near Woodmen Road exit Friday, July 24, 2020, in Colorado Springs, Colo. AP Photo/David Zalubowski Heading into Thanksgiving, 12 states plus the District of Columbia have active restrictions on travel intended to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Since the pandemic began, 26 states have issued restrictions on travel, and 14 have been rescinded. The states (plus D.C.) with active travel restrictions as of Nov. 23 are: Alaska Connecticut District of Columbia Hawaii Kansas Maine Massachusetts New Jersey New Mexico New York Pennsylvania Rhode Island Vermont All twelve states plus the District of Columbia require out-of-state travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Some states, including Alaska, Massachusetts, and New York, allow travelers to avoid or reduce the length of the quarantine period if they can produce a... Read more →


The Roaring Twenties at Alcatraz East Crime Museum

Alcatraz East Crime Museum, located in Pigeon Forge, will focus on the anniversary of the end of Prohibition PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (November 24, 2020) – December 5th marks an anniversary that millions of adults in the United States appreciate. It is the anniversary of the end of Prohibition, which took place on December 5th, 1933. This year, Alcatraz East Crime Museum will host its inaugural event that will include prizes and a discounted admission for those wearing Roaring '20s attire. The event will take place on the anniversary date from 5 pm - closing. "The prohibition period is something that many people are interested in," says Candice Cook, director of operations at Alcatraz East Crime Museum. "We look forward to giving people an opportunity to learn about the Prohibition and have some fun while doing so." The Prohibition was when alcohol production and consumption were banned, creating the 18th Amendment... Read more →


Trenton Resident Charged with Human Trafficking, Prostituting 16-Year-Old

TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and New Jersey State Police Superintendent Colonel Patrick J. Callahan today announced that a man was arrested on human trafficking charges for allegedly prostituting a 16-year-old girl at a hotel in Trenton, N.J. Ronald D. Harris, 40, of Trenton, N.J., was arrested at his residence on Thursday, Nov. 19, by the New Jersey State Police and charged with the following offenses: Human Trafficking (1st degree), Facilitating Human Trafficking (2nd degree), Promoting Prostitution of a Minor (1st degree), Promoting Organized Street Crime (1st degree), Harris was charged in an investigation by the New Jersey State Police. He is being prosecuted by the Division of Criminal Justice Human Trafficking Unit. The human trafficking investigation stemmed from an earlier investigation by the New Jersey State Police, Trenton Police Department, Ewing Police Department, and Hamilton Police Department, which led to Harris’ arrest on weapons charges in July.... Read more →


Small Business Spotlight: Triton Security & Investigation

RELATED: CNB BUSINESS NEWS | by Staff CAMDEN CITY, NJ--The core of Camden’s growth is rooted in its small businesses that know the community they serve and the investments they make in the neighborhoods where they work and live. Triton Security & Investigation (TSI) is a minority-owned company based in Camden since it began in 2014. It is a licensed, bonded and insured agency that employs armed, unarmed and K9 security officers. They provide physical security for large-scale construction sites, as well as bodyguard and dignitary protection services. They also use the number one invoice templates for billing. TSI's proprietors are Daniel L. Baldwin and Kyle Jackson. Both have decades of professional experience in law enforcement, security, and executive protection. Their employees provide a wide array of security services for events, commercial and private sector sites, including critical infrastructure facilities. In the past few years, TSI delivered their security services... Read more →


GUEST OPINION: Biden's Friends & Allies Threaten Religious Liberty

by Bill Donohue | The Catholic League Left-wing advocacy organizations are wasting no time pressing Joe Biden to do away with the religious liberty protections afforded by the Trump administration. As we have previously detailed, no president has done more to secure religious liberty than Donald Trump. The three most prominent organizations asking Biden to undo Trump’s progress are the American Civil Liberties Union, the Human Rights Campaign, and the Center for American Progress. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is obsessed with sex: it wants to make sure that homosexuals, the sexually confused (transgender people), and women seeking an abortion never have rights that are subordinate to religious rights. It does not matter to the civil libertarians that the former are nowhere mentioned in the Constitution and the latter are enshrined in the First Amendment. The ACLU is worried that “a new wave of bills seeking to create religious... Read more →


GUEST OPINION: DEP Expands Artificial Reefs Without Looking at Science

The DEP has expanded its offshore artificial reef program by adding concrete forms into the ocean off Manasquan. The concrete is from a shipping terminal and was no longer needed. The DEP has said that these materials provide a habitat for a variety of marine life and are colonized by organisms like algae, barnacles, mussels, sea stars, crabs, sponges, and corals. In reality, the DEP is not looking at science before making potentially harmful decisions. Gloucestercitynews.net files “DEP’s expansion of their artificial reef program may have benefits in increasing fisheries. However, we’re concerned that it may not be a net sum gain because even though they attract fish, they also attract fishermen. This could cause overfishing and the depletion of our oceans. Fifteen years ago, DEP was supposed to complete a study to see how these reefs actually work but that study has never been done,” said Jeff Tittel, Director... Read more →


Santa Claus is coming to Voorhees Township!

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2020 FROM 6:00PM– 9:00PM Ashland Terrace (between Echelon & Somerdale Rd), Avian, Brian’s Run, Cherry Brook Farms, Christopher Tract, Green Ridge, Hearthstone, Kirkwood, Kress Acres, Main Street Colony, Old Ashland, Osage, Partridge Run, Rainwood, Willow Oaks SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2020 FROM 3:00PM – 9:00PM Alluvium Woods, Beagle Club, Burnt Mill, Buttonwood, Carriagebrook Farms, Echelon, Echelon Condominiums, Foster Square/Town Center, Foster Square, Franklin Square, Kirkwood, La Bonne Vie, Main Street Estates, Main Street Condominiums, Mews Condominiums, Sheppard Rd., Three Ponds, Rygate, Wilderness Lakes FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2020 FROM 6:00PM – 9:00PM Ashland Terrace/Turbridge,, Fairway Estates, Hann Ave., Highpoint, Huntington Ridge, Lake Villa, Reserves, Staffords Wold, Staffordshire Farms, Staffordshire Estates, Sturbridge Lakes, Sturbridge Estates, Sturbridge Woods, Sunnyfield, Telle Verde, Terrace Blvd., Whispering Pine, Woodbrook, Woodcrest Acres, Woodcrest Commons SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2020 FROM 3:00PM – 9:00PM Acorn Hill, Alluvium, Alluvium Lakes Condo, Alluvium Woods, Braddock’s Woods, Centennial Mill, Devonshire,... Read more →


Say It Isn't So! Philly Revenue Dept. Workers Charged with Accepting Bribes

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that three City of Philadelphia employees who worked in the Revenue Department were charged with soliciting and accepting bribes in connection with their Gloucestercitynews.net files employment. All three were charged with one count of federal program bribery. Jarredd McQueen, 50, of Philadelphia, PA, was charged by Information. He was employed as a Customer Collection Representative for the City of Philadelphia’s Revenue Department when he allegedly accepted $9,000 of bribes in connection with his work. McQueen’s alleged criminal conduct began in May of 2018 and ended in November of 2018. He resigned from his employment on July 17, 2020. Demarys Natal, 56, of Philadelphia, PA, was also charged by Information. She was employed as a Customer Collection Representative for the City of Philadelphia’s Revenue Department when she allegedly accepted $26,600 of bribes in connection with her work. Natal’s alleged criminal conduct began... Read more →


CONSUMER NEWS: Snow and Ice Tips to Protect Our Yards This Winter

November 23, 2020 Alexandria, Va. – With the pandemic keeping people sheltering at home, more people are extending their outdoor time in the winter by adding fire pits, outdoor heaters and other features. Even in the wintertime, it’s important to take care of your yard. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, an international trade association representing power equipment, small engine, portable generator, utility vehicle, golf car and personal transport vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, offers tips to keep your yard in top shape for winter use. Stop trimming your lawn once it freezes. Trim your grass to the height recommended for your lawn variety before it freezes. Cutting your grass too short can leave it dry and exposes it to the elements, not to mention insects and disease. Add a thin layer of mulch to your lawn before it’s too cold. A thin layer of mulch can protect your grass roots from... Read more →


The New Face of Justice in New Jersey

Published November 23, 2020 Photography by Nick Romanenko While an undergraduate majoring in political science at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, Fabiana Pierre-Louis came to realize belatedly that she wanted to be a lawyer. She then attended Rutgers Law School in Camden, graduating magna cum laude. Yet, Pierre-Louis RC’02, CLAW’06 never expected that her ambition and talent would land her on the New Jersey Supreme Court as only the third African American and the first African American woman. “Justice cannot be blind if those who sit on our highest and most powerful bench are surrounded by colleagues who encompass the full range of the American experience, whether it be racially or generationally or both,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy during his announcement of her nomination at a press conference in June. “We are making a powerful statement of where and how these values guide us.” Pierre-Louis, the daughter of Haitian immigrants... Read more →


Pet for Adoption: Louisa, German Shepherd

Louisa German Shepherd Dog Large Adult Female Available for Adoption Matawan, NJ 15 miles away Organization Contact Info: Husky House 391 Rt 34 Matawan, NJ 07747 Huskyhouseinc@gmail.com http://huskyhouse.org Meet Louisa. Louisa is looking for her loving forever home. An owner surrender, she is an even tempered girl. She gets along well with other dogs her size. She is friendly, affectionate and enjoys going for walks. She can be a little strong on the leash at first, but soon settles to enjoy a nice stroll. Louisa gets along well with male dogs, but can be particular with females. Please no homes with young/small children, small animals, small dogs or cats. Previous dog experience a must to be considered for adoption. Interested in adopting Louisa? Please visit www.huskyhouse.org today to fill out an application. More about Louisa Up-to-date with vaccinations Not good with cats Good with dogs Available date: 3/17/2017 Birth date:... Read more →


Guest Opinion: Biden should give thanks to First Peoples for giving him the WH

By Greg Palast 22 November 2020 For those of you who wanted to see Donald Trump skedaddled from the White House, this is the week you should be celebrating Thanksgiving Gloucestercitynews.net files giving thanks to Indigenous peoples for giving Biden the White House. The Native People's vote provided the margin for Biden in Wisconsin, Nevada, and Arizona. In Arizona, for example, the Tohono O'odham nation voted 98% Democratic! If it were up to White folk, Trump would've walked away with Arizona, but Indigenous precincts in Navajo Nation lands reported a 60% to 90% vote for Biden-Harris. The Indigenous vote has been crucial before. In 2004, Native Nations gave John Kerry the votes he needed to win New Mexico and the presidency, but Kerry was never inaugurated…Because those native votes were never counted. That's right. Never counted. Not counted. That's right. The nasty little secret of America's elections is that we... Read more →


The Best Strategies for All Casino Games

Image source: kaxmedia.com The common reception of all casino games and gambling as a whole can be described as follows: this is a perfect recipe to lose your money. While in most cases, people do lose cash when playing, this is not a general rule. It is true that casinos have a serious advantage over players. However, it is still possible to win. Just think about it – would millions of gamblers play games if there were no chances to get cash? The chance is always on the horizon and this is exactly the reason why people find gambling interesting. Another myth about casino games is that they are all about luck: you can win occasionally, but there are no algorithms that increase your chances. This is not true either. While luck is definitely an integral part of a successful game, there are things that improve players’ chances of winning.... Read more →


Governor Murphy and Family Harassed at Restaurant (video)

For Not Social Distancing, Not Staying at Home, For Not Wearing Masks Two unidentified women verbally attack NJ Governor Murphy why he and his family were out at a restaurant having diner. 'You're having fun with your family, in the meantime you're having all kind of other bulls**t going on! reports The Blaze In the clip the women appear to recognize Murphy as he sits at a table in the middle of a meal. It isn't clear when or where the video was recorded, but it was posted to Twitter Sunday night. "Oh my God, Murphy, you are such a d**k!" one woman says as the governor turns his head back to his forkful of food. CONTINUE Warning video contains harsh language source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WyMTRHZg6Q Read more →


Jefferson Health - New Jersey Nurses Receive 2020 3rd Quarter DAISY Awards for Extraordinary Care

Two Jefferson Health - New Jersey nurses — Jeong Kim, MBA, BSN, RN, PCCN, of Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital Tower 2, and Melissa Slotterback, BSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, of the Jefferson Washington Township Hospital Emergency Department — have received third-quarter 2020 DAISY Awards for extraordinary care. Part of an international program, DAISY honorees are nominated by patients, family members, and colleagues for demonstrating excellence through clinical expertise, extraordinary compassionate care, and a high level of professionalism. Jeong Kim, of Maple Shade, NJ, was nominated for her extraordinary care of a patient who said they have “never met anyone so comforting and compassionate … Jeong is just fantastic!” Not only did Jeong go out of her way to ensure the patient would be comfortable and able to sleep, she also gave them a small gift of a good luck gift (a four-leaf clover pressed between two sheets of plastic), with a... Read more →


Registration Now Open for Jefferson Health – New Jersey’s Annual Cancer Center ‘Tree of Lights’ Event to be held Virtually on December 2nd

The 11th annual Tree of Lights event – which gives area residents the opportunity to honor, remember, and celebrate the lives of loved ones who have battled cancer – will be held virtually this year at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township on December 2nd. Registration for the free event is now open. The 11th annual Tree of Lights event, which begins at 5 p.m. — will include a tree lighting ceremony, where honorees’ names are recited aloud. Community members are also invited to honor their loved one by sharing a photo and short message about them. To register, visit NewJersey.JeffersonHealth.org/TOL. For more information about the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township, visit NewJersey.JeffersonHealth.org/cancer. During the COVID-19 crisis, the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township continues to provide safe and nationally recognized care, close to home in South Jersey. As an innovative leader, the advanced care... Read more →


MVC Employees Continual COVID Illnesses Keep Licensing Centers Closed

West Deptford MVC Center Closed, Wayne MVC Center Closure Extended TRENTON – The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission has announced that the West Deptford Regional/Licensing Center has been closed, due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19, and the current closure of the Wayne Licensing Center has been extended. The West Deptford Regional/Licensing Center will reopen Thursday, Dec. 3. The employee who tested positive was last in the West Deptford Center on Wednesday, Nov. 18. The closure of the Wayne Licensing Center has been extended to Friday, Dec. 4, as an additional Wayne employee tested positive for COVID-19, requiring a revised timetable for necessary staff quarantines. Road test operations and inspection stations remain open at West Deptford and Wayne, as those facilities are separate from both MVC Centers. In addition to West Deptford and Wayne, six other MVC Centers remain closed due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19 at... Read more →


How to support local businesses during this difficult time

(November 24, 2020)--This year has been an exceptionally hard one all around. Large numbers of businesses have been forced to close for an extended period of time due to lockdowns and other restrictions across the globe. Local businesses, in particular, have suffered as they don't have the same infrastructure as global companies. While governments are trying to help out, you can help too. Buy now, use later For many stores and local businesses, opening soon is not an option. With many places still facing strict lockdowns, it's not even possible for you to buy anything from them, depending on the type of business they run. However, there are options for them and you. For instance, you can purchase credit or gift cards for use at a later date once they can reopen. This can work for a range of different businesses, from flower shops, spas, and hair salons to more... Read more →


Election Day in NJ: Where you live made a difference

COLLEEN O'DEA, SENIOR WRITER | NOVEMBER 20, 2020 | NJ DECIDES 2020 In-person voting was easy for some people, not for others. In many counties, about half the usual polling sites were open. One county opened only a quarter Editor’s Note: This coverage is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. The article is available for reprint under the terms of Votebeat’s republishing policy. New Jerseyans who voted in person on Election Day had many fewer choices of where to vote than in the past, with one county opening only a quarter of the typical number of locations despite Gov. Phil Murphy’s request that counties provide at least half their normal polling places. Thousands of New Jerseyans had to travel long distances to vote on Nov. 3, according to an analysis by NJ Spotlight News. Washington Township in Gloucester County consolidated 13... Read more →


The Maritime Industry Depends on Real-Time Data Matters

‍Over 90% of world trade is in the hands of the international maritime shipping industry. Every year, it moves more than USD 4 trillion of goods. For shipping companies, there’s a lot of pressure to remain on schedule, protect the cargo ship and crew, and ensure profitability. And we can’t say it’s easy. This interactive map of the world’s main shipping routes provides a glimpse of the industry’s complexity. 90,000 vessels cross paths as they transport goods from one continent to another! Created by London-based data visualisation studio Kiln and the UCL Energy Institute It’s clear from this map that the maritime industry involves an intricate system of transportation. To complicate things, ports and vessels are also subject to the forces of nature, which are becoming harder and harder to predict. Thus, shipping companies must be able to adapt to changing situations and act fast. We believe that with real-time... Read more →


15 Members, Associates of Philadelphia Mob Busted

Indicted on Federal Racketeering and Related Charges PHILADELPHIA (Nov. 23, 2020)– United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that a Superseding Indictment was unsealed today against 15 defendants, including alleged members and associates of the South Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey-based criminal organization La Cosa Nostra (LCN), known as the “mafia” or the “mob.” The Superseding Indictment charges various crimes including racketeering conspiracy, illegal gambling, loansharking, extortion, and drug trafficking. The defendants charged in the seven-count Superseding Indictment are: Steven Mazzone, aka “Stevie,” age 56 Domenic Grande, aka “Dom,” aka “Mr. Hopkins,” aka “Mr. Brown,” aka “Dom14,” age 41 Joseph Servidio, aka “Joey Electric,” age 60 Salvatore Mazzone, aka “Sonny,” age 55 Joseph Malone, age 70 Louis Barretta, aka “Louie Sheep,” age 56 Victor DeLuca, aka “Big Vic,” age 56 Kenneth Arabia, aka “Kenny,” age 67 Daniel Castelli, aka “Danny,” aka “Cozzy,” aka “Butch,” aka “Harry,” age 67 Carl Chianese,... Read more →


What can Bingo Sites do to Attract More Players From Gloucester?

(November 24, 2020)--Online bingo sites are doing their utmost to attract as wide a range of players as possible by offering a totally new experience online. The game has tried to shed its past image, when it used to be associated mainly with the elderly. Now, internet bingo sites are bringing in much wider demographics because of the diversity of games on offer. The main ways that bingo operators have done this have been through offering themed bingo rooms and alternative instant win games. Fishing Themes Bingo operators online are not limited to locality and, therefore, can try to appeal to players from different places all over the world. In order to do this, they have to provide a vast range of games that are going to appeal to different people. The easiest way for them to do this is with their themed instant win games, such as scratch cards.... Read more →


Go Deep Fishing Like A Pro With The Help Of These 5 Tips

By: Mark Spencer About the Author: Mark is the owner and director of True Blue Fishing company and a passionate deep sea fisher. He has a wealth of experience about the wonders of fishing. He aims to share his years of expertise to enhance the experience of those seeking fun and knowledge in this type of adventure. While fishing for species like snapper, grouper, or marlin can be an exhilarating experience, deep-sea fishing can sometimes be a tricky business. Knowing where certain species tend to hang out and what types of bait each prefers can help you improve your odds tremendously. In order to maximize your chances, here are five tips to help you go deep-sea fishing like a pro: 1) Picking the Right Bait and Lures Except under some very specific circumstances, live bait is typically the best choice. Live bait doesn’t just mimic the fish’s prey, it is... Read more →


Ocean State Job Lot Opens Deptford Store

Ocean State Job Lot (OSJL) associates at the new store located at 409 Almonesson Road in Deptford, New Jersey celebrate the grand-opening of the company’s 144th store. Discount Retailer Opens 5th New Jersey Store in Vacant Toys “R” Us Location North Kingstown, RI - (November 23, 2020) – Ocean State Job Lot (OSJL), a leading discount closeout retailer headquartered in Rhode Island with stores throughout New England, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, opened its 144th store, its fifth in New Jersey and first in Southern New Jersey at 409 Almonesson Road, Deptford on Saturday, November 21. This 44,165 sq. ft. location, a former Toys “R” Us, restores vibrancy to the formerly-vacant retail space across from the Deptford Mall that is currently being redeveloped. Nearly 50 full and part-time associates have been hired for the store. “We’re excited to open our doors to the Deptford community,” said Vincent Ricci, Store... Read more →


President Trump Campaign, Allies Still Seeking Avenue to Overturn Results

By Delphine Luneau | The Center Square (The Center Square) – On the heels of its federal lawsuit being dismissed, the Trump campaign has filed an appeal to try once again to overturn the results of the presidential election in Pennsylvania. The case was thrown out Saturday by U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann, but the campaign turned to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals to try to resurrect their case, asking for a chance to amend their lawsuit. Brann allowed the campaign to alter the lawsuit once, and that resulted in a number of election fraud allegations being removed. After this drew the ire of President Donald Trump, his attorneys tried to have the allegations added back in, but Brann declined to allow it. In dismissing the lawsuit, Brann stated that it sought to combine incompatible legal theories, failed to prove that the parties being sued were to blame for... Read more →


Why metal roofing is the right choice for your property?

(November 24, 2020)--It is necessary to choose the right roof for your home or office property. However, choosing a structure that best fits your property is not an easy task; this is where a renowned name like Benchmark Metal Roofing comes into the picture. There are certain factors that you need to consider before you buy a metal roof for your property. What should you know about metal roofs? What makes a metal roof the right choice? Things to know before you invest in a metal roof Before you buy a metal roof, you should know your dislikes and likes and precise roof specifications. Learn minute details about your home attributes too. It will help you choose an appropriate roof material to choose a metal roof that will look appealing to you. Define your budget When choosing a roof for your property, you must become realistic in terms of budget.... Read more →


Because of Rising China Virus Numbers New Jersey Pushes Back Election Certification

By Kim Jarrett | The Center Square (The Center Square) – Gov. Phil Murphy is extending election certification deadlines to account for coronavirus outbreaks, but he remains hopeful that a vaccine will arrive in New Jersey by late December. New Jersey is seeing a surge of COVID-19 cases. Hospitalizations are at a record high for the past six months and health officials have reported more between 3,600 and 4,300 new cases each day for the past three days, according to statistics from the New Jersey Department of Health. As of Friday, 2,505 people are in the hospital with COVID-19 and 233 of them are on ventilators. Three hundred and thirty-three patients were admitted on Thursday. Murphy said at his Friday news conference the situation was different from the early days of the pandemic. “We have a testing program in place that is working overtime,” Murphy said. “We have the resources... Read more →


Hindu Community Want Legislators in NJ o Declare Public Holiday on Diwali

Hindus are seeking public holiday in New Jersey on Diwali, the most popular of their festivals; starting 2022. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that it was not fair with New Jersey Hindu community as they had to be at work on their most popular festival while there were public holidays on other religious days. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, suggested that New Jersey Government needed to revisit its public holiday policies as the New Jersey demographics had changed making it a multicultural society and Hindu populations were continuing to grow. He urged New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy to seriously examine this issue of fairness. New Jersey had 12 State Holidays in 2020; including Good Friday, Christmas Day, etc. Rajan Zed stated that it was important for Hindu families to celebrate Diwali day together at home/temple. Public holiday on Diwali would... Read more →


Financial Transparency Report Shows New Jersey Ranks Near the Bottom

By Dave Fidlin | The Center Square (The Center Square) – With critiques of timeliness and manner of reporting data, New Jersey ranked toward the bottom of an organization’s recent study of how states across the country report financial data. Gloucestercitynews.net files Chicago-based nonprofit Truth in Accounting recently took the wraps off its 2020 report of states’ financial transparency scores. In it, New Jersey tied for No. 42 with a score of 74 out of 100 possible points. Truth in Accounting, which touts itself as a watchdog group over government spending, took aim at several aspects of New Jersey’s most recent year-end audited financial statements — including the length of time it took to disseminate the information with the general public. “The state received a low score mostly because it didn’t release its audited financial report until 274 days after its fiscal year-end,” Sheila Weinberg, CEO and founder of Truth... Read more →


Hirsh Singh: 'Chris Christie is the National Embarrassment'

Hirsh Singh comes down strongly on Chris Christie’s attack on Trump TRENTON, NJ--Gubernatorial candidate Hirsh Singh, who has vowed to overhaul the election system in New Jersey and make it more transparent, has come down strongly on the attack by former Governor Chris Christie against President Trump over the weekend. Christie wanted Trump to end the lawsuits opposing election fraud and called his legal team a national embarrassment. “It is Chris Christie who is a national embarrassment,” said Singh. “The New Jersey swamp creatures who have been pretending to be pro-America have shown their true colors and have attacked President Trump when he needs our support the most as he takes on the perpetrators of electoral fraud. Christie is angling to run for President in 2024, and in his cynical calculations, it would be better if Trump is completely out of the way and a Democrat administration in power before... Read more →