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    These are the unofficial results of Tuesday's elections in Camden County.

    Results will be added as soon as they are available. Refresh often throughout the night to get the latest results.

    CAMDEN COUNTY -- Residents went to the polls Tuesday to vote not only for the next governor and members of the state Legislature, but also for countywide officials, town mayors, council members and school board members.

    Check the unofficial local election results below. You can find results for governor here and statewide ballot and legislature results here. 

    Find all of our election coverage here. 

    Winners are listed in bold type.

    Camden County

    FREEHOLDER
    Two 3-year terms
    Keith Cybulski (R) 24,472-
    Nicole A. Nance (R) - 25,506
    Louis Cappelli, Jr. (D) -56,623
    Jonathan L. Young, Sr. (D) -53,325

    Audubon Borough

    No open seats

    SCHOOL BOARD
    Three 3-year terms
    Matthew Repetto -540
    Pamela Chiaradia -930
    Marianne Brown - 882
    Pasquale "Pat" Yacovelli -608
    Cheryl Alvin - 599
    Jessica Di Vietro - 476
    Jeffrey Whitman -1,060

    Audubon Park Borough

    BOROUGH COUNCIL
    Two 3-year terms
    Judy Di Pasquale (D) -148
    Karen Lewis (D) -139

    Barrington

    BOROUGH COUNCIL
    Two 3-year terms
    Kirk Popiolek (D) -882
    Candice Fawley(D) -788
    Nicholas V. Fanelle(R) 608 -
    SCHOOL BOARD
    Three 3-year terms
    Kelli Martone -
    Martin J. Schoettler, Jr. -
    Jennifer Schuster -

    Bellmawr

    BOROUGH COUNCIL
    Two 3-year terms
    James F. D'Angelo (D) -1,381
    Paul C. Sandrock, Jr. (D) -1,381
    SCHOOL BOARD
    Three 3-year terms
    Danielle Tomeo -875
    Kelly Rosato -922
    Jody Mangus -730
    Lisa Young -750

    Berlin Borough

    BOROUGH COUNCIL
    Two 3-year terms
    Joseph A. Adolf (R) -485
    Nick D. Maccaroni (R) -506
    Leonard Badolato (N) -874
    Richard Miller (N) -892
    SCHOOL BOARD
    Three 3-year terms
    Jocelyn Lewis -732
    Francis J. Ballak -630
    Francine M. Viscome -700
    Lisa Asare -601

    Berlin Township

    MAYOR
    Phyllis Jeffries Magazzu (D) -658
    SCHOOL BOARD
    Three 3-year terms
    Mary Williams -417
    Gerard Petersen -375
    Sol Cohen -329
    Keith A. Jones -318

    Brooklawn Borough

    BOROUGH COUNCIL
    One unexpired term
    Patricia McConnell(D) -267
    Two 3-year terms
    Jerry Granstrom (D) -264
    Michael Mevoli (D) -251
    SCHOOL BOARD
    One unexpired term - 2 years
    Kathleen Maass -218
    Three 3-year terms
    Christina Shaw -161
    James E. Everett -149
    Taylor Farrow -171
    Bruce Darrow -108

    Camden City

    MAYOR
    Francisco "Frank" Moran (D)
    BOROUGH COUNCIL
    Two 3-year terms
    Angel Fuentes (D) -4,991
    Sheila Davis (D) -4,802
    Curtis Jenkins (D) -4,746

    Cherry Hill Township

    TOWNSHIP COUNCIL
    Four 3-year terms
    Andrew H. Behrend (R) -3,775
    John Papeika (R) -3,716
    Scott Cohen (R) -3,903
    Joseph Rodi, Jr. (R) -3,736
    David Fleisher (D) -7,983
    Carole Roskoph (D) -7,493
    Sangeeta Doshi (D) -7,296
    Carolyn M. Jacobs (D) -7,568
    SCHOOL BOARD
    Three 3-year terms
    Fredrick Dande -3,817
    Lisa Saidel -5,940
    Eric Goodwin -5,109
    Carol Matlack -5,917
    Sally Tong -4,356

    Chesilhurst Borough

    BOROUGH COUNCIL
    Two 3-year terms
    Rukiah Alwan(D) -187
    Jamila Odom Garnett(D) -178
    Philip Robinson(N) -80
    JTimothy M. Flood(N) -75
    SCHOOL BOARD
    3-year terms
    Debra L. Barney -

    Clementon Borough

    BOROUGH COUNCIL
    Two 3-year terms
    Lynn Lofland(R) -331
    Gary Saundersl(R) -348
    Holly Strobl(D) -385
    Meghan Milano(D) -419
    SCHOOL BOARD
    Three 3-year terms
    Randall Freiling -252
    Katherine Anderson -202
    Lisa Moore -191
    Emily Nichols -177
    Anthony Nucera -103
    William F. Weyland -154
    Jeffrey Whitman -161

    Collingswood Borough

    BOROUGH COUNCIL

    No open seats

    SCHOOL BOARD
    Three 3-year terms
    Antonina Miller -
    Fiona Henry -
    Kimberly M. Brooks -

    Gibbsboro Borough

    BOROUGH COUNCIL
    Two 3-year terms, no petitions filed
    SCHOOL BOARD
    Three 3-year terms
    Ellie Falcone -
    Geoffrey Alexander -
    Lorraine Balut -

    Gloucester City

    BOROUGH COUNCIL

    No open seats

    SCHOOL BOARD
    Two 3-year terms
    Stephanie Kenney-Cohan -
    Jacqueline Borger -

    Gloucester Township

    MAYOR

    David R. Mayer(D) -7,121

    Rhoda D. Montana(R) -4,697

    BOROUGH COUNCIL
    Three 3-year terms
    Peter D. Heinbaugh(R) -4,411
    Jennifer O'Donnell(R) -4,706
    Rhoda D. Montana(R) 4,405
    Michelle L. Winters(D) -6,926
    Scott D. Owens(D) -6,344
    Dan Hutchison(D) -6,443
    SCHOOL BOARD
    Three 3-year terms
    Joshua A. Davison -3,400
    Mark Gallo -4,362
    Mary Jo Dintino -4,715
    Franklin T. Schmidt -3,293
    Mary Ann Johnson -4,052

    Haddon Township

    BOROUGH COUNCIL

    No open seats

    SCHOOL BOARD
    Three 3-year terms
    Dan Carson -1,290
    Christopher Cook -822
    Craig Roncace -1,160
    John Kendall -1,355
    Kellie Hinkle -1,413
    William Mann -988
    Kevin Beals -1,259

    Haddonfield Borough

    BOROUGH COUNCIL

    No open seats

    SCHOOL BOARD
    One unexpired term - 1 years
    Glenn Moramarco -
    Three 3-year terms
    Robert Little, III -986
    Heather Paoli -1,593
    Thomas Vecchio -1,699
    Maureen Lynn Eyles -2,006
    Glenn R. George -975

    Haddon Heights Borough

    BOROUGH COUNCIL
    Two 3-year terms
    Kathy Lange(R) -1,134
    Richard Kinkler(R) -1,032
    Stephanie Madden(D) -1,238
    Christopher Mrozinski(D) -1,134
    SCHOOL BOARD
    Three 3-year terms
    Jamie Alexander -741
    Danielle Mc Kelvey-Teti -898
    Steve Beckas -459
    Carrie Rottina -611
    Amy Lynch -933
    Barbara A. Newell -726

    Hi-Nella Borough

    BOROUGH COUNCIL
    Two 3-year terms
    One candidate
    Cindy Mc Coy(D) -

    Laurel Springs Borough

    BOROUGH COUNCIL
    Two 3-year terms
    Joseph Cruz(D)-
    SCHOOL BOARD
    Three 3-year terms
    Howard K. Miller, Jr. -191
    Alison Manny -241
    Sarah Woldoff -242
    Maria Chiara Bliem -150
    Michael S. Brown -199

    Lawnside Borough

    BOROUGH COUNCIL
    Two 3-year terms
    Clifford L. Still(D) -
    Rhonda Wardlow-Hurley(D) -
    SCHOOL BOARD
    3-year term
    Amy S. Pierce -

    Lindenwold Borough

    BOROUGH COUNCIL
    Two 3-year terms
    Linda M. Hess(D) -1,741
    Ian D. Mosley(D) -1,652
    SCHOOL BOARD
    One unexpired term - 1 year
    Jo-Ann Engels -
    Three 3-year terms
    Alethia Gibbs-Smith -
    Pamela Bragg -
    Mark Anthony Wilson, Jr. -

    Magnolia Borough

    BOROUGH COUNCIL
    Two 3-year terms
    Mary F. Martz(D) -
    Steven Whalen(D) -
    SCHOOL BOARD
    Two 3-year terms
    Joyce S. Albrecht -
    Karen B. Sorbello -

    Merchantville Borough

    BOROUGH COUNCIL
    Two 3-year terms
    Andrew O. Mc Loone(D) -
    Katherine E. Swann(D) -
    SCHOOL BOARD
    Two 3-year terms
    Craig Nussbaum -
    Anjali Desai -

    Mount Ephraim Borough

    BOROUGH COUNCIL

    No open seats

    SCHOOL BOARD
    One unexpired term - 2 years
    Michelle V. Cannaday -
    Three 3-year terms
    Nancy Schiavo -
    John Kuchmek -
    Erin Small -

    Oaklyn Borough

    BOROUGH COUNCIL
    Two 3-year terms
    Dorothy Valianti(D) -706
    Charles Lehman(D) -703
    One unexpired term - 1 year
    Therese Marmion -
    Three 3-year terms
    Rich Taibi -
    Colleen Faupel -
    Jennifer Cassel -

    Pennsauken Township

    BOROUGH COUNCIL

    No open seats

    SCHOOL BOARD
    Three 3-year terms
    Michael Bortnowski -1,906
    Maria James -2,259
    Jay T. Doskis -1,432
    JNhuan Van -1,005
    Orlando Viera -1,468

    Pine Hill Borough

    BOROUGH COUNCIL
    Two 3-year terms
    Charles W. Jaxel , Jr.(D) -
    Patricia L. Corry-GraftD) -
    SCHOOL BOARD
    One unexpired term - 1 year
    Angela Nolan Cooper -
    Three 3-year terms
    Roger T. Schwartz -
    Thomas Bermingham -
    Lori D. Corry -

    Pine Valley Borough

    BOROUGH COUNCIL

    No open seats

    Runnemede Borough

    BOROUGH COUNCIL
    Two 3-year terms
    Patricia Tartaglia-Passio(D) -
    John Ranieri(D) -
    SCHOOL BOARD
    Two 3-year terms
    Dennis Leggoe -
    Angel Beebe -

    Somerdale Borough

    BOROUGH COUNCIL
    Two 3-year terms
    Larry Sefchick(D) -
    James J. Perry(D) -
    SCHOOL BOARD
    Three 3-year terms
    Kimberly Barkoff -490
    Jason A. Bishop -336
    Thomas A. Leakan -281
    James J. Walsh -342
    John A. Phillips -263

    Stratford Borough

    BOROUGH COUNCIL
    Two 3-year terms
    John D. Dudley(R) -498
    David Gray(R) -543
    Matt Rebecca(D) -833
    Pat Gilligan(D) -810
    SCHOOL BOARD
    Three 3-year terms
    Michael Redfearn -712
    Jeffrey B. Ziegler -797
    Kimberly Sims -713

    Tavistock Borough

    BOROUGH COUNCIL
    No open seats

    Voorhees Township

    BOROUGH COUNCIL
    Two 3-year terms
    Carmine D. Valentino(R) -2,020
    Lisa De Augustine(R) -2,031
    Michael R. Mignogna(D) -3,684
    Harry A. Platt(D) -3,592
    SCHOOL BOARD
    Three 3-year terms
    Richard Nelson -
    Marissa Levy -
    Bruce Karpf -

    Waterford Township

    BOROUGH COUNCIL
    No open seats
    SCHOOL BOARD
    Three 3-year terms
    James Papeika -581
    Michael Mc Clintock -810
    Maria Yeatman -702
    Matthew De Nafo -745
    Ralph J. Condo -551
    Robert Walsh -549

    Winslow Township

    BOROUGH COUNCIL
    One 3-year term, Ward 1
    Jeffrey J. Fortune(R) -
    Edward Pleczynski(D) -
    One 3-year term, Ward 2
    Harry E. Mumma, Jr.(R) -
     Evelyn Leverett(D) -
    One 3-year term, Ward 3
    Marie Lawrence(D) -
    One 3-year term, Ward 4
    Linda Mc Crae(R) -
    Charles FlaminiD) -
    SCHOOL BOARD
    Three 3-year terms
    Rogers D. Robinson, Jr. -2,600
    Rita Y. Martin -3,085
    Lorraine Dredden -2,889
    Abena Mc Clendon -2,553

    Woodlynne

    BOROUGH COUNCIL
    Two 3-year terms
    Pablo Fuentes(D) -
    Clyde E. Cook(D) -
    SCHOOL BOARD
    One unexpired term - 2 years
    Heidemarie Wood -
    Two 3-year terms
    Sharon Vogel -
    Shivone Sanford -

    Black Horse Pike Regional - Gloucester Twp.

    SCHOOL BOARD
    Three 3-year terms
    Joyce W. Ellis -
    Kevin J. Bucceroni, Sr. -
    Jill Dawson -

    Eastern Camden County Regional - Berlin Borough

    SCHOOL BOARD
    One 3-year terms
    Gail David -

    Eastern Camden County Regional - Gibbsboro

    SCHOOL BOARD
    One 3-year term
    Dennis Deichert -

    Eastern Camden County Regional - Voorhees

    SCHOOL BOARD
    Two 3-year terms
    Robert A. Paul -
    Elena M. Chow -

    Sterling Regional - Magnolia

    SCHOOL BOARD
    One unexpired term - 2 years
    Daniel Radcliff -
    One 3-year term
    Bobbie Condell -

    Sterling Regional - Somerdale

    SCHOOL BOARD
    One unexpired term - 1 year
    Barbara Okeson-Brandt -
    One 3-year term
    Michele Miller -

    Sterling Regional - Stratford

    SCHOOL BOARD
    One 3-year term
    Michael G. Tolomeo -
    One 3-year term
    Louise Barikian -

    Bill Duhart may be reached at bduhart@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @bduhart. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

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    Three local officials urge Congress to renew protections for young people currently covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

    By Paymon Rouhanifard, Frank Moran and Nilsa Cruz-Perez

    Earlier this year, thousands of residents of Camden and the State of New Jersey were issued a stark warning by leadership in Washington, D.C.: The protections granted to give undocumented immigrant youth the security to pursue a brighter future are in jeopardy.

    As leaders of the educational, social and political institutions of Camden, South Jersey's urban center, we come together to urge New Jersey's congressional delegation to take swift action to provide comprehensive, permanent stability for young people with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. 

    Camden has one of the highest foreign-born populations in South Jersey, and every day in our schools and communities we see the positive impact that DACA protections are offering young people and their families who came to this country to work hard and seek a better life.

    For many of the 65,000 young people born overseas who graduate from U.S. high schools each year, life in the United States is all they know. Indeed, they are as American as their classmates, co-workers and neighbors in every way -- except on paper. These young people deserve an opportunity to build their own lives in this country, and in turn contribute to their communities as taxpayers, business owners and civic leaders. 

    If it weren't for our country's compassionate immigration policies like DACA, generations of families would have encountered a vastly different fate when fleeing foreign lands torn by conflict, economic hardship, and limitations on freedom and liberty.

    In Camden, we observe every day the talent, work ethic and diversity our immigrant neighbors - both documented and undocumented -- bring to the city. However, in talking to residents about the current threats to DACA protection, it's clear that uncertainty and fear of deportation are creating unintended consequences. These consequences can hurt us all in New Jersey, but particularly those in our more vulnerable communities. 

    Unless there is swift action to enshrine DACA protections, fewer young people will pursue college, more will likely drop out of high school, and even more will be forced to find work in the underground economy. Each of these consequences will hinder growth in communities like ours, and can lead good people with promising futures to make bad short-term decisions that hurt themselves and their families.

    With threats to their status and uncertainty about the future, many college-age young people will be dissuaded from even pursuing college or training programs. For those entering the work force, DACA frees them to participate more fully in the labor market. Business ownership rates among DACA enrollees age 25 or older is more than twice the national average, and 25 percent own their own homes. A recent report also estimates that DACA beneficiaries will contribute $460.3 billion to the U.S. economy over the next 10 years, as well as $24 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions.

    As local officials, we have all taken individual actions to show our support for a swift, decisive legislative response that offers permanent protection for Americans with DACA status.

    We are encouraged that some members of the state's congressional delegation are already working to find a solution on DACA. But we need more support, more discussion and more action. And we need it now. New Jersey's federal lawmakers can lead their colleagues toward a permanent, meaningful, bipartisan solution to protect these young people who are, by any measure, among our nation's greatest assets.  

    Paymon Rouhanifard is the superintendent of Camden schools. Frank Moran is president of Camden City Council, and state Sen. Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D) represents the 5th state Legislative District, including Camden. On Sept. 5, President Donald Trump canceled DACA protections put in place administratively by President Barack Obama, but Trump indicated that no related deportations would occur until at least March 5, 2018, and urged Congress to enact a solution by law before the deadline.

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    Atlantic City, Camden, Hoboken and more see leadership change.

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Atlantic City's Republican mayor conceded defeat after a single term Tuesday after the city's Democratic council president declared victory.

    Frank Gilliam Jr. declared victory over Don Guardian, the first Republican to lead Atlantic City in a generation, who served a single term that saw five casinos close and the state seize control over the city's assets and major decision-making power.

    Gilliam, making his first run for mayor, rode public anger over the takeover instituted a year ago by Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who said Guardian was either unable or unwilling to make the hard choices necessary to tame a half-billion-dollar debt in the seaside gambling resort.

    "Atlantic City's voters have spoken very loudly and clearly," Gilliam said. "You can't say 'yes' when you mean 'no.'"

    With ballots still being counted, Gilliam declared victory and Guardian conceded less than two hours after the polls closed. Guardian said his campaign trailed by about 100 votes among those tallied on voting machines, but trailed by an unsurpassable margin among absentee ballots delivered to county election officials in advance.

    Elsewhere in the state, a longtime Camden official was elected as the city's new leader, one of several mayoral elections being held in New Jersey's major cities.

    Democratic City Council President Francisco "Frank" Moran coasted to victory in a race where no Republicans were in the race.

    In Edison, Thomas Lankey was re-elected mayor by defeating Keith Hahn, the town's former Democratic chairman who ran as a Republican in the mayoral race.

    In Atlantic City, Guardian alleged a voter fraud operation run on behalf of Gilliam Jr., is paying people to vote Democratic. Guardian said he believed absentee ballots were cast on behalf of dead people and former residents.

    The elections board did throw out one ballot found to have been cast in the name of a woman who died in 2015, but she had lived in Linwood, not Atlantic City. The prosecutor's office has not responded to requests for comment.

    Gilliam denies anyone from his campaign has done anything wrong, citing absentee ballots as a legal, time-honored way of collecting voter support.

    Mayoral races were also held in Jersey City -- where incumbent Steven Fulop won re-election by defeating challenger Bill Matsikoudis -- and in Hoboken, where City Councilman Ravi Bhalla topped five other candidates in the race to succeed Dawn Zimmer, who decided not to seek a third term in office.

    In Atlantic City, the former head of the city's special improvement district, Guardian, 64, tried in vain to fight off a state takeover by Gov. Chris Christie, a fellow Republican, who became convinced Guardian was not willing to take the steps needed to fix the city's finances in an era of slimmed-down gambling revenue.

    Gilliam, 47, owns a student tutoring service and is completing a second four-year term on council. He supported Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy's plan to legalize marijuana for recreational use, and faulted Guardian for not heading off a state takeover.

    Murphy won the governor's seat on Tuesday, beating GOP Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.


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    The state tournament kept the upsets coming this week and altered the rankings.


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    Who was at their best in the sectional semifinals? NJ Advance Media takes a look.


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    The state's largest teachers union spent more than $5 million to back Sweeney's opponent in New Jersey's costliest legislative race ever.

    TRENTON -- The state's largest teachers union put a positive spin on its costly and unsuccessful effort to oust one of New Jersey's most powerful Democrats Tuesday.

    The New Jersey Education Association, which represents teachers across the state, spent more than $5 million to support a Republican trying to usher State Senate President Stephen Sweeney out of his seat in South Jersey's 3rd legislative district.

    The surge of NJEA cash helped balloon spending on the state Senate fight to more than $20 million, making it the costliest legislative race in state history.

    But, it appears the NJEA's money had little effect on the results. Sweeney rolled to victory and scored a fifth term -- beating Republican challenger Fran Grenier by more than 9,300 votes or 18 percentage points.

    Final results for N.J. legislative races

    Though they were disappointed with the outcome, NJEA officials said the expensive race was good for its members and the state.

    "While NJEA-endorsed candidate Fran Grenier fell short in his race against incumbent Senate President Steve Sweeney, his insurgent campaign electrified New Jersey politics and energized NJEA members, who remain determined to endorse and campaign for pro-public education candidates regardless of party affiliation," the union said in a statement.

    The NJEA bought television ads in Philadelphia opposing Sweeney and saying the powerful Democrat had underfunded public schools and sided with Republican Gov. Chris Christie to hurt teachers.

    "It was a waste of money," Sweeney told NJTV Tuesday night. "And I'm disappointed. Teachers are wonderful people who do great things for our children. But their leadership needs to be re-evaluated."

    NJEA President Marie Blistan said she was proud of her members' work on the election.

    "By standing with our allies in the Legislature, we have maintained a strong foundation for the next legislative session," Blistan said in a statement. "And by taking on difficult fights that forced us to stand firm for what we believe in, we showed New Jersey that we will not back down when our values are at stake."

    Union officials declined to comment on the Sweeney race beyond their written statements. It remains to be seen whether the NJEA and the Senate president will work together or continue their battle during the Legislative session in Trenton.

    It was largely a good election day for the NJEA and the other candidates the union endorsed, including Democrat Phil Murphy, who easily won the governor's race. Murphy is expected to be far friendlier to the teachers union than Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who battled the NJEA for years.

    Members of the NJEA are scheduled to gather Thursday and Friday for the group's annual convention in Atlantic City.

    Kelly Heyboer may be reached at kheyboer@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @KellyHeyboer.

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    What low seeds have the best chances at making deep runs in the state playoffs? NJ.com takes a look.


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    November is National Model Railroad Month.

    November is National Model Railroad Month and local enthusiasts are opening their homes to show off their layouts.

    Across South Jersey, 10 railroad devotees will offer free tours over the next few weeks. Dates and times vary.

    Here are the model railroad engineers and the dates, times and locations for their open houses.

    Burlington County

    Chris Conaway
    407 Kings Highway, Moorestown
    Nov. 12, noon to 5 p.m.

    Mike McNamara
    Northeast Kingdom R.R.
    58 Stoneham Drive, Delran
    Nov. 18, noon to 5 p.m.

    Conrad Richter
    231 Poplar Ave., Marlton
    Nov. 12 and 18, noon to 5 p.m.

    Camden County

    Doc Patti
    Winged Foot & Western
    267 S. White Horse Pike, Audubon
    Nov. 12 and 18, noon to 5 p.m.

    Dick Perry
    Perryville & Highlands R.R.
    522 Dwight Ave., Collingswood
    Nov. 12 and 18, noon to 5 p.m.

    Dick Kitz
    Newton Creek
    114 Kendall, Oaklyn
    Nov. 12, noon to 5 p.m.

    Mert Gardner
    D&RG Western
    1110 Otter Drive, Magnolia
    Nov. 18, noon to 5 p.m.

    Gloucester County

    P.J. Mattson
    Raccoon Valley R.R.
    129 East Ave., Swedesboro
    Nov. 12 and 18, noon to 5 p.m.

    Steve Moylan
    Oak Valley R.R.
    835 Vermont Ave., Deptford
    Nov. 12 and 18, noon to 5 p.m.
    Ocean County
    Ray Russell
    1716 9th Ave., Toms River
    Nov. 18 and 19, noon to 5 p.m.

    In addition to these, you can find other railroad displays around the region by going online to pennsyrr.com/index.php/model-railroad-open-house for Pennsylvania and New Jersey model railroads and www.modelrailroadopenhouse.com/ for details about Delaware and Maryland offerings.

    This information includes tips on open house etiquette, since these displays are located in owners' homes.


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    Two New Jersey universities are among more than 100 schools named in the leaked Paradise Papers.

    Rutgers University and Princeton University are among the top U.S. colleges using offshore secretive investments to make money while avoiding tax scrutiny in the U.S., according to leaked documents.

    More than 100 universities are included in a trove millions of documents -- dubbed the Paradise Papers -- that detail how wealthy individuals and organizations use a complex network of overseas investments and accounts to legally make money out of the public eye.

    Rutgers and Princeton are named in the leaked data from Appleby, a law firm based in Bermuda that specializes in offshore accounts, according to reports Wednesday in the New York Times and the Guardian.

    The law firm used offshore entities, including private equity and hedge funds in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, to help institutions invest their money, the reports said. Other universities in the documents include Columbia University, Stanford University, the University of Pennsylvania and Ohio State.

    Here's how much N.J. colleges made and lost

    Rutgers officials declined to detail the university's offshore investments to NJ Advance Media.

    "In general, it is not our policy to comment on specific endowment investments. Rutgers University manages its endowment pursuant to the university's Investment Policy, and adheres to all applicable laws and regulations governing public university endowments," the university said in a statement.

    Princeton University officials did not immediately respond to a request to comment.

    The reports did not detail how much each university invested in offshore funds.

    Though non-profit universities are usually tax-exempt in the U.S., they could be required to pay tax on investments their endowments make in lucrative private equity and hedge funds.

    Rutgers was listed among the universities investing in EnCap Energy Capital Fund IX-C, a hedge fund based in the Cayman Islands that primarily invests in oil and gas companies, the Guardian reported. It is known as a "blocker corporation" because its offshore location could block any money an investor earns from being taxed in the U.S.

    University endowments across the country have swelled in recent years. Last month, Princeton announced its endowment had earned a 12.5 percent investment gain over the last year. The Ivy League school's endowment swelled to $23.8 billion, or $1.6 billion more than last year, making it one of the largest university endowments in the world.

    Rutgers has been striving to add to its coffers in recent years. The state university's endowment was valued at $1.2 billion as of June 30 after Rutgers posted a 12.4 percent gain on its long-term investments over the last year.

    Republican lawmakers are pushing for the government to tax wealthy colleges for the investment income they make on their endowments. The current House Republican tax plan calls for a 1.4 percent tax on investment income at elite private colleges with large endowments. Public colleges would be exempt.

    However, offshore accounts similar to ones named in the Paradise Papers would not be taxed.

    Many university officials are opposed to any tax on college endowments. The Association of American Universities, which includes Rutgers and Princeton, released a letter earlier this week opposing the legislation calling for a tax on endowments. 

    "This legislation, taken in its entirety, would discourage participation in postsecondary education, make college more expensive for those who do enroll, and undermine the financial stability of public and private, two-year and four-year colleges and universities," the letter said.

    The Paradise Papers were leaked to a German newspaper, which shared them with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. They have produced several reports in recent days, including details about the offshore investments of Queen Elizabeth, U2 singer Bono and members of the Trump administration.

    Kelly Heyboer may be reached at kheyboer@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @KellyHeyboer. Find her at KellyHeyboerReporter on Facebook.

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    The Vineland man robbed banks in Upper Deerfield and Newfield, authorities say

    CAMDEN -- A Vineland man admitted Wednesday in federal court he robbed two South Jersey banks over the past year, authorities said.

    Quinton L. Jones, 35, of Vineland pleaded guilty to two counts of bank robbery in an appearance before U.S. District Judge Renee Marie Bumb.

    On Oct. 11, 2016, Jones and an accomplice robbed a Cape Bank in Upper Deerfield Township, Cumberland County, authorities said.

    Dressed in black hoodies, two men entered the bank, one crouching near the entrance and pointed what appeared to be a black revolver at employees, authorities said, and the other man approached tellers and directed them to place cash into a bag.

    The two fled with $24,926 in what was described as a tan or gold car.

    Investigators determined that the getaway car matched the description of a Chrysler Sebring that was stolen on Sept. 22, 2016, during a carjacking in the parking lot of a Walmart in Mays Landing.

    The Saturday following the robbery, Oct. 15, 2016, state police responded to a vehicle fire at Parvin State Park in Pittsgrove Township. They determined the torched vehicle was the same stolen from the Mays Landing Walmart.

    This man robbed 2 banks, cops believe

    Authorities say Jones and his accomplice had purchased a gas can at a Walmart in Vineland and then took a cab to a Wawa not far from Parvin State Park where they allegedly bought gasoline not long before the Chrysler was found on fire at the park.

    Investigators also say that Jones, who was staying at an area hotel, was seen by a worker there putting a large amount of cash into a bag.

    Acting on this and other information, state police obtained arrest warrants for Jones and the accomplice along with search warrant for where they lived. At the accomplice's home, authorities say they found clothing like outfits worn by the two men during the Cape Bank robbery as well as a toy revolver, cash, gloves, and a car key that appeared to be for the stolen Chrysler Sebring.

    Each of the counts to which Jones pleaded guilty to each carry a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

    Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 16, 2018, authorities say.

    The accomplice was identified as Nathan Wallace of Vineland. Court action against Wallace is still pending, authorities said.

    Bill Gallo Jr. may be reached at bgallo@njadvancemedia.com. Follow Bill Gallo Jr. on Twitter @bgallojr. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

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    Delronn Mahan is accused of shooting Officer Patrick O'Hanlon in Camden.

    CAMDEN -- A public defender for a 19-year-old man charged with attempted murder for shooting a police officer in Camden last week told a judge Wednesday her client was trying to toss a pistol he had when the officer grabbed the gun.

    Meg Butler said Delronn Mahan claims he was subsequently pistol-whipped by Officer Patrick O'Hanlon. She said the officer had gained control of the gun when it discharged and he inadvertently shot himself in the leg.

    The testimony came in a detention hearing for the Lindenwold man in a Camden courtroom. O'Hanlon sat in a wheelchair in the courtroom feet from Mahan surrounded by more than 60 police officers, according to a Courier-Post report. He showed no emotion as Butler tried to convince Superior Court Judge Morris Smith that Mahan should be released pending his trial on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and weapons charges, the report said.

    O'Hanlon was shot in the thigh during the confrontation on Nov. 1. Other responding officers put a tourniquet on his leg which helped stem heavy bleeding until he received medical help, officials said.

    Assistant Camden County Prosecutor Victoria Shilton said Mahan had "no respect for law enforcement whatsoever."

    O'Hanlon was shot after approaching a group of three "suspicious" men in the area of 8th Street and Chelton Avenue shortly after 10 p..m. Wednesday night, Thomson said. Mahan fled and O'Hanlon gave chase, at which point Mahan pulled out a gun.

    Court records show Mahan is currently on probation after being convicted of charges including drug distribution, burglary and receiving stolen property over the last year.

    Butler said Wednesday Mahan was "sitting on his grandmother's porch" when O'Hanlon approached him and two other men. Butler said "running from a cop is not a crime." She argued Mahan had "no intent" to harm O'Hanlon and the shooting was an accident.

    Shilton called Mahan's account "ludicrous."

    Smith denied Mahan a supervised release before trial. 


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    Women have been an integral part of the nation's war effort since the American Revolution.

    Women have been an integral part of the nation's war effort since the American Revolution. Here, we will scratch the surface of the ways women have served since World War I:

    * World War I saw 20,000 women nationwide serve in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, with 10,000 stationed overseas, often close to the frontlines.

    * In World War II, aside from nursing units, there was the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), which gained full military status as the Women's Army Corps (WAC) in 1943. There was the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES), the women's branch of the United States Naval Reserve, the Marine Corps Women's Reserve (USMCWR), United States Coast Guard Women's Reserve and the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs).

    While men went off to fight the war, these organization provided vital support services. And, the women were not necessarily safe; WASPs, for example, flew aircraft around the country for training and shipment overseas. "Women who stepped up were measured as citizens of the nation, not as women," said Oveta Culp Hobby, the first director of the Women's Army Corps. "This was a people's war, and everyone was in it."

    * While 350,000 women served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, women also took on vital manufacturing jobs in a workforce depleted by the draft and volunteers. Between 1940 and 1945, the female percentage of the U.S. workforce increased from 27 percent to nearly 37 percent.

    * Women were also recruited into the Women's Land Army at home, taking on countless agricultural jobs vacated by men fighting overseas.

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    * Women continued to serve through Korea and Vietnam, and the Gulf War included an unprecedented proportion of women from the active forces (7 percent) as well as the Reserve and National Guard (17 percent). According to American Women in Uniform, it was the largest female deployment in U.S. history.

    * In 2013, the United States removed the military's prior ban on women serving in combat.

    * Currently, women make up 14 percent of the military's 1.4 million active members and more than 280,000 of them have done tours of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan or on overseas bases.

    We salute the women from New Jersey who assisted in American war efforts. Here's a gallery of just a small sampling of them.

    Greg Hatala may be reached at ghatala@starledger.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregHatala. Find Greg Hatala on Facebook.


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    Kemp Carr had been suspended for the past 10 days.

    WINSLOW TWP. – Winslow Township Board of Education voted Wednesday night to retain football coach Kent Carr, ending Carr's nine-day suspension after a video of his hard slap to the back of player's head circulated on social media.

    Carr, in his third year as Winslow's football coach and also the school's athletic director, was suspended Oct. 30, after the video was posted on a player's social media account accompanied by laughing emjois, despite the player's being knocked forward by the slap.

    The video is posted above, edited by NJ Advance Media to obscure the slapped player's identity and to add the slow-motion segment at the end.

    When Carr's retention was announced, most of the people who stayed through the two-and-a-half-hour closed session gave a standing ovation. The board gave Carr a written reprimand and "increment withholding," meaning his salary won't increase.

    Board president Cheryl Pitts said she couldn’t say if the suspension was lifted immediately, so Carr's status is unclear for Winslow's Thursday night regional crossover game at Toms River East. 

    Carr declined comment following the announcement.


    WATCH: Slap leads to coach's suspension


    In all, 27 people - football players, coaches from Winslow, coaches and athletic directors from other schools, parents and community members - spoke in support of Carr at the meeting. There were no dissenting speakers.

    “I wasn’t supposed to go to Winslow,” said junior quarterback Prince-dru Bey. “I was going to go to Camden Catholic. I didn’t want to come here, but I learned so much from this man. I have a 4.0 GPA because of this man. I’ve spent countless hours talking to this man about life, about fishing. He’s helped me and my teammates grow individually. He’s mentored us. We love that man.”

    The senior class president, Marquez Beverly, who is not a football player but was a student in Carr’s physical education class, was one of a few non-players to speak on Carr’s behalf.

    “He inspired young black men who don’t grow up with a father, who see another black man tell them they can go far in life,” said Beverly. “He’s very encouraging, he’s a great guy and when I go big (gesturing toward Carr) you’re going to be on my HBO story.”

    Another player, Jeremy Powell, said Carr spent two to three hours with him when his father passed away.

    “He’s like my second father now, I spend more time with him than with my own family,” said Powell. “You can’t take that away from me.”

    Several parents said they only sent their children to attend school and play football at Winslow because Carr was in charge.

    “I saw that clip and it hurt me,” said Leon Alexander, whose son Logan, a football player, spoke as well. “Do not be bamboozled by what you saw. That’s not that man. Do not let him go. It would be a disservice to the kids, and damn it, we can’t afford that.”

    Camden athletic director Mark Phillips, a Winslow resident with children in the district, said he spoke frankly with Carr after seeing the video.

    “You won’t find another person who gets that kind of love from those kids,” said Phillips, who started his speech by apologizing for Friday's Camden defeat of Winslow without Carr on the sideline, knocking the team out of playoff contention. “You can hire another coach, but the love for that man, you can’t find that, can’t replace that. You don’t appreciate things until they’re gone.

    “Did he make a mistake? Yes. I told him, 'Brother, that’s a bad look.' But that’s not who you are. He changes lives, saves lives. I buried 28 kids (in Camden) last year …. 28. This man is saving you from all that. Be grateful for him.”

    Winslow volunteer assistant Steve Haste said Phillips hit the nail on the head.

    “It wasn’t a good look, but when you watch it in slo-motion you can see it was kind of a glancing blow,” said Haste, who said his nephews played for Carr and he wouldn’t put them at risk. “He’s not an abusive person.”

    Millville coach Dennis Thomas, a Salem graduate like Carr who also coached at his alma mater, talked about how he’s seen different ways to fit helmets and didn’t find the slap out of the ordinary.

    “When you’re fitting an individual that’s a tweener fit between two sizes, there’s a lot of procedures you go through,” said Thomas. “I’ve coached kids in China, in Germany, in Millville. You have a one clip shot and don’t know the whole story.

    “The equipment manager for the Ravens almost got fired because Joe Flacco’s helmet came off and he got a concussion, so if you don’t check to make sure you have a proper fit, it’s double jeopardy. The check was fine, it wasn’t malicious.”

    Montrey Wright, the current Salem head coach spoke highly of Carr, who was an assistant at Salem and Wright’s coach in the early 2000s. Carr later coached football for 10 seasons at Penns Grove, winning a South Jersey Group I championship, and also coached boys basketball and golf at the school.

    “He pushed me, drove me,” said Wright. “My father was an alcoholic, (Carr) made me a better person, made me focus on my degree, pushed me to the point I became a head coach at 28. It’s a 10-second video, you can’t see what happens after. People are laughing. He’s not a malicious guy. As a player, he protected us and treated us as his own.”

    Wright said he laughed when he saw the video because he knew Carr would never take action to injure a player.

    “I knew it wasn’t malicious,” assured Wright.


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    NJ.com's six high school football reporters make their picks in each of the 23 brackets.


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    The awards, presented annually by the SNJDC, honor outstanding individuals, organizations and companies.

    VOORHEES -- Jefferson Health New Jersey, formerly Kennedy Health, was honored with the Innovation in Healthcare Award by the Southern New Jersey Development Council (SNJDC) at its recent Distinguished Achievement Awards Reception.

    The awards, presented annually by the SNJDC, honor outstanding individuals, organizations and companies in the public and private sectors for their leadership in economic development in the southern eight counties of New Jersey.

    Kennedy Health's recent merger with Jefferson Health was recognized because it will "enhance strategic investment for information technology, patient access and engagement, as well as provide extraordinary health services to shape the future of healthcare" in the region.

    Joseph W. Devine, President of the New Jersey Division at Jefferson Health and Executive Vice President of Hospital & Health Services at Jefferson Health, accepted the award at the event. 

    Have community news you'd like to share? Send an email to sjtowns@njadvancemedia.com. Have an event happening you want to share? Go to nj.com/events to submit your information to be included in a community calendar. 


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    Which players will have the biggest impact on each of Thursday's 20 sectional finals.


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    A look at every section.

    The NJSIAA football playoffs are about to begin and NJ.com has you covered with wall-to-wall coverage throughout the tournament, and that starts with previews for every section.

    Below you will find the previews for all 23 playoff sections that kick off this weekend with quarterfinal games. Keep checking back as links will be added throughout the day Tuesday and Wednesday.

    All previews are now linked below.

    SECTION PREVIEWS 
    North 1: Group 1 | Group 2 | Group 3 | Group 4 | Group 5
    North 2: Group 1 | Group 2 | Group 3 | Group 4 | Group 5

    Central: Group 1 | Group 2 | Group 3 | Group 4 | Group 5
    South: Group 1 | Group 2 | Group 3 | Group 4 | Group 5
    Non-Public: Group 2 | Group 3 | Group 4

    Jeremy Schneider may be reached at jschneider@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @J_Schneider. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    With the start of the state playoffs Friday night, NJ.com names the 35 players across the state who are worthy the price of admission by themselves.


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