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    A look at the first regular-season rankings

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    The alleged harassment occurred while the man was working in public works in Stratford.

    A small borough in Camden County paid $125,000 to a former employee to settle his sexual harassment lawsuit against the former borough clerk.

    The suit, filed by former public works employee Andrew Marano, alleged that former Clerk John Keenan, who oversaw public works, made physical advances and several suggestive comments including "hubba, hubba, hubba," toward Marano.

    Keenan "would make comments to Marano about how good Marano looked and how tan he was," the suit said. Other times, he would rub Marano's shoulders or grab his rear end.

    Keenan also allegedly made comments to Marano about wearing a thong, and texted him on vacation to ask if he was "at the nude beach."

    Keenan is the son of Stratford's mayor, Josh Keenan. Stratford's council meeting minutes show that the younger Keenan received a proclamation congratulating him for 20 years of service with the borough in May 2017. He was last listed on the minutes as clerk in April 2017.

    Marano claimed in the suit that the harassment led to him taking a leave of absence that cost him his job.

    The settlement agreement came on December 8, 2017. Rutherford attorney Ian Doris, the outside counsel who represented the borough in the case, did not return a request for comment Wednesday.

    John Paff, an open government advocate, was the first to report about the suit. He posted the documents from the settlement on his blog this week.

    Leo Dubler III, the Mount Laurel attorney who represented Marano in the case, said he could not comment on the settlement. 

    "But I will say I've represented many victims of sexual harassment, both male and female, and it's the same pattern over and over again... people in power blatantly abusing their position," he wrote in an emailed statement. "Hopefully, the lawsuit will lead to some drastically needed changes in Stratford but we'll have to wait to see if that happens."

    Joe Brandt can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @JBrandt_NJ. Find on Facebook.

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    He's facing a minimum of another 10 years in prison, the Attorney General's office said.

    A Virginia man serving time in federal prison for child pornography crimes is facing an additional 10 years after the FBI found him and several other inmates at the South Jersey prison possessing and distributing child porn on contraband cell phones.

    Anthony Jeffries, 32, is the latest inmate to plead guilty to charges of possession of child pornography in a bust involving smuggled cell phones and an SD card that was hidden in a carved-out bible at the Federal Correctional Institution-Fort Dix, in Burlington County.

    Seven other men, all serving sentences for child porn crimes, were involved in the prison possession and distribution ring, the U.S. Attorney's Office of New Jersey said Wednesday.

    Jefferies pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography. He admitted to possessing a micro SD card containing 40 videos of children being sexually abused, including videos of sadistic and masochistic sexual conduct involving infants and toddlers.

    He also admitted he was an organizer of criminal activity in the case, distributing child porn to another inmate that he obtained from the internet. Jeffries had obtained cloud accounts that were repositories for obtaining child pornography, the Attorney General's office said. 

    Six other inmates face pending charges related to the bust while another has already admitted guilt and will be sentenced next month.

    At his sentencing in July, Jeffries will face a minimum of another 10 years in prison, and a lifetime of supervised release. 

    Paige Gross may be reached at pgross@njadvancemedia.comFollow her on Twitter @By_paigegross. Find on Facebook.


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    "Do you wanna hang out this weekend?" "Nah, I'm just gonna hang out at home tonight."

    "One of the most popular, culturally significant, but almost impossible to translate slang expressions in the English language: Hang Out." --

    The website goes on to note that "hanging out" is one of those multipurpose phrases that often confuses those new to the English language. Examples of its varied use include:

    34122-1.jpgAnimals have an instinctive ability to "hang out." 

    "Do you wanna hang out this weekend?" (do something together socially, verb)

    "I'm just gonna hang out at home tonight." (relax by myself, verb)

    "I used to hang out a lot at that park when I was a kid." (to frequent a place, verb)

    "Can you just hang out for a second while I get ready?" (wait in a relaxed way, verb)

    "I'm tired of spending my time at (place). I need a new hangout. (noun)

    I personally would define "hanging out" as a situation involving more than one person where the act of doing nothing becomes the focus of the gathering.

    Here's a gallery of people "hanging out" in New Jersey. And, here are links to similar galleries.

    Vintage photos of people 'hangin' out' in N.J.

    Vintage N.J. candid photos

    Vintage candid photos in N.J.

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

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    The Route 46 location in Morris County is one of 3 'small-format' stores the nationwide retailer plans to operate in New Jersey, along with more than 40 larger standard-sized stores Watch video

    What's the difference between a standard-sized Target store and one of the bulls-eyed retailer's new small-format stores that opened in Parsippany-Troy Hills Wednesday?

    Not much that customers can see.

    "It seemed to have everything that I would need," said Laura Haberman of Parsippany, who was leaving the store with her 7-year-old son, Ben, and her 3-year-old daughter, Sydney.

    Ben got what he was after, too.

    "I'm big on the new Avengers movie," he said, flashing a Lego set, courtesy of his mom.

    Located on the site of a former Pathmark supermarket on Route 46, the new Morris County site is the second of three small-format stores Target plans to eventually operate in New Jersey, after the first opened in November 2016 in the Bergen County borough of Closter, and a third is planned for a July opening in Haddon Township, Camden County.

    The smaller stores are designed to fit into urban and suburban settings that might not accommodate the retailer's standard-sized stores. Target says it makes up for the smaller space by tailoring merchandise to the particulars of the local marketplace.

    For example, the clothing department in Parsippany is weighted toward Target's exclusive Champion C9 and Joy Lab athletic apparel in part because a new LA Fitness gym just opened nearby. The store's well-stocked grocery section helps fill the void left by Pathmark's closing.

    "Not every place carries lactose-free milk, so that's good to have close to home," said shopper Kevin Guhl, a 40-year-old real estate public relations rep who lives in Parsippany. "It's a smaller footprint, but I couldn't tell you what's missing."

    Not that much smaller. At 65,000 square feet, Parsippany's "small-format" store is about 50-percent larger than others of its kind, and only about a third smaller than Target's huge standard-sized chain stores.

    "We're the biggest small-format store, and we would be comparable to a small chain store but not quite there," said MaryKate Geraghty, the Parsippany store manager, or director, a Montclair resident who started with Target at its Paramus store nine years ago. 

    Geraghty joined company and local officials for a ribbon cutting on Tuesday night, and the store will hold an official grand opening on Sunday.

    Headquartered in Minneapolis with roots dating back to 1902, target is America's second largest retailer after Walmart, with more than 1,800 stores nationwide, including 45 in New Jersey. The company announced in September that it was raising its starting wage to $11 an hour with increases up to $15 hour by the end of 2020.

    The Parsippany-Hills store will eventually employ 160 people, and township officials welcomed it as a visible boost to the local economy after the recent high profile closings of Pathmark and local Toys 'R Us and K-Mart stores.

    "I'm happy to see that our retail sector is coming back," said Robert Peluso, president of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce and a member of township's economic development committee. And, Peluso added, "We've not had any small businesses approach us in regard to concerns about a larger store coming into the community."

    Target shoppers are happy, too.

    "I'm so excited they're finally in my town," said Zulma Restrepo, a 47-year-old fitness instructor, who was recording a video selfie with Target in the background as she walked from the store to her car.

    "I'm going to teach a class," Restrep said, holding up the pack of batteries she had just bought. "They're going to power my microphone."

    Steve Strunsky may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @SteveStrunsky. Find on Facebook.

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    Our first look this season at whose name could be called in June

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    A list of all N.J. girls lacrosse seniors committed to a Division 1 college program.

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    Goals, assists, saves and ground balls. Who's off to great starts this season?

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    Don't worry. The owner is still in good spirits.

    James Yoakum wants everyone to know he's still in good spirits, even though his dream of creating a successful liquor distillery in downtown Camden is coming to a close.

    "A lot of people have dreams about starting a business, chasing their dreams," Yoakum said Wednesday. "I went out and did it. You can chase your dream and not really have it work out the way you want it, but still come away glad you did it. We had a good 4-year run, and starting from where we started I'm still pretty proud of what we did."

    Located in a 3,000-square-foot former industrial auto garage, near Camden City Hall and the PATCO regional-rail line, the Cooper River Distillery was known for its happy-hour tastings and local neighbors from upscale apartments, Rutger-Camden University and day-trippers from Philadelphia, sipping spirits and cocktails. The lack of air conditioning in the facility added to the atmosphere, some of the revelers have said.

    But Yoakum said he and his two full-time and two part-time employees could never scale the business up to profitability. 

    "Since the beginning, we needed to grow at some point," said Yoakum, 33, a Kentucky native who moved to Philadelphia for college in 2003 remained in the area. "We were cranking out 300 to 400 bottles a month and able to sell everything and still not make not enough to cover the overhead and break even. We were sitting still and not able to grow."

    From 2010 to 2015, the number of craft distilleries in the United States exploded from fewer than 100 to more than 750, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. But until 2013, not one of them was in New Jersey. That year Jersey Artisan Distilling in Fairfield became the first distillery established in the Garden State since Prohibition. Cooper River claimed to be the second, established in 2014. 

    Yoakum said state law changed to allow businesses like his to pour drinks as well as sell by the bottle on the eve of his opening. He tweaked his original business plan to include retail sales, but said startups around the state that followed his were able to incorporate a retail model that could be more successful.

    "I'm sorry to hear they are closing their doors," said J. Lee Lineburgh, the director of operations and sales at Cape May Distillery in Cape May County. "We had a lot of liquor stores that bought both of our products."

    Lineburgh said his distillery got its operating license a week after Cooper River. He said Cape May Distillery is still "growing in leaps and bounds."

    "We have a price point within the realm that you'll buy it and not just look at it," he said.

    Lineburg said a bottle of their products -- which include bourbon, whiskey, rum, spirits and vodka -- are typically priced between $15 to $35. Yoakum said his products typically sold between $19.99 to $65.

    Lineburgh said his distillery, for which their sales are 75 percent as a wholesaler to liquor stores and restaurants, is also helped by name recognition.

    "We're fortunate to have the name Cape May which gets a big audience as a resort area," he said. Lineburgh said his company is one of about 14 distilleries still operating statewide.

    Yoakum said his distillery will spend the month of April saying goodbye to the regulars and cease operation on May 5 with a Kentucky Derby party.

    "I've learned a lot and met a lot of awesome people," Yoakum said.

    Bill Duhart may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @bduhart. Find on Facebook.Have a tip? Tell us.

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    It was a soft opening to the spring season, and with snow on the way, what can we expect in Week 2?

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    What was hot on the baseball diamond during the week?

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    Highlights and top performances from the week that was, plus a look at the week ahead.

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    The latest news and notes from around the state in N.J. girls lacrosse.

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    Authorities say a Trenton Water Works employee was illegally turning on the water

    Mercer County authorities have arrested a dozen rental scammers who moved into homes that were vacant or being foreclosed. 

    The alleged fraudsters would change the locks, turn on utilities and live rent-free and sometimes create leases and rent the properties to others, confusing real estate agents and police officers.

    And they had a Trenton Water Works employee illegally turning on the water service for them.

    When bank inspectors or property managers would stop in to check on the home or show it, they would find the occupants and have to call local police to steo in and try to figure out the situations.

    brooksAlleged ring leader Barbara Brooks

    "These are brazen criminals who educated themselves on squatters' rights and took advantage of the civil court process," Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri said in a Friday statement announcing the arrests and charges.

    "This created a challenge for local police who were being called out to the homes. Occupants were providing legal-looking leases and cash receipts for rent, and there would be conflicting versions of who had the right to be there." 

    Hamilton Township Police investigated about 50 incidents in a 14-month period but charges have also been filed for properties in Ewing, Lawrence and Princeton townships, authorities said. The scams have been increasing in the past several years.

    Evicting the illegal residents became so costly for banks and real estate companies that they would offer "cash for keys" payments of a few hundred to a few thousand dollars so that the squatter would leave the property without having to go through eviction proceedings in civil court. 

    "Thanks to the collaborative efforts of our police departments in Mercer County, we were able to identify multiple individuals that moved from squatting in one town to another. We were also able to identify those individuals involved in a more sophisticated rental scheme," Onofri said. 

    Mercer officials hope to stop growing rental scams

    The problem has been plaguing Mercer County for several years, leading Trenton and county officials to form the Fraudulent Housing Occupancy Task Force, prompting press conferences, community meetings and spurring the development of a uniform approach from county and municipal law enforcement.

    Prosecutor's Detective Zachary Ortman was tasked with heading a uniform approach, in the fall of 2017, Onofri said.

    "This was a massive, complex investigative and legal undertaking," Onofri said. "Detectives spent countless hours conducting surveillance, studying the eviction process and adverse possession, and combing through social media in order to obtain crucial evidence that allowed them to connect the dots and identify the many scam artists involved." 

    What they found was that the same names and techniques kept popping up.

    Detectives identified Barbara Brooks, 48, of Trenton, as the alleged leader of the ring. She allegedly found the foreclosed and vacant properties, made fake leases and recruited and instructed others on the process -- and what to say to police when they showed up at the door.

    Brooks also allegedly recruited Michael Wilmore, 44, of Florence, a Trenton Water Works, employee to turn on water at numerous properties.

    wilmoreTrenton City employee Michael Wilmore 

    Wilmore was suspended from his job following his March 23 arrest, a city spokesman said.

    Latasha Love, 32, of Ewing, authorities say, ran one of the more egregious examples of the scam. Love allegedly lived rent-free in a foreclosed home on Sabrina Drive in Ewing for months.

    She was arrested by police and then moved into a home in Princeton but told Rasheeda Harris, 32, of Hamilton, to take over the "lease" and move into the Ewing home. Love was arrested when she tried to move back into the Ewing home a second time and was allegedly paid by a real estate agency to leave the Sabrina Drive residence.

    Love faces similar charges in Yardley, Pa. and she was charged in Mercer County with perjury, theft by deception and falsifying complaints. 

    After being charged for occupying a home on Lawrenceville Road in Princeton, police found Love in the home - again.

    loveLatasha Love

    She allegedly showed officers an order signed by a judge. Authorities investigated and found that Love filed a motion in court against a real estate agent who was the former listing agent for the property.

    Love allegedly created a fraudulent lease that named the prior owner as the renter and provided false information in the motion and again on the record in court. 

    The other eight people who were arrested were: Endiya Thompson, 21, of Sicklerville; Jamar Hill, 37, of Hamilton; Shea Lightfoot, 38, of Willingboro; Dominique Morgan, 31, of Hamilton; Tarrik Boles, 36, of Hamilton; Shauntee Stokes, 40, of Trenton; Sandra Freeman, 49, of Hamilton; and Eddie Thompson, 45, of Trenton.

    All 12 suspects were charged with third- and fourth-degree crimes of burglary, theft of services, failure to make lawful disposition and criminal mischief. They were released pending future court dates.

    Authorities are urging real estate and property management personnel to call local police if they find anyone illegally inhabiting a property. 

    "There is a misconception that owners need to go through the eviction process when there is an occupant unlawfully inside," Onofri said. "That holds true when a tenant has a valid lease; then the eviction process must be followed. Without a valid lease, the situation becomes criminal." 

    Allison Pries may be reached at Follow her on Twitter @AllisonPries. Find on Facebook.  

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    The Preseason Top 20 for the boys track and field relay teams

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    A Gloucester Township police officer was charged with simple assault after he struck a 13-year-old girl while handcuffing her.

    A Gloucester Township police officer was charged with simple assault on Friday after he struck a 13-year-old girl while handcuffing her, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.

    John Flinn, 27, and other officers were dispatched to investigate a disturbance on March 8 and encountered the girl. Flinn can be seen hitting the girl twice on the side of her face in footage from a responding officer's body-worn camera. The prosecutor's office said the girl was struck while complying with police instructions.

    The girl was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, and no criminal charges were filed against her, according to a release from the prosecutor's office.

    Gloucester Township Police Chief Harry Earle suspended Flinn following the incident and notified the Camden County Prosecutor's Office of his alleged misconduct. Flinn has been with the department since 2015 and his salary is $46,767 according to public records.

    Chris Sheldon may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @chrisrsheldon Find on Facebook.


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    The man asked police to provide proof that he was required by law to show his license. Watch video

    A 44-year-old man who was forcibly arrested for refusing to produce his license in a Voorhees Township traffic stop is suing the officers who punched and pepper sprayed him.

    In the May 5, 2016 stop, Sean M. Shaw, then a state employee, said he wouldn't produce his ID until the cop showed him a "writ or warrant" or other proof that he was required to do so.

    Officers Michael J. Hagner and Kevin R. Branagan reported that they pulled Shaw from the car and he started throwing punches. Hagner punched him several times in the face and then pepper sprayed him, while Branagan said he punched him once in the chest, according to their reports.

    Shaw maintains that he never resisted or assaulted police. The body camera footage shows a struggle, but it's not conclusive about whether he was violent.

    Hagner, then 23, wrote in his report that he suspected Shaw was a so-called sovereign citizen and worried he might be violent because of it. People who call themselves sovereign citizens refuse to recognize most federal criminal laws.

    But Shaw's attorney, Richard M. Wiener of Marlton, said that police only included that in their report to try to brand him as a violent extremist.

    "Mr. Shaw does not and never has considered himself a sovereign citizen or a follower of sovereign citizen beliefs," Wiener said in a statement. "It appears the arresting officer added that characterization to his report to provide a pretext for his use of force against Mr. Shaw, who simply questioned the need to produce his driver's license."

    The body camera footage, spanning from the beginning of the sto to Shaw and Hagner at the hospital, captures Hagner discussing the incident several times but never mentioning anything about sovereign citizens.

    Drivers in New Jersey are required to provide a license when stopped by police, as opposed to people stopped on the street, who do not have to give ID unless an officer has a court summons.

    Hagner, then 23, said he saw Shaw driving slowly in the left lane of Route 73 around 1 p.m. and pulled him over at Green Lea Florist after seeing his registration was five days expired.

    Shaw gave his registration and insurance card but did not give Hagner his license. He placed a call to someone he described as his "legal advisor" and told the officer the advisor was coming.

    After Shaw continued to ask for proof of the law requiring him to show ID, Hagner called for backup and Branagan, then 31, arrived. He also asked for the license and warned Shaw that he would be "yanked out" of the car and arrested for obstruction if he did not comply.

    The video shows the officers open the door, order him out and after a few seconds pull him out.

    "Mr Shaw began to pull away and became combative with Officer Branagan and I," Hagner wrote in his report.

    The video shows a struggle, but it isn't possible to tell if Shaw was throwing punches. An officer quickly orders him to the ground, but the video cuts out because the body camera broke, according to Hagner's report. Branagan's camera captures only part of the struggle on the ground, in which an officer orders him to give up his hands and the other officer says, "cuff him" nine times.

    According to the police reports, Shaw said he was having trouble breathing. The video shows him sitting disheveled on the ground and not responding to questions.

    When EMTs and supervisors were on scene, the video shows, Hagner told another officer that he hit Shaw several times in the face and that's how he believes he injured his hand. He suffered a sprained finger, the report said.

    One of the officers told Shaw's wife, who arrived on scene, that he had scrapes and a bruise on his face but wasn't seriously injured. His wife seemed at a loss for why he would refuse police requests, telling them that he was a youth counselor for the state's Juvenile Justice Commission for 12 years and a Boy Scout den leader, according to the video.

    Shaw faced charges including aggravated assault on a police officer and traffic violations, but they will be dismissed if he complies by the terms of a pretrial intervention order he and the prosecutor agreed to in 2017, according to the lawsuit.

    Shaw maintains in his lawsuit that he never resisted or assaulted police, and said police did not give him a chance to get out of the car before they grabbed him and started assaulting him.

    His suit claims police used excessive force in their arrest, subjecting him to injuries, trauma, humiliation and civil rights violations.

    The lawsuit doesn't specifically say that the incident cost Shaw his state job, but a spokeswoman for the Juvenile Justice Commission said that Shaw's last day of employment was July 27, 2017, the same day that he agreed to the pretrial intervention program without admitting guilt.

    The lawsuit also names the township and Voorhees Police Department, saying the department is negligent because it insufficiently trains officers to deal with people they suspect are sovereign citizens or who simply refuse to produce a driver's license. Shaw is seeking damages, fees and costs.

    Rebecca Everett may be reached at Follow her on Twitter @rebeccajeverett. Find on Facebook.

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    A N.J. bar has to cough up $60K for paying copyrighted music after it was caught by a music industry investigator. Is your favorite bar next?

    Don't be too surprised if your favorite taproom or restaurant suddenly gets really, really quiet.

    No tunes from Bruce, Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson rocking in the background.


    It could be that quiet soon at Vallari's Lakeside Restaurant and Bar in the Sicklerville section of Gloucester Township. The local watering hole that features karaoke, bands, a lakeside bar and other favorites of revelers lost a lawsuit in federal court last week that led to a $56,100 judgement plus a bill for the plaintiff's attorney fees.

    Vallari's lost by default, not showing up in court at the end of a four-year scrum.

    They were sued by Broadcast Music Inc., an international organization that monitors music played in just about any venue, from elevators to dance halls, to ensure the authors of the works are paid royalty fees for every time a song is played.

    That quest is what led an undercover BMI worker to Vallari's on a summer night in 2016 to take in the atmosphere first hand, and to listen and record songs being played over a karaoke machine. Those recordings became the basis of a lawsuit in federal court alleging copyright infringement.

    A federal judge in Camden ruled in favor of BMI last week and ordered Vallari's to pay $56,100, or $3,300 for each of 17 songs deemed to be protected by copyrights.

    A BMI executive said Friday her organization, with offices in capitals around the world, uses courts as a last resort for business owners who don't respond to "blanket licenses" mailed to public establishments across the country, and the world, issuing a fee to be paid to be in compliance with U.S. copyright laws.

    "At the end of the day, we want people to understand if they are preforming music in a public setting and they don't have a license already in place they need one. It's federal copyright law," said Jodie Thomas, executive director of corporate communications and media relations, from BMI offices in New York City. "BMI works very hard to proactively reach out to these business owners, and to make sure they have the necessary permission to publicly perform music."

    Thomas said licenses start at as little as $370 a year. Vallari's would have been charged about $6,500 yearly, court documents said.

    A request for comment Friday from Vallari's was not immediately returned.

    An attorney for the Fairness in Music Licensing Coalition, a national advocacy group that believes BMI and other performing rights organizations need to be reined in, did respond for a request to comment.

    "Some of these business owners are just so fed up," said Paul Midzak, an attorney and adviser for FMLC, based in Washington, D.C. "My colleagues tell some of these business owners to try to negotiate if you can, but at the end of the day they're going to break you in court. These cases that are going to federal court are businesses that are really tired of being extorted."

    Midzak said every small business should look at cases like Vallari's as something that can happen to them. He said copyright laws need to be changed to make them fairer for small businesses.

    Thomas said her group redistributes 88 percent of the license fee it collects to song writers and composers. Last year it collected $1.13 billion and distributed $1 billion.

    "We never want to see the music go away, and we try to work with business owners so that music benefits everyone," Thomas said.

    Midzak is not so sure.

    "If all the bars and restaurants say the liability could be too high, you can't play your music here, we're literally look at a future where live music doesn't have a future in a local bar or restaurant."

    Bill Duhart may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @bduhart. Find on Facebook.Have a tip? Tell us.

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    The blessing of the bikes will be held on April 21.

    Every year the local organization the Rolling Badges Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club along with the 4Heroes Charity Inc. holds the Annual Rambo's Blessing of the Bikes.

    This year it will be held on April 21, 2018, and a rain date of April 22nd. This is there 5th year doing this.

    This year all net proceeds go to C.O.P.S. of New Jersey, both chapters. It will benefit the families who lost a love one in the line of duty.   

    The event will leave Barb's Harley Davidson 926 Black horse Pike in Mt. Ephraim at 11:30 a.m. under full police escort and will arrive about 1 p.m. at the Gibbstown VFW post #5579, 743 W. Broad Street in Gibbstown

    Registration starts at 9 a.m. at Barb's HD and you can pre-register at  

    There will be a live band, vendors, 50/50, silent auctions, food from Mission BBQ and alcohol which can be purchased from the VFW at your own expense.   

    Riders are $25, passengers $15 and walk ups (BBQ Only) are $15.

    Have community news you'd like to share? Send an email to Have an event happening you want to share? Go to to submit your information to be included in a community calendar. 


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    Investigators said he shot her four times after an argument in a parked car.

    Law enforcement officers from two counties descended on Brooklawn overnight to arrest the man they say tried to kill a 41-year-old woman at a Gloucester County apartment complex on Saturday.

    The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office said Calvin L. Green has been charged with offenses including attempted murder in the shooting of the woman, who was able to drive herself to a convenience store for help.

    Investigators allege Green, 40, shot the woman, a Maple Shade resident and longtime acquaintence, four times during an argument while parked in a car at the Millstream Apartments in Washington Township.

    The prosecutor's office said Green was arrested after a traffic stop in Brooklawn shortly before investigators served a search warrant on his home.

    In addition to the prosecutor's office and Washington Township police, officers from Brooklawn and Westville took part in the investigation, as well as a tactical team from Camden County.

    Authorities said the woman was able to identify Green, and that they found other evidence connecting him to the shooting.

    Thomas Moriarty may be reached at Follow him on Twitter at @ThomasDMoriarty.

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