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NJ State Commission of Investigation Exams the Link Between Scrap Metal Yards and Drug Addicts

Several South Jersey scrap metal yards cited for violations William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet The New Jersey State Commission of Investigation (SCI) released a 108 page report in June about scrap metal yards in the state helping addicts fund their drug habits by buying stolen metal products such as copper wire, copper pipes and manhole covers from them. Prime offenders in South Jersey, according to the SCI, included Sgt. Scrap Metal in Haddon Township, EMR Recycling previously known as Camden Iron and Metal in... Read more →


2015 Report: Gloucester City School Supt. and City Mayor Discuss Takeover of MEC Property

CNBNews note: A September 2015 article written by reporter Anne Forline reveals the plan for the City to assume the title to the Mary Ethel Costello School was first discussed almost three years ago between School Superintendent Joseph Rafferty and Mayor William James. Forline is the publisher and editor of The South Jersey Observer ++++ published September 17, 2015 in the Gloucester City News RELATED: Opinion: Oh No! Not Again! Gloucester City to Purchase More Real Estate Read more →


CNB March 2013 Archives:

Bellmawr Residents Okay Bond Referendum; Brooklawn Voters Against Proposed Middle School

By: Anne Forline (Gloucester City News March 21, 2013)Bellmawr’s highly anticipated $3 million roof referendum passed by 125 votes while Brooklawn’s $1.8 million referendum was voted down 121-109. Bellmawr School Superintendent, Annette Castiglione, confirmed the official numbers of 559 yes votes and 425 no votes and commented, “We are very happy that we can finally get moving on this.” She was impressed with the large turn-out and said that in in the past, general school budget elections yield only about 600 voters. She credited a... Read more →


CNB 2013 Archives: Gloucester City Board of Education Says School Choice Idea has Been Dropped...For Now

Thursday, February 28, 2013 photo by Anne Forline Quality Students - The student representatives smile after giving reports about their schools during the recent Gloucester City Board of Education meeting. The students are, from left: Mary Ethel Costello's Sophia Harley, Cold Springs School's Riley Marcheski, and Gloucester High's Stephaine Kauffman. By Anne Forline Gloucester City News During the recent Gloucester City Board of Education (BOE) meeting, resident Vanessa Courant asked for a status regarding the district’s position on school choice. School Superintendent Joseph Rafferty answered,... Read more →


CNB January 2013 Archives: Bellmawr’s Village Shoppe Will Be Shown On Classroom Close-Up

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 By Anne Forline Gloucester City News Looking over donations – Regina Andrews-Collette, Bellmawr School District’s social worker and president of the Bellmawr Education Association (BEA), looks through the donations at the clothing boutique in the school district’s Village Shoppe. The Village Shoppe will be featured on an upcoming segment of NJEA’s “Classroom Close-up.” photo credit Anne Forline When Regina Andrews-Collette sees a problem, she is not one to ignore it or look the other way. Instead, she will confront the situation... Read more →


Letter to the Editor: Recognize the Signs and Seek Help Fast

October 18, 2017 Dear Editor, Stroke, the No. 3 leading cause of death in NJ, is largely treatable. The faster you are treated, the more likely you are to recover. If you or someone you love suffers a stroke, it’s important to recognize the signs and seek help FAST. In most cases, someone other than the stroke patient, like a family member, makes the decision to seek treatment. Together to End Stroke®, an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association initiative, nationally sponsored by Medtronic, educates the... Read more →


Bellmawr Recreation Enhancement Waterfront Access Project Nears Completion

Aug. 31, 2017 By: Anne Forline The Bellmawr Recreation Enhancement Waterfront Access project — on Creek Road and across from Larc School — is nearing completion. At Council’s August 24, 2017 monthly meeting, Councilman Steve Sauter said that the work is being performed utilizing Highway Department personnel who are working along with SealMaster. Sauter said: “We perform all the labor and SealMaster supplies all of the equipment, material, and the knowledge on how to get this done. They are using thermoplastic material. It is working... Read more →


JEROME BY DAVE WOLFE | CNBNewsnet

Related: ARTIST Dave Wolfe Vol. 4 No. 3 (July 9, 2017) Editor's Note: Each Sunday morning we will post a weekly comic strip provided by cartoonist Dave Wolfe, age 15. Dave has been drawing since he was 5 years old, he knew he wanted to be a cartoonist at the age of 8. He’s been distributing his comics in school since 3rd grade. (click image to enlarge) Related articles Molarity Redux: Reunion 2017 Filipino artist Mauro 'Malang' Santos dies Comic-Con, Defending Fantasy Culture and, Now,... Read more →


South Jersey Observer Editor Winner of the 2017 Society Professional Journalist Tim O'Brien Award

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet BELLMAWR, NJ (May 19, 2017)(CNBNewsnet)--Congratulations to Bellmawr resident Anne Forline, editor of the South Jersey Observer who won the 2017 Society of Professional Journalist Tim O’Brien Award for Best Use of the NJ Open Public Records Law. This award honors the best reporting that uses the N.J. Open Public Records Act to expose issues of public significance. The award is made jointly by the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government, a non-profit, non-partisan group that advocates for government transparency... Read more →


Bellmawr Ranks #8 in Annual List of Top Ten Camden County Towns - South Jersey Observer

The 5 Towns Rounding Out The Top 25 Overall: Haddonfield Medford Moorestown Evesham Harrison Township The Top 10 In Camden County: Haddonfield Voorhees Cherry Hill Waterford Haddon Township Collingswood Gloucester Township Bellmawr Winslow Township Pine Hill Each year, South Jersey Magazine examines what makes South Jersey one of the best places to call home: “Some towns are rich in history, while others are seeking to make new history with ambitious projects taking flight in an effort to help usher in an even brighter future.” Continue... Read more →


Dept. of Transportation: Hugg-Harrison-Glover House in Bellmawr Wasn't Historic, After All

BELLMAWR -- The now-demolished Hugg-Harrison-Glover House (photo courtesy of NJ.com) wasn't historic, after all, and it was in pretty poor condition. That's according to the state Department of Transportation, which late Friday afternoon explained why it "removed" the apparently dilapidated structure where a Revolutionary War militia head once lived in the early 1700s and fought British soldiers. "NJDOT has followed… Related articles Creek Road Bridge over Route 42 to be closed this weekend Creek Road Bridge over Route 42 to be closed this weekend |... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Body Language | cnbnews

Dawn Watson | CNBNewsnet Your dog is able to speak to you with his body; the trick is to be able to understand what he’s saying. If a dog’s ears have been cropped or his tail has been docked he may be unable to express himself with them. If a dog has an intact tail a short, choppy wag indicates unease or the beginning of an attack. Tails that wag in a wide arch or in frenzied, back and forth motions mean that the dog... Read more →


CNB PRESENTS...

NOVEMBER 2016 CHEERS AND JEERS

The poor condition of the windows on the west side of the municipal building have gotten worst since we first reported on this problem three years ago. (CNBNews photo) William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet Related: You Don't Forget That First Impression Related: Blight is Spreading in Gloucester City JEER—For three years if not longer the windows and siding on the Gloucester City Municipal building, Broadway, and Monmouth Street have been in need of paint and repair. Mayor and council are supposed to set the... Read more →


CNB Stats November; Average 3,445 Visitors Daily

Monthly Stats Report: 1 Nov - 30 Nov 2016 Summary Returning Visits - Based purely on a cookie, if this person is returning to your website for another visit an hour or later First Time Visits - Based purely on a cookie, if this person has no cookie then this is considered their first time at your website. Project: Cnbnews.net monitored by Statcounter Page Loads Unique Visits First Time Visits Returning Visits Total 103,357 57,065 49,530 7,535 Average --3,445 1,902 1,651 251 Date Page Loads... Read more →


Proposed New Site for Bellmawr's Historic Hugg-Harrison-Glover House

BELLMAWR N.J. (November 18, 2016)--There is a proposed, new site location for Bellmawr’s historic Hugg-Harrison-Glover House, Bellmawr Mayor Frank Filipek announced at Thursday night’s Caucus meeting. Mayor Filipek provided SJO with a copy of the Concept Plan that shows where the historic home would be moved from its present location in St. Mary’s Cemetery to a new site on Anderson Avenue. The proposed site is across from Bell Oaks School and between the Resurrection of Christ Cemetery and Bellmawr Hockey. The site is not visible... Read more →


CNB Stats October; Average 3,111 Visitors Daily

Monthly Stats Report: 1 Oct - 31 Oct 2016 William E. Cleary Sr., CNBNewsnet Editor Summary Returning Visits - Based purely on a cookie, if this person is returning to your website for another visit an hour or later First Time Visits - Based purely on a cookie, if this person has no cookie then this is considered their first time at your website. Unique Visitor - Based purely on a cookie, this is the total of the returning visits and first-time visits - all... Read more →


CNB MAY 2012 ARCHIVES: Gloucester BOE OKs Three-Year Contract With Superintendent

PUBLISHEDTuesday, May 22, 2012 By Anne Forline Gloucester City News After returning from Executive Session during last week’s meeting, the Gloucester City Board of Education (BOE) made a motion to approve Joseph Rafferty’s contract as the new school superintendent. BOE members approved a three-year contract for July 2012 through June 2015. Rafferty’s starting salary will be $146,000, with a two percent annual increase. Those figures calculate to be $148,920 and $151,898 for the remaining two years. Board members absent from this session were Adam Baker,... Read more →


CNB JUNE 2012 ARCHIVES: City School Board Spends $367,000 to Purchase Computers

PUBLISHED Thursday, June 28, 2012 By Anne Forline Gloucester City News The Gloucester City Board of Education (BOE) recognized Thomas Gray Stewart Jr. by awarding him a high school diploma through the “Operation Recognition” program during last week’s meeting. The program, a joint venture through the NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMAVA) and the Department of Education, awards high school diplomas to veterans who left high school to serve in the military. Superintendent Paul Spaventa noted that Stewart is a Vietnam Veteran who... Read more →


CNBNewsnet Stats Report for August 2016...Average Number of Daily Visitors 3,675

RELATED:CNBNews stat report for September 2015 RELATED:CNBNews stat report for October 2015 Returning Visits- Basked purely on a cookie, if this person is returning to our website for another visit an hour or more later First Time Visits - Based purely on a cookie, if this person has no cookie then this is considered their first time at your website. Unique Visitor - Based purely on a cookie, this is the total of the returning visits and first time visits - all your visitors. Page... Read more →


CNB April 2012 Archives :Mt. Ephraim Taxes To Increase $128

posted Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Anne Forline | Gloucester City News MOUNT EPHRAIM N.J.--During the April 5 Board of Commissioners meeting, Mayor Joseph Wolk and Commissioners Andrew Greenwald and Bruce Gilmore introduced the 2012 Municipal Budget and passed several resolutions and motions. In their 2012 Budget Message, the Commissioners outlined the reasons for a tax increase. The average residential property assessed at $92,600 would pay $1,730 in municipal taxes – an increase of $128 over 2011. Factors contributing to the increase include rising budgeted operating... Read more →


CNB April 2012 Archives: City School Board Hires Local Resident for Superintendent Position

posted Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Anne Forline | Gloucester City News April 17, 2012 CNBNEWS NOTE: According to Mr. Rafferty the length of his contract and his salary are still being negotiated. That information will be announced when it is available. GLOUCESTER CITY N.J. --After returning from Executive Session during its April 4th meeting, the Gloucester City Board of Education (BOE) approved a motion to appoint Joseph Rafferty (photo) as the new Superintendent of Schools. Beginning July 1 Rafferty, who lives in Gloucester City, will... Read more →


Bellmawr's Teachers' Contract at Impasse - SJO

South Jersey Observer BELLMAWR N.J.--Thursday afternoon (August 25) a group of teachers and their supporters gathered in front of Bell Oaks School in advance of the mediation meeting that was scheduled to take place at 3:30 p.m. Holding signs as they stood on Bell Road, the group showed solidarity by wearing red shirts. Bellmawr’s teachers have been working without a contract since June 30. Following the August 25 Board of Education meeting, member Eric Hoban provided an updated on the teachers’ contract by stating that... Read more →


CNB April 2012 Archives: Gloucester City School Budget Goes Up $1.7 Million

photo credit Anne Forline GLOUCESTER CITY N.J.--Quality Public Speakers - All smiles after doing a great job making presentations about their schools during the recent Gloucester Board of Education meeting are, from left: Charles Stewart of Cold Springs School, Ryan Beswick of Mary Ethel Costello and Raquel Cannon of the Highland Park Program for Success. SCHOOL BUDGET UP!-The Board approved a $47,641,266 proposed budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year which is $1,795,725 more than last years figure of $45,845,541. The school budget stayed within the... Read more →


Pet Tip of the Week: Objectivity (cnbnews.net)

by Dawn Watson (cnbnews.net) Recently, I reached out for help with a dog on social media. As a professional, I recognized that, due to my love for the dog, I had lost my objectivity and could not properly issue the restrictions and boundaries needed in order to correct the dog's behavior. Sometimes, we come to love a pet so much that the pet begins to 'rule the roost'. This is a no-win situation. Dogs must be made to understand that they are not the decision-makers... Read more →


CNB March 2012 Archives : School Board Approves Transfer Of Property To Gloucester City

PUBLISHED Friday, March 02, 2012 By Anne Forline Gloucester City News During last week’s Gloucester City Board of Education (BOE) meeting, Mayor Bill James addressed the board about acquiring Lot #1 Block Number 285.04. The Mayor said the City is moving forward with the Organic Diversions project, which will include the construction of a $30 million dollar compost and energy facility. Not only will this project be a tax ratable for the City, it is also expected to bring jobs, he said. The project is... Read more →


Girl Scouts Host Appreciation Luncheon for Bellmawr Police, Fire & EMS

Anne Forline | South Jersey Observer Today, Bellmawr Girl Scout Troops #30215 and #30082 hosted an appreciation luncheon to honor Bellmawr Police, Fire, and EMS for their dedicated service to the community. Troop leader Debbie Allen said that the business community and the families of the Girl Scouts were “very generous” with their food donations for the luncheon. Because of the amount of donations, the Girl Scouts were able to serve a full lunch that featured a large assortment of entrees and desserts. The luncheon... Read more →


Royal Farms Construction Plans Approved by Bellmawr Zoning Board

Author: Anne Forline | The South Jersey Observer BELLMAWR N.J. (JULY 20, 2016)--The Bellmawr Zoning Board unanimously voted to approve, with conditions, the site plan for the new Royal Farms that will take shape at the old Walgreens on the corner of Browning Road and Black Horse Pike. Tuesday night’s meeting lasted for over two hours and the Board heard testimony from several witnesses. Highlights from the testimony: Royal Farms will be looking to add 40-50 jobs, with benefits, and hiring preference will be given... Read more →


Bellmawr Police Officers Honored/Promoted

Author Anne Forline | South Jersey Observer BELLMAWR N.J. --At its June 23, 2016 meeting, Bellmawr Council approved resolutions promoting and honoring members of the local police department. From left: Corporal Ronald Miller, Sergeant John Marrone, Captain Scott Parker, Corporal Arty Tessier, Police Chief William Walsh, Patrolman Dean Cooney, and Lieutenant Michael Draham Five Promotions: Scott Parker – Captain Michael Draham- Lieutenant John Marrone- Sergeant Ronald Miller- Corporal Arty Tessier- Corporal New Officers: Dean Cooney – Patrolman Andrew Thomas- Class II Special Officer-Graduated from Academy... Read more →


Gloucester City Board of Education Increases Maximum Dollar Amount for Legal Services

Author: Anne Forline/South Jersey Observer GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (JUNE 21, 2016)--At its special meeting on Tuesday night, the Gloucester City Board of Education (BOE) interviewed candidates for the vacancy left by Patrick Hagan, who resigned in May due to conflicts with college and work. The candidates who were listed on the BOE’s agenda to be interviewed for the vacancy were: Leon Harris, Michael Hopkins, Bruce Marks, Shawn Spotts, Derek Timms, and Joseph Schili. The Board also voted to approve two items on its agenda: Special... Read more →


Since Dec.2015 Bellmawr Has Hired 11 People

Author Anne Forline | South Jersey Observer BELLMAWR N.J. MAY 28, 2016--Bellmawr Council approved a list of new hires at its May 26, 2016, Council meeting. Resolution #05:120-16 authorized the acceptance of new hires for the Borough of Bellmawr “as per attached.” Because the list was not attached to the agenda, SJO requested a copy of this list from Borough Clerk Chuck Sauter after the meeting and he provided it. The list of names was approved as “New Hire Listing for period range 12/11/2015 to... Read more →


MONDAY CEREMONIES LISTED:

In Honor of Memorial Day Flags Distributed at New St. Mary's Cemetery by Bell Oaks Students

Author: Anne Forline | South Jersey Observer BELLMAWR N.J. --To commemorate Memorial Day, approximately 2,000 flags were recently distributed at New St. Mary’s Cemetery in Bellmawr by Bell Oaks Upper Elementary School students and members of VFW 9563 and VFW 7410. Bellmawr Councilman Ray Bider, who is also the President of VFW 9563 Men’s Auxiliary, said the flag distribution is an annual event conducted two weeks prior to Memorial Day. Each VFW works hand in hand to make sure every veteran has a flag placed... Read more →


Bellmawr Board of Education Releases Info on Parking Problem and Pre-School Lottery

Anne Forline | South Jersey Observer BELLMAWR N.J. May 28, 2016--Bell Oaks Principal, Anthony Farinelli, said at Wednesday’s Board of Education (BOE) meeting that a lottery was recently administered for the 25 available slots for three-year-old students. Farinelli spoke on behalf of School Superintendent, Annette Castiglione, who was absent from the meeting. Farinelli noted that pre-school registration was held March 1 through 15 and that every four years old was registered, leaving 25 open spaces for three-year-old registrants. Because 51 three-year-old students were registered, three... Read more →


Annual Scott Kaplan Memorial Swim set for May 19 in Sewell | Catholic Star Herald

AUTHOR ANNE FORLINE | The Catholic Star Herald SEWELL N.J. --The 10th Annual Scott Kaplan Memorial Swim Event will take place on Thursday, May 19 from 7-9 p.m. at the GATI Pool, 1360 Tanyard Road, Sewell. This annual swim event is held to celebrate the life of 2005 Gloucester Catholic High School graduate, Scott Kaplan, who was a four-year member of the Rams Swim Team. Scott, the only child of Steve and Rose Kaplan of Blackwood, died a month after graduating from Gloucester Catholic. At... Read more →


YOUR MONEY: Gloucester City's School 2016-17 Budget Totals $47,627,539; Taxes Increasing

Author Anne Forline | South Jersey Observer GLOUCESTER CITY N.J. On May 5, Gloucester City School District Business Administrator/Board Secretary, Peg McDonnell, presented the district’s 2016-17 budget in the amount of $47,627,539 and the Gloucester City Board of Education (BOE) voted to approve and adopt it. 2016-17 Budget As for any cuts, McDonnell said: “The budget projects no staffing cuts other than some retirement vacancies not being filled in order to offset the rising salary costs. All existing programs have been preserved in this budget.... Read more →


Public Pressure Forces Gloucester City School Board to Reconsider Dismissal of 2 Employees

Anne Forline | South Jersey Observer GLOUCESTER CITY N.J. (May 13, 2016)--During the last two Gloucester City Board of Education (BOE) meetings, there has been a large, public show of support for two staff members who were rumored to be losing their positions in the district. The two staff members are a school nurse, Linda Stewart, and homeless liaison, Jackie Berg. At the May 5 combined Budget Hearing and Caucus meeting, several colleagues and members of the public spoke to the Board of Education (BOE)... Read more →