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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... 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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.... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more →