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June 2007

Obit Donald A. Roeder, of Stone Harbor, formerly of Haddon Hts.

Donald A. Roeder on June 30, 2007. Age 70. Of Stone Harbor. Formerly of Haddon Heights. Loving husband of 39 years to Marie R. Devoted father of Donald (Rose) of West Chester, PA, Carl of Philadelphia, PA and James (Carol) of Swedesboro. Dear Brother of James, Stanley and Barbara Lewis. Beloved grandfather of Andria, Miriam and Regina. Donald worked as a surveyor at the American Dredging Company in Camden where he rose through the ranks and became President of the company. In 1992, he formed... Read more →

Enjoy Reading The Notebook (1948 St. Marys Grammar School Baseball Team)


Obit Anna T. Obrien, of West Collingswood Hts.

A Funeral Mass was held at Holy Maternity RC Church, Audubon, for Anna T. O'Brien, 79, of W. Collingswood Heights, formerly of Laurel Springs, who died June 23. Devoted mother of Michael (Karen), Carol Robeson (Joe Jones), Dennis (Donna), Janet Kern (Mark), Jean Valleley (Scott), Jim (Lisa), Kelly Welsh (Mike), and Dan. Beloved sister of Thomas Lauer. Dear friend of Bunny and Charlie Corson. Loving grandmother of 14; great grandmother of 9 and 2 step grandchildren. Interment was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Berlin. Read more →

Mrs. Mary McGroarty, Co-Founder of McGroarty’s News Agency and Auto & Truck Center

A Memorial Mass was held in Saint Patrick's Church, Woodbury, for Mary McGroarty, 80, of Deptford, who died June 23. Mrs. McGroarty was a long time resident of Gloucester City and Deptford. She was schooled in Ireland and graduated from Saint Mary's and Gloucester Catholic High School, and Saint Francis School of Nursing, Trenton and was a surgical nurse. Mary and John founded and owned McGroarty's News Agency and Auto & Truck Center, Gloucester City, for over 30 years. Beloved wife of the late John;... Read more →

Obit Lorna Faith Baile, of Thorofare formerly of Gloucester City

On June 29, 2007, (nee Bess) of Thorofare, formerly long time resident of Gloucester City NJ. Age 83 yrs. Beloved wife of the late Howard H. Baile. Loving mother of Ronald Baile and his wife Gwenne of Westmont, Melissa Baile of Rock Hall, MD, and Dayl Baile and his wife Linda of Gloucester City. She was the devoted grandmother of Christopher Baile, Kenneth Flowers, Lorna Thompson and Samantha Baile. She is also survived by her dear sister in law Beatrice Hannold and nephew Wayne Hannold.... Read more →


After reading the news story "Pickets Demonstrate at Soldier's Funeral", I am compelled to write a letter of condemnation to all those who would desecrate the burial service of and American service member. The family of PFC David Bentz deserves much more than a trio of ranting and mean-spirited religious thugs spewing out their personal hatred. The Westwood Baptist Church and its Pastor, Rev. Fred Phelps have made it their personal mission to destroy the dignity and solemnity of funerals services for our fallen heroes... Read more →

Fishing in The Florida Keys with Captain Tom Tedesco

Bill, I see that Bobby Bevan and the boys seem to make on your site quite a bit. I hope that you can squeeze this in as well. Post the pictures if you would like, I sent you a few to get pop's best side....oh he doesn't have one, it is the Tedesco curse!! boat: "TOMMY T" place: Little Torch Key, Florida Captain: Tom Tedesco first mate/ co-captain: Tim Tedesco Mate: Donna Tedesco (Tim's wife) Fishing for the day: Dr. Tommy "Murt" and Elaine Murtaugh... Read more →

New Jersey Hunting Safety Course Explained

Hunting does not usually make news unless there is an accident or a protest. It is important to note that millions of hunters go out into the woods or fields of their favorite stomping ground and come home at the end of each day with nary a scratch. Accidents do occur while hunting, and will occur so long as those participating in the activity are human. In an effort to reduce these accidents New Jersey requires prospective hunters to take part in an extensive hunter... Read more →

Pickets Demonstrate at Soldier's Funeral

Photo by Jonathan Wells A soldier salutes the grieving family of US Army PFC David J.Bentz as they leave his funeral in Clayton on Friday. By Stephanie Brown and Jessica Driscoll gcnews@sjnewsco.com CLAYTON -- Three people singing and carrying signs that read "Pray for more dead soldiers" and "America is doomed" were drowned out by a group of veterans who shouted the Pledge of Allegiance here Friday morning. The pickets were positioned across the street from the Clayton Post Office at Delsea Drive and Costill... Read more →

Obit Ruth Clements, of Barrington formerly of Gloucester City and National Park

On June 28, 2007. Age 70. (nee Stauffer) Of Barrington, Formerly of Gloucester City and National Park. Loving and devoted wife of 49 years to William H. Clements. Beloved mother of David Clements of Lindenwold, Kathleen Clements of Shamong Township, Colleen Roque (Jaime) of Lindenwold and the late John W. Clements. Survived by 6 sisters, 1 brother and predeceased by one brother. Survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Ruth was raised in National Park where she met her husband at the Red Bank Battlefield.... Read more →

Westville resident awarded SJFCU scholarship

Posted by South Jersey News Online South Jersey Federal Credit Union (SJFCU) recently awarded John W. Gooch II, of Westville, a 2007 graduate of Gateway Regional High School, a $250 college scholarship for the 2007-2008 academic year. Gooch was one of five 2007 SJFCU scholars chosen from applicants throughout South Jersey. Gooch will attend Rowan University in the fall. The scholarship winners and their families gathered in the Deptford branch for the presentation of the scholarship awards by SJFCU President/ CEO Benjamin T. Griffith. Selection... Read more →

Obit Thomas Priest Sr., of Audubon

PRIEST, THOMAS G., SR. On June 27, 2007, Thomas G., Sr., age 92, passed away at his home in Audubon. Born and raised in Stratford and Magnolia, Mr. Priest had been a resident of Audubon for the past 67 years. Mr. Priest was a 1934 graduate of Haddon Heights High School and a longtime parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Parish. He worked for Curtis Publishing Company in Philadelphia and he retired as the head of the maintenance department for the Audubon School System. Thomas... Read more →

Bentz Family Braces for Demonstrations at sons funeral

CLAYTON An added police presence is expected to be on hand at a local soldier's funeral Friday due to a fundamentalist Christian group's plans to demonstrate during the viewing. Bentz, 20, was killed in Iraq last week of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for noon at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Clayton. Visitation at the church will begin at 9 a.m. and end at Mass time. Interment is at Gloucester County Veterans... Read more →

Memorial Services for Clayton Soldier PFC. David J. Bentz on Friday

Pfc. David J. Bentz came home last Friday. He'll be laid to rest this Friday. "DJ" Bentz died in Baghdad last Wednesday, just more than a month after he deployed and about a month-and-a-half shy of his expected return date. Bentz and three other soldiers -- Maj. Sid W. Brookshire of Missouri, Staff Sgt. Darren P. Hubbell of Georgia and Spc. Joe G. Charfauros Jr. of Mariana Islands -- were killed when an improvised explosive device, or IED, detonated near the vehicle Bentz was driving,... Read more →


Bill and Judy Gross, sitting on left celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary recently with family and friends at The Pub in Pennsauken. By the way that handsome couple on the right is Bob "Dece" Dacierno and his wife Jane............... Congratulations! Bill and Judy (Andreas) Gross along with "Dece" graduated from GCHS class of 1963 ..... Read more →

Fire at Amspec Chemical, Sodium Ignites, No Injuries, No Danger to Surrounding Neighborhood.......says Chief

Gloucester City Fire Chief Brian Hagan released the following information today about a chemical fire that occurred yesterday, June 26, at Amspec Chemical. Information about the fire came from a resident who was riding by and saw the fire engines. She submitted a news tip with a photo. If you see something happening send your report to BillGCN@verizon.net and we will investigate it. Also if you have a camera phone take a photo. Thank you. Chief Hagan's report reads as follows: SITUATION: Reported Fire at... Read more →

Another New Jersey Soldier Killed in Iraq

(Iraq - WABC, June 27, 2007) - A female soldier from South Plainfield, New Jersey, was killed when her unit was attacked by insurgent mortar fire in Iraq. Authorities say 27-year-old Army Specialist Trista Moretti was killed Monday when her unit was attacked by insurgents' mortar fire in Nasir Lafitah, Iraq, according to a statement from the Army. Moretti was assigned to the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion of the 25th Infantry Division of Fort Richardson, Alaska. She grew up in South Plainfield and was... Read more →

Upset With DARE program Being Suspended

Dear Mr.Cleary, In the most recent edition of the Gloucester City News there was an article about the Mt.Ephraim 5th grade graduation ofthe DARE program. Congratulations to them! Now, are you aware of the fact that our DARE program has been suspended for the Saint Mary's school children? This program has had a positive influence on our children. The police presence in our school has been a positive one and we would like to see that continue throughout the years. A little back ground on... Read more →

Mount Ephraim School District News

Mrs. Judy O'Donnell and the Mt. Ephraim School District would like to thank Mr. Lloyd Black for volunteering his time, several times throughout the year, to share his knowledge of Comets, Galaxies, Moon phases, Planetarium/Sun spots, the Solar system and Stars with our 6th graders. Mr. Black is an adjunct professor of Astronomy at Rowan University and a member of the Willingboro Astronomical Society. **************************************************************************************************************************** BEST WISHES The Mount Ephraim School Administration, Teachers, parents and students send their congrations and best wishes to the following... Read more →

Former City Councilman Mike Dunkirk Needs Your Help

Mike Dunkirk, a Gloucester City Councilman in the 1980's is in need of a medical heart procedure that is not covered by his health insurance carrier. His family is reaching out to his friends in Gloucester City to send a donation to help pay for the high medical costs. Mike was active in Gloucester City for many years before being transferred to Virginia by his employer. The following letter is written by one of his daughters, Kelly Dunkirk. "Thirty-three years ago I became the luckiest... Read more →

Gloucester City High School Alumni Association Awards $7500 in Scholarships

"Members of the Gloucester City Alumni Association are extremely proud to announce our association awarded scholarships totalling $7,500 to ten graduates of the Class of 2007 at the recent "Awards Luncheon". We know everyone joins us in extending "best wishes" to the recipients." The Scholarships were awarded to the following: Thomas Uibel $1,000, Jonathan Beres $1,000, Eva Petersen $1000, Nick Wright $1000, Kristi Bobo $1000. Also, Kristen Wright $500, Erika Wadsworth $500, Christen Mason $500, Sal Russo $500, and Kelly Cerrone $500 Read more →

Pet Tips Keeping your dog at home by Allan

Here's Today's Joke: Why did the Dachshund bite the woman's ankle? Because he couldn't reach any higher. ********************************* No owner likes to get a call from the pound telling them that their dog has been picked up for roaming the streets, but even the best trained dog can escape and end up in places where it shouldn't be. In many towns you can find yourself in legal trouble if your dog is found to be wandering the streets. And quite rightly so as a dog... Read more →

Obit Vivian Carole Lose of Gloucester City

Suddenly, On June 21, 2007. Age 65. Of Gloucester City. Loving cousin of the late Marlene Jean Adams and Lucy DiChurch. Survived by cousins and her devoted friends at Friendly’s Restaurant in Wenonah, Glassboro and the Deptford Mall. Vivian was a longtime resident of Gloucester City. Vivian started her career at Friendly’s Restaurant in the Deptford Mall as a prep person in 1993. Vivian later worked at the Friendly’s in Wenonah and recently worked between there and the Friendly’s in Glassboro. She was a hard... Read more →

Make Funny Faces! Chuckles by Ed the 7th Son

from the desk of a Computer Service Tech A woman customer called the Canon help desk with a problem with her printer. Tech support: Are you running it under windows? Customer: "No, my desk is next to the door, but that is a good point. The man sitting in the cubicle next to me is under a window, and his printer is working fine." One more......Tech support: "Okay Bob, let's press the control and escape keys at the same time. That brings up a task... Read more →

News Flash! City Parking Lot Being Cleaned?

Hello Bill, I just got home from doing errands and happened to drive down Market St. towards King. There was a tow truck removing two vehicles from the parking lot you wrote about yesterday (Kotter brothers). Once again, your reporting has made a difference for the citizens of Gloucester!!! see Story Thank you so much for all the time and energy you put into "Cleary's Blog." It is exciting to have so much conversation, debates, and positives results going on in town as a result... Read more →

Dr. Thomas Cunningham, Gloucester City Dentist for 30 Years

On June 21, 2007, age 74, of Cherry Hill, and Avalon, NJ, and a dentist in Gloucester City for over 30 years. He is survived by his beloved wife, JoAnne (nee Ware), his son, Thomas A., Jr. (Heather) of Cinnaminson, his daughter Sandra L. Dromgoole (Charles) of Gloucester Twp., 2 grandchildren, Devin Patrick and Molly Erin Dromgoole, his granddog, Lulu and his sister, Patricia Baer of West Deptford. Dr. Cunningham graduated from Woodbury HS. He received his B.S. from Rutgers University and his D.D.S. from... Read more →

Captain Bob’s Fishing Report

Pictured: from left, Scott Bevan, Ken MacAdams, Jim Coppola, Tim Stevens, Captain Bob Bevan standing. BAD START-----GREAT ENDING........Departure time was logged for 5:30 AM, Saturday, June 16th. The crew’s 35-mile trip to the “shark grounds” was one man short. Ken MacAdams phoned from his cell to say he blew a tire on Route 55 in Glassboro and doesn’t know how to use a lug wrench. State Police helped Ken and he is on his way. One hour later leaving the dock, the crew hears a... Read more →

City Construction/Housing Office "Moving on Up to the Eastside"

The Gloucester City Construction Code/Housing Office has found a new home at Monmouth Street and the railroad. Those departments will be moving from the Police Administration Building at 313 Monmouth Street into the former County Health Station trailer that sits along side of the Train Station Depot. It will be a month or more before the building will be ready for occupancy. Counters have to be built, equipment and files have to be packed and moved. Plus the building needs to be wired for computer... Read more →

Obit Joseph A. Dobleman, of Gloucester City formerly of Mt. Ephraim

DOBLEMAN, JOSEPH A., SR. On June 21, 2007, Age 59 of Gloucester City, formerly of Mt. Ephraim, NJ. Devoted father of Nancy M.(Geoff) Cox, and Joseph A. Jr. (Debbie). Loving grand father of Samantha, Marissa, Dana, Devin, Ryan. Dear brother of William, Edward, David, Mark and the late John, Elizabeth, and Richard. Also mother of his children Rose Dobleman. Dear uncle of 21 nieces and nephews especially, Tina, John and Nikolas. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his viwing Tuesday from 9:30 am... Read more →

Obit Judith Denbo, of Haddon Township

DENBO, JUDITH (nee Ziff) June 23, 2007, of Haddon Twp., NJ. Wife of Maurice Denbo. Mother of Jeffrey (Carol) Denbo and Leslie (Earl) Ott. Sister of Dolores Ziff and Faith Weiner. Grandmother of Abigail Denbo, Rachel Denbo, Kelli Johnson and Michael Johnson. Relatives and friends are invited to graveside services Sunday at 10:30 am at Crescent Memorial Park, (Sec. G) in Pennsauken, NJ. The family will return to the late residence and respectfully request contributions in her memory be made to Cong. M'Kor Shalom, 850... Read more →

Obit Stephen W. Conn of Westmont, formerly of Phila.

CONN, STEPHEN W. On June 20, 2007, age 64, of Westmont, (formerly of South Philadelphia). Loving husband of Terry (nee Cautilli) Conn. Devoted father of Michele Bishop, Jennifer DeStefano (Joseph) and Stephanie Turck (Timothy). Beloved brother of Diane Radzavage. Also survived by 10 grandchildren; Helena, Ashley, Michele, Stephanie, Joseph, Hannah, Mary, Timmy, Domenic, and Christian. Steve proudly served in the US Navy. He became a Philadelphia Police Officer in 1969, and later worked in Phila. District Attorney's Office, retiring as Acting Chief of the Complaints... Read more →

Gloucester City Public Parking Lot is an Eyesore & "Drug Den"

Richard Kotter, of the 400-unit block Market Street, Gloucester City, is upset over the City owned parking lot at the corner of 5th and Market. The lot abuts his mother’s well-maintained residential property that extends the full length of the parking lot. It is also situated close to the future site of the School District’s Middle School Photo: Richard Kotter points out the graffiti on the new fence he and his brother erected, click to enlarge. During the school year, the lot is used by... Read more →

The Breakfast Club changes meeting Date; officially the last Saturday of the month 9 AM

The male alumni from Tucker's Corner, Powell's, Pine House, Augie's Pool Room, Gords, Cerrone's Luncheonette, The Venice, Crown Point, Dick Lees, Wayne's Log Cabin, Sand Bar, Sports Corner etc. get together for breakfast each month for breakfast. NOTE: a change has been made the group will now meet the last Saturday of the month beginning in July. The time has also been changed to 9 AM. The next meeting will be July 28th at the Dining Car Depot, Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Present at the... Read more →