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December 2006

From your friend Hank in Japan

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST WHAT A CONCIDENCE! Commentary by Hank Miller Jr. Hank was born and raised in Gloucester City, NJ. He now lives with his family in Japan We received a telephone call from our son Private Lucas K Miller, whose undergoing basic training at Fort Lenard Wood, Missouri. During the conversation he mentioned that he'll be going back to Honolulu, Hawaii for the holidays to see his girl friend. Then he mentioned that... Read more →

Oil spill on the Delaware River

Cleanup At Gloucester City Marina Photos and caption by Bill Cleary Monday December 11-Miller Environmental Group from Paulsboro is in the process of cleaning up an oil spill in an area along the Delaware River between the former Koch Fuel tank farm and the City Marina at Proprietors Park, King Street and the Delaware River. A spokesman for the company said the oil spill was discovered sometime ago. "The Coast Guard hire us to clean... Read more →

How to report an abandon vehicle

Brooklawn Police Dept. Tip! How To Report Abandoned vehicles Inoperable vehicles are a nuisance in neighborhoods and on vacant lots. Inoperable vehicles must be stored in a completely enclosed structure. Please help keep your neighborhood and/or vacant lot clean by removing or properly storing these vehicles. There are charity organizations and towing companies that will remove vehicles for you. Depending on the company or organization and the condition of the vehicle, it may be a... Read more →

School Board meeting

Bellmawr Board of Education Discusses New Program at Ethel Burke School By Lois Staas NEWS Correspondent Highlights of the new Multiple Disabilities Pro-gram at Bellmawr’s Ethel M. Burke School took cen-ter stage at this month’s Board of Education meet-ing. Director of Child Study, Mr. Bartley, introduced Ms. Rebecca Miller, MD teacher saying, “She is a valuable asset to the dis-trict.” Ms. Miller began her presentation with a pro-gram overview, “The new Special Education Class-room is... Read more →

Gundle Honored

Brooklawn Council Honors Officer Gundle By Linda Boker-Angelo NEWS Correspondent Brooklawn’s Mayor and Council last week presented Police Officer John Gundle with a commendation for his efforts during a summertime altercation in Mount Ephraim. Officers from several surrounding communities responded to a call on August 16 at the Mount Ephraim Manor Apartments, on Black Horse Pike, where there was a reported stabbing in progress. Gundle, as well as Mount Ephraim Officers Jason Dobleman and Danielle... Read more →

Obit Willis

WILLIS Ann G., On November 3, 2006. (nee McKernan) Age 75. Of St. Mary’s, Ga. Formerly of Gloucester City. Beloved wife of the late John Willis. Loving mother of Joseph (Louise) Willis of Mullica Hill, Bernadette (Timothy) Hayslip of Kingsland, Ga., and Thomas ( Eileen) Willis of Audubon. Devoted sister of Peggy Lee of Bellmawr, Kay Ferry and Pat Cunningham of Gloucester City. Dear Grandmother of 8 and loving great-grandmother of 3. Also, survived by... Read more →

Judge clears Haddon Twp. mayor in free speech suit/ See Cleary's comment at the bottom of article

By LAVINIA DeCASTRO Courier-Post Staff HADDON TWP. The last of the legal battles between Haddon Township Commissioner Kathleen Hogan and Mayor William J. Park has come to an end. In a decision filed Dec. 1, U.S. District Court Judge Jerome B. Simandle issued summary judgment in favor of the defendants. Simandle noted in his decision the running mates became political enemies shortly after the election, when Park and Commissioner James T. Broderick failed to second... Read more →

Thumbs up; Thumbs down

CHEERS AND JEERS by William E. Cleary Congratulations to former Gloucester City Police Chief Ted Howarth on being named the Lions/Rotary Clubs Citizen of the Year. For his entire adult life Ted has always been a civic minded person who has given his time to so many projects and organizations it would be impossible to mention them all. The honor of naming Ted, Citizens of the Year, is long overdue. According to newspaper reports all... Read more →

East meets West

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary By Hank Miller Jr. Note: Hank was born and raised in Gloucester City, NJ and now lives with his family in Japan. YOU CALL THAT TWIG A CHRISTMAS TREE ? The Japanese have adopted Christmas with great zeal, in the same manner they have adopted other Western things such as Snoopy and Disney. The holiday-with glittery trees, sparkly lights and fairy-tale songs-is irresistible to the Japanese. This along with the... Read more →

Obit Matthews

MATTHEWS, FRANKLIN R. On Dec. 7, 2006, age 73 of Gloucester City, NJ for five years, formerly of Camden. Dear brother of Clara Rundus of IN., Edith (Clark) Cain of Glenolden, Charles Matthews of Bellmawr, Dorothy (James) Bosch of Blue Anchor and Sara Lavecchio of Gloucester City. Also survived by 13 nieces and nephews. Mr. Matthews was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Gloucester City and a retired manager for A & P... Read more →

Obit Hart

HART, EDWARD I. 'ED' Age 82, of Lake City, Florida, died Friday, December 8, 2006 in the North Florida Regional Hospital in Gainesville, following a short illness. A native of Gloucester, New Jersey, Mr. Hart had been a resident of Lake City for the past fourteen years. He was a longtime resident of New Jersey. Mr. Hart was a U.S. Army veteran having served in W.W. II and the Korean Conflict. He retired in 1986... Read more →

Radlinger gives up his license

Suspect in fatal DWI forfeits license Saturday, December 09, 2006 By Pete [email protected] Gloucester County Times-WOODBURY More than two months ago, Kenneth Radlinger was charged with drunken driving and death by auto following an accident that claimed the life of a 44-year-old assistant scoutmaster of a Deptford Boy Scout troop. Radlinger formerly lived in Brooklawn and is well known in the Gloucester City area. On Friday, Radlinger, 68, quietly turned over his driver's license to... Read more →

Beazer Homes accussed of violating wetland permits

Beazer Homes may face New Jersey fines Fri Dec 8, 5:58 PM ET (Reuters)Beazer Homes USA Inc. (NYSE:BZH - news) may be fined more than $1.3 million by the State of New Jersey, which accused the company of violating wetland permits, the company said in a regulatory filing on Friday. In June 2006, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection said that Beazer, the No. 6 U.S. home builder, violated a wetlands disturbance permit and... Read more →

Progress on GAF demolition

Photo by Bill The demolition of the GAF paper mill and the Vanquard Warehouse at Charles and Water Streets, Gloucester City is nearly finished. As of Friday, December 8 when these photos were taken, all that remains of the Vanquard warehouse is the frame and as you see most of the GAF mill is gone. Work has recently started on demolishing the old GAF power plant. Once the land is cleared Beazer homes plans to... Read more →


Windy Day In South Jersey (photo by Bill) Although the sun was shining on Friday, the 35 mile per hour wind gusts made the 40 degree high temperature for the day feel like it was in the low 20's. Let's put it this way it was too cold to walk the dogs. The weekend weather forecast, Saturday calls for a low of 25 going up to 41 by mid afternoon. Sunday the temperatures will range... Read more →

Snow Day for Gloucester City teachers

Gloucester City Schools Will Close So Teachers Can Demonstrate Friday, December 8, 2006 By SARAH GREENBLATT Courier-Post Staff A planned protest in Trenton over proposed cuts in public-employee pension and health benefits will close schools in several tri-county districts on Monday. All schools in Cinnaminson and Gloucester City will be closed, as will the Burlington County Institute of Technology, said Steve Wollmer, a spokesman for the New Jersey Education Association. Read more Read more →

A tribute to Ott

In Memory Of Ott Pacifico (The following article appeared in the recent Gloucester City Historical Society newsletter. The tribute was written by Dave Townsend, Society President) It is with great sadness we must inform the members of our society that we have lost a long-time member who was also a very active volunteer. Arthur R. "Ott" Pacifico passed away on November 8, 2006 at age 87. Ott had been a member of the Society for... Read more →

Brooklawn Police offers tips to keep burglars away

Brooklawn Police Department Tips for the Holiday This holiday season, don't let the spirit of giving lull you into giving burglars, muggers, and pickpockets a better chance to do their dirty work. Crooks love the holidays as much as everyone else, but chiefly because it's an opportune time for crime. Homes jam-packed with glittering gifts, stores, malls and downtown streets teeming with unsuspecting shoppers. People rushing around, stressed out and careless, looking for last-minute gifts,... Read more →

Congratulations Ted!

GLOUCESTER CITY'S CITIZEN OF THE YEAR Congratulations to Ted Howarth, pictured with his wife Candy, who was honored last month at the 18th annual Citizen of the Year banquet. The event is sponsored by the Gloucester City Lions and Rotary Club. Howarth, a retired Gloucester City Police Chief, was honored for his many years of community involvement.Presently he is Post Commander of the Brooklawn American Legion Post 72. Read more →

Obit Brancato

BRANCATO, RACHEL F. (nee Fuller) suddenly on December 6, 2006, of Williamstown, formerly of Gloucester City. Beloved wife of the late Carmen. Loving mother of Michael (Dorothy) Brancato, Carol (Dave) Scales, Lorene (John) Theckston and Gary (Gretchen) Brancato. Dear sister of Silas Fuller, Clyde (Ruth) Fuller and Myrtle (T.L.) Jenkins. Adored grandmother of thirteen and great-grandmother of three. Rachel was a longtime member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Westville, NJ. Relatives and friends are kindly... Read more →

Obit Fossel

FOSSELL, MARTIN J. On December 6, 2006, of Gloucester City. Age 86. Beloved husband of the late Catherine S. (nee Grugan). Devoted father of John (Carol) and Michael (Alice). Dear brother of Anna Buckley and the late Harry and Frank. Loving grandfather of John (Trish), Angel (Rick) and Nick (Nicole) and great grandfather of Michael, Dominic, Gina Marie, Danielle, Angelina, Nico, Marlayna and the late John Joseph. Mr. Fossell served in WWII with the Merchant... Read more →

Obit Dickinson

DICKINSON, THOMAS F. On December 4, 2006 of West Collingswood, NJ, age 50. He was the beloved husband of Jeanne M. (nee Hoffman), loving father of Ilene Dickinson of Danville, VT, Thomas, William, and Zachary Dickinson of West Collingswood and dear son of the late Jacqueline and Alfred Pierson. His sister Marianne Bytella, brothers John, William, Richard and Dennis Dickinson, step- brother Stephen Pierson and step- sister Carol Pierson also survive him. Tom was a... Read more →

Who Remembers The Bulletin?

Nearly Everybody Read the Bulletin By Jay Wyatt "Nearly Everybody Reads the Bulletin." Or, so claimed one of Philadelphia's oldest and most revered newspapers, The Evening Bulletin. Factory workers and businessmen streamed down the streets of Center City during the hustle-bustle madness of Philadelphia's evening rush hour. Hurrying to catch the next train or trolley, they often found the time to stop at a sidewalk newsstand and pick up the latest edition of the "The... Read more →

former Brooklawn resident faces serious charges

Death by auto suspect's bail hearing set for Friday Gloucester County Times-WOODBURY A bail hearing for Kenneth Radlinger, 68, of Deptford Township, who is free on $100,000 bail on charges of death by auto and driving while intoxicated, has been scheduled for Friday December 8, 2006 in Superior Court here. Radlinger is a former resident of Brooklawn. The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office plans to request that Radlinger's driver's license be revoked as a condition of... Read more →

Brooklawn NJ History

Brooklawn: Homes for shipbuilders were basis for new town JOSE F. MORENO/Courier-Post file Brooklawn's American Legion World Series Champions celebrate as they get out of the bus after winning in 2001. DID YOU KNOW? The borough of Brooklawn was originally called Noreg Village. HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS 1844: Camden County is created out of a larger Gloucester County. Camden includes Gloucester City, Gloucester Township, Newton, Washington Township and Waterford. 1855: Center Township is formed, including what will... Read more →

City Council Meeting

Public Hearing Thursday Night on ChangesTo City's Sex Offender/Loitering Ordinance; Parking Law By William E. Cleary Gloucester City Mayor and Council will hear public comment and final adoption on two ordinances Thursday December 7th at 8 p.m., council chambers, 313 Monmouth Street, (pictured). The ordinances were introduced on first reading at meeting on November 20. The first ordinance pertains to amending the City’s Sex’s law. The change to Section 72 of the law will address... Read more →

One Year Anniversary Still Missing

Endangered Runaway ROBERT DORNBACH DOB: Sep 15, 1988 Missing: Nov 27, 2005 Height: 5'8" (173 cm) Eyes: Brown Race: White Age Now: 18 Sex: Male Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg) Hair: Brown Missing From: GLOUCESTER CITY NJ United States Robert was last seen on November 27, 2005. He has a tattoo of a cross on his right ankle and a tattoo of "D-Bach" on his left arm. Robert's nickname is Bobby. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD... Read more →

Ice Cream You Scream for Ice Cream

Ice Cream Parlor Planned For Jersey Avenue Site By Linda Boker-Angelo NEWS Correspondent The Gloucester City Planning Board last week approved the demolition of a dilapidated building in the 300 block of Jersey Avenue. Property owner Ben Slater, of Brooklawn, plans to build a soda fountain-type establishment, which will sell ice cream, water ice, hotdogs, etc. Slater has been before the Board several times already, seeking feedback and approval for his ideas. He had initially... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic grad is president of University of Delaware

Recognizing value of sports For incoming UD president Harker, 'Athletics are near and dear to my heart' By KEVIN TRESOLINI, The News Journal Posted Saturday, December 2, 2006 NEWARK -- Incoming University of Delaware president Patrick Harker's path to a career (pictured in photo) in academia began, he said Friday December 1 during a press conference, with a football injury. Harker, 48, who had been recruited to Delaware by former coach Tubby Raymond 30 years... Read more →

Your Civic Lesson for the day

New Jersey Politics 101 Home Rule States are generally governed either by "Home Rule" giving municipalities autonomy or "Dillon's Rule" which gives states more power. New Jersey, governed by Home Rule, has 566 municipalities, each with a separate administration and government. The causes of home rule are rooted in history and are entrenched because each municipal government would have to cede some control in order to change. The League of Municipalities web page describing Home... Read more →

Haddon TWP Crime-Robbery Suspect Still At Large

Robbery suspect still at large December 3, 2006 (Haddon Herald)At about 2:30 p.m., on Sunday, November 19, the suspect entered the Garden State Fuel Gas Station on Rte. 130 at Eldridge Avenue in the West Collingswood Heights section of Haddon Township. The surveillance video shows the suspect entering the gas station market, waiting for a few minutes, then leaving the store and returning, weapon in hand, with an attendant. Police say the suspect ordered the... Read more →


The "Ticket" Debate Continues Comment Received December 5th In regard to the article concerning our "meter maid". I find it absolutely ridiculous that only tax paying residents can not park on a street that has "NO PARKING" signs. As a resident I have paid many parking tickets to this city that were written by our said "meter maid" I did wrong, I paid the consequence, therefore our law enforcement officers should not be exempt from... Read more →

Who Remembers St. Marys Tigers?

Who Remembers The St. Marys Tigers baseball team? Being away from Gloucester city for so long and living here in Japan, the ClearysNotebook has given me a boost. Bill, I believe the idea you mentioned the other day in your e-mail is a great one. That is to bring old former Gloucester residents on board by giving them an opportunity to tell their story about what type of work their doing now, where they live,... Read more →


Lest We Forget Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice By William E. Cleary December 2, 1943, sixty-three years ago Bill Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Williams (now deceased) of Gloucester City was shot down and killed flying his B-25 on a bombing mission over Chieti Italy. Bill was the brother of: Theresa Finanger (deceased) of Turnersville NJ, Henry J.Williams 3rd (deceased) of Gloucester City, John Williams (deceased) of Boca Raton Florida, Grace... Read more →

Obit Elison

ELISON, THOMAS J. On November 30, 2006 of Bellmawr, NJ. Age 72. Beloved husband of Elizabeth "Betty" (nee Batten) for 50 years. Beloved father of Stephen (Annette) Elison of Chanhassen, MN, Richard Elison of Bellmawr, Glen (Theresa) Elison of Bellmawr and the late Diane Liquori. Also survived by his son-in-law Dennis Liquori of Bellmawr. Dear brother of William (Elise) Elison of National Park and the late Charles Elison. Loving Grandpop of Chris and Amanda Elison,... Read more →

Obit Cassetta

CASSETTA, JOSEPH L. 'JOE' On December 1st, 2006 age 88, of Mt. Ephraim, New Jersey. Beloved husband ofMargaret E. (nee Atkinson) and the late Alice D. Rowan. Devoted father of Vivian Cassetta-Mannino of Brigantine, NJ. Loving grandfather of Mark Mannino of Boston and Alex Mannino of Cherry Hill. Dear brother of Mary Cassetta of Hammonton, NJ. Also many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a visitation Monday from 9:30am-11am at... Read more →

A Review of The Navity Story

CinePhillyist Reviews... The Nativity Story Since the success of The Passion of the Christ, studio execs have worked overtime to figure out how to get evangelical money back to Hollywood where it belongs. You could see it in sub rosa marketing campaigns for any number of Hollywood movies: Aslan was Jesus. Superman was Jesus. Even King Kong was briefly Jesus. Then some smart Harvard grad thought to himself that perhaps Jesus would make an appealing... Read more →

Obit Kaczorowski

Jeffrey A. Kaczorowski Dies Suddenly At the Age of 24 He is the Grandson of Agnes Bradshaw, Gloucester City Jeffrey A. Kaczorowski, age 24, of Sicklerville died suddenly on November 29, 2006. Jeffrey is the son of Janet A. (nee Bradshaw), and Alan R. Kaczorowski. Also survived by sisters, Kerri A. Nelson (Eric) of Winslow, Amy L. Malinski (Roger) of Williamstown and Staci L. Piccoli (Jason) of Forest Hills, NY. His maternal grandmother Agnes Bradshaw... Read more →

Obit Toomey

Joseph C. Toomey, 32nd Degree Mason, Past President of United Mine Workers Joseph C Toomey, a lifelong resident of Westville NJ passed away on November 29, 2006, at the age 89. He was the beloved husband of the late Barbara (nee Foster) and loving father of Karen DiAmore and her husband Jim of Brooklawn, owners of Lipkins Pharmacy. His numerous and loving 'in laws' also survived him. Joseph was an avid outdoorsman in his youth.... Read more →


WEEKEND WEATHER FORECAST Winds after the frontal passage will still be gusty, as high as about 40 mph, with temperatures dropping a fair amount in the evening as cold air rushes in. It will be significantly cooler tomorrow morning as well, with temperatures in the 30's in the suburbs N & W of Philadelphia and near 40 in the city itself. As for rainfall today, less than one inch of rain is likely for most... Read more →

Obit Zippel

Nicole D. Zippel Dies Suddenly At The Age of 26 Nicole D. Zippel of Gloucester City formerly of Bellmawr passed away on November 29, 2006 at the age 26. Nicole was the devoted mother of Phoenix Mason Franke. Beloved daughter of Cheyenne C. (Judith) Zippel and Dorothy V. Vitkow. Dear Sister of Jesse Vitkow and Stephanie Zippel both of Bellmawr. Loving maternal granddaughter of Dorothy Mikutis and Ralph Carpineta. Survived by two aunts, three uncles,... Read more →

Obit Aitken

Thomas R AITKEN of Bellmawr; Services Saturday At Gardner Funeral Home Thomas R.,On November 29, 2006, of Bellmawr. Age 65. Beloved husband of Judith (nee Dubbs). Devoted father of Kristin Draham and her husband Joseph and the late Steven. Brother of Robert and his wife Susan. Loving grandfather of Karli Draham. Uncle of Amy and Nancy. Also survived by his faithful companion and beloved dog Shiloh. Mr. Aitken was a member of the Pilots. He... Read more →

Golden and James Honored

Stiles Award Presented To Golden And James Honored-Bill Golden of Gloucester Catholic High School and Liam James of Gloucester City High School were this year’s recipients of the Joe Stiles Memorial Award presented before the Lions vs Rams Thanksgiving Day game. The Award is given to a senior Ram and Lion who demonstrates leadership, selflessness, and courage. Congratulating the honorees are Mrs. Anne Stiles, her two daughters Karen and Michaelene and members of the committee... Read more →