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December 2007

Gloucester City-B-Ball Team from many years ago

GLOUCESTER CITY- Memories from the past……Steubings Appliance Basketball Team year would be around 1955. Pictured (bottom row) from left unknown, Bart Rettew, Joe Battersby, Jan Ferry, John Rowand. Standing-Coach unknown? Anzide, Rick Gonzales, unknown, Rocky Gianvito, unknown, unknown, unknown. If you have any information about the photo, such as the names of those unknown, email BillGCN@verizon.net Photo provided by Joe Battersby Related: Memories Album Memories Album #2 Read more →

Rider’s Ringgold Rookie of Week

Men’s College Basketball LAWRENCEVILLE—Rider University freshman Mike Ringgold was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week for all games played the final week of 2007. A 6’7”, 200 pound forward, Ringgold (Philadelphia, Pa./Roman Catholic) made seven of nine field goal attempts at Drexel Friday night in his collegiate debut in his hometown, compiling 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Trailing 21-16, Rider went on a 21-8 run, six points by Ringgold, to take a 37-29 lead and led 37-30... Read more →

ClearysNoteBook: A Look Back at 2007 'Cheers and Jeers' Columns

Jiglu: ClearysNoteBook: Bill's Cheers and Jeers for the Year 2007 CHEERS AND JEERS by William E. Cleary Jeer To corrupt politicians in the State of New Jersey. Since 2002 the US Attorney's Office has charged 108 public officials with corruption offenses. Ethics reform in New Jersey............... Read more →

Bill Keebler, "The Hoagie King of Gloucester City", owner of Keeblers Cafe

KEEBLER William B. "Bill", Age 86, of Bellmawr, departed this life on December 26, 2007, surrounded by his loving family. Bill leaves to mourn his memory his loving wife Katherine (nee Mills); four children: Bonnie Pontonio (Mike), Walter Keebler(MaryAnn), William B. Keebler, Jr. (Eileen) and Carolyn Ferritti (William); his eleven grandchildren: Kathleen Reid (Tim), Hugh West, Jr., (Kim), Jennifer Briglia (Anthony), Michael Pontonio, Jr., Christine Gralnick (David), Daniel Pontonio, Colleen Kurz (Daniel), Cynthia Concordia (Mark), Walter Keebler, Jr., William Keebler, III (Laurie) and Steven Keebler... Read more →

Frank Romano, Bellmawr Police Officer for 37 years

ROMANO, PROSPER FRANK On December 29, 2007, of Pittsgrove, NJ, formerly of Bellmawr, born August 28, 1928. Beloved husband of Barbara Ann (nee Betham). Son of the late Rocco and Mary Romano. Brother of Josephine Yiller and the late Rocco Romano. Loving father of Rocco (Sadie), Rita Fezzuoglio (Danny), John (Audrey) and Tina Tyszka. Dear grandfather of Gina Pierce, and John, Lisa, Maria, Anthony, Nicholas and Angela Romano. Also survived by nieces and nephews and in-laws. Frank was on the Bellmawr Police Department for 37... Read more →

Jean Blaszko, age 86, of Mt. Ephraim

BLASZKO, JEAN On December 27, 2007, (nee Gasiorowski), age 86. Wife of the late Gregory of Mt. Ephraim, formerly of Camden, NJ. Dear mother of George (Maryann) of Collingswood, Judith Falconiero of Marlton and Barbara Witkowski (Stanley) of Mt. Ephraim, sister of Tessie Jackson of Maine. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday at 10 AM at Sacred Heart Church, Kings Highway, Mt. Ephraim, NJ. Interment St.... Read more →

Agnes Bradshaw, of Gloucester City, services Thursday

BRADSHAW, AGNES E. On December 30, 2007, (nee Keller), age 85 years, of Sicklerville and formerly of Gloucester City. Beloved wife of the late Frank R. Bradshaw. Loving mother of Diane C. Newcome of Robbins-ville, Janet A. Kaczorowski and her husband Al of Sickler-ville and the late Jerry B. Bradshaw. Also survived by 2 sisters Emma Hoffman, Tresa Hoffman, the late Edith Stotz, 7 grandchildren Diana, Janet, Jaclyn, Kerri, Amy, Staci, the late Jeffrey and 8 great grandchildren. Relatives and friends of the family are... Read more →

Blue Line: Deptford Police Office remains on critical list

December 31, 2007 Web site keeps tabs on Deptford officer's recovery Cherry Hill Courier Post - Cherry Hill,NJ,USA Wurst, a Deptford High School and Rowan University graduate, collided with an SUV driven by a 19-year-old Gloucester County Institute of Technology student, ... See all stories on this topic Read more →

ClearysNoteBook Top Stories of 2007 (continued)

July 2007 Plans for a new pub-style family restaurant on Burlington Street are underway. Shawn Nachurski and David McDonough, owners of Bridges Real Estate, L.L.C., appeared before the Gloucester City Planning Board last week with plans to transform the former go-go bar known as Billy's Place into an Irish pub-style family restaurant. Nachurski outlined plans to renovate and expand the building at 157 Burlington Street, which was built in the 1800s. Teens are Skinny Dipping in Brooklawn In the past few weeks, I have that... Read more →

New Jersey: Bears putting off hibernation

Source The Daily Record December 30, 2007 Many New Jersey bears seem to be staying up later than usual this winter. Pregnant sows have to den-up to have their cubs in January, but as long as there's abundant food available, other bears sometimes stay awake, unlike groundhogs and chipmunks, two true hibernators. Black bears generally go into a deep sleep during the coldest months, but aren't as out of consciousness as real hibernators. Just about every week, there are new photos of bears, some taken... Read more →

Coast Guard: The Most Dramatic Video Rescues of 2007 *

Coast Guard Releases the Top Ten Rescue Videos of 2007 Posted: 28 Dec 2007 10:29 AM CST PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Coast Guard Headquarters released a video compilation of the services most dramatic rescues of 2007.These harrowing rescues confirm the critical lifesaving role performed by the Coast Guard in service to our nation. Since 1790, the Coast Guard has saved more than one million lives, and it continues to execute this mission [...] Read more →

Marie Virginia Thomas, lifelong resident of Brooklawn; Services on Thursday

Marie Virginia Thomas, (nee Fruncillo) of Brooklawn went home to be with the Lord on December 29, 2007. She was 82. Marie was born in Philadelphia, PA and was a longtime resident of Brooklawn. Loving wife of 64 years to Anthony J. Thomas. Beloved mother of Kathleen Vaux (Stephen)of Little Egg Harbor, Donna M. Firlein (Fran) of Westville, Dee MacAdams(Thomas) of Brooklawn and Christine Dwight (Don)of Woodbury Heights. Dee is the owner of Erin's Gardens in Gloucester City Devoted grandmother of 9 (Ryan, Brett, Bryan,... Read more →

Private Funeral Services held for James Seltzer, 22, of Deptford

James Seltzer, 22 of Deptford, N.J. on December 24, 2007. Beloved son of James Seltzer and step-son of Karyn (Brown) Seltzer of North Carolina. Loving grandson of Bertha Dugan. Dear nephew of Steven Seltzer and Linda Burrow. Step-brother of Justin and Colin Emerle. Private Services were held on Thursday Dec. 27, 2007 under the direction of the McGUINNESS FUNERAL HOME, Woodbury. J.J. will be sadly missed by his father, family and friends. Read more →

Bill Connelly, formerly of Brooklawn, Gloucester Catholic Graduate, Founder of Colonial Wallcovering

Bill Connelly went home to be with our Lord on Dec. 19, 2007. Born on April 24, 1940 in Brooklawn, N.J., he raised his family in West Deptford, N.J., until he retired to Naples, Florida in 1991. Survivors are his wife of 49 years, Elaine; his four children, Janet, Shellie, Bill, Norman; his eight grandchildren and his brother Norman. Bill was the founder of Colonial Wallcovering, a lifetime member of the Colonial Manor Fire Association and a member of the American Legion # 135 in... Read more →

College Wrestling: Rider 11th of 50 at Midlands

EVANSTON, ILLINOIS—The Broncs are competing this weekend at the 45th Annual Midlands Wrestling Tournament, hosted by Northwestern University, with three wrestlers in the semi-finals and three in the consolation wrestle backs. Senior Don Fisch (Williamstown, N.J./Delsea), the eighth seed at 149, will face the fifth seed, Jake Patacsil of Purdue in the semi-finals Sunday. Fisch defeated Grant Paswall of Illinois 7-3 in the quarter-finals. Fisch defeated Matt Cusick of Virginia Tech 3-0 in the round of 16. Fisch won a major decision (14-0) in the... Read more →

Richard Unis, age 63, of Gibbstown, formerly of Audubon

UNIS, RICHARD J. SR. On December 26, 2007, age 63 years, of Gibbstown, and formerly of Audubon. Beloved husband of the late Virgie M. (Cherokee) (nee Byrd). Loving father of Ray, Debbie Connell, Lone Wolf, Sheila Unis, Richard Jr. and Lisa Holland. Also survived by his mother IsabelAllen, 1 sister Sheila Murchell, 28 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Relatives and friends of the family may call Monday, 10-11:00am at the EVOY-BANASZFUNERAL HOME, 129 White Horse Pike, Haddon Heights where a Religious Service will be celebrated... Read more →

Photo Album: GHS 51 Audubon 28

photos by Bruce Darrow AUDUBON- Gloucester High got their first win of the season today against Audubon High. Lions Brett Darrow high scorer with 16 points and teammate Brandon Blackiston followed with 10 points. Related: Game Photo Album Gloucester City High School Audubon News GHS Web Site Audubon High School Web Site Read more →

Eleanor Radlinger, 63, of Brooklawn; Employed by Macy's Security Dept. for 26 years

RADLINGER, ELEANOR C. On December 26, 2007,(nee Kubala), of Brooklawn, NJ, age 63. She is the beloved wife of Jack Radlinger and loving mother of Walter Robert Radlinger (Paula), Cherrie Hammer (Donald) and Lisa Radlinger. Her dear grandchildren Kevin, AJ and Jack, brothers Edward (Fran) and John (Ruth) Kubala, sister-in law Shirley Watson, brother-in law Kenneth Radlinger (Sandy) and many dear nieces and nephews also survive her. Eleanor was employed in the Security Dept. of Macy's in Cherry Hill for over 26 years. Relatives and... Read more →

Gloucester City: December's Breakfast Club Meeting

By Lois Lane, gossip columnist for ClearysNoteBook The Gloucester City Breakfast Club had a huge turnout for their December 29 meeting held at the Dining Car Depot, Monmouth Street at the Railroad. Some thirty-nine men were in attendance. Hank Miller won the prize for coming the longest distance. The former Gloucester resident, who writes the column When East Meets West for ClearysNoteBook, flew in from his home in Kitakyushu City, Japan just for the breakfast. Photo: Welcoming Hank, left, with a warm handshake is Rick... Read more →

Margaret H. Heyne, 91, of Mt. Ephraim; 1st Presbyterian Church parishioner

(nee Horner) On December 27, 2007, age 91. of Mt. Ephraim, NJ. Beloved wife of the late Harold Heyne. Devoted mother of Lynn and son-in-law Tom Spina of Somerdale, NJ and the late Stephen Heyne. Loving grandmother of Elizabeth and Brian Spina. Dear sister-in-law of Elizabeth Horner of Cape May. Special friend of Dorothy Spina of Glassboro and John Gasparon of Mt. Ephraim. Also many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Heyne was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Haddon Heights, NJ. She loved... Read more →

Rider University 45, Princeton University 42

Women’s College Basketball LAWRENCEVILLE—All is forgotten when you make the winning shot. Shaking off an 0-7 shooting effort in the first 37 minutes of the game, Rider sophomore Amanda Sepulveda (Perth Amboy/Hun School) made a three-point field goal at the buzzer to give Rider a victory over Princeton Saturday afternoon. “I am proud of the kids for the way they fought,” said head coach Lynn Milligan. “It wasn’t a pretty game by any means but we talk about it everyday, how you battle and battle... Read more →


Lakeland, FL… The College of New Jersey wrestling team wrapped action on Saturday at the 2007 Brute Sunshine Open at the Lakeland Convention Center. After two days of competition in the non- team scored event, TCNJ produced three champions, three runners-up, a fourth place finisher and a sixth place finisher. Defending event champion, Augsburg College (MN) produced only two champions, while Delaware Valley College also had three champions at the event. The 21-team competition featured four of the nation’s top ten ranked teams in Division... Read more →

Boys High School Hoops: Rams Win GCHS Holiday Tournament*

Posted on Sat, Dec. 29, 2007 Source www.philly.com Mike Calzonetti went home with the MVP award, but Gloucester Catholic needed Terence McPeak's two foul shots with 10 seconds left to lock up its own holiday boys' basketball tournament with a 49-46 win over Eastern last night. The Rams (5-1) built an eight-point lead after three quarters before holding off Eastern's (4-2) comeback bid, which was led by Bobby Harris (18 points). Calzonetti had 17 points in the final, and finished the two-game event with 35... Read more →

Debra Budesa age 49, of Deptford, Services on Monday

(nee Brancato), on December 26, 2007, of Deptford. Age 49. Beloved wife of William. Devoted mother of Joseph and his fiancé Gracia of Deptford, Candice Kennedy and her husband Daniel of Glassboro and Andrea and her boyfriend David of Deptford. Dear sister of Thomas Brancato and his wife Kathy. Niece of Anne DiPatri and her husband Dick. Aunt of Danielle, Samantha and Meredith and four nephews. Also survived by mother-in-law Margaret Budesa, sisters-in-law Donette, Colleen and Rosemary and brothers-in-law Warren and Mike. Loving daughter of... Read more →

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: New Years in Japan

By Hank F.Miller Jr. New Year's is the most significant holiday in Japan. On the morning of January 1, family members exchange formal greetings and have o-toso, or spiced sake, o-zoni soup containing rice cakes, and a variety of special New Year's dishes. Parents give their children o-toshidama, or New Year's money gifts. Then they enjoy reading New Year's greeting postcards which are sent by family members or friends, and are usually delivered around noon. Quite a few people pay the New Year's first visit... Read more →

Game Wardens Fall in the Line of Duty

source lonestaroutdoorsnews.com Written by TPW Thursday, 27 December 2007 While at the academy, Hurst shared his knowledge about waterfowl with fellow cadets and taught duck identification techniques. On March 17, Hurst’s 34th birthday, he was killed while attempting to apprehend a suspected poacher. The Justin Hurst WMA becomes the fourth wildlife area in Texas dedicated to a fallen game warden. read on Read more →


December 28, 2007 Media Release Lakeland, FL… The College of New Jersey wrestling team opened action on Friday at the 2007 Brute Sunshine Open at the Lakeland Convention Center. After one day of competition in the two-day non-team scored event, TCNJ proudly boasts eight wrestlers alive in the semifinals. The 21-team competition features four of the nation’s top ten ranked teams in Division III, including No. 1 ranked Augsburg College (MN), #4 Heidelberg College (O), #6 Delaware Valley College and the #8 ranked Lions of... Read more →

Robert A Jones, Well Known Municipal Accountant and Auditor Succumbs at the age of 72

Robert A. Jones, age 72 died on December 26, 2007. A graduate of Clayton High School in 1953, he attended Washington College and received his degree from Temple University in 1968. Bob was an Army Veteran serving from 1958-1960. He owned and operated Robert A. Jones Inc. Accountants in Pitman and formerly of Camden. He was Auditor for the City of Camden from 1976-1996. Bob was a licensed Registered Municipal Accountant and Public School Accountant who audited many municipalities and school districts. Bob was a... Read more →

Skip Mamounis, age 60 of Haddon Hts., Sunday School Teacher & Webelo Leader

MAMOUNIS, GLENN G. (SKIP) On December 24, 2007, age 60 years, of Haddon Heights. Beloved husband of Josie A. (nee Johnson). Loving father of Kyle J. at home, George of Newfield and Lisa Bercute of Sewell. Also survived by two sisters, Donna M. Ruth of Ewan, Rosann Boggs of Gaithersburg, MD, four grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and great nephews, a godson John Pole and his special cousin Amigo Jim Payne. Skip was a Sales Consultant with White Valley Memorials in Berlin, and was a former... Read more →

Parents of student who died after binge suing Rider U.*

Associated Press Home News Tribune Online 12/28/07 A wrongful death lawsuit was filed Friday by lawyers for Gary and Julie DeVercelly, whose son Gary DeVercelly Jr. died in March after a party at the on-campus Phi Kappa Tau house in which authorities say pledges were urged to consume large quantities of alcohol. The suit in state Superior Court seeks an unspecified amount of money from Rider, as well as Ohio-based Phi Kappa Tau, and four members of the fraternity's now-defunct Rider chapter. continue Read more →

Deptford Police Officer Listed in Critical but Stable condition

December 28, 2007 By Troy Graham Inquirer Staff Writer source www.philly.com A Deptford police officer seriously injured in a car crash Wednesday night emerged from surgery yesterday but remained in a medically-induced coma, authorities said. Gary Wurst, 24, was listed in critical but stable condition at Cooper University Hospital in Camden yesterday afternoon. Wurst's parents and dozens of fellow officers from the 80-member Deptford Police Department swarmed the hospital after the accident, awaiting word from doctors. continue............. Related: Blue Line Read more →

Bills Point of View: ‘The Good’ & ‘The Bad’ for December

JEER-NJ Gov. Corzine and the Lame Duck Legislators recently did away with the death penalty in our state. Edward P. Donohue, Chief of Police, Lower Township sums it up in a recent Letter to the Editor stating in part, "This is a slap in the face to every one who puts on a bulletproof vest every day, kisses their family and walks out the door to protect the state's residents." CHEER- Gloucester City Patrolman Steve Burkhardt and his K-9 partner "Eich" pronounced "Ike" a 15-... Read more →

Mary Marple Malone, of Westville Succumbs to cancer at age 67

Age 67, of Westville, NJ, a kind and gentle soul went to be with her Lord and Saviour on December 23, 2007. She died at home surrounded by her children and grandchildren after a battle with cancer. Mary was the daughter of the late James and Agatha Malone. She is survived by three sisters: her twin Elizabeth Plantrich, Ann Bershesky and Linda Gallagher. She is also survived by her 5 children: Terry Bouillon of Westville, Mary Marple of Alaska, Sharon deVault and her husband Terry... Read more →

Thompson harbors NCAA tourney, NBA draft hopes at Rider University

By Andy Glockner ESPN.com Source www.rider.edu This small-time setting was about the last place you would expect to find an NBA prospect, but there he was in Rider's handsome cranberry red uniform, a visitor from the decidedly mid-major MAAC, long and lean like the 1 that adorns his jersey's back. Meet Jason Thompson, the best 6-foot-11, 250-pound forward you've never heard of. Last season, Thompson averaged 20.1 points and 10.1 rebounds a game, placing him with Kevin Durant and Nick Fazekas as the only 20-and-10... Read more →