Wednesday, March 04, 2015

13 Ways Inflammation Can Affect Your Health By Amanda MacMillan


March 4, 2015

Too much of a good thing

You've heard of anti-inflammatory medications and anti-inflammatory diets, but do you really know what inflammation is? In short, it's the body's response to outside threats like stress, infection, or toxic chemicals. When the immune system senses one of these dangers, it responds by activating proteins meant to protect cells and tissues. "In a healthy situation, inflammation serves as a good friend to our body," says Mansour Mohamadzadeh, PhD, director of the Center for Inflammation and Mucosal Immunology at the University of Florida." "But if immune cells start to overreact, that inflammation can be totally directed against us." This type of harmful, chronic inflammation can have a number of causes, including a virus or bacteria, an autoimmune disorder, sugary and fatty foods, or the way you handle stress. Here are a few ways it can affect your health, both short-term and long.

You can't live without inflammation, but it can also be hazardous to your health.

It fights infection

Inflammation is most visible (and most beneficial) when it's helping to repair a wound or fight off an illness: "You've noticed your body's inflammatory response if you've ever had a fever or a sore throat with swollen glands," says Timothy Denning, PhD, associate professor and immunology researcher at Georgia State University, or an infected cut that's become red and warm to the touch. The swelling, redness, and warmth are signs that your immune system is sending white blood cells, immune cell-stimulating growth factors, and nutrients to the affected areas. In this sense, inflammation is a healthy and necessary function for healing. But this type of helpful inflammation is only temporary: when the infection or illness is gone, inflammation should go away as well.

It prepares you for battles

Many of the body's immune cells cluster around the intestines, says Denning. Most of the time, those immune cells ignore the trillions of healthy bacteria that live in the gut. "But for some people, that tolerance seems to be broken," says Denning, "and their immune cells begin to react to the bacteria, creating chronic inflammation."

The immune cells can attack the digestive tract itself, an autoimmune condition known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. The symptoms include diarrhea, cramps, ulcers, and may even require surgical removal of the intestines. Doctors aren't exactly sure why some people get IBD, but genetics, environment, antibiotics, diet, and stress management all seem to play a role.

It can harm your joints

When inflammation occurs in the joints, it's can cause serious damage. One joint-damaging condition is rheumatoid arthritis (RA)—another example of an autoimmune disorder that appears to have a genetic component, but is also linked to smoking, a lack of vitamin D, and other risk factors. A 2013 Yale University study, for example, found that a salty diet may contribute to the development of RA.

People with RA experience pain and stiffness in their inflamed joints. But because the immune reaction isn't limited to the joints, says Denning, they're also at higher risk for problems with their eyes and other body parts.

It's linked to heart disease

Any part of your body that's been injured or damaged can trigger inflammation, even the insides of blood vessels. The formation of fatty plaque in the arteries can trigger chronic inflammation. The fatty plaques attract white blood cells, grow larger, and can form blood clots, which can cause a heart attack. One specific protein, called interleukin-6 (IL-6), may play a key role, according to a 2012 study published in The Lancet.

Obesity and unhealthy eating increases inflammation in the body, but even otherwise healthy people who experience chronic inflammation because of an autoimmune disorder—such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, or celiac disease—appear to have a higher risk of heart disease, regardless of their weight or eating habits.

Chronic inflammation has been linked to cancers of the lung, esophagus, cervix, and digestive tract, among others. A 2014 Harvard University study found that obese teenagers with high levels of inflammation had a 63% increased risk of developing colorectal cancer during adulthood compared to their thinner peers. The inflammation may be due to obesity, a chronic infection, a chemical irritant, or chronic condition; all have been linked to a higher cancer risk.

"When immune cells begin to produce inflammation, immune regulation becomes deteriorated and it creates an optimal environment for cancer cells to grow," says Mohamadzadeh.

It may sabotage your sleep

In a 2009 study from Case Western Reserve University, people who reported sleeping more or less than average had higher levels of inflammation-related proteins in their blood than those who said they slept about 7.6 hours a night. This research only established a correlation between the two (and not a cause-and-effect), so the study authors say they can't be sure whether inflammation triggers long and short sleep duration or whether sleep duration triggers inflammation. It's also possible that a different underlying issue, like chronic stress or disease, causes both. Shift work has also been found to increase inflammation in the body

It's bad for your lungs

When inflammation occurs in the lungs, it can cause fluid accumulation and narrowing of the airways, making it difficult to breathe. Infections, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis) are all characterized by inflammation in the lungs.

Smoking, exposure to air pollution or household chemicals, being overweight, and even consumption of cured meats have been linked to lung inflammation.

It damages gums

Inflammation can also wreak havoc on your mouth in the form of periodontitis, a chronic inflammation of the gums caused by bacteria accumulation. This disease causes gums to recede and the skeletal structure around the teeth become weakened or damaged. Brushing and flossing regularly can prevent periodontitis, and one 2010 Harvard University study found that eating anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids (such as fish or fish oil) may also help.

Periodontal disease doesn't just affect oral health, either. Studies show that inflammation of the gums is linked to heart disease and dementia as well, since bacteria in the mouth may also trigger inflammation elsewhere in the body.

It makes weight loss more difficult

Obesity is a major cause of inflammation in the body, and losing weight is one of the most effective ways to fight it. But that's sometimes easier said than done, because elevated levels of inflammation-related proteins can also make weight loss more difficult than it should be. For starters, chronic inflammation can influence hunger signals and slow down metabolism, so you eat more and burn fewer calories. Inflammation can also increase insulin resistance (which raises your risk for diabetes) and has been linked with future weight gain.

It damages bones

Inflammation throughout the body can interfere with bone growth and even promote increased bone loss, according to a 2009 review study published in the Journal of Endocrinology. Researchers suspect that inflammatory markers in the blood interrupt "remodeling"—an ongoing process in which old, damaged pieces of bone are replaced with new ones.

Inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract (as with inflammatory bowel disease) can be especially detrimental to bone health, because it can prevent absorption of important bone-building nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D. Another inflammatory disease, rheumatoid arthritis, can also have implications because it limits people's physical activity and can keep them from performing weight-bearing, bone-strengthening exercises.

It affects your skin

The effects of inflammation aren't just internal: They can also be reflected on your skin. Psoriasis, for example, is an inflammatory condition that occurs when the immune system causes skin cells to grow too quickly. A 2013 study published in JAMA Dermatology suggested that losing weight could help psoriasis patients find relief, since obesity contributes to inflammation.

Chronic inflammation has also been shown to contribute to faster cell aging in animal studies, and some experts believe it also plays a role (along with UV exposure and other environmental effects) in the formation of wrinkles and visible signs of aging.

It's linked with depression

Inflammation in the brain may be linked to depression, according to a 2015 study published in JAMA Psychiatry; specifically, it may be responsible for depressive symptoms such as low mood, lack of appetite, and poor sleep. Previous research has found that people with depression have higher levels of inflammation in their blood, as well.

"Depression is a complex illness and we know that it takes more than one biological change to tip someone into an episode," said Jeffrey Meyer, MD, senior author of the 2015 study, in a press release. "But we now believe that inflammation in the brain is one of these changes and that's an important step forward." Treating depression with anti-inflammatory medication may be one area of future research, he added.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

New Police Officers - Christopher Ralph

Wickenburg Sun
January 14, 2015

Wickenburg Police Chief Pete Wingert (center) last week introduced his two newest police officers at the Wickenburg Town Council meeting. They are Christopher Ralph (left) and Aaron Urlaub (right).


The Napolitanos: A Burlington County Power-Couple


Monday, July 8, 2013 11:29 am

Victoria Lynne Napolitano

Q. What high school/college did you attend, and what did you study?

A. I attended Drexel University. I completed the School of Education’s five year BS/MS program in just over four years, attaining a bachelors’ in education and minor in English, and a masters’ in teaching, learning, and curriculum.

Q. What is your ultimate goal in life?

A. I really want to do something that leaves a lasting impact on the world. I don’t know right now if that will mean something in politics, writing a book, or something else, but I would like to say that I contributed to the conversation of my generation.

Q. What inspires you to do what you do?

A. Right now my focus is on being a positive influence. I am lucky to have the opportunity to make a difference in my community, and this is a responsibility I take very seriously. I hope in the process that this will make me a role model for other young women.

Q. What is your most fulfilling experience to date?

A. Being the top vote getter in my election was incredibly fulfilling. At the outset of the campaign, many thought I was too young to be taken seriously as a candidate. It felt good to disprove that notion, but more importantly, it is a great honor to be entrusted with the stewardship of our wonderful community.

Q. What one person, living or dead, would you want to spend a day with and why?

A. Ayn Rand. I am fascinated by the way she viewed the world.

Q. Tell us something that most people don’t know about you.

A. I’m kind of a Star Wars nerd.

Q. What in your life helps you get through your day?

A. Coming home at the end of the day to my high school sweetheart and our dog.

Q. What is or was #1 on your “Bucket List”?

A. I love to write, and at some point I would love to publish a book. At this point I don’t know if that will be a novel or nonfiction, but we’ll see what the future brings.

Q. Beach or shore?

A. The sandy place next to the water is a beach, but you go “down the shore” to get there!

Q. If there was a biography written about you, what would the title be?

A. Overture

Q. Advice for your fellow young up and comers?

A. Don’t feel limited by what you are “supposed” to be qualified for at your age. Only you truly know what you are capable of accomplishing.

Vinny Napolitano, Director of Constituencies, Gov. Chris Christie office

40 under 40 Vinny Napolitano

40 under 40 Vinny Napolitano

Vinny Napolitano has been selected for the Burlington 40 Under 40 class of 2014.


Tue Jul 29, 2014

What high school/college did you attend, and what did you study?

I attended Union Catholic Regional High School and went to Syracuse University where I triple majored in political science, American history, and political philosophy

What community organizations to you spend time on/with?

Parliamentarian of the Moorestown Republican Municipal Committee; executive board of the Moorestown Republican Club; member of the Moorestown Historical Society; parishioner at Our Lady of Good Counsel

What single characteristic do you feel every leader should possess?

Compassion. No person can truly be a leader without a sensitivity to those around them and a desire to help whoever they can whenever they are able.

What is your most fulfilling professional experience or accomplishment?

It's hard to pick just one. Over the last four-plus years working in the Governor's Office, I've had the chance to do so much — from working with the Special Olympics, to serving as my department's liaison to FEMA in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy; from meeting American heroes who served our nation, to staffing the Governor and Lt. Governor at various events throughout the State. At 27, I've had opportunities and experiences that most people can only dream of, and I am grateful every single day for that!

What one person, living or dead, would you want to spend a day with and why?

President Abraham Lincoln. I've always found him to be an inspiring and incredible figure in American history and someone who espouses the type of leadership that is too often lacking in our world.

Tell us something that most people don’t know about you.

Few would be able to tell based on my outgoing personality now, but I was bullied much of my childhood before high school. I think there is a part of me that always remembers those days, which is why I always try to help the underdog and be a voice to those who can't fight for themselves.

Advice for future your future community leaders?

"Doesn't matter what the press says. Doesn't matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn't matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world — 'No, you move.'" - Captain America

Tell us your own personal mission statement.

Since High School, my personal mission statement has been "Change the world one person at a time." Any day that I'm able to put my head on the pillow at night knowing I did something helpful or kind for another person is a day that was well worth it.

Fiction or non-fiction? Why?

Both, but I normally find myself reading non-fiction as a political and history geek!

If there was a movie being produced about you, what would the title be?

"Driven to Succeed"

Where do you see yourself ten years from now?


40 under 40 Vinny Napolitano

Monday, January 26, 2015

Obituary - Klobach

Rudi Klobach From Survival in a Concentration Camp to Winning Coach

A Life Rewarded

Rudi Klobach, a resident of West Deptford, passed away Saturday, Jan. 10, at home from ALS. For three years he fought the effects of that disease until he lost the battle.

He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara of ten years; a son, Lance; a sister, Maria Klobach; nephew, Steve Amelang; niece, Susan Amelang; niece, Karen Amelang; nephew, Larry Amelang; great-nephew, Cody Amelang; sister-in-law, Joanne Amelang; and sister-in-law, Joan Williams.

He was preceded in death by his brother, William Amelang.

Rudi was born to Klara and Karl Heinz Klobach on June 18, 1944, in the Threisenstadt Nazis Concentration Camp. They were rescued from the camp by the Russians and eventually settled in Dusseldorf, Germany, where his sister Maria was born. His family moved to the United States in 1948. His father, Karl Klobach, had been an architect by trade, thus he soon was sponsored by an American architectural firm and the family settled in Pennsylvania.

Rudi attended Upper Dublin High School then went on to Thiel College near Pittsburgh where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education, majoring in English and German. His first teaching position found him in Weatherly, Pa., teaching English and German and coaching boys' soccer and track. Coaching soccer and track would become a major focus in his career. His dedication to these interests touched many lives and achieved for him many awards. Besides being an excellent coach, he also was an extremely proficient athlete.

Circumstances brought him back to the Philadelphia area where he taught as a permanent substitute teacher in Northeast High School for a few years and then landed a job in the Delran public schools. Here, in Delran is where 'Coach K', as he affectionately became known, really came into his own. He built the German program from one period to full time, teaching five levels, taught one German class at the middle school, established the German Club, and coached the girls' soccer team through many winning seasons. Every other year Rudi would take his German students to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland as part of their foreign language experience. Rudi was asked to coach soccer at the World Scholar Athlete Games in Rhode Island for four summers.

After retiring from Delran, Rudi continued to coach soccer and track. He coached soccer one year at Cherry Hill West, two years at Gateway Regional High School as assistant soccer coach, then three years as head coach, then coached at Woodbury and Glassboro High Schools, primarily track.

In 2011, Rudi received a crowning honor of his career when he was inducted into the South Jersey Soccer Hall of Fame. In October of the same year, he reached the milestone of 250 game victories.

Rudi Klobach was loved by all his students and soccer players over the years. He is greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12, at Temple Emanuel, 1101 Springdale Rd. in Cherry Hill, N.J.

In lieu of flowers we welcome you to make a contribution to the Rudi Klobach Scholarship Fund, Delran High School, Delran, NJ 08075, indicate on check 'special funds-memory of Rudi Klobach,' or to the Goodwin Holocaust Museum, 1301 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ 08003.

Memories may be shared at the Web site listed below. Budd Funeral Home,


Source: Burlington County Times - Sunday, January 25, 2015

Monday, December 22, 2014

Notable Articles On Gastroenterology & Proctology

Capsule Endoscopy: An Easy Pill to Swallow

pill camOne of the most challenging diagnostic problems in digestive medicine is finding the source of obscure or hidden bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract.

Patients with obscure or hidden bleeding usually have unexplained anemia (red blood cell deficiency), a low blood count, or may have blackened stools.

When traditional imaging studies fail to reveal the source of the bleeding, another high-tech imaging tool, called PillCam, can provide detailed images of the small intestine — an area that’s difficult to reach with traditional endoscopy procedures.

PillCam, or video capsule endoscopy, is a procedure that uses a tiny wireless camera to take pictures of the insides of your digestive tract. The camera is housed in a vitamin-sized capsule that you swallow. As the capsule travels through your digestive system, the camera takes thousands of pictures that are transmitted to a recorder you wear on a belt around your waist.

“In the past, finding the source of bleeding often required surgery,” said Thomas A. Judge, MD, gastroenterologist at the Cooper Digestive Health Institute. “Now the patient comes into the office in the morning, swallows a dime-sized capsule, is attached to external monitoring equipment, and is out and about for the day. The patient returns in approximately eight hours and the equipment is collected. It really couldn’t be simpler.”

The images then are downloaded and carefully reviewed by the gastroenterologist. If a problem is detected and the source of the bleeding is identified, follow-up procedures and treatments can be performed.

In difficult diagnostic cases, video capsule endoscopy may be able to reveal small ulcers or other abnormalities. The procedure has been particularly helpful in diagnosis with patients who suffer from Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory disease of the small intestine.

“Gastrointestinal bleeding is a symptom rather than a disease and can occur anywhere within the digestive system,” Dr. Judge said. “The PillCam is a valuable tool for diagnosing problems, and Cooper is one of the only centers in the region with the experience and expertise to provide the technology, and to use it effectively.”

For more information about video capsule endoscopy or other programs and services available at the state-of-the-art Cooper Digestive Health Institute, located in Mount Laurel, N.J., call 856.642.2133.

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Advanced Surgical Options for Patients Requiring Colorectal Surgery

Colorectal surgery has long been associated with invasive procedures, long hospital stays, and painful recoveries. At Penn Medicine, specialists are putting a new face on colorectal surgery by offering patients the latest minimally invasive procedures, including transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM), single-incision laparoscopic (SIL) colectomy, sacral nerve stimulation, and robotic-assisted surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System.

Transanal-endoscopic Microsurgery
Offered to select patients with rectal tumors, TEM allows surgeons to excise large polyps and high rectal tumors that would otherwise require major surgery.

“Previously, if a patient had an early cancer or sizable polyp in the rectum that was not accessible transanally, it would require radical surgery to remove it,” explains Joshua Bleier, MD, FACS, FASCRS. “With transanal-endoscopic microsurgery, we can access areas that were previously too high for transanal approaches.”

TEM is a relatively painless, minimally invasive procedure that requires little to no hospital stay and offers a significantly lower rate of recurrence.

“With TEM, surgeons have a 3D perspective of the operating field, allowing us to remove the tumor in its entirety while sparing much of the rectum,” says Dr. Bleier. “This is a distinct advantage over transanal excision, which can cause the tumor to fragment and result in recurrence rates as high as 30 percent.”

Even though TEM has been in existence for several years, very few surgeons possess the training necessary to perform the procedure. Dr. Bleier is one of only a handful of surgeons on the eastern seaboard and the only surgeon at Penn performing TEM.

SIL Colectomy
Patients at Penn who require a right colectomy for the treatment of polyps or cancer may benefit from an advanced laparoscopic procedure called SIL colectomy. Offered by Brian Kann, MD, FACS, FASCRS, assistant professor of clinical surgery, SIL colectomy affords patients the benefits of a traditional laparoscopic approach, but with smaller and fewer incisions.

“With traditional laparoscopic approaches to right colectomy, surgeons make three or four port incisions and then an additional large incision,” says Dr. Kann. “A distinct advantage of SIL colectomy is that it requires only a three- to four-centimeter incision to perform the entire resection. Additionally, because the surgeon uses only one point of entry, a high degree of technical expertise is required.”

To date, Dr. Kann has performed several SIL colectomies. Penn is only one of a few centers in the country offering this procedure.

Sacral Nerve Stimulation
For patients experiencing chronic fecal incontinence who have failed or are not candidates for conventional therapies, a minimally invasive treatment option called sacral nerve stimulation may help them regain complete bowel control.

The sacral nerves regulate the muscles of the pelvic floor. For some patients with fecal incontinence, these muscles do not function properly. Sacral nerve stimulation is a therapy that uses an implantable device to stimulate the sacral nerves with mild electrical pulses to restore normal function to the pelvic floor and help patients regain bowel control.

“Sacral nerve stimulation works in more than 75 percent of potential patients, and when it works it can be profoundly life-changing,” says Dr. Bleier.

The first step in treatment is a test phase to determine if the sacral nerve stimulation will work. The test phase does not require permanent implantation of the device. Therefore, if the test is successful the internal, pacemaker-like device can be implanted with the knowledge that the treatment will work. If the test phase is not successful, unnecessary implantation of a device can be avoided. Both procedures are very safe and cause minimal, if any, discomfort.

Robotic-Assisted Surgery
In January 2011, surgeons at Penn became among the first in the region to perform minimally invasive colorectal surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System. Robotic surgery offers distinct benefits to both colorectal surgeons and their patients.

“The pelvis is often a difficult area to operate in due to anatomic constrictions,” explains Dr. Kann. “With the robot, we have enhanced visualization of the operative field due to high-definition, magnified, 3-dimensional views. This is instrumental in identifying and protecting critical structures such as nerves in the pelvis. Additionally, the range of motion with traditional laparoscopy is limited to moving the instruments up and down, back and forth, and in and out. A key advantage to the robot is that the ends of the instruments articulate like our wrists, adding an additional range of motion and facilitating the ease of surgery."

Used mainly for rectal surgery, a significant advantage to robotic colorectal surgery is its potential to preserve nerves that control key bodily functions such as urination or ejaculation. In addition, it allows for more complete excision for rectal cancer. Drs. Kann and Bleier both perform robotic-assisted colorectal surgery at Penn Medicine.

“The addition of these procedures demonstrates our commitment to providing patients with the most advanced treatments available for their condition,” says Robert Fry, MD, FACS, FASCRS, chief of the division of colon and rectal surgery, chairman of surgery, Pennsylvania Hospital, and the Emilie and Roland deHellebranth Professor of Surgery. “We take an enthusiastic, multidisciplinary approach to treatment. Patients are seen within a day or two of their initial call and referring physicians receive regular updates on their patient’s care.”

Penn’s commitment to training future colorectal surgeons distinguishes it from many other programs in the nation. Its colorectal residency program is one of only 50 in the United States and offers aspiring surgeons the opportunity to receive specialized training in this field.

“Our program, while comparatively young, offers participants the opportunity to train with a highly skilled, widely renowned team of colorectal specialists,” says colon and rectal surgery program director Dr. Kann. “I feel that our ability to really push the envelope in terms of treatment and research makes this a great place for surgeons to train and practice.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 800-789-PENN (7366).


Friday, October 17, 2014

Obituary - Konieczka

Paul Alan Konieczka

March 11, 1942 - October 16, 2014

Paul Konieczka, a lifelong resident of Delran, passed away Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.

Paul was born on March 11, 1942 in Riverside. He was the son of the late Adolph and Helen Konieczka.

Paul was a teacher in the Delran school district for more than 35 years. He was an avid sportsman who loved fishing, hunting, and golfing. He enjoyed spending time socializing with his friends at the Polish American Citizens' Club where he was a long standing member and officer.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Marcia Konieczka of 47 years; son, Alan Konieczka and wife, Karen of Greenwich Township, N.J.; and daughter, Stacy Silva and husband, Rui of Delran. He also is survived by his treasured grandchildren, Michael, Lauryn, Kyle and Elise; as well as his sister, Elaine France and brother-in-law, Bob and brother, Richard Konieczka and sister-in-law Dee.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Paul's life celebration and visitation at Snover/ Givnish of Cinnaminson, 1200 Rte. 130, from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday. His prayer service will begin at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Park, 1300 Rte. 130 N., Cinnaminson.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul's name may be made to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio St., Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60611-3201.

To share your fondest memories and condolences with Paul's family, please visit the Web site below. Snover/Givnish of Cinnaminson

Source: Burlington County Times - October 17, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tom MacArthur and the empty chair By J.D. Mullane

Aimee Belgard, Democratic cadidate for New Jersey's 3rd congressional district, did not show for a chat with her GOP opponent, Tom MacArthur, hosted by Dom Giordano at 1210 WPHT Philly.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

It was the bitter aftertaste of the Republican primary for Congress in the 3rd District that led me to believe that Tom MacArthur was just another elite party pick, a closet lib and probably a soak-the-rich socialist, too.

That’s because last spring, when tea party fave Steve Lonegan ran against MacArthur, the rebel conservative’s campaign attempted to change MacArthur’s name to Tom “He raised taxes as mayor of Randolph!” MacArthur.

There were other jibes. MacArthur was not authentically pro-life. MacArthur is an establishment stooge, a gutless RINO, etc.

None of it worked. MacArthur triumphed, although the former self-made insurance company CEO had to spend $2 million of his own cash to beat the insurgent Lonegan.

When I met MacArthur on Tuesday in Bordentown Township, his easygoing manner and reasonable answers cleansed the palate of bitter backwash. I rifled questions at him.

Q: Pro-life, or pro-choice?

A: “I’m pro-life. I’ll work with anybody to foster a culture that respects and honors life and respects women.”

Q: Does the Second Amendment give us the right to shoot ducks, or shoot tyrants?

A: “The Second Amendment gives you the right to protect your family, yourself and your property without relying on the state.”

Q: “Obamacare”: Repeal and replace, or mend it don’t end it?

A: “It needs to be repealed and replaced — replaced with free-market reforms to create more competition and lower costs, like allowing people to buy insurance across state lines.”

Q: Immigration: Amnesty, or send them back?

A: “You keep speaking in these either/ors,” he said, vaguely annoyed. “We need to return anyone who’s committed a crime to their country of origin. There needs to be a tough but fair path to citizenship. Paying back taxes, learning English, and getting at the back of the immigration line, so not to bump people who are trying to come here legally.”

Amnesty is one of two top issues MacArthur hears about as he campaigns. The other is the Obama economy and its lack of good jobs.

“People are out of work, or they’ve given up in despair. I hear a lot from people who are stuck in part-time jobs that don’t pay very well.

“On immigration, I hear from two sides. From people who feel they are paying taxes to support people who are here illegally, and I hear from businesses, manufacturers, farmers, restaurant owners who want…”

“Cheap labor?” I said.

“Who want access to labor. And they want some sort of program for it,” he said.

To stop the illegals from flowing in, he wants the National Guard deployed in the border states.

We met at Mastoris Diner. MacArthur appeared on Dom Giordano’s radio show on WPHT-AM (1210), which was broadcasting from the diner. MacArthur is soft-spoken. He looks like a guy who sells insurance, which is how he amassed his fortune, building York Risk Services.

He is a center-right guy in a center-right district that stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Delaware River in Burlington and Ocean counties. His opponent is Democrat Aimee Belgard, a Burlington County freeholder. Belgard was invited on Giordano’s program, but didn’t show. Instead, a chair with her name on it was set up next to MacArthur.

Her campaign told me Belgard had more pressing (undisclosed) obligations. However, eight debates are set, the first to be recorded Friday in Trenton at the NJTV studios.

Skipping Giordano was an amateur error. When a 50,000-watt radio station invites you to tell people why they should vote for you, you show up.

Polls show the race is tied. MacArthur told me his internal polling shows him ahead, which makes sense. Except for the brief Jon Adler interlude, 3rd District voters have picked Republicans for a century.

If Belgard wins, though, I will invite her to Mastoris Diner and she can pull up an empty chair, where I’ll eat crow.

J.D. Mullane can be reached at 215-949-5745 or Twitter: @jdmullane

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Obituary - Thomas

Judy Gray Thomas

AGE: 69 • Freehold, Twp.

Judy Gray Thomas, 69, of Freehold Township died Thursday, February 23, 2012 at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she lived there prior to moving to Freehold Township 40 years ago. Mrs. Thomas was a Librarian for the Carnegie Library, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, retiring in 1972. She was an active supporter of the Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation, Short Hills.

Surviving are her husband, David William Thomas; a son, Dr. Brian Thomas and his wife, Dr. Gabriela Thomas, Monroe Township; and a sister, Marion Oxley, and her husband, Lawrence, Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Relatives and friends may call at the Higgins Memorial Home, 20 Center Street, Freehold, on Monday from 1:00 to 4:00p.m. Funeral services will be held at 4:00p.m. with Rev. Dr. Hugh A. MacKenzie officiating. Interment will be held at Sewickley Cemetery, Sewickley, Pennsylvania. Donations in her memory to the Long Branch Presbyterian Church, 167 Cedar Avenue, Long Branch, NJ 07740 would be appreciated

Funeral Home
Higgins Memorial Home
20 Center Street Freehold, NJ 07728
(732) 462-0895 Funeral Home Details

Published in Asbury Park Press on Feb. 26, 2012

Monday, September 22, 2014

Obituary - Reath

Tania D Boswell Reath

Birth: Feb. 16, 1947
Stafford County
Virginia, USA

Death: Sep. 25, 2010
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Tania D. Reath of Riverton passed away Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Pennsylvania from advanced cryptogenic cirrhosis. She was 63.

A beloved mother, sister, dedicated and nationally recognized educator for more than 30 years, Tania was born Feb. 16, 1947, to Ada and William Boswell in Stafford, Va. She was one of 13 children.

Graduate of Longwood College, Tania had devoted her life to the teaching and empowerment of children, not only her own, but also, the countless others she instructed throughout the years.

She is survived by her two loving sons, Ryan and Gavin Reath; her two cherished grandchildren, Jaden and Quincy Reath; her sisters, Delsea McKelvey, and Dot Leach; and her brother, William Boswell.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, at the First United Methodist Church, 32 Conrow Road, Delran.

Weber Funeral Home
112 Broad Street

Burlington County Times - October 7, 2010

Friday, September 19, 2014

Obituary - Rowley

Andrew William Rowley Obituary

Date of Birth: Friday, December 3rd, 1976

Date of Death: Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Funeral Home:

Lee Funeral Home
317 High St.
Mount Holly, New Jersey, UNITED STATES


Andrew W. Rowley of Juliustown, passed away Tuesday Sept. 16, 2014 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was 37.

Andy was born in Willingboro, N.J. and had previously lived in Delran and Runnameade, before moving to Juliustown five years ago. He was a 1995 graduate of Delran High School.

Andy had worked as a service advisor for Turnerville BMW for several years, and most recently was working at Circle BMW as a service advisor. He enjoyed working on cars, and especially enjoyed drag racing. Andy was a member of the Pemberton Odd Fellows Association.

He is survived by his wife of ten years, Robin (Garrett) Rowley; his step-son, Edwin Levering; his parents, Robert and Joan Rowley; his brother, Peter Rowley; and his sister, Beth Smyth (Larry). Andy is also survived by his brother-in-law, Russ Garrett (Anna); his sister-in-law, Stefanie Garrett; his mother-in-law, Leah Garrett; his nephews, Ryan and Justin Smyth; and his niece, Isabella Garrett.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Lee Funeral Home, 317 High St., Mount Holly. Relatives and friends may visit the family from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in the New Odd Fellows Cemetery, Juliustown Road, Pemberton, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Andy may be made to the National Brain Tumor Society "Team Wookie", The Curtis Center, 601 Walnut Street, Suite 955W, Philadelphia, Pa., 19106.

Lee Funeral Home

Mount Holly

Source: Burlington County Times - Friday, September 19, 2014

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