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January 2022

ONLINE CASINO TIPS FOR NJ RESIDENTS

images courtesy of unsplash.com With the growing prevalence of NJ online casinos, it has never been more important for NJ residents to learn about online casino safety and responsible gambling. So, if you’re thinking about placing a few wagers on a mobile casino and taking advantage of those New Jersey casino bonuses, be sure to follow these online casino tips. Set a Budget Setting a gambling budget, also known as a bankroll, is important for several reasons. Firstly, it allows you to keep track of how much you are winning and losing, thus providing some much-needed clarity. Gamblers tend to remember their successes but forget their failures, and this can send them down a slippery slope. By keeping track, they will always have an accurate picture of their gambling history. Secondly, it ensures that you’re not losing more than you can afford to lose, which could cause problem gambling. A... Read more →


Growing Up Gloucester City: Juveniles Strike Elderly Resident; String Band Parade April 18; GCHS Golf Wins Two

Reprinted from the Gloucester City News April 8, 1982: Five Juvenile Deliquents Rough Up 82-Year-Old Man Gloucester City Resident GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ-- Last Saturday, April 3, an elderly Gloucester City resident was roughed up by five juveniles, four of which were involved in the burglary of John Jeffrey, a warehouse on Charles Street on March 28. Those four, by the way, are still awaiting sentencing for that incident. According to police, the 82 year old man was walking in the area of Monmouth and King streets at around 2:40 p.m. when he was approached by the youths. They attacked him and fled on foot with the fruits of the robbery, $5.70. Their names are being withheld because of their age. At the time we went to press the police were trying to have the courts detain the youths. Police are investigating the discharging of a weapon in the Gloucester Terrace... Read more →


CNBNews Spotlight on NJ College Students: Georgia Tech Dean's List

Students Make Dean's List at Georgia Tech for the Fall 2021 Semester ATLANTA, GA (01/27/2022)-- The following students have earned the distinction of Dean's List at the Georgia Institute of Technology for Fall 2021. This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have earned a 3.0 or higher academic average for the semester. Colby Ackerman of Voorhees (08043) Abhijat Chauhan of Mount Laurel (08054) Alexander Contratti of Burlington (08016) Iris Kim of Cherry Hill (08003) Daniel Lam of Mount Laurel (08054) Shawn McKelvey of Williamstown (08094) Zarif Rahman of Voorhees (08043) Gemma Ruggiano of Mount Laurel (08054) Sherry Shao of Cherry Hill (08003) Isabella Turner of Medford (08055) The Georgia Institute of Technology, or Georgia Tech, is a top 10 public research university developing leaders who advance technology and improve the human condition. The Institute offers business, computing, design, engineering, liberal arts, and sciences degrees. Its nearly 40,000 students, representing... Read more →


Baker College Faculty Member Being Threaten By Employer With Legal Action For Talking With Reporter

Jacqueline Tessmer spoke out about students who left school without jobs or degrees, saying Baker “ruined” lives. And she’s not retracting her statements. Jan. 28, 11 a.m. EST Excerpts from a letter that was sent to Jacqueline Tessmer, a former Baker College faculty member, by the law firm Plunkett Cooney on behalf of the school. Photo collage by ProPublica. Photo: Ryan Garza/Detroit Free Press. Letter courtesy of Tessmer. ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for Dispatches, a newsletter that spotlights wrongdoing around the country, to receive our stories in your inbox every week. Baker College, one of the largest private schools in Michigan, is threatening legal action against a former faculty member who spoke to ProPublica and the Detroit Free Press for an investigation published this month. Jacqueline Tessmer, who taught digital media for 14 years at Baker’s campus in Auburn Hills, told the... Read more →


Dolores C. Purdy, age 86, of Weymouth and Haddon Hts.

Dolores C. Purdy, on January 28, 2022, from Weymouth Township; formerly of Haddon Heights. Age 86. Beloved wife of the late William G. Purdy, Sr. Devoted mother of William G. Purdy, Jr. (Becky), Coleen Fahr (Craig), Tracy Staepel (late Tim), and Leon Purdy (Jen). Loving grandmom of Will III (Stacy), Cory, Amanda (Andrew), Ryan, Meaghan, Shaun, and Michaela. GiGi of Ryan Joseph, Aubree Raine, and Aria Reign. Dear Sister of Alexander Toryk (Cathy) and the late John Toryk. Also Survived by many nieces and nephews. There will be a viewing Saturday February 12, 2022 from 10am to 12 Noon at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral service 12 Noon at the funeral home. Interment St. Joseph's Cemetery, Chews Landing. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Association, 3 Eves Drive Suite 30, Marlton, NJ 08053 or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675. Read more →


Guest Opinion...Governor Abbott Analyzes Texas’ Success: “We Move At The Speed of Business”

By Marc Ang Texas Governor Greg Abbott made recent news with his “parental bill of rights”, recognizing the growing frustration with teachers unions and declining quality in education, coupled with heavy-handed responses to the pandemic from mandatory vaccines to masks. “We are pushing this principle of rights that will restore parents to their rightful role as the ultimate decision-maker for their child's education and health care. No government program can replace that role parents play.” Gloucestercitynews.net graphic files Abbott was Attorney General during the contentious Obama administration, but the work continues as Texas’ latest accomplishments involve successful lawsuits against the current Biden administration’s overreach. “[We sued and won], both in the trial court for appeals as well as in the US Supreme Court, [against the] vaccine mandate concerning OSHA. A president cannot issue an order that he doesn't have any authority under the Constitution.” Texas has now appropriated part of... Read more →


Matthew R. Barba, of Runnemede, age 33

Matthew R. Barba, on January 27, 2022, of Runnemede. Age 33. Beloved son of Margaret "Peggy" and the late Gary Barba. Devoted brother of Gary Dillon, Amber Tamez, and Amy Marie Barba. Loving uncle of Julianna Huber, Kadence, Natalie, Enzo, and Charlotte Rose. Matthew attended Triton High School. He loved to fish and play guitar. Services and interment are private at the request of the family. Read more →


Virtua Orthopedic Surgeon First in New Jersey to Perform Innovative ACL Restoration

Collegiate rugby player travels from California for treatment that enables injured ACL to heal itself (Voorhees, N.J.…) Virtua Health is the first health system in New Jersey to offer the BEAR® Implant to treat tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), one of the most common knee injuries. Sean McMillan, DO, sports medicine surgeon at Virtua Orthopedics & Spine, is the first surgeon in the state to have performed the procedure; his first patient was a collegiate rugby player from the University of California, Berkley. The BEAR® Implant is considered the first medical advancement to enable the body to heal its own torn ACL. This novel approach is a change from the current standard of care that has been utilized for the last 30 years—reconstruction that replaces the ACL with a graft. Virtua Orthopedics & Spine is one of only a few practices nationwide selected for the clinical trial. “The... Read more →


Consumer Alert: State Police Cracking Down on Illegal License Plates

NEWARK – Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck announced today that the Division of Consumer Affairs is taking action to address the sale of license plate frames and holders that violate New Jersey law and can result in drivers being pulled over. In a letter to New Jersey motor vehicle dealers, the Division is putting merchants on notice that state law requires all markings on a license plate to be legible or identifiable. According to a recent New Jersey Supreme Court decision, a driver is in violation of the law if their license plate frame or holder conceals or obscures a marking on the plate – like the words “Garden State” or “New Jersey” – so that the marking cannot be reasonably identified. The letter notes that merchants may be held accountable if they sell or advertise unlawful license plate frames or holders (or vehicles with such frames or holders)... Read more →


Louis J. Tirendi, Sr. age 75 of Westville

Louis J. Tirendi, Sr. on January 29, 2022, of Westville. Age 75. Beloved Husband of 50 years to Rose Marie (nee Silva). Devoted father of Steven Tirendi (Kim), Michelle Musilli (Fred), Gina Robinette (Andrew), and Louis Tirendi (Rachel). Loving Pop Pop of Natalie, Laura, Timothy, Domenic, Christian, Nathan, Cabrina, Riley, and Mason. Adored brother of Leanna Breen, Mary Stecklair (Bruce), Trudy Webb (Bob), and the late James, Joseph, Kathleen, and Joan. Dear Uncle to many nieces, nephews, and friends to many. Big Lou enjoyed being with his family and he was loved by all. He worked hard for over 30 years at Tastykake and served in the Vietnam War as a proud member of the 7th of the 17th air calvary in the US Army. After retirement, Big Lou could be found watching the Phillies, playing golf, and binge watching many shows with his beloved wife Rose. You could also... Read more →


Avalon's Newest Patrolman, Quar'tus Byrd

AVALON, NJ--Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi provided the oath of office to Avalon’s newest patrolman, Quar’tus Byrd, at the January 26, 2022 Council meeting. Patrolman Byrd will serve Avalon as our newest patrolman. The officer was born in Orange, New Jersey and is a 2015 graduate of Cedar Creek High School in Egg Harbor City. He previously served as a Class II police officer for the Ocean City Police Department. Patrolman Byrd graduated the 51st Basic Course for police officers at the Cape May County Police Academy on January 14th, 2022. Welcome Patrolman Byrd to the Borough of Avalon! Read more →


Convict Javier Rodriguez-Valpais, 33, aka “Broly,” Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Gun Trafficking

TRENTON, N.J. – A Monmouth County, New Jersey, man with a prior felony conviction was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for illegally possessing a firearm and conspiring to illegally sell firearms, including multiple handguns and a semi-automatic rifle, in and around Monmouth and Ocean counties, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced. Javier Rodriguez-Valpais, 33, aka “Broly,” of Morganville, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to engage in firearms trafficking and one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon. Judge Thompson imposed the sentence today by videoconference. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: From May 2020 through September 2020, Javier Rodriguez-Valpais and others were members of a gun trafficking conspiracy that spanned from Florida to New Jersey. Rodriguez-Valpais sold a .223... Read more →


Dolores Tracey, of Bellmawr, age 94

Dolores Tracey passed peacefully on January 28, 2022. Age 94. Of Bellmawr. Beloved wife of the late Patrick, Sr. Devoted Mother of Patrick Jr, Michael (Mary Ann), James (Robin) and Kathy Davids (Ken). Loving grandmom of Jamie, Kimberly, Matthew, Makena, and Michael. Adored GiGi of Tommy, Gracie, Jayden, Ava, and Keira. She was predeceased by her 6 siblings. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Dolores was a member of the Bellmawr Seniors, where she enjoyed her exercise classes and wacky Wednesdays. She was also a parishioner of St. Joachim Parish where she was a lector and greeter, and attended masses daily. There will be a viewing Thursday morning from 8:45 to 9:45 am at St. Joachim Parish, Annunciation BVM church 601 W. Browning Rd Bellmawr, NJ 08031. Funeral Mass 10 am in the church. Interment private. In lieu of flowers family requests donations be made in Dolores' name to Holy... Read more →


How Does Homelessness in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania Compare to the Rest of the USA

unsplash.com image Homelessness is on the rise in the United States. According to a study published by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the number of Americans experiencing homlessness has grown each year since 2015. As of January 2020, there were an estimated 580,466 Americans experiencing homelessness. Though the exact effects the COVID-19 pandemic had on America's homelessness problem have yet to be determined, some early indications suggest little reason for optimism. For reasons at least partly related to the pandemic, a portion of Americans - as high as 35% in some states - say they have missed their rent or mortgage payments or have low confidence that they can pay next month's, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's Household Pulse Survey. Additionally, in some parts of the country, the pandemic interrupted access to temporary housing locations, and social distancing rules meant fewer beds in shelter facilities. Nationwide, men are... Read more →


CNBNews Spotlight on NJ College Students: The University of Scranton Fall 2021 Dean's List

SCRANTON, PA (01/25/2022)-- Local residents were among more than 1,650 students named to The University of Scranton's Dean's List for the 2021 fall semester. The Dean's List recognizes students for academic excellence. A student must have a grade point average of 3.5 or better with a minimum number of credit hours during the semester to make the Dean's List. The list includes students from the Jesuit university's College of Arts and Sciences, Kania School of Management and Panuska College of Professional Studies. The students are: Morgan Jones of Cherry Hill (08034), a freshman psychology major in the University's College of Arts and Sciences. Alesia Lelaj of Cherry Hill (08002), a freshman political science major in the University's College of Arts and Sciences. Zachary Morrison of Shamong (08088), a sophomore biology major in the University's College of Arts and Sciences. Dominick Spera of Mount Laurel (08054), a sophomore biochemistry major in... Read more →


Tara B. Powell, 47, Resident of Woodlynne, Former Waitress at Brooklawn Metro Diner

Tara B. Powell, 47, of Woodlynne, NJ passed away suddenly on the morning of January 21, 2022. Born in Stratford, she is the daughter of Frank Vitkow (Denise) and Susan Walker. Tara also is survived by her husband of 23 years, William “Billy” Powell; loving children, Samantha Powell, Alyssa Powell, Deanna Powell; sisters; Jennyfer Revelli, Nichelle Porto, Nichole Hayes and her sister-in-law, Anna Wherrity. Tara worked for many years as a waitress at the Metro Diner in Brooklawn. She loved doing crossword puzzles, making waffles and spending time with her family and her dog Layla. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Tara’s visitation on Thursday, February 3, 2022, from 1 pm to 3 pm at the McCann-Healey Funeral Home, 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Services will begin at 3:00 pm in the funeral home. She will be cremated as per her wishes. The family is going to honor Tara... Read more →


Camden Man, Age 61, Shot and Killed on Collings Rd.

Camden, N.J. – Detectives are investigating a fatal shooting in Camden, announced Camden County Prosecutor Grace C. MacAulay and Camden County Police Chief Gabriel Rodriguez. At approximately 9:50 p.m. on January 28, 2022, officers responded to a residence on the 1400 block of Collings Road. Upon arrival, officers located a male suffering from a gunshot wound. He has been identified as Eric Beverly, 61, of Camden. The victim was taken to Cooper Hospital where he succumbed to his injury at approximately 10:15 p.m. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Kevin Courtney with the CCPO Homicide Unit at 856-397-6770 or CCPD Detective Matthew Kreidler 609-519-6918. Tips can also be sent anonymously to ccpotips@ccprosecutor.org. Read more →


CNB Hunting News NJ: Get Ready for Spring Gobbler Season!

The Division's Outdoor Women of NJ and R3 Programs are partnering with the National Wild Turkey Federation's Women in the Outdoors Program to offer two educational turkey hunting opportunities for women 18 years and older. A virtual turkey hunting workshop, April 12-26, will pair video content with virtual meetings where participants learn the ins and outs of turkey hunting in New Jersey. This workshop is for women who have never hunted to life-long hunters. Workshop Information (pdf) Register NOW! (pdf) An Outdoor Women of NJ Mentored Turkey Hunt will be held May 1-3, 2022 at the Landis Sewerage Authority in Vineland, NJ. Applicants selected to participate in this hunt must participate in the virtual portion of the workshop. Workshop Information (pdf) Apply NOW! (pdf) Read more →


CNBNEWS Spotlight on NJ College Students: Rhode Island Fall 2021 Dean's List

KINGSTON, RI (01/25/2022)-- The University of Rhode Island is pleased to announce the Fall 2021 Dean's List. Students named to the Dean's List represent nearly all of Rhode Island's cities and towns, all six New England states, New York and New Jersey, and many other states and countries. To be included on the Dean's List, full-time students must have completed 12 or more credits for letter grades which are GPA applicable during a semester and achieved at least a 3.30 quality point average. Part-time students qualify with the accumulation of 12 or more credits for letter grades which are GPA applicable earning at least a 3.30 quality point average. To view the entire Dean's List, visit: uri.edu/academics/deans-list/ Ryan Artis of Medford (08055) Mitchell Asante of Vineland (08361) Jordan Berry of Ocean City (08226) Erica Bibeau of Pennsville (08070) Chris Bracchi of Berlin (08009) Natalie Chasten of Pilesgrove (08098) Sydney Croly... Read more →


Guest Opinion: A Failure to Plan, is Planning to Fail

By Mathew Sanders | The Pew Charitable Trusts/The Center Square GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (December 21, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)—A pedestrian (above, left) was trying to make her way from Brooklawn into Gloucester City via Broadway today around 11 AM. The tide was receding but even so water was up to her knees. Each time a car sped by the wave from the vehicle would stop her from walking any further. The second arrow in the background points to the Little Timber Creek Bridge that cost $4 million to repair. +++++ A failure to plan, the saying goes, is planning to fail. And over the past 30 years, this maxim has played out in the nation’s approach to climate-related disasters, particularly flooding. In 2021 alone, flooding has taken lives and destroyed homes and businesses from Tennessee and New Jersey to Washington state and Arkansas. The year was not an outlier: In each of the... Read more →


Investing in Mentorship and Community for Black MSP Business Owners

MSP business owners face a number of obstacles to growth, but for many black-owned MSP business owners, there's a unique set of obstacles. Mentors can play a significant role in helping black MSP business owners clear a path in spite of these obstacles. Mentors have the knowledge and network contacts to help black-owned businesses achieve greater growth. Mentors can help navigate the rough seas of the MSP sector. Mentors can serve as the navigation tool that points you toward success. Many MSP business owners will admit that their mentor had a direct impact on the growth and success of their business. However, many MSP business owners do not have access to a mentor. That lack of mentorship, especially for black-owned MSPs, can put businesses off course. Mentorship and community have a few core elements: Key insights: Through conversations led by experts and thought leaders, black MSP business owners will learn... Read more →


A Foot of Snow Falls in Some South Jersey Cities

The falling snow was captured on a Ring security camera located in Gloucester City, NJ at 12:08 AM Saturday, January 29, 2022 (gloucestercitynews.net photo) UPDATED WITH driving conditions William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (JANUARY 29, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--The nor’easter blew into Gloucester City and surrounding South Jersey communities shortly after 9 PM Friday. By midnight the storm hit with a vengeance, covering the ground with the white stuff, aided by wind gusts that were clocked at 50 MPH. Little Nut Maker paid a visit late Saturday afternoon. (CNBNewsnet photo) The snow fell throughout the night and by morning there was a foot of snow on the ground in some cities like the coastal town of Atlantic City. AccuWeather meteorologists warned the public that the effects from the latest bomb cyclone to impact the Northeast can persist long after the last flake falls as crews work tirelessly to move... Read more →


Diane Newcome, of Bellmawr/Gloucester City; A Great Sense of Humor, Enjoyed Being With Family and Friends

Diane (Bradshaw)Newcome GHS Alum, Class of '62 GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (January 29, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--Diane (nee Bradshaw) Newcome, of Bellmawr, passed away on January 26, after a long illness. She was 77. Diane was raised in Gloucester City and graduated from Gloucester High School, Class of 1962. She was a member of the Co-Ettes, a high school sorority, and was voted best dancer by her classmates. The 1962 Co-Ettes, (left to right) sitting-Connie Sarlo, Carolyn Rusk, Shirley Troughton, (top) Andrea Morrison, Carol Painter, Judy Tubbs, Karen Plews, Carol Steubing, Diane Bradshaw. She married her high school sweetheart John Newcome lived in Bellmawr, NJ for over 30 years, and raised their three daughters. She enjoyed spending time with her family, reading, listening to music, and shopping. In 2003 she moved in with her daughter Diana and son-in-law Jonas in Robbinsville, NJ, and helped raise her granddaughter, Isabella. Predeceased by her husband John Charles... Read more →


Authorities Charge Suspect with Murdering Mount Laurel Woman in her Home

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Mount Laurel Township Police Chief Stephen Riedener announced that the 31-year man charged yesterday with stealing the vehicle and debit card of a Mount Laurel woman found fatally bludgeoned in her home Wednesday has been charged with her death. Andrew Kramer, of Mantua, was charged last night with Murder (First Degree) and two counts of Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (Third Degree and Fourth Degree). He is presently in custody in Philadelphia on weapons offenses and charges of simple assault and making terroristic threats. The Prosecutor’s Office will seek to extradite him to New Jersey, where he will face a detention hearing in Superior Court. Kramer had recently been residing with the victim, Melissa Malcolm, 38, in her home in the 600 block of Mount Laurel Road, but moved out at her request. She was found deceased in her bed on... Read more →


CRIME WATCH: WANTED! William Hess, Charged with Rape Forcible Compulsion and 5 additional charges

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of HESS is asked to anonymously contact the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS (8477) or online at https://www.p3tips.com/tipform.aspx?ID=107 All callers to Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH REWARD for information that leads to an arrest, the solving of a crime/cold case or the location of a wanted person/fugitive or missing person. All information is accurate as of Release Date and is subject to change or updated. Media Release #3269 Docket No.: MJ-50301-CR-0000018-2022 Date Issued: Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 1:21pm Issuing Authority: MDJ-50-3-01 Holding Dept: PA State Police Butler Source: Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Read more →


Consumer News: NJ American Water Readies for Winter Storm

State’s largest water and wastewater utility prepares for blizzard conditions and shares safety tips for customers CAMDEN, N.J. – JAN. 28, 2022 – New Jersey American Water is preparing for forecasted blizzard conditions and coastal flood warnings this weekend. The company has initiated readiness efforts to mitigate potential impacts to its water and wastewater plants and distribution systems. “We are committed to providing safe and reliable water service to our customers, even through extreme weather conditions,” said Thomas Shroba, vice president of operations for New Jersey American Water. “Our team of experts is highly trained on emergency preparedness, response and management and is ready to handle any service disruptions that may come our way.” As part of the company’s readiness efforts, operations personnel have tested and fueled generators, vehicles and fuel storage tanks, secured additional water treatment chemicals, prepared wastewater treatment plants for increased flows, and updated staffing plans to... Read more →


RUTGERS Faces and Voices Premiers Sunday

Photo credit: Nick Romanenko/Rutgers University. Faces & Voices, a video series that tells the Rutgers University story through the students, faculty, staff and alumni who make it a dynamic place of discovery, premieres on the Big Ten Network (BTN) at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 30. The 30-minute show features a conversation between President Jonathan Holloway and Eric LeGrand, one of the university’s most prominent and impactful alumni and the only Rutgers football player to have his number (52) retired. Since sustaining a spinal cord injury in October 2010, LeGrand has harnessed the national spotlight to give back to the community and inspire others to "bELieve." The two discuss the promise LeGrand made to himself after his injury, the genesis of “bELieve” and his latest entrepreneurial initiative. The show not only allows viewers to learn more about the beloved alumnus and the university’s 21st president, but to also gain valuable... Read more →


Because of Pandemic Graduation Rates Dip Across U.S.

Red mortarboards fly into the evening sky at a commencement ceremony in Maryville, Tenn. High school graduation rates dipped in at least 20 states after the first full school year disrupted by the pandemic, according to a new analysis by Chalkbeat. Scott Keller / The Daily Times via AP FILED UNDER: Matt Barnum, Kalyn Belsha, and Thomas Wilburn, Chalkbeat This story is a collaboration with The Associated Press. High school graduation rates dipped in at least 20 states after the first full school year disrupted by the pandemic, suggesting the coronavirus may have ended nearly two decades of nationwide progress toward getting more students diplomas. The drops came despite at least some states and educators loosening standards to help struggling students. The results, according to data obtained from 26 states and analyzed by Chalkbeat, are the latest concerning trend in American education, which has been rocked by a pandemic that... Read more →


PATCO SNOW SCHEDULE SATURDAY JAN. 29

With the impending snow, PATCO will begin running a snow schedule starting at 12:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 29. All trains will operate at reduced speeds adding additional travel time. PATCO will monitor ridership and assess weather conditions throughout the day to determine if additional adjustments are necessary. To view the snow schedule, click here. Visit RidePATCO.org, follow us on social media, or sign up for travel text alerts for the latest travel information and service updates. VIEW SCHEDULE Read more →


Guest Opinion: Artesia District Treats COVID Exposed Children Like Lepers,

Teachers & Parents Push Back On Discrimination, Overreach By Marc Ang ARTESIA, CALIFORNIA - Wednesday, January 26, 2021 - Christie Gravitt is a 25-year veteran teacher at Artesia's ABC Unified School District. She is also a parent of a fifth grader at Kennedy STEM Academy. Her daughter was harassed this week for being exposed to COVID and forced to quarantine for 5 days, even though she consistently tests negative. A negative test is not sufficient in the eyes of the school district and the LA Department of Health. CNBNews graphic file On Monday, her child was pulled out of class with several others because they were in close contact with someone who had tested positive in their classroom. The school sat the kids on a planter box while they contacted the parents, and then identified which children were vaccinated or not. The vaccinated children were allowed to return to their... Read more →


Catholics Church Being Attack

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on recent pro-abortion attacks on the Catholic Church: On the rare occasion when a pro-life advocate acts irresponsibly, the media are all over it. By contrast, just recently there were two examples of pro-abortion advocates acting irresponsibly, and the media responded with a big yawn. As we reported last week, on January 20, the anti-Catholic outfit, Catholics for Choice, used a light projection to beam pro-abortion messages on the facade of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.; the event was a prayer vigil before the annual March for Life that was held the next day. We have now learned that on January 22, the anti-Catholic outfit, New York City for Abortion Rights, projected "God Loves Abortion" and other vile slogans on the exterior of St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. Supporters of the group shouted obscenities... Read more →


CHALKBEAT: Common school ratings biased, often inaccurate

Study: Matt Barnum, Chalkbeat Jan 24, 2:57pm EST There is a powerful, intuitive idea that has long shaped perceptions of American education: the schools with the highest test scores are the best schools. It seeps into everything from conversations among parents to real estate websites. But this thinking is profoundly misleading, according to new research. Schools with the top scores aren’t necessarily the ones that actually help students learn more. On top of that, rating schools based on overall scores unfairly penalizes those serving more students of color, potentially exacerbating racial segregation. “If you just go by published accountability ratings, you will be guided to the schools that have the most white and Asian students,” said Josh Angrist, a professor at MIT who recently won the Nobel Prize in economics. “You’re not actually being guided to the best schools.” This conclusion isn’t new in education research, but the paper, by... Read more →


CNB Spotlight on NJ College Students: Wilkes University Announces Dean's List

News from Wilkes University For more information contact: gabrielle.damico@wilkes.edu for the Fall 2021 Semester WILKES-BARRE, PA (01/26/2022)-- Wilkes University Provost David M. Ward announced the Dean's List for the fall 2021 semester. To be named to the Dean's List, students must obtain a minimum 3.5 grade point average and carry at least 12 credits. Shannon Brown of Cape May Court House Jahel Duran-Diaz of Pleasantville Rylee Gaskill of Mays Landing Dante Gazzola of Cherry Hill Nickolas Gazzola of Cherry Hill John Hibschman of Millville Joseph Marino of Swedesboro Alexi Payne of Cedarville Mikayla Ronczka of Voorhees Lindsay Weaver of Somers Point Madelyn Zavada of Burlington About Wilkes University: Wilkes University is a private, independent, non-sectarian institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, Wilkes is on a mission to create one of the nation's finest... Read more →


CNB Hunting News Delaware: Many Hunting Opportunities as 2021/22 Season Nears End

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day and Snow Goose Conservation Order to Open; Other Seasons Continue A wide variety of hunting opportunities are available in February, including the opening of the Snow Goose Conservation Order that begins Tuesday, Feb. 1 and the second special youth waterfowl hunting day on Saturday, Feb. 5, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced today. Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day: The one-day, special youth waterfowl hunting day is open for hunters ages 10 through 15. Normal daily waterfowl bag limits and hunting regulations apply during the special youth waterfowl hunting day, including a limit of 25 snow geese and one Canada goose. For more information on the youth waterfowl hunt, visit the DNREC website. Youth waterfowl hunting is available on many state wildlife areas, some of which are accessed through a waterfowl blind lottery drawing. The following wildlife areas issue waterfowl blinds through a lottery... Read more →


CNBNews Spotlight on NJ College Students: The University of Scranton

Local Residents Named to Fall 2021 Dean's List SCRANTON, PA (01/25/2022)-- Local residents were among more than 1,650 students named to The University of Scranton's Dean's List for the 2021 fall semester. The Dean's List recognizes students for academic excellence. A student must have a grade point average of 3.5 or better with a minimum number of credit hours during the semester to make the Dean's List. The list includes students from the Jesuit university's College of Arts and Sciences, Kania School of Management and Panuska College of Professional Studies. The students are: Morgan Jones of Cherry Hill (08034), a freshman psychology major in the University's College of Arts and Sciences. Alesia Lelaj of Cherry Hill (08002), a freshman political science major in the University's College of Arts and Sciences. Zachary Morrison of Shamong (08088), a sophomore biology major in the University's College of Arts and Sciences. Dominick Spera of... Read more →


Convention of States: Voters Oppose U.S. Military Action in Russia-Ukraine, Support Defense of Taiwan

(Austin, TX—January 21, 2022) Convention of States Action, in partnership with The Trafalgar Group—one of America’s most accurate pollsters in 2016, 2018, 2020, and 2021—is releasing the results of a new national survey. Results were from surveys conducted January 12th through January 14th of over 1,000 likely 2022 election voters. “Our leaders often forget that the American people have great wisdom in understanding the nature of threats abroad,” said Mark Meckler, President of Convention of States Action. “Voters in all parties stand squarely behind a U.S. military defense of a free and democratic Taiwan, even though that comes with great risk—and potentially a high cost to our nation—against the growing threat from China. Conversely, while voters clearly sympathize with Ukraine and support assisting them through diplomacy and other means, there is no support for U.S. military intervention should a conflict arise with Russia. The Biden Administration should take note. Voters... Read more →


Michael T. DiMarco, age 90, of Bellmawr

Michael T. DiMarco, on January 24, 2022, of Bellmawr. Age 90. Beloved husband of the late Marjorie. Devoted father of Michael (Linda), Roseann (Bill), Debora (Bill), and Ann Marie (Jim). Loving grandfather of Michael (Amie), Nick (Brittany), Anthony, Jason (Amy), Adam (Diana), Jeremy (Melissa), Michelle, William, Mariah, and Marissa and great grandfather of Michael, Nate, James, Andrew, Ava, Emma, Jake, Emily, Abigail, Gabrielle, Robin, Makayla, Caleb, and Madison. Dear brother of Nicolette Saltarelli and the late Joe DiMarco. Michael was a workaholic. After retiring as a meat cutter, he drove a school bus. He was a handyman who took great pride in being able to fix anything in his home. He enjoyed Southern Comfort, music, dancing, parties, and being with others. Most of all, Michael loved spending time with his family. Weekends were spent hosting cookouts, playing horseshoes, or going crabbing. There will be a viewing from 10 am to... Read more →


Poll Spells Trouble for Democrats Ahead of Mid-Term Elections

Large Majority Pessimistic About Financial Prospects in 2022 (Austin, TX—January 25, 2022) Convention of States Action, in partnership with The Trafalgar Group—one of America’s most accurate pollsters in 2016, 2018, 2020, and 2021—is releasing the results of a new national survey. Results were from surveys conducted January 12th through January 14th of over 1,000 likely 2022 election voters. “There is no way around it, these are awful numbers,” said Mark Meckler, President of Convention of States Action. “Considering that most voters are already experiencing hardships due to the continued supply chain and inflation crises, the fact that so many fully expect things are going to get worse for their families this year is a clear signal they’re planning on supporting big changes at the ballot box this November. Leaders in both parties in Washington would be wise to focus on the priorities of the American people instead of remaining on... Read more →


Edward N. McGann, age 62 of Bellmawr

Edward N. McGann, on January 24, 2022, of Bellmawr. Age 62. Cherished son of Dolores Vesper and the late Edward. Dear brother of George and John. Loving uncle of Tiffany, George, Danielle, John L., Prudence, and Gage. Nephew of Marie Belfiore, Francis Verderosa and John Paradiso. Also Survived by many cousins and friends. Edward was a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys. He enjoyed wrestling and any kind of music, especially rock and roll. There will be a viewing from 12 pm to 2 pm on Saturday at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Service 2 pm at the Funeral home. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (www.stjude.org) Read more →


Stockton Outscores Rowan Final 96-91

GALLOWAY, NJ – Stockton outscored Rowan, 10-3, in the final 2:16 of the game to hold on to a 96-91 win in NJAC men's basketball action this evening. Hafeez Melvin scored a career-high 23 points for Rowan (15-4; 8-4 NJAC), which has its three-game winning streak come to an end. Melvin connected on 8-of-11 from the field to lead the Profs, while hitting 5-for-7 from three-point range. Marcellus Ross scored 18 points and Arian Azemi tallied 14 for Rowan, which also received 11 points from Andrew Seager. Ross connected on a three with 2:24 to play to give Rowan its last lead of the game, 86-88. Stockton answered with a jumper by D.J. Campbell and then a three from Kyion Flanders with 1:28 to play, which gave Stockton a 91-88 lead. After a free throw and then a layup increased Stockton's lead to 94-88, Rowan's Azemi hit a three-pointer with... Read more →


Gloucester City Council Meeting Tonight; On the Agenda is the Monthly Payment of $2.1 Million in Bills

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (January 27, 2022)--The monthly meeting of the Gloucester City Mayor and Common Council will be held tonight, Thursday, January 27 at 7 PM in Council Chambers, 313 CNBNews graphic file Monmouth Street. On tonight's agenda are 14 resolutions to be approved. Some of them include the following: authorizing the refund of a certificate of occupancy fee, and authorizing the refund of rental facility registration and license fee. A resolution approving Michael Stefkovic as Lead Inspector for the NJDCA Small Cities Housing Rehab, will be voted on plus a resolution appointing a backup T4 Operator for the Gloucester City Utilities Department. The remaining resolutions pertain to the refund of rental fees, the removal of handicapped parking spaces, the awarding of a contract for road salt, inter-local service agreement with Bellmawr for the sale of brine. Harry Delgado from the NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police will present... Read more →


Joanne C. Donato, of Bellmawr, 79

Joanne C. Donato (nee Salera), formerly of Bellmawr, and Fairview section of Camden. Age 79. Born December 30, 1942, to the late Nicholas and Elizabeth (nee Angelucci) Salera. Beloved wife of the late Carl A. Donato, Sr. Devoted mother of Carl A. Donato, Jr. (Wendy), Debra Donato Casey (Steve), Karen Donato-Krowick (Larry), and Nicole Cardona (Jeffrey). Loving grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of 4. Dear sisters of Aggie Nagy, David Salera, and Ken Salera. Joanne was a kind, loving, and giving person. She ALWAYS had a smile and was able to make others smile, even in their darkest moments. She loved life, her family, New Jersey beaches, visiting the casinos, and music to the point that she would sing at every family function to the delight of all who attended. Joanne's professional life was highlighted by a 32-year run at Wawa as a store manager, mostly in the Fairview section... Read more →


Jefferson Health – New Jersey Receives $30,000 Quality of Life Grant from Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Jefferson Health – New Jersey was recently awarded $30,000, as part of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center (NPRC) 2021 Priority Impact Quality of Life grants. The grant will be used for Jefferson NJ’s Maressa Center for MS Wellness, which strives to enhance the quality of life for South Jersey residents living with multiple sclerosis through innovative, educational, and therapeutic wellness classes. The Quality of Life Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations that empower individuals living with paralysis. Jefferson Health – New Jersey was one of 17 organizations awarded grants, totaling $499,700 for 2021. Since its inception, nearly 3,500 grants totaling more than $36 million have been awarded. “We are grateful for the visionary partnership the Reeve Foundation shares with Jefferson Health - New Jersey and our Maressa Center for MS Wellness,” said Larry Slagle, MBA, Associate VP of Development, Jefferson Health Foundation – New Jersey. “This... Read more →


HUD Awards $1.4M to Support Housing Counseling Programs in NJ, Organization in Audubon Receives $36,774

Awards provide HUD-approved housing counseling agencies and intermediaries with funding to maintain and expand critical services for the nation’s renters, homebuyers, and homeowners. WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Monday awarded $51.4 million in housing counseling grants to 177 HUD-approved housing counseling agencies and intermediary organizations. This includes funding to HUD-approved housing counseling agencies that are partnering with Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), or other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). The funding supports housing counseling agencies in their critical work to stem the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on housing, maintain housing stability by helping families with foreclosure and rental eviction prevention, and help families make more informed housing choices. The awards also include funding to further training and education to attract and retain more housing counseling professionals. In New Jersey, HUD awarded $1,429,328 to six HUD-approved housing counseling... Read more →


Gloucester County Animal Shelter Full Capacity

(Clayton, NJ)—The Gloucester County Animal Shelter’s kennel is full of animals looking for their forever homes! “We have a lot of dogs at the shelter patiently waiting for homes. There’s a match for everyone,” said Director Frank J. DiMarco. “We are committed to finding each animal their perfect home. We will always prioritize the well-being of the animals when finding their forever families.” Director Frank J. DiMarco is liaison to the shelter and would like to remind residents that adoption fees remain only $35.00 for dogs and cats 5 years and younger. Fees for animals 6 years and older is waived. “It’s never been more affordable to adopt at the Gloucester County Animal Shelter,” said Director DiMarco. The shelter's adoption department is open Tuesday-Thursday 12 p.m.– 7 p.m. and Friday– Saturday 12 p.m.– 4 p.m. An approved application is not required to walk through the kennel, but we do encourage... Read more →


CNBNews Salute to NJ College Students: Hofstra University Dean's List Students

HEMPSTEAD, NY (01/25/2022)-- Hofstra University congratulates the following local students who were named to the Fall 2021 Dean's List for their outstanding academic achievements. Students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.5 during the semester to make the Dean's List. The students who made the Hofstra University Dean's List academic are: Jenna Casole of Voorhees Anaya Colon of Clementon Antonio Franceschini of Pilesgrove Viktoria Hascak of Moorestown Steven Kaenzig of Hammonton Kaitlyn King of Cape May Tyler Kolecki of Collingswood Andy Lu of Collingswood Angelica McAlpin of Mullica Hill Tara McNally of Marmora Jonathan Meyer of Marlton Madalyn Padlo of Monroeville Savanna Perry of Berlin Brett Shea of Marlton Benjamin Stailey of Egg Harbor Township Nicholas Walton of Haddon Twp Jillian Zupito of Williamstown Hofstra University is a nationally ranked and recognized private university in Hempstead, N.Y. that is the only school to ever host three consecutive... Read more →


SE4SK Special Events for Special Kids in SJ

On Saturday January 15, 2022 Director DiMarco and Commissioner Jefferson attended the Ribbon Cutting for the nonprofit, SE4SK "special events for special kids" A NJ Nonprofit. SE4SK is a local nonprofit that organizes and hosts FREE events for children ages 3 to 17 who have special needs or disabilities. Their mission is to provide a safe environment to have fun, free of judgement, where they can be themselves. A place where parents can interact and form new relationships with others in similar situations. SE4SK is always looking for volunteers, if you’re interested in working with SE4SK email jami@specialevents4specialkids@gmail.com or visit their website http://se4sk.org Read more →


Gloucester County DREAM Park February Events

(Logan Township, NJ) – The Gloucester County DREAM Park is home to many top-rate animal shows and competitions. “The free programing and events at the DREAM Park bring great opportunities for equestrian lovers,” said Director Frank J. DiMarco. “The events in February are a great way to learn more about the equestrian community and an opportunity to visit our state-of-the-art facility.” The DREAM Park is located at 400 US Route 130 South, Logan Township, New Jersey 08085. For any questions, please contact the DREAM Park at (856) 241-1415, visit www.dreamparknj.com or check out Facebook @ DREAM Park Gloucester County. February 4-6 Woodedge Hunter/Jumper Horse Show February 11-13 Durango Hunter/Jumper Horse Show February 19-20 Delaware County Agility Dog Trials February 19 NJ Horse Association TRC February 26-27 Delaware County Agility Dog Trials Read more →


CNBNews Salutes NJ College Students: Susquehanna University Dean's List

SELINSGROVE, PA (01/26/2022)-- Susquehanna congratulates its students named to the dean's list for the fall 2021 semester. The following local students have been named: Julia Campbell, of Florence, is majoring in music education and is a member of the Class of 2022. Bailey Laplante, of Medford, is majoring in secondary education and is a member of the Class of 2022. Sarah Palmer, of Mays Landing, is majoring in psychology and religious studies and is a member of the Class of 2022. Alec Rette, of Mount Holly, is majoring in marketing and is a member of the Class of 2022. John Sabella, of Vineland, is majoring in history and political science and is a member of the Class of 2022. Julia Adams, of Palmyra, is majoring in publishing and editing and marketing and is a member of the Class of 2023. Phoebe Berner, of Moorestown, is majoring in marketing and is... Read more →