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February 2021

Over 100 Sites in Philadelphia Opened for COVID-19 Vaccination

PHILADELPHIA PA (February 27, 2021)--There are more than 100 sites citywide that are approved to administer the COVID-19 vaccine, and that number continues to grow, but vaccine supply is still relatively low in Philadelphia. Because of the limited supply of vaccines, the City is taking a phased approach to distributing it, focusing on vaccinating those who are at the highest risk first. Because of this approach, the vast majority of the vaccine clinics in Philadelphia currently require appointments. As we plan to receive an increased vaccine supply in the coming weeks and months, we’re growing our network of vaccine distributors. This means that as vaccine supply increases, it will become easier and easier to schedule an appointment and get the vaccine at a location close to you. Here are a few of the ways we’ve recently expanded our vaccine distribution network. A FEMA mass vaccination site We partnered with FEMA... Read more →

David L. Venella, of Runnemede, age 91

David L. Venella, on February 24, 2021, of Runnemede. Age 91. Beloved husband of Mary Lou (nee McCarthy) for 66 years. Devoted father of David Venella (Jeanne), Mary Lee Moore (Bernard), Maureen Crocker (Gerald), Dennis Venella (Kathleen), Melissa Mitchell (Keith), Marci Venella, Melinda Venella, and Douglas Venella (Sue). Loving Pop to Allison, Casey, Gregory, Jason, Kaitlin, Courtney, Carlee, Daniel, Paige and Gavin and Great Pop to Harper, Adi, Penelope, and Maeve. There will be a Funeral Mass 12:30pm Saturday, March 6 at Holy Child Parish, St. Teresa RC Church, Runnemede. Interment St. Joseph's Cemetery, Chews Landing. A livestream of the Funeral Mass can be viewed by visiting at 12:30pm Saturday, March 6th. A clickable link to the livestream can be found on the right of the page, below the banner and welcome message. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in David's memory to the St. Teresa Regional... Read more →

Susan M. Jordan, of Bellmawr, age 56

Susan M. Jordan, on February 24, 2021, of Bellmawr. Age 56. Beloved mother of Victoria Caldas, Taylor Caldas and the late J.T. Jordan. Loving "Gigi" to Peyton George. Cherished daughter of Dorothy and James Jordan. Dear sister of James Jordan (Robin). Aunt of Shannon and Casey Jordan. Also survived by Obe Caldas, Debbie Polin and many cousins, aunts and uncles. Susan worked for USPS. In her free time, she loved camping and vacationing in Disney, the Bahamas and going on cruises. Susan loved the shore, her animals and most importantly, her family. There will be a celebration of her life held at a later date. Read more →

LOOKING FOR A LOVING HOME: Meet Blingy, Siberian Husky

Blingy Siberian Husky Adult, 9 years old Meet Blingy! Left after her family moved overseas and didn't want to take her, Blingy is looking for her loving, forever home. We were told that she was blind, but her foster mom thinks she can see lights and shadows. Due to her hearing loss, Blingy will howl a littler louder than normal. In spite of this, she can get around well on her own and loves playing in the backyard, especially in the snow. Blingy gets along well with other dogs and children. Although, due to her calm nature, she would love a quiet home where she can just be warm, cozy and get lots of sleep. Interested in adopting Blingy? Please visit today to fill out an application. Available for Adoption Matawan, NJ 671 miles away Organization Contact Info: Husky House 391 Rt 34 Matawan, NJ 07747 More... Read more →

YOUR MONEY: What Is Cryptocurrency?

(NAPSI)—Social and traditional media have been abuzz with articles and information about the rising phenomenon of digital currencies. But what does it all mean and should you buy in? What Is Cryptocurrency? Cryptocurrency, or simply crypto, is one type of digital currency. Cryptocurrencies are distinct from “fiat currencies” such as the dollar, euro or yen. Unlike fiat currencies, crypto isn’t represented or organized by physical paper units or coins. Rather, each unit is a unique alphanumeric string of computer code. Also, cryptocurrencies are not issued by a central bank. Instead, they are controlled by technology that determines how many units are produced and how transactions are recorded. While Bitcoin is one of the earliest and most recognized cryptocurrencies, more than 1,000 cryptocurrencies currently exist. For U.S. federal tax purposes, cryptocurrency is treated as property, which means selling or exchanging it can have tax consequences. Cryptocurrencies and Risk Buying, selling and... Read more →

OFFICER DOWN: Police Officer Nick Winum Shot and Killed During Traffic Stop

DOMINIC J. WINUM Stanley Police Department, Virginia End of Watch Friday, February 26, 2021 STANLEY, VIRGINIA--Police Officer Nick Winum, age 48, was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop near Judy Lane at approximately 3:30 pm. An occupant of the vehicle got out and opened fire on Officer Winum before he was able to get out of his patrol car. The subject fled the scene after the shooting and was located hiding in a barn a short distance away. The man was shot and killed as he attempted to reach for a weapon as deputies and other officers attempted to take him into custody. Officer Winum had served with the Stanley Police Department for five years and had previously served with the Virginia State Police for 10 years. RELATED: Via Officer Down Memorial Page CNB Crime Blue Line CNBNews Tips and Snippets CNBNews Point of View BREAKING NEWS published... Read more →

DEP’s New Stormwater Rules Start March 2

Requiring the Use of Cleaner, Less Costly Green Infrastructure (21/P06) TRENTON – On March 2, 2021, all New Jersey municipalities and the Department of Environmental Protection will begin implementing new green infrastructure rules to manage stormwater runoff generated by developments across the state, DEP Acting Commissioner Shawn LaTourette said today. “With decades of experience managing stormwater with both manufactured devices like expensive underground concrete vaults and less costly nature-based solutions like rain gardens, New Jersey has learned that engineering with nature provides better and more cost-effective outcomes for our water quality while beautifying our communities,” Acting Commissioner LaTourette said. “These new Stormwater Management Rules will help make New Jersey’s watersheds cleaner by improving water quality, while also increasing our communities’ resilience to the increased storms and chronic flooding that are worsening across New Jersey due to climate change Green Infrastructure Is Now the Predominate Method for Managing Stormwater Throughout New... Read more →

First livery for the American Legion-sponsored IndyCar revealed

The American Legion emblem is prominently featured on the newly revealed paint scheme, or livery, for the No. 48 car that will be driven by seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and former NTT IndyCar Series champion Tony Kanaan during the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series. In December, American Legion and Chip Ganassi Racing announced a multi-year sponsorship agreement for the No. 48 Honda in the 2021 and 2022 NTT IndyCar Series. The American Legion will be featured prominently on the No. 48 Honda during every race in both seasons. Johnson will drive the street and road courses this season, while Kanaan will handle the ovals. The American Legion will be the primary sponsor for multiple oval races during the season, including the Indianapolis 500 – known as "the greatest spectacle in racing" and won by Kanaan in 2013. Carvana is the primary sponsor for most of the street and... Read more →

Lions v Rams Thriller Ends in Overtime 65-62

photo credit Bruce Darrow, CNBNews photographer GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (February 27, 2021)(CNBNews)--This year's boys basketball game between Gloucester Catholic and Gloucester High was played at Gloucester Catholic's gym. The 10 AM game, the first morning start in the series, was played without fans because of the pandemic. Catholic won the contest in overtime by a score of 65-62. Rams Ryan Roney finished with a game high of 25, with eight of those points coming in overtime. This is the fourth year that the Rams have taken the series. Jason Morgan tied a career-high with five 3-pointers and 19 points to help Gloucester Catholic improve to 10-2 on the season. Gloucester fell to 8-4, according to .Aydan Hagan was just as hot for Gloucester. The sophomore guard, getting his first taste of the rivalry after transferring from Gateway, ended the second and third quarters with huge 3-pointers and finished with... Read more →

Mount Holly Woman Faces Multiple Illegal Drug Charges

Fatal overdose could lead to upgraded charges Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Lumberton Township Police Chief Nicholas Peditto announced that a Lumberton woman has been charged with possessing and planning to sell illegal narcotics. Linda Naulty, 53, of the first block of Cedar Street in Mount Holly, was charged with two counts of Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Third Degree), Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with Intent to Distribute (Third Degree), Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with Intent to Distribute Within 1,000 Feet of a School (Third Degree) and Failure to Surrender Narcotics (Disorderly Persons). Naulty was transported to Mays Landing and lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility. The investigation began on February 8 after Lumberton police officers and emergency medical technicians were dispatched to the 500 block of Main Street for a report of an unconscious adult male. Upon arrival, they discovered that the... Read more →

Burlington Township Resident Charged with Possession of Child Pornography

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Burlington Township Public Safety Director Bruce Painter announced that a 21-year-old Burlington Township man has been charged with possessing child sexual abuse material. James Hunt, of the first block of Threadleaf Terrace, was charged with three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (two Second Degree and one Third Degree). He was taken into custody at his home on February 24 and released following a hearing in Superior Court in Mount Holly. The case will now be prepared for presentation to a Burlington County Grand Jury for possible indictment. The investigation began last year after the BCPO High-Tech Crimes Unit received information regarding Hunt’s online activities from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The investigation revealed that Hunt was uploading videos containing child sexual abuse material. Multiple electronic devices were seized from his residence during the execution of a search warrant... Read more →

Environmental Bills Up for Vote in the New Jersey Assembly on Monday

image courtesy of Politico The following bills will be up for a vote on the Assembly floor on Monday, March 1, 2021: A4397 Aca (Pinkin) Allows installation of residential solar energy systems prior to obtaining construction permit or interconnection approval during COVID-19 emergency. “Our solar jobs were hit hard by the public health emergency, but these projects should be prioritized when it comes to dealing with the coronavirus impacts. For the first few months of the public health emergency, New Jersey wasn’t letting solar installations to continue. Meanwhile, projects like the NJ Turnpike widenings and other fossil fuel projects have been allowed to continue unhindered during the pandemic. The SRL pipeline was under construction while solar couldn’t be built,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “This legislation will help solar jobs continue during the pandemic to reduce pollution and climate impacts.” A850 AcaScaSa (Chiaravalloti): Establishes "Broadband... Read more →

Four-Legged First Responders Cheer Up Vaccination Center Staff

Therapy Dogs Provide Support to Vaccination Center Staff COVID-19 Response After nearly one year of its nonstop response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Camden County Health Department, Jefferson Health- New Jersey, Rutgers-Camden Nursing faculty and staff were visited by a team of four-legged first responders. Staff was given time on Wednesday to meet and interact with a squad of Crisis Response Canines, a group of emotional support dogs who offer strength and comfort to families, individuals, and first responders during times of intense traumatic emotions and in the aftermath of critical incidents. “These men and women have been on the job 24/7 for nearly 12 months, responding to constituents, locating testing services, preparing the vaccination rollout, and much more,” said County Commissioner Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Health Department. “We know that mental health is a critical part of overall health, and hopefully this short visit can alleviate some of... Read more →

CNB Business: Baldwin Equities announces Linkedin Learning for Tenants at William in Newark

NEWARK, NJ FEB 25 2021 – Baldwin Equities in partnership with Striker Leasing announces that 45 William will be the first residential building in the country to offer its tenants free access to LinkedIn Premium - which includes a membership to LinkedIn Learning. Through this program, tenants will have free access to the entire slate of over 16,000 expert-led LinkedIn Learning courses in addition to the many networking features LinkedIn Premium offers. The LinkedIn Premium membership will provide job and career exposure to William House tenants to help them thrive and increase their earning potential whether as employees or as independent entrepreneurs. It is part of a pilot program Avi Benamu, co-founder of Baldwin Equities, would like to offer with LinkedIn to give Newark residents the latest tools to improve their professional and personal skills. William House is located at 45 William Street in the heart of Newark's arts district... Read more →

Officer Down: Texas Corrections Officer IV Tawiwo Obele

TAWIWO OBELE Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division, Texas End of Watch Tuesday, February 16, 2021 Corrections Officer IV Tawiwo Obele, age 68 died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak among employees and inmates at the Beto Unit in Palestine, Texas. Officer Obele had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for two years. In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19. RELATED: Via Officer Down Memorial Page CNB Crime Blue Line CNBNews Tips and Snippets CNBNews Point of View BREAKING NEWS published | February 27, 2021 Read more →

Attention Camden County Residents, Online Vaccination Scheduling Available Now

The Camden County Board of Commissioners, in a joint public health effort with Cooper University Health Care and Jefferson Health – New Jersey, will begin vaccinating individuals at the Camden County Vaccination Center located at Camden County College – Blackwood Campus. On-line scheduling is available now. PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT ONLINE. REVIEW ALL INFORMATION BELOW BEFORE YOU SCHEDULE. The New Jersey Department of Health, following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, has established a phased priority group process for administering the vaccine. The State of New Jersey has expanded eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to several million more people in the state. The eligibility has been expanded to include Phase 1a and certain individuals in Phase 1b plus all the following: Persons aged 65 and older Persons aged 16 to 64 years old, who have at least one of the following chronic medical conditions that... Read more →

Apply Now for the 2021 Camden County Hero Scholarship Program

Three $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors who have a parent actively serving Camden County, or they themselves serve Camden County in a public safety capacity. One award will be presented in each field of service: Law Enforcement, Fire, and EMS. A $1,500 scholarship in memory of Chief Gary R. Cline, Ret., Merchantville Police Department, will be offered to a graduating high school senior pursuing a career in law enforcement. A $1,500 scholarship in memory of Chief Gene Dannenfelser, Ret., Camden County Fire Marshal’s Office, will be offered to a graduating high school senior pursuing a career in fire service. A $1,000 scholarship in memory of Cpl. Christopher Milito, Delaware River Port Authority Police Department, will be awarded to a graduating high school senior who has a parent serving in law enforcement at the time of application. This scholarship award is sponsored by DRPA Penn-Jersey Lodge... Read more →

5 Undeniable Guidelines for Choosing a Contractor

Whether it is constructing a new house or carrying out a repair, it is always important to hire a professional contractor rather than do it yourself. But choosing the right contractor may not be easy for most of us. An incompetent contractor can cause delays, substandard work, or even legal issues. Follow these guidelines to choose the contractor for your project. The Contractor Must Be Licensed Before choosing a contractor for your project, make sure the person is licensed to work in your area. A valid license demonstrates a contractor's credibility and knowledge of a particular project. It also proves that contractors have taken an exam and qualified in building and related processes. Before starting, make sure you get the contractor's license number. It may help to reduce the risks of getting ripped off. You could be liable if people get hurt on your project when working with a contractor... Read more →

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City Donates Meals to Healthcare Workers

Atlantic City, N.J. (Feb. 26, 2021) – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City employees dropped off heart-healthy meals to healthcare workers of AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center – Mainland Campus on Thursday, Feb. 25. In total 125 meals were curated by the Hard Rock Atlantic City culinary team and delivered to the day and night shift employees of the Heart and Vascular Institute. Read more →

Norcross Favors Equality Act to End Discrimination Against All LGBTQ Americans

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) voted to pass H.R. 5, the Equality Act, to ensure that all LGBTQ Americans are granted the full protections guaranteed by federal civil rights law. The Equality Act extends anti-discrimination protections not just in the workplace, but in every place – in employment, education, access to credit, jury service, federal funding, housing and public accommodations. “For decades, tireless leaders, activists and committed citizens have marched and mobilized to advance progress and secure the promise of equality and justice for the LGBTQ community in New Jersey and across the country” said Congressman Norcross. “To build on the progress we have made, I’m honored to join my colleagues to pass the Equality Act to finally, fully end discrimination against LGBTQ Americans once and for all. This landmark legislation reaffirms that freedom from discrimination is a fundamental civil right that belongs to every American and... Read more →

NJ Hazard Mitigation Plan, Camden County Citizen Survey

Broadway and Market Street, Gloucester City, NJ (year 2009) photo by Caleigh Pittman (see article) Dear Camden County Residents, Natural hazards have the potential to cause property loss, loss of life, economic hardship, and threats to public health and safety. While an important aspect of emergency management deals with disaster recovery (i.e., those actions that a community must take to repair damages and make itself whole in the wake of a natural disaster), an equally important aspect of emergency management involves hazard mitigation. Hazard mitigation actions are efforts taken before a disaster happens to lessen the impact that future disasters of that type will have on people and property in the community. They are things you do today to be more protected in the future. A hazard mitigation plan is a well-organized and well-documented evaluation of the hazards that a jurisdiction is susceptible to, and the extent to which these... Read more →

Rosemary Fox, 72, of Blackwood; formerly of Gloucester City, Employed at Jim's Pizzeria

On February 23, 2021, Rosemary Fox, 72, of Blackwood, NJ, passed away peacefully surrounded by her four daughters. Rosemary was a longtime resident of Gloucester City and worked for many years at Jim’s Pizzeria. Her warm and loving personality was a bright force in the lives of her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her son Joseph Cobb Jr.; her parents, Robert and Edna (Cochran) Whittick; brother, Bobby Whittick Jr. and her longtime love, Butch Moore. Rose is survived by her loving daughters; Mary Mortimer, Lisa Foltz, Michelle Robb (Kenneth) and Brittany Hinman (Charles) and her grandchildren who were the center of her life: Michael, Robert, Christopher, Alyssa, Deanna, Destiny, Olivia, Justin, Kayla, Jordan, Trinity, Adelynn, Preston, and Charleigh, as well as many great grandchildren that she loved dearly. Rose is also survived by her sister and best friend Teresa Dunkirk Clatterbaugh (John). She adored her nieces,... Read more →


A legislative group founded by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg heard input from advocates this week about living conditions in the prison system. Others called for an independent investigator to research inmate safety, especially at the state's only women prison, Edna Mahan. (NJ Spotlight) “I can attest that torture in New Jersey prisons and jails has escalated, sexual and racial discrimination reign, that cruelty happens with impunity and that it appears that no one is accountable,” said Bonnie Kerness, coordinator of the American Friends Service Committee’s prison watch. HOW $9.3B NJ SCHOOLS BUDGET AFFECTS YOUR DISTRICT This helpful write-up allows you to search your local school district to discover how Gov. Phil Murphy's latest budget will have an impact. For two-thirds of school districts, aid will rise this year. Many of the districts facing less aid under this budget are smaller and more rural districts, just like last year. (NorthJersey)... Read more →

Things To Do In Camden County

The Diner Plays, Ritz Virtual Production From the ashes of a pandemic-cancelled theatrical event sponsored by Art Pride, THE DINER PLAYS, written by local playwrights Kumar Dari, Randy Petersen, and Alex Wilkie, are a humorous collection of short plays that were to be performed live inside of South Jersey diners last spring! Nearly a full year later, these delightful plays get a second lease on life as a team of five talented directors tackles bringing them to life in this Ritz Theatre virtual production. Click Here to learn more. Friday, February 26th @ 7:30PM Saturday, February 27th @ 7:30PM Sunday, February 28th @ 2:00PM Celebrate Dominican Independence Day Virtually on February 27th Movimiento Tricolor Inc., The City of Camden and Camden County will proudly present a virtual flag raising event on Saturday, February 27th to celebrate Independence Day for the Dominican Republic. Listen to messages from Camden County Commissioner Rodriguez,... Read more →

Dymir Washington, 24, of Camden City Charged with Murdering 74-Year-Old Grandmom

Camden City, N.J. – A second man has been charged for his alleged role in the fatal shooting of a 74-year-old grandmother in Camden, according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer and Camden County Police Chief Gabriel Rodriguez. Dymir Washington, 24, of Camden, has been charged with one count of first-degree Murder, one count of first-degree Conspiracy to Commit Murder, and one count of second-degree Eluding Law Enforcement. On Oct. 4, police responded to the 1800 block of Mulford St. for a ShotSpotter activation. When they arrived, they found a woman shot inside a vehicle. The victim, identified as Sheila Baskin, 74, of Camden, was transported to an area hospital and pronounced dead from her injuries. Detectives later identified Dayshawn Nesmith, 23, of Camden, as the shooter. Nesmith was arrested on Nov. 4 in Wilmington, D.E. by members of the New Jersey State Police Fugitive Unit, U.S. Marshals... Read more →

Down The Shore: New Jersey Ocean Energy Wind Farm Graphics, FAQ’s

This information is to provide the public with a representation of a state-approved wind project off the southern New Jersey coast, and to explain the state’s ambitious efforts to reach certain milestones relating to ocean wind energy in the coming years. This is not intended as endorsement or opposition to any current or future project. The Orsted Project: In the Fall, 2020 Avalon newsletter there was a discussion about a state-approved energy wind farm to be located 15 miles off the coast of southern New Jersey in the Atlantic Ocean. New Jersey has provided approvals for the wind farm which will be built by Orsted to provide alternative energy to New Jersey. Property owners in southern coastal communities have questions about the project, including the environmental impacts and how it will “look” from the coastline of the beach communities. There are more media reports about the project as there have... Read more →

NJ Lottery Anonymity and Prize Information

TRENTON (Feb. 25, 2021) – The New Jersey Lottery today presents all prizes over $1 million that have been claimed since legislation was enacted on January 21, 2020 through the end of 2020 to allow winners to choose to remain anonymous. Since the law was enacted, 26 players have claimed prizes ranging from $1 million to $202 million in New Jersey. All 26 of them chose to remain anonymous. The millionaire list includes winners from the following games: three from Cash4Life; three from Pick-6; three from Powerball; five from Jersey Cash 5; six from Mega Millions; and six from Scratch-Offs. Two of the Mega Millions winners won jackpot prizes of $202 million and $124 million respectively, and a Powerball player won a $190 million jackpot. Players who win $599.99 or less from the New Jersey Lottery can claim their prize at any of the Lottery’s nearly 7,000 retailers and be... Read more →

New DRBC Regulation Prohibits High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing in the Delaware River Basin

Wastewater Importation and Water Exportation Rule Amendments to be Proposed WEST TRENTON, N.J. (February 25) – The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) today approved a final rule prohibiting high volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) in the Basin. In a separate action, the Commissioners directed the executive director to propose amendments to update the Commission’s rules concerning importation of wastewater from outside the basin and exportation of basin waters. The first action was adopted with the four Basin state Commissioners voting in the affirmative and the federal Commissioner abstaining. The second action was adopted by unanimous vote of the Commissioners. Both actions were taken at a duly noticed public meeting. Resolution No. 2021-01 amends the Commission’s Comprehensive Plan and Water Code to prohibit HVHF in the Delaware River Basin in order to control future pollution, protect the public health and preserve the waters of the Basin for uses in accordance with the... Read more →

How to Add Value to Your Property

There are many perks to getting on the property ladder and becoming a homeowner. Not only do you have the freedom to create your ideal living space, but it's also an opportunity to make more money in the future. However, if you want to make a decent profit on your property later, you must be willing to put in some work and give your home a bit of an upgrade. Below are just a few ideas you might want to explore to add value to your property. Extension One of the most common ways homeowners can add value to their properties is by making them bigger. You can choose from either a one-story extension, or you might decide that you want all levels of your house to undergo these changes. Either way, you must make sure that you get the relevant permits from your local authority before starting any structural... Read more →

Union City Man High on "Pot" Sentenced to Five-Years for Killing Friend

Union City Man Sentenced for Mansfield Vehicular Homicide Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced that a 21-year-old Union City man was sentenced yesterday to five years in New Jersey state prison for causing the death of a friend while driving impaired and crashing his vehicle in late 2019 on the New Jersey Turnpike in Mansfield Township. Under an agreement with the Prosecutor’s Office, Johnalex Grullon pled guilty last month to Vehicular Homicide (Second Degree) and Assault by Auto (Third Degree) in exchange for the five-year term. His sentence was handed down in Superior Court in Mount Holly by the Hon. Philip E. Haines, J.S.C. Grullon acknowledged in court that he had been smoking marijuana in the car prior to the crash, as well as driving in a reckless manner. He did not refute the findings of toxicology tests that indicated, at the time of the crash, he had marijuana in... Read more →

Avalon the Latest to Move to Cape May County Central Dispatch

AVALON, NJ--The Avalon Borough Council became the latest community in Cape May County to join the centralized dispatch services provided by Cape May County. Council approved a Shared Services Agreement with the County that results in a five year agreement that begins on March 1, 2021. “The move to County dispatch not only increases the level of services provided to the Borough, but also saves money in our municipal budget”, said Avalon Council President John McCorristin. “We always explore options to enhance public service and we are confident that this new agreement will work very well for the Borough as both emergency and non-emergency calls will move through the County’s dispatch center, providing an unparalleled high level of efficiency for appropriate response”. All emergency and non-emergency calls for police, fire, and rescue will now be handled by Cape May County’s dispatch center which includes the latest technology available. As with... Read more →

Level Up Your Baccarat Game with these Helpful Tips

Baccarat is one of the easier casino games to learn and is simple to play online or at a brick-and-mortar casino. The game is as simple as the main bet is a choice between two options: who will have the higher total, the Player or Banker. There is also a third possible result, a tie, though this has a very high house edge. If you want to improve your chances by leveling up your baccarat play, read on. Play online baccarat Play online baccarat to try out new strategies. Playing from the comfort and quiet of your home means that you will not be disturbed by other punters or by dealers that may rush you with “Last Bets” orders etc whilst you try out these baccarat tips. Add in flashing lights and alcohol and it is easy to feel intimidated at a land-based casino as an inexperienced player. Online baccarat... Read more →

White-85-Year-Olds Wait While Black and Latino Seniors in Virginia Get Vaccine Priorty

In a move that is outraging senior citizens throughout Virginia, the state is shifting its COVID-19 vaccination distribution to prioritize black and Latino residents even as desperate 85-year-olds interviewed by Judicial Watch struggle to get the shot. Like several other states, Virginia is vaccinating its population in phases, with healthcare personnel and residents of long-term care facilities receiving utmost priority. With that population completed, according to the Virginia Department of Health, the second group includes a peculiar combination of frontline workers, people 65 and over, those with medical conditions, incarcerated criminals and those living in homeless shelters or “migrant labor camps.” As if it were not bad enough that law-abiding seniors are considered as important to Virginia officials as convicts and illegal immigrants, now comes another slap in the face. In the next few weeks, the state will give preference to black and Latino residents 65 and over while much... Read more →

Naasque Holloway, 25, of Camden Charged with one count of first-degree Murder

Camden, N.J. – A man has been charged in the Sept. 13 fatal shooting of a Magnolia man in Camden, according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer and Camden County Police Chief Gabriel Rodriguez. Naasque Holloway, 25, of Camden has been charged with one count of first-degree Murder, one count of second-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, one count of second-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and one count of second-degree Certain Persons. A Camden County Metro Police Officer was driving in the area S. 5th St. and Cherry St. around 11:15 p.m. on Sept. 13 when the officer heard gunshots. Shortly after, the officer discovered Meikko Walker, 40, of Magnolia suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Walker was transported to an area hospital, but succumbed to his injuries on Sept. 14. During the investigation, detectives located surveillance footage that showed the crime take place as... Read more →

Delaware River Basin Commission Bans Fracking

... and Moves Towards a Full Ban Today, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) voted to approve the Proposed Amendments to the Administrative Manual and Special Regulations Regarding Hydraulic Fracturing Activities. The proposed amendments include the prohibition of high volume hydraulic fracturing in shale and other rock formations, provisions related to water use for hydraulic fracturing, and provisions related to the management of produced water from hydraulic fracturing. The DRBC also adopted Resolution 2021-02 to open up a comment period for a comprehensive ban that would include the importation of fracking wastewater and the exportation of water for fracking. “This is a big win today in the battle to ban fracking on the Delaware River. This historic vote means that fracking can no longer take place in the Basin. More importantly, the Commission is working towards a full ban including the discharge of wastewater and taking of drinking water for... Read more →

Down The Shore: Avalon 2021 Budget Includes no Increases in Tax Rate, Water or Sewer

AVALON, NJ--The Avalon Borough Council introduced a new $32.8 million budget that results in a zero tax increase for the third consecutive year. The budget was introduced during the Wednesday, February 24th Council meeting with a public hearing and final adoption scheduled in several weeks. The budget maintains the municipal tax rate at 19.9 cents, which is one of the lowest tax rates in the State of New Jersey. This budget also meets the Borough’s prior pledge and obligation for the elimination of all long term general debt service. “The 2021 municipal budget took much time and effort to assemble due to the Covid-19 pandemic impacting various revenues in 2020”, said Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi. “Due to sound financial practices, a AAA bond rating, the elimination of all long term general debt, and a generous surplus that is carried over from year to year, we were able to eliminate the... Read more →

Free Food for Camden County Residents Friday

Camden County has partnered with Touch New Jersey to bring FREE food distribution to those in need throughout Camden County. Drive-up only, While supplies last. Must wear a mask and practice social distancing. Read more →

From the Desk of

Mayor Daniel T. Spencer, Jr.
City of Gloucester City

My Fellow Citizens of Gloucester City, As a lifelong City resident, and now Mayor, my singular concern has always been the health, safety, and welfare of our residents. Recently, I became aware of a violation of a newly adopted NJDEP regulation for water quality involving PFNA. In 2020, the City authorized and funded in excess of one (1) million dollars’ worth of improvements to the water treatment system. The new treatment included the installation of state-of-the-art filters with granular activated carbon (GAC). This treatment method, currently in operation, is a highly reliable and proven option to remove certain chemicals, particularly organic chemicals, from water. Currently, New Jersey and California are the only two states to enact PFNA regulations as stringent as 13 part per trillion (“ppt”). Six (6) states have enacted regulations with limits higher than 13 ppt; several have adopted the Federal Standard of 70 ppt and the balance... Read more →


(Voorhees, NJ) – As part of its ongoing effort to bridge the digital divide widened by the pandemic, the Camden County Library System began a new hotspot lending program today for remote workers and learners. The program comes in addition to a variety of new digital services already made available through the library system to support the community during this crisis. The Verizon 4G Jetpack hotspot can be used to connect phones, computers, and other devices to the internet while at home or on the road. The devices are now available at all branches of the library system and can be checked out to adults for two weeks (with no renewals). “Anyone who has been working or learning from home this year knows how important it is to have a reliable, stable internet connection in order to be successful. Unfortunately, many families in our community lack this seemingly essential service,”... Read more →

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Delaware State Parks Fee Season Begins March 1

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control reminds visitors to Delaware State Parks that 2021 entrance fees will be in effect starting Monday, March 1 through Nov. 30. State park entrance fees for vehicles registered in Delaware are $4 at inland parks and $5 at ocean parks. Fees for out-of-state vehicles are $8 at inland parks and $10 at ocean parks. Entrance fees will remain in effect through Nov. 30, which is the normal fee season end date. Daily park entrance fees may be purchased via a credit-card machine at most park locations, where fee attendants are on duty or self-registration envelopes provided at park entrances that are then placed in designated secured drop boxes. Revenue generated from park entrance fees is used to manage 17 state parks and more than 26,000 acres of state parklands. Park users generate 65% of the revenue utilized to operate and maintain the... Read more →

Deadspin: Tiger Woods’ crash proves that Kobe Bryant’s death taught the media nothing

Writing this on the first anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s memorial service is sadly ironic and eternally frustrating, as it serves as a dejected reminder of just how unprofessional and chaotic the media landscape can be, as both of these unfortunate events were so recklessly covered. In case you forgot, TMZ told the world that Bryant was dead before his family had even been notified. And somehow Rick Fox’s name got caught up in the whirlwind, as his loved ones thought he was dead. Far too often, bloggers and media personalities masquerade as journalists. This sad truth, along with the loss of copy editors in newsrooms and society’s social media addiction, has given rise to a new strain of content that is often intoxicating but rarely accurate. Look, the competitive aspect of this industry will never go away, and that’s fine, but only when there’s an underlying drive to get the... Read more →

CONSUMER ALERT: The top frauds of 2020

by Monica Vaca Associate Director, Division of Consumer Response and Operations 2020 was a tough year. Between the pandemic and the economic crisis, we all had our hands full. And scammers didn’t take any time off either — 2020 was a busy year for fraud. In 2020, the FTC got more than 2.2 million reports about fraud, with people telling us they lost nearly $3.3 billion. Here’s what we heard from you in 2020: The top fraud of 2020 was imposter scams. Scammers showed up wearing many different hats — from that of a government official, to a known business, to a dear family member or friend. The FTC got nearly 500,000 reports of imposter scams, and people reported losing a lot of money to these scammers: $1.2 billion, with a median loss of $850. Government and business imposter scams were also among the top categories of COVID-19 and stimulus... Read more →

Please Cooperate with Contact Tracers

(Camden, NJ) – Thanks to the hard work, sacrifice, and determination of Camden County’s residents, we have successfully “flattened the curve,” but now our community faces the challenge of slowing the spread and keeping it down. The Camden County Department of Health is asking members of the community to be part of the solution by actively working with our team of contact tracers whenever they call. “In addition to wearing a mask and social distancing, cooperating with the health department’s contact tracers may be the best way to help slow the spread of coronavirus in your community,” said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Health Department. “If you receive a call from our contact tracers because you have contracted COVID-19 or were exposed to someone with the disease, please do your part to keep your family and community safe by answering the call.” Contact tracers connect with individuals who have... Read more →

Mega Millions Jackpot Hits $30,000,000

Two Ocean County Tickets Win $30,000 TRENTON (Feb. 24, 2021) – There were seven third-tier prizewinning tickets sold for the Tuesday, February 23, drawing that matched four of the five white balls and the Gold Mega Ball drawn winning the $10,000 prize. Two of those tickets were purchased with the Megaplier option, multiplying the prizes to $30,000. Those tickets were purchased at the following locations: Ocean County ($30,000): Bay Avenue Farm, 93 East Bay Ave., Manahawkin; Ocean County ($30,000): Corner Store, 1636 Route 72 W., Manahawkin; Hudson County ($10,000): West New York Discount LLC, 6309 Park Ave., West New York; Mercer County ($10,000): Wawa #8357, 1200 State Highway 33, Hamilton; Monmouth County ($10,000): Kwik Shop, 38 New Brunswick Ave., Matawan; Ocean County ($10,000): Krauszers, 660 Maple Ave., Brick; and, Passaic County ($10,000): Jackpocket/Utopia Deli, 355 Warwick Tpke., Hewitt. In addition to the third-tier prizes won, 19 players matched four of... Read more →

CNBNews Hunting/Fishing Delaware: Pond Trout Season to Open Early

Anglers Encouraged to Practice Responsible Social Distancing; Newton Pond Closed for All Angling Feb. 23 through 27 Until Opening files Delaware’s 2021 downstate pond trout season will open early to minimize opening day crowds and accommodate responsible outdoor recreation during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) period. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s plans are subject to change based on health and safety considerations, and any further restrictions or changes to the season will be announced. Anglers are encouraged to practice social distancing while fishing, which is currently six feet from other individuals, approximately the length of some fishing rods. Only Newton Pond near Greenwood in Sussex County will be stocked with trout, where the trout fishing season will open several days earlier than previously scheduled, provided pond ice conditions do not prevent stocking or fishing. Trout fishing will be allowed for only youth anglers under age 16... Read more →

Bridget J. Pidgeon, of Gloucester City, age 49

Bridget J. Pidgeon, passed away on Monday, February 22, 2021 at the age of 49. Bridget was a devoted mother and grandmother. It was her “Job” to make sure everyone was taken care of in ways. She dedicated her life to her children and then later, her grandchildren. She was very active and a devout member of the Epiphany Church of Gloucester City and her grandkids always enjoyed attending church and functions with mom mom. Bridget is the loving daughter ofJoy (nee: Gurlin) and the late Robert Pidgeon. Beloved wife of the late Michael Rathof; loving mother of Justin Pidgeon, Amber Rathof, Kristen Rathof, Caitlyn Rathof, Michelle Rathof, Michael Rathof Jr. and the late Jeremy Rathof; dear sister of Brenda, Robert Jr., Bonny, Bertha and Brandy Pidgeon; cherished grandmother of Kaylee, Jadyn, Jionni, Jeremy, Realynn, Greyson, Serenity, Michaela, Elly’Anuh and the late Marceline. A tribute of Bridget’s life will be... Read more →

CARES Act Applications Now Available for Maryland Fishing Industry

Final Week To Apply The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announces that applications remain available through February 28, 2021 for economic relief funds for the commercial seafood industry through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), for those who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The application will be available to eligible members of the seafood industry on the Maryland OneStop website. The deadline to apply is Feb. 28, 2021. An appeals process for rejected applications is now available online. If you applied for CARES relief and your application was rejected, please check your email to see if you qualify for an appeal. All instructions and relevant information will be found with that email. The appeal will be part of your original application that you filed on Maryland OneStop. Individuals filing an appeal should receive a decision from DNR within ten business days of a completed... Read more →

Shaw University Recognizes HBTI Presidential/Deans Fellows

Presidential/Deans Fellows Kathlene Judd and Yuri Yamamoto will help advance the mission of Shaw University Divinity School Shaw University Divinity School (SUDS) is excited to announce scholarships to two Historically Black Theological Institutions (HBTI) Presidential/Deans Fellows, Kathlene Judd and Yuri Yamamoto. "Shaw University is extremely proud to award Kathlene and Yuri with these scholarships," said Dr. Paulette Dillard, President of Shaw University. "These scholars represent the high caliber of students in our Divinity program and embody the University's commitment to exemplary achievement." "The Divinity School is excited to present these outstanding students with scholarships that will help to continue their dedicated work," said Dr. Johnny Hill, Dean of the Divinity School. "We are proud to equip these students with the tools they need to expand the ministry, engage with our community and develop programs within the Divinity School." "Attending Shaw University Divinity School is one of the best decisions of... Read more →