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Edith D. Pflugfelder, of Williamstown, age 96

September 12, 1924 - March 27, 2021 Williamstown - On March 27, 2021. Age 96. Born in Harrisburg, PA and later raised in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Cloyde and Viola (Wagnerfeld) Lewis. Edith is survived by her son, John Striewski (AnnaMarie); grandchildren, Chris (Marc), Melissa (Brent); great-grandchildren, Anabella, Luca, Grace and Tyler. She was also predeceased by her husband, John Pflugfelder on January 30, 1999, daughter, Shirley Striewski and her sister, Georganna Hickman. Edith graduated from Glassboro High School in 1944. She worked as the office manager of John Pflugfelder Inc. She was also a member of the Williamstown United Methodist Church, American Legion Auxiliary, Rotary and Women’s Club. She enjoyed singing and dancing, gardening, pool parties, entertaining friends, the ocean, the boardwalk, casinos and life. Relatives and friends are invited to her graveside service on Friday, April 2nd at 11 AM in Brotherhood Cemetery, Walnut... Read more →

Nearly all of New Jersey’s wildfires are caused by people

DURING PEAK SEASON, FOLLOW EIGHT TIPS TO PREVENT WILDFIRES TRENTON – Mid-March through May is peak wildfire season in New Jersey. Nearly all of New Jersey’s wildfires are caused by people, through accidents, carelessness, negligence and even arson. In 2020 the Forest Fire Service responded to more than 1,000 wildfires, 12 of which were sparked by natural causes, such as lightning. In total, wildfires in New Jersey burned 4,796 acres of land last year. More information about wildfires is available on the new New Jersey Fire Danger Dashboard. Most wildfires are preventable. Here’s how you can help: Don’t discard cigarettes, matches or smoking materials on the ground. Obtain required permits for campfires from your nearest Forest Fire Service office. Don’t leave fires unattended and be sure to douse them completely, until cold to the touch. Keep matches and lighters away from children. Teach youth about fire safety. Protect your home... Read more →

Lowe's Store Robbed, Suspect Arrested

MAPLE SHADE, NJ (March 31, 2021)----Maple Shade Police Chief Christopher Fletcher announces an arrest during an overnight burglary and theft at the Lowe’s Home Improvement Store, 2834 Route 73 North, Maple Shade, NJ. files Maple Shade Police responded to the Lowe’s Home Improvement Store on 3/31/21 at approx. 2:50 AM in response to a burglary alarm coming from the front door. Police contacted employees on scene, and learned that the suspect had entered the store through a rear door, stole a nail gun, and fled through the front door. The store was not open to the public at this time. Maple Shade Police with assistance from Moorestown Police quickly located the suspect at the nearby Wawa located at 600 Route 38 East in Maple Shade. Lawrence D. Dunn II, 37, of the 1200 block of Morton Street, Camden NJ, was arrested for burglary and theft. The subsequent investigation also... Read more →

GOOD NEWS: LEAP Academy High School Senior Maya Goodwin, Clinches 1,000 Points

CAMDEN PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL CELEBRATES STUDENT-ATHLETE WHO HITS HISTORIC SPORTS MILESTONE DESPITE COVID-19 PANDEMIC (CAMDEN CITY ) – Yesterday, LEAP Academy University Charter School, a high-performing public charter school in Camden, hosted a special celebration with students and faculty to recognize a standout student-athlete who just reached a 1,000-point milestone in her high school varsity basketball career, in spite of the obstacles created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Maya Goodwin and Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, Ph.D, Board Chair of the LEAP Academy The celebration marked the significant achievement as well as Goodwin’s broader accomplishments athletically and academically in a historically challenging time. Maya Goodwin, a high school senior at LEAP, became just the third student in the school’s history to achieve this milestone earlier this month during a condensed season due to the pandemic. Goodwin, a two-sport athlete who also plays softball, is also due to become the first athlete in the... Read more →

Archdiocese of Philadelphia to hold Holy Thursday Mass

HOLY THURSDAY MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER – April 1st 7:30 p.m. Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez will be the principal celebrant and homilist. This Mass commemorates the Last Supper, during which Christ instituted the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, the Sacrament of Holy Orders, and gave us His commandment to love one another. The washing of feet, which is always optional, will not be performed during this celebration. files Members of the Cathedral Schola, accompanied by organ, will assist with liturgical music. This Mass will be streamed live on the Archdiocese website as well as on Archbishop Pérez’s Facebook page at (mult-box feed available) GOOD FRIDAY CELEBRATION OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD – April 2nd 3:00 p.m. Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez will preside and preach at the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, commemorating the Holy Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. Members of the Cathedral Schola... Read more →

Julia C. Binck, of Bellmawr NJ

Julia C. Binck, of Bellmawr NJ passed away on March 29, 2021. She was 91. She was predeceased by : her husband George Jr.; her great grandchild James; and her brother Joseph Carminati. She is survived by : her children, George Binck, III (Patricia) and Julie Fitzpatrick; her grandchildren, Michelle Zarnosky (Jonathan), Lauren Lynn (James), Gabrielle D'Angelo (Kyle), Gillian Binck and Alysa McCully; her great grandchildren, Ayden, Tyler, Rylee, Oliver, Reece, Aubrey, Bradley, Brianna and Makayla; and her goddaughter Michelle Caney. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 5th 2021 from 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM at the St. Joachim Parish - Mary (20 Braisington Ave, Bellmawr, NJ 08031). A funeral service will be held on Monday, April 5th 2021 at 11:00 AM at the same location. A burial will be held on Monday, April 5th 2021 at 12:15 PM at... Read more →

Qualifying Medical Conditions Under the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program

Every U.S. state has legislation on the use of marijuana. More than two-thirds of the United States, including the District of Columbia, actually legalized marijuana for medical use. Others are considering bills to legalize it for medical use, as well. If you live in New Jersey, you no longer need to live in fear of getting arrested for possessing amounts of marijuana for personal use. In a way, the Garden State is getting a bit greener, especially for people with qualifying medical conditions under the New Jersey medical marijuana program. Legalization in this densely populated state will probably encourage other states on the East Coast of the U.S., such as Pennsylvania and New York, to follow suit. This, in turn, may pressure Congress to end the war on marijuana. That said, as a New Jersey resident, it is still illegal for you to grow your own marijuana at home in... Read more →

CHRIS HERREN, former NBA Player Speaks Out on Addiction Surge During Pandemic

Chris Herren went from NBA player to addict to recovery and opening the first addiction recovery center of its kind in the D.C. area WARRENTON, Va., March 29, 2021—As COVID cases surged across the country so has the addiction crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. has reported more overdose deaths during the pandemic than ever CHRIS HERREN (image courtesy of before. Former NBA player and recovery advocate, Chris Herren, recently opened a residential substance abuse recovery facility with health and wellness programs for men and women with the mission to provide holistic recovery services. Herren Wellness at Twin Oaks provides treatment, recovery and support for individuals and families impacted by addiction to help their guests lead healthy, substance-free lives. It is the first of its kind in the Washington, D.C. region and the second in the nation. It is unique in that it... Read more →

St. Augustine Prep Swimmer Shane Washart Headed to Harvard, and the Olympic Trials

(photo provided) Seconds after his record-setting performance, senior Shane Washart takes a moment to process what he had just accomplished. Since 2017 Shane's brother Zach held the school's 500m free record. Shane is the son of Diana (Elenbark) Washart and Frank Washart. Grandparents Carol and Bill Elenbark, former Gloucester City residents; and Sarah and Russ Huber (both deceased) **** (March 11, 2021)--Humble and driven, Shane Washart, a Prep senior and Olympic hopeful has raced his way to the opportunity to compete at Blodgett Pool representing Harvard University. However, before the Wenonah, NJ native gets to call Cambridge, Massachusetts home, he recently added to his legacy at the Prep by becoming the new Hermits Swimming record-holder in the 500m free with a time of 4:32.30. Shane’s love for the pool began at the age of 3 and soon thereafter, he became enamored with the mental strength required to succeed in such... Read more →

Top e-Learning Resources For Effective Learning 

Top e-Learning Resources For Effective Learning Over the past few years — and especially since COVID-19 — the realm of electronic learning has quickly developed, leading to immeasurable changes throughout the educational sphere. Today, we have a robust and effective electronic learning management system that is supported by a wide range of technologies, including e-learning mobile apps and software that can be utilized by educational facilities. Such recent advances in technology have even allowed artificial intelligence to be incorporated into e-learning, pushing the boundaries beyond what was previously thought possible. Still, although the technology is available, not all educational institutions have learned how to harness it effectively. Recent technology has changed the way educators teach; more importantly, it has changed the educational system as a whole. Now, students no longer have to physically attend class in order to obtain study materials or converse with educators and peers. Furthermore, employees can... Read more →

New Jersey American Water to Purchase Egg Harbor City Water/Sewer System for $21.8M

Acquisition Will Add 3,000 New Customer Connections CAMDEN, N.J. (March 29, 2021) – New Jersey American Water announced today it has signed an agreement to acquire the water and wastewater assets of Egg Harbor City, N.J. for $21.8 million. The municipally owned water and wastewater systems serve approximately 1,500 customer connections each, or 3,000 combined, and are being sold through the state’s Water Infrastructure Protection Act process. New Jersey American Water anticipates completing the acquisition in the second half of 2021, following approval from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. “We look forward to providing the residents of Egg Harbor City with reliable water and wastewater services, as we do for over 192 municipalities across the state. Our plan will help rebuild and modernize the town’s infrastructure for continued quality and increased reliability while stabilizing rates and providing excellent customer service... Read more →

What Is the Latest Sports News Today: Where to Find the Actual Information?

For some, sport is an important activity, a matter of a lifetime, and for others, it is an incredible and interesting action. From ancient times until today, sport is considered a physical or intellectual activity that is carried out for the purpose of competition or training. Today there are many sports: gymnastics, cycling, football, hockey, basketball, tennis, etc. There are many sportspersons who do sports professionally. But there are even more fans. That is why sports are discussed every day. Announcement of football games, competitions, championship results – every fan wants to know this information. In this connection, we want to indicate that the latest top sport news is usually presented on the site, which can be easily visited by everyone. Latest Sports News Always Available to Everyone The online service provides up-to-date and detailed information about events in the world of sports. Users can read information about... Read more →

Patricia Hubbs, of Gloucester City, age 55

Patricia Hubbs March 28, 2021, Of Gloucester City, NJ, passed away suddenly on March 28, 2021. Age 55. Born in Camden City, NJ. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Florence (Lonabaugh) Lucas. Patricia is survived by her husband, Richard D. Hubbs, Jr; daughter, Tina Holmes; sons, Matthew Wilson (Angela), Richard Hubbs, 3rd (Kelsey), Kyle Hubbs (Samantha); grandchildren, Natalie Holmes, Shane Holmes, Aiden Gossman, Zachary Wilson, Anthony Wilson, Demi Wilson and Leland Hubbs. She was predeceased by her son, Zachary Willetts. A memorial service honoring Patricia will be held at a later date. There will be no viewing. Condolences and memories may be shared at under the obituary of Patricia A. Hubbs. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME, Gloucester City. Ph: 856-456-1142. Read more →

William Wells of Coatesville Charged with Tax Evasion

PHILADELPHIA – Special Agent in Charge Thomas Fattorusso announced that William Wells of Coatesville, was charged by Information with tax evasion, in violation Title 26, United States Code, Section 7201. The charges against Wells were filed on March 29, 2021. The information alleges that Wells, a part-owner of a paving company located in Coatesville, did not file tax returns for tax years 2014 through 2017. In an effort to conceal income earned from operating the company, he cashed checks from paving customers at a check cashing business. As a result of these actions, defendant Wells evaded the payment of $84,995 in federal income taxes. “Anyone contemplating cheating on their taxes should know that IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agents work tirelessly, year-round, to investigate tax and financial crimes,” said IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Thomas Fattorusso. "Our largest enforcement program is directed at the portion of American taxpayers who... Read more →

Scientists at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University Report...  

Stopping Gene-Regulating Activity of Signaling Molecule in the Heart Could Aid Heart Failure Prevention, (Philadelphia, PA) – The human heart works under high demand, constantly pumping oxygen-rich blood through the body. When faced with disease, however, fulfilling this demand can become increasingly difficult and harmful. In the case of chronic high blood pressure – a leading cardiovascular disease in the United States – the heart continuously overexerts, resulting in maladaptive growth and, ultimately, severe dysfunction of the heart muscle itself. Maladaptive growth of the heart, known as cardiac hypertrophy, is brought about in part by activation of G protein-coupled kinase 5 (GRK5), a signaling molecule found within heart cells that previously has been linked to worsened cardiac function in heart failure. Researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) now show for the first time in animals that keeping GRK5 out of the heart cell nucleus,... Read more →

College Lacrosse: Stockton 14 Rowan 9; Senior Ashley Lechliter scored 4 goals

GLASSBORO - Senior Ashley Lechliter scored four goals but it wasn't enough as Rowan fell to Stockton, 14-9, in non-conference action this evening at Coach Richard Wackar Stadium. With the Profs trailing 7-4 at halftime, Elise Cohan got Rowan (2-4) on the board in the second half with two straight goals to pull the home team within 7-6. Stockton (1-0) then answered with two of its own to build its lead up to 9-6. Lechliter scored her second goal of the night to get the Profs within 10-7, before Stockton netted three consecutive goals to increase the advantage to 13-7. Lechliter tallied another to cut Rowan's deficit to 13-8 with under seven minutes to play but the Ospreys added one with 4:30 remaining to put the game out of reach. Cohan had three goals for Rowan, senior Julia Grlica handed out three assists and Dara Hennessy and Julianna Corson had... Read more →

Virginia Governor Pardons Mathew Rushin, Wrongfully Convicted After Car Crash

Matthew Rushin, a young, Black, autistic man who was wrongfully convicted after a 2019 car accident, has been released from prison. After he was conditionally pardoned by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam in November 2020, Matthew remained in prison, contracting COVID-19 while behind bars. On Monday, March 29th, after a long and nightmarish ordeal, he finally walked free. Lavern and Demetrius Rushin had worked tirelessly to free their son, who was 21 at the time of his arrest. Matthew, who was diagnosed with ADHD and Asperger’s as a child and later suffered a traumatic brain injury, was a student at Old Dominion University — a young man who loved to compose poetry and play the piano. On the rainy night of January 4, 2019, he went to pick up pastries at the Panera where he worked when he was involved in a serious car accident. After the accident, the commonwealth’s attorney... Read more →

7 Instagram Accounts that Food Lovers Should Follow

Introduction Food is the true constant in life. Scintillating dishes and scrumptious meals never go out of style or season. For that reason, and for several others, the tree of Instagram accounts is ripe with channels that cover food. Even when it comes to Instagram marketing, posts that include food are several times more likely to help you gain engagement on Instagram. If you are looking for accounts that have left their followers on Instagram drooling, we have you covered. Read on for a list of seven Instagram accounts that every food lover must follow. 1. Smitten Kitchen With a clever username and about one and a half million followers on instagram , Smitten Kitchen is one of the most popular food accounts on Instagram. The best part about Smitten Kitchen is that the account is global in terms of its recipe. You can find posts about French Onion Soup... Read more →

Kimmel Cultural Campus Reopening in the Fall

SEASON KICKS OFF WITH A SPECTACULAR BROADWAY LINE-UPSHOWCASING 13 BLOCKBUSTER PRODUCTIONS WITH A COMBINED 42TONY AWARD® WINS BEGINNING WITH THE RETURN OF HAMILTON (Philadelphia, PA, March 30, 2021) – With positive news and reports from Broadway touring industry organizations, the Kimmel Cultural Campus is announcing the return of live Broadway programming to Philadelphia in the fall of 2021 after being closed for more than a year due to COVID-19. The Kimmel Cultural Campus kicks-off its season, presented in partnership with The Shubert Organization, with 13 magnificent shows that will finally bring audiences together again for the unparalleled live theater experience. In anticipation of reopening its doors safely and resuming mainstage performances, Campus management continues to work in consultation with health and safety experts and in accordance with City and Commonwealth guidelines in the development of its reopening plans. Additionally, the Kimmel Cultural Campus is working collaboratively with its esteemed Resident... Read more →

Rowan Field Hockey Receives NFHCA National Academic Team Award

BROCKPORT, NY (March 30, 2021)-– The Rowan University field hockey team received the 2020 National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III National Academic Team Award. The National Academic Team Award recognizes institutions that have achieved a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the first semester of the 2020-21 academic year. There were 147 schools that received the honor. Rowan previously had 20 student-athletes that were named to the 2020-21 NFHCA National Academic Squad and two were Scholars of Distinction. photo provided Read more →

CNB Hunting/Fishing Delaware: Turkey Hunting Season to Open in April

Self-serve Required Turkey Harvest Registration Provided at Check Stations Delaware’s statewide one-day turkey hunt for youth ages 10 to 15 and for non-ambulatory disabled hunters requiring a wheelchair will be held Saturday, April 3, followed by the four-week spring turkey hunting season from Saturday, April 10 through Saturday, May 8. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control reminds turkey hunters that hunting hours are a half-hour before sunrise until 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with no Sunday hunting. Youth hunters on the one-day turkey hunt must be accompanied by an adult 21 years of age or older who has completed a Delaware-approved turkey hunter safety course and has a Delaware hunting license or a License Exempt Number (LEN). The accompanying adult may not hunt on the special one-day turkey youth hunt. Only bearded turkeys may be harvested, and the bag limit is one bearded turkey per hunter each... Read more →

North Wildwood Man Charged with Attempted Human Trafficking of a Child and other Charges

WOODBURY, NJ (March 30, 2021)--Gloucester County Acting Prosecutor Christine A. Hoffman announces that Robert C. Reinhart (DOB 10/03/1968) of North Wildwood, NJ, was arrested on March 29, 2021, and charged with one count of Attempted Human Trafficking of a Child (1st Degree), Luring of a Child (2nd Degree), and Attempted Sexual Assault (2nd Degree). In January 2021, Reinhart contacted an undercover investigator with the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office via text message. The undercover investigator was posing as an adult sister with access to her 14-year-old younger sister. During the chat, Reinhart requested to pay $300 to engage in sexual acts with the 14-year-old child in Gloucester County, NJ. Reinhart continued to chat with the undercover investigator for the next month. In March 2021, Reinhart attempted to meet the child at a location in West Deptford, NJ. Reinhart told the undercover investigator that he would rent a room at a local... Read more →

Elementary School Alumni of Archdiocese of Philadelphia Honored for Raising Money to Fight Leukemia & Lymphoma

The students and their families raised over $150,000 to fight Leukemia and Lymphoma Pauline Hartman, Alexa Mervine, and Barbara Nather are three Archdiocese of Philadelphia Elementary School alumni who were recently recognized by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) as “Students of the Year 2021” for raising $153,336.96 for the Delaware chapter of LLS. files Both Pauline and Alexa are graduates of Saint Thomas the Apostle School in Glen Mills (Delaware County) and Barbara is a graduate of Holy Family Regional Catholic School in Aston (Delaware County). All graduated from elementary school in 2018. The students named their team “Fight With All Your Might” and participated in a seven-week campaign, which launched in January. The initiative involved raising funds by writing letters to hundreds of contacts, soliciting businesses, hosting fundraisers as well as a live three-day auction that concluded with a virtual gala with all of the teams. Pauline... Read more →

Dunkin' Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program is accepting applications through April 30

Dunkin’ of Greater Philadelphia to Award $50,000 in Scholarships to Regional High School and College Students Philadelphia, Pa. (March 15, 2021) – Dunkin' and its greater Philadelphia-area franchisees today announced the launch of its twelfth annual Dunkin' Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program, which will award $50,000 in scholarships to area high school and college students. In collaboration with Scholarship America, Dunkin’ will award a $2,000 academic scholarship to 25 students throughout the greater Philadelphia region to attend an accredited two or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school of their choice in Fall 2021. Dunkin’s Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program will be open to current part-time and full-time undergraduate students, and high school seniors. Recipients will be selected based on their academic record, demonstrated leadership skills, and overall commitment to their school and the local community. "Dunkin’ franchisees throughout the greater Philadelphia area are excited to once again launch the Dunkin’ Philadelphia Regional... Read more →


INTRODUCTION Startups are usually the product of massive, creative, and brilliant ideas. Even the most creative idea, though, will easily fade and die if it is not properly executed. That is why a sound, sustainable business model must be at the core of any successful startup. You should be targeting a successful marketplace business model. The idea is just the first stage in the process of starting a company. To attract the interest of your potential customers, you must have something cool, modern, and original to the industry. However, it isn't quite enough. You must also construct a solid foundation that will help you to turn your concept into a sustainable and long-term enterprise. You'll need to figure out which marketing tactics and platforms you'll need to reach out to potential purchasers, as well as how you'll deliver your deals to them. So, here comes the most awaited question: HOW... Read more →

Rowan's August, Agyemang and Kokolis Earn NJAC Athlete of the Week Honors

PITMAN, NJ – Softball player Emily August and track & field athletes Nana Agyemang and Nick Kokolis earned New Jersey Athlete of the Week (NJAC) honors. August was named the NJAC Pitcher of the Week while Agyemang was selected the NJAC Track Athlete of the Week. Kokolis was chosen the NJAC Rookie of the Week. A senior, August recorded the win in an 8-0 five inning shutout in the first game against Stockton University. She pitched a perfect four innings and totaled a career-high eight strikeouts. August came in for the final two outs in the second Stockton game and earned a save. This season, she has a 2-1 record with a 1.38 earned run average (ERA). August had compiled 22 strikeouts in 20.1 innings. In the conference, she ranked second in strikeouts, third in opposing batting average (.127) and fourth in ERA. At the Stockton Invitational, Agyemang won the... Read more →

Gregory Stevens, of Philadelphia Arrested for Robbery; Suspect was Wearing Ankle-Monitor

Charged with Armed Robbery of Kensington Pharmacy PHILADELPHIA – Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Gregory Stevens, 27, of Philadelphia, PA, was arrested today and charged by Indictment with Hobbs Act robbery and using a firearm during a crime of violence. The Indictment alleges that on February 22, 2021, the defendant committed an armed robbery of Universal Pharmacy on Kensington Avenue in Philadelphia, stealing oxycodone and other drugs. According to court documents, when Stevens demanded the oxycodone, the pharmacist told Stevens it was in the back room of the pharmacy and led him there to get it. A struggle ensued when the pharmacist attempted to resist Stevens, and the defendant shot the pharmacist in the chest with the 9mm semi-automatic pistol he was carrying. Stevens allegedly committed this crime wearing a Pennsylvania Parole Board GPS-enabled ankle monitor. The defendant also has pending charges in state court for... Read more →

CNBNews Pet Tips: Discover These Dog-Friendly Travel Destinations

by Mike Powell | CNBNews Contributor Swan on the Lake (image Pixabay) The warm season calls for a much-deserved vacation—the only time you get to turn off your work notifications, find a house sitter, and pack your bags to savor every moment outside. But, if you are like many people, you may need a travel companion to make your stress-busting moments worthwhile. Before the vacation excitement goes all-time high, consider bringing your four-legged best friend with you! After all, they crave adventures too. Your dog has given you all the love and companionship you deserve, which means you should give him time off too. Because we believe that dogs deserve to revel in a fun getaway, we rounded up the best dog-friendly travel spots around the United States. But before we dive into these spots, remember the following safety precautions: Whether you are going for a road trip or a... Read more →

NJ Senate Amends Marijuana Laws

Todd DeFeo / The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – The state Senate has approved – and the governor has signed – legislation to amend New Jersey’s recently enacted marijuana legalization laws. A-5472/S-3565 amends a section of the law that bars law enforcement officers from alerting parents when a child is caught using or possessing alcohol or a marijuana product. It allows authorities to inform parents in writing upon the first and subsequent violations. Last month, Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law legislation legalizing marijuana in New Jersey and addressing underage possession and consumption. However, some lawmakers complained one of the bills goes easy on underage possession, and some Republicans lamented the amendment doesn’t go far enough. “This is a step in the right direction for New Jersey families, but to be frank, this legislation misses a major problem when it comes to fixing this mess,” state Sen. Anthony... Read more →

NRA-ILA: Kamala Harris is Lying. She and Others are Coming After Your Guns

Vice President Kamala Harris sat for a segment with “CBS This Morning” in which she advocated for a raft of gun control measures. On Wednesday March 24, Vice President Kamala Harris sat for a segment with “CBS This Morning” in which she advocated for a raft of gun control measures. During her anti-gun rant, the former senator from California tried to give the impression that anti-gun politicians are not interested in taking Americans’ firearms, stating, “Stop pushing the false choice that this means everybody's trying to come after your guns. That is not what we're talking about.” The statement was a flagrant falsehood, uttered by a person who spent much of the 2020 Democratic primary campaign advocating for the confiscation of commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms among a field of other candidates advocating for the confiscation of commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms. On September 6, 2019, Harris told reporters in Londonderry, N.H. that she... Read more →

New Jersey Students Named to The Dean's List at MCPHS University

BOSTON, Massachusetts March 29, 2021 - MCPHS University is pleased to announce the students who have been named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2020 semester: * Marina Ahmed is a native of Penns Grove, N.J. (08069) and is pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy. Marina will graduate from the Boston, Massachusetts campus in 2022. * Sapna Patel is a native of Swedesboro, N.J. (08085) and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Premedical and Health Studies. Sapna will graduate from the Boston, Massachusetts campus in 2022. The Dean's List recognizes those students with a full-time course load who have achieved outstanding scholarship with a 3.5 GPA or higher for the academic term. The mission of MCPHS University is to prepare graduates to advance health and serve communities worldwide through excellence, innovation, and collaboration in teaching, practice, scholarship, and research. Founded in 1823, MCPHS University is the oldest institution of... Read more →

Delaware to Issue 1000 additional Surf fishing Permits

Special Off-Peak Permit Pilot Program to Cast Off in Late May In response to the eighth modification to the COVID-19 emergency order, issued by Gov. John Carney on March 29, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmenta l Control will issue up to 1,000 additional one-year Surf-Fishing Permits for 2021. Those who wish to purchase one of the additional 1,000 regular Surf-Fishing Permits must first acquire a special voucher on a date to be determined. Vouchers will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, with details to be announced by the DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation in the near future. Each voucher will allow for the purchase of one 2021 Surf-Fishing Permit. These special Surf-Fishing Permit vouchers are limited to one per person. Other information about the vouchers that can be announced by DNREC at this time is as follows: The person obtaining the voucher does not have... Read more →

The People Act Bill would make Sweeping Changes to Current Election Laws/Procedures

Senators spar over For the People Act Alyce McFadden March 25, 2021 2:59 pm (Alex Wong/Getty Images) Members of the Senate Rules Committee questioned expert witnesses and debated the merits of the For the People Act during a contentious hearing Wednesday. The bill would make sweeping changes to the current election laws and procedures, tackling what former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called the “unholy trinity of voter suppression, dark money and gerrymandering” during his testimony as a witness before the committee. The Democratic-sponsored legislation would close a loophole that allows nonprofits and shell companies to spend untraceable dollars — or “dark money” — to influence elections. If the bill becomes law, all political contributions greater than $10,000 will be subject to disclosure laws, no matter the recipient’s nonprofit status. According to an OpenSecrets report cited several times during the hearing and in witness testimony, dark money groups spent over... Read more →

CNB News Consumer Tips: Eviction Moratorium Order

by Sana Chriss Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC Lots of people are having difficulty paying their rent due to the pandemic. But today, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released an eviction moratorium order. It protects people from being evicted for not paying their rent if they complete a declaration form and give it to their landlord. This protection lasts until June 30, 2021. If you qualify for this help, fill out and sign a declaration form (available in both English and Spanish) and give it to your landlord. If you need help understanding whether you qualify, the Housing and Urban Development has a list of housing counselors in your area who can answer your questions. And whether or not you qualify, it might be worth finding out more about rental assistance programs. There may be local programs that offer rental assistance and other help. If landlords... Read more →

Keeping Safe and Living Well

From sourcing fresh produce to exercising in your local neighborhood it is important to live well, look after yourself and look out for those around you. Take any opportunity you can find to improve your life. When you look after yourself you have the energy and output to enrich your community. When you give back to others you can create and maintain a neighborhood that can be enjoyed by others for many years to come. Locally Sourced and Locally Produced Food Knowing what is in your food is important. Where you can it is advisable to buy locally sourced and locally produced fresh food and produce. Lots of food travels thousands of miles before reaching your plate and you do not know what it might have been in contact with on that journey, so stay local where you can. You will eat better food and help out the planet. Clean... Read more →

University of Alabama's Langston of Mickleton Helps Students Safely Volunteer the Pandemic

TUSCALOOSA, AL (03/29/2021)-- Nonprofit organizations across the country were among the many who felt the overwhelming impact of COVID-19. But last fall, when several Tuscaloosa nonprofits needed help like never before, The University of Alabama's student-led organization Serving Bama found a way to safely continue vital, in-person volunteer services, and they continue doing so today. Among those students who led the way to safely continue volunteer services was Grace Langston of Mickleton, NJ (08056), an assitant team leader with Serving Bama. Serving Bama is one of UA's Center for Service and Leadership's Community Action Teams. Through the hardwork of its team leader and 23 assistant team leaders, Serving Bama makes it their mission to serve the community, meeting a variety of needs for eleven nonprofits throughout Tuscaloosa, where nearly 130 UA students volunteer weekly. One of those organizations is Therapeutic Riding of Tuscaloosa, or TROT, which offers equine-assisted therapy services... Read more →

Why a Leading NJ College Health Program is Launching Virtual Platforms...

to Transform Traditional Learning Models During Pandemic EWING, NJ March 30, 2021 – Founded 50 years ago, the School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) is leveraging innovative virtual platforms to redefine traditional learning models and foster community-engaged learning. Higher education was hit hard by COVID-19, and one estimate reports overall fall enrollments dipped almost three percent 2019-2020. Traditional instructional formats have either halted or converted to remote outlets, and experiential learning opportunities are limited. Your Health Matters is a new online partnership among the School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science at TCNJ, global healthcare company Nova Nordisk and Trenton-based nonprofit HomeFront, an organization focused on ending homelessness. “For clients at HomeFront, stress is directly related to physical and mental health and wellbeing. Making a difference in individuals’ lives is beneficial and rewarding,” says Associate Professor and Johnson and Johnson Health Leadership... Read more →

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 for us. But in those pages lie hundreds of exclusions, deductions, preferential rates, and credits. Depreciation for business investments, tax credits for maintaining railroad tracks,... Read more →

Law Enforcement Solves 2017 Cherry Hill Bank Robbery 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 no one came forward to identify the man. In 2021, new information was received, which led them to identify Thomas as the person responsible. Thomas... 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 arrested last month. Sutton is lodged in the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly, while McKinney is presently in the Camden County Correctional Facility on... 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 determined to protect Democrat Senator Dawn Addiego, whose opponent, Republican Assemblywoman Jean Stanfield is spearheading calls for impeachment. “It will be five weeks tomorrow since... 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 train route,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “This is why NJ Transit is rated one of the worst transportation agencies... 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: Commemorating World War II While awaiting discharge, Marciano represented the Army and won the 1946 Amateur Armed Forces Boxing Tournament. In March 1946, he received... 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 form of refreshing gum sticks, that sit in the mouth and release flavors and nicotine. Because of this, they’re incredibly easy to consume, and even... 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 a child with autism, as well as the states that offer the least support, with West Virginia ranking the worst place, while Colorado is named... Read more →

Virtual Boxing Lessons for CC Residents 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 so by calling Tom Castellano at (856).858.2986, or by email, 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 going on for years and years. They wasted $800 million on it, but they can’t even build a retaining wall correctly. This money would have... 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. 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 as some of the most competitive and prestigious programs and specialties in the nation. I am pleased that 11 students matched at Geisinger. I am... 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 3rd at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, BELLMAWR. Funeral service 12 noon. Interment New St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr. In lieu of flowers family requests donations be made... 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, principals and teachers across New Jersey have spoken out against standardized testing this spring, pointing out that it is not necessary because “districts already collect... Read more →