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April 2007

ClearysNotebook Reaches A Milestone; 50,000 Visitors in Just Nine Months!

I have been so preoccupied with other stories I missed the great news about ClearysNotebook hitting the milestone of 50,000 visitors earlier today. The blog was started in August just as a lark. My knowledge of computers is limited while my familiarity about operating a Blog was zero. But I thought what the heck I would give it a try. I never dreamed the popularity of the site would grow as fast as it did. The success of the site is owed to all of... Read more →


Ted Morris from Universal Field Services (UFS) said I would receive $28,000 in installments over three and one-half years after the state forced me to move to make room for the new middle school. I had lived at 507 Jersey Ave. I have lived here in Gloucester City all my life. I moved to another home. My landlord and Mr. Morris discussed my lease and agreements. I moved December 10, 2004. The state sent me a check for $7,800 that I gave to my landlord... Read more →

COLLEGE BASEBALL/Rutgers knocked out of 1st place/PRINCETON SPLITS

sTORY Written by Home News Tribune Online 04/30/07 STAFF REPORT Notre Dame broke a 4-4 tie with two runs in the ninth inning to defeat the Rutgers baseball team, 6-4, in a see-saw battle in front of a Bainton Field record crowd of 1,024 on Sunday. The loss dropped Rutgers (25-16, 13-5 in the Big East) out of first place in the Big East standings for the first time in more than a month, a game behind league leader St. John's and into a tie... Read more →

April Meeting of the Breakfast Club

The meeting of the Gloucester City Breakfast Club was held Saturday, April 28 at the Train Station. Guests were Tom "ChooChoo" Murphy, Bill "Wibby" Yeager, Walt Hall. Members present, Bill and George Cleary, Harry and Jim Blymer, Jim Coppola, Joe DiGiacomo, John Hindsley, Joe Miller, Chalie Pitzo, Ron Villanova, Jack Persichette, Ron Raube, Harry Walker. Winner of the 50-50 Coppola. By the way he was in charge of the numbers bucket; not to say there was anything wrong but..... ! The Club meets the fourth... Read more →

Philly Magazine Says Gloucester City is a “Community to Watch”; One of the "Next Hot Neighborhoods"

By Bill Cleary Gloucester City is one of 40 communities to be named by Philadelphia Magazine as A Community to Watch. The March magazine article, written by Michael Callahan, looked at hundreds of towns both in the Philadelphia region and in the South Jersey area before picking the next hot neighborhoods. Some of the guidelines Callahan used to choose the elite 40 towns, included such things as the proximity to center City Philadelphia, big shifts in population and wealth revitalized downtown. Timothy Haas, Philly Magazine... Read more →

Where Are They Now? GHS Alumni Tina Londino has RBI in Montclair State v William Paterson Softball Game

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. – No. 10 Montclair State (32-4, 14-2 NJAC) swept a doubleheader from visiting William Paterson (22-12, 9-7 NJAC), 3-0 and 10-3, in New Jersey Athletic Conference action at the MSU Softball Stadium April 24. In the second game, Montclair jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings. Jennifer Jimenez (Linden, N.J./Linden) had an RBI single in the first and added a run-scoring double the following inning. William Paterson would tie the game with a run in the third on a RBI... Read more →

Obit Walter L. Smith, Gloucester City; World War II Army Veteran

A lifelong resident of Gloucester City, NJ, age 80, passed away with his family by his bedside on April 26, at the home of his sister and brother in law Edna and Rich Geiser. Survived by his daughter Mary Jane (George) Muncey, grandchildren John Black and Melissa (Colin) Law, and great granchildren Nicole Black and Cameron and Avery Law. Walter was the son of the late Charles P. and Catherine Smith, Sr. Dear brother of Margaret (Tom Schoell) Hargesheimer, Edna (Rich) Geiser, both of Gloucester... Read more →

Memories from the Past "The Pond Gang"

MEMORIES FROM THE PAST-The Gloucester City Pond Gang poses for a photo taken in the 1950's at Martins Lake, Brown Street and Sparks Avenue. The "Rough & Ready" guys are (bottom) from left, Jungle Murphy, Pete Coppolla, Bob Grub, Beaver, Butch Schaeffer, Jake Burkardt, Bill "Wiby" Yeager, Frank "Reds" Grandizio, Jim Clements, Stanley Schellcroft. Do you have a photo to share? Send it to Cnbnews1@gmail.com Read more →

City Democrat Chairman Coxe Endorses Candidates for Election

After becoming Chairman of the City's Democrat Organization last month, my first order of business was to issue a letter to all registered Democrats in Gloucester City seeking individuals who would be interested in running for either City Council or the City's Democrat Committee. The letter appeared in the GCN and a number of people answered the call. I held discussions with the current members of the Democrat Executive Board, as well as the Independent Mayor and Council. The purpose of these discussions was to... Read more →

Gloucester City’s Middle School Just A Pipe Dream It Seems

IN THE LOBBY BOTTOM OF THE BARREL Posted on Thursday, April 26 by dailymuse There's an empty lot where the old Chester A. Redshaw Elementary School used to stand in New Brunswick where we ought to place a sign that reads: "Your tax dollars at work." Instead of being the home to a brand new school, that lot now stands as a testament to the empty promises that the state has made to its students, and the empty wallets of the taxpayers who have been... Read more →

Obit Margaret Ellen King, Gloucester City

On April 27, 2007. (nee Batten) Age 70. Of Gloucester City. Loving wife of 47 years to Benjamin F. King, Jr. Devoted mother of Benjamin F. King, III (Maura) of Glassboro, Jeanne Snyder (Richard) of Gloucester Heights, Michael T. King (Kathy) of Cherry Hill and Carol Dera (Edward) of East Greenwich Township. Beloved grandmother of Brandon, Jeffrey, Nicholas, Benjamin, Emily, Jill, Laura, Alex, Mark and Bailey. Margaret was born, raised and lived her entire 70 years in Gloucester City. She was a graduate of Gloucester... Read more →

Chuckles by edthe7thson

It was fun being a baby boomer... until now. Some of the artists of the 60's are revising their hits with new lyrics to accommodate us aging baby boomers. They include: HERMAN'S HERMITS -- Mrs.. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Walker. RINGO STARR -- I Get By With a Little Help From Depends. THE BEE GEES -- How Can You Mend a Broken Hip. BOBBY DARRIN -- Splish, Splash, I Was Havin' a Flash. ROBERTA FLACK -- The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face.... Read more →

Chenango Valley Pet Foods Issues Nationwide Recall

KYW Radio reports-Chenango Valley Pet Foods has begun voluntarily recalling pet foods manufactured with a certain shipment of rice protein concentrate, the company said Thursday. The company, working with the US Food and Drug Administration, was informed by Wilbur-Ellis that rice protein concentrate shipped to Chenango Valley Pet Foods may be contaminated with melamine. Melamine, an industrial chemical used to make plastics and fertilizers, may lead to illness or fatalities in animals if consumed. The pet foods were sold to customers in Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and... Read more →

Gloucester City LL Opening Day Ceremonies

PHOTOS BY KAREN JACKSON Gloucester City Little League Boys and Girls 2007 Baseball Season began on April 14 with a parade and opening day ceremonies held at the Johnson Blvd. fields. The album contains 182 photos, feel free to copy them, no charge. Or E-mail your favorites to grand mom, friends and relatives. If anyone has some photos of any games they like to share send to Bill GCN@verizon.net View Album Gloucester City LL Home Page Read more →

Gloucester Catholic High School Alumni News

The 12th Annual Rams on Reef, Saturday, August 11th, from 2-7 pm at the LaCosta Bar in Sea Isle, NJ. $30 at the door entitles you to unlimited draft beer, wine and soft drinks. A barbecue buffet of grilled chicken breast, hamburgers, hot dogs, macaroni salad and tossed salad. For further information contact Colleen McIntyre cmcintyre@comcast.net or Annamarie Kinsey at kinsey1@comcast.net. . Father Sullivan Alumni Golf Tournament .This year's tournament will be held at Ramblewood Golf Club on Monday, June 4th. Registration will begin at... Read more →

John Schmidt, New Member of Board of Health

Dear Mr. Cleary and Residents of Gloucester City, My name is John P. Schmidt. I was recently appointed to the Gloucester City Board of Health, by the James administration. As a young person who wants to be involved in politics and my community I was humbled by the opportunity to serve my city, and it’s great residents. I have always had a desire to serve the community from the stories told about my late grandfather Peter F. McGlade. I am writing this letter to see... Read more →

Rams Alumni John McMullin sparks Gloucester County College to 7-1 Win over Mercer County College

story written by Today's Sunbeam Locals lead Roadrunners John McMullin and Chris Lingham, products of Gloucester Catholic and Overbrook, respectively, sparked Gloucester County College to a 7-1 win over Mercer County College. McMullin went 3-for-5 with a home run, double, and two RBIs, and Lingham went 2-for-4 with three stolen bases and a run scored. COLLEGE SOFTBALL Roadrunners end year with win Gloucester County College ended the regular season with a 9-1 victory over Camden County College, and awaits its seed in the upcoming Region... Read more →

Westville Route 295 Fatal Vehicle Crash

Story provided by 1st Responder By WILLIAM RIEGER,III Correspondent At around 0830hrs on Monday April 23, 2007 Rescue Company 738 (Westville), Squad 739 (Westville), Life Support 1(Underwood Hospital) and Engine Company 631 (Colonial Manor) were dispatched to Route 295 Northbound in the area of Exit 25 for a Commercial Motor Vehicle Crash with entrapment. Squad 739 was responding when Gloucester County Fire Board reported a Car and a tractor trailer crash, on the low speed shoulder of the road with numerous calls reporting the vehicle... Read more →

Local Sports

Article written by Gloucester County Times Rams fall Chuck Casey had six kills as Cinnaminson defeated Gloucester Catholic, 2-0. The Pirates won the first game, 21-17, before topping the Rams, 21-15, in the second. Andy Poskus added six digs and one kill in the win. Jeff Sciamanna had four digs for the Rams, while Dan McAteer chipped in with three kills and two blocks. COLLEGE BASEBALL Profs handle Pioneers Left hander Ryan Kulik only allowed three hits and struck out eight as Rowan blew out... Read more →


ClearysNotebook: Cheers and Jeers By Bill E. Cleary A quick review of the good, bad and ugly to cross our radar recently. Cheers to the Gloucester City Sportsman Athletic Club who are holding their 50th Anniversary Awards Banquet on April 28th. The members have sponsored hundreds of teams and events over the years including, but not limited to, baseball, softball, soccer, and basketball, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, the MS foundation and many more. The Sportsman AC is probably most proud of its community... Read more →

Obit Anna Vecchio, of Bellmawr

VECCHIO, ANNA M. (Marino), on April 22, 2007, of Bellmawr, age 86. Loving mother of Lawrence M. Vecchio and his wife Maryann, Anita L. Hahn and her husband Gerard, Nadine Yackle and her husband William, and Teresa Sulpizio and her husband Dennis. Beloved sister of Eleanor Costanzo and her husband Joseph, Michael Marino, and the late Loretta Morrell and Linda Bittmann. Devoted grandmother of Eric M. Hahn, Thomas Vecchio and his wife Alexandra, Stephen Vecchio, Kathleen G. Hahn, and Alyssa, Justin, and Connor Yackle. Also... Read more →

Obit Anna Vecchio, of Bellmawr

VECCHIO, ANNA M. (Marino), on April 22, 2007, of Bellmawr, age 86. Loving mother of Lawrence M. Vecchio and his wife Maryann, Anita L. Hahn and her husband Gerard, Nadine Yackle and her husband William, and Teresa Sulpizio and her husband Dennis. Beloved sister of Eleanor Costanzo and her husband Joseph, Michael Marino, and the late Loretta Morrell and Linda Bittmann. Devoted grandmother of Eric M. Hahn, Thomas Vecchio and his wife Alexandra, Stephen Vecchio, Kathleen G. Hahn, and Alyssa, Justin, and Connor Yackle. Also... Read more →

Frazier leads Rutgers with record-tying HR

Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 04/23/07 The Rutgers University baseball team collected 13 hits, including a record-tying home run from junior All-American Todd Frazier (Toms River South), to complete a series sweep of the University of South Florida with a 10-5 victory on Sunday in Tampa, Fla. It was the second sweep of the season for the Big East-leading Scarlet Knights (24-14, 12-3). Frazier added to a 7-5 lead with an eighth-inning solo homer to right, tying school career and single-season home run... Read more →

Letters to the Editor/ONE WAY STREETS

I believe it's time for one-way streets to begin from Market Street South to Jersey Ave. and East to West from Thompson Avenue to King Street. Why? Because you cannot go up or down these streets without pulling over so one can go by, there are cars parked on both sides of the street, also, people double park on these streets. I hope Mayor Bill James will look into this. Mike Grzybowski, Gloucester City Read more →

Mount Ephraim Honors Former Freeholder

By Bill Bates NEWS Correspondent The April monthly meeting of the Mount Ephraim Board of Commissioners was packed with over 38 people in attendance. The meeting commenced at 8 o'clock sharp with all current officials present for the meeting. Mayor Michael Reader presented former Freeholder Tom Gurick with a special recognition plaque for all of his work and assistance to the borough of Mount Ephraim. Former Freeholder Gurick has assisted our community in many ways such as the current traffic light at Kings Highway and... Read more →

Obit Fred Rhoda, of Audubon Park; member of Gloucester City Old Timers String Band

RHODA, FREDERICK H. On April 19, 2007, in the loving care of his family, of Audubon Park and formerly of Oaklyn, NJ. Mr. Rhoda was born and raised in Gloucester City and was the loving son of Frederick & Margaret Rhoda. He was a 1950 graduate of Gloucester High School. After high school he enlisted in the Navy, serving his country proudly during the Korean War aboard the USS Sage. Upon returning from the War, he enrolled in HVAC School. He later worked as a... Read more →

Obit Ronald Ramsbottom, of Audubon

RAMSBOTTOM, RONALD A. Of Audubon, on April 18, 2007, age 63 years. Brother of Gene Rams-bottom & his wife Rose Marie of Rosemont, PA and Bruce Ramsbottom of Ft. Meyers, FL; uncle of Jennifer, Torrie & Allison Ramsbottom and cousin of Mickey Evans & his wife, Mary of Gloucester; and dear friend of Charlie Falkenstein of Mt. Laurel. Ron was a member of the Collingswood High School Class of '64 where he was a stand-out member of the Track Team. Mr. Ramsbottom served in the... Read more →

Obit Margaret McKenna, of Deptford

MCKENNA, MARGARET Suddenly on April 19, 2007, Margaret (nee McGurl) age 58 of Deptford, NJ. She was a 25 year resident of the area who enjoyed traveling with her husband Jack. Margaret is the beloved wife of Jack McKenna, Sr. She was a devoted mother to her three children, Colleen, Kathleen (Mike) Niroda, and Jack Jr. and a loving grandmother to Meghan Hyatt. She is also survived by her three sisters, Cathy Shields, Anne McGurl, and Mary McGuire. Relatives and friends are invited to her... Read more →

Obit Anna McGranaghan, of Bellmawr

MCGRANAGHAN, ANNA (nee Flach). On April 18, 2007, of Bellmawr. Age 88. Beloved wife of the late John. Dear sister of Catherine Kenney, Pauline Wilson and the late Marie McKenna, George, Joseph and Margaret Flach. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Mrs. McGranaghan was a longtime resident of South Philadelphia. She will be sadly missed by all. There will be a viewing from 8:30 to 9:30am Monday morning at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, BELLMAWR. Funeral Mass 10am at Annunciation BVM Church, Bellmawr. Interment New St.... Read more →

Obit Thompson Dodd, Haddon Township

DODD, THOMPSON A. Of Haddon Twp., NJ, passed away peacefully on April 19, 2007. Age 84. He resided at the VA Nursing Home Care Unit in Philadelphia, PA since 2004. Beloved husband of 58 years of Norma (nee Ryrie). Loving father of Linda Dodd of Haddon Twp. and Janice (Steven) Ward, also of Haddon Twp. Loving grandfather of Katy E. Ward of Queens, NY and Henry C. Ward of Boston, MA. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Tom retired in 1986 after 35 years... Read more →

City Governing Body Says, "We need Mr. Kain"

Gloucester City News P.O. Box 151 Gloucester City, NJ 08030 Attn: Albert J. Countryman, Publisher/Editor William E. Cleary, Publisher/Emeritus Dear Mr. Countryman and Mr. Cleary: In response to your inquiry about the absence of City Clerk/Administrator, Paul Kain, we are writing to inform you of the current status of the City Administration. Mr. Kain has been out on extended sick leave since early March. During this time, we the elected officials, department heads, and staff have voluntarily stepped in to ensure that current projects and... Read more →

Rowan U swept Rutgers in Double-header

Arms carry Profs to sweep Gloucester County Times Sunday, April 22, 2007 Starting pitchers Gary Winkler and Brian McLaughlin each went eight innings and allowed just one earned run as the Rowan University baseball team swept Rutgers-Newark in a doubleheader by scores of 5-2 and 12-1 Saturday in New Jersey Athletic Conference action. The Profs improved to 16-14 overall, 6-7 in the NJAC, and are still in the fight for one of the six berths in the conference tournament with a week to play. The... Read more →

Large Turn Out for Gloucester City Lakes Association Fishing Derby

(Photo by Bill Cleary) Several hundred people turned out on Saturday, April 21 to partake in the sixth annual Gloucester Lakes Association Fishing Derby held at Martin’s Lake, Johnson Blvd. and Baynes Avenue. The contest was held from 8 AM to 12 noon. The Association gave away free refreshments to all participants as well as prizes and trophies. The names of the winners will be released later. By 10 AM there were 27 fish caught. The fish were released back into the Lake after it... Read more →

Letters/Here is an Idea

Hey There Bill, How come there is no pedestrian crossing lane on Broadway in front of the Gloucester City Post Office? Most of the people that go there park their car across the street. I just walked to the corner of Cumberland and Broadway where there was a crossing guard, pedistrian crossing marks on the street and a sign reading yield to pedestrian's. It was clear to walk the first half of the street but the traffic coming the other way had to stop. The... Read more →