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    Here are our 18 top performers from around the state in New Jersey high school football in Week 1.


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    The Burlington County resident bought the lucky ticket at a gas station on his way to the Shore

    A New Jersey man who bought tickets for the massive $543 million Mega Millions drawing in July discovered days later that he'd won $1 million. 

    Bruce Schaffer, of the Marlton section of Evesham, never checked his tickets after hearing that the jackpot winning ticket was sold in San Jose, California.

    He continued to go about his business for the next five days until he decided to fish the tickets out of his wallet and learned that one of the tickets matched five numbers and was worth $1 million, lottery officials said Tuesday.

    Schaffer wasted no time, heading immediately to New Jersey Lottery headquarters in Lawrenceville to get the lucky ticket validated.

    3 people will split $1.36M Jersey Cash 5 jackpot

    He told lottery officials he stopped to buy tickets on his way to the Jersey Shore after seeing that the jackpot had climbed above $500 million. The tickets were bought at Citgo on Route 73 in the Braddock section of Winslow.  

    Schaffer will set most of the money aside for retirement planning and to "spoil his grandchildren," according to the New Jersey Lottery.

    Eight second-prize tickets worth at least $1 million were sold nationwide for the July 24 drawing, including two in New Jersey. State lottery officials haven't said who bought the other Garden State ticket, which was sold at U.S. Gas on Blairstown Road in Hope, Warren County.

    The $543 million jackpot won by a group of 11 co-workers in Santa Clara County, California is the third largest Mega Millions jackpot and the ninth biggest in U.S. lottery history.

    The odds of a $2 Mega Millions ticket matching five numbers but not the Mega Ball are about 12.6 million to 1. The odds of a ticket matching five numbers and the Mega Ball are 302,575,350 to 1. 

    Jeff Goldman may be reached at jeff_goldman@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JeffSGoldman. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

     


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    In commemoration of World Alzheimer's Day, the Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter will host a series of free community forums Friday, Sept. 21, to  provide information on its association programs and services.       The town hall-style gatherings in Delaware, Southern New Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania are designed to raise awareness and challenge the stigma people oftentimes associate with dementia. Sessions...

    In commemoration of World Alzheimer's Day, the Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter will host a series of free community forums Friday, Sept. 21, to  provide information on its association programs and services.      

    The town hall-style gatherings in Delaware, Southern New Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania are designed to raise awareness and challenge the stigma people oftentimes associate with dementia.

    Sessions in Camden County will take place 10  at:

    • Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital, 2201 Chapel Ave. West, Cherry Hill, lobby conference rooms 2-3.
    • Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Vesper Building, 1600 Haddon Ave., Camden, with a Latino focus.

    Call 800-272-3900 to register. Dealine is Sept. 17.

    "Anyone from any community who would like to learn about how we help those facing the impact of Alzheimer's or other types of dementia is welcome," said Delaware Valley Chapter director of programs and services Krista McKay. "But part of the purpose of these forums is to learn from members of the community, too. We want to hear about their personal connections to dementia and what they need from us, so we can learn how we can better serve our communities and potentially welcome new volunteers to help us grow and implement our programs."

    Alzheimer's affects nearly six million people nationwide, killing more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. It is the sixth-leading cause of death and the only one among the top 10 that has no cure, cannot be prevented or slowed. In the Delaware Valley region, as many as 294,000 people are affected by Alzheimer's or a related disorder. 

    For more information, visit  alz.org/delval.

     


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    The thief entered the residence through a rear kitchen window and cops were later able to lift fingerprints from two jewelry boxes in the home, officials said.

    JERSEY CITY -- It took a while -- more than 13 years -- but a Camden man has been arrested on charges he burglarized a Jersey City residence and stole some $2,500 in jewelry back in 2005.

    Valentine Ramos, 38, of the 300 block of Boyd Street, appeared in court last week on the charges of burglary and theft in connection to the Jan. 11, 2005, burglary on Van Nostrand Avenue in Jersey City, the criminal complaint says.

    While full information on the decade-plus series of events wasn't immediately available, the criminal complaint charges that Ramos entered the residence through a rear kitchen window and cops were later able to lift fingerprints from two jewelry boxes in the home.

    The prints were sent to the New Jersey State Police and when a match was found, a warrant for Ramos' arrest was signed on March 17, 2017, the complaint says.

    Ramos appeared in Criminal Justice Reform Court in Jersey City on Thursday via video link from Hudson County jail in Kearny. At the hearing, he was ordered released pending trial.

    The burglary victim said he did not know Ramos, the complaint says.


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    What's on the menu in New Jersey? Everything!

    Last winter, while out for a drive, I took my wife to White Rose Hamburgers in Highland Park.

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    More properly, to "The White Rose System." Which, according to nj.com's Pete Genovese, "opened in 1956 or 1958 - let's say sometime in the 50s, because even the guys who work there are not sure."

    The White Rose is one of the countless food spots in New Jersey that prides itself on being different. It's NOT White Tower, and it's not White Castle. My brother made regular runs there from Rutgers for French fries in the early '70s, and it hasn't changed much since ... a good thing. The food is good and plentiful and the ambience is nothing fancy. We both absolutely enjoyed our take-out burgers.

    MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey

    New Jersey is home to hundreds of unique places just like the White Rose as well as pretty much every fast food chain that's come down the pike since highways got people traveling. If you had a taste for just about anything, you've never had to go far in the Garden State to get it.

    Here's a gallery of vintage photos showing a variety of eateries in New Jersey. And here are links to some other galleries you'll enjoy.

    Vintage photos of foods for every taste in N.J.

    Vintage photos of eclectic eats in N.J.

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


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    "They don't show up to work," the CEO said. "They can't stand getting up in the morning and coming to work every single day. ... Some of them get into drugs and things."

    A day after the chief executive of one of Camden's largest employers was quoted griping about the local workforce, the city's mayor demanded an apology over the remarks he said played to "outrageous stereotyping" of residents.

    In an interview with business publication ROI-NJ, Holtec CEO Krishna P. Singh said his firm has not reaped the financial rewards of a 600,000 square-foot manufacturing plant he opened in Camden. The facility was hailed as a much-needed economic engine that would create hundreds of local jobs.

    Then-Gov. Chris Christie's state Economic Development Authority gave Holtec $260 million in tax breaks in 2014.

    The problem for Holtec, Singh said, has been the firm can't find quality employees while the plant has become a drag on the bottom line. Still, the CEO said he hoped employees would become role models.

    Local workers lack the needed skills and work history, according to the interview. Holtec's Camden plant is "costing us millions right now," Singh said in the article.

    "They don't show up to work," Singh told ROI-NJ. "They can't stand getting up in the morning and coming to work every single day. They haven't done it, and they didn't see their parents do it. Of course, some of them get into drugs and things. So, it's difficult."

    Camden Mayor Frank Moran was "appalled" by the business leader's comments and the "outrageous stereotyping of Camden residents," according to a statement from Moran's office.

    "I don't condone Dr. Singh's statement and we demand an apology," said Moran. "I will hold all companies in Camden accountable and expect them to be community conscious and responsible partners. I am committed to making sure that prosperity reaches all neighborhoods and people of Camden."

    Moran took to social media Thursday to defend his city from the CEO's criticism. Holtec employs more than 300 people in Camden.

    "Do not disrespect my city. The people of Camden have more grit & ability to succeed than any other place. I know because I was born & grew up here. The journey to rebuild Camden requires commitment," Moran said in a Twitter post.

    A message seeking comment from Holtec was not immediately returned Thursday. The CEO also drew criticism from a local progressive group and the Camden County NAACP.

    In a Facebook post, South Jersey Women for Progressive Change called the comments "racist and classist."

    "The Camden County Branch NAACP strongly condemn the stereotypical and offensive comments from Holtec International CEO Kris Singh," the organization said in a statement.

    The NAACP chapter said it would reach out to Singh "to seek clarifications" on the issue.

    Critics have questioned the value of tax subsidies to local residents. Gov. Phil Murphy earlier this year called for an audit of the state's Economic Development Authority, citing a focus on generous corporate tax breaks.

    Noah Cohen may be reached at ncohen@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @noahycFind NJ.com on Facebook.

     

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    A 30-year-old man was the first to be killed in a shooting in Camden in September.

    A 30-year-old man was shot and killed in Camden late Thursday night, authorities said. 

    Brian Faulkner, 30, of Camden, had been struck multiple times when cops found him on the sidewalk on the 300 block of Morse Street around 11 p.m., the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said in a statement Friday. 

    No charges for cop who pummeled man 12 times in the head

    He was pronounced dead at Cooper University Hospital less than 15 minutes later. No arrests have been made. 

    Thursday night's fatal shooting is the first this month in the city and the 14th this year, according to CourierPost.com. There were 23 homicides in Camden last year, the fewest since at least 1988

    Last month, three men were charged in the attempted murder of two police detectives in Camden. Both offers were treated for their injuries and released.

    Anyone with information about Thursday's shooting is asked to call Camden County Prosecutor's Office Det. Matthew Barber at 856-225-5166 or Camden County Police Det. Colin O'Sullivan at 856-757-7420.

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    Jeff Goldman may be reached at jeff_goldman@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JeffSGoldman. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

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    Congressman Donald Norcross was also criticized after comparing Camden workers to children. Watch video

    Fallout from public comments from a local CEO disparaging Camden workers as lazy continued to reverberate across the town Friday.

    Dueling news conferences were held across the city by protesters and local officials. Both gatherings largely criticized what Holtec CEO Kris Singh said in published reports earlier this week that Camden workers, "don't show up to work...can't stand getting up in the morning...didn't see their parents do it... some of them get into drugs."

    "I'm sorry there aren't more Camden residents here today but they're at work" said city activist Amir Khan at a rally of several dozen people across the street from Holtec's waterfront headquarters. "As a matter of fact, not only are they at work, they're following in the footsteps of their parents who worked a generation before them."

    Khan's comments were met with rousing applause.

    He was followed by several other speakers who harangued Singh and called attention to the fact his company had received $260 million in tax abatements to move to Camden, a deal local officials expected would include hiring city residents.

    About a mile away, on the other end of Broadway -- once a bustling thoroughfare of a blue-collar manufacturing hub, which, on Friday, featured blocks of weed-strewn lots and dozens of emaciated souls wandering about the streets -- Mayor Frank Moran held a news conference in his office in City Hall moments after the protest ended. Moran said he was "appalled" by Singh's comments. He said he had a "private" conversation with Singh on Friday after the self-made millionaire and founder of Holtec issued an apology for his comments in an article by the business website ROI-NJ earlier this week.

    Singh characterized his comments as "out-of-context excerpts" which "misrepresents both the tone and the substance of the interview." Singh also concluded he was "not as articulate as I could have been."

    The article also quoted U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross, Camden's congressman, as saying: "When you stop to think about it, I say children are that one asset that you can't blame them for anything," he said. "Same thing goes for people who have not had a structure that taught them."

    Before the City Hall news conference, protesters roundly criticized Norcross's statement. The congressman did not dispute the accuracy of the comments Friday. But he later said he was referring to opportunities for children. When asked about the analogy to workers in a follow-up question, he said, "those are two different issue we're dealing with."

    Norcross and Moran said they would hold a "summit on jobs and career training" in Camden next week. Protesters demanded more accountability from CEOs such as Singh.

    Camden has more than $2 billion in development currently underway. Much of that boom has been spurred by tax abatements for companies like Holtec. Local activists say they need more return for the tax windfalls.

    The New Jersey Economic Development Authority, which awarded Holtec's tax breaks under then-Gov. Chris Christie, did not immediately respond to a message.

    Bill Duhart may be reached at bduhart@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @bduhart. Find NJ.com on FacebookHave a tip? Tell us. nj.com/tips

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    He chatted online with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl, authorities said.

    Jonathan Liano.jpgJonathan Liano (Camden County Prosecutor's Office)
     

    After sending sexually explicit messages online to someone he believed was a 14-year-old girl, police say a middle school teacher arranged to meet her in person.

    He met a cop instead and now Jonathan Liano, 38, of Sicklerville is charged with several offenses, Camden County prosecutors announced Saturday.

    An investigation began Sept. 4 when Liana, a fifth-grade teacher at Dwight D. Einsenhower Middle School in Berlin, allegedly contacted the "teen," who was actually a detective working with the Camden County Prosecutor's Office High-Tech Crimes Unit.

    Sexually explicit online exchanges led to an agreement to meet in person and Liano drove to Pennsauken on Friday afternoon, where he arrested, authorities said.

    He is charged with luring, attempted sexual assault of a minor, attempted criminal sexual contact and sending obscene material to a minor.

    Digital devices in his possession were seized and will be analyzed, prosecutors said.

    Liano was placed in Camden County Correctional Facility pending a detention hearing.

    He is a social studies teacher at the middle school and has taught since 2003, according to his biography on the school's website.

    Liano began as an in-house substitute at Lindenwold High School, before teaching at Lindenwold Middle School, then Camden's Promise Charter School. He taught at Eisenhower Middle School from 2007 until 2013, before moving on to John F. Kennedy Elementary School in West Berlin. He recently returned to Eisenhower.

    Matt Gray may be reached at mgray@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MattGraySJT. Find the South Jersey Times on FacebookHave a tip? Tell us: nj.com/tips.


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    It's far better to do something about an unprepared urban labor force than to just complain about their lack of skills.

    May we, the taxpayers of New Jersey, have our $260 million back, please?

    The old saying is that you should never look a gift horse in the mouth, but it appears that the CEO of the firm that received one of the largest state tax incentive bundles in history just put his foot in his mouth -- by trashing mercilessly the workforce provided in Camden.

    In an interview posted by the business-oriented website roi-nj, Holtec International CEO Krishna P. Singh is quoted as describing these workers as basically lazy or on drugs. Holtec, previously based in Evesham Township, has moved to a new 600,000-square-foot location in Camden City, with the promise that the firm won't need to pay $260 million in state corporate taxes over several years.

    "There is no tradition of work in these families," Singh complained. "If we hire 10, we keep two." He added: "They don't show up for work. They can't stand getting up in the morning and coming into work every single day. ... Of course, some of them get into drugs and things. So, it's difficult."

    For one thing, that 2-out-of-10 ratio must be an exaggeration, unless Holtec, an admittedly high-tech company, is scouring Camden's worst neighborhoods for folks with advanced engineering degrees.

    Of course, workers from impoverished, low-education backgrounds provide challenges. Poor schools and broken families get some of the blame. But, many employers regard it as their responsibility to provide the additional training and life skills necessary to ultimately expand the pool of employable individuals.

    It's not clear from the roi-nj interview to what extent Holtec accepts that responsibility. But, in comments for the same article, U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross, D-1st Dist., suggests that other new-to-Camden employers are doing more. Norcross cites European Metal Recycling as one firm that has invested heavily in one-on-one training.

    Holtec is recruiting from local high schools, but may be less willing than others to do more. Singh suggests that automation might be a better solution to a labor shortage.

    The tenor, if not the substance, of Singh's remarks have Camden Mayor Frank Morgan calling them "outrageous steretyping" and seeking an apology. Described in the article as a self-made millionaire, Singh just can't understand why everyone isn't motivated to do things his way. 

    The CEO is unquestionably a brilliant man who built his skills and education into a powerhouse nuclear component company that any jurisdiction would be happy to host. However, his public relations skills, if nothing else, need some sharpening.

    Holtec is a company that got bent out of shape when a previous editorial -- about its seemingly generous offer to speed the decommissioning of the closing Oyster Creek nuclear plant -- mentioned the company's political connections. Local Democrat power broker George Norcross, the congressman's brother, sits on Holtec's board. In a response, Holtec informed us that, in no way, shape or form, did those connections have anything whatsoever to do with helping it land the $260 million commitment from the state Economic Development Authority.

    As for canceling the potential $260 million taxpayer gift because of Singh's remarks, we suppose this is a case of no "givebacksies." It's interesting, though, how former Gov. Chris Christie, with a single bellow, reversed the state film/TV production credit that was granted to the producers of MTV's "Jersey Shore" because Christie and some key legislators disliked how the series portrayed New Jersey's beach brats.

    By Friday afternoon, Singh had "clarified" his remarks, so all will be forgiven by the bigshots. The hard-working majority of people who live in Camden and environs have cause to remain offended.

    Send a letter to the editor of South Jersey Times at sjletters@njadvancemedia.com

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    Dogs and cats at shelters await adoption.

    Holmdel volunteer wins international award in dog photography competition

    The Kennel Club in London recently announced the winners of its annual Dog Photographer of the Year competition with Sonya Kolb of Holmdel selected as the winner of the competition's "Rescue Dog" category.

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    The award comes with a PS500 prize for the charity of the winner's choice. Kolb has chosen to donate the money to the Monmouth County SPCA, where she has been taking photos for seven years.

    The dog in Kolb's winning photograph is rescue dog Cooper, whose family adopted him after their first rescue dog tragically died before they had even brought him home.

    "I am extremely grateful to have won the Rescue category in the Dog Photographer of the Year competition," said Kolb. "I can remember every second of this photo shoot as if it were yesterday. This image reveals what is so important in life - our emotional connections with others. Dogs fulfill our deepest emotional needs, giving us so freely an abundance of love, comfort and joy. I love creating images that spread happiness and connect us heart to heart, hand to paw, with our most positive emotions."

    Monica van der Maden from the Netherlands was chosen overall winner of the competition with an image of Noa the Great Dane which placed first in the "Oldies" category. The other first place category winners were:

        Elinor Roizman, Israel, "Dogs at Play";
        Klaus Dyber, Germany, "Puppy";
        Carol Durrant, the UK, "Portrait";
        Tracy Kidd, the UK, "Dogs at Work";
        Joana Matos, Portugal, "Man's Best Friend";
        Dean Mortimer, the UK, "Assistance Dogs";
        Tamara Kedves, Hungary, "I Love Dogs Because...";
        Mariah Mobley (age 11), United States, "Young Pup Photographer"

    All of the winning images plus the photos that placed second and third for each category will be on display at the Kennel Club in London from through Oct. 5. To view all the winning images, go to dogphotographeroftheyear.org.uk.

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


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