Friday, December 26, 2008
The Record, Bergen County, NJ
TRENTON, N.J. -- A box of cell phones and cards meant as a Christmas gift for troops was stolen from a state legislator's office over the weekend.
Thieves took about 40 to 50 of the one-use cell phones and phone cards from the office of Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, D-Princeton, he said Monday. The package was going to be the second shipment of phones heading toward Afghanistan and Iraq via Fort Dix.
Constituents donated the items so that troops could call home over the holidays.
"This is the Grinch who stole Christmas, but this time it's from the troops," he said. "It puts a damper on the holiday spirit."
The offices were ransacked, a front window was broken, and a computer, a space heater, and a camera were also stolen, Gusciora said.
Police are investigating the burglary, he said.
The phones were donated as part of a nationwide effort called Cell Phones for Soldiers. The charity's Web site is cellphonesforsoldiers.com.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2008 - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff evoked the Revolutionary War's Battle of Trenton in the annual holiday message he issued to U.S. servicemembers and their families today.
Biographies: Navy Adm. Mike Mullen
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
December 09, 2008
The Record, Bergen County, NJ
statue that honored Marine Sgt. Matthew Fenton was stolen to sell for scrap metal. Police said the man accused of taking the statue, Vincent J. McManus of Little Ferry, did not know the figure was made of glazed concrete until later.
Fenton, who grew up in Little Ferry, died of shrapnel wounds two years ago, after his Humvee was attacked by a suicide bomber in Iraq. He had wanted to join the borough's police department. The department made him an honorary member after his death, at age 24.
The statue stood outside Memorial School, Fenton's alma mater. After it was reported missing last Sunday, police made finding it their priority. Find it they did -- hidden under a trash can in
McManus's back yard.
"All of us at the police department took this very personally," Lt. Frank Novak told The Record.
We commend the Little Ferry police for their quick work. And we urge the state Assembly to quickly pass a bill that would better regulate the scrap metal industry. While a concrete statue and a piece of legislation in Trenton may seem worlds apart, they are, unfortunately, closely
Scrap metal has become easy money. Demand for raw materials in China and India has caused scrap prices to shoot up. An FBI report issued this year found the price for copper increased 500 percent between 2001 and 2008. Thieves sell stolen metal to recyclers, who sell it to scrap metal dealers, the report found. It cites criminal rings in Minnesota that earned $20,000 a month
by stealing copper from houses and warehouses and selling it.
Right here in North Jersey, municipalities are losing out because thieves steal discarded items like refrigerators that the towns usually pick up and sell, Staff Writer Stephanie Akin reported on Friday. Towns use the money for their waste management departments. It's not just appliances that disappear. Bronze vases from cemeteries, copper wires and pipes in houses and basketball
backboards are also targets.
The New Jersey bill would require scrap metal dealers to check the identification of people from whom they buy metal, and keep sales and receiving records for five years. Dealers would be required to report suspicious deliveries of scrap metal.
The state Senate passed the bill in June. The Assembly has not yet voted on it.
The new law might not stop all metal theft, but it could curb the zeal. Maybe then robbers would not grab a statue erected to honor a hometown soldier, even if it were made of bronze.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
Free GSD and SVG Files She also has a contest going on where you can win some vinyl to cut on your machine! I would love to win the vinyl as I am gonna try my hand at making some decals for car windows.
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Friday, December 05, 2008
This story has me cursing in my coffee this morning: Linda Ferrara, a California mother of a soldier killed in Afghanistan with three other sons in the military, organizes charity blanket drives for the troops. She and other volunteers hand-sewed patriotic blankets and other items worth an estimated $8,000. Ferrara had stored them in her RV while preparing to send them off. Over the weekend, some asshole(s) (pardon my language) broke into the vehicle and stole all the goods.
After her son died fighting country, Linda Ferrara wanted to do somethingYou can help:
for soldiers like him who sacrifice their safety for others.
So in the year since Army Capt. Matthew Ferrara was killed in
Afghanistan, his mother has dedicated hours collecting clothes and crafting
handmade blankets for wounded soldiers overseas. The Torrance resident had
planned to ship the goods Wednesday to an Army hospital in Germany. Instead,
she’s despondent over the weekend theft of hundreds of socks, sweat shirts,
pajama pants, boxers, blankets and other items. “I don’t want to let them down,”
Ferrara said. “This wasn’t just stuff, this was going to wounded soldiers.”
…Soldiers’ Angels is an organization through which people can send care
packages to soldiers overseas. In Germany, Phillips supports wounded and sick
troops undergoing treatment at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.
Many of them are transferred there directly from the front lines and
have nothing more than the clothes on their backs, Ferrara said.
Already involved with the West Point Parents Club of Orange County, Ferrara recruited support from other parents and volunteers to collect items for the wounded soldiers. Her RV was packed with boxes, and the Parents Club had printed thank-you letters to the “wounded warriors” to be distributed with the clothes.
On Sunday morning, Ferrara first realized something was amiss when she found
empty boxes outside the RV and her inventory lists on the ground. Inside, she
discovered almost all the collected items missing. Also, some of the letters
were torn to shreds.
Compton sheriff’s deputies took a report and fingerprints, she said. Her insurance company has told her not to expect help. Because she planned to give the items away, they technically didn’t belong to her and aren’t covered by her policy.
Anyone who is interested in donating items for wounded soldiers can email Linda
Ferrara at or visit the West Point Parent Club of Orange County web site.
Ferrara says the organization can accept cash donations or brand new items
because the Military hospital does not allow used goods.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
"The Sentinels of Freedom scholarship has helped me to secure gainful employment [and] a rent-free living space and a minivan for my family, not to mention the unwavering support of the local community," Thibeault said.
Related Sites: Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation
Monday, December 01, 2008
Well this afternoon I sat down to do a little catching up & sadly learned that Rob died today. Please keep the family in your prayers as well as all our hero's still serving in Iraq & Afghanistan.
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