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The Story Behind The Story:

Does a Two-Hour Delay Warrant the News?

By Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Columnist PHILADELPHIA PA--Fox29News, 6ABCNews, and 1210 AM radio were all talking on air about the Gloucester City School District starting classes two hours late the day after the Super Bowl (photo credit CNBNews photographer Amanda Stevenson Lupke image from the 2018 Super Bowl parade) SEE PHOTO ALBUM +++++ GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (FEBRUARY 3, 2023)--On Thursday, February 2, 2023 Fox 29 posted a facebook announcement that Gloucester City School District's schools... Read more →


COMMENTARY: How The City of Gloucester City Has Changed

by DOROTHY PHILBIN | CNBNewsNet While reading some old newspaper articles last night I came across one particular article about the BLM protest/march almost three years ago. The article from the Courier Post, was dated June 8, 2020. In that article a man from Camden City, Isaiah Conteh, said "It shows this town is changing." Gloucester City's own Joe Gorman added "Gloucester is thriving because it is more welcoming and supporting of people who in... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: The Decade of Insanity

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNewsnet Columnist Do you ever hear of new rules, laws, or fads that seem to make no sense at all, but we just accept and move along with our lives? Here are just a few: "Our government" has decided to make us transfer over to electric ranges because gas stoves cause cerebral damage, especially to our children. Natural gas use has been documented back to 400 BC. So, for 2,399 years cooking... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: A Drug Worse Than Fentanyl

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNewsnet Columnist A Philadelphia neighborhood is the largest open-air narcotics market for heroin on the East Coast. Addicts come from all over, and many never leave Drug users under the Kensington Avenue underpass. Credit...Jeffrey Stockbridge for The New York Times Thursday night, January 19, 20223, Fox News' Sean Hannity dedicated the first full 10 minutes of his show to the drug problem in Philadelphia, Pa. Their reporter interviewed drug users in the... Read more →


The Story Inside The Story: And the Drugs Keep Rolling in

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Columnist GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (January 18, 2023)--In today's news, it was revealed that a library in a small town near Boulder, Co. had to be temporarily closed to clean the restrooms of the chemicals and residue of methamphetamines. For several days prior, people complained about strange odors, sore throats, and even a dizzy feeling. While investigating the problem, it came to light that one of Boulder's libraries had been closed for... Read more →


THE STORY INSIDE THE STORY: What's Up This Week?

by Dorothy Philbin| CNBNews Columnist Coming up this week are a few things you should know. 1. The price of postage stamps goes up this week. There aren't too many people who send first-class mail anymore, but it is always a good idea to have a few stamps around, just in case. On January 22, 2023 the stamp price goes up from 60 cents to 63 cents. After that, the cost of stamps will go... Read more →


GIRL SCOUTS COOKIES ARE HERE!

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Columnist GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (CNBNewsnet)--It's Girl Scout Cookie time again! Which flavor will you be ordering? Maybe more than one flavor? It seems that different states/areas of the country like different flavors; in some cases, not all tastes are sold in all areas. Recently, a gluten-free cookie was added - Toffee-tastic. This year another new cookie will be added. It is Raspberry and is supposed to be a "sister cookie" to... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY : And then there were none (of us)

Central American immigrants take part in a caravan heading to the United States on the road linking Ciudad Hidalgo and Tapachula, Mexico, on October 21, 2018. photo courtesy of Pedro Pardo(AFP/Getty) Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Columnist Usually writing an article about illegal drugs almost writes itself. Just fill in the name of the drug, the amount, and voila! The article is written. That isn't the case recently. Before one article is written there is Breaking... Read more →


The Story Behind The Story: A Warehouse here; No Warehouse There

By Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Columnist Thursday night, December 15, 2022 the Harrison Township Planning and Zoning Commissions listened to their citizens and ruled against a 2 million square foot warehouse and distribution center. The residents of Mullica Hill, within Harrison Township, have been fighting the warehouse since it was first proposed. The last township meeting on the subject had to be postponed because so many people showed up and the building couldn't hold them... Read more →


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Straight from the Southern Boarder

by Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Columnist On Aug 17, 2022, CBP officers at the Nogales Port of Entry seized 15,000 pills of colorful fentanyl pills that officials say are meant to look like candy. (CBP) From December 5, 2022, to December 19, 2022, only two weeks in time, the following major drug "busts" were made at the southern boarder. These drugs aren't staying in Texas or Arizona; they are being distributed to every state in... Read more →


The Story Behind The Story: Taxpayers Spent Over $1 Million for Police Vehicles, Where Are They?

by Dorothy Philbin | CNBNewsnet GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (CNBNews)(December 21, 2022)--Last week Cleary's Notebook published an article, "Car 54 Where Are You?" in which the question was asked, where are the 22 police cars which seem to be lost? Since that time, it was revealed through the city council meeting minutes, resolutions, and ordinances that in December, 2022 the city bought one new Ford vehicle for the fire department and two new Chevy SUVs from... Read more →


The Story Behind The Story: You Have A Right To Know

by Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews columnist The people in Harrison Township stopped the building of a 2.1 million square foot warehouse by showing up at the township planning/zoning board meetings. According to many of those interviewed, the problem was that although it was a three-year project, they didn't know about the warehouse until they heard about it from neighbors. The township, they said, did nothing proactive to inform the taxpayers. That is probably true, at... Read more →


The Story Behind The Story: California Give Aways

by Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Columnist Do you want to get rich quickly? Head west to California. Really rich? Stop by San Francisco. Just about every news station has shown clips of mile after mile of homeless tent cities, mainly in, but not limited to, Los Angeles and San Francisco. These images courtesy of unsplash tent cities have presented numerous problems for homeowners and small business owners. It is almost impossible to determine which issue... Read more →


The Story Behind The Story: More Gloucester City Trivia

BY DOROTHY PHILBIN | CNBNews Columnist photo credit https://www.gloucestercitynews.net When was St. Mary's school built? a. 1893 b. 1896 c. 1902 d. 1905 2. Which of these was NOT a Gloucester City hotel in the early 1900s? a. Thompson's b. Beuna Vista c. The Sands d. McGlade's 3. Where was Billy Thompson's racetrack? The early 1900s. a. In what is now Proprietor's Park b. Charles Street c. Brick Street d. North King Street 4. What... Read more →


CAR 54 WHERE ARE YOU?

Dorothy Philbin l CNBNewsnet Car 54 Where Are You? was an old-time (1950s) television comedy about the zany adventures in a New York City police station. Police Car 54 was assigned to officers Twitty and Muldoon and much of their conversation took place through the front windshield of the car. We always knew where Car 54 was. How about Gloucester City? Do we have a Car 54? The citizens who pay for the 34 vehicles... Read more →


ANSWERS TO QUIZ

THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: Gloucester City Quiz

1. c. toward the river 2. a. the Kittyhawk 3. c. 514 4. c. 1902 5. d. She refused to holster her gun. 6. a. 1888 7. a. February, 1961 8. c. or d. It depends how "dainty" your parents thought their daughters were. 9. a. Sherrif West 10. fill in as many as you can, we'll print the answers later. Dorothy Philbin | CNBNewsnet How much do you know about the city in which... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY:Big Tech Shrinks

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNewsnet Anyone who has read or listened to the news in the past two weeks knows that Big Tech is getting smaller on a daily basis. The company which has been in the news most is Twitter, recently purchased by Elon Musk (self-named "Chief Twit.") Musk said from the very day he expressed interest in buying the company that he would eliminate thousands of jobs and he made good on that promise.... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: Hospital Ratings II

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNewsnet Following up on last week's New Jersey Hospital Ratings article, here are the local hospital ratings and why they got the grade they got. Leapfrog*, the author of the study, does not say how two hospitals have the same problems but different ratings. The only conclusion is the number of incidents but that is an inference. Cooper Hospital - B. Problems were post-surgical infections and blood clots, unnecessary falls, and death... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: South Jersey Hospital Ratings - Part II

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNewsnet The State of New York says it isn't so. Legally-grown marijuana plants intended for sale through government-approved dispensaries - 300,000 plants or $750 million worth of pot - are rapidly rotting on the vine, so to speak. It doesn't take a lawyer to see this one coming, so here it is. The New York government gave priority for dispensary approval to people who have had prior pot offensives or members of... Read more →


The Story Behind The Story:

Women Raising South Jersey Sports Image

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNewsnet Sunday's Courier Post (November 13, 2022) profiled 50 South Jersey women who have raised the profile of women in sports in this year, the 50th anniversary of the implementation of Title IX which evened the playing field for all sports and genders. Three of those women are from Gloucester City. They are Lisa Angelotti Gedaka of Gloucester Catholic, class of '84; Megan Light Mason of Gloucester High School, class of 1998;... Read more →


The Story Behind The Story: Post Election Results

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Columnist France and Brazil still vote with paper ballots but they both have the results counted and announced within five hours. America, with all the technology money can buy, takes into the following month to count our results. One week after election day neither Alaska nor Georgia has a winner and neither plans to know the winner until sometime in December. So much for technology. However, people conduct "exit polls" where... Read more →


The Story Behind The Story:

EVERYONE HAS TO LIVE SOMEWHERE

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ November 4, 2022)--While researching one thing, I found another, and another and eventually found myself researching sexual offenders living in Gloucester City. I wondered how many there were, where they were living, and how the predator population in our city compared to other towns. All of this information is available on datauniverse.com and the NJ State Police Megan's List. I have to say, the State Police Megan's List... Read more →


The Story Behind The Story: Another Question for the Gloucester City Council Candidates

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (In the spring a long-time public works employee was accused of stealing city property and using a city account for personal purchases. Old-time Gloucesterites know the details, no reason to go into them here. Each time the part-time Chief of Police is asked about the status of the alleged incident the answer is the same "under investigation." It didn't take this long for the Warren Commission to investigate... Read more →


The Story Behind The Story:

A Challenge for our Gloucester City Council Candidates

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews This week I, as likely most of you, received election fliers from every candidate running for every office under the sun. I sent a letter to "one issue" Donald Norcross explaining that most average people are more concerned about putting gas into our cars, food onto the table, etc. I didn't hear back from Mr. Norcross, but I never really expected a reply. I also received fliers from our local candidates.... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY:

How Many Times Can You Vote?

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (October 17, 2022)--A not-for-profit organization, Public Interest Legal Foundation, announced the results of a New Jersey voter records study this week. The results were interesting but predictable. image courtesy of Dreamstime.com They found over 33,000 voters with fictitious birthdates. That doesn't seem like such a big deal but think about it for a minute. John Smith is age 21 and registered to vote. Then he goes back a... Read more →


Past Philly Congressman Ozzie Myers Sentenced for Stuffing Ballot Boxes, Falsifying Voting Records, Bribery

Ozzie Myers (image courtesy of https://whyy.org) PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced today that former U.S. Congressman Michael “Ozzie” Myers, 79, of Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced to 30 months in prison, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $100,000 in fines, with $10,000 of that due immediately, by United States District Court Judge Paul S. Diamond. Myers pleaded guilty to conspiracy to deprive voters of civil rights, bribery, obstruction of... Read more →


Gloucester City Taxpayers Own 91 Motorized Line Items (MLI) Costing Over $21 Million

By William E. Cleary and Dorothy Philbin Above, the Peterbilt trash truck, purchased by taxpayers in 2021, cost $193,000. In 2020, the taxpayers purchased a 2020 ISUZU street sweeper for $214,000. This year the taxpayers spent $450,000 to buy a Freightliner Camel Jet-Vac. The Public Works Department has 31 Motorized Line Items (MLI) valued at $3,181,813. The oldest piece of equipment in that department is a 1995 front-end loader purchased that year for $60,510. photo... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY:

How Many Hours Do You Work?

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ-I worked for 17 years for INA, later to become CIGNA. That was my business experience. I taught every grade from kindergarten through 400-level Rutgers University. That was my educational experience. I owned a small bus tour company. Never, in any of these experiences, did I work only 40 hours a week. Never, in any of these experiences, did I get paid for working overtime. This is the world... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY:

The Gloucester City Crime Reports/Part II

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNewsnet I don't like being used as the city's ATM. And in return, what do I (or we) get? That's an easy answer. Not enough! I realize that things change over the years, but there is a difference between routine change over time and spending the taxpayers' money irresponsibly. There are a few things that we've always had that have been taken away, regardless of the city payroll increasing exponentially. Something so... Read more →


The Story Behind The Story: Let's Talk Trivia...

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Columnist Did you know...that former presidents cannot drive themselves on public roads? This was a result of JFK's assassination. President Johnson was the last one to drive himself on a public road. source https://www.dreamstime.com/ Did you know...the time difference between 1918 to 1970 is equal to the time difference between 1970 and today? Did you know...We used to have nine planets? In 2006 the smallest and farthest away planet was demoted,... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY : An Embarrassed Continent

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNewsnet Anyone who peruses Facebook, and probably other social media sites, has seen time and again that kids today are so disrespectful. If you have gray hair, you will probably agree - that is, until this week. All three major North American countries managed to embarrass their countries, their citizens, and sadly, themselves. Let's start in the south. The Mexican president did not attend but sent his Secretary of Foreign Affairs. That's... Read more →


THE STORY BEHING THE STORY: Are Oil Prices Going Down?

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Columnist Every day when I'm driving passed Wawa or Royal Farms I wonder if I should buy gas now or will it be cheaper tomorrow? Now, $3.50/gal looks good compared the $5.00/gal we paid only a couple of months ago. I think everyone knows that the price will be back to $5.00/gal on November 9, 2022 - the day after the election. CNBNews graphic files First, President Biden blamed the oil... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY:Flags at Half Staff???

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Columnist The flag at the Gloucester Township Municipal Building is flying at half-staff (photo by D. Philbin) I admit that I really don't understand royalty. What's with castles and crowns? Palaces and tiaras? And the bowing and curtseying (which I haven't done since the 4th. grade at St. Mary's.) I also admit that being very, very Irish, I have ill feelings against the British Empire, having heard terrible stories of the... Read more →


The Story Behind The Story: A Look At Local School Districts

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Columnist GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ--I was recently asked how Gloucester City School District compares to other districts in the area. The first district I chose was Woodbury, thinking its demographics would be similar to our own. Once I digest the overall information, I will be able to go into a comparison of specific schools and grades. Gloucester City's popular, 11,248, is slightly higher than Woodbury's at 9,861. The median household income is... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: $37.5 Billion, Please

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Columnist Today in Pennsylvania, President Joe Biden announced that his administration will allocate $37.5 Billion to refund the police and fight crime. What crime? Here in South Jersey, I can't name any community which defunded its police force. I don't know of any community which saw riots, burning buildings or city takeover (do you remember the City of Chas?) So why should we have to pay to rebuild other cities' police... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: SHARED SERVICES

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Columnist It was announced this week on the Haddonfield Police Department's Facebook site that a state grant of $75,000 had been received. The purpose of the grant is to study the feasibility of combining the Fire and Emergency Medical Services of Haddonfield, Haddon Heights and Barrington. It is surprising that Haddonfield would want/need to decrease their property taxes. After all, Haddonfield is rich, isn't it? Well, the last year for which... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: Student Loan Forgiveness Scams

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Columnist It is only 36 hours since President Biden announced the Student Loan Forgiveness program and we're not even sure it is legal yet. I suspect it will be long after the promised December 31, 2022, date before anything will happen as many states, banks, and people who paid off their loans will probably file suits in federal court. This program is only popular with current and recently-graduated students. People who... Read more →


The Story Behind The Story: What's With Student Loans

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Columnist The answer is - maybe nothing. Even the Washington elites can't agree. President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, that he was going to forgive between $10,000 and $20,000 of undergraduate and graduate student loans. However, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says that the President doesn't have the authority to forgive the loans. That authority lies with Congress. President Biden is a lawyer but has never practiced... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: SCAM ALERT

by Dorothy Philbin | CNBNewsnet Columnist Today I received an e-mail which was an invoice from Norton Life. I have never used Norton anything, and I have life insurance, thank you Norton, so I was tempted to just delete it and go on. I looked at the invoice anyway and saw that Norton was going to charge me $298.36 for one unit (?) of what? The invoice did not have my name or address on... Read more →


The Story Behind The Story:

Gloucester City & Board of Ed. Should Hire Veterans First?

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNewsnet source https://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/veterans/ When viewing our Gloucester City employees' and retirees' salaries and pensions (I want to know where my tax dollars are spent) I noticed that some of the databases indicated if the person was a veteran. What I found was disheartening. First, I looked at the retired teachers. There are about 200 retirees and of those I found 3 veterans. Three! Vince Kuczynski, Frank Keebler and Bob McQuillan - thank... Read more →


The Story Behind The Story: Only a Bridge Length...

All it takes for evil to thrive is for good men to do nothing. ~Edmund Burke \ by Dorothy Philbin | CNBNewsnet Usually when it comes to politics in Philadelphia, I take a stand that "I don't live there, work there, or pay taxes there so it isn't really my business." However, now that George Seros-backed DA, Larry Krasner, has decided to not prosecute criminals, we in New Jersey are affected. We are only a... Read more →


CNBNews Tips and Snippets:

Gloucester City & Bellmawr CITED; Good News; Big Change at Moorestown Mall; Nudity in NJ; CNBNews Opinion

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet GLOUCESTER CITY and BELLMAWR AMONG 57 VIOLATING LAW--The NJ Office of the State Comptroller released a report last week regarding some municipalities' illegal use of sick leave. The Comptroller’s report stated that 95% of the 60 towns it surveyed were not following laws limiting sick leave payments. According to NJ1015.com the Comptroller said these communities were wasting taxpayer funds which add to higher property tax bills. Only three of... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: ...and then there will be none

The proposed Starbucks Coffee walk-up/drive-in may look like this. (reddit.com) by Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Contributor You may have already heard that Starbucks is closing hundreds of walk-in stores and replacing them walk-up/drive-up locations. (If you are old enough, think Photomat style.) That news may have gone over your heads, especially if you don't pay Starbucks' high prices for exotic-flavored coffees. What should have caught your attention is the closing of 16 stores Starbucks announced... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: Fake News or Disinformation?

by Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Contributor I suspect we have all heard the story about the 10-year old girl in Ohio who, because of Ohio's abortion law, had to go to Dr. Katelyn Bernard in Indiana for an abortion. This story made the rounds of news, talk shows and even President included the story in one of his speeches. What a pity it wasn't true! I became suspicious when I heard the girl was 6... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: JAY WALKING

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews If you are young you might not remember Jay Leno, host of the Tonight Show. He would go to a major street corner and ask people questions about current events, government, or whatever. Usually, the answers were not just wrong but shockingly wrong. I met Jay a few years back and asked him "how many 'normal' people d o you have to edit out to get the results you air?" His... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: Does anyone know what is going on?

by Dorothy Philbin | CNBNewsnet We count on our government representatives to know the law and to protect us from governmental overreach. After all many, if not most of our government leaders are lawyers. If they don't know what is legal and what is not, who does? Every lawyer has to take a course in Constitutional Law. In recent years what I have heard coming from our representatives has made me cringe so let's look... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: This Week in the News

by Dorothy Philbin l CNBNews The Aircraft Carrier Kittyhawk - those of us who were in town in 1962 remember the launching of the Kittyhawk. The building of that ship kept much of Gloucester City employed. Sadly, the Kittyhawk has outlived her usefulness and she has been decommissioned. She recently arrived in Texas where all security- sensitive equipment will be removed and then, sadly, she will be scrapped. If the Kittyhawk were built today it... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: What's New in the Country

By Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Contributor image courtesy of https://www.istockphoto.com/ (CNBNews)(July 1, 2022)--The past few weeks have been very active, if not confusing, concerning what has been in the news. A lot of people these days get their news online which is like reading the first paragraph of a book. There's a lot more behind the headlines. Let's take a look: 1. Disaster on the Border - Two days ago a semi was found in... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: When It Comes To Business Dealings Whom Can You Trust ?

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Columnist Is there any business out there whom we can trust? I would say with small mom-and-pop stores - yes. But the bigger the business, the farther they stray from the ethical business. Here are two examples: I have been getting e-mails almost daily from Public Service offering me a free thermostat. I learned years ago that there is no such thing as a free lunch. PSE&G was so persistent that... Read more →


The Story Behind The Story:

The Annoying "Boom-Car" Parties(video)

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNewsnet Finally, someone has heard our calls for help. At least since 2017, those of us on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River have been suffering from the effects of "Boom-Car" Parties. If you are new to the South Jersey area these are trucks and cars loaded with sound equipment so intense that houses from Gloucester County up to Burlington County shake and things fall from the shelves and walls... Read more →