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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 pitcher Ed Horner. This forced the oddsmakers in Vegas to... 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. Gutelius and 1 brother Walter Clampffer of Audubon. Mrs. Rinks'... 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 Manager of Maintenance for PECO who retired in 1989 after... Read more →

Ernest L. Hassell, of Westville; State Highway Engineer

HASSELL, ERNEST L. 'ERNIE' Of Westville, NJ, passed away suddenly on August 27, 2007; Aged 58 years. Ernie was a self educated man and quite the philosopher. He had the looks of a tough guy but was really just a big teddy bear. He loved fast cars, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. Ernie had a way of telling you like it was. Ernie was a very loving family man and will be missed dearly by his loving family and dear friends. Born in... 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 meet Saturday morning from 10 to 11 AM at the... 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 your shovel and pick, and dig, it doesn't take long... 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 High School. Helen was a faithful and devoted parishioner of... 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 the patient have still been alive, nevertheless? WITNESS: Yes, it... 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 Jersey is the most densely populated state in the nation,... 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 Doug Chance of Sicklerville, NJ, by her mother-in-law, Ethel Trovarelli... 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 bicycling. Survived by his Loving Mother, Maureen Simmons, and her... 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 Owens Illinois. Domenic retired in 1982, being able to enjoy... 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 an owner of Frank's Fruit and Produce located in South... 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 had worked as a bank teller for First Union and... 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 are many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited... Read more →

Westville Environmental Commission topic of Council Meeting

By Sara Martino NEWS Correspondent For many months the Westville Environmental Commission had petitioned the Borough Council to make changes in the ordinance referring to the number of members that sit on the board. Secretary Fred Coleman said they had requested the amendment to the ordinance to allow the reduction of members needed for a quorum. In a letter to Mayor Michael Galbraith, Coleman said that due to the absence of a quorum at the meetings, on occasion, they have not been able to conduct... 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 few men of the West Jersey Proprietors meeting under a... Read more →


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 was declared on the United States – it was not... Read more →


Published: May 1, 2003 A Look Back……………the year 2003 Sunoco Inc., a leading oil refiner, agreed to buy the Eagle Point refinery in New Jersey from the El Paso Corporation for at least $130 million. The refinery, in Westville, has the capacity to process 150,000 barrels of crude oil a day, Sunoco said. The purchase price will rise to include crude oil and refined fuel inventories when the deal closes in the second or third quarter, Sunoco said. After the purchase, Sunoco, which is based... 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. A family style restaurant. JK Venture is a UEZ business... 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 mindset to ensure educational growth. 2. Establishing a bond —... 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 maternal grandson of the late William J. (Former United States... 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 in 2008. "We're very proud of our entire recruiting class,"... 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 entrance of the City Coast Guard Base. When the base... 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 Clean-up Workplan – Vanguard Vinyl 6. Resolutions: R204 Accepting a... 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 graffiti; they were of the original design and are welded... 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 in the Brooklawn diner in 1971, then sold his interest... 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 the infantry crewman. Son of Theodore and Linda Wallace of... Read more →