Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The State of New California?

SACRAMENTO — With the reading of their own version of a Declaration of Independence, founders of the state of New California took the first steps to what they hope will eventually lead to statehood. CBS Sacramento reports they don't want to leave the United States, just California.
"Well, it's been ungovernable for a long time. High taxes, education, you name it, and we're rated around 48th or 50th from a business climate and standpoint in California," said founder Robert Paul Preston.
The state of New California would incorporate most of the state's rural counties, leaving the urban coastal counties to the current state of California.
"There's something wrong when you have a rural county such as this one, and you go down to Orange County which is mostly urban, and it has the same set of problems, and it happens because of how the state is being governed and taxed," Preston said.
But unlike other separation movements in the past, the state of New California wants to do things by the book, citing Article 4, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution and working with the state legislature to get it done, similar to the way West Virginia was formed.

"Yes. We have to demonstrate that we can govern ourselves before we are allowed to govern," said founder Tom Reed.

And despite obstacles, doubters, and obvious long odds, the group stands united in their statehood dream.
The group is organized with committees and a council of county representatives, but say it will take 10 to 18 months before they are ready to fully engage with the state legislature.
This is not the first effort to split up California. In 2014, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper submitted signatures to put a measure that would split California in six separate states



Stephen Sperlak, Jr. R.I.P.

Sperlak, Stephen Jr., - 59, died of cancer on January 13, 2018 at his home in Estell Manor, NJ with his family and friends by his side.Steve was born on February 21, 1958 in Cape May Court House, NJ. He and his family lived in various places throughout the United States while his father was a member of the Coast Guard. The family returned to New Jersey where Steve graduated from Middle Township High School in Cape May County, NJ. After high school Steve obtained his captain's license, commercial divers license and his superintendent's license. He also attended Rutgers University for various courses. His working career included working on several area commercial fishing boats, working as a diver.

He was lastly and proudly employed as the Public Works Superintendent for the city of Mullica Township, NJ.

 Over Steve's lifetime he received many awards and citations. He was a member of the Unity Lodge F&AM #96 and was a former volunteer firefighter. He was a life time member of the Bayshore Sportsman Club. He was a generous kind man who helped many people. He enjoyed trips to Maine to go hunting and fishing with his brother-in-laws and always loved being on the water.

 A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Boakes Funeral Home, Inc., 6050 Main Street, Mays Landing, NJ. Family and friends may gather from 10-11:30 AM; a Masonic service will be held at 11:30 followed by a catholic service at 11:45. The family would like to thank Compassionate Care Hospice and the Nazha Cancer Center for their care of Steve during his illness. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Attn: Development Dept., 2009 Bacharach Blvd., P.O. Box 5358, Atlantic City, NJ 08404 or a charity of your choice. For condolences to the family, visit www.boakesfuneralhome.com

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Mullica Historical Society Nomination Meeting 1/16

Nominations of new officers will be discussed at our next regular meeting Tuesday , January 16th, at 7:00 pm. at the Hilda Frame School, Nesco Road, Nesco. Mark your calendar. We are in the process of changing our School House Christmas to our new displays. Our Patriotic Display, uniforms and military memorabilia etc. will also be on display. Stop by and check out our museum. We are open Wednesday and Saturday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. See you Tuesday. January 16th. For more information call 609-892-3919
All trustees and members need to be up to date with your dues.

New South Jersey Area Code 640

The way you dial is going to be changing as a new 640 area code gets introduced in South Jersey.
We are running out of 609 and 856 numbers, so regulators have approved the brand new 640 area code for phone customers in the 609 and 856 areas of Jersey.

 So, what's going to change? According to APP if you are in a 609 or 856 area code, you will be forced to dial all 10-digits of the phone number within 609 or 640.
Starting Jan. 20, 2018, if you are:
  • Calling from a 609 or 640 area code to another 609 or 640, you'll need to dial the area code and the seven-digit phone number. No need to dial a 1 first.
  • Calling from 609 or 640 to 856 or any other area code other than 609 or 604, you'll need to dial 1 plus the area code and the seven-digit telephone number.
  • Calling from 856 to 609, 640 or any other area code other than 856, you'll need to dial 1 plus the area code and the seven-digit telephone number.
  • Calling from 856 to 856, you'll just need to dial the seven-digit telephone number.
Got all that?

 Until Aug. 18, 2018, you'll be able to use the old and new dialing procedures. Starting Sept. 17, 2018, new telephone lines or services in the 609 area may be given new numbers from the 640 code.

17 Things to Know About Phil Murphy


NJ PARCC Testing to End

Gov.-elect Phil Murphy says he plans to follow through on his campaign promise to end the controversial PARCC test, and he took the first step in his plans to do so this past week.
Murphy, who will be sworn-in as governor at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, announced Friday that he appointed Asbury Park School District Superintendent Lamont Repollet to head the state Department of Education, and asked him "to end the failed experiment that has been PARCC testing."

 It's not clear when Murphy plans to end the test, or if plans to substitute it with another standardized test. But he did suggest on the campaign trail that, perhaps, there will be no replacement. He wants to return to "student-centered" teaching.
"You know your students needs better than a test, period," he told the NJEA. "The era of high-stakes, high-stress standardized tests in New Jersey must end and I will see that it does."

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Real Estate Transactions 1/13

None for Mullica

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

President Donald J. Trump signed H.R. 267 into law on January 8. Named the “Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park Act,” the law redesignates a National Historic Site in Georgia—the state where King was born—as the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Human Trafficking Forum

PLEASANTVILLE — Law enforcement, community leaders and advocates will join next week at a free, public forum to try to stop human trafficking.
From 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, law enforcement agencies will talk about the law and services to help victims at Crossroads Fellowship Church, 101 N. First St.

January is designated National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office is hosting the event.
It will include Atlantic City and Pleasantville police departments, the FBI and the Coalition for a Safe Community in Atlantic County.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Mullica Planning Board Reorganization


Mullica Police Officer Position Open

The Mullica Twp. Police Department is currently accepting resumes for the position of Police Officer. Applicants should be energetic, willing to learn and take great pride in the community they serve.  Applicants must possess the following qualifications:

-Be certified by the NJ P.T.C. as a police officer or be a Class II applicant that is waiver eligible.
-Be a citizen of the United States.
-Be able to read and write the English language.
-Not have been convicted of any violations of the laws of the State of New Jersey or the United States except minor traffic offenses.
–Possess at least 60 college credits.
-Have a valid NJ Driver’s License.
-Submit to a complete background investigation.
-Submit to and successfully pass a psychological testing.
-Submit to and pass a drug screening.

How to apply:
Visit:  www.PoliceApp.com/MullicaTwpNJ
Drop resumes off directly to Captain Brian Zeck, 4528 White Horse Pike, Elwood, NJ 08217

Deadline for applying is January 29, 2018.


Mullica Holiday Closings

Municipal Offices and the Dump will be closed Monday, January 15, 2018 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday.


Phil Murphy - NJ's New Gov. on Tuesday

Murphy, who on Tuesday will succeed Republican Christie and become Jersey's 56th governor, makes no bones about it: He wants to reshape New Jersey in a progressive mold.
"Listen, I'm a proud Democrat," the 60-year-old former U.S. ambassador to Germany and Wall Street executive said in his transition office in Trenton. "My heroes are the Kennedy brothers and Martin Luther King. And I don't apologize for that and never will."
"I'm proudly progressive," Murphy added, "but we're gonna grow this economy."

Less than a week from taking over a state with nine million residents and a $35 billion state budget despite boasting no previous elected experience, Murphy was in a buoyant mood Thursday.

He said the model is California, another heavily populated, deeply blue state -- where Democrat Jerry Brown took over for Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger eight years ago.
Murphy said he spoke with Brown about two months ago and told him that New Jersey aspires to be "the California of the East Coast."
"And either a colleague or a supporter of mine said, 'Murph, you need more attitude. You should say, 'If we succeed, California is the New Jersey of the West Coast.'" he said with a laugh.

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Designer Bag Bingo 3/9

12 regular games of bingo with a 13th Special game!!! Tickets are $35pp in advance and $45pp at the door. VIP tables of 8 available if paid all at one time. Message to reserve but not guaranteed until paid in full. Bring your own food & snacks (No Alcoholic beverages permitted). Coffee, tea and desserts will be provided. 50/50 and basket raffle. We welcome back Heather DeLuca from SOJO 104.9 as our Guest Emcee for the evening. Tickets can be purchased through school (if your child attends Mullica - info. to go home shortly) or contact Jessica at 609-432-6957

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Mullica PTA Movie Night

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Sedina A. Mottas-Bruno R.I.P.

Mottas-Bruno, Serdina A. , - 47, of Mullica Township, passed away on Friday, January 5, 2018 at AtlaniCare Medical Center in Galloway Township. Born in Hammonton she was a lifelong resident of the Hammonton and Mullica Township area. She had worked at The Arc of Atlantic County.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Carnesale Funeral Home, 202 S. Third Street in Hammonton, where funeral services will take place at 12:00 PM. Entombment will follow at Greenmount Cemetery, 124 S. First Road in Hammonton, In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Brandywine Warriors Youth Football, PO Box 7566, Wilmington, DE 19803. www.carnesalefuneralhome.com

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Mullica K9 Ice Rescue

Mullica Twp Fire Department/Sweetwater FD Cold Water Rescue Unit responded today to the 4100 block of Jackson Road for a K9 that fell through the Ice. “Quincy” the German Shepherd was rescued safely. Nice job...
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Mullica School Garden Grants

AtlantiCare awarded 60 South Jersey primary and secondary schools Tuesday with grants to support school garden and wellness activities.
The AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children program gave elementary, middle and high schools in Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean counties received mini-grants totaling $51,000 to support new and existing school gardens and wellness activities for the 2017-2017 school year.
“We’re excited to continue supporting school gardening programs by awarding these mini-grants,” said Laura Engelmann, AtlantiCare community health and wellness manager.

 Officials said the awards go to schools that demonstrated innovative initiatives aimed at encouraging physical activity and healthy eating habits among students, their families and school staff.

$800 Sustained Edible School Garden Award

 -Mullica Township Primary School, Elwood

 -Mullica Township Middle School

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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Kauffman Charged With Murder of His Wife

“For the past five-and-a-half years since April Kauffman was been found shot to death inside her home in Linwood, New Jersey, there has been little movement in this case and no arrests have been made in connection with the murder. That is, until today,” Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said during a press conference Tuesday at his office.
Tyner said April Kauffman knew about illegal drug activity, was threatening divorce and was threatening to go to authorities. In response, Tyner said Kauffman found someone who would kill his wife.

“He was intent to rather have her killed as opposed to losing his financial empire, as he described it to several individuals,” Tyner said Tuesday.
Tyner said Kauffman, along with seven others, were charged Tuesday with conspiracy and racketeering.
“We are very excited today because this has gone on for far too long,” Tyner said.

 Tyner described the conspiracy and identified Ferdinand Augello, 61 of the Petersburg section of Upper Township as Kauffman's alleged co-conspirator in both the drug ring and the murder-for-hire.  The prescription opioid drug ring itself included more than 200 recruiters, Tyner said.
According to Tyner, after months of unsuccessfully attempting to hire a hitman, Augello found Francis Mullholland, a friend of a Pagan associate, to shoot and kill April Kauffman in exchange for $20,000.
Mullholland died of a drug overdose in October 2013, Tyner said.

 The drug enterprise continued for the five years following the murder, he said. All the people involved were either current members, former members, or associates of the Pagan Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.

Tyner alleged that James Kauffman and Ferdinand Augello had a relationship prior to 2011 that was centered around Kauffman’s medical practice. In the early morning hours of May 10, 2012, Tyner said Mullholland was given a ride to the Kauffman residence, but did not specify by whom.
"The doors were left open and Frank Mullholland was given a gun to carry out his task. He went inside and he shot April Kauffman twice," Tyner said.
Francis Mullholland has stated that he received approximately $20,000 in cash for his role, he said.
At the time of the murder, it was reported that April Kauffman was found face-down by a caretaker in her bedroom. Kauffman was at work at the time, but rushed home to the scene. After being interviewed by police, Kauffman hired Jacobs as his attorney.

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Sunday, January 07, 2018

Monday Weather Advisory in Effect

*******TRAVEL ALERT********
Even though today's weather event will mostly be in the form of rain the ground temperature will remain below freezing. Therefore some road surfaces will become dangerous with ice within minutes of rain hitting the road surface. USE EXTREME CAUTION DRIVING TONIGHT AND FOR THE MORNING COMMUTE TOMORROW.
New Jersey Office of Emergency Management
Winter Weather Update
Here we go again, folks! A wintry mix of precipitation is expected on Monday afternoon and Monday evening, affecting the evening commute. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 1pm to 9pm Monday, January 8, 2018.
WHAT...A wintry mix of precipitation is expected. Periods of light freezing rain, sleet and snow are anticipated. Ice will likely accumulate on untreated roads and walkways. Also, there may be a few tenths of an inch of sleet and snow.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Ice will likely create hazardous conditions on area roads and walkways. Icy conditions are expected to continue on Monday night and Tuesday morning as temperatures remain below freezing at most locations.
Leave extra time to commute home and take it slow!

Mullica Ice Water Rescue Drill

Sweetwater Fire Company STA 163 added 40 new photos.
Today’s ice water rescue drill at the end of fifth Avenue
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Bella Rita (nee DeLuca) Caruso R.I.P.

Caruso, Bella Rita (nee DeLuca), - 97, of Mullica Township, passed away peacefully on January 3, 2018 at her home. Born in Milmay she lived in Mullica Township for 65 years. Bella was a retiree from Kessler Clothing Company of Hammonton where she was a sewing machine operator. She was a member of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union.

 A viewing will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 10:00AM - 11:30 AM at the Carnesale Funeral Home, 202 S. Third Street in Hammonton, where funeral services will be held at 11:30 AM. Burial will follow in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 124 S. First Road in Hammonton. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Winslow United Methodist Church, PO Box 131, Winslow, NJ 08095 or to the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society, PO Box182, Hammonton, NJ 08037. (www.carnesalefuneralhome.com)

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Kristina Hanson R.I.P.

Hanson, Kristina, - 41, of Mullica Twp., passed away on January 3, 2018 at her home. Kristina was born on January 2, 1977 in Vineland, NJ. She was an extremely hardworking woman who was devoted to her children and family.

 A visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 10th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM with a service at 6:00 PM at Wimberg Funeral Home, 400 Liverpool Ave, Egg Harbor City, 609-965-0357. Interment will be private. For condolences or directions, please visit wimbergfuneralhome.com.

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Friday, January 05, 2018

Mullica School Closed Friday

The Mullica Township School District will be closed Friday, January 5th due to inclement weather conditions. Please only travel if necessary due to the weather and road conditions.

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Thursday, January 04, 2018

Joan Violet (Hagel) Stollenwerk R.I.P.

Stollenwerk, Joan Violet (Hagel), - 83, of Mullica Twp., went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on January 2, 2018. She grew up in Cologne, NJ and lived most of her life in Mullica Twp., NJ. She will be deeply missed by her loved ones and friends

Family and friends are invited to attend her viewing, followed by a short service on Saturday, January 6, 2018 viewing at 10:00am, service at 11:00am Wimberg Funeral Home, 400 Liverpool Ave., Egg Harbor City, NJ 609-965-0357. For condolences or directions, please visit wimbergfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Institute for Creation Research, P. O. Box 59029, Dallas, TX 75229 WWW.ICR.ORG

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Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Blizzard Warning Issued

5-9 inches of snow possible in Mullica  (other reports indicate 12 + inches)

The impacts from this storm reach beyond the snow and beyond Thursday. First, let us go back to the winds. Sustained winds of 15-30 mph and gusts 35-45 mph takes us through Thursday, Friday and Saturday. This will cause blowing snow on Thursday and there could be whiteout conditions along the shore at times. However, the consistent stiff winds threatens to create pockets of power outages and well as break off tree branches. This is happening at the worst time, too, since we continue our polar plunge.


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Mullica Recycling Notice

***Mullica residents, just an FYI: recycling will be collected on Friday, January 5 this week instead of Thursday, January 4.***

Atlantic County Freeholders Sworn In

MAYS LANDING — Dozens of people who gathered Tuesday at the Atlantic County Superior Court complex stood and applauded a “historic” day as county freeholders swore in two new members and elected their first female vice chair.
Democrats Ashley Bennett and Caren Fitzpatrick, who both ran for political office for the first time in 2017, took their seats on the Board of Chosen Freeholders, while Maureen Kern, a Republican incumbent, was elected as the board’s first vice chairwoman since it was formed in the 19th century.
John Risley, a Republican who won re-election in November, also was sworn in for another term.

“I’m still overwhelmed, but I’m so happy,” Bennett said after the ceremony. “I’m ready to work for the better of Atlantic County as a whole, and I’m happy to work with everyone on the board.”
Bennett defeated John Carman for the 3rd District seat. She said she decided to run after Carman shared a meme on Facebook during the Women’s March on Washington last year that asked if all the women would be home in time to cook dinner. The controversy made national news, and Bennett was interviewed live on Lawrence O’Donnell’s MSNBC show after she won in November.
With the swearing in of Bennett and Fitzpatrick, the board includes five men and four women. There are six Republicans and three Democrats.
Kern, who formerly served as the Somers Point City Council president, said she was raised to not let gender get in the way and focus on the job in front of her.
“I just work hard for everything that I try to do, so I don’t look at it as (a gender issue),” she said. “But I know it sends a powerful statement, and I really appreciate the support from everyone on the board to consider me for this position.”

Barbara Rheault, a councilwoman in Mullica Township, said during the public comment part of the ceremony she is always pleased to see women persist, rise up and be elected to public office.
“Please know that the women who have joined (the board) have remarkable talents (and) can help Atlantic County grow,” she told the freeholder board.

Entering the new year, the county will continue its push to diversify its economy away from gaming and more toward other forms of tourism, education and the buildup of an aviation industry.
Construction on the first building of the Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park kicked off last spring, and the county announced plans to partner with Atlantic Cape Community College to create an aviation maintenance institute at the Atlantic City International Airport.

Officials say critical steps, including filling the SARTP building with tenants and creating a curriculum for the institute, must be taken in 2018 if the county wants to move forward with diversification before the end of the decade.
“We’re working hard to get the tenants (at the park) as we speak,” said Frank Formica, who was re-elected board chairman. “We’re also going to have a much more interactive freeholder board with the municipal mayors. We’re going to make sure they’re apprised to what we’re doing and we’re apprised to what they’re doing.”
For its first action of 2018, the board unanimously passed a resolution condemning a state Assembly bill that would allow internet gaming at state racetracks. Freeholders of both political parties said the bill, sponsored by Ralph Caputo, D-Essex, was nothing more than a back-door way to expand gaming beyond Atlantic City, which New Jersey voters overwhelmingly rejected in a November 2016 referendum.

 “The fact of the matter is that 80 percent of the residents of New Jersey voted against that referendum,” Freeholder Ernest Coursey said during the meeting. “Any gaming outside of Atlantic City would be bad, and we cannot let (state lawmakers) do these things in the dark.”


Snow Starts Tonight

 Update - Blizzard warning issued

Snow will begin between 12 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Wednesday night. Snow will intensify quickly along the shore, where the highest totals are expected. A tricky Thursday morning commute will be had and school closings along and east of the Parkway are possible.

Winds will be strong during the event, with blowing and drifting snow likely. Brief whiteout conditions are possible along the Jersey Shore.

 The snow ends during the afternoon. 4"-7" of snow is expected generally from the Parkway corridor to the coast. Those to the west will see 2"-4" of snow. While the snow ends, the winds and cold do not.

Sustained winds of 15-25 mph with gusts in the 40s are likely Thursday night into Friday. Couple this with the strongest shot of cold air yet and wind chills will fail to rise above zero. Highs on Friday will be in the mid-teens and that will carry over into Saturday as well. Water main breaks, pipe bursts and even isolated power outages are all within the realm of possibility.


Parent Technology Night 1/18

The PTA highly recommends community members attend this event! Loads of information will be provided about keeping our children safe in the digital age. Soup, salad and bread will be provided by Campione's Kitchen & Catering in Hammonton. Hope to see you there.

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