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March 29, 2021

The IRS Is Stretched Thin and Underdelivering

WEEKLY WASTEBASKET As trillion-dollar spending bills and new federal programs pop up like spring flowers, there are some cracks in the infrastructure that make these investments possible. A recent hearing with the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and a report from the Inspector General make it clear the IRS is stretched thin. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the IRS is crucial to making government work. Whether you want to rein in deficits, seek equity in public policy, or just want to know how to fill out your form 1040, you should be concerned. Everyone is familiar with taxes, but not everyone is familiar with the Tax Code. At a couple thousand pages (tens of thousands with the case law and guidance) it’s daunting, even... Read more →


Law Enforcement Solves 2017 Cherry Hill Bank Robbery

Gloucestercitynew.net files Camden City, N.J. (March 29, 2021)--– Detectives have made an arrest in a 2017 bank robbery in Cherry Hill, according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer and Cherry Hill Police Chief William “Bud” Monaghan. Phillip Thomas, 39, of Elkton, M.D., has been charged with one count of second-degree Robbery. On Feb. 26, 2017, officers responded to the TD Bank on the 1700 block of Route 70 East around 11:16 a.m. for a report of a robbery. Bank employees told police a man passed a note to a teller demanding cash. Surveillance footage captured the man leaving with an undisclosed amount of money and driving away in a silver minivan. Footage of the incident was released to the public, but detectives said... Read more →


3 Suspects Arrested for Double-Shooting in Pemberton Last Month; 1 Man Still in Hospital

(L.-R) Todd McKinney, 19, of Trenton, Damier Smith, 20, of Pemberton Township and Marlon Sutton, 22, of Camden Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Pemberton Township Police Chief David King announced that three suspects have been charged with a double shooting last month in the Sunbury Village section of Pemberton Township. Todd McKinney, 19, of Trenton, Damier Smith, 20, of Pemberton Township and Marlon Sutton, 22, of Camden, were each charged with Attempted Murder (First Degree), Conspiracy to Commit Attempted Murder (First Degree), Aggravated Assault (Second Degree), Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Second Degree), and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (Second Degree). Smith was taken into custody last week in North Carolina and is awaiting an extradition hearing. McKinney and Sutton were... Read more →


NJ Politics: DOC Commissioner Marcus Hicks Impeachment

GOP challenger says the incumbent has sat on impeachment resolution for over a month, while innocent women are assaulted at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility Egg Harbor Township, March 29, 2021 – Former Assemblyman and successful small business owner Vince Polistina today pressed Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, in his role as Chairman of the Assembly State and Local Government Committee, to begin public hearings on AR-220, the bipartisan Assembly Resolution calling for articles of impeachment to be adopted against Department of Corrections Commissioner Marcus Hicks. Despite significant lip service, Governor Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders have refused to hold Hicks accountable for the rampant abuse and violent assaults endured by women at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility. Polistina said Mazzeo is doing the bidding of party bosses... Read more →


GUEST OPINION: NJ Transit Bay Head Substation BAD FOR Our Lungs & Barnegat Bay

BY NEW JERSEY SIERRA CLUB NJ Transit is moving forward with its Bay Head Yard Substation Replacement Project. The project would replace two aging substations that were damaged in Superstorm Sandy. The proposed substation location would be on the banks of Twilight Lake, an estuary of Barnegat Bay. “NJ Transit is headed down the wrong track once again. They want to build a new substation with a diesel generation that will be around for another 30 or 40 years. Instead, they should be electrifying the rest of the New Jersey Coast Line from Long Branch to Bay Head to save costs and improve air quality. Investing in dirty diesel infrastructure will pollute the area around the railyard as well as increase air pollution along the... Read more →


Face of Defense: Rocky Marciano, Undefeated Heavyweight Boxer and WWII Army Veteran

Sports Heroes Who Served is a series that highlights the accomplishments of athletes who served in the U.S. military. Rocky Marciano is the only heavyweight professional boxer to have finished his career undefeated. He also holds the record for the highest knockout-to-win ratio in world heavyweight title fights at 85.71%. Marciano gave himself his name because his real name, Rocco Francis Marchegiano, was said to be hard to pronounce by boxing promoters and sportscasters. Both of his parents were immigrants from Italy. In March 1943, he was drafted into the Army to serve in World War II. He was stationed in Wales in the United Kingdom where he helped ferry supplies across the English Channel to Normandy, France, after the June 6, 1944 invasion. Spotlight:... Read more →


5 Cannabis and Nicotine Products On the Rise

With cannabis becoming more legal around the world, and with more science coming out surrounding the benefits of the more legal, nonpsychoactive versions of cannabis, the industry has been skyrocketing. This movement isn’t necessarily linked to more smoking. Many of the cannabis products are not consumed via smoking, and actually, plenty of tobacco-related innovation has come from a desire to quit smoking. Here are our top 5: Nicotine Pouches Nicotine pouches have been under development for many years, but they’re becoming increasingly effective at helping smokers quit. Nicotine pouches are tobacco-free, meaning the user gets their nicotine scratch itched but with none of the tar. Whilst they used to be placed on the arm and attributed to having wild dreams, they now come in the... Read more →


Revealed: The most supportive states to raise autistic children; New Jersey One of the Best

West Virginia, New Mexico, and Tennessee have been named the top three worst states to raise an autisic child. The states have been named after analysis of data looked at resources available for people with autism, individual state laws requiring insurance coverage, if a state is part of the ADDM Network and grants available to families. One in 54 children have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the US. The research also revealed the East Coast is the best place to raise autistic children, with seven out of the ten states ranked best all on the East Coast. Colorado, Massachusetts and New Jersey have been named the best states. Research conducted by Autism Parenting Magazine has revealed the top ten states for raising... Read more →


Virtual Boxing Lessons for CC Residents

Gloucestercitynews.net files The virtual class will teach fundamental boxing techniques, sequences and basic movements. Boxing gloves or hand weights work just fine for the class and no extra equipment is required to participate. Cardio exercises will run rampant and a total body workout will happen in the 60-minute Zoom meeting! Have some water and a towel ready to go because we will be nonstop moving once class begins! Our Spring 2021 Seniors Virtual Boxing Program from TKO Fitness, will run via Zoom video chat for 12 weeks, Thursday mornings at 10:45 am – 11:45 am. Our meeting ID is: 833 4695 8009 and the password is 1615. You MUST BE a Camden County resident in order to participate. Registration is required, & you may do... Read more →


*Household Hazardous Waste Collection 4-10-21

Camden County is hosting a Hazardous Waste Collection event for county residents at the Pennsauken Sanitary Landfill on April 10th from 8:30 AM to 3 PM. Please note that this event is subject to cancellation due to the continued COVID pandemic. As such, we ask that all residents planning to attend this event visit this website no more than 7 days prior to the event to confirm the event status. You may also call 856-858-5241 to confirm the same. Click Here to learn more. Instruction for the Days(s) of Event(s) All residents MUST WEAR MASKS All residents must remain in their vehicles with the windows up throughout the event All residents must show proof of residency - ID will be displayed through the window All... Read more →


Route I-295 Retaining Wall Failure in SJ Shows Damaging & Unnecessary Projects

BELLMAWR, NJ -- A retaining wall along I-295 in Bellmawr collapsed last week. The right lane of I-295 North from Exits 26 to 28 had to be closed and will remain closed until the wall is repaired. The retaining wall was part of the $800 million Direct Connection project being completed by South State General Contractors on behalf of the NJ Department of Transportation (NJDOT). “This is an example of what happens when we invest in unnecessary highway widenings instead of real transportation solutions. This Direct Connection project is a massive boondoggle. They tore down historic properties like the Hugg-Harrison-Glover House as well as paving over wetlands and environmentally-sensitive land,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “This unnecessary project has been... Read more →


Julia J Shamis of Atlantic City, has successful residency match

at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine SCRANTON, PA (03/23/2021)-- Julia J Shamis of Atlantic City, along with other medical students at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) learned their residency placements during the National Resident Matching Program's "Match Day," an event at which all fourth-year M.D. students around the country simultaneously open their envelopes to learn where they will spend the next three to seven years training in specialties. Residencies typically begin July 1. Shamis matched into Emergency Medicine at CMSRU/Cooper University Hospital. Gloucestercitynews.net files "We are proud of the success of our Class of 2021," said Steven J. Scheinman, M.D., president and dean of Geisinger Commonwealth and executive vice president, Geisinger. "Once again, our students matched into excellent local residency programs, as well... Read more →


Thomas C. McKenna, of West Collingswood Hts., formerly of Bellmawr, age 58

Thomas C. McKenna, Jr. passed on March 27, 2021. Age 58. Of West Collingswood Heights formerly of Bellmawr. Devoted Son of Thomas C. McKenna, Sr. and the late Anna Rebecca McKenna (nee Rhodes). Beloved brother of Joyce Green (Jimmy) and Kathleen Melfi (Vincent). Loving uncle of Jaime (Jason), Joe (Jordan), Brittany (Damien), Vincent, Jordan. Adoring great uncle of Briella, Jewel, Bryah, Anna, Maverick, Jason, and Kane. Also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Thomas was a lifelong Boilermaker and a member of Local 13. He was an avid motorcyclist, and loved riding his Harley. Thomas loved spending time with his family, going fishing, going to the beach, and boating. There will be a viewing from 9 am to 12 noon Saturday April... Read more →


Save Our Schools: NJ is Requesting Waiver for Standardized Spring Testing

Please CLICK HERE to ask U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to grant New Jersey's request for a standardized testing waiver this year. Thanks to your emails and phone calls, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) requested waivers from the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) to enable our students to skip annual standardized testing this spring, and to avoid the high stakes associated with those tests. Yesterday, USDOE granted New Jersey's request for a waiver on the high stakes. The USDOE is still deciding whether to grant New Jersey's request for a standardized testing waiver. Please CLICK HERE to ask U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to grant New Jersey's request for a standardized testing waiver. Why New Jersey needs a testing waiver Superintendents,... Read more →


Kutztown University Announces 2021 Outdoor Track & Field Roster

KUTZTOWN, PA (03/26/2021)-- Kutztown University will have 91 student-athletes representing its track & field program for the 2021 outdoor season. The Kutztown University men's and women's outdoor track & field teams will be back in action for their first competition in nearly two years, as the Golden Bears begin spring competition on Saturday, March 27, at West Chester University's Golden Ram Invitational. Saturday begins a six-week regular season that leads up to the 2021 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Outdoor Championships, which will be hosted by Shippensburg University May 6-8. It marks a return to competition for KU after almost 22 months without an outdoor meet. The last "meet" situation for Kutztown, in any form, was the 2020 PSAC Indoor Championships held last March. The... Read more →