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August 2006


ENHANCING GLOUCESTER CITY’S IMAGE-If the Gloucester City Public Works Department still have their paintbrushes available it would be nice if they put a fresh coat of paint on the traffic barrier at the Little League Field at the foot of Monmouth Street. Doesn't it make you wonder who is responsible for allowing this barrier to rust away? This is an eyesore. If your property looked this bad you would be cited by the Housing Authority. The City Public Works Department has two foreman (Gorman and... Read more →


GLOUCESTER CITY HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE September (8) Cumberland Scrimmage (A) 6:00 (16) Schalick (H) 11:00 (23) Penns Grove (A) 11:00 (30) Woodstown (H) 10:30 October (7) Pitman (H) 10:30 (13) Glassboro (A) 7:00 (21) Pennsville (A) 2:00 (28) Salem (H) 11:00 November (4) Clayton (A) 2:00 (11) NJSIAA Playoff (18) NJSIAA Playoff (23) Gloucester Catholic (A) 10:30 Read more →


Jim E. Ferry Sr. Succumbs To Cancer; Member of Numerous Organizations Funeral Services To Be Held Saturday At Saint Marys Church Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday September 2 at 11:30 am at Saint Mary's Church, 426 Monmouth Street for Jim E. Ferry Sr., of Gloucester City, who passed away on August 28, 2006 at the age of 64. J im was born, raised and lived his entire 64 years in Gloucester City. He was truly a good old 'Gloucester Boy' in every... Read more →

Westville News

COUNCIL SPECIAL FLIP FLOP HAMBURGER WITH LOST FREEDOM FRIES Louis Achilles, owner of Grabbes Restaurant on Delsea Drive in Westville has posted a new lunch special on his tavern sign called a “Council Special Flip Flop Hamburger with Lost Freedom Fries”. Achilles an outspoken critic of the use of eminent domain in his community has been fighting against a controversial $50 million condominium proposal. The project is called the Big Timber Creek redevelopment plan. Under the plan his restaurant could be taken as part of... Read more →


Carl J. Norton Former DeSimone Cadillac Salesman Carl J. Norton, of Westville passed away on August 21, 2006. He was 74. He is survived by his former wife Delores A. Daniels; 3 sons, Carl, Jr., Barry (Lois) and Darryl (Carol); 2 daughters, Dianne Kelly (Otis) and Lynn Garnet (Kenny); one sister, Bertha Brown; 18 grandchildren; 7 great grand children; a life-long friend, Henry Sly; a host of other relatives and friends. Mr. Norton was a former sales representative with DeSimone Cadillac of Cherry Hill. Funeral... Read more →


Anna Mae Hughes Succumbs Age 81; Formerly Of Bellmawr Anna Mae Hughes, (nee Rafferty), of Pitman died suddenly on August 24, 2006, of at the age of 81 A former resident of Bellmawr she is survived by children: James (Nona), Elaine, Helen Stoutenburg (John), Patricia Reimann (Keith) and the late Timothy. Dear grandmother of Angelina, Timmy, Alexandra, Kenny, Christina, Nicholas, and Christopher. Sister of the late Charles, Caroline "Sis" and Joseph. There will be a viewing from 7 to 9 pm Monday, August 28, and... Read more →


Charles ‘Chiz’ Van Meter age 95 Was Born In Gloucester City Charles Van Meter, of Medords, passed away on Friday, August 25, 2006 at the age of 95. Born in Gloucester City, in 1910, Chiz was a long-time resident of Stone Harbor from 1944 and later moved to Cape May Court House. He was a trumpet player in several orchestras and the leader of his own band playing hundreds of venues in Southern NJ from the 30's through the early 60's. Charles was pre-deceased by... Read more →


Mrs. Rita Duer 84 years old Life long Brooklawn Resident Mrs. Rita Duer (nee Rossiler), of Brooklawn, passed away on August 25, 2006 at Laurel Oaks Nursing Home, Voorhees. She was 84 years old. Mrs. Duer was born in Liverpool, England and has resided in Brooklawn for over 55 years. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, and gardening. She was the beloved wife of the late Clifford. Survived by her son, James, a sister, Elaine, four grandchildren and dear friend Tony Pinardo. Relatives and friends are invited... Read more →


Gerald “Jay Bird” Sturmfels Funeral Services Monday Services will be held on Monday August 28 from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Etherington Funeral Home 700 Powell Street for Gerald Edward Sturmfels, of Gloucester City who died on August 25, 2006 at the age of 49. Mr. Sturmfels, known to his friends as Jay Bird, was an excellent banjo and guitar player and belonged to the Broomall and Fralinger String band for many years. He worked as a house painter and all around handyman.... Read more →


Services on Monday Stephen Adamski Active With The Boy Scouts And The Gloucester City Little League Funeral services will be held Monday, August 28, for Stephen Adamski, 47, of Gloucester City who died suddenly on August 23, 2006. He was 47. Mr. Adamski was very active as a Cub master and Scout master for Pack and Troop #165 in Gloucester City. Stephen was the first Eagle Scout of Saint Mary's Church and later Highland Park Church of God. He worked as a painter 19 years... Read more →


Thomas J. Haskins Jr. Age 58 Dept. of Defense Chief of Police Viewing Sunday August 27th Funeral services will be held Monday, August 28 at the Gardner Funeral Home, 126 S. Black Horse Pike, Runnemede for Thomas J. Haskins, Sr., of Bellmawr, who passed away on August 20, 2006. A former resident of Woodbury Mr. Haskins was a Mason, a member of the Fernwood Lodge, a member of the Lou Lou Lodge and was a 32nd Degree with the Excelsior Consistory of West Collingswood Heights.... Read more →

New Homes construction in city

Grand Opening This Weekend Meadowbrook Run Construction Has Begun By Bill Cleary The first major housing construction that has occurred in Gloucester City in many years is underway with flying colors. Work on Beazer Homes Meadowbrook Run being built on the grounds of the former Starlite Drive In, Route 130, and Klemm Avenue began recently and the first home is almost complete. Meadowbrook Run will consist of 64 single three level homes with a price range in the mid $200,000. Taxes on the properties will... Read more →


GLOUCESTER CITY PUBLIC Works employees have been busy painting the park benches at the playgrounds throughout the city over the past week. If you recall several weeks ago we made mention that the benches at the playgrounds were in desperate need of some tender loving care, meaning paint. Apparently are plea didn’t fall on deaf ears. Pictured is the freshly painted bench at the playground, Lane and Thompson Avenue. Now if mayor and council are looking for some other suggestions on what else needs to... Read more →

ClearysNotebook: Kudos To The City Highway Department By William E. Cleary, Publisher Emeritus I noticed that some work has been done recently to the $100,000 Three Corner Park, at Burlington and Middlesex Streets. The park now has three working swings and two sliding boards; a $100,000 doesn’t buy much these days. It is nice to see the “powers to be” in Gloucester City realized that something was amiss at the park after viewing the pictures I had taken and posted on the Internet. (Browser search... Read more →

About Gloucester Catholic High School

Location and facilities 333 Ridgeway Street Gloucester City, NJ 08030 Phone: 856.456.4400 Fax: 856.456.3599 Gloucester Catholic is located across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, in Gloucester City, New Jersey. The school's proximity to Philadelphia allows the students' education to be enhanced through frequent field trips and participation in available cultural activities. School programs are housed in three buildings. In the past six years many changes have been made to upgrade and improve the facilities of both buildings. These include renovations to the science labs, the... Read more →

St. Marys Parish Bulletin

FIRST CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT AND SOCIAL NIGHT Hosted by Good Counsel Homes, founded by Fr. Benedict Groeschel and Chris Bell, will be held on Friday, Oct. 6th, to raise funds for a local Good Counsel Home for homeless Moms and their children, born and preborn. 1 pm shotgun at Pitman Golf Club followed by a social/dinner Dance from 7 – 11 PM at St. Margaret’s Church Hall, Woodbury Heights, NJ. Golf only $100, Golf/Social Combo $125, Social only $30. All are welcome. Even if you... Read more →

August 24, 2006 NEWS

Celebration September 9th Gloucester City Memorial Athletic Assn “Mustangs” Celebrate 60TH Anniversary By Bart Rettew THE BEGINNING - 1946 The year was 1946 and WW-II was over. Many veterans were now returning home to resume their lives that were interrupted by the War. A group of young, local former high school athletes got together and started what was known as, and still is, the Gloucester City Memorial Athletic Association. The club was formally organized on Tuesday, June 18, 1946 at the Dixie Hotel at Burlington... Read more →


Robert O. Wendler Resident Of Brooklawn For 53 Years A Lutheran Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, August 23 at 1:30 p.m. at the McCann Healey Funeral Home for Robert O. Wendler, of Brooklawn who passed away on August 20, 2006 at the age of 78. A former resident of Gloucester City Mr. Wendler resided in Brooklawn for 53 years. He was a Army veteran who served our country from 1946 to 1947. He worked as a crane operator for 25 years at the Philadelphia... Read more →


Services Friday for Anna M. Latini Longtime Dental Receptionist Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. on Friday, August 25 at Sacred Heart Church, Kings Highway, Mt. Ephraim for Anna M. Latini (nee Nardelli) of Mt. Ephraim who passed away on August 19, 2006. She was 85. Mrs. Latini worked as a dental receptionist for 33 years for her son, Dr. Renato R. Latini, whose office is on Kings Highway in Mt. Ephraim. Besides her son and his wife, Dolores she is survived... Read more →


Lessons We Learn As We Grow Older As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to ever let you down probably will. You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it's harder every time. You'll break hearts too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken. You'll fight with your best friend. You'll blame a new love for things an old one did. You'll cry because time is passing too fast, and you'll eventually lose... Read more →


To have your reunion listed on this site e-mail BillGCN@verizon.net Gloucester Catholic High School, Class of 1957, reunion Oct. 12-14. Looking for classmates. Call 609-967-4064 or e-mail PatRegen1957@aol.com. __________________________________________________________________________________ Gloucester Catholic High School, Class of 1961, 45th reunion, Oct. 27-29, Atlas Inn, Cape May, contact Maureen Kenney Grello at 856-456-2318, e-mail maureeng1943@yahoo.com or e-mail atlasinn2@msn.com. ___________________________________________________________________________________ Gloucester City High School, Class of 1956, 50th reunion, Sept. 23, Pennsauken Country Club. Looking for classmates. Call 456-3147 or 856-845-2067 or e-mail cptnstewart@comcast.net. ____________________________________________________________________________________ Gloucester City High School,... Read more →


Herbert R. Riggins S.J. Umpires Assn. Member 32 Years Funeral services will be held Monday, August 21, at the Ellis-Stiefel Funeral Home, 301 Highland Ave. for Herbert R. Riggins, 78, of Westville who passed away August 16, 2006 at the Underwood Memorial Hospital, Woodbury. Monday’s viewing will begin at 9 a.m. followed by services at 11 a.m. A former employee of the E. I. Dupont Company of Gibbstown, Herbert was also a past lifeguard for the Ocean City Beach Patrol. Mr. Riggins was a member... Read more →


Joseph A. Milloro Services Monday August 21st Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, August 21, at the Etherington-Creran Funeral Home 700 Powell St., Gloucester City for Joseph A. Milloro, 55, of Gloucester City, who died on August 18, 2006. The viewing will be Monday morning from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. There will be no evening viewing. Formerly of Camden City, Mr. Milloro is survived by his wife Maryann nee Stratton, children, Linda, BJ, Karen and Steven Milloro. Also survived by his... Read more →

Bills Point of View

photo by Bill Cleary THE DEMOLITION of the 70 homes that were taken under eminent domain to make way for a new Middle School in Gloucester City is almost complete. As of last week there were only four properties remaining. This photo was taken on Fifth Street. The area looks like a vast desert. How sad for those people who lived all their lives in this neighborhood and were forced out of their homes. The City still doesn't know if the state is going to... Read more →

Bills Point of View

photo by Bill Cleary A BEAUTIFUL SITE- A Snowy Egret (scientific name: Egretta thula) visited Martins Lake in Gloucester City last week. The range of the bird is from the United States and southern Canada, south through Central America, the West Indies, South America and Argentina. Habitat: salt marshes, freshwater marshes, ponds, and shallow coastal bays. An endangered species its main diet is fish, crab,amphibians, and insects. Read more →

Bills Point of View

Photo by Bill Cleary IN DESPERATE NEED OF PAINT-A bench at the Lane and Thompson Avenue playground in dire need of some loving care (like paint) from the Gloucester City Public Works Department. The bench along with the fence that surrounds the park have been covered with rust for over a decade or more. It makes you wonder who is responsible for maintaining the park benches and fences at various playgrounds in the city. This just didn't happen over night. Is it the Mayor and... Read more →

Bills Point of View

photo by Bill Cleary BELIEVE IT OR NOT The Delaware River is behind those weeds - A bench at Gloucester City's $5 million Marina has been placed facing the parking lot since the weeds are so tall you can't see the beautiful Philadelphia skyline any longer from this side of the City's marina. Once again it makes one wonder who is responsible for allowing the weeds to grow so tall? Doesn't anyone else care? Millions of dollars have been spent to enhance the City's image.... Read more →

CITY NEEDS IMPROVEMENT Gloucester City Council says it wants to improve the City but they keep doing things to make it impossible. How can we build new homes on Klemm Avenue, or build new condos at Southpoint when we have nothing here to offer people and make them want to live here? The City let the Acme Market move out of town and now they keep turning WAWA down for the things they wish to do to improve the store. One councilwoman even said let... Read more →


THE HARWAN THEATER WILL BE DEMOLISHED The Harwan Theater, a landmark on the Black Horse Pike in Mount Ephraim, since 1930 will be demolished in the not to distant future to make way for the construction of a Walgreen’s Pharmacy. Elias and Eva Harwan opened the theater on Thanksgiving Day in 1930 and named it the Mount Ephraim Theater. In the beginning it was designed for live performance as well as movies. Abbott and Costello and Helen Morgan were among the stars that performed on... Read more →

EPA Brownsfield program

Gloucester City EPA BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM EPA's Brownfields Program empowers states, communities, and other stakeholders in economic development to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields. A brownfield site is real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. On January 11, 2002, President George W. Bush signed into law the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act. Under the Brownfields Law, EPA provides... Read more →

Local News

Letter Carrier Looses Both Her Legs While Loading Her Truck Former Westville resident Maureen Buscher Deprince, who lost both legs after being run down July 24 by a hit-run driver in Ventnor, remains in critical condition, but her friends and family are still trying to plan for when she can come home. Deprince, 38, of Collings Lakes, was on the job as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Ventnor, loading her delivery truck, when a car driven by Allan Miller, 30, of... Read more →

Whats Happening

Scholarships to volunteers The Kennedy Health System's fund-raising auxiliaries have awarded $5,500 in scholarships to high school seniors who have been volunteers at Kennedy Hospitals in Cherry Hill or Stratford. A $2,000 scholarship has been awarded to Chelsea Maiese of Gloucester City, and a $2,000 scholarship was awarded to Patrick Ennis of Somerdale. Maiese, who graduated from Gloucester City High School in June, will attend Arcadia University in Glenside, majoring in psychobiology. She volunteered in the emergency department at Kennedy Memorial Hospitals-University Medical Center, Stratford.... Read more →

Media Release

Philadelphia Eagle Player Charged With Unlawful Weapon Possession Acting Camden County Prosecutor James P. Lynch and Delaware River Port Authority Public Safety Director Vincent J. Borrelli reported today that Derrick Jabar Gaffney, a member of the Philadelphia Eagles pro football team, has been charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon stemming from a car stop in June during which a police officer observed a handgun in the glove compartment. The gun was legally registered in Texas, Gaffney’s former home state, to a family member who... Read more →


Cheers and Jeers By William E. Cleary Publisher Emeritus CHEERS-Congratulations to Gloucester City resident Joe Rafferty on being named the new superintendent of the Mount Ephraim school district. JEERS-In the mid 1980’s Gloucester City spent $100,000 plus on the Three Corner Park, located at Burlington and Middlesex Streets. At the time it was promoted as the “spark” to brighten up the neighborhood. The park today is missing swings, has picnic tables that are broken, sliding boards and park benches are rusted and in need of... Read more →