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November 2007

Charlotte M. Johnson, 36 of Blackwood

JOHNSON, CHARLOTTE M. (nee Sammartino) of Blackwood, NJ, died on Nov. 17, 2007 at the age of 36 after a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved wife of Jeffrey Johnson, Sr. Dear daughter of Donato (Joe) and Loretta Sammartino (nee Mullen) of Bellmawr, NJ. Devoted mother of Lindsey Johnson and of the late Kaitlyn Johnson; caring stepmother of Jessica, Rebecca, Jeffrey, Jr., and Shawn Johnson. Loving sister of Donato A. Sammartino of Voorhees, NJ; and daughter-in-law... Read more →


Mt. Ephraim School District Honor Roll

Mary Bray School-Distinguished Honors Third Grade Fourth Grade Ariana Beebe Emily Calhoun Kelsey Vespe Honors Third Grade Fourth Grade Helen Barrett Christopher Blaylock Cassidy Chambers Courtney Bocchicchio Anthony Cristino Dominick Cipolone Angel Dougherty Maryellen Crain Andrew Fehr Taylor Gavin Amy Guldin Meghan McDonough Alyssa Marszalek Victoria Milano Matthew Marszalek Lindsay Musselman Cole Panek Casey Spadea Georgana Stewart Commendable Third Grade Fourth Grade Richard Bonczak Mychaela Bilger Allen Chase Amber-Rose Broschard Nevada DeFord Alyssa Fitzpatrick Edward... Read more →


College Signings

Announcements Bordentown pitcher Hillary Allen has signed a letter of intent to attend Drexel University on a softball scholarship. Stacy Ruderman of Cherry Hill East has accepted a gymnastics scholarship from Rutgers University. West Deptford has scheduled a press conference for Monday at noon in the school's Guidance Conference Room for Jake Rifkin, who will sign a national letter of intent to play baseball at Marist. Read more →


KEAN’S ROQUE & TCNJ’S KING NJAC FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

Pitman, NJ—Kean University senior quarterback A.J. Roque (Matawan, NJ/Matawan) and The College of New Jersey's senior defensive lineman Joseph King (Mountainside, NJ/Governor Livingston) have been named the New Jersey Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Football Players of the Year respectively for the 2007 season. A two-time NJAC Offensive Player of the Year and a four-time all-conference selection (three times at quarterback, once at punter), Roque completed 175 of 316 pass attempts for school-records of 2,463... Read more →


Florence Depka, of Audubon, formerly of Mt. Ephraim

DEPKA, FLORENCE L. (Nee Brecht), on November 19, 2007, age 77, of Audubon, NJ, formerly of Mt. Ephraim. Beloved wife of the late Chester D. 'Chet'. Devoted Mother ofConnie (Nick) Montana of Mt. Ephraim and Loretta 'Lorrie' Depka of Blackwood. Cherished Grandmother of Vincent Montana. Dear Sister of Charles Brecht of Audubon Park, and many Nieces and Nephews. Mrs. Depka was a long time parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Church and a former parishioner... Read more →


Gloucester City: The Lions vs. Rams Thanksgiving Classic Continues

This Thursday's Thanksgiving Day game between Gloucester Catholic and Gloucester High will renew an old rivalry that began almost 60 years ago, in 1948, on a gridiron field located at the Charles Street Stadium. That Stadium may be gone but the tradition lives on. For a brief period the game was stopped but was renewed again in 1993. The argument within the City of Gloucester is that the Rams bring players from surrounding areas. This... Read more →


Chuckles: Two blind pilots.

Two blind pilots were both wearing dark glasses. One is using a guide dog and the other is tapping his way along the aisle with a cane. Nervous laughter spreads through the cabin, but the men enter the cockpit, the door closes and the engines start up. The passengers begin glancing nervously around, searching for some sign that this is just a little practical joke. None is forthcoming. The plane moves faster and faster down... Read more →


Mount Ephraim News: Lunch with Santa

The Mt. Ephraim Celebration Committee and the Mt. Ephraim Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting Lunch with Santa. The event will be held at the Mt. Ephraim Fire Department on Bell Road on December 1, 2007 from 12 -2 pm. The cost for the event is $4, which includes a hot dog, juice, chips and a dessert. An extra hotdog may be purchased for $1. Parents are encouraged to bring their camera for a... Read more →


South Jersey Magazine Features Gloucester City High School

source: www.southjersey.com Gloucester City Senior High School is a comprehensive community public high school that is based in Gloucester City, New Jersey and serves students in ninth through twelfth grade, as part of the Gloucester City Public Schools, an Abbott District. According to wikipedia.com, students from Brooklawn attend the district's high school for grades 9-12 as part of a sending/receiving relationship. According to the school's Web site, the educational process of the Gloucester City Public... Read more →


The Voice that Badmouthed the Community celebrates 30th anniversary

On the House | Wise voice celebrates 30 years Philadelphia Inquirer - Philadelphia,PA,USA According to the blog ClearysNoteBook (http://gloucestercitynews. typepad.com), Lamont "badmouthed" the community last spring when a caller expressed ... See all stories on this topic Read more →


LIONS TRIUMPH 69-67 OVER KEYSTONE FOR HUNTER'S FIRST CAREER WIN

La Plume, PA.The College of New Jersey men's basketball team posted a 69-67 win over Keystone College on Tuesday night. The victory was the first for interim head coach Matt Hunter's Lions on the young season as they are now 1-2 and Keystone drops to 1-1. TCNJ's sophomore Steve Feinberg (Middletown, NJ/Red Bank Catholic) exploded for a career-high 17 points, while senior Corey Gilmore (South Plainfield, NJ/South Plainfield) and senior Mark Aziz (Hackettstown, NJ/West Morris... Read more →


COLLEGE BASKETBALL: STOCKTON OSPREYS UPDATE

MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM WINS BLUE JAY INVITATIONAL (November 16) The Stockton men’s basketball team opened the 2007-08 season with a 91-62 victory over New York City Tech in the first round of the Johns Hopkins Blue Jay Invitational. Jon Greene (Wildwood/ Wildwood) led the Ospreys with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Jerome Hubbard (Neptune/ Neptune) tossed in 14 points and Mario Lancioni (Runnemede/Triton) added 13 markers for the Ospreys. All 14 Stockton... Read more →


Rider University 85, Fairleigh Dickinson University 70

Men’s College Basketball LAWRENCEVILLE—Senior Jason Thompson (Mt. Laurel/Lenape) compiled 20 points, nine rebounds and seven blocked shots, and freshman Mike Ringgold (Philadelphia, PA/Roman Catholic) scored a career-high 17 points to lead Rider to victory over Fairleigh Dickinson Monday evening. “We looked like we had a lot of talent tonight,” said Rider head coach Tommy Dempsey. Holding a 60-52 lead, Rider (2-1) went on a 16-1 run as sophomore Ryan Thompson (Mt. Laurel/Lenape) scored 11 consecutive... Read more →


COLLEGE FOOTBALL: TCNJ/MU Coaches Conference Call

The following are excerpts from the Tuesday morning, November 20 coaches' conference calls with Mount Union Head Coach Larry Kehres and The College of New Jersey Head Coach Eric Hamilton. MU Head Coach Larry Kehres “TCNJ is a very strong defense, statistically, one of the best in Division III. They are very strong up front. Their linebackers are very active with good lateral movement and their secondary consists of good cover men. It’s a formidable... Read more →


TCNJ FIELD HOCKEY PLAYERS EARN ALL-AMERICAN HONORS*

*Ewing, NJ*… A pair of The College of New Jersey field hockey players were named to the 2007 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-American teams with one player being tabbed first team and another to third team. Junior defender *Kelly Mitchell (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape)* was tabbed as a First Team All-American, while classmate *Jenny Lubin (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) *was selected as a Third Team All-American as a forward. Mitchell anchored TCNJ’s defense that allowed only one... Read more →


Adele Pacana of Bellmawr

PACANA, ADELE (nee Ulak), on November 18, 2007, of Bellmawr. Age 86. Beloved wife of John J. Devoted mother of Loretta Menna (Dominick) and the late John J. Pacana. Dear sister of Wanda Ramowski. Loving grandmother of Felicia Menna and Josh Pacana. Great-grand mother of Maximus Menna. There will be a viewing from 9:15 to 10:15am Friday morning at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Mass 11am Mary, Mother of the Church, Bellmawr. Interment St. Joseph's... Read more →


George Lapp of Westmont, age 50

LAPP, JR. George J. On November 16, 2007, Age 50, of Westmont, NJ formerly of Camden, NJ. Devoted father of George J. Lapp, III and his wife Rose of Edgewater Park, NJ and the late Chris Kemery. Dear Brother of Louis Prinz, Howard Prinz, Sandra Kramer, Sherry Smith, Susan Lapp, Linda Nickerson and the late Ginny Dorr. Loving grandfather of Julia Lapp. George enjoyed fishing, crabbing & going to yard sales. Relatives and friends are... Read more →


Rosemarie Cianfrani of Bellmawr

CIANFRANI, ROSEMARIE F. (nee Mecca) on Nov. 17, 2007, of Bellmawr, NJ, formerly of Camden, NJ, age 78 yrs. Beloved wife for 59yrs of Raymond J. 'Tarzan' Cianfrani, Sr. Dear mother of Raymond J. (Kathy) Cianfrani, Jr., of Camden and Frances (Ron) Abate of Bellmawr. Loving grandmother of Raymond J. (Marcia) Cianfrani, III, Brian J. (Siobhan) Cianfrani; and Jennifer, Ron and Marie Abate, Great-grand mother of Anthony, Gianna and Cassidy Cianfrani. Rosemarie was a devoted... Read more →


GCHS NEWS: Domican Scholars

Dominican Scholars Thirty-eight Gloucester Catholic High School freshmen were honored at the annual GCHS Alumni Communion Breakfast on Sunday, November 4. More than $100,000 has been raised by the GCHS Alumni Association to fund these full and partial scholarships for the Dominican and Alumni Scholarship programs. Read more →


Pet of the Week “Missy” for Adoption

Missy is an 8-9-month-old black labrador and rhodesian ridgeback mix puppy. She is a beautiful dog with a sweet disposition. She loves everybody, children other dogs and even cats. Missy is energetic and would love to live in an active household. Missy would love to go jogging with you or for a nice long walk around the park. Please stop in and meet Missy soon. If you are interested in adopting this dog, please call... Read more →


Regarding the Proposed Plan to Build a Passenger Rail Service to SW New Jersey

A grassroots group comprised of residents from Camden, Gloucester, and Cumberland counties, is urging rail advocates of all stripes to attend one of five meetings to be held late this month by the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) to determine a route for passenger rail service in southwestern New Jersey. The group urges those "who are in support of Alternative NJ-3 to speak with one voice in support of the proposal." SEE ARTICLE Bill, I... Read more →


Former Freeholder Lives Double Life

For many years, former Camden County Freeholder Tom Gurick of Gloucester City led a double life. By day, he was a mild- mannered, elected county official. But, at the stroke of midnight, he would flip a switch, change his name and become Tom Matthews on Philadelphia's top rated CBS station WOGL 98.1 FM. Last week, the "jig was up." Tom was presented with top honors as best overnight host in the market at the 14th... Read more →


Stella Specht, of Gloucester City, age 86

SPECHT, STELLA R. On November 15, 2007 (nee Pacskowski) of Gloucester City, NJ, age 86. She was the beloved wife of the late Richard G. Specht and loving mother of Linda Schmidt (Richard) and Candy Koenig (John). Loving grandmother of Julie Cummings (Rich), Amy Winters (Chris), and Stephen Schmidt (Kathy). Loving 'Big Grandmom' to Alexandria and Kaleigh Cummings, Addison Winters and Elizabeth Schmidt. Her dear sister Sophia Gross and cherished sister-in-law Margaret Baskowsky also survive... Read more →


Geo Smith of Audubon, formerly of Erial

SMITH, GEORGE J. Of Audubon, PA, formerly of Erial, NJ died on November 16. He was the beloved son of the late Benjamin and Helen DiCiurcio Smith. He is survived by a daughter, Margie of Ocean City; a son George Jr. of Norristown; and a favorite uncle, Louis DiCiurcio of Cherry Hill, NJ. Served in the U.S. Army. Graveside service for family at noon Wednesday, November 21, at Erial Cemetery. Arrangements by the: ORA L.... Read more →


Nina Pappalardo, of Bellmawr age 84

PAPPALARDO, NINA (nee Faillacci) on November 16, 2007 of Bellmawr. Age 84. Beloved wife of the late Sebastian. Loving mother of Salvatore of Bellmawr, Josephine Sposto and her husband Anthony of Somers Point, Alfred and his wife Diane of Margate, Maria Lester of Somers Point and Ronald and his wife Denine of Erial. Caring grandmother of Ninnette Wall and her husband John, Jason, Monica, Vincent Nicholas, Erica and the late Anthony, Jr. Dear Great Grandmother... Read more →


Helen Mealey, of Gloucester City age 69

MEALEY, HELEN J. On November 18, 2007 (nee Houser) of Gloucester City, NJ. Age 69 yrs. Beloved wife of Franklin 'Skip' Mealey. Loving motherof Richard (Darlene) and Desmond (Debbie) Sooy. Devoted grandmother of Nicole Sooy and Faith Saraceni and great grand daughter Rikee-Lyn. Dear sister of Frank, Walter 'Conk', Herbert, Robert and John Houser. Mrs. Mealey was loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother, who devoted her life to taking care of her family. Relatives... Read more →


Kim Hillard, of Collingswood, age 45

HILLARD, KIMBERLY R. BYRD Of Collingswood, NJ on November 13, 2007, age 45. She is survived by her 3 children, Charisma, Charles and Karrey Byrd; 1 granddaughter, Olivia Carmichael; a sister, Dawn Sappho; a brother, Bradley Wilson; and a host of other relatives and friends. Services: Wednesday 11AM at the CARL MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 831 Carl Miller Blvd. Camden, NJ where friends may call after 9am. Interment will be private. Read more →


Stella Giordano, of Sicklerville, formerly of Audubon

GIORDANO, STELLA B. (Nee Jagodzinski), of Sicklerville, formerly of Berlin & Audubon, peacefully on Nov. 14, 2007. Beloved wife for 59 years to Salvatore P. 'Sam' Giordano; devoted mother of Rosann Kureczko & her husband, Stan of Atco; adoring grandmother of Staci Ann Thompson of Brooklyn, NY & Marc E. Thompson of Berlin; sister-in-law of Jean Colligan & her husband, Al of Haddon Twp, and Tony Giordano of Gresham, OR. For 47 years, Mrs. Giordano... Read more →


Helen, CASTALDI, age 86, formerly of Audubon

(nee Koszeta) of Camden, most recently Audubon, peacefully passed away on November 17, 2007. Aged 86 years. Helen will be fondly remembered for her thoughtful, kind and generous personality and there was never a holiday that would go by that she would not send a card of good wishes. Helen enjoyed cooking for her family and watching her favorite pro sports teams especially the Dallas Cowboys and New York Mets. She also enjoyed trying her... Read more →


GHS NEWS: 2nd Annual Powder Puff Game Wednesday, Kickoff 7 PM

Photo: The team waits for practice to begin……….talk about cold....can't we play this game in the gym? See Photo Gallery The game plan for the BIG game is just about complete. Both teams are practicing, one open to the public and the other at an undisclosed location. To the players last year's game is not lost in their memory it is still etched in their minds. Both players and coaches are nervous about making any... Read more →


GHS SPORTS: Both Sides Practicing Hard for Powder Puff Game Wednesday at 7 PM

The game plan for the BIG game is just about complete. Both teams are practicing, one open to the public and the other at an undisclosed location. To the players last year's game is not lost in their memory it is still etched in their minds. Both players and coaches are nervous about making any bold statements, but as Wednesday approaches, YES Wednesday not Thursday; I am sorry we are talking about the GHS Junior... Read more →


FOUR TCNJ WRESTERS TAKE FIRST AT URSINUS COLLEGE FALL BRAWL

Collegeville, PA. The College of New Jersey wrestling team boasted four champions at the Ursinus College Fall Brawl on Sunday with five other grapplers take second in the non-team scored event. TCNJ's first title came at 133 pounds as seventh-ranked senior Ray Sarinelli (Rockaway, NJ/Morris Hills) won all four of his bouts including a 5-2 decision over Steve Kingsland of Ursinus in the championship. Sarinelli is now 10-0 on the season. Two weight classes later,... Read more →


U.S. Naval Academy 65, Rider University 58

Women’s College Basketball ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The Broncs lost a non-conference game at Navy Sunday afternoon. “The first half we got out worked,” said head coach Lynn Milligan. “We played better in the second half, turned up the intensity and made some more shots but we got out-worked, especially in the first half. It’s really that simple.” Down by 18 points with seven minutes remaining in the game, Rider (2-2) used a full-court press and went on... Read more →


WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: The curse of the middle name

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. When I was new to this country, I had regular" episodes of misunderstanding" about the way of life Japanese. Episodes that taught me that Western thinking and Japanese thinking did not, could not, and would not match. Episodes that always left me muttering to myself that I had been in Japan far too long, even though I had just arrived. I haven't had such an episode for many years... Read more →


MT. EPHRAIM: Teachers and Students Thank Rotary Club

The Mt. Ephraim Public Schools wishes to thank Mr. Sam Conte, Sr. and Mrs. Michelle Orosze (center) of the Mt. Ephraim Rotary Club for presenting the third grade class of Mary Bray School with brand new dictionaries. Top Row (left to right): (Teachers) Mrs. Nadine Oliveti, Mrs. Nicole Shapley, Mr. Joseph Rafferty (Superintendent) Mr. Michael Profico (Principal), Mrs. Gloria Knight. Students, (left to right) : Amy Guldin, Cassidy Chambers, Michael Snyder, Kaelyn Lahn and Nevada... Read more →


Mount Ephraim: Important School Dates

Parent–teacher conference time is quickly approaching. The conference dates for this year are: Friday, November 16th Monday, November 19th Tuesday, November 20th Conference times are from 1:15 until 3:15. Conferences will also be av ailable Monday evening from 6 until 8:30 PM. All parents are encouraged to attend these conferences, as communication between parent and teacher is an integral part of your child's education. Read more →


Mens College Hoops: Lycoming 58 TCNJ 56

Williamsport, PA.Lycoming's men's basketball team defeated The College of New Jersey by a score of 58-56 in the consolation game of the Lycoming Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday. Warrior point guard Eric Anthony (Wheeling, WV) led the team with 14 points, and shared the team lead of three assists with fellow guard Jemayne Nowlin (Gaithersburg, MD). Nowlin knocked in seven points on the day, including Lycoming's only three-pointer of the first half. Anthony had nine of... Read more →


Gloucester City: Rams vs. Lions City Football Series 1956

Catholic Wins City Title; 26-0 Although getting plenty of opposition, Gloucester Catholic High School romped to a 26 to 0 victory last Thursday morning to win the City Series game with Gloucester High. It marked the fourth straight city title for the Rams after the Blue and Gold had won the first five games of the series that dates back to 1948. The charges of Coach George Funk showed much more than the score would... Read more →


TCNJ WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM TO PLAY FOR TOURNEY TITLE

Arlington, VA. The College of New Jersey women's basketball team moved into the championship game of the Marymount Tip-Off Classic as the Lions won their second straight game of the tournament on Saturday beating Denison University, 66-53. The Lions were once again paced by junior center Hillary Klimowicz (Scotch Plains, NJ/Scotch Plains-Fanwood) as she finished with 22 points and eight rebounds. Klimowicz connected on 8-for-14 shooting from the floor. TCNJ also had plenty of support... Read more →


Mary Lou Wigginton, Teacher at St. Gregory’s Elementary School & Paul VI High School

Mary Lou WIGGINTON, (nee Lassiter, Furgione), of Deptford passed away on November 16, 2007 at the age of 72. Mary Lou spent over 30 years as a Catholic School teacher for the Diocese of Camden, having touched the lives of her many students at St. Gregory's Elementary School and Paul VI High School. A former resident of Runnemede and Hammonton, she was the devoted wife of the late Donald A. Wigginton, Sr. and the late... Read more →


TCNJ ADVANCES IN NCAA'S WITH 17-14 WIN OVER RPI ON DALESSIO'S FIELD GOAL

Troy, NY (11/17/07) - The College of New Jersey's senior kicker Matt Dalessio (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) added a 27-yard field goal with 0:13 left to play to propel the Lions in the NCAA Division III Football Championship past the host Engineers of Rensselaar 17-14 on Saturday afternoon at '86 Field before a crowd of 419. With the win, TCNJ improves to 9-2 on the year, while RPI's season comes to an end at 8-2. TCNJ will... Read more →


#3 TCNJ WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAMS BLANKS #10 WASHINGTON (MO)

Lynchburg, VA. The College of New Jersey women's soccer team netted a 1-0 victory over Washington University (MO) to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2007 NCAA Division III Championships on Saturday. Senior Dana DiBruno (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) scored the game's only goal with 8:52 remaining in regulation for her 14th marker of the season. It was also her team-leading sixth game0winning goal of the season. The play originated off of a corner... Read more →


TCNJ’s MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM FALLS 79-55 IN SEASON OPENER

November 16 Williamsport, PA…The College of New Jersey men’s basketball team opened the new season on Friday night facing King’s College in the first round of Lycoming College’s Tip-Off Tournament. Unfortunately, the Lions were not able to deliver a win for interim Head Coach Matt Hunter in his coaching debut as the Lions fell 79-55 to the Monarchs. TCNJ trailed 40-20 at the half and dropped to the consolation game and will face the host... Read more →


Mary Ann Alcorn, nee McCollum, of Cherry Hill, born in Gloucester City

GAGNON, MARY ANN ALCORN (Nee McCollum), age 90, on November 13, 2007, of Cherry Hill, formerly of Riverton. She was born in Gloucester City and a long time resident of Riverton. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church and the Porch Club of Riverton. She was the wife of the late Arthur Gagnon. She is survived by her children, William Alcorn, Joseph Alcorn, Ruth Alcorn and seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Relatives and... Read more →


Tim Chase, 48, of Mt. Ephraim

CHASE, TIMOTHY W. 'TIM' Suddenly on November 13, 2007, age 48 of Mt. Ephraim, NJ. Beloved husband of Donna L. (nee Clyborne). Devoted stepfather of Regina C.,Teresa, and J.T. Chico. Beloved son of Frank and Kate Chase of Kirkwood, NJ. Dear brother of Thomas, Gerald, Susan Chase, and the late Joyce; also several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends; and loving companions Tommy, George & Fred. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his... Read more →


Kenneth Powell, of Lindenwold formerly of Bellmawr

POWELL, KENNETH On November 16, 2007 of Lindenwold, formerly of Bellmawr NJ. Age 46. Beloved son of Grace (nee McDermott) and the late William. Loving brother of Sandra Powell and Clark Powell and his wife Pat. Also survived by aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the viewing Monday 9 am to 11 am at GARDNERFUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Service, Monday 11 am at the Funeral Home. Interment New St.... Read more →