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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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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. (www.camdencountyhero.com)... 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... 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... 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... 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 (gloucestercitynews.net) Tips and Snippets:... 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... Read more →


Motor Vehicle Accident in Westville

Friday, July 27, 2007 WESTVILLE -- A motorcycle collided with a parked car on Duncan Avenue near Broadway this morning, Gloucester County emergency dispatch said. The accident shortly before 8 a.m. and the driver was reported to have a leg trapped by the car. A helicopter was called in for a possible airlift. The extrication was ongoing at 8:35 a.m., dispatch said. 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... Read more →


Thought for the Day: Life may not be the party we hoped for... But while we are here we might as well dance!

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine. I got to thinking one day about all those people on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible. How many women out there will eat at home... 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... 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... Read more →


Officer Down Memorial Page Remembers…….Investigator John D. McLaughlin

Investigator John D. McLaughlin Camden County Prosecutor's Office New Jersey End of Watch: Thursday, April 20, 1995 Biographical Info Age: Not Available Tour of Duty: Not Available Badge Number: Not Available Incident Details Cause of Death: Gunfire Date of Incident: Thursday, April 20, 1995 Weapon Used: Rifle; Semi-automatic Suspect Info: Sentenced to life I nvestigator McLaughlin and Officer John Norcross, of the Haddon Heights Police Department, were shot and killed while trying to serve a search warrant on a suspect being investigated for child abuse.... Read more →


USS John F. Kennedy's Phila. Arrival Delayed

Photo Boston Harbor 2005 MAYPORT, Fla. (AP) - July 24, 2007 – 6abc.com 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more →