Farmhouse Friday: Country-Living Delight on the Other Side of the Delaware

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Let’s take a step back from our farmhouse search in Philadelphia’s suburbs for a moment and cross on over to Jersey territory. You ready? Okay, great because we found the sweetest rustic home near Columbus, New Jersey and it is an honest to goodness charmer!

First off, it’s over 200 years old and has much of its original flooring and millwork, which have been restored throughout the years. The second bathroom also retains its original claw foot tub. Of its updates, which have been consistent these past fifteen years, are newer roofing and siding and custom period windows. The main bath, notes the listing, has been renovated to include a Jacuzzi tub, stall shower, and double sinks. Central air has also been added.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Retro Oasis Tucked Away in South Jersey

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TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

Designing a home to meet your particular vision must be kind of fun, don’t you think? In the case of this South Jersey residence, it seems whoever had a say in its look was at least partially influenced by the modern aesthetics of the seventies (indeed, agent Kathleen McNamara tells us it was built circa 1978) and the light-friendly appeal of hotel suites.

Oh, did we mention it has swimming pool and deck with lounge space?

Located on a one-acre lot in Cherry Hill’s Wilderness Acres neighborhood, the John J. Olivieri-designed home features oak flooring, two functioning fireplaces (one gas; one wood), and walls of windows throughout. A two-story foyer awaits near the entrance and the kitchen, festooned with cherry cabinets and granite counters, opens to a two-story dining area with windows overlooking the pool area.

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Chris Christie Announces Presidential Run

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Speaking at his high school alma mater in Livingston, New Jersey, Chris Christie officially announced his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination today.

“This country needs to work together, not against each other,” he said. “We must tell each other the truth about the problems we have and the difficulty of the solution.… Truth and hard decisions today will lead to growth and opportunity tomorrow for every American in this country.… We are going to tell it like it is today so we can create a better opportunity for every American tomorrow. The truth will set us free, everybody.”

Christie didn’t really expand on what those truths are, but added that “our government isn’t working any more for us… and it’s the fault of our bickering leaders.” Christie leaned heavily on his six years as governor of New Jersey in his announcement, singling out the overhaul of teacher tenure. “Not only can you govern this state, you can lead it to a better day,” he said.

So what kind of campaign is Christie going to run? He said the usual: He’d be an honest, blunt campaigner. He said he wouldn’t be focus-grouping his answers, and would not rely on political consultants to give him his answers to questions. He said the country was anxious, adding “that anxiety can be swept away by strong leadership.” He tried to strike a bipartisan, anti-Washington tone, talking (in vague terms) about the failures of both Republicans and Democrats.

Christie joins a crowded field. There are currently 14 Republican candidates for the presidency, another declaring next month and a few others expected to join the field. His popularity has slid since 2012, and he appears to have no real path to the presidency. Read more »

New Jersey Man Charged in Bank-Robbing Spree

A new Jersey man was charged in bank robberies in a yearlong spree throughout central and southeastern Pennsylvania. reported on Monday that the FBI caught and charged 41-year-old Francis Simmons of Warren, New Jersey, with 16 counts of robbery, stretching from incidents in Hellertown, Fogelsville and Allentown in the northeastern part of the region all the way to Wyomissing, Lancaster and even further to Lewisburg, near I-80 north of Harrisburg. He also allegedly raided banks and businesses in New York, New Jersey, Maryland and North Carolina. Read more »

Black Bear Crashed Lehigh University Party

College parties have a tendency to get crazy, but things escalated Saturday evening when a 300- 400-pound black bear showed up.

The Associated Press reported yesterday evening via that the black bear was spotted in south Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in the wee hours of Sunday morning near Lehigh University’s campus. The bear scared many of the surprised students, prompting tons of emergency calls to area police.

The bear “lumbered close to the party and scared the living daylights out of people,”  Bethlehem police Chief Mark DiLuzio told AP. Read more »

Gloucester County Residents Still Without Power

All across Gloucester County, power is still out from last Tuesday’s massive thunderstorm. And Gloucester County’s local politicians are angered by the lack of help coming from the state.

According to CBS Philly and NBC Philadelphia, 4,400 customers of Atlantic City Electric remain without power almost an entire week after the large storm that swept across Philadelphia and southern New Jersey. Mayor George Shivery of Greenwich Township called upon Governor Chris Christie to declare a state of emergency for the area and help out with the restoration efforts. Meanwhile, Atlantic City Electric, for their part, has pledged that 99 percent of customers will get power back. Read more »

N.J. Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges


A 41-year-old man from Burlington City, New Jersey was arrested Wednesday on charges of accessing and distributing child porn. He is a master sergeant in the Air Force, stationed at the McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Joint Base in New Jersey.

The exact charges are for endangering the welfare of children, and the three counts are of second- and third-degree nature (distribution and possession, respectively). Gerard Cameron is being held in Burlington County Jail on $100,000 bail — and if he chooses to post bail, he would be forbidden from accessing the Internet and coming into contact with minors. Read more »

NJ’s Economic Growth Near Worst; PA Just Average

GDP chartNew data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis finds that New Jersey had poor economic growth in 2014. Compared to other states, New Jersey ranked 46th, with its gross domestic product growing just 0.4 percent over the course of the year.

Pennsylvania saw about average growth with a 1.8 percent uptick, while Delaware was at 1.2 percent. Read more »

Sixers Spat With Wells Fargo Could Prelude a Move to Camden

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Photo | Jeff Fusco

I don’t really know what to think of the Wells Fargo Center. For example, the original first sentence of this story was, “The Wells Fargo Center sucks.”

So I guess I’m leaning that way. I don’t hate it though. I’ve attended hundreds of events there. Mostly the Sixers — but also the Flyers, concerts, WWE wrestling, arena football, the Harlem Globetrotters, summer merchandise clearance sales, sneaker conventions, plus a summer interning at Comcast SportsNet’s website (where, one night at work, I watched a Britney Spears concert from the hockey press box).

There’s just nothing it does great. I’ve been attempting to come up with my favorite thing about it and the best one I can think of is, “The concourses are wider than they were at the Spectrum.” This narrowly beat out “the roast beef sandwich at the old brewpub, if they still serve them.” It doesn’t have a sense of place. It’s been named for four different banks. It’s kind of bland. It’s just at the top of a parking lot hill surrounded by fence and a highway.

The Sixers don’t like the Wells Fargo Center either, maybe for some of the same reasons I don’t. The main problem the Sixers have, though, is they don’t own the arena. Comcast Spectacor does. That means less income for the owners, which means the team is less valuable. The Sixers, then, don’t get any money from the Wells Fargo Center naming rights. As such, the Sixers have stopped referring to the Wells Fargo Center as the Wells Fargo Center.

CEO Scott O’Neil called it the arena that we play in on Twitter. “The particular bank referenced is currently not a sponsor of the Philadelphia 76ers,” a Sixers spokesperson told Biz Philly yesterday. Read more »

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