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Rhode Island students from NJ named to Dean's List

KINGSTON, RI (01/31/2023)-- The University of Rhode Island is pleased to announce the Fall 2022 Dean's List. Students named to the Dean's List represent nearly all of Rhode Island's cities and towns, all six New England states, New York and New Jersey, and many other states and countries. They include: Ellie Sennhenn of Audubon (08106) Chris Bracchi of Berlin (08009) Alyssa Gentile of Blackwood (08012) Melanie Wilson of Blackwood (08012) Katie Reichert of Bordentown (08505)... Read more →


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 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 →


The Story Behind The Story: WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?

Dorothy Philbin |CNBNews Contributor (GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ 08030)(January 13, 2023)--At least one person and probably several people in our city government don't want us to ask too many questions and they definitely don't want to give the city taxpayers the answers. CNBNews graphic file The average person has no idea how many police cars the city has. Is that accidental or by design? If you follow the city council's resolutions and ordinances you will see... 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 →


Peyton and Me Meandering:

Great GHS Idea; Gcity Thai Boxing; O'Hara's Penthouse; Meat/Fish Prices; School Lawsuit Settled; Olive & Mabel

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews THE GHS SENIOR PARKING SPOT...What a great idea.-- On a recent walk, we noticed some of the parking spots at Gloucester High School (GHS) were painted with different designs. Wanting to know more, we contacted School Superintendent Sean Gorman. "The new Senior parking spot tradition that we started has been wonderful. Seniors are assigned a parking spot in our lot. They worked with our Senior Class Advisor and Art... 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 →


ATVs and Dirt Bikes Drivers Illegally Riding on Gloucester City Streets

William E. Cleary Sr. |CNBNewsnet GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (November 13, 2022)(CNBNews)--An unwelcome group of young men in their 20s and teens driving unlicensed ATVs and Dirt Bikes visited Gloucester City last weekend, riding up and down Broadway at a high rate of speed. 6ABC video image of illegal ATV and dirt bike drivers riding through the City of Philadelphia last summer. (see video below) On Sunday, November 6, a group of these individuals got gas... 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:

Gloucester City Council Candidates Speechless

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (November 1, 2022)--A short time ago, I challenged our candidates for local offices to answer specific questions. Of the seven candidates, I heard from two. Republican council candidate Jason Fanning submitted a PowerPoint presentation from his team. The production needs to be reformatted to be included in the Notebook. If it is finished in time, it will be published here. On the Democratic side, I only heard from... 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 →


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: The Ongoing Parking Problems by the Middle School and throughout the West Side of Gcity

Corner of Market and Joy Streets (photo provided) DEAR EDITOR Attached are photos of the ongoing parking problems (parked on the corner and in both crosswalks) at the intersection of Market and Joy Sts., which is across the street from the Middle School. We have a privilege problem with people who believe they are entitled to convenient parking while ignoring public safety. Public safety is a fundamental right, and driving and everything associated with it... 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 →


Businesses are Looking to Move Into Gloucester City

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet (photo provided) GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (October 13, 2022)--Gloucester City has become attractive for people looking to build warehouses or move into existing buildings to modernize a warehouse. For example, the Levine brothers, the owners of SafeSavings®, have recently purchased the former Table Top Fashions property at 410 Jersey Avenue. Decades ago, the building was the headquarters for Products Research. Their nearby neighbor was Publishers Inc., a printing company specializing... 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:

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,... 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 →


Gloucester City Residents Have A Right To Know

CNBNews graphic file UPDATE: GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (September 22, 2022)--We submitted another OPRA pertaining to the alleged theft of property by a Public Works employee in June. Besides that crime, we recently heard that the same individual allegedly purchased tires for a family member's pickup truck using a City credit card. In response to our request, Acting Gloucester City Administrator/Police Chief Brian Morrell said, once again, "The matter is under investigation." +++++ William E. Cleary... 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 →


Rental Properties in Gloucester City Out-Number Homeowners

UPDATED WITH PHOTOS AND NEW NUMBERS William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (CNBNewsnet)(September 21, 2022)--Twelve years ago, we looked at the housing market in the City of Gloucester City. Former Mayor William James and the council were worried as blight was absorbing sections of the city. They were concerned too about the number of homes converted into apartments. CNBNews graphic file The numbers today reveal that rental properties have increased from 1946... 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: $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: COVID Giveaways

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Columnist Did you know the original purpose of the Secret Service Agency was to protect our money supply? The agency was started by Abraham Lincoln who apparently never thought a well-trained and well-armed security force to protect the President was a necessity. Move forward 157 years and most people think the Secret Service Agency's purpose as only protecting the government officials. But the "Feds" are very much still in the money... 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 →


COST TO TAXPAYERS $2,743,200

Gloucester City Council Buying Fire Truck, SUV's, Fire Equipment, Public Works Items, Etc.

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (August 24, 2022)-(CNBNewsnet)--Thursday night, August 25, Gloucester City Mayor and Council will CNBNews graphic file introduce two bond ordinances on first reading. The two bond ordinances total $2,743,200. The regularly scheduled meeting is held at the Police Administration building, 313 Monmouth Street, at 7:00 PM. Some of the funds in the first bond ordinance (#19) is going towards buying a $240,000 fire ladder truck, $144,000 for sports utility vehicles, $720,000 for repaving... Read more →


SJ Transportation Authority and Rowan U Receive $8.74 Million Grant

(HAMMONTON, NJ) - The South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA) and Rowan University have announced the award of an $8.74 million Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) grant from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to research cellular vehicle-to-everything technology utilizing the Atlantic City Expressway. “Rowan University was aware of our All-Electronic Tolling (AET) project which is anticipated to begin construction in 2023,” said Stephen F. Dougherty, SJTA Executive Director. “We are pleased this collaboration... Read more →


Although Fined Many Times Landlord Kenneth Wallace Keeps Violating Gloucester City Housing Laws

Updated/corrected Neighbors said the property became a haven for squatters and drug dealers William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet For several years the Merchantville owner of 23 North Harley Avenue has been issued numerous citations for violations of the Gloucester City Housing and Maintenance Code. (photo credit CNBNewsnet) CORRECTION: It has been brought to our attention (today, August 15) that Merrith McDonald paid landlord Kenneth Wallace several thousand dollars in rent for the time that... 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:

Who Owns That Gloucester City Rental Property?

by Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Contributor Arriving in Gloucester City from Camden City via Broadway, the first street you come to is King Street, which runs north to south through the City. Above is King and Monmouth Street intersection, which separates north from south. There are only 92 homes on the street. How many of those homes are rentals? GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (August 5, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--It is said that great minds think alike. I agree. While... 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: 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: The Numbers Don't Lie

by Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Contributor GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (June 30, 2022)--A retired NJEA teacher got very upset with me for bringing attention to facts about Gloucester City's schools that are openly available on the city's and state's web pages. The teacher demanded that I stop writing about the schools. That will never happen, but I did allow a little time for the restoration of tranquility. I'm back. I looked into U.S. News trying to... 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 →