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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... 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... 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... 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 BiggestLoser@verizon.net . 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,... 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... 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... Read more →


MEMORIES ALBUM

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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 →


Thought for the day (submitted by Jes)

Daddy's Poem (author unknown) Her hair was up in a pony tail, her favorite dress tied with a bow. Today was Daddy's Day at school, and she couldn't wait to go. But her mommy tried to tell her, that she probably should stay home. Why the kids might not understand, if she went to school alone. But she was not afraid; she knew just what to say. What to tell her classmates of why he wasn't there today. But still her mother worried, for her to face this day alone. And that was why once again, she tried to keep her... Read more →


PROGRESS IN GLOUCESTER CITY

.....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... 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... 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.... 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... 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:... 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... 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;... Read more →


We have a right to know..is 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,... 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... 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... Read more →


2 Westville residents arrested in undercover sting

15 arrested in prostitution sting; baby was in vehicle Courier-Post staff CAMDEN Police arrested 15 people in an undercover sting and charged them with either solicitation or loitering. Capt. Joseph Richardson, spokesman for the Camden Police Department, called the operation a prostitution sting, and undercover officers posed as prostitutes and solicitors Thursday night in areas of South and East Camden. None of those arrested, however, were charged with prostitution. Joseph Sproule, 41, of Pitman, and Migdalia Maldona, 30, of Surf City, solicited an undercover officer while they had a baby in their car, Richardson said. While arresting them, police also found... 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... 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... 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"... 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.... 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: http://www.gloucester.gov.uk John Arnold john.arnold@gloucester.gov.uk 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... 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... 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... 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 FireFightingNEWS.com(New 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,... 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... Read more →


PIRATES DEN OWNER SAYS THANKS

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,... Read more →