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June 13, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Some Gloucester County residents have been receiving election-mail blasts from the past. Days after polls closed for the state's primary election, some county residents only this week received sample ballots for the June 2 election. Officials say an apparent mailing problem is to blame. As of Thursday, some residents still had not received sample ballots - including county Election Superintendent Stephanie Salvatore. "As angry as these voters are, none of these voters are as angry as I am," said Salvatore, of Mantua.
NEWS
March 24, 2012
A skydiver was uninjured after he got caught 35 feet up in a tree Friday afternoon in Gloucester County and had to be rescued, a dispatcher said. The mishap was reported at 4:10 p.m. near Cross Keys Airport in Williamstown, the dispatcher said. The skydiver came from Freefall Adventures, based at the airport. Rescue crews reported that the skydiver was out of the tree at 5:36 p.m. - Robert Moran
NEWS
October 23, 2012
Gloucester County police are looking for a 12-year-old girl who has been missing since leaving home in Clayton on Saturday afternoon on her bike. Autumn Pasquale of West High Street was last seen at 12:30 p.m. wearing navy blue sweatpants, a yellow "Clayton Soccer" T-shirt, bright blue high-top sneakers, and a silver backpack with "Reckless" written on it, authorities said. She was riding a white Odyssey BMX bike. Her parents reported her missing at 9:30 Saturday night. Pasquale attends Clayton Middle School and has no history of running away, said Bernie Weisenfeld, a spokesman for the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office.
NEWS
June 8, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just months after the mountain bikers of Ceres Park in Mantua Township had appeared to gain the trust of state and Gloucester County officials, the county has again removed wooden bridges the bikers had built over streams, fallen trees, and swampland, and the biking community is "up in arms. " The bikers say the bridges - torn down Thursday - make riding easier and protect the park's environment. The demolition comes a couple of months after the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection granted wetlands and flood-hazard permits to build a separate bridge that bisects the preserve.
NEWS
June 7, 2011
Voters on Tuesday nominated candidates for county freeholder and municipal offices. Freeholders With 100% of the vote. REPUBLICANS Nominating three. Christopher Cugini. . . 1,861 Theresa Garvin-Keyser. . . 1,824 Andrew Walter. . . 1,865 Barbara Capelli. . . 2,784 Penni Heritage. . . 2,768 Mike Pantaleo. . . 2,742 Ronald Brittin. . . 467 DEMOCRATS Nominating three.
NEWS
July 21, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
The white, office-style water dispenser in the corner of the kitchen says quite a bit about the unwanted lifestyle changes underway in the Minix household in West Deptford. Jeannie Minix, 55 and a vegetarian, will not be eating the tomatoes, eggplant, and other organic produce she nurtures in her backyard garden. Her daughters Chelsea, 24, and Haley, 21, keep reminding themselves not to use ice cubes from the freezer or to run their toothbrushes under the faucet. Otherwise unthinking actions are now tainted by fear of an emerging, unregulated contaminant found in the family's water this month.
SPORTS
May 31, 2013
GLOUCESTER COUNTY College beat Century (Minn.) College, 16-4, to win the national title in the NJCAA Division III Junior College World Series last night in Tyler, Texas. GCC, coached by Mike Dickson, was undefeated in the double-elimination tournament and finished the season with 49-3 record. Narciso Crook (Trenton High) hit a three-run homer and Eric Frain (Archbishop Ryan) was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored for the winners.
NEWS
March 1, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 1982, when Gloucester County planners drafted a framework for growth, one-fifth of the county's land was considered developed - a statistic perhaps best reflected in a slogan that would become the county's mantra: "Close to everything, far from it all. " Three decades later, almost a third of the county is developed. The 330-square-mile county's population has increased by more than 90,000, to about 290,000. Its portion of Route 55 went from plan to pavement. Washington Township's population almost doubled.
NEWS
March 21, 2012 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Four people suffered minor injuries in a school bus accident Tuesday afternoon in Gloucester County, an emergency dispatcher said. A vehicle struck the bus shortly after 4 p.m. at Grove and Hessian Avenues in National Park, the dispatcher said. Four people, including the driver of the striking vehicle, were taken by ambulances to Underwood-Memorial Hospital in Woodbury. Seven others on the bus were transferred onto another bus and taken to the hospital for precautionary evaluations, the dispatcher said.
NEWS
March 14, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gloucester County is outsourcing its prisoners. And some residents aren't happy about it. The Board of Freeholders voted, 6-1, Wednesday to ship the county's 270 male inmates to Cumberland and Salem Counties. Gloucester would become the first county in the state to vacate its jail, if Cumberland and Salem Counties approve. The county would reduce its corrections staff from about 150 uniformed officers and supporting staff to 33, and says it will ultimately save $10 million a year through reductions in salaries, operating expenses, insurance, and other areas.
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NEWS
June 26, 2015 | By Michael Boren and Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writers
Work to restore power to thousands of South Jersey residents could stretch into Friday and the weekend, following the violent storm Tuesday evening that uprooted trees, knocked out cellphone service, halted PATCO trains, and tore off part of a convent's roof. The storm - which brought straight-line winds that were powerful enough to match the strength of an EF-0, or low-grade, tornado - cut power to more than 400,000 PSE&G and Atlantic City Electric customers across South Jersey. As of late Wednesday, about half of them had power restored.
NEWS
June 23, 2015 | By Sarai Flores, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police in Gloucester County are investigating the disappearance of a Glassboro woman who has been missing for more than one week. Police say Lana R. Medinger was last seen June 15 at approximately noon leaving her residence in Glassboro for a scheduled doctor's appointment in Gloucester County. Medinger never made it to her appointment, police said. She was seen driving a 2005 Blue Mitsubishi Eclipse that had New Jersey registration plate YCA-82H. Medinger is described as 65-years-old, 5-feet-1 and weighing 120 pounds.
NEWS
June 13, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Some Gloucester County residents have been receiving election-mail blasts from the past. Days after polls closed for the state's primary election, some county residents only this week received sample ballots for the June 2 election. Officials say an apparent mailing problem is to blame. As of Thursday, some residents still had not received sample ballots - including county Election Superintendent Stephanie Salvatore. "As angry as these voters are, none of these voters are as angry as I am," said Salvatore, of Mantua.
NEWS
June 11, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Burlington County will close its aging women's jail Monday and transfer the female inmates to a jail in Mays Landing, Atlantic County, more than 40 miles away, officials confirmed Tuesday. The move is "a cost-saving initiative," projected to save Burlington County about $2 million in annual operating costs, according to Eric Arpert, county spokesman. He said the Corrections and Work Release Center in Pemberton Township houses an average of 70 to 75 female inmates a day. They are scheduled to be moved to Atlantic County's Justice Facility, which has beds for more than 1,000 male and female inmates.
NEWS
May 26, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rowan University in Glassboro counts its engineering program as one of its premiere academic programs and has aggressive goals to expand enrollment. A few miles away, in nearby Deptford, Rowan College at Gloucester County is working to grow its own engineering science program, potentially doubling the number of freshmen in the pre-baccalaureate program in just two years. With both Rowan schools in Gloucester County looking to expand - and cut into a piece of the state's notorious annual "brain drain" of college students - school officials signed an agreement last week to align their engineering programs and create a road map for transfer.
NEWS
May 19, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Five South Jersey counties that have been exploring the creation of the state's first regional jail system since fall recently ran into trouble amid confusion and misunderstandings over the amount each county would contribute to an $800,000 study. One county dropped out sometime after the first consultant was hired. Another county decided it would pay less than an equal share. And the county that hired the consultant in January on behalf of the four other counties is now scrambling to cement its handshake with them by having them sign written agreements.
NEWS
April 22, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
A proposed park alongside Pitman's Broadway Theatre is getting a boost from Hollywood. Don Wildman, the witty and literate host of the Travel Channel's Mysteries at the Museum series, is helping raise money to transform a forlorn portion of Theatre Avenue into an outdoor gathering spot called Theatre Plaza. "You grow up in a town like Pitman and you're bonded to it for life," said Wildman, 54, who visited the borough Saturday to make a video that will promote the project online and perhaps on cable TV. "Pitman is the foundation of everything I'm interested in. " Wildman moved to Pitman as a 4-year-old in 1965 and recalls seeing The Poseidon Adventure and other hits on the Broadway's big screen.
NEWS
April 9, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
A five-year pilot program in Gloucester County that shifted the job of property-tax assessments from municipalities to a county office - an approach first met with some skepticism - is being hailed as a successful "tax-assessment reform" worthy of replication. The creation of the county Assessor's Office has collectively saved the county's 24 towns millions of dollars, according to a recent county report. But whether the county-based assessment office - new to New Jersey, though standard in dozens of other states, including Pennsylvania - will be a model for other counties isn't clear.
NEWS
March 1, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 1982, when Gloucester County planners drafted a framework for growth, one-fifth of the county's land was considered developed - a statistic perhaps best reflected in a slogan that would become the county's mantra: "Close to everything, far from it all. " Three decades later, almost a third of the county is developed. The 330-square-mile county's population has increased by more than 90,000, to about 290,000. Its portion of Route 55 went from plan to pavement. Washington Township's population almost doubled.
NEWS
January 30, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
In Burlington County, four people were living in a pop-up trailer with no heat, one woman lost her home through a divorce, and another woman got kicked out of the house where she was living with her boyfriend. These stories, and many others, were told to advocates for the homeless since early Wednesday, as volunteers in seven out of 21 of New Jersey's counties visited shelters, wooded encampments, and the streets to conduct the annual "Point in Time" survey. The survey every January tries to count how many homeless live in each county.
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