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July 2007

Philip J. Gilson, 64, U.S. Marine, Member of Sierra Club and ACLU

Philip J. GILSON Jr., age 64, of Collingswood, passed away on July 30, 2007On July 30, 2007. Formerly of Audubon. Loved and cared for by his wife of 43 years, Maryann (nee Klaus). Loving Son of the late Philip J. Gilson, Sr. and Grace Gilson (nee Fewer). Beloved father of Phil (Jane) of Clayton, Mike (Sandy) of Audubon, Terry of Audubon and Kate (Dan Powell) of Gloucester City. Dear Brother of Robert J. Gilson of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Cherished grandfather of Nate, Cade, Mattie, Mikey and Lundon. Philip proudly served our country in the United States Marine Corp and a... Read more →

Edward McGann, Army Vet, former owner of The Roof Doctor

Edward Eugene McGANN, of Gloucester City, passed away on July 30 at the age of 68. Formerly of Collingswood and Camden. Beloved Husband of the late Alice Mae (nee McMullen). Loving Companion and Best Friend of 27 years to Patricia Powell of Gloucester City. Devoted father of Angela Lutz (Mike) of Gloucester City, Wayne Wells of Neptune, Richard (Dale) McGann of Lewes, Delaware, Sean McGann of Collingswood and three Sons Edward, George and John. Dear Brother of Catherine Powell of Westville, Jean D'Agostino of Lindenwold and the late George and Terry. Beloved grandfather of 4 and survived by many nieces... Read more →

Building & Housing Department Moving to new Location

The Gloucester City Building and Housing Department is moving to its new location at 700 Somerset Street (previously the Camden County Health Center next to the Dining Car Depot on Monmouth St. along the railroad) The office will be closed Thursday, Aug.2nd and Friday,August 3rd. The Department will reopen for business on Monday August 6th at 9AM. Phone numbers will remain the same. Photo: Joe Stecklair , left and John Stiefel, officials of the Building and Housing Department have been working in their spare time for several weeks to make repairs to their new office. Read more →

Letters:Bells Farm Senior Citizens Building/Property is a Big Eyesore

Bill, My first reaction when I found out they were going to knock down Bells Farm in Bellmawr was disappointment. Bells Farm was the oldest part of Bellmawr and home to the founding family of the town. I resigned myself to the fact that a senior home was going up and maybe it would be a good thing for those who needed such housing. It looks like my initial reaction was the correct one. The complex has been the biggest eyesore around for the past two years. Piles of rusting metal, high weeds, stones and building material have sat out... Read more →

Some Bad Teenagers Are Ruining Angel’s Playground

See story on Funding for playground A big "thank you" to the "Angel" who provided a wonderful new playground for the children at the corner of Middlesex and Burlington, Gloucester City. It is a vast improvement over the sad excuse for a playground that was there before. The kids love and so do the parents. The problem with the new playground is the other kids who use it. I am talking about the teenagers that come after the sun goes down and are there until all hours of the night. I could live with the noise, but the language used... Read more →

Gloucester City News: Irish Pub-Style Restaurant to be Built on Burlington Street

By Linda Boker-Angelo NEWS Correspondent Plans for a new pub-style family restaurant on Burlington Street are underway. Shawn Nachurski and David McDonough, owners of Bridges Real Estate, L.L.C., appeared before the Gloucester City Planning Board last week with plans to transform the former go-go bar known as Billy's Place into an Irish pub-style family restaurant. Nachurski outlined plans to renovate and expand the building at 157 Burlington Street, which was built in the 1800s. He said he envisioned a gathering place similar to the pubs in Ireland, where generations of families can gather with their children to share a good... Read more →

Letters: Teens Are "Skinny Dipping" in Brooklawn

In the past few weeks, I have that been aware that people, during the early morning hours, were using my backyard pool. This morning, at 5 a.m., I found four young teenagers in the pool. Although I could have and maybe should have called the police, I did not. Their response when I asked them what gave them the right to use the pool, they stated others told them they could. I then inquired as to why they thought "other people" who did not live in the house had the right to allow them the use of the pool. In... Read more →

Richard D. Hubbs, Army Veteran, Gloucester City Volunteer Fireman

Richard D. Hubbs, of Gloucester City, passed away suddenly on July 29, 2007 at the age of 71. Loving husband of 28 years and together again with Connie J. Hubbs. Devoted and caring father of Richard D. Hubbs, Jr. (Patricia) of Gloucester City and Alice J. Sharp (Michael) of Sewell. Cherished grandfather of Richard III, Kyle Hubbs, Tina (Christopher) Holmes, Matthew Wilson, Michael Sharp, Jr. and Mason Sharp. Dear Great-grandfather of Natalie Holmes. Loving Brother of Joseph Hubbs of Audubon, Allen L. Hubbs of Gloucester City, George F. Hubbs of Elk Township, Nancy Quieti of Bellmawr,Edward Hubbs of Gloucester City... Read more →

Continued: A Look at the Port of Gloucester City and other South Jersey Ports on the Delaware River

see Sunday's story …From the pages of South Jersey Magazine… Author: Tara Nurin "The South Jersey ports are a main contributor to air pollution in the South Jersey/Philadelphia region," warns Doug O'Malley, the field director for the advocacy group Environment New Jersey. He says Camden, Burlington and Gloucester counties are "out of attainment with the [Environmental Protection Agency] for soot pollution, and soot pollution is honestly the most deadly form of air pollution out there. It's directly linked to cancer. It's directly linked to aggravating asthma, heart disease and heart attacks." "If you talk anecdotally to teachers or nurses in... Read more →

Renaming Streets in Memory of City’s War Heroes’ A Hardship; Not For Me

Bill's Point of View: (Hardship: noun, adversity, misfortune, suffering, burden, affliction) The proposal to rename some streets in Gloucester City in memory of citizens who have died fighting for our country has started quite a controversy I have been told. An article about the renaming streets in honor of City heroes appeared in last Thursday's Gloucester City News. Soon after the phones started to ring in the Municipal Building from people who opposed the idea. The article mentioned that the Mayor's Advisory Committee was conducting a feasibility study. "Nothing will be done until the study is completed. The public will... Read more →

The Breakfast Club Members Have Trouble Running A 50-50 Drawing

The Gloucester City Breakfast Club met on Saturday July 28 at the Dining Car Depot. The club held its first official 50-50 Drawing using a roll of number tickets. In the past your number was written on a little tag or your name was written on the back of a dollar bill. But there was still problems with this simplified new method on Saturday. You have to understand some of these individuals only get out on weekends. Anyway on Saturday one member, who will remain anonymous, didn't know he was suppose to keep one ticket and throw the other in... Read more →

Death Notice: Connie J. Hubbs & Richard D. Hubbs

Services for Connie J. Hubbs and Richard D. Hubbs, Husband and wife of 28 years, both of Gloucester City. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Connie and Richard's viewing on Wednesday Evening from 7 to 9 pm and Thursday morning from 10 to 11 am at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, (at Brown Street) Gloucester City. Episcopal Religious Service 11 am in the funeral home officiated by Mother Bradley of Saint Luke's Episcopal Church in Westville. Interment Cedar Grove Cemetery, Gloucester City see Connie J. Hubbs obit McCann-Healey Funeral Homea Read more →

Connie J. Hubbs, Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmom Dies Suddenly

Connie J. Hubbs (nee Jordan) of Gloucester City passed away suddenly on July 25, 2007. She was 52. Loving wife of 28 years to the late Richard Hubbs. Beloved daughter of Josephine Jordan (nee Yost) of Mansfield, Ohio and the late Donald Jordan. Devoted step-mother of Richard D. Hubbs, Jr. (Patricia) of Gloucester City and Alice J. Sharp (Michael) of Sewell. Cherished grandmother of Richard III, Kyle Hubbs, Tina (Christopher) Holmes, Matthew Wilson, Michael Sharp, Jr. and Mason Sharp. Loving Great-grandmother of Natalie Holmes. Dear Sister of Larain May of Ohio. Connie was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio. She... Read more →

Heroes to Hero Scholarship Winners

By Bill Bates NEWS Correspondent & Committee Member The Heroes To Hero Foundation, Inc. recently presented three $1,000.00 scholarships to graduating seniors from three area high schools for academic excellence as well as community involvement. The scholarships are awarded in honor and memory of Tommy Stewart III, Jim Sylvester, and John West Sr. and the selfless dedication they gave to their respective departments and community's they so faithfully served. Another check (not pictured) was also presented to the Camden County Hero Scholarship Fund, Inc. ( in the amount of $5,000.00 to be used towards college educations for children of permanently... Read more →

Pet Tips: The Leader of the Pack by Alan

Dog Quote: They never talk about themselves but listen to you while you talk about yourself, and keep up an appearance of being interested in the conversation. ....Jerome K. Jerome PHOTO; LACEY, Feb. 2007 ********************************* One of the first and most important steps in dog training is to get the respect and confidence of your dog. As mentioned in previous newsletters dogs are pack animals, and there always must be a leader of the pack.You need to ensure that your dog understands that you are his or her leader. Once you've done that you will have gained the respect and... Read more →

Shallow shorelines can be a good place to fish

By Doug Skinner The shallow lakes of South Jersey offer a unique chance for productive shoreline fishing. During the early spring, these shallow areas are fishing hot spots. The water is starting to warm up and many fish are moving into the shallows to spawn. Fishing for largemouth bass from the shoreline can become difficult in the summer. Warmer water forces some of the larger fish into the deeper holes that are usually outside of the casting area. That certainly does not mean it is impossible to catch a nice fish from the shore, all you need is patience and... Read more →

A Look at the Port of Gloucester City and other South Jersey Ports on the Delaware River

…From the pages of South Jersey Magazine… Author: Tara Nurin The trade industry operating along our Delaware River shoreline has kept our waterfront profitable for years. Even with some modern challenges, it still thrives like the days of old… Gloucester City, New Jersey: Old timers recognize its proud heritage as a thriving port city—a city that grew and prospered from the importation of cotton and textiles that clothed thousands of families throughout New Jersey in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. But younger generations might scoff in distaste at the mention of the hamlet whose west end is sliced... Read more →

Photos from the Tragic July 4th 2002 Gloucester City Fire and its Aftermath

LAD T The Courier Post has a photo gallery on its site pertaining to the July 4th, 2002 tragic fire in Gloucester City. To view the gallery click the link below. CP_gallery_head.jpg slideshow_fade.jpg photo ... Sculptor Brian Halon works on a model of the sculpture of Firefighter Thomas Stewart, III, which will stand in front of the Gloucester City Fire Department, . see stories on this topic Related articles by Zemanta ClearysNoteBook: Breaking News/Gloucester City NJ/Route 76 Crash Leads to arrest ( Tips and Snippets: Clearing Up the Rumors about the City Fire Dept. ( Camden City: Two Alarm Fire,... Read more →

Sunday’s Feature Story….A look at the Port of Gloucester City

Gloucester City, New Jersey: Old timers recognize its proud heritage as a thriving port city—a city that grew and prospered from the importation of cotton and textiles that clothed thousands of families throughout New Jersey in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. But younger generations might scoff in distaste at the mention of the hamlet whose west end is sliced in half by the dominating structure that is the Walt Whitman Bridge. PHOTO: cargo containers are being unloaded off a ship docked at Holt Marine Terminal in Gloucester City. In the foreground is the Walt Whitman Bridge. These generations,... Read more →

Memories of Gloucester City: Topic The Pub Crawl

By Jack "Bomber" Bennett Note: The author is a former resident of Gloucester City and a graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School. Today, Jack resides in Florida PUB CRAWL – the act of one or more people drinking in a number of pubs in a single night, normally walking between them. Wikipedia As a kid growing up in Gloucester City in the 50's and 60's, it was always there beckoning to you. You never quite understood what it was, but you could feel it every time you walked down most any street in town. There was always this vibe in... Read more →

"A Gift from Heaven"... City Little League Receives $25,000 Grant

At Thursday night's Gloucester City Little League meeting Tom Gurick (center) presented a $25,000 grant to representatives of the organization to be used to enhance the facilities at the field on Johnson Blvd. Tom, a former Camden County Freeholder and Gloucester City Councilman, was instrumental in obtaining the monies for the League through the Camden County Board Of Chosen Freeholders. Pictured with Gurick from left are: Tony Eller, Harry Fox-Treasurer, Jerry Murphy-Vice President and Bob Collins-president. see all Little League stories Read more →

Coming Friday Afternoon……..Gloucester City’s Pub Crawl

By Jack "Bomber" Bennett Note: The author is a former resident of Gloucester City and a graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School. Today, Jack resides in Florida PUB CRAWL – the act of one or more people drinking in a number of pubs in a single night, normally walking between them. Wikipedia As a kid growing up in Gloucester City in the 50 and 60's, it was always there beckoning to you. You never quite understood what it was, but you could feel it every time you walked down most any street in town. There was always this vibe in... Read more →

Obit: Leonard James Bystrick, Esq.46, of Woolwich, formerly of Bellmawr

BYSTRICK, LEONARD JAMES, ESQ. Suddenly on July 24, 2007, of Woolwich Twp., formerly of Bellmawr. Age 46. Beloved husband Barbara (nee Gross). Loving father of Laura Bystrick and step-father of Christopher Gross. Dear son of Rose (nee Lombardo). Brother of Roseann Bocelli and her husband Gene. Also survived by his niece Christi Pilesky and nephew Lance Bocelli. Len worked as an attorney for Cumberland Ins. Group in Bridgeton. He was a member of the Ascension Lutheran Church Council for many years. Len's passion was decorating his home. He was so proud of his Christmas decorations. His house was known as... Read more →

USS John F. Kennedy's Phila. Arrival Delayed

Photo Boston Harbor 2005 MAYPORT, Fla. (AP) - July 24, 2007 – reports the final departure of the decommissioned aircraft carrier U.S.S. John F. Kennedy from Florida is being delayed. But the Navy and a congressman are offering different reasons why. Jacksonville Republican Ander Crenshaw says the departure of the Kennedy to the mothball fleet in Philadelphia is being delayed because the Delaware River doesn't appear to be deep enough to handle the ship. The Navy says the delay is due to an electrical malfunction in the equipment used to tow the carrier. It expects the problem to be... Read more →

The Breakfast Club Meets Saturday, July 28th at 9 AM

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 each month for what else, 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 →

Obit: Mary J. Wolk, of Philadelphia; Services Saturday

Mary J. Wolk, (nee Zwolak), age 76, of Philadelphia, PA passed away on July 24. Loving wife of 52 years to Tony Wolk. Devoted mother of Anthony W. (April) Wolk of Medford and Linda (Joe) Rotiroti of West Chester, PA. Beloved grandmother of Frank and Liz. Dear Sister of Jennie Romanowski of Philadelphia, PA. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her viewing on Saturday morning from 10 am to 11 am at Saint Dominic R.C. Church: 8504 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 am in the church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem, PA.... Read more →

Obit Michael J. Farreny, 22 of Cherry Hill/ 2004 graduate of Cherry Hill West HS

FARRENY, MICHAEL J. On July 21, 2007 age 22 beloved son of Anette(nee Palladino) and Ernest A. Farreny, Jr. of Cherry Hill, NJ. He is also survived by one brother Ernest A., IV (Kerri) of Marlton and one sister Michelle (Carey) Turner of Dallas, TX; his paternal grandmother Betty Farreny of Moorestown; 5 nephews Nicholas, Kevin andJason Turner and Ernest A. Farreny, IV and Andrew Farreny; one niece Brianna Farreny. Michael was a 2004 graduate of Cherry Hill West High School and a graduate of the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, NC. He enjoyed fishing and playing vollyball. Relatives and... Read more →

Obit: John E. Curran age 83 of Westville/WWII Army Veteran

CURRAN, JOHN E. Of Westville, NJ, on July 22, 2007 at the age 83. Dear Father of Joseph F. Curran of Westville, NJ, Victoria Tortoreto of Haddonfield, NJ, Mari Stephens of Tucson, AZ and the late Edward Curran. Brother of Hugh Curran of W. Collings-wood Heights, NJ and the late Margaret Slawinski. Also survived by 10 grandchildren. John was a WWII Army veteran, he served with the 9th Infantry Division. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing Friday morning from 9:30AM – 10:45AM at Holy Maternity Church, 431 W. Nicholson Rd., Audubon, NJ 08106. Followed by a Mass... Read more →

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST/ The Walls That Connect Us!

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. "Good fences make good neighbors'."This means-if we extrapolate this a bit of Robert Frost wisdom a little further Japan should have some of the best neighbors in the world. For it certainly has some of the best fences and walls I've ever seen. In fact, arriving in Japan many years ago and coming from Gloucester city a small town in Southern New Jersey where we have lots of trees, lawns open land, and open driveways, with room to move around. The first feature of Japanese life that crept into my soul and made me... Read more →


Category: Sports Gloucester City High School will be conducting its final physical for Fall Sports on Wednesday, August 8.The physicals will be conducted in the High School Nurse's Office between the hours of 9- 11 A.M. Students must bring the completed physical forms with them in order to be examined by the school physician. These forms were distributed to the students at their end of the year team meetings. Any student who is in need of a physical form may obtain one from the High School Main Office or the Athletic Director's Office. Students are required to have a physical... Read more →

Amendment may prevent FAA from changing area flight patterns

Posted by South Jersey News Online July 24, 2007 11:22AM By Bill Cahir Newhouse News Service WASHINGTON -- Three House Republicans today plan to offer an amendment to a $104.4 billion spending bill for federal transportation and housing programs to block the Federal Aviation Administration from changing the flight patterns around New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia. The amendment to halt the FAA changes will be sponsored by U.S. Reps. Scott Garrett and Rodney Frelinghuysen, two Republicans from New Jersey, and by U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, a Republican from Connecticut, according to staff e-mails circulating on Capitol Hill. The... Read more →

Courier Post Features Rams Alumni Matt Demarco

July 21, 2007 By ANDRE WATSON Courier-Post Staff At 27, Matt Demarco isn't the type of player that worries about how many more chances he'll have to land on a major league roster. But that doesn't mean there's not a sense of urgency for the Riversharks infielder. Demarco, a 1998 graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School, is having one of the best seasons in his nine-year professional career, batting .314 with one home run, 24 RBIs and 24 runs scored. "There is a since of urgency (to try to get back to the major league level)," said Demarco, who has... Read more →

Pet Tips: Reward Training Your Dog by Alan

Here's Today's Joke: Why do dogs wag their tails? Because no one else will do it for them. Photo: Lacey ********************************* Reward training your dog Reward training is quite possibly one of the oldest methods of training dogs, dating back to the days when people started trying to domesticate wild animals. It is probably the method of dog training that most of us are familiar with, and it is a natural instinct to reward the dog when they perform the task that we have asked of them. Some people prefer to use a combination of the reward training methods and... Read more →

Obit Steven McAllister, age 22, of Camden City

MCALLISTER, STEVEN D. Of Camden passed away July 13, 2007, age 22. Beloved son of the late Denise McAllister. He is survived by father Charles Turner (Mary), grandmother AnnaMay McAllister, Uncle and aunts, Allen and Paulette McAllister, Barbara and Michelle Butynes, Immediate sisters and brother, Jessica and Jason McAllister, Christina Ervin, 8 sisters & 3 brothers, Charlotte and Amika Ervin, Mabel Cook, Emma Turner, Tracy Bowman, Angela Coleman, LaCoyia and Craig Clark, Mary, James and Charles Jr. Turner; nieces, nephews and friends, special friend 'Steven,' and companion Delilah Claudio. Service will be 12 noon Tuesday at MAY FUNERAL HOME, 4th... Read more →

Obit: Sam Martin, age 75, of Audubon Park

MARTIN, SAMUEL V. On July 21, 2007, age 75. Of Audubon Park, NJ. Beloved husband of the late Rosalie Ann (nee Griffin). Devoted father of Frank V. (Pamela) Martin of Williamstown, Rosalie Lynora (Randall) Neal of North Carolina, Cynthia Rose (Michael) Petre of Audubon Park. Also loving companion Dorothy Marett of Pennsauken. Loving grandfather of Robert, Jennifer and Roseanne. Dear brother of Monroe, Donald and Harry. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his viewing Tuesday from 10am to 12pm at the MAHAFFEY-MILANO FUNERAL HOME 11 E. Kings Hwy. M. Ephraim, NJ (856)931-1628 Funeral service Tuesday 12 noon at... Read more →

Sunday's Baseball Round-Up:Mount Ephraim’s Don Eaise’s Hit the Game Winner; Next Stop LL Sectional Finals

Sunday, July 22, 2007 Category: Sports information source Courier Post Staff Little League-Don Eaise's grounder with the infield in and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning propelled Mount Ephraim to the Senior Little League Section 4 finals with a dramatic 9-8 victory over Monroe Township in a losers' bracket game Saturday. Eaise's hit highlighted a wild seventh, during which Monroe Township erased a four-run deficit with five runs to take an 8-7 lead before Mount Ephraim rallied. Winning pitcher Wade Gies, who got the final two outs in the top of the inning, singled to score... Read more →

The History of the Philadelphia's Italian Market

source PhillyHistory Blog By Erica Stefanovich In the late 1880s, 9th and Fitzwater was outside of the plan for Philadelphia. Not included in William Penn's original outline for his city, the neighborhood sprang up quite by accident. Antonio Palumbo built his boarding house there, and received an influx of immigrants looking for work in the developing city. As the community grew they began to open up stores along 9th Street until it took on an appearance not dissimilar to what one finds in the same neighborhood today. Some of the many stores included butchers, cheese shops, cook ware stores, and... Read more →

Obit: Joseph Manfredi, of West Collingswood Hts, Member of Union Local #322

Joseph R. Manfredi, age 83, passed away on July 20, 2007. Age 83. Of the West Collingswood Heights Section of Haddon Township. Formerly of South Camden. Loving Son of the late Louis and Theresa Manfredi (nee Palese). Surrounded, cared for and cherished by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy (nee Stone). Beloved father of Rox Anne Manfredi-Jones of Clarksboro. Beloved grandfather of Theresa Jones of Newfield. Dear Great-grandfather of Mark and Christopher Fiorella both of Newfield. Dear Brother of Frank Manfredi of Berlin. Loving Brother-In-Law of Gloria Beebe of Margate. Beloved Uncle of Tom Beebe. Joseph was born and raised... Read more →

Stanley C. Alcott Sr., of Bellmawr; Member of the Bellmawr Fire Co.

ALCOTT, STANLEY C., SR. On July 20, 2007, of Bellmawr, age 66. Beloved husband Joan D. (nee Carr). Loving father of Denise Theckston (Patrick), Sandra Sherlock (Gerald), Stanley Alcott, Jr. (Lisa Deoms) and Anthony Alcott (Jaclyn). Devoted grandfather of Patrick, Timothy, Lauren, Ryan, Drisa, Taylor, Zachary, Damian, Jessica and Camerine. Dear brother of Neal Alcott (Sue), Patricia Hagan (James) and thelate Rosalie Tiejien. Predeceased by his mother Pearl Alcott. Beloved son-in-law of William and Lillian Carr. Also survived by his brothers-in-law: Ralph Tiejien, David Carr, Robert Carr, William Carr, Jr. and Steven Carr (Carol) and many nieces and nephews. Mr.... Read more →

Legendary Villanova Track & Field Coach Jack Pyrah Succumbs; Services Monday and Tuesday

Category: Obituaries John "Jack" D. Pyrah (photo) died on July 19, 2007 at the age of 88. A Gloucester City resident, he was cared for in his home by his loving wife of 50 years, Regina M. (nee Gorman). Loving father of Jack Pyrah of Belmar, William Van Tassel (late Venise) of Turner, Maine, John Van Tassel (Sue) of Richmond, Virginia and Patricia Johnson (James) of Haddonfield. Devoted grandfather of 9 and great-grandfather of 2. Survived by many in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Pyrah was born in Germantown, PA, on August 11, 1918 to John and Jane Pyrah. He... Read more →

Funeral Arrangements for John “Jack” D. Pyrah, of Gloucester City

Viewing on Monday Evening from 6 to 8 pm and Tuesday morning from 9 am to 10:30 am at Saint Mary's R.C. Church: 426 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City, NJ 08030. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 am in the church. Interment New Saint Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr. Donations to VCLUB: Jack Pyrah Memorial Fund: c/o Villanova University, Villanova, PA 19085-1674 Or Saint Vincent DePaul Society: 426 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City, NJ 08030. Please write in the memo of the check, Jack Pyrah. Online obituaries may be sent to the family through our funeral home website under online obituaries of John "Jack"... Read more →

Edna Plasket, Born in Gloucester City, she lived in Barrington

PLASKET, EDNA R. On July 18, 2007, at her home in Barrington. Born in Gloucester City, she lived in Barrington for 45 years. Survived by her husband George, her son, Joseph of AZ, and son George, Jr. of Philadelphia; also survived by seven grandchildren and her sister, Ethel C. Hodson of Wenonah, NJ. A Memorial Mass will be Saturday, July 21, 2007, at St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church Barrington at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in her name to the National Organization of Rare Diseases, 55 Knosia Ave., Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968. Read more →

Clara B. Holden, of Audubon, Age 100

HOLDEN, CLARA B. (nee Bosler) On July 19, 2007 of Audubon, NJ age 100 yrs. She is predeceased by her husband Elmer Holden. Surviving are her children: Claire Spille, Elmer Holden and his wife Doris, Kay Hughes and her husband F. Russ Hughes; 10 grandchildren: Robert Spille, Jim Spille, Jo-Ann Rand, Claire Spille, Kathy Duet, Cheryl Scariano, Russ, Scott, Doug, and Kent Hughes; 13 great grandchildren: Katrina Mellott, Peter, Nicole and Kelley Rand, Stephen and Ryan Short, Sean, Colton and Logan Scariano, Robyn, Heidi, Adam, and Drew Hughes; also 2 great grandchildren: Chayse Rand and Dominique Campbell. Born in 1906,... Read more →

Rep Saxton Questions New Flounder Regulations

Source Courier Post WASHINGTON, D.C. A South Jersey legislator, who in January praised an increased quota for summer flounder, on Thursday said a federal agency now wants to slash the allowed catch. U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton, R-N.J., demanded an explanation from the National Marine Fisheries Service, saying the change would hurt the recreational-fishing industry along the Jersey Shore. Saxton said the agency in December proposed a 2008 quota of 19.6 million pounds, but now is projecting a range of 11.6 million to 15.7 million pounds. "How is it possible for the scientific recommendation to change so significantly in seven months?"... Read more →

Jack Pyrah Villanova Coach Emeritus Has Died

Ryan Payne of the Villanova Cross Country and Track andField Alumni Association announced that Jack Pyrah, of Gloucester City, has passed away. Payne said,"It is with great sadness that we announce today the passing of Jack Pyrah. Please keep his family in your prayers over the next few days. We will provide the funeral arrangements as soon as we receive them." Jack, spent 26 years as Villanova assistant track coach under legendary Villanova coach Jumbo Elliott. And 26 years as Villanova's head cross-country coach. 1981. Pyrah retired from Villanova in 1991 and is now considered Villanova "coach emeritus." Upon his... Read more →

Gloucester Little League Round-Up

By Bruce Darrow On Thursday evening the Gloucester City 11 year old All-Stars traveled to Blackwood to play neighboring Audubon and lost 8-6 in a District 14 Semi-Final game. Gloucester's pitcher Chris Walmsley was given the duty to carry this team to the next round against the other Semi-Final winner Erial. Gloucester took a one run lead in the first and then through the next four innings matched Audubon run for run. In the fifth inning Gloucester's Ryan Zeigler entered to pitch in relief of Walmsley. Trailing 5-4, Zeigler worked a scoreless fifth inning and went to the mound in... Read more →