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October 7, 2022

Two Willingboro Residents Charged With Illegal Handgun Possession

Burlington County Prosecutor LaChia L. Bradshaw and Willingboro Township Acting Public Safety Director Captain Ian S. Bucs announced that two men who share a house in the Hawthorne Park section of Willingboro were arrested Wednesday and charged with illegally possessing handguns. Brandon T. Russell, 20, (far left) was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Second Degree), Receiving Stolen Property (Third Degree) and Possession of Prohibited Weapons (Fourth Degree). Zhamar Duncan, 21, (above, right) was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Second Degree). Russell was taken into custody at the residence in the first block of Haskell Lane, where a .40 caliber handgun, hollow point bullets and an extended ammunition magazine were discovered during the execution of a search warrant. The handgun was found to be stolen out of North Carolina. Duncan was arrested in Burlington Township with a loaded 9 mm handgun in his possession. The defendants were... Read more →

Michael R. “Mike” Gorecki, of Stuart, Fl., formerly of Brooklawn; Bishop Eustace Prep Alum

Stuart, Florida – formerly of Brooklawn. On August 13, 2022. Age 72. Loving father of Mychael Gorecki and Daniel Gorecki. Devoted brother of Eileen (Keith) Weisgerber. Predeceased by his brothers: John Gorecki and Steven Gorecki. Cherished son of the late John P. Gorecki and Roslyn Gorecki (nee Campbell). Survived by many cousins and friends. Michael was raised in Brooklawn. He was a 1968 graduate of Bishop Eustace Prep. School in Pennsauken where he played quarterback on the football team. Michael lived in Stuart, Florida for the past several years after relocating from Texas. His career was centered and accomplished in the food and beverage industry. Michael enjoyed watching and playing sports. Michael will be remembered as a patient, kind and genuine person. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Michael and his brother, John’s visitation on Friday, October 21, 2022, from 9:45 am to 10:45 am at Saint Mary’s R.C.... Read more →

John S. “Johnny” Gorecki, of Brooklawn; Union Carpenter, Air Force Veteran, GHS Alum

Brooklawn - On August 21, 2022. Age 80. Devoted brother of Eileen (Keith) Weisgerber. Predeceased by his brothers: Michael Gorecki and Steven Gorecki. Cherished son of the late John P. Gorecki and Roslyn Gorecki (nee Campbell). Devoted uncle of Mychael Gorecki and Daniel Gorecki. Survived by many cousins and friends. John was a lifelong resident of Brooklawn. He was a 1960 graduate of Gloucester City High School. John proudly served our country in the U.S. Air Force. John became a union carpenter for Carpenter’s Local Union # 393 of Gloucester City / Camden and retired in 2002 with 25 dedicated years. John enjoyed his daily walks at National Park and his many vacations in Stuart, Florida with his family. Relatives and friends are invited to attend John and his brother, Michael’s visitation on Friday, October 21, 2022, from 9:45 am to 10:45 am at Saint Mary’s R.C. Church: 426 Monmouth... Read more →

Gloucester City's Pack the Park Event Saturday; And, The Wave will Be Unveiled

"The Wave" - A New Public Landmark for Gloucester City in Proprietors Park, Gloucester City, NJ After several years of development, "The Wave" will be rising in Proprietors Park. The official unveiling will occur on October 8, 2022, at 4 pm at Proprietors Park, in Gloucester City, NJ, during our Pack the Park Fall Festival celebration. The installation, dedicated to former Mayor Bill James and created in partnership with the Hearth Community Fund, was designed by NY- based artist Winter Willoughby-Spera as part of a winning plan to beautify and redevelop Gloucester City's historic harbor front. "The Wave" showcases hundreds of fish sculptures painted by residents of all ages in response to the prompt: "What does Gloucester City mean to you?" The fish are emblematic of each citizen's story, forming "The Wave" that represents the legacy of Gloucester's historic waterfront and the promise of the city's future in its community.... Read more →

Medford Doctor Receives Young Alumni of the Year Award from McDaniel College

Dr. Hess of Medford, NJ, graduated in 2007 with a bachelor's degree from the college. WESTMINSTER, MD (10/05/2022) McDaniel College has named Dr. Theresa Anne Hess of Medford, NJ, as the young alumni of the year. Presented during McDaniel's Homecoming, the young alumni of the year award recognizes graduates of the last 15 years who exemplify the McDaniel spirit through their professional, community and college service achievements. Dr. Hess graduated summa cum laude with departmental honors in biochemistry and biology from McDaniel in 2007. She played all four years for the Green Terror women's basketball team during which time the team made three NCAA tournament appearances and a Sweet 16 appearance. She was also involved as a peer mentor and as a member of the Beta Beta Beta, Gamma Sigma Epsilon, Omicron Delta Kappa and Trumpeters honors societies, as well as Catholic Campus Ministries. After graduating from McDaniel, she went... Read more →

The Story Behind The Story:

Sex Ed in Gloucester City Schools

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNewsnet I see a lot of names I know on Facebook's Haddonfield United website. This week that site published an article about the State of New Jersey's school's sex education mandate. The state sent this mandate to NJ's approximately 600 school districts over the summer. Have you heard anything about this over the past few months? I'm retired now so I'm not so much involved in what is happening in our schools, so I might have missed this. Peyton at Gloucester High School (CNBNews photo) However, I find it hard to believe that I missed this, a topic on the news (some stations) every day. It is a major topic in my "little old ladies' Thursday night bingo games." If little old ladies know what is being taught, I think parents do to. But, just in case you missed it, here is what Governor Murphy wants your... Read more →

Maryland Fishing Report: Striped Bass Biting

October 5, 2022 This group of happy anglers each caught a striped bass prior to the big storm. Photo by Travis Long Welcome to the great month of “Rocktober!” The recent wind and rain from the remnants of Hurricane Ian has created difficult conditions, but the weather should be improving soon. Anglers saw some exciting fishing action prior to the storm and are anticipating some good fishing in the coming days. Across the state, cooling water temperatures should cause both freshwater and saltwater fish to feed more aggressively prior to the winter months. Forecast Summary: October 5 – October 11: Following some warmer conditions on Thursday and Friday, weather conditions this week will be cool and dry. The changing weather patterns will result in windy conditions on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, with winds 10 to 20 knots and gusts. Chesapeake Bay surface water temperatures have dropped to the mid 60s... Read more →

Two Shot in Atlantic City, One Person Dies

MAYS LANDING, NJ – The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Atlantic City Police Department are cooperatively investigating the death of a man in Atlantic City, NJ. On Sunday, September 25, 2022, the Atlantic City Police Department responded to 1009 Pacific Avenue for reports of two victims with gunshot wounds. Both were provided medical treatment and transported to the emergency room. One of the males, Malae Johnson, 19, of Mays Landing, was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office were notified and responded. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or... Read more →

New Jersey is full of gambling opportunities – visit 3 of the best casinos in the state

If you’re looking for a weekend of entertainment and gambling, there are more than enough opportunities here in New Jersey. Atlantic City is full of amazing casinos that offer more than just poker tables – here you can look forward to all the best gambling and entertainment possibilities. One of the best places for gambling in the US is right here in New Jersey. Atlantic City offers a wide selection of amazing casinos for you to choose from. Gambling is becoming more common in America as more states are legalizing both land-based and online gambling. In New Jersey, you also have the possibility to choose between some of the best land-based casinos in the country. Furthermore, you will be able to enjoy New Jersey's new online casinos if you want to stay in your hotel room. This means that the world of gambling will be right at your feet everywhere... Read more →

Philly PD Crime Report: Fatal Hit/Run, Sexual Assault, Shootings, Burglaries, Carjackings, Homicide

Wanted: Suspect for Fatal Hit and Run in the 15th District [VIDEO] October 6, 2022 On October 1, 2022, at 2:02 AM, the victim, Octavia Aaron 21-years-of-age of the 46xx block of Naples St. was attempting to cross Robbins Ave. and Ditman St when she was struck by a vehicle traveling east on Robbins Ave. The vehicle did not stop and fled the scene last seen east on Robbins Ave. The […] Wanted: Suspect for Sexual Assault/Burglary in the 3rd District [VIDEO] October 6, 2022 The Philadelphia Police Department Special Victims Unit is attempting to identify a male suspect depicted in this video. On September 21, 2022, at approx. 10:30 PM, an unknown male gained entry in an unknown manner to a private residence on the 25xx block of S. 3rd Street. While inside the suspect entered the victim’s room […] Wanted: Suspects for Shooting Incident in the 19th District... Read more →

CNB TRAVEL NEWS: SEPTA Outlines Efforts to Improve Transit

SEPTA subway station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 20, 2015. By Anthony Hennen | The Center Square (The Center Square) – As Philadelphia struggles to recover its public transit ridership numbers to their pre-pandemic level, its transit agency is highlighting what it’s done to improve safety and cleanliness on the subway. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority released details of its SCOPE program to detail its homelessness outreach and policing changes to improve riders’ experience. Since the pandemic hit, Philadelphia has seen a 40% drop in transit ridership. As The Center Square previously reported, SEPTA has struggled to address crime and cleanliness issues. SCOPE is an acronym for Safety Cleaning Ownership Partnership Engagement. “Our transit police officers are working side-by-side with outreach workers to connect people to community-based services like housing and mental health care,” SEPTA Board Chairman Pasquale Deon and CEO/General Manager Leslie Richards wrote. “Our maintenance staff has redoubled... Read more →

NJ Cracking Down on Communities who Discriminate Against LGBTQIA+ People Seeking Marriage Licenses

TRENTON – Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and the Division on Civil Rights (DCR) announced today the launch of a new Marriage Equality enforcement initiative to ensure that municipal governments across New Jersey do not discriminate against or exclude LGBTQIA+ individuals seeking to obtain marriage licenses. As part of the Marriage Equality enforcement initiative, DCR is issuing Notices of Violation to five New Jersey municipalities: Estell Manor, Fairview, Hanover, Linden, and South Toms River. Those municipalities have published on their websites marriage licensing information that limits the availability of licenses to opposite-gender couples and excludes marriage license applicants with nonbinary gender identities. In each case, the Notices of Violation advise that language either previously or currently posted on the municipalities’ vital records webpage, marriage application instructions, or marriage applications themselves violate the LAD. Among other things, the LAD prohibits places of public accommodation from discriminating on the basis of real... Read more →

Philadelphia's Newest Attraction: The Haunted House

Lincoln Mill Haunted House is Philadelphia’s newest haunted attraction. The attraction will take guests on a journey through an interactive living story. The attraction features over 40 live scare actors, production-quality sets, props, animatronics, and breathtaking special effects. The attraction is intended to be VERY scary during evening hours! The attraction’s backstory emerged from a tragic event that occurred in 2021…On September 2, 2021, Hurricane Ida struck Philadelphia and flooded the Mill to historic water levels. The flood significantly damaged the mill’s interior and revealed a hidden chamber located below the basement level. Countless bodies were found and a dark truth was discovered about the mill’s past. Local authorities determined that during the 1930’s, Viktor Kane, the mill owner, tormented and experimented on his workers. Countless workers lost their lives and their spirits continue to haunt the mill. Construction has since been halted and the mill will open up for... Read more →

Frances Ann McKenna, age 79, of Gloucester City

On October 4, 2022. Age 79. Of Gloucester City. Loving and devoted wife of 56 years to Charles “Walt” McKenna, Jr. Loving mother of Dr. Ann Marie “Amy” Bescherer (Dr. Rudolph, Jr.) and Allison B. Mankoski (Mark). Loving Mom-Mom of Mark S. Mankoski, Jr. and Morgan P. Mankoski. Also survived by many cousins. She was predeceased by her parents, Arthur J. and Anna Bastien. Fran was a graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School class of 1961. She received her bachelor’s degree from Immaculata University in 1965. Fran worked as an institutional researcher at Gloucester County College for over 15 years. Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing on Tuesday morning, October 11th, from 9:30 to 11:15 AM at St. Mary's R.C. Church, 426 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Mass of Christian Burial 11:30 AM in the church. Interment will follow in New St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr. In lieu of flowers,... Read more →