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February 2007

In 1909 the Jersey Devil was sighted in Gloucester

The Jersey Devil is a legendary creature or cryptid said to inhabit the Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey. The Devil is often described as a bipedal flying creature with hooves, but there are many variations. The most popular version of the Jersey Devil legend hold that a Deborah Smith from England emigrated to the Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey to marry a Mr. Leeds in the 18th Century. Mr. Leeds was a very vain man, and wanted many heirs to carry on the family name. This kept the new Mrs. Leeds continually pregnant. After bearing twelve healthy children, Mrs. Leeds was dismayed to discovered she was now carrying a thirteenth. She cursed the unborn child and declared she would rather bear the Devil's... Read more →

Obit Heitman (Gloucester City)

Paul R. Heitman Sr. Longtime Member of the Gloucester City Knights of Columbus Council 674; World War II Veteran; Union Carpenter Paul R. Heitman Sr., (photo) of Gloucester City, passed away at age 84 on Tuesday, February 27, 2007. Paul was a longtime resident of Gloucester City and served our country proudly in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a carpenter for the Carpenter’s Local # 393. Paul was very dedicated to his Catholic faith and was a lifelong parishioner of Saint Mary’s R.C. Church in Gloucester City where he served on the Parish Council, Holy Name Society and Past President of the Saint Mary’s Ushers Society. He was a member of the Townsend C. Young V.F.W. Post # 3620 in Gloucester... Read more →

Continue Movement To Change The Form of City Gov.

I would like to thank everyone who took the time to read what I wrote, Thank Bill Cleary for putting the poll up, and from the voting on this page it's pretty clear that we can just change the form of government and put an end to the politics that do nothing, everyone in the city should be able to vote for anyone running regardless of what part of the City you live in. I am sorry if I put Bob Bevan on the spot, but ever since he's explained the subject it just makes total sense. And he has done his homework on the subject, and he deserves credit, and if I know Bob, if the residents want it, he'll be there to help... Read more →

Sad News/ Scharff died suddenly

Viewing Sunday, March 4: Former GCHS Athletic Director Succumbs Gerry Scharff, age 64, of Audubon passed away suddenly on Wednesday, February 28. Mr. Scharff , was the former Athletic Director at Gloucester Catholic High School, Gloucester City. He retired in 2006. Mr. Scharff, also taught economics at Gloucester Catholic and was the school's golf coach. Previously he was a teacher and swim instructor at St. Patrick's elementary school. Viewing on Sunday, March 4 from 7 to 9 pm and Monday 9 am to 10:30 am at Healey Funeral Home: 9 White Horse Pike, (at Kings Highway) Haddon Heights, NJ. Mass 11 am at Saint Rose of Lima R.C. Church: 4th Avenue at Kings Highway, Haddon Heights. Interment New Saint Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr. Read more →

Obit Feaster (Audubon)

FEASTER, DORIS M. Age 75, of Audubon Park died February 23, 2007. Born in Mt Ephraim, she lived in Sewell before moving to Audubon Park. She is survived by her children, John Jospeh Green, James J. Green, Patricia A. Sherwood, Betty Jean Guddo, Shelly Marie Green, Candace Mills and the late Joseph J. Green III, two brothers, Robert Little and Arthur Little, two sisters, Judy Massa and Betty Tighe, sixteen grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Services are private under the direction of NORTON FUNERAL HOME of Williamstown, NJ. Read more →

Obit Albanese (Gloucester City, former Bellmawr resident)

ALBANESE, ALBERT C. On February 26, 2007, of Gloucester, formerly of Bellmawr. Age 40. Long time loving companion of Jenny Pratt. Beloved son of Angeline T. (Nee Palimeno) and the late Matthew Albanese, Sr. Beloved brother of Anthony, Matthew, Jr., Domminic, and David (Dori). Loving nephew of Aunt Rita Litzner. Pop Pop of Lily. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Albert was a former employee of the Inter State Pallets in Gloucester. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the viewing Friday evening from 6 to 9PM at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Service 9pm at the funeral home. Interment is private at the request of the family. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Albert's memory to... Read more →

Poll results: People want a change in the form of City government

SHOULD THE VOTERS OF GLOUCESTER CITY PLACE A QUESTION ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT TO DECIDE ON A CHANGE IN FORM OF GOVERNMENT? Of the 142 people who voted 93.1 percent said they were in favor of the question while only 6.9 percent said they were against it. To all the people who participated thank you for your input. Bill Cleary Read more →

Irish Chuckles

Grandma's Peanuts A Dublin boy visited his grandmother with his friend. While the boy was talking to his Granny in the kitchen, his friend was eating peanuts from a bowl on the living room table. When it was time to go, the friend called out: "Thanks for the peanuts." "That's ok" said the granny, "Since I lost my dentures I can only suck the chocolate off 'em." Read more →

Eyesore has been painted

photo and commentary by Bill Cleary In August 2006 ClearysNotebook posted the following comment along with a photo about the rusted barrier at the foot of Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. ENHANCING GLOUCESTER CITY’S IMAGE-If the Gloucester City Public Works Department still have their paintbrushes available it would be nice if they put a fresh coat of paint on the traffic barrier at the Little League Field at the foot of Monmouth Street. Doesn't it make you wonder who is responsible for allowing this barrier to rust away? This is an eyesore. If your property looked this bad you would be cited by the Housing Authority. I am happy to report the barrier as you can see has been painted. Once again I like to thank... Read more →

The torn/tattered American Flag replaced

photo by Bill Cleary The torn, tattered, faded flag that was flying at half-staff on Feb. 20 at Proprietors Park, King Street and the Delaware River, Gloucester City has been taken down and replaced. A reporter for ClearysNotebook took a photo of the flag last week and posted it on the web site. We like to compliment the City for taking such swift action to fix the problem. Read more →

Chuckles by Jes

LOST IN THE DARNDEST PLACES: An elderly lady called 911 on her cell phone to report that her car has been broken into. She is hysterical as she explains her situation to the dispatcher: "They've stolen the stereo, the steering wheel, the brake pedal and even the accelerator!" she cried. The dispatcher said, "Stay calm. An officer is on the way." A few minutes later, the officer radios in. "Disregard." He says. "She got in the back-seat by mistake." Read more →

Support your local businesses/help your community grow

If you are in the mood for great Italian cuisine try Vitale's Italian Bistro at the corner of Brick and Jersey Avenues, Gloucester City. The former seafood restaurant is gone and a new owner has completely renovated the inside. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed. Take out available. Open every day except Monday. Read more →

Commentary by Juan Melli, Blue Jersey Founder

DEMOCRATS AND TAXES RUINING NEW JERSEY'S ECONOMY REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION OF BLUE JERSEY by: jmelli Tue Feb 27, 2007 at 16:31:18 PM EST Oh wait. They're not. New Jersey is second only to Massachusetts in a ranking released today of the states by their success at transitioning to the innovative, knowledge-based "new economy." The Kauffman Foundation study also puts Maryland, Washington and California in the top five. The five lowest-ranked states are West Virginia, Mississippi, South Dakota, Arkansas and Alabama. The study compares the 50 states on 26 factors, including patents and entrepreneurial activity. New Jersey ranks high for its concentration of high-tech jobs, fast-growing companies, industry-sponsored research and the strength of our digital economy. It must have just been another honest mistake in my... Read more →

Obit Endt (formerly of Audubon)

ENDT, WILLIAM C. on February 26, 2007, of Runnemede, formerly of Audubon Park. Age 56. Beloved husband of Deborah (nee Joseph). Devoted father of Buck. Loving grandfather of Jake. Favorite son-in-law of Beverly Joseph. Dear brother of Kenny (Roseann), Jack and the late Craig and Bobby. Also survived by many nieces and nephews and his pal Jynx. Mr. Endt especially enjoyed playing with his grandson Jake. He considered his third shift friends and co-workers at NJ Transit as his second family. Services private. Family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made in Mr. Endt's memory to the Horizon Foundation, 221 4th Ave., Mt. Ephraim, NJ 08059. Expressions of sympathy may be e-mailed to Condolences@GardnerFuneralHome.com. Read more →

Shame on you Mr. Cleary, you are too critical of our firemen

Its amazing how "one bad apple" is convincing people that all the volunteers are bad apples and that they all stole from the pot. So in return people are deciding not to support the volunteer firefighters by not donating to any thing because someone has blackened their eye. I am sure the volunteers are trying to do the best and do the right thing that they can for this situation. If by charging the fellow with theft and the judge decides to give him probation with restitution, which may amount to 20 bucks a month, where does that leave the association - still indebted to the burn foundation because I'm sure they will find away to pay it back no matter what. Maybe considering taking... Read more →

Mt. Ephraim/Commissioners ask for help in naming street

40 Town-Homes To Be Built On Former Haddonfield Lumber Site; Students Asked To Name Street Bill Bates NEWS Correspondent Mount Ephraim Commissioner Anthony Chambers said Borough Officials have created a contest open to students at the Mary Bray Elementary and the R.W. Kershaw schools during last week’s Board of Education meeting. A developer will be building 40 town-homes at the former Haddonfield Lumber Site. In this new development includes a street that will be added to the Borough. The Commissioners thought it would be great idea if the students could name the street. They suggested maybe separating the students by grade and having the students submit their suggestions. Then each grade could have some type of vote to determine the best suggestion. Finally, the final... Read more →

Letters/Say No To A Deal With This Thief

Mr.Cleary, I think and hope they say no to the deal. The law is in effect to not only show our children the right from wrong, but to show anyone who has the idea of taking something that is not there that there are consequences for your actions. They (The Firemen Association) let it go before and it didn't work why would they think that it would work again. I myself and Benny Paul with the help of our family, friends and other firefighters ran this event for years and helped bring it back to some sort of respectability with a lot of hard work and dedication. Now after 2 years away this person has ruined all the work that we have done over the... Read more →

Obit Winters

WINTERS, HELEN M. (TOOTSIE) Suddenly on February 23, 2007, age 56, (Curran). Wife of George of Gloucester, NJ. Dear mother of William of West Deptford, niece of Robert Curran, Anita Curran and Mary Metzgar, godmother of Ashley Winters, Michele Huppman and Brian Kramer. She is also survived by many cousins. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral service on Wednesday at 11 AM at The PREDPELSKI FUNERAL HOME, 983 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ. Interment New St. Mary's Cemetery. Viewing Wednesday morning from 10 to 11 AM at the funeral home. www.predpelski.com Read more →

Obit Kaign (formerly of Gloucester City)

KAIGHN, MARIANNE REBECCA Age 69, died on February 17, 2007, at her residence in Micco, FL, She was formerly a long-time resident of Glouc-ester City, NJ. Survived by brother Earl (Diane) Kaighn of National Park, two daughters, Sharon Thomas of FL a nd Joanne (Terry) Sammons of Mantua, NJ, 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by brother Roland Albert Kaighn. She love fishing and camping and was very happy living in Florida. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW, Moose, and Orioles. Services were held in Florida on February 23, 2007. Donations in her memory can be made to the American Cancer Society. Read more →

Owner of Fox Appliances Dies

John A. Fox, Owner of Fox's Gloucester Appliances Died at age 62 John A. Fox Sr., 62, of West Deptford, formerly of National Park died peacefully on February 22, 2007 at Underwood Hospital surrounded by his family; Aged 62 years. John worked at Texaco for numerous years and in 1984, he followed one of his dreams and opened Fox's Gloucester Appliance. He operated the business for 22 years. One of the hardest days for him was in April of 2006 when he had to close his business due to medical reasons. He loved his job and the people he met through his years of service. He will always be grateful for the years he ran the business. He told his family to always reme-mber he... Read more →

Obit Gabourel (Gloucester City)

GABOUREL Ruth C. On February 24, 2007. (nee Anderson) Age 76. Of Gloucester City. Loving wife of the late Reynaldo Revero. Devoted and caring mother of William Revero (Kate), Susan Elbridge, Norma Revero, Pamela Revero, Daniel Sherman (Mary Rose), David Sherman (Theresa) and the late Robert Revero. Loving grandmother of 16 and great-grandmother of 8. Ruth was a resident of Gloucester City and was living in Gloucester Towne on Market Street. At the request of the family, cremation and services are private. Family requests that memorial donations be made in Ruth’s memory to the American Diabetes Association: 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. Please write in the memo of the check Ruth C. Gabourel. Expressions of sympathy can be e-mailed to the... Read more →

Attention: Brooklawn parents

Brooklawn School District Offering Preschool Handicapped Program The Brooklawn School District” is offering free services to find out a child is eligible for a preschool handicapped program. Photo of Alice Costello Grammar School. Preschool Handicapped programs serve three and four year old children who are functioning at a level below what could be expected for their chronological age in the areas of: Speech and Language, Coordination, Social and Emotional Adjustment, Physical Health or General Learning. To be eligible, a child must be between the ages of 3 and 5 years and qualify for services based on screening and assessment results. Early Intervention Programs provide services for infants and toddlers from birth to three years of age who have special needs. Information is available about these... Read more →

The Island Of Kyushu

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST ! Commentary By Hank F. Miller Jr. "A Journey Through The Island Of Kyushu" We left our home on a trip to Mount Aso in Kumamoto, Prefecture at about a three hour drive by car it was 10:00 am.when we left home on a bright sunny morning in June and the children had just got out of school for their summer vacation. When we neared Mount Aso we noticed that the moon had already risen and was hanging,very white,in an empty blue sky. It was only about one thirty in the aftrnoon,We could see a tiny cloud of smoke that showed,in the distance,where Mount Aso stood. Schoolchildren were sitting along the sides of the road near Oguni Town,drawing pictures of the... Read more →

Update on Missing Funds

Regarding the missing funds from the Gloucester City Fireman's Softball Marathon By Bill Cleary A reliable source said a relative of the man who stole the money has offered to pay back the $7200 he took from the 2006 Marathon. As you know by now this man was in charge of the Marathon's bank account. However, there is a catch. The Association has to agree not to file criminal charges against the crook. If not the deal is off. According to my source, the money raised was always kept in the bank account until the January Firemen banquet. A check in the amount that was raised was handed to a representative of the Crozier Burn Center at the banquet. This explains why the money wasn't... Read more →

Letters/Resident upset over parking tickets

Dear Mr. Cleary: In the beginning of January, my son received a ticket for having an abandoned vehicle. The car was not abandoned. He had gone on vacation with a friend up to the Poconos and the tire had gone flat in his absence. When he returned, upon find the ticket, he fixed the tire and re-registered his car as the time had come to do so. Last week, he called the Court and was told he didn't have to show up on February 27, but had to pay a $45.00 fine. In the interim, the tire had gone flat again.....and he awoke today to find an abandoned sticker on his car and learned he had to pay another $100 fine. The car was never... Read more →

Obit Mascuilli (Bellmawr)

MASCUILLI, CATHERINE A. (Nee Riecky), on February 22, 2007, of Bellmawr, formerly of Phila. Age 70. Beloved wife of Albert J. Devoted mother of Martin (Priscilla), Carol and the late Albert. Dear sister of John Riecky, Jr. (Mae) and Eileen McDermott (Jack). Loving grandmother of Brionna Catherine, Julian Martin and Katelyn Catherine. Aunt of Adrienne, Bridget and John. Mrs. Mascuilli was retired from Bell Telephone after 32 years of service and spent her time loving and spoiling her grandchildren. She was a Mom to everyone. There will be a viewing from 7 to 9pm Sunday eve and 8:15 to 9:15am Monday morning at GARDNERFUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Mass 10am Monday at Annunciation BVM Church, Bellmawr. Interment private. Expressions of sympathy may be e-mailed to Condolences@GardnerFuneralHome.com. Read more →

Let's discuss the change in government

John H. I'm not questioning your comment to be critical but rather to be enlightened. Is it possible for a person to vote more than once from the same computer? I am a registered democrat but feel that the democrat club wouldn't give me the right time of day even if I asked for it. So I ask, do you mean democrats in general or the democrat club in particular must win everything? I would like to see more polls on this web site because I think it encourages many people to participate that don't feel as comfortable expressing themselves publicly as you and I. I voted for the James Team because they said they would put the governing body meetings on TV 19 and... Read more →

Obit Zaine (Fairview)

ZAINE John A. Suddenly, On February 23, 2007. Age 72. Of the Fairview Section of Camden. Loving and devoted husband of 47 years to Agnes A. (nee Blicharksi). Beloved father of John Zaine (Tina) of Gloucester City, Terri Matlack (Frank) of Westville, Kelly Strupp (Cliff) of Georgia. Dear Grandfather of Joey, Angela, Jenifer, Lindsay, Taylor and Morgan. Loving Brother-In-Law of Dolores Lendent of Magnolia, Darcia Bell of Phoenix, Arizona, Gloria Zaine of Laurel Springs and Virginia Zaine of Newfield. Survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. John was a lifelong resident of the Fairview section of Camden and attended Saint John of Arc Grammar School. He was a devoted lifelong parishioner of Saint Joan of Arc R.C. Church. John worked for Almo Electronics as a... Read more →

Letters/Life is not always Fair

After reading Kaitlyn's letter I felt for her. How sad it is that her parents would put her in such a situation. My children attended Alice Costello School from K-8th grade. My eldest started kindergarten in 1989 and even way back then parents were not to drop/pickup their children in the parking lot. The school puts out monthly newsletters and if one were to look at any of these newsletters they would clearly see that time and again it is clearly stated that using the Boro parking lot to drop/pickup their children is prohibited. Numerous notices have also been sent home regarding this matter. I would think that it would be obvious to most people that a parking lot is not the safest place to... Read more →

Courier Post feature story GHS Liam James

James makes his mark at Gloucester By WALT BURROWS Courier-Post Staff GLOUCESTER CITY Just when coach Tom Torrillo began talking about it being the first practice Liam J ames missed in four years, the Gloucester High School senior came gimping into the school gymnasium. He had been in the trainer's room having his sprained ankle treated so that he could take part in Wednesday's practice on the eve of the Lions' final game of the season at home tonight against Cumberland. "It's heartbreaking, tough to leave Gloucester High," said James, a standout performer in both basketball and football. "I have a lot of memories and not all about wins and losses." The Lions suffered through a 1-24 season in 2005-06 with James as the captain... Read more →

2007 Photo of Delaware River ice thraw

With the temperature change in recent days the ice on the Delaware River is breaking-up. Friday's forecast calls for a mostly sunny day with a high of 39 degrees. Saturday will be sunny with a high of 40 and a low of 25. Sunday there is a change of rain. The photo was taken from the pier at Proprietors Park, Gloucester City, NJ looking north towards the Walt Whitman Bridge. The boat in the foreground is docked at Holt Cargo Systems, also located in Gloucester City. Photo by Bill Cleary taken Feb. 20th, 2007 Read more →

Courier Post Spotlight on Rams Alumni Dianne Nolan

Nolan will never forget roots in 'God's country' By KEVIN CALLAHAN Courier-Post Staff Last week Dianne Nolan was inducted into the Al Carino South Jersey Basketball Hall of Fame. On Monday, one of her players from South Jersey on the women's basketball team at Fairfield University broke the single-game scoring record of another South Jersey player Nolan recruited and coached for the Stags. Nolan, though, never has to be reminded of her South Jersey roots. "I call it "God's Country,' said Nolan, who lives in Fairfield, Conn., when asked where she tells her team she grew up. "They say, "You are from where?' When I go back, I tell them I'm going down to "God's Country.' " Nolan, a graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School... Read more →


The weather is getting nicer, I for one am hopeful that it will stay that way with no more snow. But, also that the Highway Dept. is ready for another storm just in case. We haven't heard anything from Bowie Johnson, and the way everyone has attacked the Department, you think we would have had some kind of statement, was it a budget problem, or an employee problem, moral, equipment the loss of the recent election that may have effected many city employees jobs. Safety of our roads should be #1 at a time in need. Mr. Cleary, thumbs up to you for keeping things like the records being hidden from the public all of these years, your relentless crusade to have them released. Thumbs... Read more →

Obit Yost (Audubon)

YOST, LOUISE MARIE (nee Toussaint) age 95 yrs. a longtime resident of Audubon, NJ passed away on Saturday February 17, 2007 at Silver Care Center in Cherry Hill, NJ. She is predeceased by her beloved husband Albert Yost; brothers Joseph, Herbert and Edward Toussaint. Louise is survived by her sister Agnes Sheppard of Edison, GA; a sister-in-law Dorothy DePalma of Waterford, NJ; also many nieces and nephews. Louise loved caring for others. She also enjoyed cooking and baking. She was a member of Holy Maternity Church and the Altar & Rosary Society. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her viewing on Friday morning from 10-11AM at Holy Maternity Church, 431 W. Nicholson Rd., Audubon, NJ 08106. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11AM.... Read more →

Obit Thomasson (Gloucester City)

THOMASSON, KATHERINE B. On February 18, 2007 (nee Spence) a lifelong resident of Gloucester City, NJ, age 98 years. Beloved wife of the late Albert A. Keim and the late Harold Thomasson. She is also predeceased by her beloved son Harold H. Thomasson and grandson Charles VanFossen III. She is the loving mother of William Keim (Christa) of Waterloo, Iowa, Katherine VanFossen (Charles) of Gloucester City, Dorothy M. Thomasson of Gloucester City, and daughter in law Catharine Thomasson of Woodbury. She is the dear grandmother of 10 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren and also special grandchildren Paul and Marianne and children. Mrs. Thomasson was a lifelong and the oldest member of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension. She loved doing needlework and... Read more →

Obit Shaw (of Bellmawr)

SHAW, GERTRUDE R. (nee Symington), on February 13, 2007, formerly of Bellmawr, age 91. Beloved wife of the late Floyd R. Shaw. Devotedmother of Robert F. Shaw, Michael P. Shaw, Trudy Gardner and Therese Bakely. Loving grandmother of eight, great grandmother of ten and great great grandmother of one. Interment private at the request of the family Read more →

Letter re: Softball Marathon Crime

Mr. Cleary and residents of Gloucester City, This matter as you stated is under investigation by the Gloucester City Police and the Camden County Prosecutors Office. Until the investigation is completed no one from the Gloucester City Volunteer Fire Association will have a statement or answer any questions. Any questions or statements will have to come from authorities until the case is completed. Once it is finalized I personally will answer any questions you have then. Thank you Robert Birney, President GCFD Editors Note: Gloucester City Police Sgt Brian Morrell said this afternoon (February 21) that the case is still under investigation, "no charges have been filed." He added that the case has been turned over to the Camden County Prosecutors Office. Read more →

Irish Chuckles

Irish Jumping and Gliding Sunday afternoon: Two Irishmen, Mick and Taffy, are standing at the edge of a medium-sized cliff (about twenty meters high). Mick has a budgie perched on each of his shoulders, and Taffy has two Parrots sitting on his. So are you ready then?" asks Taffy. Sure," says Mick... "here I go then." He leaps off the edge of the cliff, drops like a stone and splatters himself against the rocks at the bottom - damaging himself quite badly. Taffy takes one look at this and, after a moments hesitation, decides he'll do better if he takes a bit of a run-up. He backs up a few paces, sprints to the edge of the cliff, and jumps... Splat! He too lands in... Read more →

With The Walt Bridge in the background the US Flag Flies at half-staff

photo and caption by Bill Cleary A tattered American Flag, faded and torn is flying at half-staff on a pole at Proprietors' Park, King Street, Gloucester City. The photo was taken Tuesday February 20th. Section 8 of the United States Flag Codes states, "When a flag is old and ready to be retired the flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning." We recommend that you contact your local VFW Chapter and ask them for help properly disposing of your flag. And be sure to consider providing a small donation to them for their assistance. Or you can contact your local Elks Lodge (who created the... Read more →


photos and caption by Bill Cleary The Gloucester City Police and the City Highway Department were on the job Tuesday afternoon, February 20th, at Martins Lake Playground working hand and hand to clean up a hazardous situation. A good citizen noticed a broken tree limb laying on the sidewalk and flagged down City Police Officer Bob Lee, who just happen to be riding by on his bike. No matter rain or snow, wind or ice, Officer Lee can be found on duty patrolling the city streets keeping them safe. Incidentally the officer has the unique distinction of being Gloucester City's No.1 bicycle patrolman. Officer Lee stopped a passing Highway Department vehicle and the two City employees hauled the debris away. (click on photos to enlarge). Read more →


photos and caption by Bill Cleary AN ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN-Traveling around Gloucester City on Tuesday, February 20, with my camera, I noticed some of the sidewalks surrounding the parks and playgrounds have not been cleared of snow or ice. Also I noticed part of the sidewalk that surrounds the Gloucester City Fire Department on King Street hasn't been touched either. Top photo is the sidewalks surrounding the Lane and Thompson Avenue playground. The middle photo the Martins Lake playground, East Brown Street sidewalk. The last photo Ellis Street sidewalk behind the City Fire Department. Why can't the Highway Department employees clear the snow/ice off of all sidewalks that are owned by the City of Gloucester? As it is now they just do a few.The... Read more →

Late Night Demolition of the Harwan Theatre

....Wakes Up Neighborhood Bill Bates NEWS Correspondent Sunday evening, February 4th, officials from Winzinger Construction Company gathered at the future Walgreen’s site at the Black Horse Pike and Kings Highway. The officials weren’t meeting to finalize plans or to pour concrete, the Winzinger crew was there to accomplish one objective; and that was to start demolishing the remaining Harwan Theatre and adjacent structures. The demolition crew started working shortly after 10 o’clock at night in the rear of the building and continued to work towards the east side of the building. Several neighbors came out to express their unhappiness of the loud equipment that was disrupting their quiet Sunday evening. One neighbor who only lives two houses from the work site was upset because he... Read more →

The Island of Kyushu

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST ! Commentary By Hank F. Miller Jr. (Hank is a former resident of Gloucester City NJ who now lives in Japan) "A Journey Through The Island Of Kyushu!" In some ways the island of Kyushu is as 'foreign'as Hokkaido. it wasin Kyushu that the first foreign ships were seen,in Kyushu that the first foreigners were allowed to live,and in Kyushu that the first foreign languages were learned, and in Kyushu that the first Christian churches were built. Even during the two hundred and fifteen years when ' the doors of Japan were closed to the world', when no Japanese people could travel abroad and no foreigner was suppose to enter the country, there were no foreigners living west of Kyushu and,... Read more →

Fairfied Coach Dianne Nolan keeps her eye out for SJ talent

'Jersey girls' provide spark for Fairfield WILLIAM S. PAXTON wpaxton@ctpost.com FAIRFIELD — It would be rather easy to miss Riverside on a drive through New Jersey. The town, which sits about 25 minutes northeast of Philadelphia, barely registers on the map, occupying roughly two square miles with a population under 8,000. Dianne Nolan found her way there, though, and the Fairfield coach's ability to reel in two of the town's top athletes might just be the Stags' ticket to their first MAAC women's championship since 1997-98. Nolan, with player Meka Werts, is a former resident of Gloucester City NJ and a graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School and Rowan College. She was recently inductee into the South Jersey Hall of Fame. She is the daughter... Read more →

Letters/To the Mayor of Bellmawr

Dear Mr. Mayor I am compelled to send you this e-mail after reading the article in the Gloucester City News about possible pet limit laws being established in the Borough of Bellmawr. I am a former resident of Bellmawr, and now reside in Brooklawn. I am also a volunteer, Board Member and foster home for Furrever Friends Rescue & Volunteers, which is a registered New Jersey Non-Profit cat rescue group for South Jersey. As such, I am currently fighting the pet limit laws in my Borough and have filed an Order to Show Cause with the Superior Court of New Jersey. Pet limit laws are unconstitutional. There have been several other states where they have been fought and overturned – specifically, Creighton v. Commonwealth of... Read more →

Obit Hilton (Audubon)

HILTON, AUGUST J. 'GUS' On February 13, 2007 formerly of Audubon, NJ age 77 yrs. Survived by his sister Shirley Antonini and her husband Vito of Audubon; nephew David Antonini of Audubon, nieces Marie DeChristopher of Deptford and Joan Antonini of Haddon Heights; great nephews Joseph and Stephen DeChristopher. Gus retired in 1991 from PSE&G after 34 years as a truck driver. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing Tuesday morning from 9AM – 10:30AM at the HENRY FUNERAL HOME, 152 W. Atlantic Ave., Audubon. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11AM at Holy Maternity Church, 431 W. Nicholson Rd., Audubon. Interment New St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr. Read more →

Obit DiCiano (Gloucester City)

DICIANO, ALBERT J. On February 16, 2007, of Gloucester City, formerly of Camden. Age 81. Beloved husband of Walleska "Eka" (nee Kahlan). Devoted father of Vicky Parent (Jim) and Valery Bennett (Root). Loving grandfather of Alby Parent (Lisa), Gabe Parent, Vanessa Courant (Steve), Gemma Schultes (Jeff), Giselle Kelly (Andrew), Rhonda Bennett and Shayne Bennett and great grandfather of Haylee Courant, A.J. Parent, Natalie Parent and late Ava Courant. Dear brother of Joseph DiCiano, Philip DiCiano, Annie Killmaier, Anthony DiCiano, Rose Eichenberg and the late Charles DiCiano, Domenic DiCiano and Louis DiCiano. Mr. DiCiano served with the Amry during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Turnersville, the VFW in Gloucester and the American Legion Post 72. Relatives and friends... Read more →

Chuckles/ For all the Irish

The man was immaculately dressed. Kitted out more for the Ritz than the street. But in the street he lay dressed in black tail suit, patent leather shoes, top hat and bow tie, and very dead. 'How did he get here?' asked patrolman Muldoon. 'He threw himself off the roof,' said a bystander. 'Does anyone know the man?' said Muldoon. 'I do,' said Barrie Quinn. 'What religion is he?' asked the policeman. 'Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim?' 'None at all,' said Quinn. 'He's an atheist!' 'What a shame,' said Muldoon. 'All dressed up and nowhere to go!' send your jokes to BillGCN@verizon.net Read more →

History of Fort Nassau

Gloucester County History and Genealogy HISTORY OF FORT NASSAU IN BRIEF: "In 1621, the privileged West Indian Company was formed in Holland. In 1623 this company dispatched a ship loaded with settlers, subsistence and articles of trade, under the command of Cornelius Mey. He gave his own name to the cap at the northern part of the Delaware Bay which it still retains--Cape May. He built a fort by a stream called by the natives Sassackon. It is a tributary of the Delaware, a few miles below Camden. He named the fortification Fort Nassau. It is highly probably that this was the first attempt ever made to form a settlement on the eastern shore of the Delaware. David Pieterson DeVries, who arrived in the Delaware... Read more →