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May 2007

Obit Margaret Mary Morrison, formerly of Gloucester City

MORRISON Margaret Mary On May 30, 2007. (nee Kelly) Age 98. Of Woodbury. Formerly of Gloucester City. Beloved daughter of the late Peter Kelly and Delia (nee Brennan). Loving wife of 62 years of the late Louis James Morrison. Devoted mother of Mary Morrison Williams, Edward J. Morrison, and Anne R. Piontkowski. Caring sister of Joseph, James and Edward Kelly and sister-in-law Jean Morrison. Beloved grandmother of 11 and great-grandmother of 14. Margaret was a graduate of Camden Catholic High School class of 1927. She... Read more →

A "Brief" History of Camden County

"Let it be remembered," wrote Thomas Sharp in 1718, "that upon the nineteenth day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and eighty-one, Mark Newby, William Bates, Thomas Thackara, George Goldsmith and Thomas Sharp set sail from the harbor...of Dublin...We took our land in one tract together...bounding in the forks of Newton Creek and so over to Cooper's Creek..." Sharp's narrative account of the first permanent European settlement in what is today West Collingswood is the most accurate history of... Read more →

Episcopal Church of the Ascension 160 years anniversary

from the pages of the Courier Post The Rev. G. Richard Civalier was 33 when he was welcomed to the Episcopal Church of the Ascension after a missionary journey in Newfoundland. But Civalier, who has been church rector for 27 years, said his life almost took another route. "I was convinced that I would be a hotel manager," Civalier said. "But then I just felt that I was being drawn to something else." After majoring in business at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, Civalier... Read more →

Report on Eminent Domain lists abuses in land seizures

A review of New Jersey court cases shows the state law governing eminent domain use for private redevelopment is written in a way that leads to abuse, according to a Public Advocate report released on Wednesday. The Legislature must act swiftly to change the state’s redevelopment law, protect people’s rights and guarantee that sound redevelopment projects garner public support, Public Advocate Ronald K. Chen said. “The findings in this report crystallize the urgent need for our Legislature to change the state redevelopment law,” Chen said.... Read more →

Navy Museum Ship Explored for Gloucester City Waterfront

By Dr. James Doster A special dinner meeting was held Tuesday, May 22nd to discuss the concept of bringing a retired U.S. Navy warship to Gloucester City as a museum ship. The meeting, at Vincent's Seafood Restaurant in Gloucester City, was hosted by Dr. Jim Doster and brought together Gloucester city leaders, from the government and business sector, with experts in marine issues and Navy procedures pursuant to museum ship donations. The key speaker was Captain Jim Aldrich, USN (ret) who laid out the process... Read more →

Rider's Hamilton (Pennsauken HS) Qualified for NCAA Championships

LAWRENCEVILLE — Sophomore Desmond Hamilton (Pennsauken) has qualified for the NCAA National Track & Field Championships in the long jump. “In all of the years that Rider has had track and field, he is only the second person to get to nationals,” said Rider head coach Rob Pasquariello. Hamilton placed fifth in the men’s long jump with a distance of 7.45m (24’5.5”) at the NCAA Regional Championships, hosted by the University of Florida May 25 in James G. Pressly Stadium at Percy Beard Track and... Read more →

Brooklawn's Beef Burger

It's not a "real" picture, and it's not the building, but this is from the Gloucester City High School yearbook, 1966. submitted by Ron Brittin PS Does anyone have a photo the building to share? If so send it to BillGCN@verizon.net or to Post Office Box 164, Gloucester City NJ 08030. If sent by snail mail the photo will be returned, just include your address. read more Read more →

Bill Higgins Hired by SJ Port Corp as Security Chief | cnbnews.net

Former Brooklawn resident Bill Higgins has been hired by the South Jersey Port Corporation to the position of Director of Security, safety and human resources. A newly created position Higgins will receive a salary of $78,000. Higgins, his wife Beth and their five sons moved several years ago from Brooklawn to Upper Pittsgove, Salem County. After retiring in May 2006 from the New Jersey State Police with the rank of Captain, Higgins made an unsuccessful bid for Salem County Sheriff in November of that year.... Read more →

Audubon Soldier Killed in Iraq

6abc.com is reporting Army Staff Sgt Joseph Weiglein of Audubon New Jersey has been killed in Iraq. Before going back to Iraq, he made a special visit to Haviland Avenue Elementary School, the school he attended when he was a youngster. He is survived by his wife Jennifer, of Fort Drum, New York and his parents Mike and Ellen Weiglein of Audubon. see video see all stories on soldiers Read more →

Obit Florence DeYoung of Mt Ephraim

DEYOUNG, FLORENCE ROSE (nee Hebeisen) age 84 of Mt. Ephraim passed away on Monday, May 28. Born in Philadelphia, P., Florence was a longtime resident of Mt. Ephraim. She enjoyed summers at Reeds Beach, NJ. Beloved wife for 61 years of Lawrence C. DeYoung Jr. Dear mother of Gail (George) Howarth of Maple Shade, cherished grandmother of Danielle (Kevin) O'Melia Gougon of Maple Shade. Funeral service will be held on Friday, June 1, 10AM at the MARK C. TILGHMAN FUNERAL HOME, 38 N. Forklanding Road,... Read more →

Obit William Blade, of Bellmawr

BLADE William D. On May 28, 2007, of Bellmawr. Age 91. Beloved husband of the late Elizabeth (nee Fox). Devoted father of Roseanne T. Josepayt of Bellmawr, Edward F. Blade, Sr. of Maple Shade, Carol M. Barry of Atco and the late Patricia R. Fisher, William H. Blade and Joan R. Lederer. Loving grandfather of 21, great-grandfather of 50 and great-great-grandfather of 10. Brother of Robert, Rose, Joan and Alice, all of Lady Lakes, FL. Mr. Blade was a member of Bellmawr Senior Citizens and... Read more →

Lions gut out victory to set up final vs. rival

The Lions drew first blood in the bottom of the second inning after loading the bases on two walks and a hit by a pitch. Center fielder Wes Bucher doubled to right field, driving in two runs, and Mike Greene's grounder was bobbled then thrown away, allowing two more runs to score. "I just think that we were selective in our hitting," Fahy said. "I think that we were able to work the count, we were able to get baserunners on. I told these guys... Read more →

Lions Coach Dave Light 200th Career Win/Rams Bats Are Hot /Gators Rally

S.J. Group 1: Taylor Chain struck out nine, and Kelsey Cutler drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh as top-seeded Gloucester City HS edged fourth-seeded New Egypt 2-1 to give Lions coach Dave Light his 200th career win as a head coach. more See InquirerGloucester gives softball coach a victory to remember Gloucester Cath. wins by 18 runs Fourth-seeded Gloucester Catholic sent 19 batters to the plate in its first at-bat, and four different players posted three RBIs in a 21-3... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic AD is Hospitalized

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 from the pages of the Courier-Post Tony Sidoti, the 28-year-old athletic director at Gloucester Catholic High School, is in Cooper Hospital recovering from a medical condition, school officials announced Tuesday. Sidoti is listed in serious but stable condition, according to acting Gloucester Catholic athletic director Tony Powers. "The entire school community is praying for Tony's recovery," Powers said. "We are hoping and paying for the best." One of the youngest athletic directors in the state, Sidoti was stricken Wednesday at home,... Read more →

Brooklawn Teen Shot and Killed in Camden City

May 30, 2007 Acting Camden County Prosecutor Joshua M. Ottenberg and Camden Police Executive Arturo Venegas Jr. reported that a 17-year-old Brooklawn resident was shot and killed early today on the street in Camden, N.J. At approximately 1:50 a.m. today, Camden Police received a report of a man shot at Broadway and Emerald Street in South Camden. Officers arrived to find the victim, James Zemek, of the Brooklawn Court apartments, lying on the sidewalk. He had been shot multiple times in the torso and died... Read more →

Three Companies Fight Woodbury Fire

Shortly before 10 a.m. on May 26th the Task Force 5 was dispatched to a dwelling fire at 28 Stewart Street in Woodbury, New Jersey (Gloucester County). The companies from the Woodbury Fire Department along with Westville Fire Department and National Park Fire Department were assigned to the Box. The initial call that was reported was that an air conditioner was on fire but it was later updated that Police were on location and reported a Working Fire. The first in Unit, Engine 5-11 from... Read more →

Local War Heroes Remember the Big One

from the pages of the Courier Post Almost all of the participants in the ceremony had left the cemetery area when three Purple Heart recipients stood on the curb. Jim McNamee of Gloucester City joined the Army at age 16 and was in the fight at Utah Beach and later in France, Luxembourg, and Germany. "I grew up fast," said McNamee, 83, who worked in new home construction for 35 years and then became custodian for Gloucester City Catholic High School, where he still works.... Read more →

Obit Scott Mead of Bellmawr

MEAD, SCOTT M. On May 26, 2007, of Bellmawr, NJ, formerly of Mt. Ephraim, NJ. Age 48 years. He is survived by his wife, Lisa A. (Nee-Woodward) of Haddon Heights, NJ and two daughters, Stacy M. and Krista L. Mead. Son of the late Spence and Althea Mead. Also survived by his brother, Chris M. Mead, a niece, Dana Seay and a nephew, Frank Seay. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his visitation on Thursday 6:00-7:00 PM at the FOSTER-WARNE FUNERAL HOME, 250 White... Read more →

Obit Elizabeth Andaloro, Westville Grove

ANDALORO, ELIZABETH (nee Petralia) of Westville Grove on May 25, 2007. Aged 95 years. Betty was a free thinking woman. She possessed a pioneering and strong spirit; and tempered herself with good, old fashioned family values and a powerful faith in God. Betty was born and raised in Philadelphia and has lived in Albion and Haddon Heights. For over forty years she worked as a skilled seamstress for the Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot, which manufactured uniforms for the military. Betty met the love of her life,... Read more →


Here's Today's Joke: Why did the dog chase his tail? Because he was trying to make ends meet. ********************************* Boredom By Allan Dogs get bored just like adults and children. Assuming that your dog is happy to just lie around all day or stay on it's own while you are at work could lead to a very unhappy animal. While it's not possible or practical for most people to have contact with their dog throughout the day, due to work and other commitments, a dog... Read more →

Tsuyu or the Rainy Season

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST By Hank Miller, Hank is former resident of Gloucester City The rainy season sets in around mid-June and lasts for about one month and a half in almost all regions of the Japanese archipelago. The of high cold atmospheric pressure front over the Sea of Okhotsk and warm high atmospheric pressure front over the Pacific gives rise to this phenomenon. Because it is the time when ume or Japanese plums ripen, the season is called baiu or tsuyu "(ume-rain") During tsuyu,... Read more →

Do You Remember The Porterettes?

In the late 50's early 60's a group of dance students from Gertrude Porter's Dance Studio in Gloucester City would travel to Atlantic City to perform in Tony Grant's Stars of Tomorrow show located on Steel Pier. We can only identify some of the Porterettes, if you recognize any of the missing names please email BillGCN@verizon.net. From left: 1. Mary (Sheldon) Dolrnte, 2, 3, 4, Faith (?), 5. Donna (Hoffman) Henefer, 6. Mary Alice (White) Birchmeire, 7. Carol (Stuebing) Colton, 8. Eleanor (Sandell) ? 9.... Read more →

Letters: Gloucester City's Memorial Day Services Outstanding

Dear Bill, Just a note about today's services at the War Memorial monuments. I was very happy to see so many people there, of course more would have been great. The speakers were great, the Gloucester City Choir sang beautifully. The Brownie Troop (can't remember #) read a little poem about poppies, they are all so little, but spoke up loud and proud. All organizations showed their pride for our fallen soldiers. Previous mayors along with the present Mayor and some council members were present.... Read more →

Henry Custodia, Church Deacon, WW II Veteran

CUSTODIO, DEACON Henry, age 87, on May 27, of Bellmawr for 40 years. Dearly beloved husband of the late Elizabeth (nee Ridgway) for 55 years and loving father of three wonderful daughters, Tina Polito, Pauline and her husband Bob Vogelsong and Betsy Custodio. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Henry was born and raised in South Philadelphia and served in WW II. He worked for the Marine Corp. Headquarters in Phila., when he turned 55, in 1976, he retired to... Read more →

Gloucester City Has Given 66 Young Men To Our Nation

By Phil Cohen Gloucester City NJ has given 66 of its young men to our nation since 1917, a huge loss in proportion to the actual population of the town. Gloucester has honored its fallen heroes with a series of monuments on the east side of Broadway in the center of town. WORLD WAR I DAVID BARNABY, Private, of 521 Hunter Street, Gloucester City, was fatally injured when he was kicked by a horse over the right eye, near Hausen, Germany, on February 2, 1919.... Read more →

Gloucester City Residents Honor World War II Dead

SOURCE: Camden Courier Post, October 27, 1947 The Gloucester City service honoring war dead from that city was held at the World War II Memorial, Broadway and Monmouth Streets, at 2 p.m. It was preceded by a parade in which members of Townsend C. Young Post 3620 VFW; American Legion Post, 135, and their respective auxiliaries participated. The parade formed in two sections at opposite ends of Broadway and converged on the memorial. The VFW section was led by the St. Mary's Junior Guild band,... Read more →

Looking for Information on the Hinky-Dinks & the Brooklawn Hamburger

Hi Bill; I recently found your Notebook after renewing old acquaintances with fellow members of the GHS Class of '66, and have been a regular reader since. Over the years I've had a couple of things on my mind about the old stomping grounds that I couldn't satisfy through normal internet means, and thought maybe you could help. Having attended Highland Park School from 1954 to 1958, I was scolded regularly for playing on the "Hinky-Dinks". The "Hinks", if you're unfamiliar, were long piles of... Read more →

Rutgers Big East Baseball Champs

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - The No. 2 seed Rutgers Scarlet Knights withstood a furious comeback in the top of the ninth inning by the No. 8 seed Connecticut Huskies to win the 2007 BIG EAST Baseball Championship 7-6 at KeySpan Park. Rutgers' BIG EAST Championship title was its third in school history. The Scarlet Knights also won the crowns in 1998 and 2000. All three titles and all five championship appearances have come under the direction of head coach Fred Hill. Hill becomes one of only... Read more →

Rutgers Advances to the Finals

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Second-seeded Rutgers scored a run in the fourth and two in the fifth and Sean Spicer (Pearl River, N.Y.) pitched a complete game five hitter as the Scarlet Knights advanced to Saturday's BIG EAST Championship game with a 3-1 victory over third-seeded Louisville Friday night at KeySpan Park. The Scarlet Knights, who entered the day needing to defeat the Cardinals twice to reach the finals, did just that with a 12-10 win earlier in the day before the 3-1 decision in the... Read more →

Rutgers Downs Louisville to Force Elimination Game in BIG EAST Tournament

UPDATE: The elimination game is over.....Rutgers 3 Louisville 1 BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Down 7-5 in the seventh-inning, No. 2 Rutgers scored six runs en route to a 12-10 win over No. 3 Louisville in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Baseball Championship at Keyspan Park in Brooklyn. The win forces an elimination match between the Scarlet Knights and Cardinals today at 5:00 p.m. Rutgers (39-19) struck quickly with runners on first and second in the opening frame, senior Dave Williams (Franklin, N.J.) hit a sharp... Read more →

Rutgers Advances to BIG EAST Semifinals With 11-0 Win Over Villanova

UPDATE: Rutgers played Louisville today at 10 A.M. Final Rutgers 12, Louisville 10. BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The second-seeded Rutgers baseball team used three home runs and a complete-game performance from sophomore pitcher Matt Gianinni (Millington, N.J.) to defeat sixth-seeded Villanova, 11-0, in the BIG EAST Baseball Championship at KeySpan Park Thursday afternoon. The Scarlet Knights (38-19) earn a re-match with third-seeded Louisville Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. RU needs to defeat the Cardinals twice on Friday to advance to Saturday's championship game. The Scarlet Knights... Read more →

Chuckles by Jes

A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child's work. As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was. The girl replied, "I'm drawing God." The teacher paused and said, "But no one knows what God looks like." Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, "They will in a minute." Read more →