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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... 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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)... 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... 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 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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 and we will investigate it. Also if you have a camera phone take a photo. Thank you.... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... 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.... 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... 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... 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... 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.... 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... 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... Read more →

Obit Scott Michael Hack, of Mount Ephraim formerly of Audubon

HACK Scott Michael Suddenly, On June 21, 2007. Age 29. Of Mount Ephraim. Formerly of Audubon. Loving and devoted father of Skyla Mae Ellenbark-Hack of Deptford. Beloved Son of Kathy R. Hack (nee Frank) of Mount Ephraim (Ron Gonzales) and Joseph P. Hack, Sr. of Florida. Dear Grandson of the late Bernard D. Frank and Hazel Ruth (nee Laute). Devoted brother of Michelle Meade (nee Hack) (Daniel) of Philadelphia, Joseph P. Hack, Jr. of Mount... Read more →

When East Meets West/ Here's a tip!

Commentary By Hank F. Miller Jr. (Hank is a former resident of Gloucester City who lives in Japan) Here's a Tip! You don't deserve one, pal. The only woman who has ever chased me was a willowy Japanese waitress who trailed me half a block from her restaurant door."Sir, "she panted, "I'm sorry...but you forgot your change!"Oh...So I waltzed off 100 yen richer. About 93 cents. Mean while the waitress got-besides 40 meters of exercise-was... Read more →

Rider Athletes Score Best-Ever in Classroom

Success in sports can be measured in many ways. Wins and losses, standings, improvement, and a wide range of various statistics help us. At Rider University, the successful 2006-2007 academic school year is being measured by grade point average. During the spring of 2007, the semester grade point average for all Rider student-athletes was a best-ever 3.04, compared to the 2.96 grade point average for Rider’s non-student-athlete population. 55 percent of Rider’s student-athletes received a... Read more →

Gloucester County History

Gloucester County (Old), founded in 1686 and once including within its boundaries the present Atlantic and Camden Counties, is unique in that it is an outstanding Agricultural, Industrial and Residential Area. Farming in all of its phases is highly established and developed. The raising of fruit, farm vegetables, and poultry, the dairy industry, the breeding of cattle, hogs, and other livestock, the existence of modern year-round canneries, quick freezing establishments and nearby markets all go... Read more →

Fresh Water Fishing in New Jersey

Walter Borton of Pitman has been a fisherman for 12 years. His father taught him how to fish in the ocean surf. But Borton enjoys the challenge of fishing the freshwater lakes near his home. "It's relaxing, that's the biggest thing, and it's peaceful," said Borton, 35. "I take my boat out sometimes and all you hear are birds and the wind whistling through the trees. I've went at all times of the day to... Read more →

To the Residents of Gloucester City

Dear Mr. Cleary and Residents of Gloucester City, I am writing this letter in response to last week's letter written by a fellow board member. There were some inaccuracies, which I would like to clarify. I was appointed to the Gloucester City Board of Health earlier in the year. In response to several complaints I received regarding the Almost Home Animal Shelter in Pennsauken, I went to investigate. Being that this shelter receives an annual... Read more →

Obit Salvatore Santoro, of Blackwood, formerly of Audubon

SANTORO, SALVATORE On June 15, 2007, Salvatore Santoro, age 82 of Blackwood, formerly of Audubon. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Santoro was one of 8 children. He is survived by his brother, Albert Santoro and his 3 sisters, Elizabeth Bencevenga, Gloria Bell and Violet Belfatto. Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and friend. Salvatore was the beloved husband of the late, Helen (Ellinia) C. Santoro (nee Lamanea). He is the loving father of Jennie Marie Santoro of Lindenwold,... Read more →

Obit Russell Plummer, of Pennsauken

PLUMMER, RUSSELL C. On June 16, 2007, age 89 of Pennsauken NJ his entire life. Dear brother of Leslie Plummer of Mt. Ephraim and the late Herbert Dallas Plummer. Also survived by many nieces & nephews. Mr.Plummer was a WW II Army Veteran. Relatives and friends of the family are kindly invited to attend his Visitation Tuesday 10-11AM at the FUNERAL HOME OF INGLESBY & SONS, 2426 Cove Road. Pennsauken NJ 08109. Funeral Service 11AM.... Read more →

Obit Theresa Dougherty, of Bellmawr

DOUGHERTY, THERESA G. (Nee Campbell), 94, of Bellmawr, formerly of Philadelphia, peacefully at St. Mary's Nursing Home on June 15, 2007. Beloved wife of the late Thomas F. Dougherty. Loving mother of Thomas J. of New York, NY, Michael of Bellmawr, NJ and Theresa (Raymond) McConnell of Westerly, RI. Caring sister of George E. Campbell and Madeline Soroka. Proud grandmother of 7 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her... Read more →

Dog Tips: Jumping on people

Dog Quote: They have dog food for constipated dogs. If your dog is constipated, why screw up a good thing? Stay indoors and let 'em bloat! ....David Letterman ********************************* Jumping on People By Alan No matter how much we might enjoy our pet jumping up to greet us, there are many people who dislike having a strange dog coming up and jumping on them. For many people it can be a frightening experience as not... Read more →


Q: I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life; is this true? A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that's it... don't waste them on exercise. Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that's like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer? Take a Nap. Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat... Read more →

Gloucester County residents receive military nods

UNITED STATES COAST GUARD SEAMAN SCOTT J. SCARPINATO has graduated from the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May. Seaman Scarpinato will be stationed on the Coast Guard Cutter Blackberry on Oak Island, N.C. Formerly of Franklinville, Seaman Scarpinato is the son of Victor and Diane Scarpinato and brother of Niki. He is a 2003 graduate of Woodstown High School. AIR NATIONAL GUARD AIRMAN 1ST CLASS DAVID J. HEITMAN has graduated from basic military training... Read more →

Rutgers Shortstop Todd Frazier First Team All-American

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers junior All-American shortstop Todd Frazier (Toms River, N.J.) was named a First Team All-American by Baseball America, the organization announced today. Frazier was one of 15 named to the first team. Frazier was selected by the Cincinnati Reds with the 34th overall pick in the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft last Thursday. Earlier this week, Frazier was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association of America District II Player... Read more →


By Bill Cleary The recent gossip on the street circulating through our city is interesting enough to share so here goes. According to the "grapevine" a petition was being circulated to have Joe Rafferty (Superintendent of Mt. Ephraim Schools) to be hired to replace outgoing Gloucester City Superintendent Mary Stansky. However because of an Abbott's nepotism rule, Rafferty is ineligible for the job. He has two sisters employed in the City School system. Can anyone... Read more →

Obit Helen F. Wendler, of Brooklawn formerly of Gloucester City

WENDLER Helen F.-On June 15, 2007. Age 83. (nee Molt). Of Brooklawn. Formerly of Gloucester City. Loving wife of 55 years to the late Robert O. Wendler. Devoted and caring mother of Lynn A. Johnsen and husband Greg of Brooklawn. Beloved grandmother of Derek and Tyler both of Brooklawn. Helen was raised and lived in Gloucester City. She was a resident of Brooklawn for the last 53 years. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to... Read more →

Chuckles by Daughter Jodi

A little boy wanted $100.00 very badly and prayed for weeks, but nothing happened. Then he decided to write God a letter requesting the $100.00 When The postal authorities received the letter to God, USA , they decided to send it to the President. The president was so amused that he instructed his secretary to send the little boy a $5.00 bill. The president thought this would appear to be a lot of money to... Read more →