Solar Eclipse Closes Pennsauken, Cherry Hill Schools Early Solar Eclipse Closes Pennsauken, Cherry Hill Schools Early
Solar Eclipse Closes Pennsauken, Cherry Hill Schools Early A solar eclipse on Monday, April 8 is closing schools across New Jersey. Last month, Livingston Public Schools in Essex County announced an early dismissal in anticipation of children looking at the sun. Since then, others have announced they too will close early. Pennsauken officials announced a half-day as the eclipse is expected to coincide with dismissal, posing a safety concern. Students in the Shore Regional High School District will be dismissed at 1:30 p.m., ahead of the eclipse, according to a letter form the superintendent. Cherry Hill students will also be dismissed early…
Brake-Checking, Racist Parent Vowed To Have NJ Bus Driver Fired — And She Was: Lawsuit Brake-Checking, Racist Parent Vowed To Have NJ Bus Driver Fired — And She Was: Lawsuit
Brake-Checking, Racist Parent Vowed To Have NJ Bus Driver Fired — And She Was: Lawsuit A black school bus driver claims she was fired after an encounter with a racist parent who confronted her on the road in Cumberland County, court papers say. Genera Fisher filed a lawsuit against the Millville Public Charter School on March 7 in Superior Court, alleging she was let go "in retaliation for her protected activity of reporting a hate crime and/or racial harassment."  The alleged road rage incident occurred on March 3, 2023, according to the lawsuit which described the scene: A car driven by another student's parent brake-checking and turning without signaling in …
Dad Arrested Trying To Defend Daughter In NJ Classroom Confrontation: Police Dad Arrested Trying To Defend Daughter In NJ Classroom Confrontation: Police
Dad Arrested Trying To Defend Daughter In NJ Classroom Confrontation: Police A South Jersey dad has been charged with making "terroristic threats" and threatening to "knock out" her daughter's peer in an apparent attempt to defend her in a high school classroom in Gloucester County, police paperwork says. Aaron Thomas went into a Paulsboro High School classroom Monday, March 11 while signing his daughter out around 11:30 a.m., an affidavit of probable cause obtained by Daily Voice says. Thomas, 38, was reportedly upset over photos being air-dropped, and was shouting and threatening to "knock the f— out" a student, paperwork says. At one point, Thomas got …
Two Jersey Shore School Districts Could Merge After OK From State Officials Two Jersey Shore School Districts Could Merge After OK From State Officials
Two Jersey Shore School Districts Could Merge After OK From State Officials New Jersey's top education officials have signed-off on a referendum for a merger between two school districts. On Friday, March 8, Acting New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Kevin Dehmer approved Seaside Heights merging with the Toms River Regional school district. The Central Regional School District had petitioned against the merger, but Dehmer said that Seaside Heights is closer in proximity to Toms River, so transportation will be cheaper and more time-efficient. He also said the merger would be unlikely to "increase or exacerbate the segregation of students by racial, …
NJ University Generated $3B In Annual Revenue For State, Plans Continued Expansion: New Study NJ University Generated $3B In Annual Revenue For State, Plans Continued Expansion: New Study
NJ University Generated $3B In Annual Revenue For State, Plans Continued Expansion: New Study An independent study released this week calculates that Rowan University's annual economic impact is $2.9 billion statewide, up nearly double from less than five years ago, campus officials said. Projects such as Discovery Hall, the $46.7 million academic building that opened in 2021, support growth in the region and state, said the new study by Econsult Solutions Inc. (ESI) of Philadelphia. The Glassboro-based university is planning another $1.5 billion in expansion projects in the next decade, campus officials said. President Ali A. Houshmand, in a press statement, said: “Our e…
Pennsauken Middle Schoolers Hospitalized After Eating Marijuana Gummies Pennsauken Middle Schoolers Hospitalized After Eating Marijuana Gummies
Pennsauken Middle Schoolers Hospitalized After Eating Marijuana Gummies Four Camden County middle school students were treated at a hospital after they ate marijuana gummies, authorities said. A student at Phifer Middle School in Pennsauken brought the gummies from home on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, Feb. 14 and shared them with other students, Pennsauken Schools Superintendent Ronnie Tarchichi said in a letter to parents.  Staff noticed the students seemed to have erratic behavior and sent them to the nurse, the superintendent said. The nurse sent four students to the hospital. Three of the students were back at school Friday, while the fourth stude…
South Jersey Schools Closed, Delayed Due To Major Winter Storm South Jersey Schools Closed, Delayed Due To Major Winter Storm
South Jersey Schools Closed, Delayed Due To Major Winter Storm Some South Jersey school districts are canceling classes or delaying the start of school before a winter storm that's expected on Tuesday, Feb. 13. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Mercer, Middlesex, and Monmouth Counties. There is also a coastal flood warning in Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean counties. The NWS predicts four to six inches of snow in Trenton, three to four inches in Long Branch, and one to two inches in Toms River. Southern Jersey Shore places like Atlantic City, Cape May County, Long Beach, Ocean City, and Vinela…
NJ High School Educator Nominated For National Teacher Of The Year NJ High School Educator Nominated For National Teacher Of The Year
NJ High School Educator Nominated For National Teacher Of The Year A Monmouth County educator who was named New Jersey's teacher of the year could also get the same recognition nationally. Joe Nappi, a history and social studies teacher at Monmouth Regional High School in Tinton Falls, is one of four finalists for the 2024 National Teacher of the Year award, The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced. Nappi won the state's Teacher of the Year award in September 2023. The other finalists are Cat Walker from Alaska, Christy Todd from Georgia, and Missy Testerman from Tennessee. Nappi is the third Garden State educator to be a nati…
Superintendent Reprimanded For Recommending Son For Substitute Teaching Job In NJ Superintendent Reprimanded For Recommending Son For Substitute Teaching Job In NJ
Superintendent Reprimanded For Recommending Son For Substitute Teaching Job In NJ The superintendent of a Middlesex County school district broke a pair of school ethics rules by approving a list of substitute teachers that included her son, officials said. Monroe Township Superintendent Chari R. Chanley’s “failure to recuse herself on the recommendation of her child’s employment constitutes using her position as superintendent to secure an unwarranted privilege, advantage, or employment for her child,” prompted action from the the New Jersey School Ethics Commission, according to a Jan. 23 decision. Chanley was reprimanded for recommending approval of a list of more…
What Lead Found At Trenton Public School Means For Students What Lead Found At Trenton Public School Means For Students
What Lead Found At Trenton Public School Means For Students Lead contamination has been discovered at a school in Trenton, authorities said. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tested two schools in December that once were the site of pottery factories in the early 1900s. On Monday, Jan. 29, the EPA contacted the school district and said an "above normal" level of lead existed in the grass and dirt outside Ulysses S. Grant Intermediate School, according to Superintendent James Earle. Earle said the contaminated area will be clearly condoned off with rope, tape, cones and barrels. Students and staff will be offered testing for lead, a school d…
Princeton University Confiscates E-Scooters After Campus Ban On Electric Vehicles Princeton University Confiscates E-Scooters After Campus Ban On Electric Vehicles
Princeton University Confiscates E-Scooters After Campus Ban On Electric Vehicles Princeton University has confiscated at least 80 e-scooters following a ban on electric vehicles on campus, officials confirmed. Personal electric vehicles including hoverboards and electric and motorized skateboards, are prohibited to be used, stored, parked, or charged within the campus "restricted zone," according to Princeton's policy. The policy took effect on Thursday, Jan. 25. Electric bicycles in “assist” mode, provided that users follow all applicable traffic regulations and requirements are permitted on campus roadways but not pathways and sidewalks, the policy says. This policy…
Traumatized By Break-In, NJ College Student Develops Emergency App Traumatized By Break-In, NJ College Student Develops Emergency App
Traumatized By Break-In, NJ College Student Develops Emergency App An MBA fellow at Rowan University has designed an app to enhance the security of students at the Glassboro campus. Siena Rampulla was a victim of an off-campus break-in in March 2022, as reported by Daily Voice.  Jorge L. Navaheredia, 29, of Sicklerville, had broken into several women's homes including Rampulla's, according to Glassboro police. He was caught hiding under a kitchen sink with panties, police said. A search of the suspect's vehicle turned up additional panties and mail from burglary victims, police said at the time. A pre-trial conference for Navaheredia is set for Feb. …
Cybersecurity, Electrical Issues Close, Delay 2 New Jersey School Districts Cybersecurity, Electrical Issues Close, Delay 2 New Jersey School Districts
Cybersecurity, Electrical Issues Close, Delay 2 New Jersey School Districts One New Jersey school district is closed and another delayed Monday, Jan. 29 due to electrical and cybersecurity issues. All Freehold Township schools are closed due to a "cybersecurity event," Dr. Dianne Martello Brethauer, the assistant Freehold schools superintendent, said on X. Brethauer did not elaborate. Egg Harbor Township schools will operate on a 2-hour delayed opening schedule due to a "major electrical and mechanical issue affecting all of our schools," its website says.
Driver Who Struck Student At School Bus Stop Charged With Assault By Auto In Gloucester Driver Who Struck Student At School Bus Stop Charged With Assault By Auto In Gloucester
Driver Who Struck Student At School Bus Stop Charged With Assault By Auto In Gloucester The driver of a car that struck at student crossing the street to a school bus has been charged with assault by auto in Gloucester Township, authorities said. The 15-year-old student from Camden County Technical School was seriously injured by the driver who allegedly ignored the bus' extended stop bar and warning lights, according to Gloucester Township police. The driver's name has not been released. The crash occurred at about 6:40 a.m. on Jan. 18 at Hickstown Road and Heatherwood Drive. "Several children had already crossed the road when the driver recklessly continued forward," …
Student Struck By Driver Who Ran School Bus Stop Sign, Warning Lights In Gloucester: Police Student Struck By Driver Who Ran School Bus Stop Sign, Warning Lights In Gloucester: Police
Student Struck By Driver Who Ran School Bus Stop Sign, Warning Lights In Gloucester: Police A 15-year-old girl from Gloucester Township was struck by a vehicle while crossing the road to a school bus, authorities said. The student, from Camden County Technical School, was seriously injured by the driver who allegedly ignored the bus' extended stop bar and warning lights, according to Gloucester Township police. On Thursday, Jan. 18, at about 6:30 a.m., Gloucester Township police were dispatched to the intersection of Hickstown Road and Heatherwood Drive for a pedestrian struck by a vehicle.  Police found the student who had crossed Hickstown Road to get on her school bu…
More Than 60K NJ Families Now Eligible For Free School Meals More Than 60K NJ Families Now Eligible For Free School Meals
More Than 60K NJ Families Now Eligible For Free School Meals A new law will make thousands of New Jersey students newly eligible for free school lunches and breakfasts. Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill into law on Tuesday, Jan. 16, expanding the eligibility for free meals to more than 60,000 additional families.  According to the Working Class Families Anti-Hunger Act, public and non-public schools in the National School Lunch Program or federal School Breakfast Program will provide meals to students in households with an income of up to 224 percent of the federal poverty level. The bill signing comes after Gov. Murphy renewed his push for f…
NJ Schools Closed, Delayed Due To Storm Impacts NJ Schools Closed, Delayed Due To Storm Impacts
NJ Schools Closed, Delayed Due To Storm Impacts Schools across New Jersey were delayed or closed Wednesday morning, Jan. 10 due to impacts from the storm that left much of the state under water. Thousands of residents were without power and several inches of rain fell overnight. The following districts were closed: Bedminster Township (Somerset) Denville (Morris) Long Beach Island (Surf City) Somerset Hills Roxbury The following district have a delayed opening: Clifton Clinton-Glen Gardner Deptford Dumont Franklin Township (Somerset) Garfield Hackensack Highland Park Jefferson Twp. Kinnelon Linden Madison Midland Park Montclair North…
Rutgers Pro-Palestinian Group Stages Protest Amid Suspension Rutgers Pro-Palestinian Group Stages Protest Amid Suspension
Rutgers Pro-Palestinian Group Stages Protest Amid Suspension A pro-Palestinian group at Rutgers University staged a protest after being suspended from the school earlier this week. Students for Justice in Palestine took to the steps of a building on campus, chanting "Free, free Palestine," and, "Israel is a racist state," on Thursday, Dec. 14. Officials cited complaints of violating university policy, including disruption of classes, meals, and studying students; improper behavior by campus guests, and inappropriate use of space, in announcing SJP's suspension. There were also allegations of vandalism to the Rutgers Business School, the le…
Rutgers Suspends Students For Justice In Palestine Rutgers Suspends Students For Justice In Palestine
Rutgers Suspends Students For Justice In Palestine Rutgers University officials have suspended its chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine. The interim suspension of the group was based on multiple complaints of violating university policy, including disruption of classes, meals, and studying students; improper behavior by campus guests, and inappropriate use of space, according to a letter Monday, Dec. 10 from the Office of Student Affairs. There were also allegations of vandalism to the Rutgers Business School, the letter says. SJP is prohibited from participating in any university activity and promoting programs without permission …
Man Dies In 'Tragic Incident' On Grounds Of NJ High School: Officials Man Dies In 'Tragic Incident' On Grounds Of NJ High School: Officials
Man Dies In 'Tragic Incident' On Grounds Of NJ High School: Officials A community member died in what officials are calling a "tragic incident" on the grounds of a New Jersey school district on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Police responding to Highland Park High School around 6:25 a.m. found an unresponsive male, local police said. He was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where he was pronounce dead. "The patient was not affiliated with Highland Park Schools nor was the patient ever inside of a school building," local police said. Highland Park Schools Superintendent Kristina Nicosia said that a community member died before the school d…
Career North Jersey Law Enforcer Patents Safety Device To Better Protect Kids In School Career North Jersey Law Enforcer Patents Safety Device To Better Protect Kids In School
Career North Jersey Law Enforcer Patents Safety Device To Better Protect Kids In School As challenges to school safety grow, so do the ideas to address them. Career law enforcer Robert Licamara has produced one that he hopes will make schools in North Jersey and beyond safer. The father of two from Wayne -- who became director of security for Fair Lawn's schools after more than two distinguished decades of police work -- has developed an electronically locked dropbox to replace open plastic bins that are often left in front of schools for parents and others to bring by students' items. Licamara, who spent much of his law enforcement career as an undercover detective, retired …
Judge Orders South Jersey School Janitor Detained In Food Contamination Case Judge Orders South Jersey School Janitor Detained In Food Contamination Case
Judge Orders South Jersey School Janitor Detained In Food Contamination Case A South Jersey judge has ordered that an elementary school janitor accused of contaminating food with his own bodily fluids at his place of employment be detained in the Cumberland County Jail. Judge Cristen P. D’Arrigo said that Giovanni Impellizzeri, 25, of Vineland, remains a substantial risk to the public during a hearing on Thursday, Nov. 9. Impellizzeri, was charged with aggravated assault, tampering with food and official misconduct for the heinous incidents at the Elizabeth Moore School in the Upper Deerfield School District, where he has worked since 2019, as previously report…
South Jersey School Janitor's Lab Results Show No Communicable Diseases: Prosecutor South Jersey School Janitor's Lab Results Show No Communicable Diseases: Prosecutor
South Jersey School Janitor's Lab Results Show No Communicable Diseases: Prosecutor Returned lab results show an elementary school janitor accused of contaminating food and utensils with his own bodily fluids at his place of employment show no communicable diseases, authorities in South Jersey said. Giovanni Impellizzeri, 25, of Vineland, was previously charged with aggravated assault, tampering with food and official misconduct for the heinous incidents at the Elizabeth Moore School in the Upper Deerfield School District, where he has worked since 2019, as previously reported by Daily Voice. "Based upon all available test results and clinical criteria, we have d…
Police Papers Detail Heinous Accusations Against NJ School Janitor, Parents Livid Police Papers Detail Heinous Accusations Against NJ School Janitor, Parents Livid
Police Papers Detail Heinous Accusations Against NJ School Janitor, Parents Livid Police papers details the foul accusations being made against a New Jersey school janitor. Giovanni Impellizzeri, 25, of Vineland, is facing a slew of charges for contaminating elementary school food and utensils with his own bodily fluids, and bleach, previously reported by Daily Voice. The highly disturbing acts appear to have been leaked in Reddit sub /SouthJersey early in the week. ** WARNING: Information contained in the Reddit sub and below in this Daily Voice news report is extremely graphic and disturbing ** The details shared on Reddit appear to have been lifted form police p…
South Jersey School Janitor Contaminated Food, Utensils With Bleach, Bodily Fluids: Prosecutor South Jersey School Janitor Contaminated Food, Utensils With Bleach, Bodily Fluids: Prosecutor
South Jersey School Janitor Contaminated Food, Utensils With Bleach, Bodily Fluids: Prosecutor An elementary school janitor in South Jersey faces multiple charges, including child endangerment, for allegedly contaminating food and utensils with bleach and bodily fluids. UPDATE: Police Papers Detail Heinous Accusations Against NJ School Janitor, Parents Livid Giovanni Impellizzeri, 25, of Vineland, also is charged with aggravated assault, tampering with food and official misconduct. Impellizzeri was employed by the Elizabeth Moore School in the Upper Deerfield School District. According to the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office, New Jersey State Police were contacted by scho…
4th Grader Shut In Closet By Teacher, Ridiculed By Peers During Music Class In NJ: Lawsuit 4th Grader Shut In Closet By Teacher, Ridiculed By Peers During Music Class In NJ: Lawsuit
4th Grader Shut In Closet By Teacher, Ridiculed By Peers During Music Class In NJ: Lawsuit Two parents have filed a lawsuit alleging that an elementary school teacher in Wall Township locked their 11-year-old child in a closet for laughing during class, and another teacher ordered another student to delete a recording of the alleged incident. The suit (see attachment) filed Friday, Oct. 13 in Monmouth County Superior Court alleges that Central Elementary School music teacher Jessica Berube shut their fourth grader in a storage closet on April 8. 2022, for laughing. Daily Voice reached out to the Wall Township Board of Education, the district's superintendent, and Central Elementa…
Gov. Murphy Mocks NJ School District That Canceled Halloween Celebrations Gov. Murphy Mocks NJ School District That Canceled Halloween Celebrations
Gov. Murphy Mocks NJ School District That Canceled Halloween Celebrations Gov. Phil Murphy has taken a political stance that would help him with voters, if only kids who love Halloween could vote. The governor tweeted his displeasure after the South Orange-Maplewood School District in Essex County announced it was canceling all Halloween activities and that no one will be wearing costumes. Seriously? We can't let kids celebrate Halloween? Give me a break https://t.co/BQiezE5OoZ — Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) October 24, 2023 Murphy's tweet has been viewed more than 1 million times. Superintendent Ronald Taylor said the district weighed whether school-sp…
Local School Board Member Running For Municipal Office Busted For DWI Local School Board Member Running For Municipal Office Busted For DWI
Local School Board Member Running For Municipal Office Busted For DWI A Rochelle Park Board of Education member who's running for a seat on the Township Committee was busted for DWI earlier this month, police records show. Officers responding to a call found a Toyota SUV with a green light idling in a left-turn lane on Railroad Avenue shortly before 4 a.m. Oct. 7, according to a report filed by one of them. Jorge A. Martinez Jr. was alone in the vehicle and had his head down as they pulled, the officers said. Once they did, Martinez suddenly turned onto Rochelle Avenue headed north, they said. They pulled him over near the Rochelle Park firehouse. Mart…
12th-Grader's Allegedly Hateful Blackboard Message Draws Attention Of NJ Law Enforcement 12th-Grader's Allegedly Hateful Blackboard Message Draws Attention Of NJ Law Enforcement
12th-Grader's Allegedly Hateful Blackboard Message Draws Attention Of NJ Law Enforcement UPDATE: Translators from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security who are fluent in Arabic found that a message written by a student to her brother on a classroom blackboard at Cresskill High School was misinterpreted and harmless, officials said. "The writing contained no threat or criminal intent," and an alleged translation that circulated via social media was "inaccurate and misinterpreted," Cresskill Schools Supt. Dr. Peter Hughes said in a letter to the community. Hughes didn't share what the message actually said. However, a source with direct knowledge of the incident told Daily Vo…
Uber Giving Temple Students $200K In Free Rides Uber Giving Temple Students $200K In Free Rides
Uber Giving Temple Students $200K In Free Rides Temple University students can get free rides from Uber this year. The ride-share company is providing $200,000 in free rides to students looking to leave unsafe situations, according to the school's student-run newspaper, Temple News. Each student can get four free rides costing $20 through the end of the year, thanks to a partnership with Student Activists Against Sexual Assault, a student organization that aims to combat sexual violence, the newspaper says. To get the free ride, students must log into their Uber account using their Temple email and enter the code TempleRideHome. Click …
Haddonfield School Wins Prestigious Blue Ribbon Award Haddonfield School Wins Prestigious Blue Ribbon Award
Haddonfield School Wins Prestigious Blue Ribbon Award Nine New Jersey schools won the prestigious National Blue Ribbon School Award. The U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday, Sept. 19 recognized 353 schools across the country as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2023.  The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student groups on assessments. The nine New Jersey schools that won are: Claremont Avenue Elementary School, Colonia High Technology High School, Lincroft Princeton Charter School, Princeton Hilltop Elementary School, Mendham Technology High School, Newark …