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October 2007

Men’s College Basketball: Rider to Host Alumni Game

LAWRENCEVILLE—Some of the greatest basketball players and coaches in the history of the Rider University program will return to Alumni Gymnasium on Saturday, November 17. “This is going to be an exciting day for the entire Rider basketball family,” said Rider head coach Tommy Dempsey. The alumni game will be played at 11:00 am, prior to Rider’s 3:00 pm home opener against the University of Delaware. Two former head coaches with a combined 16 years... Read more →

Lora May Flaherty, of Washington Twp., formerly of Gloucester City….wife of the late Fritz Flaherty

On October 30, 2007. Age 81. Of Washington Township. Formerly of Gloucester City. Loving wife of 38 years to the late Francis Flaherty, Proud U.S. Army World War II Veteran who passed away in 1987. Devoted and cared for by her children: Carolyn A. Saxenmeyer (Charles) of Sewell, Dennis J. Flaherty (Mary Jane) of Hamilton and the late Paul J. Flaherty, Dedicated U.S. Army Veteran who was Killed in Action in 1969 during Vietnam. Cherished... Read more →


Note from Bill: The following article was printed October 29th, 2007 in the Gloucester Daily Times, Gloucester, Massachusetts. When I first read it I thought the author was talking about the Career Fire Fighters in Gloucester City New Jersey. It is uncanny how the two fire departments are so much alike even though they are 350 miles away; besides sharing the same name of the community they also share the same union problems. And it... Read more →

GLOUCESTER CITY-Slow..... Deer Crossing!

WILDLIFE BEING SQUEEZED OUT OF ITS NATURAL HABITAT- Years ago a bunch of us would drive 16 hours each fall to Moosehead Lake in Maine to spend a week hunting deer. Most times we came back empty handed. Now that I don't hunt the deer are coming to me. Life it seems is always that way. Brian Cohan took this photo recently of a doe just taking a leisurely walk in the parking lot of... Read more →

Charlotte Husted Mailley, age 79, of Gloucester City

On October 29, 2007 age 79 of Gloucester City. Charlotte was the wife of the late William T. Mailley. Several years after his untimely death she married William Husted (now deceased). Survived by daughter Carol Ann (Bob) sons William (Tracy), Paul, Ken (Joan) and Steve (Colleen). She cherished her grand children Kimberly, Kelly, Lisa, Colin, Allison, Ryan, Lauren and Lindsay. Charlotte has sisters Joan (Jim) Almond and Pat (late Ray) Gerard. Charlotte was born in... Read more →

MOUNT EPHRAIM:A rare sighting

Here is a wide shot of the hawk that was spotted across the street from my house recently on a Friday afternoon as I was stopping home for lunch. Photos and captions by Bill Bates more Mount Ephraim Here is a close up of the awesome hawk that was spotted across the street from my house on a recent Friday afternoon. It is very rare to see this type of animal in residential areas such... Read more →

Marvin Lowers, 73, of Deptford

LOWERS, MARVIN Age 73, of Deptford went home to be with the Lord October 20, 2007 at the Nova Health and Rehabilitation Center, Dept ford, NJ after an extended illness. Born in Philadelphia, PA to the late Godfrey and Anna Marie (Freeman) Lowers, he was a Postal Worker from the Cherry Hill Branch where he retired from in 1992. Marvin was also an avid golfer. Marvin leaves to cherish his memories 1 son Eric Lowers,... Read more →

Tommy Morrone, 38, of Blackwood

MORRONE, THOMAS 'TOMMY' Suddenly on October 26, 2007 of Blackwood Age 38. Treasured and Beloved son of Frances A. (nee Micali) and the late Michael Morrone. Loving brother of Teresa Morrone. Devoted nephew of Gina DeJesse. Loving cousin of Chalie DeJesse. Reunited with his grandparents the late Charles 'Teet' and Theresa Micali. Many loving Cousins, Aunts, Uncles, God Children and Loyal friends. Tommy had a deep love for his family and lived for them, as... Read more →

Dorothy Leonard, 82, of Gloucester City

LEONARD, DOROTHY A. H. (nee Harvey) on Oct. 28, 2007, age 82, of Gloucester City. Beloved mother of Diana Fell Leonard Brose (Thomas E.) of Gloucester City. Also survived by 2 grandsons, Patrick L. Brose of Gloucester City and J. Mark Gladney of MD, one great grandson, Dezmon P. Gladney, one sister, Ruth T. H. Mavronikolas (Christopher G.) of Haddonfield and one brother, Cyril H. Harvey, II (Judith W.) of Greensboro, NC. Mrs. Leonard's family... Read more →

Jerry Donato, 87, of Mt. Ephraim

DONATO, GERALD A. 'JERRY' On October 29, 2007, age 87 of Mt. Ephraim, NJ. Beloved husband of the late Daisy E. (nee Rizzo). Devoted father of Diane Marie Donato of Mt. Ephraim, Gerald A. Donato Jr. of Virginia and Ronald A. Donato Sr of Mt. Laurel. Loving grandfather of Anna Marie, Nicole, Joseph, Deean, Ronald Jr., Julia and the late Anthony. Loving great grandfather of Karila, Becca, Brandon, and Madeline. Dear brother of Alida, Eleanor,... Read more →

Brooklawn Student Removed from School for Making Threats

BROOKLAWN, N.J.-An Alice Costello school student was removed from the school after he told another student he made up a list of names of classmates he wanted to harm. Included on the list was the name of a teacher. The incident occurred on Thursday, October 25. Dr. John Kellmayer, School Superintendent, said after he was informed of the incident by a teacher he called law enforcement authorities. Kellmayer said the student was interviewed by a... Read more →

Brooklawn is determined to stop graffiti

"We will have police officers on patrol in unmarked cars and on bicycles in the parks and near the gazebos," Mayor John Soubasis said at last week's Borough Council meeting. "I feel sorry for the parents when we catch those responsible for graffiti in those areas," he said. "We will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law," Soubasis emphasized. At a previous meeting, the mayor had said he regretted that many of the vandals... Read more →

Bill's Point of View: 'The Good & The Bad' for October

Thanks to those individuals who helped me with this month's column. Their names appear at the bottom of the article. CHEERS-To Gloucester City Police Officer Craig Reinhart. A resident wrote, "He is kind to the children and always stops to say hello or give the little ones a minute to look through the window of the police car. I know he makes a point to take time in his day to give the teens in... Read more →

Bill's Point of View: What Is Happening!

Here we go again. Another student dies needlessly while away at college. What is happening? News outlets are reporting that a Rowan University sophomore, Donald Farrell, 19, died this morning of injuries he suffered during a brief, brutal beating by four unidentified men. Police said when they found the victim he was so badly beaten he was laying in a pool of blood. He was rushed to the hospital but died several hours later. Earlier... Read more →

Gloucester City High School Cheerleading Squad

Photo by Bruce Darrow Gloucester High 2006 Homecoming Dance Gloucester City High School Cheerleading Squad at the recent Homecoming Football Game between the Lions and Pennsville. The squad consists of senior Tara Curran, juniors Nicole Hammill, Cecilia Fedore, Brittany Green, Ashley Lisanti and sophomores Kim Bramble, Corey Gaff and Kyrstine Ziegler under the leadership of co-captains Brittany Walters and Amber Hartzel both seniors. Squad Advisor: Ms. Brandt Lions vs Pennsville Game Photo Gallery Read more →

West Virginia over Rutgers; Rice rushes for 142 yards

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Despite a 142-yard rushing effort from Heisman Trophy candidate Ray Rice (New Rochelle, N.Y.), the No. 25-ranked Scarlet Knights suffered a 31-3 loss to No. 6 West Virginia Saturday afternoon at a rain-soaked Rutgers Stadium. WVU running back Steve Slaton and quarterback Pat White combined for four scores as the Mountaineers earned the victory before the venue's ninth straight sell out crowd and a national television audience. Rutgers (5-3, 2-2) took the... Read more →

HS Field Hockey: Gloucester High School blanks Burlington High

Saturday, October 27, 2007 By Lindsay Stetson [email protected] It took an entire half for the Gloucester High School field hockey team to adjust to wet and rainy field conditions, but once it did, the No. 8 Lions unleashed three goals in the last 20 minutes of play to send it past No. 9 Burlington City, 3-0, on Friday in the opening round of the Central Jersey Group I tournament. Emily Bucher led the Lions with... Read more →

College Softball:Nine Broncs Honored for Academics

Rider 22nd in the nation LAWRENCEVILLE—Nine members of the Rider University softball team were honored for having at least a 3.5 grade point average, it was announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association this past week. “We constantly stress the importance of a student athlete’s performance in the classroom and that effort shows not only on the softball team but with each team at Rider,” said head coach Tricia Carroll. “We are very proud of... Read more →

Breakfast Club's October 2007 meeting

The Gloucester City Breakfast Club met on Saturday at the Dining Car Depot, Monmouth Street and the Railroad, Gloucester City. The guys get together at the same place on the last Saturday of the month at 9 AM. If you remember 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 your're invited. Next meeting, Saturday, November 24th. Remember breakfast starts... Read more →

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Our Cardiac Kids Win Again!

By Bruce Darrow Please understand that both the Gloucester City News and Cleary's Notebook take pride in the integrity of their respective outlets. Rest assured that what you are about to read is the truth. It may appear as though you have been here before but after all this is our 2007 Lion's football team, our "Cardiac Kids"... Once again the game came down to the final 30 seconds. Why should we expect anything less... Read more →

David Towner 47 of Glassboro, loved playing baseball

TOWNER, DAVID W. On October 24, 2007, of Glassboro. Age 47. Loving husband of Rita M. Towner (nee White) and devoted father of David E. Towner. Beloved son of Kenneth W. Towner of Leisuretown, NJ, and the late Nancy Towner (nee Deibert). Dear brother of Ann C. Bush of Westgrove, PA. Brother-in-law of Thomas White, Jim & Phyliss White, Kathy Krol, and Barbara & Mike Palmer. Uncle of Christopher & Melissa Bush, Jen White, Jim... Read more →

John Horner Jr., of Bellmawr WWII Veteran

HORNER, JOHN 'TERRIBLE' JR. Of Bellmawr, died October 22, 2007 at home. John was born in Haddonfield. Served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Retired from the Owens Corning Co. of Barrington in 1987 with 27 years of service. Survived by his beloved wife Kathryn (nee Richards), 4 sons, Scott 'Lori' of Sicklerville; Brian 'Amy' of Mullica Hill; Glenn 'Jill' of Runnemede, Jason 'Dawn' of Blackwood; a daughter Kathy Bronum 'Steven' of Runnemede; a brother... Read more →

Patricia Ann Flynn-Wolf, 64 of Mt. Ephraim

FLYNN-WOLF, PATRICIA ANN (nee Milligan), of Mt. Ephraim, NJ, age 64, passed Tuesday October 23, 2007. Survived by her only son, George Wolf and wife Margie and two grandsons, Timothy and Christopher, of West-mont, NJ., a brother Edward Milligan and wife Dee of Haddon Twp. NJ, and a sister Barbara Chaney of Livingston, TX. All family and friends are welcome at a Mem-orial Service to be held on Monday, October 29, at 10:00 am at... Read more →

Gail Albertson, 47, of Gloucester City

ALBERTSON, GAIL V. On Oct. 23, 2007, (nee Griffin), age 47 years of Gloucester City. Beloved wife of Richard L. Albertson, Sr. Loving mother of Danielle M. Albertson (Jeff) and Richard L. Albertson, Jr. Dear grandmother of Jeffrey and cherished daughter of Violet Griffin (nee DiAntonio) and the late William Griffin. She is also survived by two brothers, William(Karen) and Henry(Kelly), 3 sisters, Janet Landini, Debbie Toal (Joseph) and Dianna Zinck (Carl) and was predeceased... Read more →

Alzheimer’s Association Offers Help to those in need

The Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter serves Southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Delaware. It is the local chapter of the National Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association. They are an alliance of family members and professionals dedicated to helping people with Alzheimer's disease and their families through education, advocacy and support. Their goal is to provide leadership and to enhance care and support services for individuals with dementia and their families, while supporting the elimination... Read more →

The HMS Augusta has New Life

The auction of an heirloom will fund college scholarships. By Edward Colimore Inquirer Staff Writer Source Standing along the earthworks of Fort Mercer, overlooking the Delaware River at National Park, Mark English pointed to the place a few hundred feet offshore where a crucial battle was fought 230 years ago today. "It would have been right over there," English said, scanning the waters as an airliner descended to nearby Philadelphia International Airport. "Back then,... Read more →

Jim Quinn, Army Veteran, Sportsman AC & Memorial AA member

QUINN, JAMES J. On October 20, 2007, Age 72 years. A lifelong resident of Gloucester City. Loving father of Michael and James Quinn and Michele Varela. Dear grandfather of 6 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. He was also predeceased by his brother Daniel Quinn. Mr. Quinn was very involved with many organizations in and around Gloucester. Mr. Quinn was a member of the 1959 Gloucester City Mustangs football team that won the Garden State League... Read more →

John Jan Tomkow, 74, of Audubon

TOMKOW, JAN 'JOHN' On October 23, 2007, of Audubon. Age 74. Devoted father of Diane Brewin (Wayne), Jennifer Tomkow and step-father of Tom Laskowski (Jackie). Dear brother of Stanley Tomkow and the late Joseph, Helen and Sophie. Loving grandfather of Allison, Amanda, Daniel, Gwen and the late Jessica. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the viewing Saturday morning from 9 to 11am at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, BELLMAWR. Funeral Liturgy Saturday 11am at the funeral... Read more →

TCNJ earns shutout over Rowan

Thursday, October 25, 2007 Source The College of New Jersey women's soccer team downed Rowan, 2-0, in the final New Jersey Athletic Conference game of the regular season for both teams on Wednesday, clinching the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament. TCNJ, ranked third in the nation, improved to 15-0-1 overall. Rowan dropped to 14-3 overall, but has the No. 2 seed in the NJAC Tournament and a first-round bye. Midfielders Dana DiBruno... Read more →

Rosemarie R. Fisher-Collins, of Westville, formerly of Gloucester City; Parishioner of St. Mary’s Church

On October 24, 2007. (nee Miller). Age 66. Of Westville for the last 23 years. Formerly a longtime resident of Gloucester City. Loving wife of 21 years to Philip E. Collins. Devoted mother of Dawn Marie Lee (Carl) of Gloucester City, Amy Gill (Joshua) of San Diego, California and Robert J. Fisher (Tina) of San Diego, California. Beloved step-mother of Michael Collins (Paula) of Pennsville, Karen Collins of Carney's Point and Diane Smith (Harry) of... Read more →

Looking for my old Friend, George Reider from Gloucester City

Dear Bill, Trying to locate old friend and Camden Industrial League (RCA BMEWS), Gloucester City Memorial AA basketball team mate George Reider. We played many years ago (1960's) with the above teams. Though from Camden, I was "recruited" by Rudy and younger (but bigger) brother Bob "Ish" Weichmann to play with the Mustangs. Relations with my friends from the Camden Y were never quite the same. It seems your "Cleary's Notebook" is the only place... Read more →

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: Part OF Me Left This Earth Yesterday For A Better Place!

To My Dear Sister Rosemarie Miller Collins: With Faith in God, as sure as there is sunshine that follows the summer rain, So, too, there will be happiness to ease both grief and pain. As sure as darkness of night gives way to light of day, The problems that perplex your mind with faith will fade away. As springtime follows winter And earth is born anew, You'll find you never walk alone If God is... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic HS: 500 Plus Partake in “Support Sidoti Day”

Students, teachers, friends and the Gloucester Catholic community where out in force last Saturday to pay tribute to Tony Sidoti, who has required extensive rehabilitation since suffering the stroke. Gloucester Catholic had designated Saturday, Oct. 20 as "Support Sidoti Day' with a day-long series of fund raisers to help offset the rising costs of his treatment. High School Principal John Colman said "Tony is improving and continues with rehabilitation. We look forward to him coming... Read more →

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: The fading pitter-patter of little feet

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. The flip-side of Japan's ever aging population is that there are increasingly fewer kids. Record-low statistics from the 2006 put the birth rate at 1.26 children per woman, a count that somehow sound painful-but the real hurt is the one being put on Japanese society. Pain, in a national sense, is always best expressed in money. In this case, as Japan fades from a Grumpy Old Men-present to a... Read more →

Baby Jake Nasto, of Voorhees, age 2 years

NASTO, JACOB MYLES 'BABY JAKE' On October 21, 2007, of Voorhees, NJ, age 2 years. The strongest, smartest, bravest, most handsome boy in the whole wide world; Jake is the beloved son of Joseph and Kate; Dear brother of Terry Russell; Loving grandson of Jim and Lynn Cummings, Paula Nasto and Chris Nasto and the Loving great grandson of Margaret Cummings. Relatives and friends are invited to the Visitation and Funeral on Friday from 7... Read more →

John J. Donnelly, owner of construction company of Haddon Hts.

DONNELLY, JOHN J. On Oct. 23, 2007, 'Jack', of Haddon Heights, age 84, passed away at home in the comfort of his family. Mr. Donnelly was the co-owner of John J. Donnelly Inc., a commercial construction company in Audubon for more than 38 years. He was involved with Sacred Heart Church in Camden, as well as the Heart of Camden, and he served on the board of the Martin Luther King Day Care Center. He... Read more →

Welcome To Gloucester City Founded in 1623

On July 18, Gloucester City erected the first of many new entryway enhancement signs being placed throughout the City to beautify the aesthetics of the gateways into our community. This sign, was erected on South Broadway is near the Gloucester City/Brooklawn boundary lines was funded by Gloucester City Plumbing Supply Company and is being maintained by the Gloucester City Business Association. Last year the UEZ sponsored a town meeting. The moderator, Ms. Stacy Irving from... Read more →

Pet of the Week: Karla 4-5-year-old German Shepherd

Karla is a 4-5-year-old German Shepherd Dog who is very intelligent and just waiting for someone to take her home. Karla knows her basic commands and loves to go for long walks. She is housebroken and would make a great addition to any family. Karla prefers to be an only dog; she is particular about her dog companions. Please stop in and meet Karla soon. If you are interested in adopting, please call the shelter... Read more →

Mount Ephraim Highways and Streets are being Improved

PHOTOS BY BILL BATES The intersection of West Kings Highway and James Street, one of the many intersections that are being replaced, is closed for about 10 days as construction crews replace the older intersections with a new modern walkway that is much safer for pedestrians. Related: Message from Mt. Ephraim Police More Mt. Ephriam This new intersection at West Kings Highway and Centre Avenue was replaced and looks better then it ever did thanks... Read more →

2007 GHS Senior Class Homecoming Spirit Court

Standing-Leanna Wiley, Alexandria McColligan, Tara Curran, Marci Hutchinson, Chelsea Thomson, Kristin Marchese. Seated-Kristen Herda, Brittny Boulden, Tiffaney Stiteler, Jessica Ryan, Emily Reinhardt, Megan Dilks, Erika Smizer. Front-Brittany Walters, Sara Klemowitz. (Not pictured) Senior Class Escorts: Charles Aymes, Chris Beck, Gus Camp, Ethan Casey, Steve Crank, Ken Davidson, Cody Gorman, Jeff Grant, Kevin Griffin, Brandon Keenan, Bryan Greer, Frank Mecchella. see photos from 2006 homecoming dance Read more →

Former Gloucester City Mayor Running for 2nd Ward Council Seat

Walter W. Jost is running for the Second Ward City Council Seat in Gloucester City during this year's General Election November 6 against Bruce Parry. Candidates in Wards One and Three are running unopposed. Walter Jost was mayor of Gloucester City in the early '90s. He is a lifelong resident of Gloucester and a graduate of Gloucester City High School. He said he is very involved in the City and has always shown care and... Read more →

Mount Ephraim: HOLIDAY SHOPPING NIGHT Friday, November 2

Mount Ephraim Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary presents a Holiday Shopping Night. Numerous participants including Pampered Chef, Wood Crafts, Discovery Toys, Princess House Crystal, Home Interior Gifts, Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry, Partlite Candles, Tupperware Products, Tastefully Simple, Grandma's Creations, Avon Products and many more... at the Mount Ephraim Firehouse at 200 Bell Road, Mt. Ephraim. Free refreshments provided. For more information, contact Donna Schepacarter at 931-9206. Cash & Carry. Read more →

College Field Hockey: Rider’s Ecke Honored by the Northeast Conference

October 22, 2007 - LAWRENCEVILLE—Rider freshman Margaret Ecke (New Egypt) was awarded Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week honors for games played October 15-21 it was announced by the conference office Monday afternoon. “It is a well deserved honor for her,” said head coach Lori Hussong. “She just had an outstanding week in the games that she played.” Ecke, a 5-2 midfielder/forward had a goal and two assists last week as the Broncs posted two... Read more →

Poll Results Released: Public Felt Firemen Were Wrong to hold Protest Demonstration during Memorial Event

The unofficial straw poll regarding the demonstration by the Gloucester City Career Firemen during the recent Heroes to Hero 5K memorial run ended on Sunday evening. The 5k Run is a tribute to the memories of the three firemen (two volunteer and one career) who died on July 4, 2002 fighting a fire at Broadway and Mercer Street. Fire Chief James Sylvester, Deputy Chief John West and Firefighter Thomas Stewart III perished in the fire... Read more →

Bill Baird, age 86, of St. Cloud, Florida, formerly of Fairview; Employee of PRC-DeSoto

William "Bill" Baird On October 19, 2007. Age 86. Of Saint Cloud, Florida. Formerly of the Fairview section of Camden. Loving husband of 63 years to Marie J. (nee Hoffman). Beloved father of Barbara Wilson (Ronnie), Patricia Baird and William J. Baird all of Saint Cloud, Florida and the late Daniel T. Baird. Devoted grandfather of Rebecca, Daniel, Kristyn, Byron, Molly and great-grandfather of Kaitlynn, Kendall and Kyra. Bill proudly served our country in the... Read more →

Need Your Help with October’s Cheers & Jeers

Editor's Note: I am working on the October Cheers and Jeers column which will be published next Monday, October 29th and would appreciate some help from all of you. If you know of someone who should be recognized for their community spirit, or an Act of Kindness, send their name, along with where they reside to [email protected] Include a brief summary on why you feel they should be acknowledged. Also if you have someone/ or... Read more →

College Field Hockey: Rider 3 Sacred Heart 1

Click Here for Box Score October 21, 2007 Northeast Conference Game FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Youth was served early and a veteran wrapped it up. The Broncs clinched the number two seed in the upcoming playoffs with a 3-1 Northeast Conference road win at Sacred Heart Sunday afternoon, on the strength of a solid scoring effort from the 2007 freshmen class. “The freshmen have been great all year,” said head coach Lori Hussong. “Immediately after we inserted Allison... Read more →

Ted Krueger, GHS Alumni, Korean War Veteran, and NJ Bell Employee; Services at Brooklawn United Methodist Church

Theodore F. Krueger Jr., a lifelong resident of Gloucester City and a graduate of Gloucester City High School, lost his battle with cancer on Saturday, October 20, 2007 at the age of 78. Ted was a member of the Gloucester City High School Class of 1948, and played on the school's baseball and football teams. Throughout his adult life, he and his lovely wife Grace were great fans of the Lions football teams. The inseparable... Read more →