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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 office was refusing to release this information to the public.... 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 school officials furious. "It's going to impact big time and... 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 # 4 for nine years. He was a lifelong parishioner... 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 Reading Terminal Market and around a life size Christmas tree.... Read more →


Famous Quotes - To Believe To believe is to know that every day is a new beginning. It is to trust that miracles happen, and dreams really do come true. To believe is to see angels dancing among the clouds, To know the wonder of a stardust sky and the wisdom of the man in the moon. To believe is to know the value of a nurturing heart, The innocence of a child’s eyes and the beauty of an aging hand, for it is through... 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 invited to meet Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.... 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 who still resides in Gloucester City and his sister Rose... Read more →


Thought of the Day! We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is n ot unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on." - Richard Feynman 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 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at The ETHERINGTON-CRERAN FUNERAL... 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 to many Women.' Relatives and friends are invited to attend... 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 Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November... 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 January 2, 2007 Serfling reported at last week’s Board of... 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 city which has suffered economic problems and meets certain other... 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 it, reordered it by county then town, and made it... 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 added, " when they do put it out they block... 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 Robert Jr., Jordan, Alissa, Nathan and Anna Branch. Sister 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. Bill touched many lives with love, kindness and compassion and... 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 Allied Beverage, for 38 years until his retirement in 1985.... Read more →

Warm weather continues

Phillyweather.net-We 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 48 degrees so even though a twenty degree drop sounds... 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 that had been rented by a tenant. Anyone with information... 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, Gords, The Pool Room, Pine House, Cerrone's, The Venice, Sand... Read more →

The Battle of Newark Receives National Recognition!

The "Battle of Newark" was mentioned in Russert's Book, Wisdom of Our Fathers: Lessons and Letters from Daughters and Sons By William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews BROOKLAWN, NJ (November 25, 2006)--Surprised by the overwhelming and heartfelt reception to Big Russ and Me(2004), Tim Russert follows that memoir of his relationship with his father with a collection of letters he received recounting relationships between fathers and their sons and daughters. Read more A letter from Rich Sauer, who writes about his father, Big Ade of... 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 a sad day for the community," Appel said. And as... 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 hard to win the BIG EAST crown. West Virginia, Louisville... 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 friend Gary (Belfiglio) 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 Catholic came back to tie it in the second quarter... 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 north slowly. Its progression is somewhat impacted by very dry... 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. Berki (nee Mack) of Bellmawr; two daughters Gabrielle S. Berki... 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, baby formula and breast milk, and other essential liquids, gels,... 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 | cnbnews.net (gloucestercitynews.net) Class of '62 Honored on 50th Anniversary During Gloucester Catholic Graduation (gloucestercitynews.net) Read more →