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February 21, 2021

Norcross Defense Fellow Honored for Work to Improve Lives of Military Families

First Ever Defense Fellow to Receive Award WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) announced today that the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) has awarded Norcross’ 2020 Defense Legislative Fellow, Major Craig A. Overholt, the Colonel Paul W. Arcari Meritorious Service Award, an award that honors congressional staffers who have made significant contributions to the military community. The award comes following the hard work Major Overholt has done this year on Department of Defense child care issues. Major Overholt worked on a provision included in this year’s National Defenses Authorization Act (NDAA) that provides an on base housing preference for servicemembers whose spouse is a certified Family Child Care provider and is willing to open their house to provide child care. Wait times... Read more →

$29 Million in Grants for NJ Rail Projects

By Todd DeFeo | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is handing out $29 million in grants for 10 rail projects across the Garden State. The 10 projects are located in 11 counties and range from upgrading existing tracks to Gloucestercitynews.net files repairing bridges and crossings to building a new bridge. The money is from the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s fiscal 2021 Rail Freight Assistance Program and covers about 55.9% of the projects’ total cost. In addition to the $29 million in state grants, the project sponsors, typically the railroad owners or operators, will contribute $23 million to the projects. Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration’s “targeted investments in New Jersey’s rail transportation network will strengthen our... Read more →


This Adorable Picture Of Biden Picking Up His Dog's Poop Is Exactly What We Need Now

This morning as I stood on the White House lawn, it all finally started to sink in. He's gone, I thought. He's really gone... The long nightmare is over. Democracy is back. I had my press pass back, too. Back in March of 2020, Donald Trump ripped my press pass away from me, struggled to rip it in half, (he failed miserably,) and then tossed it to a staffer who never gave it back to me. All I had done was ask him a simple question about why he wanted transgender people to die. But those painful memories are past-- washed away in the flood of grace and goodness that is the Biden Administration. After arriving at the White House, I took a seat in... Read more →

Elizabeth Lydia Marinelli (nee Ceciro), age 85, of Audubon Park

Elizabeth Lydia Marinelli (nee Ceciro), age 85, of Audubon Park. Suddenly, after a long illness, passed to Our Lord on February 17, 2021. She was a longtime member of Kingsway Assembly of God Church in Cherry Hill. Betty, as some knew her, was an accomplished crafter, baker, gardener, and loved crabbing. Beloved wife of Anthony U. Marinelli for 43 years. Devoted mother of Julie-Lynn Hope, Anthony, and Hannah. Loving MeMom of Jennifer, Aaron, Austin, Anthony L., Julian, Kristin, Anthony J., Stanley, Hailey, and Henry and great grandmother of Nixon and Nola. Dear sister of David Cicero (Rosalie) and preceded in death by 9 siblings. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. There will be a visitation from 10am to 11am Monday, March 1st at Kingsway... Read more →

WEEKLY WASTEBASKET: President’s Day Special

Weekly Wastebasket This week our country celebrated President’s Day. Ironically while rooted in our first President’s February birthday (Feb. 22), none of our country’s presidents’ with February birthdays will ever fall on the third Monday of February (Washington, William Henry Harrison, Lincoln, and Reagan) because they’re all too early or too late. Also ironically, while there is much to celebrate about our past presidents there are other policy outcomes that we’d rather either not have happen, or in retrospect, think badly need tweaking. Just looking the last 100 years or so, here are a few. Special Interest Tax Breaks: Very early in the 20th century a corporate income tax was adopted, followed by the 16th amendment in 1913 and personal income taxes shortly thereafter. President... Read more →

Managing Your Money

Emotional Investing And Social Media Posted Thursday, February 11, 2021 (NAPSI)—When it comes to gathering information to make an investment decision, investors have access to a variety of online information sources, from investment platforms to news and social media. No matter where you get your trading insights, know this: Where there is opportunity, there is also risk. Stock markets go up and they go down—and the steeper the rise or the fall, the easier it can be to derail a long-term strategy with a snap, emotionally driven decision. Fortunately, you can use these tips to keep emotions in check. 1.Be mindful. Mindfulness can be helpful, even with investing. Before you make an investment decision, ask yourself whether an investment aligns with your financial goals. Small-dollar... Read more →

Bruce Shields Named 2021 Head of State Chief of County Investigators/Detectives Association

MAYS LANDING- Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Investigators Bruce DeShields has been named the 2021 President of the State Chief of County Investigators/Detectives Association of New Jersey. The association includes members of New Jersey’s 21 county prosecutor’s offices, the Drug Enforcement Administration, New Jersey State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Jersey State Attorney General’s Office. “I was asked if I would serve as the president of the association and I gladly accepted the opportunity. At this time there is a large amount of legislation on deck and even more planning for law enforcement statewide, so I feel it is impactful for me to serve. There are important issues that pertain to the counties across the state and this organization... Read more →

New Reports Show Pet Hospitals Face Unprecedented Caseloads

Pet ownership and veterinary care trends will likely extend throughout 2021, new BluePearl Pet Hospital reports predict. BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital, a national provider of advanced veterinary care, serving more than one million pets each year, today released its first-ever Pet Owner and Veterinarian Reports, entitled People and Pets in the Pandemic and Changes, Challenges, and the Coronavirus, respectively. The reports identify how the pandemic has prompted a surge in pet ownership, strengthened the human-animal bond, and posed challenges to the process of providing pet care. Among the key findings in the 2020 Veterinarian Report was a marked increase in the number of pets seen at veterinary practices across the U.S. In 2020, BluePearl saw over 200,000 more pets than in 2019, and... Read more →

Thomas Joseph Dunn, of Gloucester City; USMC Veteran, Served in Korean War

Thomas Joseph Dunn, 89, Gloucester City, Passed away at home on February 16, 2021. Thomas was born to the late Thomas and Anna Dunn in Gloucester City, NJ on May 16, 1931. Thomas was an USMC veteran and served in the Korean War. He was a block operator for the Pennsylvania Railroad. He is survived by his wife Clare Dunn (nee Hirz) and his beautiful family; he will be greatly missed. Family and friends are welcomed to his funeral mass on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9:30AM at St. Mary’s Church, 426 Monmouth St., Gloucester City, NJ 08030. Burial will follow at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ. Read more →

Post-COVID Recovery Program Started at Deborah Heart and Lung Center

Specifically Designed to Address the Health Needs of COVID-19 “Long Haulers” BROWNS MILLS, NJ (February 15, 2021) – Deborah Heart and Lung Center, New Jersey’s only specialty heart, lung, and vascular hospital, and an alliance member of the Cleveland Clinic Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute, has announced the opening of its Post-COVID Recovery Program. This new pulmonary medicine program — under the medical direction of Andrew Martin, MD, Deborah’s Chair, Pulmonary Medicine — is specially designed to address the present, and emerging, health problems of patients who have had COVID-19, and are negative for the virus. Dr. Andrew Martin is with Steven Magnotta of New Egypt, one of the first patients in Deborah’s new Post-COVID Recovery Program. Steven contracted COVID at the end of December.... Read more →

Face of Defense: CG Cutter Harriet Lane crewmembers return home following 71-day patrol

in Eastern Pacific, interdicts $40 million worth of illicit drugs PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane returned to their homeport in Portsmouth, after a 71-day counter-drug patrol Feb. 12. In support of the Coast Guard’s 11th District and Joint Interagency Task Force South, the Harriet Lane crew worked throughout the duration of the patrol in conjunction with a deployed aviation detachment from the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron based in Jacksonville, Fla. HITRON specializes in the execution of airborne use of force for the purpose of disabling non-compliant vessels suspected of illicit drug smuggling. Harriet Lane joined forces with the Colombian Navy to conduct joint maritime operations in the Caribbean, focusing on interoperability, communications, and counter-narcotics efforts. Upon crossing into the Pacific via... Read more →

Officer Down: New Mexico State Police Patrolman Darian Jarrott, Shot and Killed by Suspect

Patrolman Darian Jarrott New Mexico State Police, New Mexico End of Watch Thursday, February 4, 2021 Patrolman Darian Jarrott was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop of a known offender on I-10 near milepost 101 in Luna County. The driver of the vehicle was the subject of an ongoing narcotics investigation and was en route to Las Cruces to participate in a drug deal. Patrolman Jarrott was assisting members of the United States Homeland Security Investigations when he stopped the vehicle. The man opened fire on Patrolman Jarrott, fatally wounding him, before fleeing in the pickup truck. Other officers began pursuing the vehicle along I-10. At one point the subject stopped and shot at officers before fleeing again. As the vehicle entered Las... Read more →