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March 1, 2021

Former Ocean City HS Teacher, Charged with Sexual Assault

Cape May Court House, New Jersey (March 1, 2021)--– Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief Jay Prettyman of the Ocean City Police Department announce the arrest of 34-year-old Ricardo Valle, a resident of Seabrook, Texas, on sexual assault charges. On February 27, 2021, Valle was charged with two (2) counts Sexual Assault, a crime of the second degree; one (1) count of Official Misconduct, a crime of the second degree; one (1) count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a crime of the second degree; and one (1) count of Criminal Sexual Contact, a crime of the fourth degree.* These charges were a result of a joint investigation conducted by the Ocean City Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s... Read more →


Newark, Vineland, Salem, and Lodi MVC Centers Closed Due to COVID-19

TRENTON – The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJ MVC) has announced that the Newark Regional, Vineland, Salem, and Lodi Licensing Centers are closed due to a single employee testing positive for COVID-19 at each location. Newark Regional Licensing Center will be closed until Wednesday, March 10. The employee who tested positive was last in the agency on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Vineland, Salem, and Lodi Licensing Centers will be closed until Monday, March 15. The single employee who tested positive at each of these locations was last in the agency on Saturday, Feb. 27. Road test operations and vehicle inspection stations remain open at Newark, Lodi, and Salem. MVC Centers Reopening The following MVC Centers will reopen after full COVID-19 cleaning and the completion of... Read more →


NJ Legislators Try to Halt Del Rock Wall Plan

Senator Oroho and Assemblymen Hal Wirths and Parker Space introduced identical bills in the Assembly and Senate to halt the NJDOT's Rockfall Mitigation Project in Knowlton and Hardwick Townships. This legislation is a direct result of NJDOT’s failure to conduct an Environmental Impact Statement after the NJ Sierra Club requested for one and for the department’s lack of public input on the project. S2863(Oroho)/A4601(Wirths/Space) prohibits DOT from taking certain action on certain rockfall mitigation projects and requires DOT to conduct analysis on project alternatives. “Local state legislators are stepping up to protect the Delaware Water Gap from NJDOT’s giant rock wall project. This is a scenic and environmentally sensitive area and a gateway to a National Park. The Interstate 80 Rockfall project will not only... Read more →


Millions of Dollars in Assistance Funds Available to Help Pay Energy Bills

Atlantic City Electric Says Customers Must Act Now Customers who may have never qualified for assistance may now qualify MAYS LANDING, N.J. (March 1, 2021) – With millions of dollars in assistance funding available for customers who may be struggling to pay their energy bill, Atlantic City Electric says customers need to act now to secure these essential funds while they last. Atlantic City Electric understands the ongoing challenges customers are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is committed to helping every customer meet their energy needs. Atlantic City Electric works closely with its community partners to connect customers with grants and programs like LIHEAP, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. LIHEAP provides grants in varying amounts based on a household's income size, type... Read more →


Quick hits: New Jersey news in brief for Monday, March 1

By Todd DeFeo | The Center Square contributor State announces $29.5 million in federal funding for higher education institutions Gov. Phil Murphy and Secretary of Higher Education Brian Bridges announced $29.5 million in federal funding will go to New Jersey’s higher education institutions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The money supports the State Plan for Higher Education goals through a competitive challenge grant and addresses student food insecurities across college campuses, officials say. About $28.5 million from the U.S. Department of Education via the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER II) Fund will be given to public and public-mission private institutions that receive state funding. Another $1 million will go to public institutions to combat food insecurity among students. Pascrell: Next news about DeJoy should be his... Read more →


OPPONENT SAY: House Democrats $1.9 trillion coronavirus bill waste taxpayer money, full of pork

WASHINGTON POLITICS Tax and Spend Gloucestercitynews.net files Bethany Blankley | The Center Square (The Center Square) – The Democrats’ $1.9 trillion emergency relief bill – which is up for a vote Friday – includes a slew of bailout money for state governments unrelated to the pandemic, opponents say.Under the guise of COVID-19 relief money, U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., told Fox News the bill “is more the pretext than the purpose behind what Democrats are proposing. Their approach is the wrong plan, at the wrong time, for all the wrong reasons.” The 591-page bill proposed on Feb. 19 includes an additional $300 billion to state and local governments, an additional $130 billion to schools, and an additional $19.1 billion to state and local governments for... Read more →


Hockey Fans Awaiting Lockdowns and Curfews to End

We have all suffered over the last year or so with the pandemic in one way or another, however, there is finally some light at the end of the tunnel, and thankfully it will not be long now until things start to get back to normal. All Hockey fans cannot wait for the day when you can finally start planning which matches you can attend once again and start filling up your calendar with those events. In fact, many businesses involved in sports in general such as those found on the Betting.ca website such as brick and mortar sportsbooks and even hockey betting site operators are eagerly awaiting the return of live sporting events, so they can start generating income once again. As for just... Read more →


President Joe Biden’s Lawless Open Borders Agenda Prompts Health Crisis in U.S.

Surge in Illegal Immigrant Minors Prompts Health Crisis in U.S. Thousands of migrants from Honduras and other countries continue to make a dangerous journey through Guatemala and into Mexico. Many migrants are attempting to transit these countries and in the process are violating their sovereignty, their laws, and their procedures. source U.S. Embassy in Uruguay President Joe Biden’s lawless open borders agenda is creating a new border crisis. Our Corruption Chronicles blog describes the “impending catastrophe.” huge surge in illegal immigrant minors is prompting a health emergency on the southern border and surrounding communities, igniting “grave concern” among federal lawmakers who are calling on the Biden administration to “prevent the impending catastrophe.” In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas more than a dozen... Read more →


FDA Explains Emergency Use Authorization of the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to the Janssen Pharmaceuticals Companies of Johnson & Johnson for its single-shot COVID-19 vaccine, called Ad.26.COV2S or JNJ-78436725. The Janssen vaccine is a recombinant vector vaccine that uses a human adenovirus to express the spike protein found on the surface of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Adenoviruses are a group of viruses that cause infections in the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts; the adenovirus vector used in the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine has been modified so it no longer can replicate in humans and cause illness. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of... Read more →


Face of Defense: Medal of Honor Monday... Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Lester Weber

MARCH 1, 2021 | BY Katie Lange , DOD News Courage under fire is something we would all hope to have, but you never actually know until you're tested. When 22-year-old Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Lester W. Weber was tested in Vietnam, he proved his courage — and then some — by taking out several enemy soldiers to keep his fellow Marines safe. Weber never got to come home, but his valor during the hardest of times earned him the Medal of Honor. Weber was born July 30, 1948, in Aurora, Illinois, to George and Elsie Weber. He had two brothers, including George Jr., who also became a Marine. Weber attended Hinsdale Central High School for two years before he dropped out to enlist in... Read more →


WEEKLY WASTEBASKET: COVID Relief and Common Sense

Gloucestercitynews.net files Feb 26, 2021 | Washington is in the thick of debating a sixth bill to address the health and economic consequences of COVID-19. Details of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) are still in flux. The Senate parliamentarian ruled on Thursday that a $15 minimum wage violates procedural rules as written and can’t be included. The House Rules Committee met Friday morning to hammer out final details. So exactly how the bill plays out is not fully known, but a bill is coming. And it’s big. We’ve been tracking all COVID-19 federal spending bills, and this one is no different. You can follow our real-time analysis here. As we’ve said before, COVID-19 response and recovery spending needs to adhere... Read more →


Anthony C. Christaldi, of Haddon Heights, age 93; WWII Navy Vet, Member of Square Circle

Anthony C. Christaldi, on February 27, 2021, of Haddon Heights. Age 93. Beloved husband of Rita (nee D'Agostino) for 64 years. 10th Child of 12 born to Salvatore and Antoinette Christaldi. Devoted brother of Catherine Matkowski. Preceded in death by his siblings Sebastian, Frank, Rose, Chickie, Rita, DiDi, Joseph, John, Sara, and Dorothy. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Anthony proudly served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was a member of the Square Circle Sportsman Club and the Del Val Woodturners Club. A special thank you would like to be made to Dr. George Schmid and his friend Wolfie. There will be a viewing from 9:30AM to 11AM Thursday at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE, 126 S. Black Horse Pike, Runnemede, NJ, 08078.... Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: K9 Luna Shot and Killed

LUNA Duluth Police Department, Minnesota End of Watch Thursday, February 25, 2021 DULUTH, MINNESOTA--K9 Luna was shot and killed in the 2300 block of West Fourth Street while performing an apprehension. Officers had responded to a home for reports of a domestic disturbance and learned that the male subject was wanted on felony warrants. The man refused to surrender and K9 Luna was deployed for an apprehension. The subject opened fire, killing K9 Luna. The man was later found deceased in the home. K9 Luna had served with the Duluth Police Department for two years. RELATED: Via Officer Down Memorial Page CNB Crime Blue Line CNBNews Tips and Snippets CNBNews Point of View BREAKING NEWS published Gloucestercitynews.net | March 1, 2021 Read more →


Marie "Mer" Leonetti (nee Raspa)of Bellmawr

Marie "Mer" Leonetti (nee Raspa), on February 22, 2021, Age 92, of Bellmawr, NJ; formerly of S. Philadelphia, PA. Beloved wife of the late Frank "Franny" Leonetti. Devoted mother of Frank (Jane), Lynda, Robert, Patrice, and Lisa (Marysol). Caring grandmother of Jennifer, Jessica, Michael, Michele, Melissa, Nicolas, Gregory, and Daniel. Loving GG of Simone, Lila, Kingston, Gavin, Lucas, Zoey, Luca, Felix, Ceci, and Franco. Loving sister of Helen (Sal), Lou (Connie), Joe (Jean), and Catherine. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other dear family and friends. Marie was an excellent cook and baker. She was a devout Catholic and a member of Bellmawr Seniors. Marie loved music, dancing with Frank, and sharing her gift of a beautiful singing voice. She also enjoyed reading... Read more →


Virtua Health Provides its 100,000th Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

(MARLTON, N.J.) – On Saturday, Feb. 27, Virtua Health administered its 100,000th dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The health system – South Jersey’s largest – first operated a vaccine clinic for health care workers in Voorhees, and now serves as the health care partner for the Burlington County COVID-19 Vaccine Mega-Site in Moorestown. “Arriving at 100,000 doses is certainly a milestone, and we are just getting started,” said Dennis W. Pullin, FACHE, president and CEO of Virtua Health. “We are committed to providing this life-saving service to our community and will do what it takes to get the job done.” Virtua began its vaccination campaign on Dec. 18, 2020, by establishing a Voorhees-based vaccine clinic for its own front-line employees and other health care workers... Read more →


Coming This Spring: Philadelphia Museum of Art Unveils the Next Phase of Frank Gehry Redesign

Stunning new gallery spaces highlight art of the Americas... by Visit Philly The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s much-anticipated Frank Gehry-designed master redesign plan hits an exciting milestone on May 7 when the iconic attraction debuts new and refurbished spaces, completing the “Core Project” portion of the multi-year, multimillion project. Dramatic changes taking place inside the building include the opening up of spaces not seen by the public for decades and brand-new galleries to showcase the museum’s spectacular collection. Among the highlights of the Core Project set to debut: a soaring forum, with its inaugural installation of Teresita Fernández’s Fire (United States of the Americas) 20,000 square feet of new gallery space to be filled with art that rethinks the story of Philadelphia and the nation... Read more →


CNBNews CONSUMER ALERT: Caller impersonating CBP Officers/Agents

CBP Warns Residents of Phone Scam Release Date: February 26, 2021 GRAND FORKS N.D. — A new type of telephone scam is targeting residents nationwide in an attempt to gain banking information from unsuspecting residents. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and officers nationwide are continuing to receive numerous calls from residents concerned about unsolicited calls from scammers posing as U.S. Border Patrol agents and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers. Residents are reporting the calls are a pre-recorded message stating, “a box of drugs and money being shipped has your (callers) name on it and it has been intercepted.” The caller is then instructed to press #1 to speak with a CBP Officer/Agent, which then attempts to get the callers banking information. These calls... Read more →


Jefferson Health - New Jersey's Siobhan King Honored with Nursing DAISY Award

Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital Surgical Services nurse Siobhan King, MA, BSN, RN, CPAN, CAPA, was recently honored with a DAISY Award for compassionate and skillful care. She was presented the award by Jefferson Health – New Jersey Chief Nursing Officer Helene Burns, DPN, RN, NE-BC, shown right. A grateful patient nominated the Mount Laurel, NJ, resident for her empathy, dedication, and use of humor to help him through a difficult recovery after a colonoscopy. 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. DAISY Award winners are chosen following a review of nominations by Jefferson’s Clinical Recognition Committee in New Jersey. The nonprofit DAISY... Read more →


CNB Business News: Mathe Has Helped Clients Stay Ahead Of The Technology Curve

For Over 30 Years... The Mathe team is thrilled to be celebrating their 31st anniversary in business this year. Their more than three decades of experience serving Morris county business-owners has allowed Mathe to develop a range of critical IT services which are even more necessary given today’s cyber threat landscape. “We started out thirty years ago realizing that this industry is ever-changing,” says Mark Hicks, Mathe’s President. “We continue to evolve, and we always try to look ahead to what technology could be in the future and our client’s growing needs.” By both witnessing and anticipating the way data reliance, security and continuity have changed since the ‘90s, Mathe has developed a range of services that help their Morris county clients gain confidence in... Read more →


China Committed To Spreading COVID-19 Disinformation

TRENTON, NJ--According to New Jersey Home Security as distribution of COVID-19 vaccines begins in the United Kingdom and United States, China continues to shift blame for concealing the virus’ severity by disseminating new falsehoods about its origins and misrepresenting scientific and medical experts. These attempts to discredit verified facts can be replicated to target the reliability of vaccines approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. Such efforts could dissuade segments of the population from receiving inoculations, increasing infections and mortality rates in the United States. China has previously blamed Americans for bringing the pandemic to its country during the Military World Games in Wuhan in October 2019. A recent paper by a group of scientists affiliated with the state-run Chinese Academy of Sciences indicated... Read more →