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November 2021

Civilians Who Work for Philadelphia Police Indicted for Fraudulently Collecting Pandemic Benefits

+++++ PHILADELPHIA –United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that the following defendants were charged with fraudulently obtaining emergency unemployment benefits related to COVID-19. Each of the following defendants was charged with one count of mail or wire fraud and one count of theft of government funds for obtaining Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) funds while working for the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) and also collecting his or her City paycheck: Shannon Reynolds, age 25, of Philadelphia, PA; Najah Harrell, age 32, of Philadelphia, PA; Korey Kinard, age 29, of Philadelphia, PA; Keely Maude, age 23, of Philadelphia, PA; Tashika White, age 50, of Cheltenham, PA; Paulette Johnson, age 55, of Philadelphia, PA; Monica Pelzer, age 45, of Philadelphia, PA; and Yarelis Feliciano, age 28, Philadelphia, PA. Seven of the eight defendants are employed as radio dispatchers for the PPD: Reynolds, Harrell, Kinard, Maude, White, Pelzer and Feliciano. The eighth defendant,... Read more →

Aron Govil On What You Must Consider While Hiring a Tax Accountant

The majority of us would acknowledge that dealing with your taxes might seem to be a difficult task. Whether it's preparing your tax returns or staying abreast of your deductions, you'll need the assistance of a professional. Even if you believe you are capable of handling the operation, a tiny mistake might turn out to be considerably more expensive than you anticipated. To avoid finding yourself in a tough position, you should seek the advice of an experienced tax accountant. It will be beneficial if you concentrate on a variety of approaches before moving forward. image courtesy of You must take into consideration the following points when looking to engage an accountant for your tax needs: 1. The services that are provided First and first, you must obtain information about the service provided by the tax accountant or agency in which you are interested. If you want tax or... Read more →

Are vinyl or fabric shower curtains better for you?

Shower curtains give a sense of privacy and comfort in the bathroom. Vinyl and fabric shower curtains might be made from similar materials but there are some differences that you must consider. If you're looking to buy a new curtain, read on and learn what makes each type unique. Vinyl: - Environmentally friendly; can be more durable than fabric; easier to clean; doesn't fade easily. - A common complaint is that they do not absorb water like fabric ones do, which can make for puddles around the tub after every shower. Vinyl Shower curtains are often made with PVC, are more durable, easier to clean and less likely to fade. However, they do not absorb water like fabric curtains, which can cause puddles around the tub after every shower due to arty shower curtains. Fabric: - Fabric curtains are usually cheaper than vinyl ones; available in a nearly endless supply... Read more →

Rep. Van Drew Announces 'Strong Shores' Campaign

Major Campaign to Dredge Waterways, Replenish Beaches, and Strengthen South Jersey’s Coastal Infrastructure Atlantic City, NJ – Today, Congressman Van Drew announced his “Stronger Shores” policy campaign, which will be an ongoing coordinated effort with the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the United States Coast Guard. Major initiatives of this campaign are to dredge waterways, replenish beaches, protect our coastal communities and environment, and encourage economic development while protecting our coastal communities and environment. “Earlier this year we secured $4.1 million for dredging the mouth of the Maurice River which is critical to the economic revitalization of our Bayshore communities that had been neglected for decades,” said Congressman Van Drew. “It is now time to focus on the backlog of dredging projects in our back bays and channels that are imperative to the strengthening of our coastal communities and encouraging economic growth. Phase 1 of this major initiative... Read more →

What NJ Hunters Need to Know About Covid-19 and Deer

White-Tailed Deer and COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in people, is primarily spread from person to person through close contact. We know the virus can sometimes be spread from people to certain susceptible animal species, which includes white-tailed deer. Recently, there have been reports of wild and captive white-tailed deer in other states infected with SARS-CoV-2. According to the CDC, there is no evidence that wildlife, which includes white-tailed deer, are a source of COVID-19 illness for people in the United States, or that people can get COVID-19 from preparing and eating hunted game meat. Based on current information, the risk of animals spreading SARS-CoV-2 to people is likely low. Close contact with an infected person is still the most likely way a person would be exposed. However, we still have much to learn about white-tailed deer and SARS-CoV-2 infection, including learning what risk, if any, an infected... Read more →

Holiday Cleanup of South Jersey Catholic Cemeteries

By Michael Walsh - The next holiday cleanup for South Jersey Catholic Cemeteries is scheduled to begin the week of December 6 for the removal of Veterans Day and Thanksgiving decorations. However, grave blankets and wreaths laid at Thanksgiving will remain until January. Prior to the cleanup date, we ask families to please remember to remove any items or mementos that they wish to keep. South Jersey Catholic Cemeteries, a ministry of the Diocese of Camden, handles 15 cemetery locations throughout southern New Jersey including: Calvary Cemetery & Mausoleum, Cherry Hill New St. Mary Cemetery & Mausoleum, Bellmawr Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Berlin St. Joseph Cemetery, Woolwich Township St. Mary Cemetery, Williamstown All Saints Cemetery & Mausoleum, Newfield Our Lady of Victories, Landisville Sacred Heart Cemetery & Mausoleum, Vineland St. Mary Cemetery of the Pines, Pleasant Mills St. Bernard Cemetery, Dorothy Holy Cross Cemetery & Mausoleum, Mays Landing St. Casimir... Read more →

Study Reveals Aspirin use is associated with a 26% raised risk of heart failure in some people

Newswise — Sophia Antipolis, 23 November 2021: Aspirin use is associated with a 26% raised risk of heart failure in people with at least one predisposing factor for the condition. That’s the finding of a study published today in ESC Heart Failure, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).1 Predisposing factor included smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. “This is the first study to report that among individuals with a least one risk factor for heart failure, those taking aspirins were more likely to subsequently develop the condition than those not using the medication,” said study author Dr. Blerim Mujaj of the University of Freiburg, Germany. “While the findings require confirmation, they do indicate that the potential link between aspirin and heart failure needs to be clarified.” The influence of aspirin on heart failure is controversial. This study aimed to evaluate its relationship... Read more →

Stockton Receives Grant to Build Maple Syrup Industry in South Jersey

November 23, 2021 Aaron Stoler, assistant professor of Environmental Science, and Ryan Hegarty '21, the maple grant's research assistant, install tubing in Stockton's sugarbush. Galloway, N.J. - Stockton University’s Maple Grant project gave South Jersey a taste of locally-prduced maple syrup, and the reaction was sweet enough that people want seconds. This year, the project was awarded a second grant from the United States Department of Agriculture for nearly $500,000 over three years to begin building a maple syrup industry in South Jersey. The funding will be used to develop “production hubs” in South Jersey counties and Philadelphia. Potgential hub locations are now beiing researched. Each hub will receive equipment to efficiently collect sap and produce maple syrup, as well as expert consulting in setting up their operation. In exchange, hub owners agree to tap trees on their property and also receive syrup from local community members who also want... Read more →

Lamar Johnson, 20, Charged with Willingboro Attempted Murder

Philadelphia Man Charged in Willingboro Attempted Murder Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Willingboro Township Public Safety Director Kinamo Lomon announced that a 20-year-old Philadelphia resident has been charged with shooting a Willingboro man last month in the parking lot of a township shopping center. Lamar Johnson, of the 1000 block of Granite Street, was charged with Attempted Murder (First Degree), Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (Second Degree), Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Second Degree) and Aggravated Assault (Third Degree). Johnson was arrested November 15 in Sharon Hill, Pa., by the Burlington County Sheriff’s Department Fugitive Unit. He later waived extradition and was brought to the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly, where he remains. He is scheduled for a detention hearing tomorrow in Superior Court. The Prosecutor’s Office will prepare the case for presentation to a grand jury for possible indictment. The investigation began after officers... Read more →

John J. DeRago, of Cherry Hill, GCHS Alumni

John J. DeRago, age 72 of Cherry Hill, NJ passed away at Samaritan Hospice, Voorhees, NJ on November 10, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. John was born April 2, 1949 in Camden, NJ to the late Michael J. Jr. and Mary (Grassi) DeRago. He was a graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School and West Virginia University. John began his career in banking and finance and later went into insurance sales. He owned and operated DeRago Insurance Services for 35 years. He truly cared for each and every one of his clients and considered many of them friends. He enjoyed world travel with his wife and spending summers at his Ocean City shore house with family and friends. He was a avid sports fan, die-hard conservative, loved to golf, enjoyed smoking good cigars with the guys, listening to Frank Sinatra and oldies music and was very handy at fixing and... Read more →

Lower Township Police Chief Extends No Shave November

Lower Township, NJ – Police Chief William Priole announces the extension of No Shave November. Lower Township Police Officers for the entire month of December will once again be able to let it grow wild and free! Each participating officer will donate a minimum of $50.00 toward this great cause. All proceeds will be donated to the Lower Township Toy Drive. This is a great time to help our families in need. In addition, if anyone would like to donate to the Lower Township food banks we ask that you drop off a gift card from one of the local supermarkets during the toy drive. Families that need assistance, our food banks are ready to help! We currently have three food banks in the township, please visit our website at or you can call 609-886-2005 ext. 132 for additional information. So, please don't be shocked when you see one... Read more →

Man Attacks Woman Jogger near Henry Hudson Trail, Marlborough Township

FREEHOLD – A physical attack and attempted sexual assault of a jogger in a county park earlier this week is under active investigation, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced Saturday. The incident took place shortly after 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, approximately 100 feet off the Henry Hudson Trail in Marlboro Township’s Big Brook Park, not far from the Trail’s eastern terminus at Boundary Road. An investigation involving members of the Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Bureau and the Marlboro Township Police Department determined that the victim, an adult female, was running in the area when she noticed a male stretching nearby. Moments later, the man physically attacked her, causing her to fall to the ground, and brandished a knife, which he used to cause minor injuries to her arms. The man then allegedly exposed himself and attempted to sexually assault the woman, but she managed to fight him off, causing... Read more →

NJ PBA President Calls for Suspension of South Toms River Business Administrator

(November 23, 2021)--New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Colligan today called for the immediate suspension and investigation of South Toms River Business Administrator Joe Kostecki (photo)as a result of his confrontations and questionable actions toward various members of the public at last night’s council meeting. Kostecki can be seen in various videos taken by concerned citizens violently slamming his hand on the table to prevent South Toms River PBA attorney, Stuart Alterman, from continuing to speak at the public forum before rising to physically block and push Alterman. These actions were deliberately meant to interfere with the council’s lawful authority to run the meeting by Roberts rules while using his office to cover up his shortcomings as Township Clerk with regards to collective negotiations with PBA Local 368. Once Kostecki was finally, physically, separated from the attorney the South Toms River Business Administrator then derisively blew kisses to... Read more →

Gloucester Lions Roar in City Series

The 2021 City Series was not much of a game as the GHS (9-1) Lions defeated cross town GCHS (0-11) Rams 56 - 0 with a second half running clock. With the win the Lions evened out the series at 23 with one tie. Pictured Mike Morrell The game featured Senior Mike Morrell, who sustained a season ending injury two years ago. Morrell #57 a team Captain entered his first action in two season. Morrell lined up as a wide receiver on the first play from scrimmage, With Morrell at receiver, recording setting running back Steven Burkhadt scored his first of four TD's on the day. Senior running back Burkhardt entered his final game as a Lion with a couple of GHS records in sight. Pictured Steven Burkhardt Burkhardt scored on runs of 2, 46, 40, 56 boosting his school single season record of 36 Touchdowns and a School Career... Read more →

Former Long Branch Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Manufacturing "Speed"

FREEHOLD – A former Long Branch Police Officer has pled guilty after being arrested and charged with various offenses related to manufacturing methamphetamine at his home in May 2021, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced. Christopher Walls, 50, has pleaded guilty to operating a meth lab out of his Long Branch home.Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office Christopher Walls, 50, of West End Avenue in Long Branch, pled guilty on November 16, 2021, in front of Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Jill G. O’Malley to charges of second degree Causing a Risk of Widespread Injury and 3rd degree Manufacturing CDS (methamphetamine). The agreement includes an aggregate sentence of 10 years in a NJ State Prison with a 2-year-period of parole ineligibility. As part of his plea, Walls also permanently forfeited public office, as well as his firearms and firearms ID card. Long Branch police were called to Walls’ home on the... Read more →

A Thanksgiving Message From Gloucester Township Police Chief David J. Harkins:

"The 2021 Holiday Season is upon us. This is a great time of the year. A time to enjoy our family and friends, and hopefully a time when we can pause and give thanks for the many blessings that we have. We at the Gloucester Township Police Department again have much to be thankful for. We are thankful for those that we work with and for the community support that we regularly receive. The men and women of the Gloucester Township Police Department have pulled together as a team, and have navigated the difficulties of the pandemic and other difficult times in policing. No one has done it better. As you travel through Gloucester Township during this holiday season, you are likely to see our officers conducting traffic enforcement, specifically targeting drunk driving and aggressive driving. Our goal is to reduce crashes and avoid tragedy, so everyone can enjoy the... Read more →

Drug Overdose Deaths Declining in NJ but Increase Elsewhere

Samuel Stebbins, 24/7 Wall St. via The Center Square More Americans are dying from drug overdoses than ever before, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were an estimated 100,306 fatal overdoses over the 12 months through April 2021 -- the most ever reported in a 12-month period and double the annual number of car accidents and firearm deaths combined. The record number of deadly overdoses marks a 29% increase from the same period a year earlier and is more than double the number reported as recently as 2014. Public health experts attribute the surge to the proliferation of fentanyl -- a synthetic opioid reported to be 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine -- as well as the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has isolated many Americans struggling with addiction while reducing their treatment options and care resources. New Jersey is one of only four states... Read more →

Landscaping Trends In And Around Gloucester City 

In Gloucester City, the carnage wrought by Hurricane Ida is still a raw memory. The storm produced sixteen tornado warnings in the Philadelphia area and in Gloucester County alone, damaging more than 100 buildings. The damage from this storm and the increasing trend in the power and frequency of many others has forced homeowners to take stock. For many, preventing and mitigating potential storm damage has become a top priority, and we’re seeing that evidence in the landscaping trends in Gloucester City. Controlling Runoff Homeowners that found their properties flooded during Ida were anxious to pump the water out of their basements. Then, after the cleanup was underway, they looked to landscaping and drainage solutions to control runoff in the hopes of preventing a repeat in the next storm. While many are still motivated to make their neighbors green with envy, they also recognize the need to be good stewards... Read more →

Everything You Need to Know About Buying Car Insurance 

image courtesy of Pixabay Not many people relish the prospect of purchasing car insurance; after all, this can be an expensive and time-consuming process, the benefits of which might take some time to materialize. While the process of buying car insurance might not be the most exciting activity, it can have a big impact on your finances. Buying the right car insurance means finding a solution for the right price that offers a level of coverage that suits your needs and preferences. The list below is designed to offer you the top tips to help you find the right car insurance for your needs more quickly and effectively. 1. Pay Attention to How Rates are Based As Root Insurance explains, one of the major challenges to finding car insurance can be down to the fact that many insurance companies base auto insurance rates on demographics such as age, gender, marital... Read more →

Rutgers Expanding Enrollment of Participants for Pfizer COVID-19 Pediatric Vaccine Clinical Trial

Rutgers, the only New Jersey site for the vaccine trial, will enroll additional children ages 6 months to 4 years Rutgers, a clinical trial site for the global Pfizer-BioNTech research study to evaluate the efficacy of its COVID-19 vaccine in children, is looking for participants for a third clinical trial on children ages 6 months to 4 years. “Children can get sick from COVID-19 and can spread the virus to others even if they are asymptomatic. While most children experience mild or no symptoms, some children can get severely ill and could have long-term effects,” said co-lead investigator Simon Li, an associate professor of pediatrics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. “Maximizing COVID-19 vaccination in all age groups is important to stop the global progression of the disease. Vaccination will also help us feel safer about our children resuming school and daily activities.” The Pediatric Clinical Research Center at... Read more →

Michael Edward Connell, age 61 of Oaklyn, formerly of Gloucester City

Michael Edward Connell, age 61 of Oaklyn, formerly of Gloucester City, passed away on Monday, November 22, 2021, at Salem Medical Center in Salem, NJ. Michael was born in Woodbury, NJ. He was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Church in Gloucester City and had most recently been a resident of Carneys Point, NJ. Michael is the son of the late Edward J & Anna Mae (nee Kauffman) Connell. He is survived and will be sadly missed by his siblings; Kathleen & her husband Ralph Skare, Patricia & her husband James Capra, Maureen Connell and John & his wife Sherri Connell. Michael is also survived by many nieces and nephews. The Connell family has chosen to share their heartfelt stories privately. #crerancelebration #heartfelt Read more →

Guest Opinion; Giving Thanks for Common Sense

Weekly Wastebasket | November 24, 2021 Last week’s Wastebasket was our tongue-in-cheek look at the many federal programs and legislative ideas that we’ve labeled “turkeys”. Bad ideas, wasteful spending, corporate welfare…you get the idea. And although there is always plenty to criticize in our world of budget watchdoggery, we also want to acknowledge the work, decisions, and programs in the federal government for which we give thanks. Because, occasionally, the government gets it right! First up, and probably the biggest thing to happen in Pentagon budgeting in two decades, is the abolition of the Overseas Contingency Operations account. This supposedly “off-budget” account still added to the deficit (to the tune of more than $150 billion per year at its highpoint) and also allowed the Pentagon to avoid making the tough budget decisions forced on other federal departments. We are thankful the Biden Administration heeded our argument, in our “4.6 Ideas... Read more →

How Important Are Antivirus Software Updates For Cybersecurity?

By Iurii Motov/ Staying cybersecure means that you need to be up to date with theaters in criminal tactics. However you also need to make sure that you have correct cybersecurity software installed on your devices. It’s not enough just to install cybersecurity software on your devices though. You must ensure that they are always kept up to date at all times. Software updates will maximize your security. Most people choose to ignore software updates as they can take time and disrupt your working day. However there are ways that you can make sure that you always get the latest version of your cybersecurity tools. Read on to find out more. Why Are Software Updates Used? Unfortunately not all cybersecurity tools remain secure for a long time. Cybercriminals are able to develop new strategies to bypass your security and break into your device. Cybersecurtiy software isn’t perfect either. It can... Read more →

CHOP at Virtua Pediatrician Offers Advice for Parents regarding COVID-19 Vaccines

Dr. Jeff Seiden issues COVID cautions as the winter holidays approach (VOORHEES, NJ---Nov. 23, 2021)… With Thanksgiving only days away and the December holidays close behind, Jeff Seiden, MD, is encouraging the families he cares for – and the people in his personal life – to pursue COVID-19 vaccination for their children ages 5 to 11. Children in this age group have been eligible to receive the two-part Pfizer vaccine (at a reduced dosage) since early November. “Families are eager to celebrate the holidays together, especially since many people remained apart last year,” he said. “That’s why we should take advantage of every available opportunity to minimize risk of acquiring or transmitting COVID-19. It’s wonderful that children as young as 5 can now receive protection.” As an attending physician in the CHOP at Virtua Pediatric Emergency Department in Voorhees, Dr. Seiden has cared for children – including toddlers and babies... Read more →

CNB Fishing News Maryland: Outdoor Opportunities in Maryland for Anglers and Nimrods are Plentiful

Maryland Fishing Report – November 24 Keith Lockwood, Maryland Department of Natural Resources. There are many outdoor opportunities to be thankful for in Maryland. Bryant Smith and his children show off a mixed bag of wood ducks and a large northern snakehead. Marylanders are beginning to hear Old Man Winter knocking on the door this week, with repeated temperatures below 30 degrees in some areas. Water temperatures are declining in all areas, changing the fishing conditions. Dress appropriately and enjoy the exciting fishing opportunities. All of us at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources wish everyone a happy and fulfilling Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. Forecast Summary: November 24 – November 30: Expect sunny and cool weather all week with windy conditions on Friday and Saturday. Chesapeake Bay surface waters and rivers continue to cool faster than the bottom waters. Bay surface water temperatures have dropped to the lower... Read more →

Paul E. Dost, of Audubon, CG Reserve Member

On November 21, 2021, of Audubon, NJ. Age 82 years. Paul was born August 3, 1939, to Emil and Marjorie Dost in Woodbury, NJ. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Sue. Paul was a lifelong resident of Audubon. He was a graduate of Audubon High School, class of 1952. He then attended Drexel University. He was a member of the Coast Guard Reserve. Paul was a member and former captain of the Audubon Heavy Rescue Squad and was involved in Emergency Management on the local, county, and state levels for over 50 years. He was a member of the NRHS, Inc. railroad club. Paul enjoyed boating, fishing at the Jersey Shore, woodworking, and baking Christmas cookies. He is lovingly survived by his wife of 58 years, Ellen (nee Mauger); his son, David (Cherri); his Aunt Rosemary Dost; his cousins, Bill Dost, Todd (Keri) Dost, Rich Rauscher, Doug... Read more →

Thanksgiving, Why You Should Be Thankful

I AM THANKFUL for the wife who says it's hot dogs tonight because she is home with me, and not out with someone else. ...for the husband who is on the sofa being a couch potato, because he is home with me and not out at the bars. ...for the teenager who is complaining about doing dishes, because it means she is at home, not on the streets. ...for the taxes I pay, because it means I am employed. ...for the mess to clean after a party, because it means I have been surrounded by friends. ...for the clothes that fit a little too snug, because it means I have enough to eat. ...for the shadow that watches me work, because it means I am out in the sunshine. ...for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing, because it means I have a... Read more →

City Lifestyle Annual December Giving Campaign

City Lifestyle, Kansas City, MO, November 23, 2021 (CNBNews)- City Lifestyle, formerly Lifestyle Publications, is kicking off its annual December Giving Campaign. Last year, City Lifestyle gave away an incredible $250,000 to 80 families around the country and this year we have already given away $200,000. We now have $100,000 we need to give away before Christmas to individuals, children, and families in need this holiday season and beyond! We know it can be hard during trying times to ask for assistance, so we need your help to spread the word! We are looking for anyone who may need an extra helping hand this Christmas season. There are no limitations on whom or how many people you can nominate. Nominations can be for local Kansas City residents or anyone in the US. To nominate someone, simply follow the City Lifestyle Instagram page, @citylifestyle, and click the link in our Instagram... Read more →

Rams and Lions Battle Thursday for City Bragging Rights

Editor's Note: The excerpt below is from the Renewal of Friendship booklet which was released in 1993 when the annual Thanksgiving Day football game between Gloucester High and Gloucester Catholic was resumed after nearly 30 years. The game will be played at the John Lynch Field at Gloucester High School, Rt. 130 and Market Street, on Thursday. Kickoff 10:30 AM Related: Two and One-Half-Hours BY G.J. FERGUSON (CNBNewsnet)(Gloucester City NJ)(Nov. 27, 2019)--It has been nearly three decades since the last City-Series game was played in 1965. At times, it seems like it was only yesterday. But, sadly it wasn't. With the final whistle, on that sunny autumn day, the City-Series passed into memory. Memories that have endured over the years. They have lived in the hearts and minds of those who remember the series and attached a special meaning to it. Gloucester Catholic 1963 football team It is with those... Read more →

CNB HUNTING/FISHING NEWS NJ: Winter Trout Stocking Program

The Division will again be stocking trout as part of the Winter Trout Stocking Program. Beginning Monday, November 22, 2021, approximately 4,620 two-year-old Rainbow Trout, averaging 14-18 inches, were stocked in 19 designated ponds and lakes over a two-day period (see Updates for any changes). Beginning with the 2016 winter stocking season, six lakes and ponds were moved from the Winter Stocking Program to the Fall Stocking Program. As part of the winter program, it would only be a few weeks before ice would form on the surface of these lakes. Unfortunately, ice fishing is not allowed on these waters. By moving them to the fall program anglers now have several more weeks of warmer weather to enjoy fishing for these trout. The winter stocking is the final one each year, bringing the total of trout stocked from the Pequest Trout Hatchery in Warren County to more than 600,000. Pequest... Read more →

Christopher L. Kuhnel Jr., age, 17, of Gloucester City; Funeral Services Sunday at Gloucester High School

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (Nov. 24, 2021)--Following injuries sustained from a motor vehicle while on his way to school, Christopher passed away surrounded by his family on November 20, 2021, at age 17 at Cooper Hospital in Camden, NJ. Loving and adored son of Christopher L. Kuhnel and Kerry Kuhnel (nee Wiley). Beloved brother of Caleb Lee Kuhnel. Cherished grandson of Louis Kuhnel, Barbara Cohen, John Wiley, Deborah Lynch, and Poppy Earl Lynch. Cherished nephew of Sharon Kuhnel, Jessie Ventura, and Chris Ventura. Loving cousin of Tyler, Emily, Aubrey, Howard, Gianni, and Giovanni. Also survived by many loving aunts and uncles. Chris was a senior at Gloucester City High School. He was an avid gamer who had a passion for art, drawing, and photography while using his creative mind to build. Above all else, Chris was caring and loved helping others. Relatives, classmates, Gloucester High School community, and friends are invited... Read more →

Press release: Judicial Watch Warns Election Officials in Five States

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it sent letters to election officials in 14 counties and five states—Arkansas, California, Illinois, New York, and Oregon—notifying them of evident violations of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. The letters detail how these states’ own reported data show that their counties removed an “absurdly low” or “impossible” number of inactive voter registrations under key provisions of the NVRA. The letters threaten federal lawsuits unless the violations are corrected in a timely fashion. The NVRA requires states to “conduct a general program that makes a reasonable effort to remove” from the official voter rolls “the names of ineligible voters” who have died or changed residence. Among other things, the NVRA requires registrations to be cancelled when voters fail to respond to address confirmation notices and then fail to vote in the next two general federal elections. In 2018, the Supreme Court... Read more →

Winslow Police Discover Shooting Victim Actually Shot Himself; Charged with Filing False Police Report Etc.

WINSLOW TOWNSHIP, NJ (November 24, 2021)--Sunday, November 20, Winslow Police were made aware of a gunshot victim at Cooper Hospital. Detectives met with Scott Pierson of Sicklerville who advised while exiting a business on Williamstown Road in Sicklerville he believed he was shot. Detectives conducted a thorough investigation and determined Pierson accidentally shot himself while inside his vehicle. Pierson confirmed the incident and advised the gun was disposed of in a wooded area near Sicklerville Road. The Camden County Sherriff's Department responded along with their K-9 "Five" and an article search was completed in a heavily overgrown wooded area. K-9 "Five" was able to locate the loaded handgun that was approximately 15-20 yards off the roadway in heavy underbrush. Pierson was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, Possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose, False report to police, Tampering with evidence, and Manufacturing an untraceable ghost gun. Read more →

GOOD NEWS: Public Invited to enjoy free entry to Delaware’s state parks and zoo Friday

The public is invited to enjoy free entry to Delaware’s state parks and zoo Friday, Nov. 26. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has waived state park and zoo entry fees annually on Black Friday since 2015 as part of a the #OptOutside movement. More than 7,000 organizations and 7 million people nationwide participate in the #OptOutside campaign each year. Visitors to Delaware State Parks can support and promote the movement on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the #OptOutside hashtag. Face coverings are required for all individuals, regardless of vaccine status, in all indoor state facilities, including park offices, restrooms, nature centers, interpretive sites and museums. Children younger than 2 years old should not wear masks due to risk of suffocation. All Delaware State Parks will open at 8 a.m. on Nov. 26, except for Fort Delaware State Park, which is closed for the season. Park offices will... Read more →

1,500 turkeys for the families and individuals served by the Center for Food Action

Englewood, NJ (November 19 2021) – Friday morning, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, The County of Bergen and Hackensack University Medical Center teamed up to deliver 1,500 turkeys for the families and individuals served by the Center for Food Action. The Bergen County Sheriff’s Department has made this donation an annual event, providing tens of thousands of Thanksgiving meals over the years. Led by Officer Aret Yesiltepe, the turkeys were purchased through funds raised through the PBA Local 134 Civic Association. Funding was also provided by a number of organizations including Hackensack University Medical Center and the The Contemporary Club of HoHoKus. “Thanksgiving is not only a time to reflect on what we are thankful for, but it is also a time to demonstrate our gratitude by helping those who are less fortunate," said Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, President & Chief Hospital Executive, Hackensack University Medical Center & Executive Vice... Read more →

5 Ways to Consume CBD 

courtesy of Cannabis is currently a hot topic in the world, and CBD has become a popular product in many industries because its potential uses are limitless. Everything from beauty products, food, supplements, and more are incorporating CBD, so there is something for everyone to enjoy. If you are looking for a way to improve your general health and wellness practices through holistic means, this article will dive into 5 ways that you can consume CBD. CBD has many health benefits and no psychoactive effects, which is the main reason why this compound is at the forefront of holistic healing. If you aren’t familiar with CBD or haven’t considered incorporating it into your life yet, that might change after reading this article. Putting It Under Your Tongue Consuming CBD sublingually is a very popular method of consumption, especially amongst the medical marijuana community. Usually, tinctures, which are dry herbs,... Read more →

OFFICER DOWN: PA Corrections Officer Rhonda Russell was shot and killed after a struggle for her firearm

The suspect had restrained Officer Russell and aimed the weapon at the officer. The officer shot at the suspect, but the suspect moved Officer Russell into the line of fire. Corrections Officer Rhonda Jean Russell Blair County Prison, Pennsylvania End of Watch Wednesday, November 17, 2021 Corrections Officer Rhonda Russell was shot and killed after a struggle for her firearm at the holding area of the Central Court building at 615 Fourth Street in Altoona. A male inmate attacked and disarmed Officer Russell while waiting for a court hearing. An Altoona police officer who was in the court building saw the altercation between Officer Russell and the suspect. The suspect had restrained Officer Russell and aimed the weapon at the officer. The officer shot at the suspect, but the suspect moved Officer Russell into the line of fire. She was transported to UPMC Altoona, where she succumbed to her wounds.... Read more →

UPDATED: Gloucester City Asking Residents for their Views on Improving the Neighborhoods in Irishtown

GLOUCESTER CITY. The City of Gloucester City is seeking feedback from people who live, work, shop, and eat in Irishtown for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP). As stated by our new Mayor Dayl R. Baile, "Gloucester City's Mayor and Council value our neighborhoods and our businesses. The NPP program proves Gloucester City is where great things are happening!" The online survey will help determine the projects and priorities designed to revitalize and rejuvenate the areas which incorporate the following: a small portion of Powell Street and Market Street to the South; Market Street to 5th Street and up to Ridgeway Street; Ridgeway Street to the Waterfront to the West; the Waterfront to portions of King Street and then to Hudson Street to the North; and down the railroad tracks to the East meeting back up with Powell Street, and boost economic growth. Anyone who... Read more →

CNB GOOD NEWS: Lower Township Awarded $4,500 South Jersey Gas First Responders Grant

Lower Township, NJ – South Jersey Gas, a subsidiary of South Jersey Industries (NYSE: SJI), announced on November 22, 2021 that the Lower Township Police Department has been awarded the South Jersey Gas First Responders Grant. The $4,500 grant is intended to provide critical support for operations conducted by first responder departments in their service areas. The grant is open to all paid or volunteer fire, emergency medical services, and police departments. Every application is reviewed carefully and the process is very diverse and highly competitive. After meeting a number of qualifications and criteria, the Lower Township Police Department was selected to receive the grant contribution to support the purchase of life saving medical and first aid equipment. The above grant was applied for in response to the new Use of Force Core Principle Six, Duty to Render Medical Assistance, mandated by the New Jersey Attorney General. Although, the Lower... Read more →

Top NJ Health School's Social Epidemiology Lab Found Link Between Pandemic Mortality and Social Capital

EWING, NJ, November 24, 2021 -- Although vaccination rates are rising and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now endorses boosters for all adults, the United States recently passed 750,000 COVID-19 deaths. Amid new winter spike warnings from some experts, students and faculty at the Social Epidemiology Lab (SEL) in the School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science (SNHES) at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) have found a compelling connection between pandemic mortality and social capital and vulnerability across the nation. "We identified that almost 57% of the variance in the mortality rate distribution was explained by social capital and vulnerability. States with lower levels of social capital and high levels of vulnerability tend to fare worse in terms of COVID-19 mortality than those with greater social capital," says Associate Professor of Public Health and SEL founder Dr. Carolina Borges. "Future studies should investigate possible interventions to improve social... Read more →

Samaritan Hosts Virtual Tree of Life Ceremony

to Remember and Honor Loved Ones This Holiday Season Mount Laurel, N.J. – Samaritan invites community members to take part in its annual Tree of Life: Season of Lightillumination program, a time to remember, recognize, and honor loved ones who are no longer with them in this physical world. The program will be held virtually and is available for viewing starting Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 7 p.m. on Samaritan’s website: The program will remain up through December 2022 for multiple viewing and sharing. As part of the program, individuals are invited to dedicate a symbolic light in memory of someone who has passed or in honor of someone special in their life. A full list of these dedications will be featured on Samaritan’s website. Donations can be made online at, but are not required to view the virtual event. All proceeds raised will benefit Samaritan, a local,... Read more →

Stockton's Holocaust Center to Host Event for Book on Love Stories that Survived the Holocaust

November 22, 2021 Galloway, N.J. - The Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center at Stockton University will host a Zoom book launch at 11 a.m. Dec. 5 for the book, “Love With No Tomorrow: Tales of Romance During the Holocaust” by Mindelle Pierce. Mindelle Pierce is the daughter of the Jack and Rose Najman who lived in Margate and were Holocaust survivors from Eastern Europe. An Atlantic County resident, Pierce is a member of the Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center Executive Committee at Stockton University. The book features the love stories of 27 couples who met before or during the Holocaust and whose love helped them survive to tell their stories. The book includes several area couples, including the Najmans, Ernest and Sara Paul from Atlantic City, and Daniel and Lucyna Berkowicz from Vineland. It also includes two couples with ties to Stockton’s Holocaust Center, Jack and... Read more →

ATTENTION: A Licensing & Peddler Registration is Required in Gloucester Township

Gloucester Township Residents: Are people coming to your door selling solar panels, or offering to do work on your home? EACH door to door sales person(s) MUST have a Gloucester Township, New Jersey Identification Card issued to them before soliciting in our town. If they don't have one or claim their supervisor has one, then please DO NOT conduct business with them, and call Gloucester Township Police if they appear suspicious. Registration of Hawkers, Peddlers, Canvassers, and Solicitors is an effort to reduce general crime and unethical and dishonest business practices in the solicitation of funds within Gloucester Township. It is also for the protection and maintenance of the health, safety, and welfare of the inhabitants of the Township. The purpose of Gloucester Township Ordinance Chapter 58, which is entitled “Hawkers, Peddlers, Canvassers and Solicitors” is to regulate the distribution of certain materials, canvassing, soliciting, peddling and other forms of... Read more →

Stockton Virtual N.J. State of the Food System Symposium Dec. 3; Event is Free and Open to Public

Galloway, N.J. _ Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin and N.J. Department of Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher will be among the speakers at the inaugural N.J. State of the Food System Symposium virtual event to be held from 1-4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3. Organizer Jeanine Cava, a founder of the N.J. Food Democracy Collaborative, said the goal of the symposium is to learn about shared and interconnected food system challenges. The event is free and open to the public All sessions are online. The schedule is: Welcome: 1-1:15 p.m. Overview of NJ FDC: Why a Food System Approach? Jeanine Cava, NJ Food Democracy Collaborative, Stockton University Session One: (1:20 - 2:00 p.m.) Governance and Legislative Progress on Food System Challenges Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin Senator Bob Smith Deputy Commissioner Elisa Neira, N.J. Department of Human Services Secretary Douglas Fisher, N.J. Department of Agriculture Session Two (2 - 2:20 p.m.): State... Read more →

Rowan outscored host TCNJ in the final few minutes to win 85-77

EWING, NJ – Rowan outscored host TCNJ in the final few minutes to pull away and score an 85-77 win in the NJAC opener for both teams. The Profs (4-0 ;1-0 NJAC) have now won four straight games to open the season. Arian Azemi had 13 points for the Profs and D'Andre Vilmar scored 13, with Damian Smith chipping in 12, and Hafeez Melvin adding 11 points. Ryan O'Leary contributed 10 to round out the double-figure scorers. Training 73-72 with over five minutes to play, the Profs went 6-for-6 from the foul line and used a driving layup from Azemi to put together a 13-6 run to earn the win. Both teams struggled from the perimeter, hitting under 26 percent from three-point range, with TCNJ (3-2; 0-1 NJAC) making just 20 percent. The game was close the entire second half, with a five-point lead by Rowan, 49-44, being the largest... Read more →

Dolores "Del" Giangola, 94, Runnemede

Dolores "Del" Giangola, 94, wife of the late Nicholas "Nick" Giangola, passed away Saturday, November 20th at the home of her daughter Vanessa Leone and her husband, Sam, in Mickleton, NJ. Born July 22, 1927 in Runnemede, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Serafin and Julia Pucalowski. Mrs. Giangola resided in Runnemede most of her life. She was a devoted wife and mother to her three children. Del was known for her generosity, energy, and uninhibited personality. An avid storyteller, Del loved to entertain with tales from the past - especially those regarding her beloved "wall gang". Dolores always enjoyed going to yard sales, dollar stores, spending time with her family, and could always be seen waving at the camera in photos. Dolores devoted the majority of her life to lovingly care for her son Gary who passed at age 49. She was also predeceased by her twin... Read more →

Manchester Township Police Officer Returns to Cooper University Health Care to Thank Caregivers

(CAMDEN CITY NJ) – Lt. Antonio Ellis, a Manchester Township police officer, was among the first severe COVID-19 cases in New Jersey in mid-March 2020. After more than a year of recovery, Officer Ellis returned to Cooper University Health Care triumphantly on Monday, November 22 to thank the team of caregivers who saved his life. More than 100 Cooper team members including the critical care doctors, nurses, and staff who cared for him during his long battle with COVID-19 greeted Officer Ellis and his wife, Carla, with celebratory cheers. “It is so gratifying to the Critical Care team to see Officer Ellis healthy and well. His story is truly miraculous and an inspiration to all of us,” said Jason Bartock, MD, who welcomed Ellis and his wife back to Cooper on behalf of the entire Critical Care Team. Officer Ellis came to Cooper for advanced care after he failed on... Read more →

VIDEO: Adults Acting Like Kids at New York Jets/Miami Dolphin Game this Past Weekend

CNBNEWS (November 20, 2021)-Some football fans just can't handle their alcohol consumption as evident in this video. There will come a day when someone is killed during one of these brawls. But until then the NFL will let the animals fight it out. The greedy team owners make too much money from these drunken clowns and could care less about the innocent people nearby who just wanted to watch the game. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO ON TWITTER Read more →

CNB TRAVEL NEWS: And the top 10 destinations for Thanksgiving travel this year are ...

Drumroll, please! AAA says Americans are making Thanksgiving getaways to some places that are not that surprising -- however, they are avoiding visiting one major city that has been a big destination in the past. AccuWeather Global Weather Center – November 23, 2021 – With a surge in travelers expected Thanksgiving week to near pre-pandemic levels, many aren’t just craving turkey and the trimmings. (Photo/John Lamparski/WireImage) Many eager vacationers are also setting their sights on sunny, warmer regions as they look to escape the cold weather and hectic everyday lives. “Travelers are seeking out warm, tropical weather for their top destinations. Beaches mostly top the list," Ellen Edmonds of AAA told AccuWeather. "But we’re also seeing some favorite vacation spots like Orlando.” "Caribbean destinations and Mexico are trending" as well, said Erika Richter, spokesperson for the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA), who noted that many trips were booked months... Read more →

Barbara T. Anzide, of Sewell, Wife of Former Gloucester City Councilman

February 24, 1935 - November 21, 2021 On November 21, 2021. Age 86. Of Sewell. Formerly of Gloucester City. Loving wife of 66 years to the late, Frederick C. Anzide, who passed away in June. Devoted mother of Lori (Robert) Kenney, Cathy (Paul) Bennett and Lisa (Paul) Sebastian. Devoted grandmother of Heather Lioacono (Matthew), Meredith Snyder (Shane), Chad Bennett (Katti), Lindsay Kenney, Ally Nick (Joe), Paul Sebastian, Emily Bennett (Kyle Falzone), Zachary Kenney (Courtney), Tyler Bennett and great-grandmother of 9. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her visitation on Monday, November 29th from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at McCann-Healey Funeral Home, 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City, NJ 08030. Burial will follow in New St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr, NJ. Family requests memorial donations in Barbara’s memory to St. John of God Community Services: 1145 Delsea Drive, Westville, NJ 08093. Please write in memo: Barbara T. Anzide. Condolences and... Read more →