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December 2006

The Start Of Something New For Gloucester City

Gloucester City Council Reorganization Meeting Thursday Jan. 4; New Era of Government Will Begin By Bill Cleary Gloucester City Council reorganization meeting will be held on Thursday, January 4 at 7:30 p.m. followed by the regular meeting at 8 p.m. in council chambers, 313 Monmouth Street. At 7:15 p.m. a brief sine die meeting will begin the evening. Prior to the start of the reorganization meeting the newly elected Independent Democrat slate will be administered the oath of office. To be sworn into office will be Mayor William James, Councilman Nicholas Marchese (2nd Ward) and Councilman Jay Brophy (3rd Ward) along with incumbent Democrat William Hagan ( 1st Ward). In November the James ticket defeated Democrat mayor candidate Patrick Keating, incumbent councilman Raymond Coxe and newcomer David Pollander. Pictured from left Nick Marchese, Bill James and Jay Brophy. To the far right is incumbent Councilman William Hagan. The following is... Read more →

Obit Bush

BUSH Samuel J. Jr. On December 28, 2006. Age 95. Of Pennsauken. Formerly of Ocean City and South Camden. Loving and caring husband of 73 years to Julia V. (nee Legnaoli). Devoted father of Maryann Profero and the late Lou of Vineland, Ronald Bush and his wife Jean of Ocean City, Dennis Bush of Haddon Township, Debra Ann Dougherty and Kevin Koecher of Egg Harbor Township and the late Sonny Bush. Beloved grandfather of Maryann, Thomas, Ronald (Michelle), Nicole (Andrew), Mark and Christopher. Loving great-grandfather of Nicholas, Ashley, Andrew, Juliana, Ronald, Benjamin and Samantha. Dear Brother of Anna Chinappi and the late Albert of Cherry Hill, Gloria Byrne and the late Bill of Millville, Mary Lippincott and the late Jack of Bridgeton. Sam was born and raised in South Camden and moved to Pennsauken in 1951. He lived in Pennsauken for 50 years till 2001 and he and his wife... Read more →

Dream comes true for Rider Coach

Rider coach fueled by Notre Dame visit TOM NOIE Tribune Staff Writer SOUTH BEND -- A phone call placed five years ago this week and subsequent visit to a university worshipped by the young coach and his Irish-Catholic family offered a whirlwind of work worth remembering. Tommy Dempsey often dreamed of becoming a Division I basketball head coach, and what it might be like to play against Notre Dame. The reality of that ever happening seemed as distant as another dark stretch of highway Dempsey consistently traveled as a junior college coach. Those days, he'd be behind the wheel of a school van after another road game and quick stop for Big Macs and fries. Today, the 32-year-old native of Scranton, Pa., is the third-youngest Division I head coach. Tonight, Dempsey brings Rider (7-4) into the Joyce Center to face No. 19 Notre Dame (10-1). "This game has a lot... Read more →

Attention Brooklawn residents

The Biggest Loser Competition!! You've seen the NBC hit show! Now it's your turn to make a lifestyle change. The competition starts on Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. Win prizes, make new friends and become healthy!!! If you are interested and would like registration information, please call Teri at 742-1930 or email . Please register by January 4, 2007 Read more →

obit (McCarthy)

MCCARTHY, THOMAS JAMES On December 24, 2006. Age 39 years, of Bellmawr, NJ. Formerly of Cherry Hill, NJ. Beloved husband of Susan J. (nee Tuttle) McCarthy. Dear father of Brian Stout, Erin McCarthy and the lateChristine McCarthy. Caring step grandfather of Ryleigh L. Russell. And brother of Timothy McCarthy, Margaret Hauser and Lisa McCarthy. Dearest son of Timothy J. and Barbara McCarthy. Tom was a forklift operator for South Jersey Port Corp. in Camden, NJ. He enjoyed fishing and loved the beach at the shore. His service in celebration of his life will be 11am Saturday at THE STEPHENSON-BROWN FUNERAL HOME, 33 West Maple Avenue, Mer-chantville, NJ where friends may call beginning at 9:30am for his viewing and family visitation. No evening viewing. Interment Bethel Memorial Park, Pennsauken, NJ. In lieu of any other expressions of sympathy, financial contributions made to his family would be greatly appreciated. Read more →

Obit (Pippett)

PIPPETT, MYRTLE On December 26, 2006, surrounded by her loving family (nee Murray) of Gloucester City, NJ. Age 84 yrs. Beloved wife, Queen Mom, grand mother and great grandmother she was originally form Northern Ireland but immigrated here with her beloved husband the late Samuel E. Pippett an American Soldier. She is survived by and was cared for by her loving daughter Mary (Harlan) Blackiston, Sr. of Gloucester City, Madeline (William) Mellon, Sheelagh (Leonard) Valora, Samuel E. (Patricia) Pippett, Jr. and Kathleen Pippett. Mrs. Pippett was the loving grandmother of Kristeen (Ken) Piduch, Kimberly (Marco) Anthony, Harlan (Debbie) Blackiston, Jr., Michael (Holly) Blackiston, Samuel Pippett, III, Jody (Dave) Milano. She was the loving great grandmother of Marco Anthony, Jr., Michael Anthony, Brandon and Taylor Blackiston, and Ryan and Josh Blackiston. She is also survived by her brother Derrick Murray of Carrick Fergus, N. Ireland, and cousin Joan Murray of Hollywood,... Read more →

Audubon Fathers Assn.

AUDUBON FATHER'S ASSOCIATION WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS The Audubon Father’s Association is welcoming new members. The association is one of the oldest social organizations in the Borough and supports youth and community activities throughout the Borough. They also support a scholarship which is awarded to Audubon students. Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 8:00 pm at the Audubon Senior Center, Oak and Oakland Avenue. Feel free to stop in or contact President Dan Boyle at (856) 546-4624. Read more →

Obit (baby Scanlon)

SCANLON Baby Patrick M. Jr. Suddenly, On Christmas Day, December 25, 2006. This angel went home to heaven. Age 8 weeks. Of Gloucester City. Loving and devoted son of Patrick M. Scanlon, Sr. and Stephanie Egberts of Gloucester City. Loving brother of Michael E. Tuthill, Jr.. Beloved maternal grandson of Herbert and Laura Egberts (nee Shaffer) of Bellmawr. Beloved paternal grandson of Frank and Diana Timmins (nee Bopp) of Williamstown. Survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Baby Patrick’s visitation on Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 am at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, (at Brown Street) Gloucester City. Religious Service 11:30 am in the funeral home. Interment New Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr. There will be no evening visitation. Please no flowers at the request of the family. Family requests memorial donations to the Baby Patrick Scanlon Memorial Fund c/o Commerce... Read more →


Every once in a while I add new photos to the Memories Albums, such as this one above, taken in 2003 at a dinner party at the home of Gary and Phylis Marcucci. This evening was Mexican Festival Night, the food was out of this world. Occasionally the Marcucci's will have us over to sample some different ethnic food. It could be Italian, Irish, Polish etc. This night all the food was Mexican. And to get in the mood we will all dress in some item that pertains to the particular theme. For example you will notice the guy in the middle wearing a Mexican hat with a flower popping out of it. For his name and the names of the others in the photo go the album. Remember if you have any photos you would like ClearysNotebook to post send them to There is no charge. Make sure... Read more →

Pre-flight check in rules at Phila. Airport

Essential Information for Travelers Flying Out of Philadelphia International Philadelphia International Airport is on track to eclipse its record 31.5 million passengers in 2006. Travelers should become familiar with these pre-flight, check-in, security and parking procedures from the City's Director of Aviation to save themselves both time and aggravation. Before Arriving at the Airport Check the status of your flight by contacting your airline, or calling 1-800-PHL-GATE, or logging onto the Airport's website and clicking on Flight Information. Make sure you have all necessary documents, including a government-issued photo ID such as a valid driver's license, passport, military ID, or a county, state or federal government agency employee ID. Photo ID is required for passengers 18 and older. Passengers should arrive at the Airport at least 2 hour prior to a domestic departure and 3 hours prior to an international departure. Read more →

Juvenile Delinquents destroy Lions Club Rest Stop

(photos and article by Bill Cleary) The Gloucester City Lions Club Gazebo was demolished today, Tuesday, December 26 by workers from the City Highway Department. According to Dayl Baile, Lions Club President, the action was taken because vandals had continually destroyed the gazebo over the past several years. The structure was erected, using pressure treated wood, in 1998 by volunteers from the Lions Club. The public also contributed funds for memorial bricks. The rest stop was for joggers and the public to have a spot to sit and enjoy the peacefulness of the area. The idea for the project came about during the tenure of Lions Club president Charles Thomson who headed the club at the time. Baile said the club had asked the City to take the structure down. "It was in such bad shape we were afraid it would collapse and hurt someone," he said. Baile said for... Read more →

Obit Schultz

SCHULTZ, THOMAS M. Suddenly on December 23, 2006, of Gloucester City, NJ age 48 years. He is the beloved son of William and Rita (nee Hunt) Schultz. Thomas is the loving companion for 20 years of Barbara Sturts. Dear brother of William Schultz III (Janet), Donna Schultz, Kimberly Mecchello (Frank) and Lisa O'Sullivan (Daniel). He also loved spending time with his 8 nieces and 13 nephews. Thomas served his Country proudly in the U.S. Navy where he attained the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class. He was also a member of the US Navy Foundation. Thomas was employed as a boiler operator at the Sunoco Oil Refinery in West Deptford. He loved to fish more than anything else and was also an avid bowler. Relatives and friends are invited meet Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 9:00pm and again Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:30am at THE ETHERINGTON- CRERAN FUNERAL HOME,... Read more →

Obit Burke

BURKE, RAYMOND F. On December 23, 2006 of Bellmawr. Age 56. Beloved husband of Maryann (nee Gibel), Loving father of Kelly, David and Gregory. Brother of Gerald P. Burke and his wife Nonie. Uncle of Kevin, Kyle and Colin. Son of the late May (nee Schmidt) and Patrick. Also included in the family are Megan Monti and Thomas Smith, fiance's of Greg and Kelly. Ray was a graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School in 1968. He served 4 years in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Aviation Trainer. In 2004, Ray retired from the U.S. Postal Service after serving almost 30 years. Ray was always interested in sports. In high school Ray was member of the baseball team. In the Navy he was a member of the football team, the basketball team and the men's softball team. Ray enjoyed boxing and kept up with all its current events. His passion... Read more →

When East meets West

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST commentary by Hank Miller, a former resident of Gloucester City who lives in Japan Gifts For The 'Gaijin' Who Has Everything An Then Some. Christmas will be upon us in here in Japan in a day, so it's time to find that perfect gift at the cheepest prices for the gaijin"who has everything. Here are a few suggestions: Kick back and teach English from home over your telephone. For years, we consumers have wondered what the question is that telephone answering machines supposedly answer themselves, answering machine companies have finally brought us the far more practical telephone questioning machine. With the new questioning machine,when someone calls the recording asks the caller,"What is your name?" and "Why are you calling?" This new questioning machine will be popular with your Japanese friends or students who are keen to practice their English. Your question machine can be programmed to... Read more →

December Breakfast Club/December 23, 2006

Gloucester City Breakfast Club met today Saturday, (photo album is posted in the left col) from left, Butch, Ron, Lannie, Harry Blymer, Chip Miller, Chalie Pitzo, Reds, Harry Walker, Frank DeFelice, Jack and Mike Bowe, John Rowand, Ron Villanova, Geo Cleary, Joe DiGiacomo, Jack Persichetti, Bill Gross, Joe Boulden, Jim Blymer, Gary Marcucci, Gary Gross, Mike Greene... Read more →


.....Demolition of the GAF and Vanquard Buildings Is Finished photo and comment by Bill Cleary (December 19)The clearing of the site for Meadowbrook II is nearing completion. If the weather continues to be favorable it is possible that construction could begin in the spring. Speaking of new construction. The Scarborough project on the grounds of the Holt Corporate Office building (the former Coast Guard property) is still a go according to sources. If you recall the incumbent council candidates announced several weeks before the November election that Scarborough was going to build townhouses on the grounds. The secret was where would Holt move his corporate offices? Holt had a 99 year lease for the site and it seemed like it was just a pipe dream. But here we are several weeks after the election and it appears the venture is still ago. Where will Holt put his corporate offices? Well... Read more →

Obit Fanelle

Peter J. Fanelle On December 20, 2006. Of Haddonfield. Formerly of Haddon Heights. Age 84. Surrounded and cared for by his wife of 64 years, Lydia P. (nee Palusci). Devoted father of Thomas J. Fanelle and his wife Doris of Haddon Heights, Lisa F. Sarubbi and her husband Vincent of Haddon Heights and Celeste Canuso and her husband John of Haddonfield. Beloved grandfather of Jillian and her fiancé Dan Goettner, Gigi and Thomas Fanelle, Vincent, Peter and Sofia Sarubbi and Isabella, John, and James Canuso. Dear Brother of Mary DiSilvestro of Wildwood and Elizabeth Bechta of Deptford. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Peter was born and raised in South Camden and was the owner and past president of R. Fanelle’s Sons of Camden along with his late brothers. R. Fanelle Sons was founded by Peter’s Parents in 1914 and continues today on Ferry Ave. in South Camden. Peter lived... Read more →

Obit Clouser

CLOUSER, HARRY W. (services 12/22) Age 69, of Barnsboro, died on Tuesday December 19, 2006 at home. Born in Camden, he was a resident of Barnsboro for 25 years. A former resident of Gloucester City he graduated Gloucester City High School Class of 1955, he then served in the Marines. Harry worked for Teamsters Local 676 of Collingswood, and for 10 years driving for ARC. He was a member of the Marine Corps League in Wenonah, the Mullica Hill Rifle & Pistol Club, and the Audubon Masonic Lodge # 218. Harry enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the beach. Husband of Mary B. (nee Claffey), he is also survived by three brothers: William J. of Westville, James H. of Pittsgrove Twp., Joseph G. of National Park, and their families. Relatives and friends may visit with the family 7 to 9 PM Friday, and 9:30 to 10:30 AM Saturday at the SMITH FUNERAL... Read more →

City Marina being used as a waste dump?

Oil Waste Being Stored At Proprietors Park Marina! Photos and caption by Bill Cleary Gloucester City-Since December 12 the U.S. Coast Guard has been storing several 50 gallon drums that contain oily contaminated debris at the Proprietors Park Marina, King Street and the Delaware River. What is contained in the large dumpster that is sitting next to the drums is unknown as it is not marked. Several weeks ago ClearysNotebook discovered a crew from Miller Environmental Services working on the banks of the Delaware River at Proprietors Park cleaning up a oil spill. At the time a company spokesman said it was an old oil spill from several years ago. Whether this is remnants from that cleanup that has yet to be removed is unknown. Read more →

Obit Franklin

FRANKLIN Thomas F. Jr. On December 20, 2006. Age 68. Of North Cape May, Formerly of Gloucester City. Loving Brother of Claire Thomasson and husband Harold of Cape May. Beloved uncle of Harold (Patrice) Thomasson, Thomas Thomasson, William Thomasson, Rosemarie (Raymond) Willetts and Mary Colleen Thomasson. Thomas proudly served our country in the United States Marines Corp Reserves. He worked 35 years for ACME Markets and retired from there. Thomas was a longtime resident of Gloucester City. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his viewing on Saturday morning from 10 am to 11 am at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, (at Brown Street) Gloucester City, NJ 08030. Catholic Service 11 am in the funeral home. Interment New Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr. There will be no evening viewing. Expressions of sympathy can be e-mailed to the family through our funeral home website under online obituaries of... Read more →

Obit Grandizio...........December 20, 2006

Skip Grandizio, Army Veteran, Iron Worker, Past City Resident; Services This Friday in Clayton By William E. Cleary John A “Skip” Grandizio, of Franklinville died suddenly on Tuesday, December 19, 2006 in Kennedy Hospital, Washington Township at the age of 65. Nine weeks ago Skip, a diabetic, got an infection in his foot, and was taken to the hospital for treatment. He was in the hospital when his illness took a turn for the worst; and he passed away. “My brother Skip was a cut-up," said Frank “Reds” Grandizio. "He loved to joke around. He had a quick wit. Skip enjoyed teasing people and being teased. He was never at a loss for words and enjoyed a good time.” Born in Philadelphia, PA., he was raised in Gloucester City. For the past 39 years he was a resident of Franklinville. He was a US Army Veteran, and was a retired... Read more →

Please welcome these new businesses; and tell them you saw their stores on ClearysNotebook

WE WELCOME THREE NEW BUSINESS TO GLOUCESTER CITY Esti Fine Jewelers, 501 South Broadway, Custom Designs, Jewelry and Watch Repairs, 856-456-4113. Hours of operation: Tuesday and Wednesday 10-7; Thursday and Friday 10-4; Sunday 12-4. Closed Monday and Saturday. A Little Trim Unisex Salon, 467 South Broadway, owner Mabel "Mae" Sherrer, (formerly of Mt. Ephraim, Bellmawr and Westville). Appointments and Walk-Ins Welcome. Phone 856-456-4313. Open: Tuesday and Wednesday 9-5; Thursday 9-8; Friday 9-7; Saturday 9-4; Closed Sunday and Monday. Emerald Isle Irish Foods and Gifts, 241 South Broadway, owner Ken Doyle, Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland, Native. Open: Monday through Saturday from 10-6; Sunday 10-2:30. Phone 856-456-1109. E-mail Read more →

We have a right to Gloucester City a cancer pit?

RESIDENT WANTS TO KNOW LEVELS OF THORIUM, RADON, IN THE CITY In response to Bill’s Opinion, “Yes Bill, we the people of Gloucester City do need to be informed.” We need to know how high the levels of thorium and radon are in the town. Gloucester City seems to be surrounded by high levels of radio-active substances. Here is information on the health effects of thorium: Breathing high levels of Thorium dust increases the chance of lung diseases, liver dis-eases and effects the blood. People who are exposed to cigarette smoke, radon gas and thorium can get cancer of the lung, pancreas, blood can-cer, liver tumors, leukemia, tumors of the bone, kidney, spleen and pancreas. How many people in this City do you know that has died of cancer? In every house on my street people have died from cancer. I want to know how high the levels of these... Read more →

Mt. Ephraim news

Mt. Ephraim Board of Commissioners Meeting December 7 By Linda Boker-Angelo NEWS Correspondent Mount Ephraim Mayor Michael told the Board of Commissioners last week that the U.S. Post Office Re-gional Manager has said she will be recommending that a retail postal center be built in the Borough. The mayor said he “will believe it when he is standing inside the post office,” but he remains optimistic that the town will be getting its post office back. The previous post office on Kings Highway had been torn down last year after a massive ice buildup on the roof put pressure on the tresses and caused the roof and walls to collapse. In other business at the monthly meeting, the Commissioners presented plans for the upcoming Kings Highway Streetscapes project. Borough Engineer Tom Cundey of Remington and Vernick outlined the improvements planned for the Borough’s business district, which extends along Kings Highway... Read more →

City Council report

Gloucester City Council Meeting December 7, 2006 BY MEGAN PAOLINI At the Gloucester City Council Meeting held Thursday, December 7th an ordinance was passed on second reading amending the code of Gloucester City entitled 15-minute parking. This ordinance will give two local businesses a designated 15-minute parking spot so shoppers can come in and get what they need quickly. The ordinance was passed with a four to one vote. Councilman Patrick Keating abstained from voting while Councilman Raymond Coxe opposed the ordinance. Theresa Graham questioned this ordinance, “How can two businesses have 15-minute parking when others do not have it?” Councilman Anthony “Rocky” Kormann assured Graham that the council is trying to give the 15-minute parking on need basis. An ordinance relating the sex offenders, which had been tabled at the previous meeting due to incorrect advertisement, was passed on second reading. The ordinance was re-advertised but there was no... Read more →

Come on Gloucester City PD it's the 21st century

ABANDONED VEHICLE NOTIFICATION (The following paragraph is from the Mt. Ephraim Police Department's web site.) "Abandoned vehicles are an eye sore and can pose a danger to the community. The Mount Ephraim Police Department is committed to keeping our streets and properties clear of them. If you happen to come across an abandoned vehicle throughout the borough, please let us know about it by completing and submitting the form below. Please fill in as much information as possible." read more Audubon Police Department Borough Ordinance for Abandoned/Junk vehicles 287-1 ..... JUNK AUTOMOBILE- Any automobile which is no longer in actual use as a motor vehicle or which is unfit for use in highway or roadway transportation, will be considered a junk vehicle. read more Bill's Comment- Cheers to the Audubon Police Department, Brooklawn Police Department and the Mount Ephraim Police Department . All three have programs in place urging the... Read more →

Holiday contest winners

The winners of the Gloucester City Christmas Holiday events are: House Decorating Contest 1st Place Winner - 705 Hunter Street 2nd Place Winner - 837 Center Street 3rd Place Winner - 238 Greenwood Avenue Tree Decorating Contest 1st Place Winner - Brownie Troop #942 2nd Place Winner - The VanLeer Family 3rd Place Winner - Gloucester City Cares Gingerbread Contest 1st Place Winner - Leslie Shultz 2nd Place Winner - Libby VanLeer 3rd Place Winner - The Hendricks Family Cookie Contest 1st Place Winner - Nicole Dolson, Triple Nut Chocolate Chip 2nd Place Winner - Kate Severence, Orange Cream Cheese 3rd Place Winner - Patricia Roberston, Chocolate Lace Cookies Mayor and City Council would like thank those who participated in these contests and all of those who judged them! It was a spectacular display of creativity and spirit!!!! More thanks go out to all of the businesses, business owners, organizations,... Read more →

When East meets West

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank Miller Jr. Hank was born and raised in Gloucester City, NJ. He now lives with his family in Japan Merii Kurisumas ando guddo naito! Dear Santa, when you visit this country of Japan this year, please do be careful not to make any faux pas. Remember, that your "gaijin" A foreigner here too. Therefore, although you are allowed to break many of the rules of Japan, there are still some customs you should follow. First of all, no kissing mommy. A polite bow will do. Moreover, keep your voice down--a loud "Ho ho ho" would be very impolite and embarrassing. Keep gestures to a minimum please. When you come inside the house--through the window, Please--take off your boots and use the XXL slippers we have put out especially for your big gaijin feet. Watch your head as you make your way through our... Read more →

Obit Geraci services 12/17

GERACI, MARY E. On December 14, 2006, age 83 (nee Badame) of Audubon formerly of Haddon Twp. NJ. Beloved wife of the late Nicholas and dear aunt of Ronald D'Annunzio of Springfield PA., Robert D'Annunzio of FL., Nicholas Badame of Penna., Nicholas Badame of NY., Geraldine Jacobson of FL. and Lucille Scatino of Middletown, PA. Also survived by great nieces Jenna and Janine, great nephews John, Robert, Adam and Alex. Relatives and friends of the family are kindly invited to attend her Memorial Visitation Sunday 1-2 PM at the FUNERAL HOME OF INGLESBY & SONS, 2426 Cove Rd., Pennsauken, NJ 08109. Memorial Service 2PM. In lieu of flowers donations to Juvenile Diabetes Associ-ation, 1060 N. Kings Highway Suite 309 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034, preferred. Directions, condolences and expressions of sympathy at www. Read more →

Lions Basketball

GHS Erin Mac Adams had 16 points which included three-3 pointers and dished out nine assists as the Lions beat Clayton by a score of 66-33 . Erin scored the first basket in the new GHS Field House. Kelly Cerrone and Tiffany Lewis each scored 11 points and Brittany Boulden scored 9 points. Gloucester High's Liam James scored a team high 13 points in the 56-47 loss to Clayton . Read more →

Hi from Gloucester City UK

Hi there Gloucester City. Our Christmas lights in your sister city, across the pond look great this year. I just wanted to say Merry Christmas. Please send me picture of your Christmas lights and I will put up a picture of your lights on our website. Picture are the Christmas lights in Gloucester City, UK URL: John Arnold Read more →

Stansky saying good-bye; will be leaving within the year

GLOUCESTER CITY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION By William E. Cleary Dr. Mary Stansky, Gloucester City School Superintendent, has given notice to the City Board of Education she will be resigning within the next year as head of the 2000 student school district. During her nine years as superintendent she over saw the construction of Cold Springs Early Development Center along with the building of a $30 million media room and gymnasium at the high school. Stansky’s is leaving a position that paid her an annual salary of $162,000, plus benefits. During her tenure the student test scores increased dramatically in the Proficient and Advance Proficient categories. Dr. Stansky was instrumental in requesting the state to fund a $41 million middle school for Gloucester City. That project,which resulted in 70 homes being demolished in a five block area between Market Street and Jersey Avenue, is still in limbo. The primary reason... Read more →

Obit Hauckes; services 12/17

HAUCKES, CELESTINE T. Sadly on December 13, 2006. (nee Herget), age 82, a resident of Gloucester City since 1972. Born and raised in Philadelphia. Beloved wife of Arthur P. Hauckes. Loving mother of Robert (Teresa) of San Jose, CA, Joseph (Karen) of Cliffton Heights, PA, Kathleen of Gloucester City and Daniel of Arden, NC. Devoted aunt to Mary Ethel (Steve) Palys of Gloucester City and Dennis (Dawn) Lenahan of Virginia Beach, VA. Loving grandmother of Alexandrea, Brendan, Dylan, Patrick, Anthony, Michael, Brian, Kimberly and Matthew. Her 12 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews also survive her. Celestine was previously an avid bowler and treasurer of the Sterling String Band for many years. A member of St. Mary's Parish, Gloucester City Senior Citizens and every other day she and Arthur had lunch at the Gloucester Heights Fire Hall. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday evening from 7:00... Read more →

Obit Butterfield Services 12/18

BUTTERFIELD, HERBERT L. On December 7, 2006, age 84, of Brooklawn, NJ. He was the husband of the late Verna (nee Fuerniesen) and father of Verna Kelly of Brooklawn and the late Thomas Cooper of San Francisco, CA. He is also survived by a sister-in-law Marie Butterfield of Atco; 6 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, one niece and one nephew. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Service Monday evening at 7:00PM in the Brooklawn United Methodist Church, Maude and Hannevig Aves., Brooklawn, NJ. (ALLOWAY FUNERAL HOME, Merchant-ville, NJ) Read more →

Former NJ legislator dies

Kenneth Gewertz, 72, 'Mr. Deptford' By Sam Wood Inquirer Staff Writer Kenneth Gewertz, 72, a bigger-than-life Gloucester County politician known as "Mr. Deptford," died in his sleep Tuesday night December 12, at his winter home in Orlando, Fla., from a heart attack. "It was probably the only thing in his long life he ever did quietly," said Lois Twigg, his companion of the last seven years. During his long political career, Mr. Gewertz served as Deptford's mayor and police chief, Democratic committeeman, state assemblyman, and chairman of the county Democratic Party. He recently retired after serving as the county director of public works. Many credit him with helping turn Gloucester County from a backwater chock-a-block with pig farms into one of the fastest-growing suburban counties in America. "He put the town of Deptford on the map," said Superior Court Judge Martin Herman. Along the way, Mr. Gewertz brought his flamboyant... Read more →

Rutgers Fans, Who do you believe?

Lautenberg helps New Jerseyans watch Rutgers football (Inside Edge) Both of New Jersey's United States Senators are claiming credit for what is likely to be a popular decision among New Jerseyans: the National Football League is allowing cable television stations to broadcast the December 28th Texas Bowl between Rutgers University's Scarlet Knights and Kansas State University's Wildcats. Frank Lautenberg, put pressure on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell; he serves on the Senate panel that regulates cable and broadcast television. read more Read more →

More info on Pirates Den Fire

Fire Damages Restaurant And Apartments December 13, 2006 Jersey) - Shortly after 12:30 AM, on Dec. 13th, 2006, the Gloucester City Fire Department, along with units from Westville and Mt. Ephraim were dispatched to Broadway and Essex St. in Gloucester City for a reported building fire. First in units found heavy smoke and fire showing from a large three story bar and restaurant with apartments above. A second alarm was quickly sounded, bringing two additional engines and a truck company along with Rescue 1 and Battalion 1 from the City of Camden. The fire was located at the Pirate's Den, a bar and restaurant, with people were reported trapped in the above apartments. One occupant was removed and transported to the hospital with smoke inhalation, along with one fire fighter received non-life threatening injuries. An aggressive interior attack was made, but fire fighters were forced to withdrawal due to... Read more →

GHS student arrested

Gloucester City High School Student Arrested For Possession of A Pellet Gun and Illicit Drugs Linda Lathrop, public information officer for the Gloucester City Public School District has confirmed the rumor that a student was arrested yesterday at Gloucester City High School for possession of a pellet gun. Lathrop said it was discovered that the student also had in his possession illicit drugs. Lathrop said, "the student discharged a pellet from the gun but no one was harmed. He was taken into custody by school security. The police were called. And the student was arrested and removed from the building." A board member said the system in place for such an occurrence worked. Another student saw the suspect with the weapon. She immediately notified school security and he was taken into custody. Read more →


THANK YOU I would like to Thank the Firefighters, Police, City workers, Building Inspectors and all the neighbors, friends and strangers that came to help us out in a very bad situation! I tried to do my best putting out the fire and stop it from spreading before the Fire Depts. arrived. That's why I got a bit of smoke inhalation, I tried to stop the fire that started above a drop cieling in my kitchen area and spread very quikley. Of course I lost just about everything I owned, but I escaped with my life. Thank you to Patrolman Lessig, who was first on the scene and made me leave before I got anymore smoke in my lungs, but it's hard to walk away,from everything you worked for all your life. Some Good News today after a few friends stopped by to help look for my cat, Ed Anyzek... Read more →

Obit Pond

Elizabeth K. “Bette” Pond; Gloucester City Community Volunteer On December 13, 2006. Age 86. (nee Thompson) Of Gloucester City. Loving wife of the late Harry G. Pond. Surrounded and cared for by her devoted children: Edwin L. (Lori) of Williamstown, Kristine Light (David) of Gloucester City, Victoria Sanderson (Charles) of Gloucester City, Lisa Long of West Deptford and Susan Carsillo of Collingswood. Beloved grandmother of Christopher, Jeremy, Laura, Kati, Megan, MollyAnne, Dave, Chalie, Jeffrey, Jared, Eric, Steve, Tim, Harrison, Mitchell, Courtney and the late Vicki Lynn Sanderson. Loving great-grandmother of 7. Dear Sister of Trudy Martin (Howard) of New Hampshire. Elizabeth was known as “Bette” and was a devoted parishioner of Saint Mary’s R.C. Church in Gloucester City and served as secretary for Saint Mary’s School PTA for many years. She was a volunteer for the Gloucester City High School PTA and served as Prom Chairperson for many years. Bette... Read more →

Inferno in Gloucester City

Pirates Den Destroyed By Fire ( CITY, N.J. - December 13, 2006 - A popular restaurant is in ruins this morning after an overnight inferno that sent 2 people to the hospital. The fire started at the Pirates Den Bar and Restaurant just after 12:30 a.m. The restaurant is on the 300 block of North Broadway and is owned by Brian Cohan. It was formerly known as Ferry's Seafood Restaurant. A firefighter who helped extinguish the three-alarm fire was hospitalized. A person inside the building was also taken to the hospital. He suffered from smoke inhalation. It took crews more than two hours to get the scene under control. They still do not know how the fire started Top photo from Courier Post; bottom photo Bill Cleary Read more →

Sex offenders beware; laws are getting toughened

State toughens Megan's Law; Gloucester City Council adopts rules for sex offenders living here Penalties for violating New Jersey's sex offender registration law would be toughened under legislation approved Monday December 11 by the Assembly. The Assembly voted 80-0 to approve the bill, which had previously been approved by the Senate. The registration law, known as Megan's Law, was enacted after a 7-year-old Hamilton Township girl was killed in 1994 by a sex offender who lived in her neighborhood. It requires convicted sex offenders to tell authorities of their whereabouts so residents can be notified when a sex offender lives nearby. The bill would increase the penalty for failing to register as a sex offender to three to five years in jail and a fine of up to $15,000. Current law requires 18 months in jail and a fine of up to $10,000 Locally Gloucester City Council is also getting... Read more →

Obit Serad

SERAD Mildred Elizabeth On December 11, 2006. Age 70. Of Gloucester City. Formerly of Lumberton. Surrounded and cared for by her devoted husband of 51 years, Harry G. Serad. Loving mother of Harry, Steve and Cathy. Dear Sister of Larry and Kay. Beloved grandmother of 5 and great-grandmother of 2. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her memorial service and celebration of her life on Saturday at 11 am officiated by Dr. Jim Doster at Lighthouse Baptist Church: 811 Market Street, Gloucester City, N.J. 08030. Visitation will be held at the church from 10:30 to the service time. There will be no evening visitation and cremation was private at the request of the family. Family requests that memorial gifts be made in Mildred’s memory to Lighthouse Baptist Church Building Fund: 811 Market Street, Gloucester City, NJ 08030. Expressions of sympathy can be e-mailed to the family through our... Read more →


ATTENTION: GLOUCESTER HIGH 1987 FOOTBALL TEAM Mr. Cleary I was wondering if you could post something on your website about a reunion that we are getting together for Leon Harris’ first team (1987). We are having it in January and so far we have not be able to get in touch with the players below and I thought your web site could help. Keith Granstrom Larry Conway Mike Issel Dave Snedeker Regis Derringer Rich McNee Don Bicking Dan Jankowski Joe Ennis Allen Shaw Chuck Stone Hugh West Fred Koenig Jim Renshaw Billy Horay Jim Linday Dave Garrret Jody Flood Brett Williams Fred Mancuso Kevin Thompson James Sabatini Bud Wrigley For more information call 856-742-1173 or by email Read more →

Poo! Stinky

Sewer Main Break In Gloucester City Photo and caption by Bill Cleary Monday December 11-Gloucester City workers along with employees from Mount Construction were busy on Monday repairing a sewer main break at the intersection of 6th and Jersey Avenue. Because of the construction traffic from Broadway and Jersey Avenue to King Street and Jersey Avenue was limited to local traffic only. It was not known how long it would take to repair the problem. Read more →