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August 2007

Chuckles by Maryann

We have really been in a drought crunch this summer. I was not aware how critical it was until someone pointed out..... It's so dry in North Carolina that the Baptists are starting to baptize by sprinkling, the Methodists are giving out wet-wipes, the Presbyterians are giving out rain-checks, and the Catholics are praying for the wine to turn back into water…… Have a "chuckle" to share send it to BillGCN@verizon.net Read more →


A Night under the Lights

Posted by South Jersey News Online Pictured here, from left, are Assistant Coaches Bill Alvaro Sr., Bob Gorski, Dave Casey and Head Coach Bill Alvaro Jr. WASHINGTON TWP.―The Washington Township High School baseball staff and their 2007 state championship team were honored for their remarkable season by the Camden Riversharks during the seventh inning of a recent game. Read more →


Reminder: This Saturday Browns Shoprite Wiffleball Reunion

Category Sports Gaetano's entered the 2007 Tournament slotted as an 8 to 1 favorite. The early odds were based on rumors that both Pat Burrell and Chase Utley would be team members of Gaetano's. Team President Alan Baker stated that Chase had never played wiffleball and Pat would struggle to adjust to the 110 MPH fastballs and because of this Baker removed both professional players from his roster and added two cooks and then hired... Read more →


Helen Rink, 86, of Collingswood

RINK, HELEN S. (nee Clampffer) On August 24, 2007, age 86, of Collingswood, formerly of Cherry Hill and wife of the late Ernest C. Sur-vived by 1 son, Ernest E. (Marion), of Barrington, 1 daughter, Joyce (Harry) Gutelius, of Delran, 4 grandsons, John D. & Michael A. Rink and Scott E. & Kevin A. Gutelius, 7 great grandchildren, Nolan A., Connor J., Jacob M., Olivia M., & Lauren S. Rink, Bailey C. & Taylor E.... Read more →


Chalie Reichner, of Audubon; WWII Navy Vet

REICHNER, CHARLES D. On August 27, 2007 of Audubon, NJ formerly of Philadelphia. Age 83 years. Beloved husband of the late Lillian (Timber) Reichner (nee Zayas). Loving father of Paul D. Reichner (Terilynn), Erick O. Timber (Maureen) and Lillian T. Mierkowski (George). Dear grandfather of Michael, Heather, Megan, Sara, Alexander and Luke. Mr. Reichner was a Navy Veteran of WWII and also served in the Coast Guard and Merchant Marines. He was a former District... Read more →


Robert Brown, of Mt. Ephraim, Korean War Vet

BROWN, ROBERT W. On August 29, 2007, age 71, of Mt. Ephraim, NJ. Loving companion of Sarah Pooley, of Mt. Ephraim. Dear Father of Gregg Brown, of Newark and Cheri Lehman of Mt. Holly. He is also survived by 3 granddaughters, Julie, Michelle, and Kelly Lehman and 5 nieces. Robert was a Veteran of the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict and he enjoyed fishing and playing bingo. Relatives and friends are invited to... Read more →


When East Meets West: Some Things Never Change

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. In the last edition of this column, I have tried sew together a few of the major changes I have seen in Japan since first arriving here 30 years ago. Yet, some things never change so the task I have set for myself is rather difficult. The Japan of yesteryear and the Japan if today may resemble each other so much on the surface, but if you take out... Read more →


Helen M. Buckley, 93, of Bellmawr; Former Manager of WT Grants

On August 28, 2007. Age 93. (nee Cusack) Of Bellmawr. Loving wife of the late James T. Buckley. Devoted mother of Helen B. Ade of Haddonfield, James T. Buckley, Jr. of Mullica Hill, Daniel P. Buckley of Arizona, Marie T. Gougon of Pitman, and Maureen Buckley-Pyne of Westmont. Beloved grandmother of 11 and predeceased by Reggie M. Buckley and great-grandmother of 8. Helen was born in Philadelphia and was a 1933 graduate of West Catholic... Read more →


Chuckles by Rick

ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse? WITNESS: No. ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure? WITNESS: No. ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing? WITNESS: No. ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy? WITNESS: No. ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor? WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar. ATTORNEY: I see, but could... Read more →


Mount Ephraim Police Introduce New Program

By Bill Bates NEWS Correspondent Mount Ephraim Police Chief Edward C. Dobleman announced that the department is implementing a new program to the borough. The program is called "Street Smart Is Street Safe" and will help protect our school children, school crossing guards, and the citizens of our community. Residents and business owners will be able to contact the police to help with this quest. Tragically, the pedestrian accident rate has significantly increased statewide. New... Read more →


Karen Trovarelli, Age 43, of Pittsgrove, formerly of Pennsauken

TROVARELLI, KAREN (SCULLY) On Sunday, August 26th, Karen Trovarelli, of Pittsgrove, formerly of Pennsauken, wife, mother, daughter, and sister passed away suddenly at the age of 43 years old. Karen will be forever remembered by her husband, Vincent Trovarelli and their two precious children, Karly and Steven, by her parents John and Janice Scully of Williamstown, her brother John and his wife Trish Scully of Bedford, New Hampshire and her sister Trish & her husband... Read more →


Eric Szwajkowski, 34, of Elk Twp. graduate of Delsea Regional

SZWAJKOWSKI, ERIC M. Age 34 yrs. of Elk Twp. NJ, died Sun. Aug. 26, 2007 at home, with his loving family at his bedside, after a battle with cancer. Born in Camden, raised in Clayton, he was a long time resident of Elk Twp. Eric was a graduate of Delsea Regional High School, Class of 1991, and attended Gloucester County Institute of Technology, with emphasis in Baking. He loved music, playing the drums, reading and... Read more →


Domenic Stanish, WWII Navy Vet, of Brooklawn

STANISH, DOMENIC Of Brooklawn, on August 23, 2007; aged 86 years. He was the beloved husband of the late Edamay for 63 years. Domenic was a strong willed, independent man who deeply cared for his family and will be dearly missed. He proudly served in the US Navy during WWII then returned home with his loving wife to build their beautiful home to raise their family. He worked as a sheet metal Crafts man at... Read more →


Frank Spadora, of Brooklawn, Owner of Frank's Fruit & Produce

SPADORA, FRANK ANTHONY On August 26, 2007, of Brooklawn. Age 86. Beloved husband of 65 years of Yvonne (nee Tomarchio). Loving father of Rosemarie Boulden (Herb) of Brooklawn. Devoted grandfather of Scott Boulden (Deanne) of Westville and Natalie Alessio (Randy) of Brooklawn. Loving great-grandfather of Francesco and Gianni Alessio and Scott and Samantha Boulden. Brother-in-law of Alfia Demarco (Nicky), Joanna Billman and Joy Campbell (Scott). Also survived by 14 nieces and 12 nephews. Frank was... Read more →


Lucille Ann O'Hara, age 51, formerly of Collingswood

O'HARE, LUCILLE ANN (nee Leo), of Frederica, DE, formerly of Stratford and Collings-wood, peacefully at home August 23, 2007, age 51 years. Beloved wife of Raymond Richard John O'Hare; devoted mother of Steven C. Mersiowsky of NE Phila. and Jennifer Mersiowsky of Somer-dale; sister of John M. Leo of Islamorada, FL and daughter of the late Michael J. Leo and Angeline V. Leo (nee Palese). A member of Collings-wood High School Class of '74, Lucille... Read more →


Robin E. Lusch, of Pennsauken, age 52

LUSCH, ROBIN E. (nee Simcox) on August 26, 2007 our angel got her wings, age 52, of Pennsauken, NJ. Birdie was the beloved wife of Chip Lusch, loving mother of Christopher Neal Lusch, dear daughter of Warren J. Simcox, Sr. and the late Joyce S. (nee Case) Gulla, sister of Terri R. McAllister, Cindy J. Faraghan and Warren J. Simcox, Jr., sister-in-law of Scott C. Lusch, Brian J. Lusch and Edward C. Sutton; also surviving... Read more →


Proprietors Park Name should be changed to Veteran’s Park

When the Camden County park was built in 1929, it was dedicated to the six soldiers killed in World War I. They planted cherry blossom trees, and a small stone marker with each soldiers name on it. On Memorial Day, the veterans marched to the park and placed a floral float in the Delaware River. The Park Commission deeded the ground back to the City in 1979 for $1. Because of the significance of a... Read more →


KEEP THE STREET NAMES THE WAY THEY ARE

First off, I agree with Stephen Roche about changing the names of the streets. There is nothing wrong with the names they have. Are these people looking at all the work and tax dollars it will take to make such a "stupid" move? Gloucester has had many heroes, so how come all at once we have a few important ones? My husband about lost his life in the "real" war in the 1940s. That war... Read more →


The Building May be Gone, but the Memories Linger On

Bill's Point of View .....................category Bills Point of View The old Sports Corner Bar, at 4th and Jersey Avenue, Gloucester City is being demolished to make way for a restaurant. The bar has been closed for nearly 20 years and soon the building will be non-existent. JK Venture Enterprises, LLC, the current property owners, have been working diligently to demolish and clean up the site in order to get it ready for their newest endeavor.... Read more →


Letters: Mt. Holly's Spaventa put children first

Paul Spaventa, short in stature, faced an awesome dilemma. He had to search his soul and answer the following question: Do I dance with the devil or serve the people? Spaventa, the superintendent of Mount Holly schools, chose the latter, knowing there would be hell to pay. He persevered and within the span of two short years proved his worth by: 1. Mandating that all who serve the taxpayers of Mount Holly adopt the necessary... Read more →


RYAN CORPORAL MARC T. ;November 15, 2004

Corporal Marc T. Ryan Suddenly and Tragically K.I.A, On November 15, 2004. Age 25. Of Gloucester City. This Dedicated Marine Corp Corporal gave his life for his country in Ramadi, Irag he died serving his country with pride and honor. Loving and Proud son of Former United States Marine Thomas E. Ryan and Linda (nee Sharp). Beloved brother of Christopher D. Ryan (wife Khara) of Gloucester City and Lauren D. Ryan of Haddon Heights. Beloved... Read more →


Temple Baseball Coach Announces the Names of the 2008 Recruiting Class

Three freshman and two transfers highlight late signees Aug. 21, 2007 PHILADELPHIA - Temple baseball head coach Rob Valli is pleased to announce the addition of five student-athletes for the 2008 season. The quintet is comprised of three incoming freshman and a pair of transfers, including a high school All-American. 1B Ben Flanary, LHP Mike Mongiardini, RHP Steve Nikorak, INF Mark Ortega and C Zach Pettis will make their debut in the Cherry and White... Read more →


Moving Day for the Anchor (Wednesday, August 22, 2007)

PHOTOS BY KEN MAC Bike Patrol Police Officer Bob Lee stops traffic as the big anchor is hauled down King Street.....watch out for the car behind you! Spags is ready to do his part......"This is my backhoe and you can't have it." Someone said the guy in the checker shirt is Jack the Rat......he was overheard saying .......DO you have a permit? see more on Anchor Read more →


Refurbished German War Relic Finds a New Home

Gloucester City has moved the German ship anchor that had been located at the old Coast Guard Base on King Street for years. It is now positioned near the entrance of the City Marina at the intersection of King Street and Jersey Avenue. The anchor was taken from a German freighter captured by the Coast Guard off of the Atlantic Coast during World War II. For 40 years or more the anchor sat at the... Read more →


Gloucester City Mayor & Council Agenda for August meeting

Thursday, August 23, 2007 City Hall, 313 MONMOUTH STREET Agenda 1. Call Meeting to Order: 2. Pledge of Allegiance 3. Roll Call: 4. Open Public Meetings Act Notice: This meeting is being held in accordance with the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act, otherwise known as the "Sunshine Law." It has been legally noticed in accordance with the law and copies have been given to those requesting the same. 5. Information Session – EPA Brownfields... Read more →


Letters:Swastikas on Anchor Should be Removed

Bill, I was driving past the Gloucester City Harbor yesterday with my son and I noticed this very large anchor next to the entrance. My son was all excited about this because he is so fascinated with ships. We come to the harbor every Sunday to walk and watch the ships go past. As we get closer to the anchor my eyes notice two swastikas on each side of the anchor. These swastikas were not... Read more →


Jim Fifis, 68, rose from dishwasher to Ponzio's co-owner

Courier-Post staff CHERRY HILL Jim Fifis, who rose from a dishwasher's job to oversee one of South Jersey's best-known restaurants, has died. Mr. Fifis, 68, was a partner with his three sons at Ponzio's in Cherry Hill. He died of natural causes Wednesday. Born in Andros, Greece, Mr. Fifis came to the United States in 1966. He started out washing dishes at Ponzio's in Brooklawn, a restaurant run by family members. He became a partner... Read more →


News About Our Men & Women in the Military

ARMY NATIONAL GUARD PVT. DAVID W. WALLACE has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier was schooled in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to... Read more →


Hello from Gloucester City! Wish you were here……

Gloucester City has a new postcard which was designed by local artist Earl Nazar. The cost to produce and print the postcard was funded by the Gloucester City Urban Enterprise Zone. Using the theme " Gloucester City Old and New", Nazar drawings depict the original City Municipal Building, fishermen hauling in nets full with shad, Billy "The Duke of Gloucester" Thompson's Mansion with the Immigration Station attached to it. Also depicted is one of the... Read more →


Mount Ephraim Residents Enjoy A Fun Night Out

CAPTIONS BY BILL BATES (PHOTOS BY JANET GREENWALD) FUN NIGHT OUT - The Camden County Free Concert Series held an evening out at the Haddon Lake Park at the Mount Ephraim Little League Field Complex on Wednesday, August 15. Many residents turned out for the event as the weather was as perfect as a summer night could get. (Above) The Ann Oswald Country Band entertains the crowd. The Mount Ephraim Celebrations Committee was on hand... Read more →


Holt Family Not Liked by Longshoreman’s Assn.

"That lease sickens me. I don't know how they got away with it, because we would like to use that land for other things," said Gloucester City Mayor William James, who describes a prickly relationship with the city's largest employer and taxpayer. By EILEEN STILWELL Courier-Post Staff News of the Holt family's proposal to Gov. Jon S. Corzine to control port operations in Camden, Salem and ultimately Paulsboro has stirred up bitter memories of the... Read more →


Breakfast Club Meets Saturday, August 25th

CATEGORY AROUND TOWN The Gloucester City Breakfast Club will meet Saturday, August 25th at 9 PM at the Dining Car Depot, Monmouth Street and the Railroad, Gloucester City. To be a member you must be a male, cross dressers are okay, and you must eat breakfast. The final requirement is being able to laugh. Those who attended the July meeting included: John Hindsley, Bill (Wimby) Yeager, Bob Sliwa, Bob Bevan, Harry Blymer, Earl Kaighn, Bill... Read more →


Frank Klemowitz, 47, of Gloucester City

KLEMOWITZ, FRANK A. Of Gloucester City; on August 21, 2007 after a courageous battle with cancer; age 47 years. Beloved husband of Sheryl L. (nee Duffield); Devoted father of Shawn W., Sara V., and Frank A. Jr.; Loving son of Harry J. and the late Loretta Klemowitz; Dear brother of Harry, Michael, Cheryl Knecht, and David Klemowitz. Frank was a devoted and loving person who deeply cared for everyone he came into contact with. Relatives... Read more →


Geo Boulton, 71, of West Deptford, Active in Many Veteran Organizations

BOULTON, GEORGE H. Age 71, of West Deptford, died Sunday August 19, 2007 at home. George served in both the US Army & Navy, and member of the honor guard of Army-Navy Garrison Union #52 of National Park. He served on the Gloucester County Veterans Advisory Committee, and helped establish the Gloucester County Veterans Cemetery. George also helped the Mantua VFW in many ways. He was retiredafter working 47 years for Woodbury Appliance, he belonged... Read more →


Francis I Kain WWII Navy Veteran, Member of Steamfitters Union Local #420, Lifelong Resident of Gloucester City

Francis I. Kain, of Gloucester City, passed away on August 21, 2007 at the age of 84. Loved and cared for by his wife of 55 years Claire T. (nee McKiernan). Devoted father of Joseph F. Kain and wife Margaret, Mary Margaret Campbell and husband Mark, Claire Marie Devereaux and husband James, Brian Kain and wife Barbara, Bernadette Gruff and husband George, Charles P. Kain and wife Denise, Stephen K. Kain and wife Debbie and... Read more →


Letters: The City Should Fine CSX for Not Maintaining the RR Property

Photo: the weeds along the railroad track in front of the Gloucester City Library. Bill, I would like to start by saying that I think the Highway Department has done an outstanding job this summer maintaining all the landscaping of the city properties. I don't remember the city looking so good. They have really stayed on top of it this year and they deserve a pat on the back. My concern is the condition of... Read more →


TEAM TWIN ROSE RIDES FOR A CURE

Category Mount Ephraim By Bill Bates NEWS Correspondent According to the American Cancer Society, there were 556,902 cancer deaths in the United States in 2003, the latest information available on their website. Most likely you or someone you know has been affected by cancer. My close friend's aunt, Kathy Muendel, died 4 years ago from cancer on August 2, 2003. I had a childhood friend's father, another Mount Ephraim resident, Denny Kerper, die from cancer... Read more →


Mount Ephraim Post Office Arrives

PHOTO BY BILL BATES MOUNT EPHRAIM POST OFFICE ARRIVES - Shortly before 12 noon on Monday, August 5th, two large "oversize loads" were spotted on Kings Highway. To the shock of many the truck drivers transporting these large modular structures actually stopped and then slowly maneuvered their vehicles into the parking lot and proceeded to drop their cargo at the former Mount Ephraim Post Office. The "special delivery" actually arrived 5 days early as the... Read more →


Should Gloucester City Mayor and Council Be Placing Legal Notices in the City News?

Note: This letter was published in the City News August 16, 2007 After reading the article "The Public has a Right to Know" in the August 9th edition of the Gloucester City News, I was conflicted as to Bill Cleary's intent. Was it truly to argue for keeping the community informed, or was it to argue that his newspaper should be getting the business? The reason for my conflict stems from recalling articles or opinions... Read more →


Historical Reprints of Scenes and Documents of Gloucester City Have a New Home

The large paintings or reprints of early Gloucester City that hung for decades on the walls of the PNC Bank in Gloucester City have been moved to the third floor of O'Hara's Pub on King Street. The bank is in the middle of remodeling their Monmouth Street office and had no further use for the pictures. Because of their historical value, Bob Bevan, (top photo) from the City's Community Relations Office, talked with PNC officials... Read more →


Brenda Torrence, age 66 of Westville

TORRENCE, BRENDA A. Age 66 of Westville died on August 15, 2007. She leaves to cherish her memory: her husband, Nathan; four children, Cynthia Horcey (Will), James Coleman (Grace), Marc Coleman and Nathan Jr.; special granddaughter, Nicole Horcey; 10 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; five sisters, Verna Ashford, Sharoyn Horcey, Julie Dixon, Sonya McMichael and Marcel Horcey; mother-in-law; Helen Tatem; stepfather-in-law, Leroy Tatem. Service will be 11am Wednesday, August, 22, 2007 at MAY FUNERAL HOME, 4th... Read more →


John Reynolds, of Westville, formerly of Bellmawr, VFW and American Legion member

REYNOLDS, JOHN J. On August 16, 2007, of Westville, formerly of Bellmawr. Age 79. Beloved husband of 57 years of Catherine C. (nee Irwin). Devoted father of Maureen Reynolds, Kathleen Karlage, Marianne Hommer, Eileen Spence and her husband Russell, Coleen Brown and her husband Charlie and the late John and Michael Reynolds. Dear brother of Daniel Reynolds and the late Grace Huff. Pop Pop of John and Vincent Reynolds, Jedediah and Cody Brown, Jessie and... Read more →


Leonard Palermo, 64, of Collingswood, Respiratory Therapist

PALERMO, LEONARD J. Of Collingswood, NJ, age 64, on August 15, 2007. Born in Bristol, PA, he lived in Williamstown before moving to Collingswood 13 years ago. He was a respiratory therapist for Deborah Hospital before retiring and was an avid music collector. Devoted father of James Palermo, Joseph Palermo and his wife Iris, Jason Palermo and Jeffrey Palermo. Loving son of Filomena 'Fannie' Palermo and the late Vincent 'James' Palermo. Dear brother of the... Read more →