These Are the 40 “Hate Groups” in N.J., Says Southern Poverty Law Center

New Jersey Hate Groups

Source: Southern Poverty Law Center.

New Jersey has 40 “hate groups,” the Southern Poverty Law Center says in a new report — good for fourth-most in the country, and part of an East Coast cluster of extremism that includes Pennsylvania (ranked fifth, with 38 such groups) and New York (third, with 44).

New Jersey’s ranking, though, appears to be based mostly on the diffuse membership of the AC Skins, a “racist skinhead” group: SPLC says the group has chapters in 14 cities across the state, accounting for about a third of the total 40 groups said to be based there. Read more »

New Jersey May Tighten Vaccine Requirements

flu vaccine

Some New Jersey legislators want to make it tougher for state residents to claim religious exemptions to otherwise-mandatory vaccinations, the Courier-Post reports.

The number of New Jersey public school students citing such objections to avoid vaccines has quadrupled in recent years, from 1,500 to 9,000; in 2008 the state told schools to accept claims of religious objections without question. That policy is now being reconsidered by lawmakers.

Long story short: They’re no longer willing to take claims of faith (natch) on faith. Read more »

Anticipated Pedestrian and Bike Ramp for Ben Franklin Bridge Gets More Funding

Ben Franklin Bridge | Shutterstock

Ben Franklin Bridge | Shutterstock

Across the river, Camden County is closer to getting more user friendly access to the Ben Franklin Bridge. According to Jim Saksa at PlanPhilly, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) donated $800,000 to the Delaware River Port Authority for a proposed ramp that would replace the currently non ADA-compliant stairs on the bridge’s south side late last month.

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Report: Feds to Charge N.J. Senator with Corruption

Courtesy of the Office of Sen. Menendez

Courtesy of the Office of Sen. Menendez

Attorney General Eric Holder has signed off on charges against New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez, CNN reports. The report, which cited sources briefed on the case, says federal prosecutors allege Menendez used his office to “push the business interests of a Democratic donor and friend in exchange for gifts.”

Menendez, a Democrat who served in the House from 1989 to 2006, was appointed to the post in January of 2006 after New Jersey Governor-elect Jon Corzine vacated the seat. He won re-election twice: Over Thomas Kean in 2006 (53-44 percent) and Joseph Kyrillos in 2012 (59-39 percent).

But a grand jury has been investigating Menendez since at least 2013, when news broke that the feds were interested in his dealings with Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen. Read more »

Philly Art Center Expands to Cherry Hill

Philly Art Center

Starting in late-April the Philly Art Center will open a third location in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Located at 1721 Springdale Road in the new JFed Annex building, the new digs will feature “open studios with stainless steel art sinks, work space for miles, natural light streaming through oversized windows and Philly Art Center’s vibrant trademark colors. The open architecture will invite all to be inspired and allow parents to observe as their kids engage in the creative process.”

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Cape May Man Charged With Shooting Whale With WWII-Era Rifle on Boat Named Capt Bob

A pilot whale (Photo | Adam Li, NOAA)

A pilot whale (Photo | Adam Li, NOAA)

It’s like Moby-Dick, except instead of harpoons and the Pequod it’s a decades-old rifle and a ship named Capt Bob.

Federal authorities yesterday charged Cape May’s Daniel Archibald with violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The government says Archibald fired several shots at pilot whales, which violates the act’s prohibition on hunting or harassing marine life.

Authorities say Archibald used a Mosin-Nagant rifle to fire at the whales off the New Jersey coast, which it describes as “a World War II rifle that has not been manufactured in several decades.” Read more »

New Bon Jovi Album on the Way

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Good news, thirty- and forty-something women everywhere: Jon Bon Jovi is recording a new album.

People magazine confirms that the New Jersey singer has been recording the work in a studio in New York City. While there’s no information about who he’s working with, Jovi did reveal his source of inspiration for the songs: “I just read the paper; it gives you an opportunity to write something … It’s early, but I’m about a dozen songs in. I feel good.”

Morning Headlines: First Domino Falls in CHOP’s 2015 Building Bonanza

The Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania at UPENN.

The Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania at UPENN.

CHOP announced the opening of a new specialty care center in Plainsboro, New Jersey this week. According to the Philadelphia Business Journal, the $19.8 million, 25,000 square-foot facility will offer an array of health care services and can be “very quickly” expanded to up to 100,000 square-feet if there is a demand:

Judi Lauria, CHOP’s senior director for specialty care services in New Jersey, said the additional space allows CHOP to bring a complete array of rehabilitation services — including physical, occupational and speech therapy and sports medicine programs — to the new center. In fact, it features two “kid-friendly” rehab gyms. The Plainsboro center also has its own X-ray equipment, something the old center didn’t have. It also has rooms for auditory brainstem response testing

As noted by the Philadelphia Business Journal, this is just the beginning for CHOP. In addition to the facility in Plainsboro, CHOP plans to welcome six more facilities throughout the region into the fold this year. In the city, CHOP is working on the primary care/library community center at Broad and Morris Street, the 700,000 square-foot Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care in West Philadelphia and another primary care center in Roxborough.

As for the suburbs, specialty care centers in King of Prussia and Concordville, as well as an urgent care center in Chalfont, are all expected to open by year’s end.

CHOP’s building boom begins with $19.8M New Jersey facility [Philadelphia Business Journal]

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