Cherry Hill Linked to Times Square Bomb Attempt

The FBI searched two properties in South Jersey Thursday as a part of a group of raids associated with the foiled Times Square bombing terrorist plot.

Executing search warrants given by the New York FBI field office, federal agents moved in on a Cherry Hill, N.J. condominium and a Camden printing company. Both properties belong to brothers Muhammad Fiaez and Iqbal Hinjhara.

Fiaez says the FBI came knocking at their home just before 6 a.m.

“They just come in and ask questions, that’s it,”  Fiaez said.

The Cherry Hill man stated federal authorities split the brothers apart for questioning.  He would not elaborate as to what was really asked, but said Times Square never came up in the conversation.

“No, no, no. Nobody asked me about Times Square,” he said.

It was May 1st when a late-90s Nissan Pathfinder was found in Times Square with a rudamentary car bomb inside that failed to go off. Authorities then launched a massive manhunt and later took Faisal Shahzad into custody just as he was about to fly to Pakistan.

Shahzad is cooperating with authorities.

Federal sources say the brothers were questioned in length about the Hawala system — which is a cash courier network whereby some terrorists are able get their funding.

With Hawala, brokers set up a manual transfer of money that may pass through several people who reside in several countries. This is commonly used in the Middle East as an informal banking system.

Agents also searched their Camden business, the Prompt Printing Press while Fiaez and Hinjhara were being questioned

Authorities took several items from the printing company, witnesses told NBC Philadelphia. Fiaez stated that nothing was taken from his home.

During the Thursday raids, three other people were arrested in the Boston and New York areas.

Fiaez and his brother were only questioned by authorities. Fiaez told NBC Philadelphia. He thinks it was just a case of mistaken identity.

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Voters kill the current School Budget

With the unofficial tally in, the school budget was voted down by nearly 400 votes in yesterday’s election.  That means its back to the drawing board.

Does this mean that Mt. Misery will finally be dropped?  It will be a sharpening of the pencils over at Mahlberg to figure out how to proceed from here.

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Haddonfield battle looms on project

A group of Haddonfield residents is opposing a residential development proposed for the land surrounding Boxwood Hall, a historic Haddon Avenue home that belonged to a family member of the borough’s founder.

Norcross: N.J. workers should live in state

A South Jersey legislator wants all public employees in New Jersey to live in the state.

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Tax news could get worse

Property taxes rose moderately in South Jersey last year, at least by Garden State standards, new figures show. And most tri-county towns ranked well back in the statewide pack in terms of their local increases.

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The Mayor and the Winter Fiasco

Well, I have to say, all of this brew-ha-ha about the mayor’s support personnel "misspeaking" the whereabouts of the mayor during the recent slew of snow storms has been enlightening and entertaining at the same time. 

The primary point that created all of this uproar was the fact that more than one person in the mayor’s office claimed that the mayor was our riding snow plows and tending to the city’s business at hand when in fact Bernie was relaxing in sunny Florida while the rest of us were packed into our houses amongst mountains of snow.   Now, why would someone in the mayors office claim that the mayor was around when in fact he was nowhere to be seen?  It’s not that anyone would be-grudge the mayor for taking some time off.  It’s a very hard job going around glad-handing everyone and hob-nobbing with all of the citizenry.  It’s the fact that the mayor seems to take off every winter for a month at a time.  Does that mean that he works for the remainder of the year without time off?  I would expect not. 

So please explain to my why a city official who is paid $80,000 a year to manage the city can go on an extended vacation every winter?  Is this a part-time job?  If it is then why is the city paying full-time wages? 

Maybe that is why his cronies needed to "misspeak" about his whereabouts. 

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Catholic schools work to boost enrollment

While the region’s public school districts struggle with cuts in state aid that could affect programs and property taxes, the Camden Diocese has been changing how its schools operate to retain current students and attract new ones despite a bleak…

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Budget battle turns to rebates

The annual push and pull over New Jersey’s property tax rebates has begun with a report that Gov.

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NJ Transit’s ticket to ride getting pricier

Bus and rail commuters will be digging deeper to ride NJ Transit.

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1st Annual Food Challenge – Cherry Hill West

On Friday, February 5th, 2010 at 7:30 PM Cherry Hill West High School is hosting the !st Annual Food Challenge where local non-professional bakers will be showing off their baked goods.  The baked goods will be judged by professional bakers from Frog Commissary Catering, Classic Cakes, and Charlene Kronk of Chery Hill West.

Bakers may submit their entry for a $10 entrance fee on four categories – cheesecake, pie, cookies, and brownies.  Tickets are $20 per person and $35 per couple ($25 at the door).  There will also be a silent auction.

The entry form an rules can be found here.

All proceeds will help fund graduation ceremonies.

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