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August 2007

NY Times Archives/ShopRite of Brooklawn

By ROBERT STRAUSS Published: December 16, 2001 JEFF BROWN was a bit perplexed over the summer when Mayor John Soubasis asked him to lunch. To Mr. Brown, who owns the only supermarket in this small Camden County town, the ShopRite of Brooklawn, a call from the mayor could only mean trouble. ''We've done little things for people in town, helped pave a roller hockey rink, helped someone short on funds for food,'' said Mr. Brown.... Read more →

Samuel G. Monroe, of Gloucester City, Volunteer City Fireman, Served in the US Navy

On August 17, 2007. Age 79. Of Gloucester City. Loving husband of 49 years to Beatrice V. (nee Krebs). Devoted father of Maryann LaGesse of Penns Grove, Sam C. Monroe of Gloucester City, Mary Kathryn Donegan of Washington Township and the late Rosemary Staudenmayer. Beloved grandfather of 11. Dear Brother of Alice Licciardello of Mickleton. Sam was born, raised and lived his entire life in Gloucester City. He proudly served our country in the U.S.... Read more →

Sports injuries from overuse are on the rise in young athletes

By KRISTEN COPPOCK Burlington County Times For professional athletes making big money, sports-related injuries that develop over time may be a small sacrifice to pay for playing at the highest levels. For children, however, these same problems can hinder growth and spell lifelong trouble if the injuries are not properly healed. And experts say the types of injuries that come from overusing body parts during sporting competitions are becoming more and more common. According to... Read more →

John J. Welsh of Deptford, Marine Korean War Veteran

WELSH, JOHN J., III John J. Welsh III of Deptford, NJ died on Aug. 14, 2007 at the age of 76 years. Beloved husband of Mary (nee Cassidy). Devoted father of: the late John J. Welsh, IV, Kathleen E. Schlotterback (Edward) of Bel Air, MD, and Susan M. Coons (Robert) of W. Deptford, NJ. Dear brother of: Joan Gildea (Gene) of Springfield, PA, Marguerite Watt (Richard) of Northeast, MD, Mary Hart of Springfield, PA, Robert... Read more →

Victor Novelli, of Mt. Ephraim WW II Army Vet

NOVELLI, VICTOR C., JR. On August 15, 2007 of Mt. Ephraim, formerly of Phila, PA. Age 83. Beloved husband of the late Julia (nee Ciotti). Devoted father of Victor, III and his wife Diane, and Daniel. Dear brother of Anthony, Irene Cirucci, John and Charles. Loving grandfather of Steven and his wife Becky, Brian, Anthony and his wife Stacey, and Carlin. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Mr. Novelli was an Army Combat Veteran... Read more →

Len Ganly, 71, Army Vet, of Westville

GANLY, LEONARD F. Of Westville suddenly on Aug. 16, 2007. Aged 71 years. Lenny was an outgoing, life-of-the-party type guy, who was devoted to his grandchildren. Lenny served his country by serving in the US Army and was an active member of the VFW Post #3324, Runnemede. Prior to the company's closure, he worked as a shop steward for Westinghouse for many years. You could find Lenny cheering on many sports teams; especially the Eagles... Read more →

Baby Tianna Rose BARCKLOW

On August 16, 2007. Age 9 weeks. Loving and cherished daughter of Derrick Barcklow of Gloucester City and Victoria Wellington of Bellmawr. Beloved granddaughter of David and Donna Barcklow and Rick and Sue Wellington. Dear great-granddaughter of the late Roger and late Evelyn Darrow, the late Melvin and late Margaret Barcklow, Richard and Nancy Wellington and Grace Hafner and the late Arthur B. Hafner. Devoted niece of David, Jr. and Desiree Barcklow, Christina and Jennifer... Read more →

Frank P. “Hank” Williams, WWII Vet, Carpenter, Volunteer Fireman

On August 15, 2007. Age 87. Of Williamstown. Formerly of Gloucester City. Loving husband of 45 years to the late Margaret Williams (nee Corcoran). Devoted father of Richard Williams of Williamstown. Dear Brother-in-Law of Mariann Corcoran of Gloucester City and Joan Corcoran of Cape May Court House. Caring Uncle to many nieces and nephews. Hank was born and raised in Gloucester City and recently moved to Williamstown. He was a 1939 graduate of Gloucester City... Read more →

Stephen Kennedy, of Gloucester City, Longshoreman

KENNEDY, STEPHEN J., JR. 'CAPT' born in Runnemede, passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2007. Age 75. Steve was a resident of Gloucester City, formerly of Fairview and Audubon. Beloved husband of Gertrude A. "Trudy" (nee Jones). Devoted father of Katherine (Ed), Steve, Pat Robinson, John, Mickey and David (Marie). Dear brother of Lorraine Turck (Randy), Betty Bodnar (Joe) and Jack Kennedy (Lorraine). Loving grandfather of 12 and great-grandfather of 15. Also survived by many... Read more →

Florence Benner (nee Verfaillie) formerly of Gloucester City age 93

On August 14, 2007. (nee Verfaillie) Of Somers Point. Formerly of Gloucester City. Age 93. Loving wife of 43 years to the late George W. Benner, Jr. Devoted mother of George R. Benner of Somers Point. Dear Sister of Ruth Quesada of Westville. Caring Aunt to many nieces and nephews. Florence was born and raised in Gloucester City and recently lived in Somers Point with her Son. She was a former member of Saint Luke's... Read more →

Beatrice Hannold (nee Baile) a member of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension

By LISA DAVIDSON Bucks County Courier Times Beatrice N. Hannold (nee Baile) of Bensalem was devoted to her son, especially after her husband of 15 years, Day L. Hannold, died at the age of 45 from a staph infection after a hernia operation. "She and my dad were swell parents and I was very fortunate to be adopted by them after they lost their baby girl, born prematurely, in 1947," said her son, Wayne L.,... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic Community Asking the Public to Help AD Tony Sidoti

Ryan Murphy, Assistant Athletic Director at Gloucester Catholic High School is soliciting help from the public in raising money to help his friend and coworker, GCHS Athletic Director Tony Sidoti (photo). In May, Tony suffered a stroke. He will be out of work for some time. Between his stays at Cooper Hospital and Magee Rehabilitation Center in Philadelphia, Tony will be facing some hefty medical bills when he ends his journey on the long road... Read more →

Yo Bill! Have you heard the Good News for Gloucester City?

There is a strong possibility that a well known Bank will be opening an office in Gloucester City in the not too distant future. If my source, who wants to remain anonymous, is correct the bank will occupy the vacant lot at Broadway and Cumberland Street, (the former site of Dooley's Tavern). I am told negotiations are almost complete and a formal announcement will be forth coming. The old Democrats proclaimed one month before the... Read more →

Thomas Rogers, 82, of Mt. Ephraim, WWII Army Vet

ROGERS, THOMAS H. On August 14, 2007 Age 82 of Mt. Ephraim, NJ. Beloved brother of Dorothy S. Rogers of Mt. Ephraim and the late Edward and the late Charles Rogers. Also survived by numerous cousins. Mr. Rogers was a retired electrician for West Jersey Hospital in Camden and also a former employee of the New York Shipyard. Healso was an avid cabinet maker. He was a WWII Army veteran and a life time member... Read more →

Caroline Phelps, 84, formerly of Audubon and Washington Twp

PHELPS, CAROLINE (nee Furlough) formerly of Audubon and Washington Twp., was called home on Aug. 13, 2007. She was 84 years of age. Devoted to her family, Caroline was a caring woman, who treasured her close relationship with the Lord. Born in Columbia, NC, Caroline moved to the Phila. area in the late 1950's. Devoted mother of Charles D. (Genya), Diana P. Dintino (Paul) and Anthony L.; loving grandmother of Alana, Charlie, Paul, Anthony, Brittney... Read more →

Anna May Palmieri, 84, resident of Audubon for 52 years

PALMIERI, ANNA MAY (nee Milano) On August 14, 2007 of Audubon, NJ age 84 yrs. Beloved wife of the late John C. "Chic" Palmieri, devoted mother of Dennis A. Palmieri of San Antonio, TX, John G. Palmieri of Marlton, NJ, Mark B. Palmieri of Lancaster, PA, Anna May Fichter of Gibbsboro, NJ, Mary T. Palmieri of Audubon, NJ, Joan B. McCracken of Haddon Height s, NJ, Maureen Kavano of Cherry Hill, NJ, Donna M. Christy... Read more →

Anna Gellura, 77, of Mt. Ephraim a member of the sons of Itlaly

GELLURA, ANNA (Nee Dalanni). On August 12, 2007. Age 77. Of Mt. Ephraim, NJ. Beloved wife of the late Angelo C. 'Sonny'. Devoted mother of Deborah (George) Henderson of Merchantville, NJ,Thomas R. (Earline) Gellura of Gloucester. Loving grandmother of Richard (Elizabeth), and Lori. Dear sister of Rose Hall of St. Louis, andthe late Otti, William, Domonic, and recently deceased Helen. Also many nieces & nephews. Mrs. Gellura was a longtime member of the Sons of... Read more →

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST/ The Times, There has been a change

Commentary By Hank F. Miller Jr. Thumbing through some of my faded old photographs of my early days abroad here in Japan, I find a mustachioed face with hair almost down to my shoulders and water-clear eyes, eyes perhaps indicative of a vast space behind My face. Thirty years almost thirty years later the mustache is still here but the hair is just a memory it's still here but shorter and thinner. Only the wide... Read more →

Council Members Unaware Legal Notices were not being Advertised in The NEWS

Bill's Point of View A change in the salary ordinance for the City of Gloucester City was advertised in the Philadelphia Inquirer on August 10th. The ordinance was passed by Council at a meeting on August 6. If you recall last week I told you that our City is advertising Legal Notices now in the Inquirer instead of placing the information in the Gloucester City News or the Courier Post. Placing legal ads in the... Read more →

Gloucester City Residents & J.S. Hovnanian Help Build Extreme Makeover Home

Photo: from left to right , Councilman Nicholas Marchese, Site Development Manager with J.S. Hovnanian, Ty Pennington from Extreme Makeover Home Edition, and Don Yoos, Director of Construction with J.S. Hovnanian On July 30th on Federal Street in Pennsauken the Extreme Makeover team and local builder, J. S. Hovnanian & Sons, Inc. along with hundreds of trade contractors built a home in less than 100 hours. This home was completed with the utmost speed and... Read more →

School districts make leadership changes/New City Supt. Salary $145,000

By MATT KATZ Courier-Post Staff Headed into the new school year, there's a shuffle among the top school posts in South Jersey. Mount Holly Superintendent Paul Spaventa was hired by the Gloucester City school district, a low-income, Abbott school system, as the new superintendent. He will start as assistant superintendent of the 2,200-student district in November and begin as superintendent in January. No replacement so far has been named in Mount Holly for Spaventa. He... Read more →

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST/ the Freshman Wears Prada

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. "Because I want to make a statement, "says the girl."And my statement is that I am unique, which my choice of fashion demonstrates."So that was her answer. And the question? Why the Bulgaria watch, the Louis Vutton bag, the Christian Dior blouse and the flirty whiff of Chanel? Why--little Miss College Student--Why the obsession with so many brands? Then this unique girl flashed a Max Factor smile, turned and... Read more →

New York Times Archives/ No Rise in Cancer Rate Found at Superfund Sites

January 20, 1999 METRO NEWS BRIEFS: NEW JERSEY Cancer cases among residents in six communities around three radioactive Superfund sites in Essex and Camden Counties are no greater than the average number of cases reported elsewhere in the state, the State Department of Health and Senior Services said yesterday. The study announced yesterday was a follow-up of earlier departmental studies that raised the possibility of increased cancer levels among residents of Camden, Gloucester City, Montclair,... Read more →

George Hamilton, owner of Terminal Vending and Shorty's Newsstand

HAMILTON, GEORGE SR. 'SHORTY' On August 10, 2007. Born on October 7, 1917 and a resident of Oaklyn for 50 years. George, best known as 'Shorty', own-ed and operated Shorty's Newstand in Fairview for over 35 years. George then turned his interests toward the vending business and with his brothers by his side, he built Terminal Vending Company into a thriving business that stood as a local landmark in Oaklyn for over 50 years. George... Read more →

Gloucester City has a New Superintendent of Schools

The Burlington County Times is reporting in today's newspaper that the Gloucester City School District has hired Paul Spaventa (photo) as superintendent. According to the Times, Spaventa has been school district superintendent in Mount Holly for two years. He was offered the Gloucester City job July 18, said Louisa Llewellyn, president of the Gloucester City Board of Education. She said Spaventa and the board signed a contract during Thursday's school board meeting. Contract details were... Read more →

Pet Tips: Dog Food by Alan

Dog Quote: A man bitten by a dog, whether the animal is mad or not, is apt to get mad himself. ....George D. Prentice ********************************* Dog Food It is important that you select the correct food for your dog. With all the fancy packaging and advertising that is available these days it can be difficult determining what food is best for your dog. The manufacturers prepare food based on the age of your dog, and... Read more →

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST / First Hybrid Train Launched in Japan!

by Hank F. Miller Jr. Winding through rice paddies and lazily blowing its whistle along bubbly creeks, a two -car train in rural central Japan is the latest entrant in the battle against global warming. Following its runaway success with hybrid cars, Japan is bringing the world hybrid trains. Regular passenger service runs began on July 31 st. on a short mountain route, the first time a diesel-electric hybrid train was put into commercial service.... Read more →

A solitary place to fish is not that hard to find

By Doug Skinner This time of year tensions are running high. The shore traffic is clogging the highways, the heat is unbearable, and it seems that there is no end in sight. How do you deal with the friction of summer? I run away. The fishing is great in South Jersey, but sometimes you have to spread your wings and cast a little further to find the peace that only a quiet day on the... Read more →

Letters/ Local Veteran Gives His Opinion on Re-Naming City Streets

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is SGT (RET.) Anthony R. Fedele Jr. I grew up in this great city, and I am damn proud of it. I am a disabled veteran, retired from the U.S. Army for 8 years now. I served in the Infantry for an amazing 6 years and wouldn't change that for the world. Those of my old friends that know me now, know that every time I talk... Read more →

Alys M. Dolmetsch,83, of Cape May formerly of Mt. Ephraim

DOLMETSCH, ALYS M. 83 of West Cape May (formerly of Mt. Ephraim) passed away on August 8, 2007 at North Cape Center. After retiring to West Cape May 30 years ago, Alys became involved in various community activities. She was Founder and First President of West Cape May Republican Club, Founder of West Cape May Lima Bean Festival, Board Member of Cape May County Zoo, and Judge for the Annual West Cape May Christmas Parade.... Read more →

Ronald Corroda, 58, of Audubon

CORRODA, RONALD Passed away after a lengthy illness on August 8, 2007. Age 58.Beloved husband of Nancy (nee Lomas) of Audubon. Devoted father of Michelle Goebel and her husband John, Sr. of Glendora. Loving grandfather of John, Jr. Dear son of Albert and Stella (nee Zelo) of Penns-auken. Brother of Donna Hoffman (Brian), Patricia McClellan (Robert) and Mark Corroda (Stacy). Son-in-law of Joseph and Ida Lomas. Brother-in-law of Sandra Walker (Walt) and Lynn Brandt (Julius).... Read more →

Anna Donofrio, 92, of Mt. Ephraim

DONOFRIO, ANNA (nee Zamagni) on August 9, 2007 age 92 of Mt. Ephraim, NJ since 1939. Beloved wife of the late Soccorso 'Jimmy' Donofrio. Devoted mother of Anthony and daughter in law Joan Donofrio of Lady Lake, FL., and the late Carmen and surviving daughter in law Cecilia Eldridge of Thorofare, NJ. Dear sister of Mary Frankowski of Mt. Ephraim and the late Nicholas Zamagni. Loving grandmother of eight. Also nine great grandchildren and many... Read more →

Justin J. DiGenni, 76, of Mt. Ephraim

DIGENNI, JUSTIN J. On August 7, 2007 of Mt. Ephraim, NJ age 76 yrs. Beloved husband of 52 years to Mary (nee Mason). Dear father of James (Laura) DiGenni of Mullica Hill, Susan (Larry) Dion of Cape May Court House, Linda (Neil) Brooks of Mt. Ephraim, Donna (Marco) Gigliello of Mt. Laurel, Robert DiGenni (Angela) of Mt. Ephraim, Michael (Carmela) DiGenni of Turnersville, Justine DiGenni of Mt. Ephraim; loving grandfather of Brian, Angela and Darren... Read more →

Kathryn A. Palumbo, 78, of West Collingswood Hts.

PALUMBO Kathryn A. On August 9, 2007. Age 78. Of West Collingswood Heights Section of Haddon Township, formerly of Fairview Section of Camden and Gloucester City. Loving wife of 49 years to the late Alfred W. Palumbo. Cared for by her loving sons: Robert W. (Marilyn E.) of King of Prussia, PA, Thomas A. (June) of Carneys Point, John D. (Cyndy) of Egg Harbor Township, Alfred J. (Debra) of Sewell, Mark D. (Cheryl) of West... Read more →

William Hankins, 72, of Audubon, Korean War Veteran

HANKINS, WILLIAM A. On August 8, 2007 age 72 years, of Audubon, NJ. Survived by a brother Frederick Hankins (Marge) of Blackwood, a sister-in-law Barbara L. Hankins of Oaklyn. Also survived by many nieces and nephews; Fred Hankins Jr., Bob, Paul, Dave, and John Hendry, Leonard and Timothy Hankins, Barbara Marks and John Hankins. Mr. Hankins attended Camden Catholic High School, and served in the US Army during the Korean War. He worked for the... Read more →

John Pratt, Vietnam Veteran, Lettercarrier for 31 years

PRATT, JOHN John Pratt of Westville, NJ died on August 6, 2007 at home age 63 years. John was born in Camden, NJ and was a sergeant in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He retired with 31 years of service from the US Post Office of Audubon, NJ and was the manager of the Gemini News Agency. Survived by his 2 daughters Erin and Jessica of Mays Landing, NJ; 3 brothers Stephen of... Read more →

Ted Donaghy owner of Dorothy's Flower Shop

DONAGHY, TED A. Age 41 of Glassboro, NJ passed away suddenly on Wednesday, August 1, 2007. Born in Woodbury, he has lived in Glassboro for several years. Ted was the owner of Dorothy's Flower Shop in Glassboro for the past 20 years and the winner of many prestigious floral design awards. Ted is survived by his mother and step-father, Jean H. and Robert Bussell, of Williamstown; his father, Sam Donaghy, of Wenonah and his two... Read more →

TCNJ names interim basketball coach

by The Associated Press Wednesday August 08, 2007, 7:02 PM Matt Hunter was promoted today to interim head basketball coach at The College of New Jersey. He replaces John Castaldo, who resigned to become the Lions' interim director of athletics. "Matt's work ethic is second to none and that -- combined with his organizational skills, recruiting efforts of prospective student-athletes and his understanding that coaching takes place on and off the court -- enables Matt... Read more →

Anna M. Petruzzelli, of West Deptford, Senior Citizens Club and Columbia Records employee

PETRUZZELLI, ANNA M. (Nee Colella) of West Deptford, NJ on August 6, 2007. Aged 78 years. A devoted wife and mother, Anna lived for her children and grandchildren. She loved to spend time tending to her flower and vegetable gardens, traveling and going to the casinos to play the slot machines. She also enjoyed pottery, crocheting and listening to music. Anna will be remembered for her loving ways and wonderful smile which she shared with... Read more →

Susie Baile, of Mt. Ephraim, age 52

BAILE, SUE C. 'SUSIE' On August 7, 2007 of Mt. Ephraim, NJ age 52 yrs. Longtime companion of John Szymborski. Dear sister of Gwen Baile (Ron) and Bonnie Misnik (Robert). Loving 'Anut' of Christopher, Amanda, and Joe. Also survived by her friend Dave Myers. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her visitation on Friday evening from 7 to 9PM at the POPIOLEK FUNERAL HOME, 400 Clements Bridge Rd, Barrington, NJ. Interment private at the... Read more →

Kathryn R. Jamieson, Audubon resident for 60 years

JAMIESON, KATHRYN R. (nee Hunter) On August 7, 2007 of Audubon, NJ age 74 yrs. Beloved wife of the late James M. Jamieson. Survived by 2 sons: James R. Jamieson of Marlborough, CT and John C. Jamieson of Wenonah, NJ; 2 grandchildren: John R. and Alia M. Jamieson; 2 great children: Daniel and Joshua; her sister-in-law Hannelore Hunter of Oaklyn, NJ and brothers Robert Hunter of Laurel Springs, NJ and John Hunter of Clementon, NJ.... Read more →

New Gloucester all-stars welcomed back from New Jersey

By Carl Pepin Sports writer NEW GLOUCESTER (Aug 8, 2007): It looked like they were going to the Senior League World Series. Monday's "victory" parade through town for the returning New Gloucester Senior League all-star baseball team was every bit as warm and genuine as it would have been had they actually won the East regional tournament they participated in last week in West Deptford, N. J. The Maine state champions in the 14-16 age... Read more →

To be informed, A councilperson should be required to read the local paper

Bill, When I read in the GCN that Councilperson Kaye proclaimed at the latest council meeting that she did not read the City News, I presumed that she had been misunderstood or misquoted. However, I just finished watching Ch. 19 for the broadcast of that meeting and, indeed, that is what she said. In fact, the body language of a few other elected officials at that meeting indicated that they also don't read the City... Read more →

When East Meets West/The Bon Festival

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. The Bon Festival, honoring the spirits of ancestors, has been observed in Japan since the 7th century. The Bon Festival is a holiday when the Japanese people welcome and entertain their ancestor's spirits who are believed to have returned home. It was originally held from the 13th to the 15th of the month in the lunar calender, but Today it is generally celebrated from the 13th to the 15th... Read more →