News Briefs: Heather Barbera Indicted, Mailer Criticized as Anti-Semitic and More


Swastika Among Graffiti Found Painted at Abandoned Bucks County Navy Base

A swastika and other graffiti was found painted in Shenandoah Woods, an abandoned Navy housing development in Warminster Township in Bucks County, reported.

Warminster Township Manager Gregg Schuster said on his Facebook page that the township contacted the Navy about removing the graffiti.

“The use of the swastika is a cowardly act. In light of what our neighbors in Pittsburgh recently went through, I hope we refrain from using these symbols of hate,” Schuster said. “There is no place in Warminster for this disgusting act and I know our community will never accept this behavior.”

The swastika is believed to be different than one seen in a 2017 YouTube video that toured the property. Also in 2017, a swastika was carved into a car in Warminster.

Madonna Seeks Kosher Chef

If you’re a private chef with “confident knowledge of kosher cooking,” Madonna may be looking for you, JTA reported.

The job cooking for the 60-year-old pop star and her six kids pays nearly $142,000 a year and requires frequent travel — she has residences in New York, London and Lisbon, Spain.

“You will be cooking for the Principal, any guests/staff and young children (who all love food and eat the same as the Principal),” the ad reads. “The ideal Chef will have plenty of experience cooking and travelling with VVIP clients, have an endless repertoire of healthy menu ideas and have confident knowledge of kosher cooking.”

For nearly 20 years, Madonna has been involved in the Kabbalah Center. Supposedly, she took on the Hebrew name of Esther.

Connecticut Political Flier Criticized as Possibly Anti-Semitic, Candidate Denies It

Republican Connecticut state Senate candidate Ed Charamut distributed a mailer with a manipulated image of his Democratic Jewish opponent Matt Lesser holding $100 bills — prompting some people to believe the flyer was anti-Semitic, JTA reported.

The flyer said Lesser opposes lowering some taxes.

Lesser said he was surprised when some people told him they received “an anti-Semitic flyer.”

“I did not believe them; I thought there was a mistake,” he told the Hartford Courant. “Someone showed it to me and I think it would be a gross understatement to say I was surprised.”

Charamut said the flyer was not anti-Semitic.

“I reject hate speech in all its forms,” he said. “The mailer draws a stark contrast between myself and Matt Lesser.”

Heather Barbera Indicted on Two Murder Counts

On Oct. 17, a grand jury indicted Heather Barbera, the woman charged with murdering her mother and grandmother in Ventnor, N.J., in July, the Press of Atlantic City reported.

Barbera, 42, was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder, third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and first-degree robbery by inflicting bodily injury for an incident that had occurred July 7.

On July 8, Barbera’s uncle discovered Barbera’s grandmother Elaine Rosen and mother Michelle Gordon dead in their condo. Barbera, who had gone to New York, was later extradited. According to an affidavit of probable cause, Barbera admitted to killing the women by striking them with a nightstick and stealing cash from Rosen and credit cards from Gordon.


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