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January 2007

Obit Virden (Gloucester City)

Virden, Ralph J. On January 31, 2007. Age 84. Of Sewell. Formerly of Gloucester City and Paulsboro. Surrounded and cared for by his devoted family. Loving brother of Doris Homer of Gloucester City, Milton Virden of Paulsboro, Thomas Virden (wife Veronica) of Gloucester City and the late Grover “Skeets” Virden, Jr., Catherine Glover, William Virden, Robert Virden, Francis Virden and Helen Cheeseman. Ralph is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was... Read more →

Obit Kelsey of Audubon

KELSEY, MARY C. (nee Egan), on January 29, 2007, of Audubon. Age 68. Wife of the late Henry Kelsey, Jr. Beloved mother of Henry Kelsey III and Maureen Hook and her husband Charles. Devoted grandmother of 10 and great grandmother of 9. Dear sister of Helen Dobrowolski. Loving companion of 17 years to Albert "Mike" Nuhn. Mrs. Kelsey was a member of Bellmawr VFW Post 7410 Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed traveling, going to the casinos,... Read more →

Obit Jones (West Deptford)

JONES, ELAINE C. (nee McCullough) on Jan. 28, 2007. Aged 85 years. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she was a resident of West Deptford for over 60 years. Elaine devoted her life to her husband and family. Elaine enjoyed reading, oil and watercolor painting, camping and spending time with her family. She is the beloved wife of the late William H., devoted mother of William, Kenneth & Gary Jones and Eileen Kandle, loving grandmother of... Read more →

Obit Filkins (formerly of Audubon)

FILKINS, PAULINE G. Of Blackwood, NJ, formerly of Audubon, NJ on January 28, 2007 at Virtua-West Jersey Hospital, Voorhees, NJ. Age 92. Pauline assisted her husband in his medical practice, homemaker, raised and showed purebred Silver Persian cats for many years and was the former President of the Cherry Hill Cat Club and Member of Collingswood Garden Club. Surviving Family: wife of the late Dr. Cedric E. Filkins. Lived for the last 24 years with... Read more →

Obit Brewer (Audubon)

BREWER, JACQUELINE 'JACKIE' (nee Murphy). On January 29, 2007 of Audubon, NJ, age 72 years. Beloved wife of Frederick W. Brewer, Jr; devoted mother of Frederick W. Brewer, III, Thomas J. Brewer (Patricia), Edward F. Brewer, Sr. (Mary), Jane Helmes (Russell), Bettyann Epley-Cloak (Frank); loving grandmother of Lynn, Jacqueline, Dorothy, Russell, Abigail, Nicole, Susan, Bud, Brian, Fred, Melissa, Amanda, Edward, Katelyn; great grandmother of Chet, Danny, Hanna, Jack, Eliza; dear friend Lorraine "Lorri" E. Brewer;... Read more →

Can Gloucester City afford a paid fire department?

Writer says cost to operate fire department is high Just to enlighten people on approximately what it cost to have a full time paid company since that person thinks its only a couple dollars a month. Contact the City Administrator and find out what the true budget of the Fire Department is compared to what the Municipal budget is. The Fire Department budget would be close to if not more than $3 million a year,... Read more →

Bills Opinion: How does the song go, "They tore down paradise, put up a parking lot"

Dooley's Bar Comes Tumbling Down; Cost to the taxpayer $34,400 The empty tavern/restaurant, owned by Gerald F. Dooley Inc., at the corner of Broadway and Cumberland Street , City, has been demolished. Hired to do the work was Franchi Demolition & Excavating, Inc. from Camden, the low bidder, at a cost of $34,400. The city purchased the building in October for $425,000. The intricate details of the purchase was never released to the public. Supposedly... Read more →

Spotlight on Gloucester City's Jack Pyrah

Jack on Jack: A Look at Coaching Legend Jack Pyrah BY JACK HEATH Near the shadow of the Walt Whitman Bridge in Gloucester City, NJ resides one of the best track coaches in the country. Jack Pyrah, now 87 years old, spent 26 years as Villanova assistant track coach under legendary Villanova coach Jumbo Elliott and 26 years as Villanova’s head cross-country coach. Elliott, considered by many to be the best American distance coach of... Read more →

Runners Gazette features article written by Rams Jack Heath

The Gift of Coaching BY JACK HEATH We’re following in your footsteps. Cause that’s where your footsteps go. --Ian Hunter “Following in Your Footsteps” No book came closer to describing what it's like to coach a small high school cross-country team while not teaching in the school than Marc Bloom's God on the Starting Line. Still, as I finished his thoroughly enjoyable book I could no€™t help but think there was something missing. It occurred... Read more →

Re: Meeting on Ft. Nassau Playground

If what Mr. Gorman says is true then all receipts for the materials for the park and the reports from the testing should be on file with the city. It hasn't been that long ago that it was built. If the city doesn't have this information then the chairman of the committee to build the playground should have these records. These should be on hand at the meeting to help give intelligent answer to important... Read more →

Universal Health insurance for NJ

Blue Jersey Discussion For The Day Since property tax reform is going so well, I thought I'd bring attention to a Philadelphia Inquireruniversal health insurance will be considered next. As our discussion today indicates, that doesn't sound so promising. On the other hand, the current situation is bad, and reform in Washington is not likely in the short term. Senator Joseph Vitale has been working on the plan quietly for some time. Unfortunately, we're talking... Read more →

Obit Plunkett (formerly of Collingswood/Haddon Twp)

PLUNKETT John M. Suddenly, On January 29, 2007. Age 59. Of the Turnersville section of Washington Township. Formerly of Collingswood and Haddon Township. Loving and caring devoted husband of Eileen M. (nee Morris). Devoted and cherished father of Teresa A. Scott and her husband of Ernie Jr. of Williamstown. Beloved son of Evelyn Plunkett (nee Wilfon) of Haddon Township. Dear Brother of Mary A. Plunkett of Haddon Township and Teresa M. Comstock and her husband... Read more →

Fireman weighs in on the controversey

Judy, What a sad and distorted picture you paint of your local firefighters. For the record I am proud to say I am a career firefighter with the GCFD and the Vice President of Local 51 of the FMBA . There are several issues that you are attempting to bring light to that really need to be clarified. First yes we do only work 8 days a month. That works out to be 24 hour... Read more →

Obit Ruggieri (of Audubon)

RUGGIERI, ELIZABETH V. (Nee Dolente), age 99, on January 26, 2007, of Audubon, NJ, formerly of South Phila., PA Devoted wife of the late Angelo. Dearest mother of Robert (Maryann), Dorothy, Joseph (Anna), and the late Gerald; beloved sister of Rose Dolente; loving grandmother of Michael (Pam) Ruggieri, Maureen (Alfred) Lexow, Thomas Ruggieri, Elizabeth (Richard) Gore, Robert Ruggieri, Sarah Ruggieri, Gerald Ruggieri, Stephen (Lauren) Ruggieri, and Daniel Ruggier; also survived by 14 grandchildren. Relatives and... Read more →

Obit Roehrig (of Bellmawr)

ROEHRIG, HERMAN L. On January 27, 2007, of Bellmawr, age 81. Beloved husband of the late Dolores E. (nee Woodruff). Devoted father of Ray Roehrig (Karen) and Dolores Anne Lubiejewski (Ray). Loving brother of Anne Maas and Matilda Bugglin. Dear grandfather of Lauren and Lisa. Mr. Roehrig was a WWII Navy Veteran who served in the Pacific Theater and a retired Carpenter from Local #359. There will be a viewing Thursday morning from 9:45am to... Read more →

Obit Puszcykowski (of Audubon)

PUSZCZYKOWSKI, AGNES B. On Jan. 26, 2007, Agnes B. (nee Trout), age 75, passed away at her home in Audubon. A graduate of St. Rose of Lima Grammar School and Camden Catholic High School, Agnes marched with the Audubon Bon-Bons sponsored by the Murray Trout American Legion Post. She founded and ran the Rifliers all-girl drill team and volunteered with the Fairview Little League running the concessions. She is the beloved wife of the late,... Read more →

Commissioners Meeting

Mount Ephraim Commissioners Make Personnel Appointments for 2007 By Linda Boker-Angelo NEWS Correspondent The Mount Ephraim Board of Commissioners last week approved several contracts and personnel appointments for the coming year. George Coleman, who has served the Borough in the past, will continue as sewer operator, while Gary Koehler will remain water supply system operator. Joseph Ciano, Jr. was re-appointed to the post of Public Works Manager. The contract for gasoline and diesel fuel for... Read more →

A new broom does indeed sweep clean

Gloucester City Planning Board Has A New Look By Linda Boker-Angelo NEWS Correspondent A new broom does indeed sweep clean. There were many new faces at last week’s Gloucester City Planning Board as members were sworn in to begin the new year. Returning board members were: Michael Smollock, Mayor’s Designee, term expiring December 2007; Edward Gorman, term expiring December 2007; and Ralph Randolph, term expiring December 2010. The following individuals were new appointees to the... Read more →

Brooklawn Council Meeting

Brooklawn Council Honors Ray Staley For Community Service By Linda Boker-Angelo NEWS Correspondent Brooklawn Council last week approved a proclamation honoring former Councilman Ray Staley for his years of dedicated service to the community. After serving on Council for six years, Staley decided not to seek re-election last year. He attended his last official meeting in December. Mayor John Soubasis presented Staley with a plaque memorializing the proclamation. Staley thanked the governing body for their... Read more →

Rams win City Title/Bragging Rights!

Gloucester Catholic vs. Gloucester High Basketball Contest In girls basketball the Rams won in overtime. The final, Rams- 52 Lions-51. As for the boys contest, Gloucester Catholic had three players score in double figures to top Gloucester, 47-31. Shumeek Scott led the way with 13, while Nick Schoppy added 12 and Ryan Cass chipped in with 11. The Rams outscored Gloucester, 30-14, in the second half. Liam James paced the Lions with 13. Photos by... Read more →


One day, a diver was enjoying the aquatic world 20 feet below sea level. He noticed a guy at the same depth he was, but he had on no scuba gear whatsoever. The diver went below another 20 feet, but the guy joined him a few minutes later. The diver went below 25 feet, but minutes later, the same guy joined him. This confused the diver, so he took out a waterproof chalkboard set, and... Read more →

Bills Opinion: Three Corner Park restored

GLOUCESTER CITY-The dilapidated Three Corner Park at the intersection of Burlington and Middlesex Streets, has recently been brightened up with brand new equipment. The old playground equipment at the former $100,000 park built in the 1980's wasn't maintained. Broken down swings, park benches unfit for anyone to sit on, and the rusted sliding boards were unsafe for the kids to use. The park was surrounded by weeds and debris. The run down condition of park... Read more →

Rams defeat Lions 52-51

Catholic needs OT to slip past hungry Lions Sunday, January 28, 2007 By Robert Edwards [email protected] GLOUCESTER CITY-The Gloucester Catholic High School girls basketball team earned its first win over crosstown rival Gloucester in three years on Saturday, defeating the Lady Lions, 52-51, in an overtime thriller. A five-point Gloucester lead was erased in the fourth quarter, as the Rams forced overtime. Gloucester was unable to register a field goal until 1:35 remained in regulation,... Read more →

obit Cheeseman (of Brooklawn)

CHEESEMAN, ELIZABETH M. On January 26, 2007. (nee Fox) Age 93. A long time resident of Brooklawn. Loving wife of the late Robert H. Cheeseman. Devoted and caring mother of Patricia Purnell and her husband Harry. Beloved grandmother of Kristen L. Alfano and her husband Donald and Matthew Purnell. Cherished great-grandmother of Steven Alfano. She was also predeceased in death by her daughter Lois Ann Cheeseman whom she lovingly nursed and cared for during a... Read more →


A man had 50 yard line tickets for the Bear's game. As he sits down, a man comes down and asks if anyone is sitting in the seat next to him. "No," he says, "the seat is empty." "This is incredible," said the man. "Who in their right mind would have a seat like this for the Bears game, the biggest sporting event in the world, and not use it?" He says, "Well, actually, the... Read more →

Area fire departments fight fire in Camden

12 Camden City Residents Displaced by Fire Camden City - Jan 27, 2007 Firefighters from Camden Fire Department was dispatched to 17 North 22nd Street this morning at approximate 0415 hours for a reported dwelling fire. Battalion 2 arrived to find a 3 story row of 3 dwellings with heavy fire showing from the first floor and 2nd floor with reports of victims trapped. Fire companies went into operation with multiple handlines and crews performed... Read more →

Business Person of the Year

Gloucester City Business Association Honors Deceased Member The Gloucester City Business Association presented Kay Ferry, the widow of James E. Ferry Sr., an award recently in honor of her late husband who was chosen as Business Person of the Year by the members of the association. Making the presentation is Dave Stallwood, president of the Business Association. Photo by Ken Mac Jim Ferry (photo on right) was an active member of the Gloucester City Business... Read more →

Foreign Friendly Japanese Food

When East Meets West With Foreign Friendly Japanese Food! Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. A Current campaign for foreigners to visit Japan, with a slogan of, “eat Japanese friendly food in hopes, “to promote foreign tourist traffic to Japan." I would like to do my part in the campaign by suggesting changes to the country to make it more attractive to foreigners. More foreigners would come to Japan if, for example, the food were... Read more →

Brooklawn's Ashley Boulden Nominee for All-American

Boulden Rider’s Coca-Cola Community All-American LAWRENCEVILLE—Ashley Boulden of Brooklawn, (pictured with student) a senior on the Rider University field hockey and softball teams, is Rider’s nominee for the Coca-Cola Community All-American award. An Elementary Education/Special Education major, Boulden has been an active member of the Rider Council for Exceptional Children, a volunteer organization that plans activities for local students with disabilities, and works with the ARC Mercer Adult Program. She is also a member of... Read more →

Rams News

The shirt on his back Thursday, January 25, 2007 By Scott Chappelear [email protected] The staff working home basketball games at Gloucester Catholic High School is easily visible, marked by their matching T-shirts with "Sidoti's Staff" on the breast. The depiction of athletic director Tony Sidoti in a Rams basketball uniform on the back doesn't hurt more Read more →

Obit Geibel (of Gloucester City)

GEIBEL Eleanor B. On January 26, 2007. (nee Goldschmidt) Age 68. Of Gloucester City. Loving daughter of the late Bernard J. “Reds” and Eleanor Elizabeth (nee Cuneo) Goldschmidt. Beloved mother of Carl P. (George) of Tarpon Springs, Florida, John P. (Kara) of Gloucester City, Lisa of Gloucester City, Mariellen of Haddon Township and Matthew M. of Edison. Devoted grandmother of Dana, Tyler, Kassidy, Jordan, Julian and Dayne. Dear Sister of Thomas (Mary) of Cherry Hill,... Read more →

Obit Marano (formerly of Audubon Park)

MARANO Robert M., III On January 24, 2007, of Haddon Twp., formerly of Audubon Park and N. Wildwood. Age 21. Beloved son of Maureen Preston (Michael) and Robert Marano, Jr. Devoted boyfriend of Dena LoCastro. Loving brother of Nicole Stasulli, Brandi Stasulli, Cortney Marano and Ryan Marano. Dear grandson of Robert and Joyce Marano, Michael and Maureen Stasulli and Miller and Lynn Preston. Great grandson of Dorothy Wallace. Uncle of Nicholas and Mariyah Williams. Also... Read more →

Obit Goebel (of Bellmawr)

GOEBEL, MILDRED E. On January 24, 2007 of Bellmawr. Age 93. Beloved wife of the late Robert Goebel. Loving mother of Doris and her husband Robert Knowles, Dorothea and her husband Edward Filachek and the late Robert Goebel. Proud grandmother of 10, great grandmother of 19, and great-great grandmother of 3. Mildred was a loving mother and grandmother who cherished the company of her family and friends. She enjoyed going to the Seniors Center of... Read more →

Ken and Patti add a new member to their family

Patti wanted a dog. I didn't ; so we compromised and decided to get a dog!............................................. She wanted a little dog, I wanted a big dog!........................ She wanted a female, I wanted a male!................................ She wanted a white dog, I wanted a black dog!.................... She wanted to name it CoCo, I wanted to name it Sea Biscuit! So much for compromise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Say hello to CoCo........................Ken Mac Read more →

Obit Purvis (formerly of Gloucester City)

PURVIS, JOAN E. On January 23, 2007. (nee Collins). Of Mickleton, formerly of Gloucester City, NJ.Age 84. Beloved wife of the late Robert M. Purvis. Surrounded and loved by her devoted family. Loving mother of Ellen and Mike Barrett, Eunice Creamer and the late Gerald and Joan and Jack Kilpatrick. Dear grandmother of Matthew and Sam Creamer, Kathryn and Peach Barrett and Elizabeth Kilpatrick. Dear Sister of Bess Patterson and Paul and Janet Collins. Loving... Read more →

Obit Murphy (formerly of Brooklawn)

MURPHY, JAMES M. On Jan. 23, 2007, of Woodbury, formerly of Brooklawn. Age 76. Beloved husband of the late Marie Ethel (nee Knedison). Devoted father of Denise and her husband David Bello and Jamie Fania. Loving grandfather of Sean and Cory Winkles, Emily Fania and Robert Murphy Brocato. Dear brother of Katherine Skill, Mary Romania and her husband Sam, Tom Murphy, Sr. and his wife Ruth, Ronnie White, Pat White and Joan Murphy. Also survived... Read more →

Obit Dobbins (Gloucester City)

DOBBINS, MARIE J. On January 21, 2007 (nee Ezzi) of Gloucester City, NJ, age 41. She was the beloved wife of the late Michael E. and loving mother of Erica Dobbins. She is also survived by her dear mother Marie, father Joseph and his wife Terrilee Sanders and brothers Joseph, Eric, Michael, Kevin, Robert and Patric. Relatives and friends are invited to meet Friday morning from 11:00AM to 1:00PM at the ETHERINGTON-CRERAN FUNERAL HOME, 700... Read more →

Obit DiBartolomeo (Bellmawr)

DIBARTOLOMEO, MARIE (nee Woshnak). On January 22, 2007, of Bellmawr, NJ. Age 83. Beloved wife of the late Dominic J. DiBartolomeo. Dear mother of Diane (Michael) Daly of Medford, NJ and Paul DiBartolomeo of Bellmawr, NJ. Loving grandmother of Angel (Jason) Romeo, and Alex Nuzzi and the light of her life her great granddaughter Lela Romeo, all of Medford, NJ. Beloved sister of Lorraine Weaver and the late Veronica Powell. Dear sister-in law of Arthur... Read more →

Mt. Ephraim news

1 hurt in Mt. Ephraim crash Courier Post One motorist was injured and two cars had to be towed away after a collision on Black Horse Pike on Tuesday night in Mount Ephraim, police said today. The crash occurred about 8:51 p.m., police said, when a man was driving a Jeep in the right lane and a woman driving a Hyundai drove in front of him. The man struck the passenger side of the Hyundai,... Read more →

Blue Jersey Jan. 24

New Jersey NEWS Round-Up Wednesday, January 24 Rep. Donald Payne was named subcommittee chair for Africa and Global Health. The latest Quinnipiac University poll on property taxes finds that 67% think meaningful property tax reductions this year are unlikely. They oppose selling (or leasing) the Turnpike 53-34 and are split 46-46 on public worker benefit cuts. The governor is down to 42% approval, which is better than the state legislature at 27%, but it seems... Read more →

Letter To Cleary

Re: Bill's Cheers and Jeers Column Airing the monthly Council Meetings should only be the first step in this process. The Caucus and the Worksession meetings (public portion) should also be taped, as well as the Planning Board and Historic Meetings. If we are going to be informed than why not fully? Most of the real work is decided in Worksession and Caucus Meetings. During the Worksession meetings, the department heads are present as well... Read more →

OBITUARY: Christopher L. Roberts of Audubon NJ age 38

On January 20, 2007, Christopher L. Roberts of Audubon, age 38 years. Survived by his parents Raymond and Stella Patricia (nee Keen) Roberts of Audubon, brother Raymond Roberts Jr. of Pennsauken, Mark Roberts of Woodlyn, sister Nicole Roberts of Gloucester City, grandmother Sophie Karge of Florida. Chris was a Cook at the Olive Garden in Cherry Hill. Funeral Services and cremation were held privately under the direction of the ORA L. WOOSTER FUNERAL HOME 51... Read more →

Dianne Nolan making headlines again

Editor's Note: Dianne Nolan is one of the inductees in this year's South Jersey Basketball Hall of Fame. The affair will be held Feb. 12, 2007. A graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School, Dianne is the daughter of Andy and Bert Nolan, formerly of Gloucester City who now reside in Connecticut. She has coached the Fairfield University Girls Basketball team for 28 years. Last year she won her 500th game. Following the win the university's... Read more →

Obit Sullivan (formerly of Clayton)

SULLIVAN Daniel J. Jr. On January 22, 2007. Age 81. Of North Port, Florida. Formerly of Clayton. Loving husband of 60 years to Peggy A. (nee Shields). Devoted father of Margaret A. Sorbello of Sewell and Daniel J. Sullivan, III of Clayton. Beloved grandfather of 6 and great-grandfather of 4. Daniel proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean Conflict. Cremation and Memorial Mass are private at the... Read more →

Obit Volpe (Bellmawr)

VOLPE, DOMENIC On January 19, 2007 of Ocean City, formerly of Bellmawr. Age 93. Beloved husband of the late Jennie (nee DiGiacomo). Devoted father of Della Sargent (the late Frank), John and his wife Helena Volpe and Lucille and her husband Edward Riding. Dear grandfather of 8 and great grandfather of 12. After November 11, 2006 Domenic started his new life in Ocean City with his son. He was and avid bingo player and loved... Read more →

Obit Lawrence (Audubon)

LAWRENCE, BAYARD J. 'LARRY' On January 20, 2007 of Audubon, NJ age 86yrs. Father of the late Wayne Lawrence. Survived by his beloved wife Mary E. (nee Scharpf); cousin Gail McFadden and her daughter Heather (Tom) Cunningham of Cinnaminson; brother-in-law William Scharpf and his wife Eileen of Marlton; also several nieces and nephews: William, Karen, Mary Jo, Patricia, Pamela and John. Larry retired from the Phila. Naval Ship Yard after 38yrs as a welder. A... Read more →

Salerymen are our biggest customers

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST AND THEN SOME Commentary By Hank F. Miller Jr. (Hank is a former resident of Gloucester City who now lives in Japan where he operates an English language school.) Me talk eigo (English) some day ,I hope. Back in the good old days,say up until 15 or 20 years ago, English conversation was mainly studied here at THE MILLER ENGLISH SCHOOL,by college students, international travelers, researchers and employees about to be... Read more →