Opportunity wasted for unusual

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer There are certain things I wish would have been different. I wish I had asked that girl out to dinner instead of making small talk. I wish I was riding in the car when (according to police records) a group of four people planned out a bank robbery in […]

Bank robbery suspects posted note on Spider-Man comic book page

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The suspects accused of robbing American Heritage Bank in Melrose on Monday morning posted a handwritten, misspelled note on the back of a Spider-Man comic book page on the front door of the bank after entering the building, according to court records. The note said, “closed intill further notice, […]

Monkey mom keeps close contact

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Cindy Arnold feeds the spider monkeys Tuesday afternoon at the Hillcrest Zoo. Arnold raised one of the zoo’s spider monkeys after his mother abandoned him at birth. (CNJ staff photos: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The rules of the zoo are smashed by Cindy Arnold. She presses her face against the metal […]

Forget lions or bears or tigers, watch for bugs, oh my

Janet Taylor-Birkey Summer fun is finally here, but along with swimming, camping and playing outdoor sports, safety must be the first line of concern in any fun activity. Those at Cannon and surrounding areas need to be particularly aware of black widows, spiders, scorpions, centipedes and fleas, said Master Sgt. Michael Elliot, a Survival, Evasion, […]

Spiders deserve chance to thrive, too

By Grant McGee: Local columnist “We have a jumping spider in the laundry room,” The Lady of the House said a few days ago. “So?” I said. “It’ll eat all the bugs in there.” “I don’t mind it being there, it was just being obstreperous.” The Lady of the House uses big words because she’s […]

Ag Sense: Spider mites threat to more than corn

By Mark Marsalis If the dry fall and winter are any indication of what to expect this summer, corn producers should be aware of the potential for damage from spider mite infestations. Mite outbreaks are most common in hot, dry, windy years and in drought-stressed corn, even in irrigated fields. In areas where spider mites […]

‘Hulk’ not worth the trouble

By Stacy Allen I have a hard time coming up with anything good to say about “The Hulk.” When I first saw the previews I had my doubts and figured this movie probably would fail in the comparison of “Spider-Man.” After seeing the movie my doubts were confirmed and all I can say is I […]