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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, leaving our solar system with only eight planets. Did you know...There are no living five-star generals/admirals and probably never will be again? There are disputes... 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 okay, the president has a lot on his hands these days, directing 200,000 illegal immigrants into the United States in August alone. However, the Secretary... 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 shortage on Russia. Has Russia given us any more oil? Of course not. Then the President blamed the greedy oil companies. Have the oil companies... Read more →


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Those In Charge of Our Military Are An Embarrassment

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNewsnet Years ago, our military had slogans such as "Join the Navy, See the World," or "Be all that you can be, Join the Army." Those slogans have been replaced this year with 'Join our Military and Live off Food Stamps." It's not only sad but also an embarrassment. This week the members of our military were told that, because of inflation, they may be having a problem making ends meet and they should apply food stamps, today called SNAP. I have a relative in the Air Force serving in Alaska. Hawaii and Alaska are the two... 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 British colonization of Ireland from my grandparents, aunts and uncles. But the colonization is different from a queen who wasn't born at the time. Thursday,... 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 a little higher in Gloucester City, $59,394, while Woodbury's is $55,226. However, Woodbury has a 67 more households than we do. Even though Woodbury has... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: Pretend It Isn't A Tax

by Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Columnist Remember when we were told we wouldn't be paying any additional taxes unless we made more than $400,000 a year? Did you believe that? You shouldn't have. Philbin's philosophy: there's no such thing as an honest politician! Well...here's how we're not being taxed now. Do you sell anything online? Maybe e-bay? Some other site? image courtesy of shutterstock.com Thanks Joe Biden! There is a law on the books that if a person makes more than $20,000 a year selling items online, the company (e.g., e-bay) would have to issue a 1099 (miscellaneous income) to... 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 forces and building? My first question to all these cities who defunded their police forces - what did you do with the money which had... 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 tax rates are available is 2019. At that time the average property tax rate for Haddonfield (which is 37th highest dollar amount of the 565... 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 paid off their loans don't think it is fair that the newer students get a pass. There are tons of parents who saved for years... 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 law. Nancy Pelosi is not a lawyer, so I don't see this as a battle of the great legal minds. The question is what will... 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 it, just my e-mail account name. WARNING! Most invoices have a section to use for a credit card (name, number, etc.) Not this. WARNING! WARNING!... Read more →


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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 you for your service. Next, I went to our current fire fighters and police officers. There I found 56 employees but not one veteran. There... 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 bridge length away from Larry Krasner's criminals. It is about to get worse. Philadelphia's police department is about to lose their state-wide accreditation. Why? The... Read more →


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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 those 60 complied with the 2007/2010 law. Many towns allow public workers to convert unused sick days into yearly bonuses. Some promised to make extensive... 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 this week. Starbucks announced this Tuesday in the Los Angeles Times "We are closing some stores in locations that have experienced high volume of challenging... 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 weeks and 3 days pregnant. Why didn't the girl's parent or guardian have the abortion 4 days before? That didn't make sense. Fox news was... 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 answer: very few. Jesse Watters has taken to doing much the same thing, tonight's interviews were in New York and the subject was the Fourth... 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 at some of the claims the politicians have made. We're moving the Capital out of Washington, D.C. No. That can't happen without a Constitutional amendment.... 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 would cost $250 billion. For how much did the government sell all that steel? How about $1? I wasn't able to learn the recipient of... 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 San Antonio, Texas. A city worker heard cries from inside. He found more than 60 illegal immigrants inside, most of them dead. There was no... 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 I decided to research what was going on. I found an article in USA Today from 2019. The article discussed a woman from Texas who... Read more →


The Story Behind The Story:

What's Happening with Student Loans?

If you spread the $360 billion over the 143.3 million taxpayers, each of us owes $2,727 for someone else's debt.* Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Contributor There has been a lot of talk recently about student loan forgiveness; so, what is going on? The answer is "I don't know." The next question is why is all this happening? I have an idea about that. President Biden wants to forgive $360 billion in student loans. But he is not the one to do this. A loan can only be forgiven by the person who made the loan - that would be the... Read more →


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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 much like a small earthquake. Usually, this noise, being termed music, is coming from the Philadelphia area. The Cinnaminson police have been the most aggressive... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY:

Inflation - Where Did it Come From?

By Dorothy Philbin | CNBNewsnet When I shop or go out to dinner now, I hear my parents talking in my head. Don't laugh. If it hasn't happened to you, it will. Every time I see bananas at the grocery store, I remember just having gotten my driver's license in 1968 and my father sending me to Penn Fruit (today the Acme in Audubon.) "If they aren't 10 cents a pound, don't buy them." The same was true for Campbell's tomato 11soup "If it isn't 10 cents a can, don't buy it." A year later I started working at Moffa's... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY:

The Craziness Moves North

by Dorothy Philbin | CNBNewsnet GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (June 6, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--There is a lot of "to-do" about guns and gun control these days but somehow it always comes down to "let's take guns away from responsible people who aren't causing any problems and ignore the inner-cities where there are murders every day." Well, Washington, DC has now been outdone on the craziness scale. China (as expected) banned all guns years ago but recently so have Australia and New Zealand. That's a bit of a surprise. Get ready for a bigger surprise. This week Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada (their... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY:

What the Hell is Happening NOW?

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNewsnet Google Advertisement ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS RECEIVE GOLD STAR BENEFITS-Families in the United States are struggling to find a formula for their babies. And, when they do find it the prices are astronomical. In 2015 The Obama administration passed a law pertaining to illegal immigrant minors. They have to be read their rights (a minor immigrant understands his rights?) The law goes on to detail their rights as food, clothing, shelter, and a ton of other rights the average citizen doesn't have. Last year, 2021, The Biden Administration updated the law. Read the next sentence very carefully! The... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY:

How Many Broken Windows in our City?

DOROTHY PHILBIN | CNBNewsnet GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ --Years ago, I took a Criminal Justice course at St. Joseph's University. The instructor was a captain of the Philadelphia Police Department who brought his police-issued laptop with him to every class. The first thing he told us was that what he was going to present was the truth and he had and would show us the documentation to prove it. He said that if anyone was easily offended, this was the time to drop the course. That was one of the best courses I took in my long educational career and one... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY:

WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?

DOROTHY PHILBIN | CNBNewsnet GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ--At this point I'm sure that everyone has heard that "someone" leaked a draft of a Supreme Court decision written by Justice Samuel Alito. Although this was about the Roe v Wade case, it really doesn't matter. Hard as it is to believe from television coverage, the real issue is The Constitution of the United States. Forget 99% of what you see and hear. Better yet, turn off your television when the news comes on. There is a lot of "misinformation" or "fake news" if you will, going around. Most of it is just... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: Help for Unemployment Claims

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews TRENTON, NJ (April 27, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--In New Jersey the Democrats and Republicans are actually working together on the unemployment problem. They might as well hold up signs reading "election year, our friends and we want your vote." Many State Senators have formed a new committee to investigate the Department of Labor have said the same things. The residents they represent, every single one, complained that they never got through on the phone and no one ever called them back. They heard everyday "There is no one [at the Dept of Labor] to talk to. After weeks of... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: $19 per month charities - Part II

UPDATED THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: $19 a month charities - Part I Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (April 21, 2022)--Every year I buy a subscription to the Walnut Street Theatre and one of my favorite things to do is scan the list of supporters. Last year I noticed that one of the financial supporters was The Shriners' Hospital. I think most everyone has seen the ads for Shriners', a boy named Alec is in a wheelchair and shows you the adorable blanket you will get if you give $19 per month. Alec Cabacungan, spokesman for Shriners Hospital.... Read more →


The Story Behind The Story: Thank You, Florida

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Planning to fly? You can now do it mask free, thank you to an 11th District Federal Court judge, centered in Florida. On the evening news was a clip from inside a plane. People's cell phones were going off, masks were being torn off and people were applauding. So, what happened? The federal judge ruled, as other courts before, that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) only has the responsibility to advise the government and citizens. It does not have the authority to make law, as it has been doing for the past two years. The... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: Your Rights if the Police Knock

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews I recently read an article from the Philadelphia Inquirer; it was called "These Are Your Rights if the Police Knock at Your Door." Unfortunately, it offered a lot of advice from the ACLU (Americans Civil Liberties Union.) That organization tends to be very anti-police and in favor of the individual's right to speech. I'm very much in favor of the First Amendment - tempered with common sense. Please allow me to start with a personal narrative. Early one morning there was a bang at my front door. It wasn't a tap. It wasn't a knock. It... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: $19 a month charities - Part I

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Have you noticed how many appeals you see on television for $19 a month for this charity or $11 a month for another? These commercials run so often that you might have to wonder how much $19 buy and is it enough to cover the cost of advertising? Personally, I never understood it, so I had to do some research. The reason for only $19 a month? That only amounts to $228 per year. Contributions of $250 or more per year generate files that must be kept for the IRS. Even with that being true, something... Read more →


New Jersey's Public Charter Schools Accelerate Student Learning During Pandemic

Start Strong' State Assessments Students in NJ's five largest charter cities are 32 percent more likely to approach or meet grade-level standards compared to district peers in English language arts, 55 percent more likely in math; State Charter Association calls on Murphy Administration to expand high-quality charter options to mitigate learning loss crisis HAMILTON, NJ - April 7, 2022 – Yesterday, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) released school and district-level results from last fall's Start Strong assessments. Administered in September and October of 2021, Start Strong is New Jersey's first statewide exam that provides insight on how the... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: Friday is Tax Day so here is the last of my advice.

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews First: If you choose/have chosen a paid tax preparer, pick a good one and not just the most convenient one. About 20 years ago (give or take) one of the nation-wide tax preparing companies had an 80% error rate on itemized returns. As a result the IRS now requires all paid preparers to be certified. If you are paying someone to prepare your taxes, make sure s/he is certified. If you happen to choose someone who has a record of errors (innocent or not) with the IRS, expect an audit. This is not a certainty but... Read more →


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THE IRS ANNOUNCES AUDIT TRIGGERS

updated/corrected Dorothy Philbin l CNBNews The Internal Revenue Service has announced the triggers which will mark a taxpayer for audit. Here they are: 1. Those who itemize their deductions rather than taking the standard deduction. Sometimes you don't have a choice but don't get carried away. Keep it reasonable. 2. Millionaires - there is so much there to audit but millionaires usually have very good accountants and lawyers. My personal opinion is that millionaires are on the list just to make the rest of us feel better. 3. Income does not match lifestyle - This usually applies to people who... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY:

What is Happening with Disney?

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Contributor Is there ever a story behind the story when it comes to Disney it all started in 1967. The story also includes other major theme parks in the Orlando, FL area. In 1967 when Disney was buying thousands of acres of land in the Orlando area they made an "agreement" with the state of Florida that they could manage themselves. "Manage" included zoning, planning, utilities, as well as governing themselves. If Disney wanted to build a nuclear power plant in the middle of the Magic Kingdom, they could do it and no one could do... Read more →


New Test Scores Show Newark Students Struggling to Recover from Learning Loss

Patrick Wall, Chalkbeat Newark Mar 30, 11:33am EDT Newark students have made scant academic progress so far this school year, according to sobering new test scores that underscore the severity of the pandemic’s toll on student learning and the extraordinary measures that will be required for students to recover. Based on mid-year assessments, no more than 6% of students in any grade from 3-7 are expected to reach the “proficient” level on the state math tests slated to begin next month, according to data that Newark Public Schools officials shared last week. By contrast, 27% of students in grades 3-8... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: FOUND MONEY

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Contributor GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ-(March 29, 2022)--It looks as though we're in for another municipal (city) tax increase. Are we shocked? I doubt it. I found something, actually several somethings, that should shock every taxpayer, though. I'm finishing work on my cousin's estate and before closing it I thought I would check the state database for unclaimed property. The good news is I found $68 I didn't know I had and $2,100 I didn't know my cousin had and then...I looked into Gloucester City. Here is where we might be shocked and angry. Why are our politicians... Read more →


Some Newark Charter School Students Told to Stay Home

Decision to make students learn remotely comes after walkout over discipline, Black teacher departures Students from Newark’s Lincoln Park High School, which is part of the North Star Academy network of charter schools, walked out of school Friday and held a rally at City Hall. They said some Black teachers have left because they were unhappy with the school. Patrick Wall/Chalkbeat ***** Patrick Wall, Chalkbeat Newark March 23, 2022 A Newark charter school that locked students out of the building Friday after they staged a walkout followed up this week by temporarily forbidding some students from returning to campus. North... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: Are You in the Middle Class?

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Contributor A list was recently printed in businessinsider.com. It gave the incomes needed to be considered "middle class" in each of the 50 states. The range is very wide but the parameters consider a town such as Gloucester City to be lower middle class while Voorhees or Haddonfield are considered higher middle class. Listed below are only a few states which stood out. New Jersey? For once we aren't the most expensive state; we came in second. The incomes listed below are for two people in a family. Alabama $30,000 to $115,000 Mississippi $34,818 to $103,354... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY : Does The IRS Target The Poor?

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Contributor There were recent articles in newspapers claiming that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targets the poor for auditing far more often than the rich. Is it true? After what we've been through with the federal government over the past few years, I think anyone would say "yes." I'm sure most people have heard that the vast majority of auto accidents happen within five miles of home. That is true, also. These statistics, though true, come from a philosophy called "how to lie by statistics." I am in no way defending the Internal Revenue Service or... Read more →


The Story Behind The Story: Congress and Hair Discrimination

by Dorothy Philbin | CNBNewsnet Contributor WASHINGTON, DC--I scanned an article this week but didn't spend much time on it because I thought it was a joke. I should have known better. It's the government! There are a lot of problems that our government should be working on - inflation, gas prices, war in Ukraine, the border crisis. These are all very important. They affect all of us every day. So, what is our Congress going to work on this week? Hair Discrimination! Yes, you read that correctly, Hair Discrimination. Why? I can't give you an answer. I thought we... Read more →


The Story Behind The Story: Daylight Savings Time Forever

by Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Contributor The United States Senate has passed a bill submitted by Sen. Marco Rubio (R, FL) to make Daylight Savings Time permanent. Sen. Rubio made some valid points in his bill. During the standard time when evening comes at 5:00 p.m. crime rate is higher, people become depressed due to Seasonal Affective Disorder and for an unknown reason, people have more heart attacks. There is also the hope, optimistically, that with more daylight kids will spend more time outside getting exercise. image courtesy of The Farmers Almanac Does Senate approval mean that Daylight Savings Time... Read more →


CHALKBEAT: Philadelphia schools make masks optional

Dale Mezzacappa, Chalkbeat This story has been updated to include corrected vaccination data for 5 to 11-year-olds released Tuesday night by the Philadelphia Department of Health. Philadelphia schools officially announced last week that masks are no longer mandatory that they are now optional. Calling vaccinations “the best protection against the spread of coronavirus,” School Superintendent William R. Hite Jr., Ed.D. said that 86% of district staff are fully vaccinated, as are 75% of Philadelphians over the age of 12. He also noted that COVID case counts have been low for several weeks. “Our number one priority remains safely keeping our... Read more →


NJs' Education Plan Includes $1 Billion More for Newark Schools; $312 Million for Camden Schools

Newark schools would get $120 million increase in 2023 in governor’s budget...other large increases include: $310M for Trenton Public Schools, Camden Public Schools, $312 million, $494.9M for Paterson Public School District, $486.7M for Elizabeth Public Schools... In the immediate area Audubon $9.6M, Bellmawr $9M, Brooklawn $5M, Gloucester City $33.7M Gloucester Township $57.7M, Mt. Ephraim $4M, Westville $3.6M Catherine Carrera, Chalkbeat Newark Newark schools would receive more than $1 billion in state aid next year, an increase of about 13% from this year, under a budget blueprint Gov. Phil Murphy detailed Thursday. The $120 million boost for Newark is part of... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY:

Is Teach for America an Unfair Program?

BY DOROTHY PHILBIN | CNBNews Contributor GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (March 16, 2022)--Cleary's Notebook (CNBNews) this week printed an article about the Teach for America program and they, as with many employers, can't fill openings. In their case they have hundreds into thousands of openings. I had experience with Teach for America when I taught in the School District of Philadelphia. I felt it was a very unfair program. Gloucestercitynews.net files RELATED: THE NUMBER OF NEW TEACHERS DECLINES TO 15-YEAR LOW At the time, 20 plus years ago, Philadelphia was trying to get business people into the classroom. There were two... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY:

Response to School District of Philadelphia CEO Candidates

BY DOROTHY PHILBIN | CNBNews Contributor When I taught at West Philadelphia High School a student named S.M. was the valedictorian the first year I was there. I'm happy for everyone who works hard enough to place first in a class of more than 300 students. He should have been very proud. At that time the CEO (Superintendent) of the district was Paul Vallas who, in my opinion, was doing a wonderful job. His first priority was to buy all new textbooks for every student. Other, similar priorities quickly followed. Sadly, for S.M. it was too little, too late. Even... Read more →


Desegrating Schools in New Jersey

N.J. lawsuit says district choice could help desegregate schools. Would it work? Less than 1% of students at Mount Vernon School in Newark, left, are white. At nearby Clinton Elementary School in Maplewood, 61% of students are white. The neighboring schools are separated by a district line that students cannot cross.Patrick Wall/Chalkbeat Patrick Wall, Chalkbeat Newark Mar 10, 3:38pm EST Emma Barnes still remembers the time her granddaughter made a white friend at school. Her granddaughter, Abia, was in kindergarten at Mount Vernon School in Newark. Abia, who is Black, was seated beside a quiet boy whose family had just... Read more →