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November 2006

Unaware of City News Policy Not to request crime report

November 30, 2006 To: Gloucester City Police Chief William Crothers From: William E. Cleary aka ClearysNotebook Dear Chief Crothers: It has come to my attention that the Gloucester City News Publisher and Editor, Albert Countryman was not in the habit of requesting a weekly crime report from your department on what crimes had been committed in Gloucester City over the previous week. In addition, because of my conversations with Mr. Countryman I had perceived your... Read more →

less federal funds for Gloucester Schools

Federal mandate straps S.J.'s vocational schools Federal standards designed to improve education in public schools are hurting vocational and technical programs statewide, officials said. In Camden County, a consequence has been less money for teacher salaries and benefits. Camden County Technical Schools is requiring for the first time that schools sending students pay tuition, $2,500 per student. The tuition costs, intended to plug a $4.8 million budget shortfall, begin in September. The new costs have... Read more →

Obit Hagan

Charles Hagan, former Gloucester City Water Dept. Employee Funeral Services Friday at McCann Healey Funeral Home Charles J. Hagan Sr., of Gloucester City passed away on November 28, 2006 at the age of 71. Charles was born, raised and lived his entire life in Gloucester City. He worked 32 years for the Gloucester City Water Department and retired in 1991 as a senior water repairman. Charles was a volunteer fireman for Gloucester City Fire Department... Read more →

Train display

Reading Terminal Holiday Railroad Display Now Open Reading Terminal Holiday Railroad November 24th -December 31st 10 am – 6pm Located in lobby of the Reading Terminal Headhouse Start a new holiday tradition with your family by visiting this giant model railroad display, a highly detailed and interactive wonderland featuring historic scenes of Philadelphia and rural Pennsylvania. Trolleys and Reading Railroad trains will pass through a replica of City Hall, over the Schuylkill River, under the... Read more →

Obit Carder

CARDER, LAWRENCE On November 25, 2006,age 53, of Voorhees Twp.and formerly of Gloucester City, NJ. He was the devotedhusband of Lorraine (nee King) and loving father of Thomas Barton (Nancy),Philip Barton (Marian), Lori Fagnani (Carmen) and Gerald Carder. His dear grandchildren Dominic and Jacob Fagnani and Evan Barton also survived him. Mr. Carder was a U.S. Marine Corp. Veteran and had been employed at the National Gypsum Co. in Delair, NJ. Relatives and friends are... Read more →

How to Travel From Gloucester City To Japan

Gloucester City Resident Runs A Successful English School In Japan By Hank Miller Jr. Editors Note: Harry grew up in Gloucester City before entering the service he and his siblings lived in a corner house at Brown and Hudson Streets. After their father passed away the children resided with their grandparents , Mr. & Mrs. Harry Barron. Marie Miller, his mother, worked at Mosteigs Bakery at Brown and Bergen Sts. Hank's brother is Joe Miller... Read more →

Obit Venturino

VENTURINO, RONALD K. Suddenly on November 24, 2006, a resident of Gloucester City, NJ. Age 52 years. Loving father of Ronald W. Venturino of Lumberton, Erin Hargrove and her husband Edward of Deptford, and Alex Venturino of Woodlynne, and beloved son of Ellen Hancock, (nee Britton), of VA Beach. His brothers Anthony Venturino and Albert Fedorka, and sister Deborah Tomlin also survive him. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Ronald's viewing on Wednesday morning... Read more →

Obit Tobin

TOBIN, JOHN PATRICK On November 25, 2006, age 46 years, a lifelong resident of Gloucester City. Dear son of Thomas Tobin and the late Patricia, (nee McClain). Father of Danielle, Tina, Nadine, John and Tabitha. Beloved brother of Thomas,Edward, Robert, Timothy, James, Daniel, Patricia and Rosalie. A 1974 graduate of St. Mary's Grammar School, and a 1978 graduate of Gloucester City High School. John attended the college of 'Hardknocks', and was known as a 'Mentor... Read more →

Poll Results: Thanks For Participating

Regarding the poll we have been running since Friday, on the following question; Should the Gloucester City Police Department release a weekly crime report to the local media? Of the 105 people who voted, 96 percent were in favor of the Gloucester City News publishing a weekly crime report; while four percent were against it. Thank You for participating. Read more →

Obit Stites

STITES, JANE K. (nee Kinninger), 79, of Westville, died on November 24, 2006. She was born in Sidney, Ohio and was a graduate of Holy Angels High School there. Jane is survived by her husband of fifty-one years, Robert B. Stites, of Westville; her brother, Thomas R. Kinninger and his wife Patricia, of Sidney, OH; her brother-in-law, Virgil A. Stites and his wife, Jeanette, of Simi Valley, CA, and many nephews and nieces. A Memorial... Read more →

Rafferty Begins Tenure

Joe Rafferty Officially Mt. Ephraim School Supt. By Linda Boker-Angelo NEWS Correspondent New superintendent Joseph Rafferty has officially started his tenure in the Mount Ephraim School District. Rafferty was appointed in July to replace outgoing Chief School Administrator Richard Serfling, who will be retiring in December. He joined the district on November 1in the role of transitional superintendent/principal, a position he will hold for the next two months. He will fully assume all duties on... Read more →


URBAN ENTERPRISE ZONES QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS GENERAL 1. When can a business owner obtain tax benefits in an Urban Enterprise Zone or Urban Enterprise Zone impacted business district? Answer - When it is certified as a qualified business, within a designated zone, by the Urban 2. What is an Urban Enterprise Zone? Answer - Enterprise Zone Authority. Exemption certificates will then be issued by the Division of Taxation, effective on the date of certification. A... Read more →

Nov. 26County by County Property Tax Chart

NEW JERSERY PROPERTY TAX CHART by: huntsu Sun Nov 26, 2006 at 12:44:05 PM EST The New York Times has a boring story that rehashes all the idiotic themes for why we have a property tax problem in the tri-state area, but as a public service they have pulled together the median home price, median property taxes and property taxes per $100,000 of home value for more than 450 of New Jersey's towns. I stole... Read more →

Sanford & Son Junk Yard!

Housing Code Violations; City Official Says They Are Working On It A resident in the 400 block of Ridgeway Street , Gloucester City, says he has been complaining to City officials about having to look at a trash dump behind some homes in the 100 unit block of South Sussex Street for years. He said there are times when the property owners don't put their trash out for pickup for weeks at a time. He... Read more →

Obit Branch

Bernice M. Branch, 1956 Gloucester City High Graduate Bernice M. (nee Carr) Branch, of Westville passed away suddenly on November 25, 2006. A former resident of Gloucester City and San Diego, California she is the daughter of the late Robert and Alice Carr (nee Palmer). Wife of 33 years to George Branch; mother of Allen and his wife Susan Branch of Asheville, North Carolina; grandmother of Robert, Kristopher, Kevin and Ray Branch and great-grandmother of... Read more →

Obit Brown

William J . Brown Of Bellmawr: Services Tuesday On November 23, 2006, of Bellmawr, NJ for 41 years. Beloved son of Jennings E. (Fred) and the late Sadie M. Brown (nee McCleery). Loving brother of Jay Brown, Virginia Lambert, Elizabeth Bower, Carol Polillo, Roger Brown and respective spouses. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, family members and friends. His loss will also be felt by his friends and co-workers at Genesis Healthcare in Voorhees, NJ.... Read more →

Rutgers 38; Syracuse 7

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — With a game ball in one hand, a teary Brian Leonard used a knight's sword as a baton to direct the Rutgers band in the school alma mater in yet another celebration at the birthplace of college football on Saturday. Leonard become Rutgers' career scoring leader and the No. 15 Scarlet Knights moved within a win of earning their first BIG EAST championship with a 38-7 victory over Syracuse on Saturday.FULL STORY Read more →

Obit Abate

Canio R. Abate WW II Veteran; Brooklawn American Legion Member, Services Sunday evening Canio R. Abate, age 86, of Brooklawn, passed away on November 23, 2006. Funeral services will be held Sunday evening. Mr. Abate served as a Corporal in the United States Air Force during World War II where he was awarded the European-African Middle Eastern Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Canio worked for Majestic Wines and Spirits, which is now part of... Read more →

Warm weather continues will continue the trend of warmth in the Delaware Valley for the next 5 days. Sunshine and pleasant weather during the daytime hours will result in temperatures being above normal until Thursday. Rain and a pretty potent trough will end the party here in the middle parts of next week, resulting in a near twenty point temperature drop from Thursday to Friday. Putting it into perspective though, the average high temperature next Friday is... Read more →


TWO PEOPLE ROBBED IN GLOUCESTER CITY; AT GUNPOINT (Courier Post) GLOUCESTER CITY -Two people were robbed at gunpoint at an apartment here Friday, police said. The incident occurred shortly before 1 p.m. when two men broke into a home at the Chatham Square complex on Route 130, said police. One man pointed a handgun at the tenants, then stole their wallets and took car keys from a purse. They fled in a red Mitsubishi Galant... Read more →

Breakfast Club............Nov. 25, 2006

The Breakfast Club The photo was taken at the first meeting of the Breakfast Club several months ago. Pictured: from left, Skip Grandizio, Jack Persichette, Charlie Tourtural, Butch Schaeffer, Chal Pitzo, Geo Cleary, Lannie Letzgus, Harry Walker, Sam Chew, Harry Blymer, Bill Cleary, Ron Raube, Joe Miller, Joe DiGiacomo, Al DiGiacomo, Stu Reckard.... The monthly get together is for male alumni of friends from the 50's and 60's that hung out at Tuckers Corner, Powells,... Read more →

Fire Company Out of Service

Pennsylvania Fire/EMS Company Ends 190 Years of Service ASHLEY ADAMS The Evening Sun (Hanover, Pennsylvania) At 7 a.m. this morning, Hanover Fire Co. No. 1 EMS Lt. Larry Appel radioed York County Control, placing Ambulance 46-1 and 46-2 permanently out of service. With his eyes glistening, Appel turned the key and shut down the ambulance - signifying the end of Fire Co. No. 1. "It's a sad day for all the company members and it's... Read more →

Rutgers Rice one of three finalists for the Maxwell Award

BIG EAST FOOTBALL MIDWEEK REPORT With two weekends remaining in the regular season, three teams with 4-1 league marks are charging hard to win the BIG EAST crown. Rutgers running back Ray Rice is one of three finalists for the Maxwell Award given the the national player of the year. Nov. 22, 2006 BIG EAST Has A Three-Team Race: With two weekends remaining in the regular season, three teams with 4-1 league marks are charging... Read more →

Letters to ClearysNotebook

Hi Bill, Thanks for the picture of (from left Joe Stiles, Jerry Ludwick, John Newcome and John Azzari). Wasn't John Azzari something else? There will never be anyone like him again; what a nut,always funny. Who is the person next to John? Please put me back on your notebook list. As for the breakfast this Saturday, I live in North Carolina, pretty hard for me to make it for breakfast,tell everyone I said hello. your... Read more →

Rams win City Title

Gloucester Catholic 13 Gloucester High 7 SLIPPING AND SLIDING-Rams receiver George Spingler slips on the rain drenched field as Lions defender Anthony Lewis jumps up and grabs the ball. Pat Schuhl scored on a 10-yard run in the fourth quarter to break a tie and lift the Rams to a 13-7 victory over the Lions today, Thursday. Gloucester took a 7-0 lead when Brandon MacElwee scored on a 4-yard run in the first quarter. Gloucester... Read more →


Wednesday & Thursday weather forecast Phillyweather-The coastal low is going to move less slowly and as a result our timeline on the rain forecasts for the region have moved up some as well. Rain looks to be moving up from the south on Wednesday and may reach the Philadelphia area during the evening. It looks to be a rainy Thanksgiving because of more "rapid" movement of this low. The band of rain continues to progress... Read more →

Obit Berki

Mark Berki Dies Suddenly; Funeral Services Friday at McCann Healey Funeral Home Funeral services for Mark Steven Berki, of Camden City, who died suddenly on November 19, 2006, will be held at the McCann Healey Funeral Home, 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester city on Friday November 24 from 1 to 2 p.m. Catholic funeral services are at 2 p.m at the funeral home. Mr. Berki is survived by his wife of 11 years to Domenica S.... Read more →

By Charles Montaldo

New Rules Face Thanksgiving Travelers If you will be traveling this week for the first time since August 10 bomb plot uncovered in England, you will find new rules in place at the airport for carry-on luggage. You can save yourself and your fellow travelers a lot of time and frustration if you familiarize with the new procedures before going through the security checkpoint at the airport. With certain exceptions for prescription and over-the-counter medicines,... Read more →

Memories Photo: 1960-61 Gloucester Catholic High School Football team

Some of those in the photo from left include, Bill Murphy, Tony Bertolino, Tom Heim, Chipper Miller, Coach McCarty, Lou Atkinson, Joe Cogan Related articles Joe Murphy Alumnus, Athlete, Coach, Teacher and Friend of Gloucester Catholic | ( Class of '62 Honored on 50th Anniversary During Gloucester Catholic Graduation ( Read more →

Obit Colvin

Services For Newborn Baby Will Be Private; Family Request Memorial Donations To Pediatric Care Unit Funeral services for Sean Edward Colvin, 25 days old, of Brooklawn will be held privately under the direction of the McCann Healey Funeral Home, 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Sean is the newborn baby that was tragically killed last weekend in Brooklawn. He died on Sunday, November 19, 2006, in Cooper University Hospital, Camden where he had been taken for... Read more →

Gloucester City's Meter Maid Strikes Again!

photo by Bill Cleary OOPS! YOU CAUGHT ME-Gloucester City's "Meter Maid" plays no favorites when it comes to giving out parking tickets. In fact as you can see by the photo (s), even if the car belongs to the City's Police Department, and it is parked illegally it will be ticketed! My question? Who pays the ticket? The taxpayers or the patrolman who parked the car in front of his home? I also wonder if... Read more →

The sad story in Brooklawn continues

Officials Release More Information About The Murder Of Newborn Baby (November 21) More information is being released by authorities about the killing of the newborn baby in Brooklawn on Saturday, November 18. Yesterday Acting Camden County Prosecutor James P. Lynch reported that a judge set bail at $200,000, cash only, for the woman accused of killing the 3-week-old boy. Gloria J. Carter, 34, is charged with the murder of Sean Colvin, who was born on... Read more →

Rutgers vs Syracuse Sat.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The BIG EAST Conference and ESPNU announced Saturday that the Nov. 25 football game between Rutgers and Syracuse will kickoff at noon with live national television coverage on ESPNU. The game marks the final home game for 20 Rutgers' seniors at Rutgers Stadium. The game marks Rutgers' seventh appearance on the ESPN family of networks in 2006 and the eighth of nine national television appearances this season. The nine national television appearances... Read more →

Obit Johnson

Vera J. Johnson Passed Away Nov. 17th; she was 82 On November 17, 2006. Age 82. Of Pennsauken. (nee Anderson). Loving and devoted mother of Jeanne Brogan of North Jersey, Linda Wagner of Florida, Susan Ashwell (Jack) of Florida, Paulette Christopher (Phil) of Hilltop, Margret Haines Whatley (Tim) of Philadelphia and Coleen Haines Pittman (Dan Arthur) of Gloucester City. Beloved grandmother of 15, great-grandmother of 18 and great- great-grandmother of 3. At the request of... Read more →

Area Election results 11/7

The November 7 General Election results are as follows: By Albert J. Countryman Jr. Gloucester City Independent William P. James was elected as mayor. Democrat William R. Hagan Sr. and Independents Nicholas F. Marchese Jr. and Jay F. Brophy were elected to City Council. Bellmawr Democrat Frank R. Filipek was elected as mayor, and Democrats Louis P. DiAngelo and Stephen M. Sauter were elected to Borough Council. Brooklawn Democrat John Soubasis was elected as mayor,... Read more →

The name of deceased still not known

Body found in Gloucester City Tuesday, November 21, 2006 Gloucester City police have refused to released the name of the person whose body was found near Collings Road and Essex Street citing the fact the relatives of the individual have still not been notified. Monday the Courier Post reported a body had been found behind a storage bin on the site of Montgomery Chemical Co. Inc. in Gloucester City. Police determined the individual died from... Read more →

Lions Alumni News

ATTENTION GHS ALUMNI! Subscribe to the GHS Alumni Newsletter for just $5. You receive three issues per year featuring class reunion info, upcoming events, letters and pictures from alumni and many other articles. Make your check payable to GHS Alumni Assoc. and mail to Janet Bevan at 522 Jefferson Ave., Gloucester City, NJ 08030. Read more →

Obit Shedland

Doris K. Shedland, Former Resident of Gloucester City Age 82, of Lewes, DE, died Wednesday, November 15, 2006, in the comfort of her home, embraced by her loving daughters. Mrs. Shedland was born and raised in Gloucester City, NJ. She relocated to Lewes, DE in 1986. She was very active in the Lewes Presbyterian Church in Lewes, DE. Mrs. Shedland is survived by 3 daughters, Deborah K. Lowe of Atco, N.J; Judith N. White of... Read more →

Suspect faces murder charges

Three-week old Baby Has Died BROOKLAWN-The newborn baby boy who was stabbed on Saturday following a domestic dispute at a home in the 300 block of Chestnut Avenue has died. Brooklawn Police Chief Fran McKinney, left, can be seen leaving the home yesterday. The baby was pronounced dead Sunday morning at Cooper University Hospital in Camden at 4:47 a.m., Camden County Prosecutor's Office Capt. Richard Minardi said. Police believe the newborn had been slashed across... Read more →

90 lb Championship game November 18th

Logan Lions took it to the Gloucester Mustangs Final Logan Lions 20, City Mustangs 7 GLOUCESTER SCORING TD: Ben Boyer scored on 45 yard pass from Mike Davis. Extra point: Chris Walmsley pass from Mike Davis . The photo below is this years Gloucester City Mustangs 90lb team Photos by Bruce Darrow, see album in the left column. Read more →

Obit Simila

DOLORES SIMILA, WIFE OF FORMER CITY COUNCILMAN, DIES SUDDENLY Dolores Simila, (nee Devine) wife of former Gloucester City Councilman Jack Simila passed away suddenly on November 16, 2006 at the age of 71. Jack and Dolores were married for 50 years. The couple were on a cruise when she passed away. She is survived by five sons, Jack, Michael, Frank, Bill, Nick, and two daughters, Kathleen Tohanczyn, and Angela Moore. Grandmother of 18 and loving... Read more →

Tony Thornton Jr. excels in academics and on the gridiron

Son of former Gloucester City Lettercarrier Courier Post-In a playoff game last week, Tony Thornton Jr. unleashed such a powerful tackle against DePaul Catholic that Bishop Eustace Prep School football coach Tim McAneney is convinced it changed the game. "He made a hit on the kickoff, which is the reason why we scored 20 straight points," McAneney said about the 27-26 win for the Crusaders. "No one wanted to catch the ball anymore -- he... Read more →

TT's Weather Forecast

Weekend Weather Forecast This weekend's weather will be cool compared to what we have experienced, with temperatures in the 50's for both Saturday and Sunday. Nothing arctic by any stretch but it is around normal. The early parts of next week will be relatively cool as well as the main impulse of cool air moves down from Canada. A coastal low may develop on Tuesday night and Wednesday to our south and move north towards... Read more →

Is Abbott going bye in Gloucester City?

Proposed end to Abbott Property tax reform committees recommend distributing aid to schools based on students. TRENTON | The "Abbott District" label would be erased for school districts such as Phillipsburg under the outline of a new school funding formula unveiled Wednesday. Recommendations released from one of the committees that investigated the state's property tax problem outlined a formula that would ....Read more Read more →

TT's Weather Forecast

Friday Weather Forecast same storm system that impacted us on Thursday with heavy rain and gusty winds has also struck much of the South and East of the US, killing eight in North Carolina alone in a tornado. The aftermath of the storms will be a cooldown in the region but it will be a gradual, slow step down each day. Temperatures on Friday will be near 60 in the region, a fair bit... Read more →