Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Cinnaminson Cars broken into (July 27, 2010)

CINNAMINSON — Township police are urging residents to lock their car doors after a series of vehicle break-ins were reported over the weekend.

From Saturday night into Sunday morning a dozen unlocked vehicles were broken into, police said.

Cash, GPS units and other items were reported stolen, police said.

Any residents observing any suspicious persons are asked to call police at (856) 829-6666.

Monday, May 31, 2010

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Outcome of the Cinnaminson Township Meeting on the School Budget (2010-05-17)

Outcome of the Township Meeting on the School Budget

The Township Committee adopted a resolution at their Monday meeting cutting $1.24 million from the school district’s defeated 2010-11 budget.

The school board’s proposed tax levy of $29,473,854 for general operating funds was turned down at the April 20 election with 1,983 votes cast against the budget and 1,297 in favor.
In their resolution, Township Committee certified a school tax levy of $28,233,584 and submitted specific line item reduction recommendations targeting administrative costs and employee benefits. The Township Committee declared that the Superintendent’s salary should be rolled back by $25,461, from the level of $204,000 proposed by the school board to the 2009-10 budgeted level of $178,539.

The township called for eliminating the post of Assistant Superintendent or alternatively eliminating supervisors of instruction. Further the township recommended the consolidation of two administrative secretarial positions into one.

Township Committee also proposed significant savings through a restructuring of the district’s health insurance plan and implementation of an employee contribution toward health insurance one year earlier than mandated under recently enacted legislation.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Driver hurt when minivan, River Line train collide

A southbound River Line train struck a minivan at a Riverton railroad crossing Thursday, seriously injuring the vehicle's driver, according to authorities.

The minivan, carrying two adults and an infant, was traveling north on River Road, parallel to the tracks, when it turned into the path of the train at Main Street shortly before 11 a.m., NJ Transit spokesman Dan Stessel said.

The crossing gates were down, and red lights were flashing, Stessel said. A red light at the intersection and an illuminated no-right-turn symbol also were activated, he said.

The two-car train was slowing as it approached Riverton Station a block away, traveling an estimated 15 or 20 m.p.h.

The minivan's occupants were taken to Cooper University Hospital in Camden with injuries that were not life-threatening, Stessel said.

Nuran Zivali, 38, of Edgewater Park, was issued a summons for careless driving and failure to observe traffic signals, he said. Zivali was in serious condition late Thursday afternoon.

Traveling with him were a woman and a 4-month-old, also named Zivali, according to the spokesman.

About 12 passengers on the train, which connects Camden and Trenton, suffered minor injuries. River Line service was suspended between Riverton and Cinnaminson until about 1:30 p.m.

Here's a link to the story:

Driver hurt when minivan, River Line train collide

John Smiley Comments:

I can tell you from experience that the no-right-turn symbol is difficult to see at some times in the afternoon due to sun glare.

A few months ago I was in the right lane, the traffic signal itself turned green, and I started forward only to see the gates starting to close. I looked up and didn't realize the no-right-turn symbol was lit.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Moorestown Sexual Assault of May 2, 2010

Here's more on the Moorestown Sexual Assault of May 2, 2010

Moorestown girl assaulted early Sunday morning

MOORESTOWN — Police are investigating an incident where a 13-year-old girl was forced into a vehicle by two men and then sexually assaulted.

According to investigators, the alleged incident occurred at around 1:30 a.m. on Georgian Drive. The girl, whose identity was not released, was riding her bicycle home when she was confronted by two men who grabbed her and carried her into their parked vehicle, where one of the men sexually assaulted her before letting her out of the vehicle.

Police did not describe the sexual assault but specified that the girl was no physically injured during the incident.

Lt. Howard Mann said township police and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating the incident. No suspects had been arrested or charged as of Wednesday morning, he said.

Police said one of the assailants was described as a white male in his 20s, over 6-feet tall, with a muscular build, short brown hair, blue eyes and facial stubble. He wore dark jeans, a gray hooded sweatshirt and black sneakers.

The other man was described as a shorter white male with a thin build, wearing a red American Eagle zip up sweatshirt, baggy jeans and dark brown flip flops with thick straps.

Police asked anyone with information about the incident to call Moorestown police at 856-914-3037 or the police tip line at 856-914-3092.

BCT staff writer David Levinsky can be reached at (609) 871-8154 or at

Here's a link to the story:

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Palmyra NJ Councilman attacked by skaters on Saturday, April 10, 2010

Pretty despicable to pick on someone like this....from the Philadelphia Inquirer

PALMYRA -- As many as 10 teenagers assaulted a borough councilman Saturday afternoon (April 10, 2010) at Legion Park, police said Monday.

Borough Councilman Theodore Scott was walking through the park off Broad Street at 4:23 p.m. when he encountered eight to 10 teenagers skateboarding on benches and walls. Scott approached the teens to tell them to move to the borough’s skate park when the youths knocked him to the ground and punched and kicked him.

The teenagers — described as males between the ages of 17 and 20 — eventually ran away and left Scott on the ground in need of medical attention, police said. Scott was taken to an area hospital with a broken leg. His condition was not available.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Palmyra police at 856-829-0198.

Cinnaminson OKs school budget; 18 teachers to be cut

From the Philadelphia Inquirer, April 10, 2010

CINNAMINSON - After nearly three hours of discussion that at times got heated, the school board adopted a 2010-11 budget that calls for a hefty tax hike and the elimination of 18 teachers and several aides.

"No one likes this budget," Superintendent Salvatore Illuzzi told more than 100 people gathered at the middle school Tuesday night for a public hearing.

The $42 million spending plan not only cuts staff at all four schools, but also increases the school tax rate 12.99 cents, from $1.425 to $1.555 per $100 of assessed property value.

If voters approve the $29.47 million tax levy at the April 20 school election, the owner of a home assessed at the township average of $294,500 would pay $4,580 in school taxes, an increase of $382 over last year.

Resident Bill Conley told Illuzzi and the board members that he's tapped out.

"Some people may say it's only $382, but I don't have any more to give," Conley said.

The budget will cut a combined nine teachers at the New Albany Elementary and Eleanor Rush Intermediate schools, three at the middle school, and six at the high school. Six support staff and five teaching aides also will be terminated.

The cuts were made because of a loss of $3.4 million in state aid and surplus funds that were required to be spent under state mandate over the last several months.

Throughout Tuesday's hearing, residents and teachers complained that the district is in this predicament because of the escalating salaries of the administrative staff.

"The salaries of the administration are out of control," one woman yelled out to a round of applause.

Illuzzi said the administrative raises, which average 4.73 percent annually over a three-year contract, were approved by the board in 2008 before the economy soured.

He said the raises were below the county average of 5.1 percent and were approved by the county superintendent of schools.

Illuzzi also noted that all of the contracts were publicized and that the school board held public hearings on them.

Discussions with the district's bargaining units to change insurance plans and offer buyouts to teachers near retirement age could result in fewer teaching positions being eliminated next year.

"It's that savings that will allow us to bring back some of the staff that's being let go," Illuzzi said Wednesday.

If the unions agree to the changes, he anticipated that more than a half-dozen teachers slated to be laid off would be spared. At least six teachers are expected to retire and Illuzzi was hopeful that even more will agree to early retirement.

Ultimately, the voters will decide what happens to the budget.

"If it's defeated and it goes to the Township Committee, it's a safe bet they'll chop the budget (more)," Illuzzi said

For more on the article, check this link...

Monday, April 12, 2010

Garmin 405 Forerunner Frozen

I've been using my Garmin 405 Forerunner running watch for nearly a year (my wife gave it to me last year for Father's Day.)

It's been a great watch---accurate, always works, never gave me a problem until last Monday when it appeared frozen or stuck after finishing a run. I let it sit on my desk and when I came back the display was blank. I charged it overnight and it seemed fine until today when it froze again after a run.

This time it seemed really dead.

I checked the Internet and it was suggested that I hold the 2 buttons down for 30 seconds to unfreeze it.

I had to do this twice, and it finally 'unfroze' and came back to life.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Palmyra NJ Titanic Survivor

Just read an interesting article in the Burlington County Times about a Palmyra, New Jersey Titanic Survivor. It's a fascinating story---given up for dead, and sewn into a body bag.

His grave is local---I'll try to get a picture.

Here's a link to the article...

Saturday, March 13, 2010

iPhone Reset

Press the Home + Powerbutton simultaneously for 10 seconds

Thursday, March 11, 2010

America's Obituaries and Death Notices

I've been accessing this electronic resource via the Philadelphia Online Library for about a year.

I want to do some analysis to see if the database of older obits is increasing.


Any name, any location within these dates
1971-1980 (613,243 names)
1961-1970 (713,937 names)
1951-1960 (521,366 names)
1941-1950 (483,412 names)
1931-1940 (68,323 names)
1921-1930 (779 names)
1911-1920 (92,575 names)
1901-1910 (939 names)
1891-1900 (2,080 names)

All Pennsylvania,
no date limit (1745727 names)
1800-1900 (0 names)
1901-1910 (0 names)
1911-1920 (0
1921-1930 (0
1931-1940 (0
1941-1950 (0
1951-1960 (0
1961-1970 (0
1971-1980 (0)
1981 (150 names)
1982 (232 names)
1983 (4,846 names)
1984 (4,695 names)
1985 (4,261 names)
1986 (7,550 names)
1987 (18,448 names)
1988 (18,420 names)
1989 (17,250 names)

According to their website, my Philadelphia local papers have this coverage

Philadelphia Daily News (PA) (7/21/1982-Current)
Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA) (1/16/1981-Current)
Burlington County Times (Willingboro, NJ) (12/16/2002-Current)

Selecting just the Philadelphia newspapers gives me these results

1980 (0 names)
1981 (150 names)
1982 (232 names)
1983 (4,846 names)
1984 (4,670 names)
1985 (4,261 names)
1986 (4,828 names)
1987 (11,794 names)
1988 (11,867 names)
1989 (10,898 names)

Entries containing the word 'Cinnaminson' (7,597 names)
Last name Smiley: (3,246 names)

And you thought you were having a bad day---Prison Sentences

I've been maintaining a list of prison sentences for noted local and national people for sometime. Here it is on my includes name, length of sentence, crime for which committed, and the date he or she is scheduled to be released.

Andrea Kelly (2029-06-11)
Danieal Kelly's mother, starved her to death
Sentenced to 20 to 40 years on June 11, 2009

Mickael Kamuvaka (2027-12-11)
Age 61
Faked supervision of Danieal Kelly, allowing her to be starved to death by her parents
Sentenced to 17 1/2 years on June 11, 2010

Soloman Manamela (2024-06-11)
Age 52
Faked supervision of Danieal Kelly, allowing her to be starved to death by her parents
Sentenced to 14 years on June 11, 2010

Stephen French (2023-09-27)
Ocean City Realtor
57 years of age
Sentenced to 16 years on September 27, 2007
Drunken driving--leaving scene of accident that resulted in the death of 1 and injuries to 2 others. Must serve at least 9 years, 3 months, or 85% of the sentence imposed on the Aggravated Manslaughter charge before becoming eligible for parole

Justina Morley (2022-09-21)
17.5 to 35 years on March 21, 2005 minus credit for time served
Murdered Jason Sweeney by luring him to a field where he was beaten to death by 3 boys

Skilling (2021-8-23)
Enron CEO
24 years, 10 months on October 23, 2006J

Joey Melino (2015-12-09)
14 Years on 12-09-2001

Dwyer (2014-06-10)
Ocean City Developer
Sentenced to 9 years on June 10, 2005

Matthew Lovett (2014-04-08)
10 years on 04-08-2004 (eligible for parole when he's 26)
Car jacking in Oaklyn NJ

Vince Fumo (2014-03-31)
PA State Senator
55 months starting on August 31, 2009

Dennis Kozlowski (2013-09-19)
Tyco CEO
Sentenced to 8 1/3 to 25 year on 09-19-2005
Eligible for parole after 8 years

Mark Swartz (2013-09-19)
Sentenced to 8 1/3 to 25 years on 09-19-2005
Eligible for parole after 8 years

Joseph Lemme (2013-02-15)
Holy Cross High School Principal
Embezzled money
Sentenced to 5 years on 02-15-2008
Eligible for work release after 6 months

Rick Mariano (2013-02-07)
Philadelphia City Councilman
North Catholic Class of 1973
Sentenced to 6 1/2 years commencing on August 7, 2006
Appeal denied on June 19, 2008

Jack Holten (2013-01-09)
Cinnaminson, NJ Photographer
Sentenced to 3 years for taking money for pictures he didn't deliver or sometimes even take

Jack Abramoff (2012-01-29)
Sentenced to 5 years and 10 months on 03-29-2006 in his Florida fraud case
Judge sentenced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff to five years and 10months in prison in his Florida fraud case

Martin Grass (2012-06-28)
CEO Rite Aid
8 Years for fraud on 06-28-2004
$500,00 fine
3 years probation

Thomas Darmo (2010-09-05 to 2011-09-05)
Attempted murder
Cinnaminson man who stabbed a Palmyra man on Hawk Island

Sam Waxill (2011-07-23)
8 Years on 07-23-2003

Anthony Rienzi (2011-03-20 to 2026-03-20)
18 years old
Sentenced to 15 to 30 years on 1996-03-20
Convicted of 3rd degree murder in the death of Eddie Polec

Nick Pinero (2011-03-20 to 2026-03-20)
18 years old
Sentenced to 15 to 30 years on 1996-03-20
Convicted of 3rd degree murder in the death of Eddie Polec

Thomas Crook (2010-09-20 to 2026-03-20)
19 years old
Sentenced to 14.5 to 30 years on 1996-03-20
Convicted of 3rd degree murder in the death of Eddie Polec

Heather G. Lindorff, 39 (2010-04-23)
6 years on April 23, 2004 (Could be paroled in 2 years)
Endangering the welfare of her adopted 5 year old son from Russia who died Dec 14, 2001

Michael Vick (2009-10-19)
23 months on December 10, 2007
He voluntarily went into custody on 2007-11-19, so he will serve until 2009-10-19

Brittt Reid (2008-07-01 to 2009-10-01)
Road Rage Gun Incident 2007-01-30
8 to 23 months on November 1, 2007

Elissa N. Fritter (2008-02-03)
Lacrosse Coach in Chester Couny had sex with underage boys
Sentenced to 23 to 46 months on 04-03-2004

Garrett Reid (2008-01-01 to 2009-10-01)
DUI 2007-01-30
89 pills in jail cell
2 to 23 months on November 1, 2007

Franklin Bergonzi (2006-09-27)
CFO Rite Aid
28 months for fraud on 05-27-2004

Lil Kim (2006-09-19)
Sentenced to 1 year and 1 day for lying to Grand Jury

David Rogers (2005-03-12)
Former Channel 3 Weatherman
10 months for vehicular homicide on 05-12-2004

Dawan Alexander (2004-03-20 to 2016-03-20)
18 years old
Sentenced to 8 to 20 years on 1006-03-20
Convicted of Voluntary Manslaughter in the death of Eddie Polec

Carlo Johnson (2001-03-20 to 2006-03-20)
20 years old
Sentenced to 5 to 10 years on 1996-03-20
Acquitted of murder charges but convicted of Conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Eddie Polec

Bou Khathavong (2001-03-20 to 2006-03-20)
18 years old
Sentenced to 5 to 10 years on 1996-03-20
Acquitted of murder charges but convicted of Conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Eddie Polec

Kevin Convey (2011-02-01 to 2016-02-01)
19 years old
Sentenced to 5 to 20 years on 2006-02-01
Pleaded Guilt to the 3rd Degree murder of Eddie Polec

Martha Stewart

James Connely
Vice Chairman, Fred Alger Management
Up to 3 years
NY State

Lea Fastow
Enron wife
May 6, 2004
1 year sentence---time to begin not yet settled

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

NJ teen drivers will pay $4 for license decals

New Jersey drivers younger than 21 will pay $4 for a pair of license plate decals they'll be required to display starting May 1.

The state Division of Motor Vehicles said it has awarded a $664,000 contract to a Chicago-based firm to manufacture the reflective red stickers.

They're designed to help police identify vehicles operated by teenage drivers so officers can enforce restrictions on passenger limits and a night driving curfew.

The decals are required under "Kayleigh's Law," named in memory of a 16-year old central New Jersey high school student killed in a car driven by another teen in 2006.

63 suicide doses given in nine months of law

The state of Washington says 63 suicide prescriptions were dispensed during the first nine months of the states "death with dignity" act to people between the ages of 48 and 95.

The Health Department said that of the 63 who received lethal doses, 47 are known to have died.

36 of them died after taking the medications and 7 most likely died from their ailment. The agency says it doesn't know the details of the other 4 because the death certificate or report hasn't been filed.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Spyware, Malware, Rootkit viruses

My friend David Turner wrote up some wonderful instructions on eradicating your system of malware and spyware---I'm including them here. Farther down in the instructions he refers to a "rootkit virus'. In my experience, you will know that you have one if Safemode fails to bootup--that usually means one of your device drivers has been corrupted. Combofix is a wonderful program to correct Rootkit viruses---I've written about it elsewhere, and you can find links to it on

Here are David' s instructions...

Hello Professor:

I saw your email concerning your computer problems so I thought you might like
some help.

As you already can see, most (all) antivirus programs don't work very well, at least not by themselves. So it takes a team approach to solve these infection issues, and a good
deal of time and patience as malware infects using the "buddy system" is active while the other is dormant but listening to see if the active one is removed whereupon
it executes a new copy for the most malicious.

Long story short, the following steps are ones that I have used many times and they
have NEVER let me down.

1) Disconnect from the internet (and of course any lan connections)

2) You will need the following programs:

a) Malwarebytes Antimalware (get it here:)

3) Follow these steps next in order:

a) Reboot the computer into Safe Mode: usually keep tapping the F8 repeatedly
while pc boots. (could be a different key which will display on the initial splash

b) Select Safe Mode (this takes some time)

c) Once in safe mode execute (but don't scan) Malwarebytes followed by WinPatrol and then Super Antispyware followed by the MozillaFirefox browser.

d) Next run the Malwarebytes scan (WinPatrol will be active automatically.
(run this 2 or 3 times after an interval of time...5-10 minutes)

e) Next run your present anti-virus application (again more than once with
the time interval as well) (make sure that you DON'T download and run
any other AV program as 2 applications will usually lock up your computer)

f) Then run SAS (Super Anti....)

g) Review the results (kinda' like admiring your own you always said!)

h) If results look satisfactory and computer functionality has returned, rejoin your

i) Don't think that you're done use Mozilla to go to the Internet and run an
online A/V scan...use Trend PC as it's the only one that works with Firefox

Go here and download the program and then scan:

When that completes (could be 5-6 hours..or more) you should be good to go..
unless you have been infected with a Rootkit... which requires more tools.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

COMCAST Closed Captioning with an HD TV

I've been trying to get Closed Captioning to work with my HDTV through a COMCAST DVR forever--just found this forum which discusses the issue and says it is possible, although you will have to power off the DVR which can be a pain...

Here's a direct link to a wikibook section on Closed Captioning

Monday, February 8, 2010

Putting a lid on underage drinking in Cinnaminson, NJ

Check out this story in the Sunday Burlington County Times about a youth group attempting to stem the tide of underage drinking...

I'm glad to see that one of my favorite local merchants, the Wine Cellar, supports efforts to inhibit underage drinking.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Radio Stations in the Philadelphia area

Well, it's snowing (a lot), I'm snowed in and working on a couple of tax returns, and I thought I'd like to listen to the radio for some nice classic 40's music, the kind I was listening to last week in my friend Jim's car on the way to the Philly Auto show. Of course, he has Sirius satellite radio---I'm relying on the airwaves.

After scanning through the channels a bit, I thought that there must be a listing of Philadelphia area Radio stations, and there is...

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Palmyra Computer Company

Just drove by this place tonight---their website looks interesting...

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Burlington County Web site gets a new look

I love public databases---it's amazing how much information you can gather there.

According to this Burlington County Times news article, Burlington County New Jersey has just given their web site a face lift

As an Information Technology guru, I find it interesting to note that there's no mention in the article of any member of the public being consulted---hopefully the designers did, as failure to involve the user in a design project is one of the chief reasons for its failure.

Here's the url for the web site---let me know what you think of it...

Red-light cameras move ahead in Cinnaminson (2010-02-03)

I reported on January 20th, 2010 that Cinnaminson was thinking about applying to the State of New Jersey for permission to install Red-light cameras at intersections on Route 130.

In a Burlington County news report today (February 3rd, 2010), they confirmed they are doing so--and will also ask permission to install a red-light camera at the intersection of Route 73 and Fork Landing Road, another very dangerous intersection.

Here's the link to the BCC story...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Father Tom Hagen Update (02-02-2010)

Just saw this link to an updated article on Father Tom Hagen in Haiti--it's from the Philadelphia Catholic Standard and Times...

Top Ten Cinnaminson Area Pizza Parlors (Updated: 2010-02-25)

I thought I would create this list as I just had for the first time last week a pizza from Pat's on Route 130, and it immediately vaulted to the top of my list.

My apologies to Dominos and Papa John's but I don't include them here--not that either one would make my top five.

1. Pat's Pizza (Route 130 Cinnaminson). Fast Delivery. Great Pizza. Great online ordering.
2. Milanese. Riverton. Delicious, nice size, reasonable prices. Tell Al I sent you.
3. Deangelos (Route 130 Cinnaminson). Fast Delivery---even in a blizzard. Starting to shrink a bit. Attached restaurant is very good.
4. Brother's Pizza (Acme Shopping Center, Route 130, Cinnaminson)
5. Wing King (Maple Shade, NJ). Fast Delivery.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Deangelos Pizza of Cinnaminson Weekly Drawing Winners (Upated 2010-04-18)

Deangelos in Cinnaminson is running a weekly drawing for a free large pizza. Here's the link where you can sign up...

and here's a list of the winners so far...

Week 14, Jen Macneal (#86)
Week 13, Melissa Hirsch (#46)
Week 12, Peg Schuster (#73)
Week 11, Paul Seymour (#23). Redraw. Elaine Murtagh (#81)
Week 10, Kim York (#33)
Week 9, Ravi Shah (#6)
Week 8. Nancy Carr (#63). Repeat from last week. Darn---just missed winning by 2 numbers. I'm #65 (this week anyway---the numbers seem to be chaning.)
Week 7. Steve Fowles (#63). Darn--just missed winning by 1 number. I'm #64 (this week anyway---the numbers seem to be changing.)
Week 6. Craig Angelini (#24)
Week 5. Cyndi Lamon (#11)
Week 4. Mary Cook (#69)
Week 3. Peg O'Malley (#61)
Week 2. Jen Rymann (#24)
Week 1. Melissa Sassaman (#13)

You can find the live drawing at listed under the user deangelo2037

Girl and brother help in arrest in Cinnaminson

Another Cinnaminson Burglary attempt--this time with a 12-year-old girl home alone. Parents, tell your kids not to answer the door to strangers, and if one does knock, take the same actions this girl did. Call the police and your parents, and lock yourself in a safe room.

This report from the Burlington County Times of Friday, January 29, 2010

CINNAMINSON---A 12-year-old girl was home alone Wednesday evening when a township man tried to break into her house on Derby Drive, police said Thursday.

Sean A. Pavlichko, 23, of Fernwood Place, was charged with burglary and attempted burglary after he attempted to enter the house about 5 p.m. The girl told investigators he rang the doorbell and knocked, then attempted to open a read sliding glass door. After failing to open the door, Pavlichko forced open a shed in the rear yard, police said.

The girl locked herself in a bathroom and contacted family members and police.

Pavlichko climbed a fence and fled after hearing the girl's brother arrive home. The brother chased him through several yards and was able to detain him until police arrived.

Pavlichko was placed in Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly on $10,000 bail.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Malware Update---January 28, 2010

I thought I had fixed my problems on Wednesday, January 27th, but it turns it I didn't.

My PC refused to shutdown gracefully, and each time I fired up Windows, I received error messages indicating that I had a problem with

AXWin Frame

and this one...

To help protect your computer, Windows has closed this...

Generic Host Process for Win32 Services

Just about as soon as this occurred, all other windows had problems---and Task Manager failed to load.

A graceful shutdown was impossible.

Furthermore, booting into Safemode was also impossible. I would freeze on MUP.SYS

I used another computer to search the Internet for help, and it suggested that I download and run a program called


which I did. It took about an hour to download, install and run, and after several planned shutdowns and reboots (the first shutdown failed, so I had to power off), it told me that my ATAPI.SYS device driver was corrupted, and that it had fixed it.

1 hour later, I was able to fire up Windows (without any error messages) and I've been running continuously for the last day.

I'm just about finished performing a massive backup, and at some point today, I'm going to shutdown and restart in Safemode--after which I'll run Malwarebytes and my Symantec Anitvirus scan.

A former student of mine, David Turner, has also emailed me with some very detailed instructions to ensure that I'm finally free of this malware.

The name sounds like a nuisance, but it's far from that---it's a real pain in the ***

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Antivirus XP 2010 Malware--what a pain

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions, and mainly for the support.

My wife's PC had been infected with the Antivirus Malware twice, and Malwarebytes (free download from CNET.COM) fixed it both times. However, it seemed to have gained some strength by the time it morphed into Antivirus XP 2010.

One interesting thing it did was to disable the other user accounts on my PC so that I could only execute programs via the "Run as' with the infected account I had--so I was really stuck using my infected account to try to solve the problem.

I also found I was unable to boot the PC into Safe Mode--not sure if that's related to the Malware--I hope not.

Also, when I tried to run my copy of Malwarebytes, it had erased mbam.exe--the executable. Then, when I tried to reinstall from the setup I had on my PC, it tried to stop the execution. Using Task Manager, I managed to kill av.exe long enough for the setup to run, but guess what---after the install worked, it once again deleted mbam.exe, leaving me with a folder containing all but the executable.

An Internet site I found suggested renaming the setup executable and installing it in a folder other than Malwarebytes. I did that, and again, using Task Manager to kill av.exe long enough to get started, managed to run Malwarbytes through an entire scan yesterday morning. It identified about 14 infections, rebooted to delete the bad guys, and I was hoping when it came back up all would be fine. It wasn't.

Again, I ran Malwarebytes, but this time it came back clean--as did Symantec and Spyware Doctor. Like you guys, and some advice on the Internet, I came to the conclusion that running a 1 month old version of Malwarebytes didn't cut it.

I fired up Malwarebytes again, selected Update, and it told me it was getting the latest signatures-version, and that it would shut down and reinstall. It didn't--av.exe seemed to be loading whenever anything tried to fire up.

Finally this morning I went out to and downloaded the latest setup executable they had--it must have had something in there for this virus-malware, because after once again renaming the setup and installing it into a decoy folder and renaming mbam.exe to something else, I was able to run a 3 hour scan.

I must confess I had some doubt, but it found 5 infections, and after a reboot (shutdown failed, I had to pull the plug on the PC), when it rebooted the malware seemed to have been destroyed.
At least that's the way it appear.

I had some residual error messages that the Internet says indicates I need to clean my registry---I just did that using CCleaner (another free download from CNET.COM), so knock on wood, I seem to be OK now.

Thanks again for your concern and advice.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Oakland Athletics baseball prospect Grant Desme retires to enter priesthood

Oakland Athletics baseball prospect Grant Desme has retired to enter the priesthood. Check out the ESPN article below.

This young man is not a marginal player--he's someone who could probably be making 10 million a year in a few more seasons---so he's giving up a lot.

This got me to thinking about others who have left promising careers to pursue a religious life--the one that comes immediately to mind is Dolores Hart, a promising actress who gave Elvis Presley his first onscreen kiss.

She's now the head sister in a cloistered nunnery---and, as a a member of the Motion Pictures Academy, still reviews and votes on movies for the Academy Awards.

Read more about her here---

I know that for many years, her loyal ex-boyfriend, whose name I can't recall, would visit her monthly.

Friday, January 22, 2010

This never gets old...the Beatitudes (From the Sermon on the Mount)

The Beatitudes (From the Sermon on the Mount)

"And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

If I could have guessed...

I've been amused at some of the search topics that get people to my blog---some topics that I thought would be great in 2009 that have been duds have been

Career Advice
Information about computer programming
Random thoughts on Science
Distance Education

Best TV shows I've seen in 2010

1. 2 weeks in Hell--the story of the Green Beret Tryout camp

Columbia Sportswear Washing Instructions--2010 update

I posted a blog entry earlier in 2009 that I initially termed 'not my best', but in hindsight, turned out to me one of my most popular---a post describing how to wash a Columbia Sportswear Jacket.

The instructions, found elsewhere on my blog, but easily locatable, enabled me to keep my jacket for about 10 years.

My wife finally got tired of me wearing the same one, and bought me a brand new one for Christmas.

Here are the washing instructions for my new Columbia Sportswear Jacket--which I notice was made in Vietnam.

209 XM 7349


These are the instructions I found on the liner--they're slightly different.

209 SM 7464


Retrofitness Update---January 22, 2010

One of my popular blogging topics, based on Search Engine results, are those I post on Retrofitness. In fact, my single most popular search engine phrase is "Retrofitness sucks." As you'll see in my review, that's far from the case---I think they're actually pretty good.

Here's a 2010 update.

I've had hundreds of people read my stories about my experiences with Retrofitness in Moorestown, including people I believe were the owners who posted a comment, in response to a complaint I had, that said "you're an asshole."

Just some background.

My wife is a loyal member of Retrofitness, has been for over 2 years, and I was a member for 1 year.

I've been a member of about 4 fitness clubs, and I have to say that Retrofitness and Riverton Fitness, in Riverton, NJ, are the best I've belonged to. Of the others I've seen, the Racket club on Krewstown Road in Northeast Philadelphia is undoubtedly the best, but it has a lot more facilities and space than these 2.

Let's get back to Retrofitness in Moorestown (on Main Street).

It's a pleasant club, has good equipment, some free weights, a movie room, clean bathroom, a couple of showers, a tanning room, an on site babysitter and chiropractor. Sounds good, and really is good.

Each treadmill has its own TV, and for the most part, they work.

To my knowledge, they have no classes--yoga, kickboxing, spinning, etc. If you want these, you'll need to check somewhere else.

Staff is pretty helpful, although don't ask them to post your Avon catalogs on the front desk for you.

Like most businesses these days, the owners are absentee---I never saw them, only heard their names whispered, and except for the guy who called me an asshole, never really heard from them either.

Retrofitness has a connection with a group called EFT, a company of personal trainers.

I never used EFT myself, but my wife does.

They charge $30 per half hour session, and the trainers I saw looked pretty fit. You sign up for a package of training sessions---a 1 year deal, which I believe gets you 4 sessions per week, 12 months per year.

You pay your first and last month up front, and then your credit or debit card is charged each month. The 1 year contract expires in 1 year, and it's automatically renewed to a month-t0-month unless you provide 30 (or is it 60) days notice via Certified letter.

Retrofitness works the same way--a 1 year contract, with some money up front, and debit or credit each month.

My only complaint with Retrofitness while I was there was that they ignored my letter that I was quitting the club, and kept charging my credit card, and they neglected to fix a broken water fountain for several weeks.

I recently had a problem with EFT in regards to my wife when they seemingly charged her twice for that last payment in her 1 year contract---despite several calls to the company, I still don't understand why they charged her for December when that was her last payment, but the company assured me they'll fix it. We'll see.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Cinnaminson ponders red-light camras (2010-01-20)

Many municipalities are re-thinking their use of red-light cameras, but Cinnaminson is in the early stages of applying to the state for permission to install them.

Knowing my hatred for the dreaded Route 130 corridor, it should come as no surprise that I wholeheartedly endorse the idea---although you can certainly expect some rear-end collisions as a result--but that's better than a T-bone collision or a killed pedestrian.

The following article indicates that the Route 130-Andover intersection may be the first choice--but the Riverton Road Intersection, where there are 2 traffic lights within a couple hundred feet of each other (in violation of New Jersey State standards) is where I would start.

Here's a link to the Burlington County Times article...

Suspicious Plates in my neighborhood (Updated: 2010-02-10)

With all the suspicious activity going on in my neighborhood lately, I thought i would start keeping track of unknown vehicles

Truck parked in front of my house during snowstorm

Silver 4 door Honda perhaps parked across the street in front of Jack's driveway

The Saint in Camden

Anyone hear anything about the saint in Camden?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sean's mom: System failed us

This is a link to a beautifully written Op/Ed by the mother of Sean Conroy, brutally murdered by a bunch of animals in Philadelphia last year.

Sean was murdered as part of a gang initiation. He could have been anyone's son, brother, father, friend.

Good luck changing any Philadelphia or Pennsylvania law---laws there are meant to protect criminals, not protect the innocent.

22 year old Drexel University student shot while waiting in line at the movies

On Friday evening, January 15th, a 22 year old Drexel University student was shot while waiting to buy a ticket at the Bridge, a National Amusements theater, on Walnut Street near 40th, about 4 blocks from the campus.

The student was shot in the leg, and is in stable condition at a local hospital.

From the newsreport, I'd have to characterize the shooting as scare and reckless. An off duty police officer from Harrisburg attempted to intervene into an armed robbery of the ticket stand---it appears the smart thing to do might have been to allow the robbery to proceed, and follow the robber, rather than announce that he was police office and start the ball of violence rolling. However, I'm more than willing to defer to police and violence experts on that one.

I haven't seen any public statement from Drexel University on the shooting.

Here's a link to the Philadelphia Inquirer news article if you want more details...

Cinnaminson Pet Owners--take notice

Cinnaminson Pet Owners---did you happen to notice the notice from the township that appeared on Page A5 of the Burlington County Times Monday, January 18th edition?

It's a notice about Cinnaminson Dog Licenses---they are renewed in January, and the paper has a form for you to mail, along with a $12 fee.

In bold print appears this statement:

"Over the summer the Township performed a census of dogs and cats. Addresses were noted and the database updated for dogs and cats that were seen or heard - summons and fines could be issued. Please license your dog or cat."

Is the township serious about this? I can't recall seeing anyone walking (or driving) through my part of the town this summer looking for dogs and cats.

Can a fine or summons be issued on the basis of a dog or cat being seen or 'heard' in someone's yard?

My neighbor has visiting dogs in her yard all the time--many of her relatives own them.

And there's always a cat in my yard---but I can assure you, it's not mine.

At any rate, you have until January 31st to get your $12 fee to the township (plus a $3 surcharge for dogs not spayed or neutered.)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Chapel Manor strikes again

I'm not a big fan of Chapel Manor Nursing Home in Philadelphia---do whatever you can to keep your loved ones out of there. If you need details, let me know.

The latest in their series of miscues apparently occured over the weekend when they informed a family that their loved one had died--and they hadn't.

This mismanagement doesn't surprise me in the least.

Here's a link to the story...

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Breaking News---Arrest Made In Cinnaminson Burglaries

According to, an arrest has been made in the Cinnaminson burlary case. Here's the story...

A Cinnaminson man has been arrested and charged in a rash of burglaries that occurred within blocks of the suspect's home the weekend of January 9.

According to police, Brian Zimmerman, 33, is accused of breaking into the St. Charles Borromeo School and stealing computer equipment from a kindergarten classroom and burglarizing three other homes on St. Charles Place, Pomona Road and Branch Pike.

Cinnaminson police detectives developed their case against Zimmerman after observing him pawning jewelry from one of the burglaries. Police then matched Zimmerman's footprints to those founds at the crime scenes.

Zimmerman, who is being held at the Burlington County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail has been charged with three counts of burglary, one count of attempted burglary, three counts of theft, one count of criminal mischief, one count of defiant trespass, two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon and one count of certain persons prohibited from having weapons. Additional charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

Potential 2010 Topics

Microsoft Exams retired
Running for the beginner
Underage Drinking
Computer Programming as a career
Drexel University

Friday, January 15, 2010

Father Tom Hagen---Hands Together

I just spent a few minutes writing about Father Mike Figler, and I decided I needed to write about another priest, Father Tom Hagen, OSFS, an oblate priest of St. Francis Desales.

I first met Father Hagen when I attended Northeast Catholic High School. He was a young, energetic, very devout and holy priest.

I graduated, moved on with my life and about 30 years later (probably about 2003), I was in a pew at Church listening to someone talk about an organization called Hands Together

which does charity work in Haiti. The organization was founded by Father Tom Hagen, OSFS in 1986.

I remember going on the Internet, checking out the organization, and marvelling at everything this man had done.

Haiti, one of the poorest countries on earth, is also pretty dangerous, and the stories I read about Father Tom and his organization were unbelievable.

I believe I either mailed a check or clicked on a Credit Card link to send some money---and from time to time, when someone mentioned Haiti, I probably said I know someone doing charitable work there, but like everything, you tend to take these things for granted---until Monday, January 11th, when the earthquake hit.

I immediately thought of Father Tom and wondered and was worried about his safety.

I was hoping that Hands Together would provide me some information about Father Tom---I must admit, I never called them, but I was hoping their website would have something on it. It didn't. I also know that at any given time they have a group of volunteers in the country---no word on them either.

However, yesterday, my internet radar found a link that indicates that he's alive and well--but that the country, and his mission, face tremendous challenges ahead.

Today, Hands Together did have a status report on the group---2 seminarians had been killed, and the chief-of-staff's daughter was also killed. Father Tom is headed back to the United States---undoubtedly, he'll be going back to Haiti sometime.

In trying to find word on Father Tom, I came upon a large number of postings which made me marvel even more at his vocation, passion, and real courage. This man--this priest---is the Mother Theresa of Haiti. I pray for his health and safety.

Again, here is the link for Hands Together...

Here's a video that shows some of the work being done. Not be forgotten in all of the work is Executive Director Doug Campbell.

Here's a link that gives you an idea of the struggles the organization faces each day...

I have a feeling I'll be writing more about Father Hagen, Doug Campbell, and Hands Together.

Father Mike Figler

My blog statistics indicated that Father Mike Figler is a hot topic, so I thought I would revisit him.

I first encountered Father Mike when he became pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Riverton, NJ. I believe that was in 2003.

He's a very devout, young, funny priest and the parishioners loved him.

We were very saddened when he announced, in June of 2009, that he was being transferred to a new church in Atlantic Highlands, NJ. Atlantic Highlands is a sea shore town that is just about as far north on the Jersey coast that you can get.

Fahter Mike is now the pastor of two parishes in New Jersey

St. Agnes

Our Lady Of Perpetual Help

He is also in charge of a school

Mother Theresa Regional School

I have several email addresses for Father Mike:

Father Mike wrote to a local newspaper upon his arrival in North Jersey---here is the link

In July, he sent out a letter to his former parishioners at Sacred Heart telling us he missed us, and that he was doing well in his new assignment. I answered him, and told him a priest as popular as he is needs a Facebook page, or at least a Facebook Fan Page. I don't think he has one (let me, not yet).

Father Mike showed up on the Internet Radar in December of 2009

I would be remiss if I didn't mention the Network Evangelization Team (NET). Father Mike was a member for 3 years before entering the Seminary, and while at Sacred Heart, he always invited one of the teams to do a retreat for our young people. Here are a couple of links to NET which picture Father Mike...



Finally, for those of you who didn't know, Father Mike's sister had Sextuplets several years ago and she, her husband and the kids are the stars of the Learning Channel's Table of 12 show.

If you watch carefully, you can see Father Mike in one of the episodes.

Here are two articles about the family...

I hope you find this short article worthwhile, and if you contact him because of it, please be sure to let him know I said hello.

He is truly a devout and holy priest, and an exemplary example of Jesus on earth.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Haiti...and the top 10 deadliest natural disasters in History

With the earthquake in Haiti yersterday (January 12,2010) promising to be a very deadly one, I checked out Wikipedia which currently lists these 10 natural disasters to be the deadliest in History.

Note: This list excludes diseases and famines, which would otherwise occupy the entire list.

Rank Event Location Date Death Toll (Estimate)
1. 1931 China floods China 01931-01-01July-November, 1931 1,000,000–4,000,000*[1]
2. 1887 Yellow River flood China 01887-01-01September-October, 1887 900,000–2,000,00
3. 1556 Shaanxi earthquake Shaanxi Province, China 01556-01-01January 23, 1556 830,000
4. 1970 Bhola cyclone Bangladesh 01970-01-01November 13, 1970 500,000
5. 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake/tsunami Indian Ocean, India, Indonesia, Coast of Africa, and many more countries 02004-12-26December 26, 2004 230,000+
6. 526 Antioch earthquake Antioch, Byzantine Empire 00526-05-20May 20, 526 250,000
7. 1976 Tangshan earthquake Tangshan, Hebei, China 01976-07-28July 28, 1976 242,000
8. 1920 Haiyuan earthquake Haiyuan, Ningxia-Gansu, China 01920-12-16December 26, 1920 240,000
9. 1839 India Cyclone India 01839-01-01November 25, 1839 300,000
10. 1975 Banqiao Dam flood Zhumadian, Henan Province, China 01975-08-07August 7, 1975 90,000–230,000

Route 130 Fatalities

Blog Statistics show that people are searching for Route 130 Fatalities, so I'm compiling a list of them. 9 Pedestrians have been killed since 2006, with many more victims in cars.

Here are a list of the fatalities I have so far. If I'm missing anything, let me know.


2010-01-04 Robert Schick Motor Vehicle Cinnaminson

2009-07-12 Woman(55) Pedestrian
2009-07-02 Christin Smith(27) Motor Vehicle North Brunswick
2009-06-09 Hector Sariol(53) Pedestrian Delran (Waiting for a bus)
2009-05-04 Candace Puckett(26) Pedestrian
2009-02-04 Jimmy Greene(41) Motor Vehicle Princenton
2009-02-02 Unknown Motor Vehichle Burlington Township
2009-01 Man (26) Pedestrian

2008-12-09 Boy (4) Pedestrian Burlington City
2008-08-13 Christopher Zerby(41) Motor Vehicle North Brunswick
2008-08-13 Ainsworth Wright(38) Motor Vehicle South Brunswick
2008-08-02 Sarah Nowalinski(19) Motor Vehicle Bordentown
2008-07-27 Christopher Bender(47) Bicyclist Pensuaken
2008-07-19 Danielle Bonfanti(22) Pedestrian Florence
2008-02 84 year old woman

2007-08-23 Woman(44) Pedestrian Burlington Township
2007-08-03 Angel C. Rios, 3rd(23) Pedestrian Cinnaminson
2006-01-26 Bong Keum Kim(48) Pedestrian Riverdale
2006-01-10 Wayne Clark(66) Motor Vehicle

2005-12-02 Christopher Pellicane(24) Motor Vehicle Wahsington Township

2004-12-19 William Grieb(34) Pedestrian Bordentown

2003-12-01 William Hauck(24) Pedestrian Cinnaminson

My Blog's Keyword Analysis---2010-01-13

Here are the last 500 hundred search terms that got people to my blog...My most popular topics are Father Michael Figler, Five Guys, and Washing Instructions for Columbia Sportwear Jackets.

Some of these questions are pretty interesting---I'll need to devote some time to them in the future.

14 4.78% Father Michael Figler in North Jersey
12 4.10% father michael figler
9 3.07% how to wash columbia jacket
8 2.73% five guys cinnaminson nj
8 2.73% columbia sportswear washing instructions
6 2.05% washing columbia jackets
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Suspcious vehicles parked on my street--2010-01-12

I saw in the Burlington County Times that there is a burglary problem in Cinnaminson and that I should report all suspicious activity to the local police.

Let's start with this one...

Light colored vehicle

Police investigating a wave of burglaries in Cinnaminson

Police are investigating a wave of burglaries last week that occurred within a couple of blocks of one another and are believed to be related.

The six incidents occurred at four homes, the St. Charles Borromeo School and a dry cleaner, police said Monday.

Computer equipment of undetermined value was stolen from a kindergarten class at St. Charles Borromeo on Branch Pike between Thursday night and Friday morning. Police did not know how entry was gained.

A home in the 2500 block of St. Charles Place was entered through a read window between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Friday. A video game system and jewelry of undetermined value were taken.

A large stone was thrown through a read window and activated an alert at a home in the 700 block of Pomona Road at 6 p.m. Friday. No damage estimate was given. Nothing was reported stolen.

A rear window was broken out and a container of change stolen from a home in the 2500 block of Branch Pike between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Friday. Neither a damage estimate nor the amount of money taken was provided.

At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, neighbors discovered a rear door and window open in the 2400 block of St. Charles Place. Police did not know if anything was taken.

A large rock was thrown through a front plate glass window at a dry cleaner in the 200 block of Route 130 at 11:30 p.m. Saturday. About $80 in cash was stolen.

Residents of the Sherwood, Ivystone and St. Charles Place developments are urged to notify police if they see any suspicious activity.

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to contact township police at 856-829-6667, ext. 74.

My notes: Too bad I didn't know about this on Sunday when I saw that suspicious person walking through the neighborhood yards, obviously avoiding the street. And the car parked in front of the house on Wednesday evening. That's why we have a reverse 911 system in Cinnaminson.

NJ approves drunken driver ignition lock bill

Some first-time drunken drivers will have to install ignition interlock devices under legislation approved by both houses of the New Jersey Legislature.

The Assembly and State both overwhelmingly passed the bill on Monday, sending it to Gov. Jon S. Corzine's desk.

It will require first-time drunken drivers with a blood-alcohol level of .15 percent or higher---nearly twice New Jersey's .08 limit---to install the device. The ignition interlock won;t let the vehicle start until the driver blows into the Breathalyzer device and is deemed sober.

Judges can already require the device for repeat offenders.

For more, check this link...

Saturday, January 9, 2010

2010--Drivers are getting worse

Is it just me, or have other noticed, the very impatient drivers on the road.

I drive through residential streets for the most part, and I can't recall a week where I had so many ill-tempered, impatient drivers tailgating me.

Just this past week, I had to open my window and invite someone to pass me IN A SCHOOL ZONE because she simply couldn't tolerate me driving the posted speed limit of 25MPH. Turns out, she was headed to the same train station that I was, and she managed to park her car and get to the platform on time--but really, sweetheart, if you're that nervous about making your train, try getting up 10 minutes earlier.

On Thursday, while doing 15MPH in a Philadellphia school zone with flashing overhead lights, I was nearly rear-eneded by a woman with New Jersey plates who thought 35 to 40MPH was really the appropriate speed in a 2 block area full of children, parents with toddlers, etc. I hit the horn as she passed, and two crossing guards were stunned--they should have taken out a pen and jotted her plate number down and given it to the police (I think they can do that.) I bet she would love it if her kids were subjected to this sort of danger in her Moorestown neighborhood---of course, she doesn't much care what she does on Levick street in Northeast Philadelphia.

Speaking of plates, here are 2 that regularly tailgate me on my way home---once again, it's a posted 25MPH zone, and he or she just can't wait to get home for whatever. By the way, people who anger other drivers should avoid having vanity plates---it's way too easy to find you in the neighborhood.


Route 130 Fatalities and Injuries

I've decided to make a list of the fatalities on my section of Route 130 from the last few years. The road is full of dangerous, sometimes drunken drivers (many coming from the Merion Caterers in Cinnaminson) and I'd love to see some more police activity there.

May these victims of Route 130 rest in peace.

2010-01-04, Robert Schick, Delanco, 66 years old, killed
2010-01-04, Doris Ross, Unknown, 69 years old, injured

Friday, January 8, 2010

Thoughts on the Biggest Loser's Season 9 Premier on January 5, 2010

Those of you who read my blog regularly no that while I watch the Biggest Loser regularly, I have some real problems with it. It could be so much better than it is, and provide a lot of inspiration and help to those who need to lose weight. Instead, it's just another stupid reality show, that does a great job in distorting reality, and not providing enough nutritional and caloric information to really help people lose weight.

Some random thoughts I had while watching the first episdoe of Season 9

Dump Jillian Michaels and bring back Kim Lyons.

Season 9 Biggest Loser Contestant Bios and starting weights
(you won't find these at

One season, I really want one of the Biggest Loser contestants to hit screaming Jillian right in the kisser :) She's hardly motivational.

I still think the winner of Biggest Loser should be the contestant who comes closes to hitting a medically approved ideal weight.

Average Biggest Loser Season 9 Contestant Weight is 328.9. pounds

Men's average is 394---Women 291.

Season 9 Biggest Loser men are unusally tall---making it even more difficult for a woman to win. Average man's height is 6'1". 3 contestants are over 6'4". Two are 6'5".

Historically, a weight loss of 50% will win it. If James or John lose 50%, they'll weigh in at 242---not very healthy, but they are 6'5".

Oops, I forgot Michael. His starting weight is 562. 50% would be 263. Not great on on 6'3" frame, but a lot healthier than he is now.

For the women, it's a lot harder. A 50% weight loss for 5'1" Sherry would have her weight at 109 pounds---a bit underweight, I would say.

Route 130 is named New Jersey's deadliest road for Pedestrians

No surprise here---Route 130 is named New Jersey's deadliest road for Pedestrians. Nine pedestrians were killed by motor vehicls on the highway between 2006 and 2008---3 in Cinnaminson.

Route 130 is not my favorite road, and those of you who read my blog regularly know. It's not only dangerous for pedestrians, but for those in cars as well.

Here's the Courier Post news article link if you want to read more...

Medicare Fraud?

I received a box in the mail with some Diabetes testing supplies a few weeks ago addressed to my address but with someone else's name on it.

I called the company


and they told me that if I knew anyone who could use them, I could give them away.

Never asked me the name of the person on the label
Didn't seem concerned that something was shipped to the wrong person

This reminds me of a 60 Minutes expose a few months ago where people were getting bills for medical items they never ordered or were prescribed for.

What do you think>

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Philadelphia--what's up?

Why is it the City of Philadelphia is willing to pay big money for fireworks, but won't sponsor the Mummers, a potential World Series Parade, or God willing, a Superbowl parade?