Bright Side Feature Stories

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City Donates Meals to Healthcare Workers at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center

Atlantic City, N.J. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City dropped off heart-healthy meals to healthcare workers of AtlanticCare Regional Medical Center – Mainland Campus on Feb. 25, 2021.

In total 125 meals were curated by the Hard Rock Atlantic City culinary team and delivered to the day and night shift employees of the Heart and Vascular Institute.

Bright Side Education

University of Maine Announces Fall 2020 Dean’s List

The University of Maine recognized 4,133 students for achieving Dean’s List honors in the fall 2020 semester.

Of the students who made the Dean’s List, 2,670 are from Maine, 1,366 are from 38 other states and 97 are from 35 countries other than the U.S.

Due to the unusual and challenging circumstances faced this semester amid the global pandemic, the university has modified its Dean’s List policy for the fall 2020 term.

The requirement that students earn 12 calculable credits to be eligible for Dean’s List has been waived.

Instead, students will be eligible 1) if they earned Dean’s List recognition in spring 2020 and have placed all of their fall 2020 courses on pass/fail; or 2) if they have earned a minimum GPA of a 3.5, regardless of the number of credits taken, in fall 2020.

Please note that some students have requested that their information not be released; therefore, their names are not included.



Hammonton: Aubrey Martilini


Dumont: Gabriella Peluso
Mahwah: Abbie Brooks
Oakland: Gregg Festa, Evan Horenstein, Kayla Lorenc, Liz Murray
Ramsey: Sabrina Sudol, Samantha Sudol
Ridgefield: Daniella Leal Espinal
River Vale: Chris DeMarchi
Teaneck: Dean Williamson
Westwood: Chloe Bilodeau, Alyssa McGlynn
Wood Ridge: Skylar Basich


Bordentown: Peter Rohrbacher
Marlton: Jessica Firstenberg
Mount Laurel: Sarah Barakat, Jim Conlow
Shamong: Alexandria Lennox


Bellmawr: Darby Casey
Berlin: James Bilella
Blackwood: Brian Cooey, Bria Lamonica, Megan Sinclair
Cherry Hill: Emily Lund
Haddon Township: Paul Dezii


Cape May Court House: Evan Warburton


Bloomfield: Cyril Alo
Essex Fells: Ally DiFilippo
Glen Ridge: Sara Swett
Montclair: Carly Fazendin, Max Gugig, Deanna Kolenovic, Remy Parker
Nutley: Juan Lovill
Orange: Chimezie Ugbuaja
South Orange: Armand O’Keefe
Verona: Garrett Greystone


Franklinville: Kristina Littlehales
Swedesboro: Shannon Skilton


Jersey City: LouLou Devallance
Kearny: Joey Millroy


Annandale: Brianna Banko
Bloomsbury: Joseph Bobrowski
Glen Gardner: Alainna Sharp
Port Murray: Jessie Suchovic

Hopewell: Finn McConaughy
Lawrence Township: Susanna Dapprich

Colonia: Parni Monzo
Metuchen: Hayley Raab
Parlin: Sara Griffin


Atlantic Highlands: Ceejai Schnoor
Manalapan: David Gelb
Manasquan: Riley Brennan
Middletown: Lauren Otterbine
Oakhurst: Sofia Rivera
Sea Girt: Charlie Kane
Spring Lake: Ethan Bailey


Boonton: Matthew Eramian
Butler: Haley Florio
Cedar Knolls: Uzile Langa
Chatham: Megan Maltby, Siobhan O’Connor
Flanders: Kacey Roehrich
Gillette: John Dempsey
Landing: Ryan Mangano
Ledgewood: Dillon Miller
Long Valley: Trevor Mount
Morris Plains: Clare Capuzzi
Succasunna: Jon Rheinhardt


Brick: Summer Egbert
Cream Ridge: Rachel Gilman
Forked River: Justin Bewley
Jackson: Zack Maynor
Little Egg Harbor Township: Emily Roth
Long Beach Township: Hannah Kline
Manahawkin: Savannah Bickel
Point Pleasant Boro: Courtney Yochim
Seaside Park: Jake Maroukis
Toms River: Luke Goldman


Newfoundland: Tanner Kipp
Paterson: Ashley Martinez
Pompton Lakes: Sydney Landwehr
West Milford: Shaelyn Huber


Pilesgrove: Matthew Murphy
Woodstown: Kristina Norbury


Green Brook: Emma Reedman
Hillsborough: Rachael Richardson
Warren: Clayton Bush


Glenwood: Tea Brich
Highland Lakes: Thomas Reeves
Lafayette: Freya Drew
Newton: T.J. Mulroy
Sparta: Julia Iannuzzi, Julia Muth
Wantage: Lauren Milks


Cranford: Melanie Smith
Elizabeth: Justin Molina
Hillside: Miguel Dias, Raquel Garmony
Summit: Kayla Balsley, Jaira Mariz De Jesus


Bloomsbury: Gabbi Kaczynski
Hackettstown: Kayla McLagan
Oxford: Matt Fluta
Phillipsburg: Josh Goldsmith

Recent News

Holy Redeemer Health System Announces Rebrand

Holy Redeemer Health System, now known as Redeemer Health, has announced a rebrand, including an updated name and new logo.

“This rebrand is part of broader strategic initiatives to grow and expand the system to meet the changing needs of the communities we serve in Pennsylvania and New Jersey,” said Mike Laign, President and CEO of Redeemer Health. “Retaining the richness of our legacy, with a fresh, contemporary approach, the name and logo make a renewed promise that all members of our community can relate to,” he said.

The new name continues the system’s strong connection to its Founders, The Sisters of the Redeemer. “Almost 100 years ago, our Sisters stepped onto American soil to answer a calling to care, comfort and heal,” said Sr. Ellen Marvel, CSR, Province Leader, Sisters of the Redeemer. “The beliefs that compelled the Sisters back then continue to inspire and guide the organization forward today,” she said. “Redeemer Health is known for the compassionate care it delivers across all generations through its services in health care, home care and residential care,” said William Sasso, Esquire, Chairman of the Board, Redeemer Health Board of Trustees. “This is a distinction that will not change, but instead is amplified by the new name and logo,” he said.

The rebranded name and logo will be rolled-out across the system throughout the year, beginning first with an internal launch that celebrates the resilience and dedication of the Redeemer family during the COVID-19 pandemic.

About Redeemer Health:

With an emphasis on providing a continuum of care, Redeemer Health remains true to the mission to care, comfort and heal that its Founders, the Sisters of the Redeemer, began in our region in 1924 – to provide high quality, compassionate care.

Today, Redeemer Health offers a wide range of healthcare and health-related services, including an acute care hospital, home health and hospice services, three skilled nursing facilities, personal care, a retirement community, low-income housing, an independent living community, and a transitional housing program for homeless women and children.

With corporate offices in Huntingdon Valley, PA, Redeemer Health is a Catholic healthcare provider, serving southeastern Pennsylvania and 12 counties in New Jersey, from Union County south to Cape May County.

Education Recent News

Bellmawr School District’s Fiscal Year End June 30, 2020 Yields No Findings or Recommendations

Bowman & Company, the auditors for the Bellmawr School District, had no recommendations in their annual report for the Fiscal Year end June 30, 2020.

Because there were no findings, no Corrective Action Plan is required.

The Bellmawr Board of Education (BOE) accepted the auditor’s report at their February 16, 2021 meeting.

Copies of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year end June 30, 2020 have also been made available.

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In The Courts Recent News

19-Year Old Brooklawn Man Admits Conspiring With White Supremacists to Vandalize Synagogues Across Country

On February 26, 2021, a Brooklawn man admitted his role in conspiring with members of a white supremacist hate group to threaten and intimidate African Americans and Jewish Americans by vandalizing minority-owned properties throughout the country in September 2019, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Richard Tobin, 19, pleaded guilty to an information charging him with conspiracy against rights before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler in Camden federal court.

“Americans should never have to fear racist, antisemitic or any other form of bias-motivated violence,” Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig said. “This defendant encouraged hateful acts of violence against individuals and their houses of worship, based solely on their religion or the color of their skin. Together with our colleagues in the Civil Rights Division and the Joint Terrorism Task Force, this Office will continue to work every day to identify individuals like him and bring them swiftly to justice.”

“The FBI and our partners simply won’t tolerate crimes spurred by hate, which are meant to intimidate and isolate the groups targeted,” Michael J. Driscoll, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division, said. “People of all races and faiths deserve to feel safe in their communities. Richard Tobin encouraged others to victimize innocent people, in furtherance of his abhorrent white supremacist beliefs. While we all have the right to believe whatever we want, when those views lead to violence, that’s a different and dangerous story.”

“Conspiring with others to vandalize and destroy property owned by African-Americans and Jewish Americans will not be tolerated by the Department of Justice,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Pam Karlan of the Civil Rights Division. “Every person should feel secure knowing they have the right to own and use their property free from being targeted because of their race or religion. We will continue to protect the civil rights of all individuals and vigorously prosecute bias motivated crimes.”

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Tobin admitted that from Sept. 15 to Sept. 23, 2019, he was a member of a white supremacist group, “The Base,” and during that time, he communicated online with other members and directed them to destroy and vandalize properties affiliated with African Americans and Jewish Americans.

Tobin dubbed this coordinated attack “Kristallnacht,” or “Night of Broken Glass,” after an attack in Germany on Nov. 9 and 10, 1938, in which Nazis murdered Jewish people and burned and destroyed Jewish homes, synagogues, stores and schools.

Tobin implored members of The Base to post propaganda flyers and to break windows and slash tires belonging to African Americans and Jewish Americans.

On Sept. 21, 2019, members of The Base vandalized synagogues in Racine, Wisconsin, and Hancock, Michigan, by spray painting them with hate symbols. 

A conspirator, Yousef Omar Barasneh, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy against rights in federal court in the Eastern District of Wisconsin, for his role in vandalizing the synagogue in Racine, Wisconsin. 

The conspiracy charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense, whichever is greater.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 28, 2021. 

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the FBI Philadelphia Division’s South Jersey Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Driscoll, and the Joint Terrorism Task Force and its member agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, the New Jersey State Police and the Camden County Police Department, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea. She also thanked the Brooklawn and Cherry Hill police departments for their assistance.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristen M. Harberg of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden and Trial Attorney Eric Peffley of the Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section.

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