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November 2007

Rutgers Accepts Bid to International Bowl

ORONTO, Ontario - For the first time in school history, Rutgers will appear in a bowl game for the third consecutive season as the Scarlet Knights officially accepted a bid to the International Bowl Thursday. Rutgers will face a Mid-American Conference opponent, January 5, 2008 at Rogers Centre in Toronto with live television coverage on ESPN2. "Rutgers is a great addition to our game," International Bowl Executive Director Ken Hoffman remarked. "We're proud to have such a celebrated school add to the history of the International Bowl. They have a large alumni following and will bring many fans into the city for bowl week." The Scarlet Knights (7-4, 3-3 BIG EAST) close out the regular season tonight at Louisville. With a win over the Cardinals and a victory in the International Bowl, Rutgers could finish with 20 victories combined over the last two seasons. Two victories to close out the... Read more →


Letters: Column was a victory celebration

To SouthJerseyLocalNews.Com, Regarding your "In Our View" column on Nov. 8 – I thought I was reading a column about a team victory. I could understand it if the editorial was meant to congratulate the Gloucester Township Democrats on their victory, but this was like a victory party for the home team. Your obvious exuberance dispelled any appearance of bipartisanship, even happily comparing it to the Red Sox World Series win.And to decry Republican tax procedure as the reason for their loss is to ignore the re-election of Democrats all over the state. Almost every mayor, council member and, above all the governor and legislators in Trenton are Democrats who preside over the highest state taxes in the nation. The whole state is run by Democrats. My home-town, Pine Hill, doesn't even offer a Republican slate on the ballot. Unfortunately, people are leaving the state in droves because they can't... Read more →


Pet of the Week.......Fred

Pet Of Theweek Fred is a calm and relaxed dog. He may make for a great family pet. He is good on a leash and eager to learn and love to be part of a family. He has been at the Camden County Animal Shelter in Gloucester Township for too long, according to officials.. Visit the Camden County Animal Shelter or call (856) 401-1300 for more information. Read more →


Re: Memories Photo...........

In this week's Gloucester City News there is a Memories from The Past Photo of the Mustangs Football team. The people I can identify include: The year is 1953. Top row from left to right; Jim Ashe, Bill Lane, Charlie Thompson, Henry Horn, Walt Dougherty, Herb Green Sr., Ted Aceto, Charlie Tourtual, Charlie Hughes, Gary Belfiglio, Wm. Lafferty, Al Higginbotham, Rick Gonzales (not suited up, broken jaw, bike accident). Middle row; Greg Robinson, ???, Francis Murphy, ???, ???, Leroy Dunn, ???, Paul Chamberlin, ??? Front row; Ken Wood, Jim Tighe, Lanny Letzgus, Herb Green Jr., Paul Creamer, J. Benham, Jan Ferry, W. Carey, P. Burkhart. Senior moments prevent me from coming up with all the names, sorry. Rick Gonzales Read more →


Maryan Parsels of Westville

PARSELS, MARYAN (nee Quenzel), age 92, on Wednesday November 28, 2007. Born in Westville, she was a resident for over 85 years before moving to Lake Bridge. Maryan was the organist and choir leader at Victoria United Methodist Church in Westville. Wife of Wilfred R. Parsels Sr., she is also survived by son Dr. Marshall T. Williams and his wife Eileen of Newark, DE, one daughter Linda Williams and her husband Henry Pinto of Westville, step daughter, Janice Bodine and her husband Charles; step son Wilfred R. Parsels Jr. and his wife Joanne, grandchildren, Katherine (Troy) Jones, Lindley (Michael) Thomas, Luke Williams, step grandchildren, Jill (Ed) Holmstrom, Jane (Greg) Ley, and five great grandchildren. Relatives and friends may visit with the family 12 noon to 1 PM Friday, at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 47 Main St., Mantua, NJ, where funeral services will be held at 1 PM. Interment will be in... Read more →


Don Fager, Member of the Painter and Allied Trades Union Local 711; Lifelong Resident of Gloucester City

Donald L. Fager, Sr., of Gloucester City passed away after a long illness on November 26, 2007. Don was a lifelong resident of Gloucester City. And he was a retired painter for the Painter and Allied Trades Union Local #711, Atlantic City, NJ. Beloved husband of Anna M. ( nee Hamilton). Dear father of Chuck R. Fager (Betty), Ruth Fager both of Williamstown, Donald L. Fager, Jr. and Mike Fager (Dawn) both of Gloucester City. Loving Grandfather of five, loving Great-grandfather of two. Services were private at the family's request. Arrangements were under the direction of the MAHAFFEY-MILANO FUNERAL HOME, 11 E. Kings Highway,Mt. Ephraim, NJ 08059 Read more →


TCNJ WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM TAMES DICKINSON, 66-63

Carlisle, PA… The College of New Jersey women’s basketball team picked up its fourth win of the season as the Lions held off host Dickinson College 66-63 on Thursday. The Red Devils (3-2) got the early jump on the Lions racing out to an 11-3 lead, but the TCNJ (4-1) regrouped and finished the opening half strong going on a 24-10 run over the final 14:09 of the period to hold a 27-21 lead at the break. In the second half, Dickinson again got off to a fast start scoring 10 of the first 14 points to knot the game at 31-31. A pair of buckets by freshman Kelsey Kutch (Hillsborough, NJ/Hillsborough) helped the Lions take the lead for good as TCNJ went on a 7-0 spurt after the hosts tied the game and never looked back. The 66 points scored by the Lions were the most allowed by the... Read more →


Leon's Lions Reunion

Bill, Last year we had a successful reunion for Leon's Lions. It was the 1987 team, it was a good time and we want to include some more of the guys that played for Leon. Can you post this and have any and all interested players contact me at my email. We have also discussed starting a scholarship among other things. Mostly it is just a gathering of players to talk about the high school days. If anyone is interested shoot me an email. Tim Tedesco timt334@gmail.com Read more →


Remarks of Bishop Galante Regarding School Planning; St. Mary, Gloucester City will remain as presently configured

source Media Release November 29, 2007......... 2:30 PM " I accept the cluster steering committee recommendation that St. Mary School, Gloucester remain as presently configured. It also will be expected to grow current enrollment, implement institutional advancement programs, re-constitute their school boards and operate with a balanced budget, " Bishop Galante Good afternoon. Last year I announced to the people of the Diocese the start of a comprehensive elementary school planning initiative to strengthen Catholic school education in the six southern counties of New Jersey. This process was given the name "Faith in the Future" in recognition of how important Catholic schools are to the total formation of our young people, the confidence we have in the long-term viability of Catholic schools, and our optimism in the future of our Church. As part of this initiative, a new funding model will be introduced in the years ahead to bring our... Read more →


Gloucester High School Class '60, '61, '62, '63, '64

Photo above Class of 1962 The amazing Class of 1962, they never age......... Pictured: sitting, Diane Davidson, Bob Bevan, Carol Stuebing, Pete Pitzo, 2nd row Judy Tavener, Carol Painter, Connie Sarlo, Karen Plews, Eileen Lamont, Mary McColligan 3rd row Diane Bradshaw, John Newcome, Jerry Zebrowski, Mary Jean Kircher, Audrey Smith, Lillian Orth,Bob Tice, Rickie Spadora, Barbara Kozanas, Bonnie Cottellese, Ken Legge 4th row Joe Beamer, unknown, Wayne Ives, Bob Fritz, Jim Zehner, Bob Weston, John Azzari.... Gloucester City High School Class Reunion for the years 1960, 1961 1962, 1963, and 1964 was held the weekend of November 16 through November 18, 2007 at The Heritage House/Country Inn at Wheaton Village, Millville. If you have any photos from the reunion you would like to add to the album send them to BillGCN@verizon.net. Photo below Class of 1964 photos by Connie Cleary See Photo Gallery See Yearbook Memories Galley Read more →


University of Pennsylvania 66, Rider University 58

Women’s College Basketball PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Despite a 16 point, nine rebound effort from junior Shaunice Parker (Waldorf, Md./West Lake), Rider (3-3) lost a non-conference game at the Palestra Wednesday night against Penn (3-3). “It was a game of runs and we didn’t get that one big stop that we needed to regain the momentum at the end of the game,” said head coach Lynn Milligan. “We didn’t rise to the occasion on the defensive end and Penn was a little more physical on the offensive end and we didn’t respond very well.” With Rider leading 56-53 with 5:33 left in the game, the Quakers went on a 13-2 run to end the game. On the 15th and final lead change of the game, Penn took the lead for good at 57-56 with 4:48 left on a Kimberly Franklin jumper. Franklin finished with 15 points. Rider cut the lead to three at... Read more →


Bellmawr NEWS: RAMONA OLIVE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

Sara Sedin received the first annual Bellmawr Girls Softball League BGSL Ramona Olive Memorial Scholarship Award. Sara fulfilled all the eligibility requirements to be considered for the scholarship that will be awarded each fall at the league's banquet. A candidate must "graduate" from the BGSL program, possess demonstrated leadership ability on and off the playing field, and have a keen interest and dedication to the BGSL. Sara is a 2007 graduate of Triton High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She is currently attending Camden County College and studying computer graphics. The scholarship is named in memory of long-time coach and league officer, Ramona Olive. After beating breast cancer a decade earlier, Ramona succumbed to a cancer relapse with other complications in June 2006. Ramona was a tireless volunteer year round for youth of Bellmawr. Whether it has been wearing pink awareness ribbons or pink... Read more →


TCNJ WRESTLERS PICK UP ROAD WIN AT KING’S COLLEGE, 43-6

Wilkes-Barre, PA… The College of New Jersey wrestling team posted its third straight dual meet victory to start the season as the Lions beat Metropolitan Conference opponent King’s (PA) College 43-6 on Wednesday. The Lions (3-0) are ranked eighth in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III poll, and have now won 16 straight dual meets dating back to last season. Freshman Kyle Kinchen (Jackson, NJ/Jackson) gave the Lions the early lead with a pin in 4:13 at 125 pounds before the Monarchs earned their first win at 133. That match featured King’s top-ranked and defending national champion David Morgan facing TCNJ's seventh-ranked Ray Sarinelli (Rockaway, NJ/Morris Hills). Morgan recorded an escape in the third period to break a 2-2 deadlock and hand Sarinelli his first defeat of the season via a 3-2 decision. The Monarch’s tied the score at 6-6 with a win at 141 before TCNJ took... Read more →


WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: 16 square foot of ignorance and other trivia

Commentary by Hank F Miller Jr. "Tell me something I don't know Dad," said my first son. So I did. The average women have 16 sq. ft. of skin. A cockroach can run at 3.4 mph. Buffalo, N.Y., lies south of the French Riviera. The last surviving passenger pigeon, before they all became extinct, was named Martha. You see, he and I had been engaged in one of those forums that the outside world dee "quarrels" and we families call "discussions." We had been" discussing" contemporary Japanese society and I was trying to tell him about group dynamics, peer pressure and hierarchical relationships. He squinted at me as if I was a bull casually waltzing through a china shop and reminded me that this was his culture, not mine. He had been raised here, gone to school here until high school where he went to my sister's Home in New... Read more →


Nettie Staszak, of Westmont, formerly of Mt. Ephraim

STASZAK, NETTIE ANTOINETTA (nee DiLorenzo), on November 25, 2007. Age 88, of Westmont formerly of Mt. Ephraim and Ormond Beach, Florida. Beloved wife of the late Raymond W., Sr. Devoted mother of Raymond W., Jr. and daughter-in-law Lonnie Staszak of Bellmawr. Loving grandmother of R.J. and wife Kristy Staszak and Kimberly Staszak, great grandmother of Erika, Madison and Morgyn. Dear sister of Eva (Alex) Colalillo, Angelo DiLorenzo, Frank(Maryann) DiLorenzo, Anthony (Dolores) DiLorenzo and the late Marco, Joseph and Betty Giglio. Loving aunt and great aunt to many nieces and nephews. Nettie was a retired employee from RCA in Deptford after 40 years of service. She was a longtime member of the Sons of Italy Lodge #2362 Mt. Ephraim and a member of the J&R Young at Heart Club in Runnemede, and her beloved Bocci Team. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her viewing Thursday evening 7 to 9... Read more →


Mary Scott, of Mt. Ephraim age 83

SCOTT, MARY G. (nee Ibe), on Nov. 27, 2007. Age 83, of Mt. Ephraim, NJ for 57 years. Beloved wife of Michael F. Scott, Sr. for sixty-five years. Devoted mother of Patricia Erhard (William), Linda Scott Weronik (Peter), Michael F. Scott, Jr. (Susan), Loving grandmother of eight, Loving great grandmother of nine. Also Aunt Mary to many nieces and nephews from Baird Avenue. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her viewing Friday evening 7-9pm and Saturday from 8:30am - 9:30am at the MAHAFFEY-MILANO FUNERAL HOME 11 E. KINGS HWY. Mt. EPHRAIM, NJ 856-931-1628 Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, 10am at Sacred Heart Church, Kings Hwy., Mt. Ephraim. Entombment New St. Mary's Mausoleum, Bellmawr, NJ. Family requests in lieu of flowers donations may be sent to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105-1942 in Mary's memory. Expressions of sympathy and condolences may be sent... Read more →


TCNJ’S ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT SET TO HONOR ALL-AMERICANS ON DECEMBER 8

Ewing, NJ… The College of New Jersey’s department of athletics will honor the 31 student-athletes that combined to earn 46 All-America citations last year while competing for The College. TCNJ will honor these individuals in conjunction with the Lions’ home basketball double header contest with Rutgers University-Newark in Packer Hall on Saturday, December 8. The games are set for a 1 p.m. tip for the women and the men’s contest follows at 3 p.m. and the individuals will be honored at the halftime of the men’s contest at approximately 3:45 p.m. that day. The event was originally scheduled for a home football game in October, but heavy rains forced the cancellation of the event. TCNJ is asking all ceremony participants to RSVP to TCNJ’s athletic department at 609-771-2230 and to be present at TCNJ’s Packer Hall on December 8 by 3:15 p.m. What follows is a list of the student-athletes... Read more →


Davis Earns Freshman All-America Honors

True Freshman Offensive Guard Honored by Two Media Outlets 11/27/2007 4:18:12 PM PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers true freshman offensive guard Anthony Davis (Piscataway, N.J.) was named a First Team Freshman All-America by Rivals.com and a Second Team Freshman All-America selection by Scout.com. Davis has played in all 11 games for the Scarlet Knights in 2007, including six straight starts at right guard. In his six games starting at right guard, Rutgers has averaged 210.7 rushing yards per game. RU averaged 173 rushing yards per game without Davis as a starter. The team has averaged 404.7 yards of total offense per game since Davis was inserted in the starting lineup. Davis has yet to allow a sack this season for the Scarlet Knights. He is the first Freshman All-America selection for the Scarlet Knights since Ray Rice (New Rochelle, N.Y.) and Courtney Greene (New Rochelle, N.Y.) in 2005. Davis and his... Read more →


Mark and Debora Shiplee of Franklinville

SHIPLEE, MARK W. & DEBORA A. Mark W. Shiplee, 54, and Debora A. Shiplee, 49, of Franklinville, NJ, died as a result of a motor vehicle crash on Thursday, November 22, 2007, in Monroe Township, NJ. Mark and Debbie were married 19 years and spent most of that time in Erial, before moving to Franklinville 3 years ago. Mark was employed by the Union County Construction Group in Gloucester City, NJ, as a carpenter, until his recent retirement, and Debbie was a housewife and mother. They were very family oriented. They especially enjoyed being with their grandchildren and their new found life and peace riding on their motorcycle. They were involved in charity work and were a very giving couple, who will be sadly missed. Mark and Debbie are survived by their children, Chris Sawyer, William Sawyer, Amanda Shiplee, Tara Shiplee and Debora Sawyer, all of Franklinville andRebecca Casiano, of... Read more →


John Garwood, of Westmont, age 24

GARWOOD, ZACHARY JOHN Suddenly, on November 23, 2007. Age 24 of Westmont, NJ. Beloved son of Jon & Joann C. Garwood of Westmont, NJ. Dear brother of Samantha Garwood of Westmont, NJ. Loving Grandson of Marjorie Jersey and Ann Garwood. Dear nephew of Dave & Carole Jersey, Judi & Jim McKearney and Jim & Lynne Garwood. Cousin of Jeannine and Kevin Jersey, Jessica Jersey Patterson, Jim McKearney, Kristen Harberg and Carol Miller. Also survived by Lynne & Frank Malcolm and children and Larry & Jill Hilder and children. Zac was active in HTAA sports as well as the Haddon Township H.S. Basketball and Soccer teams. He attended and played soccer for Ramapo College, was member of the Alpha Chi Rho Fraternity and was a member of the Westmont United Methodist Church. Relatives & friends are invited to attend his viewing Wednesday morning from 9 to 11 AM at the Westmont... Read more →


Charlotte Douse of Westmont

DOUSE, CHARLOTTE (Nee Radler) On November 24, 2007, Age 80, of Westmont, NJ, formerly of Philadelphia, PA. Beloved wife of Ernest L. Douse. Loving mother of Richard M. Douse (Cheryl) of Laurel Springs, NJ, Laurie L. Behrendt of Sparta, NJ, and Steven T. Douse (Diane) of Haddon Township, NJ. Dear Grandmother of Shannon, Kirsten, Matthew, Kyle, Sean, Ryan and Olivia. Charlotte graduated from Overbrook High School Class of 1944. She worked as a legal secretary for the Atlantic Refining Co. from 1944 thru 1955. She was a long time member of the Haddon Township PTA serving as president from 1972 - 1973. She was a member of various Bridge Clubs in South Jersey. She was an active member of the Grace Baptist Church since 1960 serving as the Church Clerk from 1975 and Church Secretary from 1978 to present. She also served on numerous committees within the church as well... Read more →


Anne Donatucci, 82, of Bellmawr

DONATUCCI, ANNE B. (nee Harakal), onNovember 25, 2007, of Bellmawr. Age 82. Beloved wife of the late Rocco R. Devoted mother of Roxanne Toppi. Loving grandmother of Dante. Aunt of Marcy Gimble and Barbara McDevitt(Jimmy). Mrs. Donatucci served in the U.S. Army as a surgical tech. There will be a viewing from 8:30 to 10:15am Thursday morning at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Mass 11am Mary, Mother of the Church, Bellmawr. Inter ment New St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr. Expressions of sympathy may be e-mailed to Condolences@Gardner FuneralHome.com. Read more →


Dennis Carey, 60, of Deptford

CAREY, DENNIS DAVID, JR. Of Deptford, NJ on November 21, 2007, peacefully surrounded by his loving family Aged 60 years. Denny proudly served in the U.S. Army Vietnam Era, where he was a recipient of the Purple Heart Medal. During his 34 year career in Law enforcement , he served the community as a Dispatcher for the Deptford Police Department & a Police Officer for Wenonah and Mantua Township Police Department. He was a member of the VFW, the South Jersey Vietnam Vets, PBA Local #122 and the Tacoma Fire Company. He enjoyed vacationing at his retirement home in Beach Comber in Cape May, where he would drive the beat in his golf cart, catching up with new and old friends at the campground. Denny and his son spent countless times together on hunting excursions. You could always count on Denny if you needed him: he would be there to... Read more →


Joanne Airns, 77, of Westmont

AIRNS, JOANNE E. (Nee Keller) On November 24, 2007, Age 77, of Westmont, NJ. Loving mother of Robert Cairns (Gina) of Pennsauken, NJ, Scott Cairns (Karla) of Westmont, NJ, Thomas Cairns of Westmont, NJ, Daniel Cairns of Atlantic City, NJ, Brian Cairns of Atlantic City, NJ and the late Deborah Hall. Dear sister of Leanne Macri, the late Howard Keller and the late MarleneDavis. Grandmother of Scott, Lauren, Katelyn, Gina, Alicia, Robby, Craig, Kimberly, Mike, Jimmy, Kyle, Rachael, Billy, Lindsey and the late Julie. Great Grandmother of Shawn. Joanne was a longtime member of the Holy Saviour Church. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her viewing Thursday morning from 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM at Holy Saviour Church, 50 Emerald Ave., Westmont, NJ, followed by her Funeral Mass at 11:30 AM. Interment, Calvary Cemetery, Cherry Hill, NJ. In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions in her memory... Read more →


Teresa Antczak 50 of West Deptford

ANTCZAK, TERESA M. (nee Yost), of West Deptford, on November 24, 2007. Aged 50 years. She is the beloved wife of Richard Antczak. Loving daughter of Mary and the late Edward Yost, Devoted mother of Michael R. and Ashley A. Antczak, Dear sister of Rita Paczkowski (Joseph), Patricia Fuller, John F. Yost (Patricia) and the late Edward Thomas Yost, Jr. and his surviving wife, Rita. Visitation Thursday, 6:30 - 9PM and Friday, 8 - 9AM in the McGUINNESS FUNERAL HOME, 34 Hunter St., Woodbury, NJ. Memorial Mass Friday 10AM in St. Margaret's RC Church, 3rd & Beech Ave., Woodbury Heights, NJ. Interment Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Williamstown, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: The American Cancer Society, 1851 Old Cuthbert Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034. Tributes and memories may be shared at: www.mcgfuneral.com Read more →


Mt. Ephraim: Parade of Lights

  13th Annual  "Parade of Lights" Hosted By Mount Ephraim Fire Department  Saturday, December 08, 2007 Commencing at 7 pm.  4 TO 6 PM – PICTURES WITH SANTA will be available at the Bell Road Firehouse located at Bell Road & James St. for $5.00 each.  P A R A D E R O U T E - will start in front of the John D. West Senior Housing Center (old Aljo's Parking Lot) where it will proceed up Kings Highway & turn Right onto Davis Avenue (just before railroad tracks) & then proceed to Bell Road, where it will end at the Bell Road Firehouse. Santa & Mrs. Claus will be stopping in front of the school to light the town tree (end of parade).  O P E N H O U S E – An Open House will be at the Bell... Read more →


Take Me Home

KatieKatie is a female labrador retriever, pit bull and terrier mix. The pets featured in "Take Me Home" reside at the Animal Adoption Center, a no-kill shelter founded in part by Haddon Heights resident Carole Shankin. Anyone interested in adopting may call (856) 435-9116 or visit the facility at 501 N. Berlin Rd. in Lindenwold. Hours are 1 to 6 p.m. every day. Read more →


Women’s College Basketball; Rider Signs Three

LAWRENCEVILLE—Rider University Head Women’s Basketball Coach Lynn Milligan has announced that three student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to further their education and continue their basketball careers at Rider. Alyssa Parsons, Lauren Gregg and Sarah Homan returned NLI’s joining Rider’s Class of 2012. “We are thrilled these three talented young ladies have chosen to be a part of Rider University and our basketball program,” said Milligan who is in her first season as head coach of the Broncs. “They are committed to the future success of this team and are willing to do what it takes for us to reach the goals of the program. They are great basketball players but more importantly terrific people. They are all important pieces to the puzzle of our future.” Parsons, a 5’5” point guard from Philadelphia, Pa., is currently a senior at Archbishop Wood and is a two-time Second Team All-Catholic League... Read more →


Bill’s Point of View: 'The Good and The Bad' for November

CHEERS-The Tree & Beautification Committee planted twelve spruce (Christmas) trees between the War Memorial and Wing Hing Chinese Restaurant on Saturday, October 20. The trees are a great addition to our Broadway business corridor and will be used for decorating during various yearly holidays, starting with the Christmas event on December 1. An additional 20 more trees were planted in various locations throughout the city to complement the existing tree canopy. In addition, this month, a small number of members planted 24 mums at the Iron Lady at Proprietor's Park. Big thumbs up to the community volunteers who took time out of their busy schedules to further beautify our City. JEERS- To the stores, food distributors and wholesalers who continue to sell Topps frozen hamburgers, recalled more than a month ago because the meat is contaminated with fatal E. coli bacteria strains. New Jersey state inspectors still were finding some... Read more →


Gloucester City's New School Superintendent Has Arrived

Former Mount Holly Superintendent Paul Spaventa who was hired by the Gloucester City school district this past summer, began work in the local district earlier this month as an assistant superintendent. He will assume full duties of the low-income 2,200 student ABBOTT district on January 1. Spaventa is a former superintendent in Clementon, a former vice principal in Gloucester Township and at Gateway Regional and a former teacher in Collingswood. A resident of Gloucester Township, Spaventa replaces Mary Stansky, photo on right, who is retiring after nine years in the Gloucester City district and 28 years in education. Spaventa was hired at a salary of $145,000. Stansky, who was being paid $175,000 annually, will officially retire December 31. Read more →


Anna Cortese DeFuria, age 70, of Gloucester City

On November 23, 2007. Age 70. Of Gloucester City, Hammonton and Naples, Italy. Loving wife of the late Renato DeFuria. Beloved mother of Giuseppe DeFuria of Naples, Italy, Omero "Tony" DeFuria (Doris Wiegand) of Gloucester City and Davide DeFuria of Willow Grove, PA. Devoted grandmother of 4. Anna was born, raised and lived in Naples, Italy. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her viewing on Wednesday Evening from 7 to 9 pm at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, (at Brown Street) Gloucester City. Catholic Religious Service 8:30 pm in the funeral home. There will be no morning viewing on Thursday. Family requests memorial donations in Anna's memory to Saint Mary's R.C. Church: Special Fund: 426 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City, NJ 08030. Expressions of sympathy can be e-mailed to the family through our funeral home website www.mccannhealey.com under online obituaries of Anna Cortese-DeFuria. Read more →


Robert Currie, 38, of Deptford

CURRIE, ROBERT A resident of Deptford, NJ for 38 years died on Nov. 22, 2007 at the age of 80 years. Beloved husband of Joan Currie (nee Smith). Loving father of Donald Santarpio (daughter-in-law Patty) of Blackwood, NJ, Linda LeDrew of Blackwood, NJ, Jimmy Currie (daughter-in-law Theresa) of Blackwood, NJ, and Bobby Currie (daughter-in-law Dawn) of Westville, NJ. Grandfather of Don, Jennifer, Bobby, Amanda, and Ashley and great-grand father of Gianna, Darren, Dylan, and Robert. Viewing will be Tuesday evening 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the EARLEFUNERAL HOME, 122 W. Church Street, Blackwood, NJ 08012. (Religious Service will be at 8:00 PM). In lieu of flowers, contributions would be appreciated to the American Heart Assn., 1 Union St., Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691. Condolences may be viewed/posted through the guest book at www.earlefuneralhome. com Read more →


Jane Black, 68 of Audubon

BLACK, JANE A. (nee Gernhardt), age 68 of Audubon, passed away on Thursday November 22, 2007 at Kindred Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Mrs. Black is the widow of her late husband Harvey J. & is survived by her children Michael & his wife Debra Black, Jeffrey Black, Susan & her husband John McAneny and Linda Gillman. She is the proud Grandmother of Ryan Black, Tyler Gillman and Kaitlyn Gillman and is the sister of Walter Gernhardt, Jr., Dennis Gernhardt, Carole Johnson and Susan Shimer. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday morning at 11 am at Holy Maternity Church 431 W. Nicholson Rd. Audubon. Interment will follow at Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday evening between 7 and 9 pm at the Henry Funeral Home 152 W. Atlantic Ave. Audubon. Read more →


Letters: This Holiday Season Remember Their Sacrifices

Hi Gang- With the holiday season upon us, I ran across this really fabulous organization that assists Americans in sending care packages to our troops in harms way. Whether you agree with the war or oppose it, these brave men and women are just doing their extremely risky jobs. They have very little to remind them of home, their friends and families. Some don't even get mail. Supporting them can be as simple as writing them a letter, letting them know you are thinking of them. You may find this not only to be very rewarding emotionally for yourself, but maybe you make a new friend! Who couldn't use another true friend? If you can afford it or feel it appropriate, their needs are vast. Snacks, movies, magazines, cards, games, phone cards, toys (to give to Afghan & Iraqi children to earn their trust), shirts, toiletries...you name it. The site... Read more →


John Rhoda, former Gloucester City Resident; Graduate of GHS, Class of ’61, Great Fan of NASCAR

John H. Rhoda lost his battle with cancer on November 22, 2007 at the age of 64 with his family by his side. A resident of West Deptford, John was born in Woodbury and raised in Gloucester City. A graduate of Gloucester City High School, Class of 1961, John will be fondly remembered for his outgoing personality and his smile that would light up a room. John worked as a Journeyman Electrician and for 19 years was employed at Atlantic Electric, Deepwater until his retirement in 1998. Away from his work, John's passions included Irish Nights with the Saint Mary's Saints and Singers in Gloucester, collecting stamps and coins, but nothing would compare to his love of NASCAR. John would make annual trips to Dover and Richmond to attend the races and cheer on his favorite drivers, Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. John is the beloved husband of the... Read more →


Doris Strohecker, of Mt. Ephraim

STROHECKER, DORIS E. (nee Craig) On November 21, 2007 of Royersford, PA formerly of Mt. Ephraim, NJ, age 87 years. Beloved wife of the late Lamar (Tom) Strohecker. She is survived by 2 sons: Thomas L. (Betty) Strohecker of Virginia Beach, VA and James C. (Diane) Strohecker of Audubon, PA; 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her viewing Tuesday morning from 10:00 - 11:30AM at the HENRY FUNERAL HOME, 152 W. Atlantic Ave., Audubon, NJ. Funeral Service will follow at 11:30AM. Interment Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Read more →


MOUNT UNION ADVANCES IN NCAA'S WITH 59-7 WIN OVER TCNJ

FINAL SCORE: Mount Union College 59; The College of New Jersey 7 Mount Union College (12-0) vs. The College of New Jersey (9-3) November 24, 2007; Mount Union Stadium, Alliance, OH Alliance, OH (11/24/07) - The two-time defending NCAA Division III Champions Mount Union College used a 59-7 win over The College of New Jersey on Saturday in Mount Union Stadium before a crowd of 2,593 fans to advance to the NCAA Division III Quarterfinals. With the win, the Purple Raiders are now 12-0 and improve their win streak to 35 games, while TCNJ's season comes to an end with a 9-3 mark. Mount Union will now face St. John Fisher College, which also advanced on Saturday with a 38-7 win over Curry. Mount Union will continue play as they will be looking to sew up their third straight NCAA Division III Championship title and the program's 10th overall when... Read more →


Peter Repicz, age 65, of Gloucester City

On November 22, 2007. Age 65. Of Gloucester City. Loving and devoted brother of George Repicz of Ohio and Mary Kasprzak of Idaho. Survived by many beloved nieces and nephews. Peter was a teacher at the Haddon Heights Baptist High School where he taught physics, chemistry, biology and math. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his viewing on Monday morning from 11 am to 12 Noon at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, (at Brown Street) Gloucester City. Baptist Religious Service 12 Noon in the funeral home officiated by Pastor Timothy Schieber of Calvary Baptist Church in West Collingswood Heights. Interment Arlington Cemetery, Pennsauken. There will be no evening viewing. Expressions of sympathy can be e-mailed to the family through our funeral home website www.mccannhealey.com under online obituaries of Peter Repicz. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, (at Brown... Read more →


When East meets West

By Hank Miller This ought to boggle your mind! Think 100 years doesn't make a difference? Care to guess about what the year 2103 will bring? Bob Hope was born in 1903, one hundred years ago ... what a difference a century makes. Here are some US statistics for 1903.... * The average life expectancy in the US was forty-seven (47). * Only 14 Percent of the homes in the US had a bathtub. * Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. * A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars. * There were only 8,000 cars in the US and only 144 miles of paved roads. * The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph. * Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California. With a mere 1.4 million residents, California was only the 21st most populous... Read more →


Rider University 76, University of Central Florida 74

Women’s College Basketball LAWRENCEVILLE—A tale of two halves. Up eight and then down nine, up six and then tied, the Broncs ran their fans through a roller coaster of emotions before winning with under a minute left in Alumni Gym before more than 500 fans on Black Friday. “The crowd was terrific,” said head coach Lynn Milligan. “The support is getting bigger and bigger and the players feed off that.” In a game that saw nine ties and eight lead changes, Rider (3-2) used a layup by freshman Shannon Ferguson (Fort Washington, Pa./Upper Dublin) with 27 seconds left to break a 73-73 tie and give the Broncs their third home win of the season, 76-74 over the Knights of Central Florida in a non-conference game. Ferguson finished with eight points, going a perfect three for three from the field and two for two from the free throw line while adding... Read more →


2007/The City Football Bragging Rights Belongs to the Rams

photos by Bruce Darrow SEE PHOTO GALLERY GLOUCESTER- A 14-0 lead wasn't enough to hold off the Gloucester Catholic High School football team as it came back to defeat Gloucester, 31-14, in their annual inter-city Thanksgiving Day rivalry game Thursday. The retaliation started late in the second quarter with an interception by Mike Koehler at the Rams 49-yard line. Catholic worked its way down the field behind the rushing of Pat Schuhl. On fourth-and-12, Calzonetti completed a 25-yard touchdown pass to George Spingler to put Catholic on the board with 3:38 left in the half. Then with six seconds left, Nick Ciocco kicked a 44-yard field goal to cut the deficit to three at halftime. When the Rams walked on the field in the second half, there was no looking back. see complete story Rams Ready for State Playoffs Saturday Related articles by Zemanta 1955/Gloucester City Rams vs. Lions Football... Read more →


#3 TCNJ WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM FALLS TO #2 MESSIAH IN SEMIS

Lake Buena Vista, FL. Second-ranked Messiah College netted a goal in each half bringing an end to third-ranked The College of New Jersey's bid for a third straight appearance in the NCAA Division III title game as the Falcons beat the Lions 2-0 on Friday in Buena Vista. The loss was the first of the season for the Lions as they finished the season with a mark of 21-1-1. TCNJ has appeared in the NCAA Division III semifinals in each of the last three seasons moving into the title game the two previous seasons. This marked the fourth straight year TCNJ and Messiah have met in the NCAA Tournament with the Falcons holding 3-1 lead in those games. The lone win for the Lions came in the same spot in last year's tournament as TCNJ netted a 1-0 double-overtime win over Messiah. The Lions got off to a good start... Read more →


Rider University 82, Penn State University 73

men’s College Basketball ORLANDO, FLORIDA—Brotherly Love. The Rider University basketball team, led by the Thompson and Mansell brothers, upset Penn State Saturday in the second round of the Old Spice Classic, held at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex. “It was a little bit of David vs. Goliath,” said Rider head coach Tommy Dempsey. “We had to gang rebound. They are bigger, more physical, but our kids I thought played with a little more heart today. I am very proud of my team.” Senior Jason Thompson (Mt. Laurel/Lenape), sophomore Ryan Thompson (Mt. Laurel/Lenape), junior Harris Mansell (Cheltenham, PA) and freshman Patrick Mansell (Cheltenham, PA) combined for 70 of Rider’s 82 points. “We told the players before the game that if we can play this game in the 80s Penn State would have a tough time beating us,” Dempsey said. “They are a Big 10 team that likes the physical, half... Read more →


Gloucester City High School Powder Puff Game a Great Success; Final Seniors 28, Juniors 16

The Second Annual Gloucester City High School Powder Puff game was held Wednesday night November 21 at the John Lynch Football Field, Market Street and Route 130. Over 500 fans came out to show their support. For those of you who don't already know, Powder Puff is a complete reversal of the usual components of an ordinary football game. Females from grades eleven and twelve participate in a football game with each assigned offense and defense positions. These are led by staff members of Gloucester City Junior-Senior High School. And what football game would be complete without cheerleaders?! A Cheering squad featuring all males roots for the girls and provides everyone with an enormous amount of entertainment. Both teams had cheerleaders consisting of boys from the Classes of 2009 & 2008. Admission was a $1.00 and all proceeds from the gate and concession stand benefited this year's Senior Class Trip... Read more →