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January 2008

Re: Pandemonium in Gloucester City Police Department

By Bill Cleary Several readers inquired whether or not I have tried to contact the two chiefs (William Crothers and Michael Kaye) for a response on the “Pandemonium” occurring in the police department for their side of the story. The answer to the question is no. For obvious reasons the case is in litigation and neither man would be able to answer my questions. That was also the reason Mayor William James could not issue a response on what is happening in the department. James... Read more →

Gloucester City: Formula One Car on Display at Heritages Today between 3 PM and 5 PM

Vita500 announced a shared title sponsorship of the Greisiger Racing Formula One Racecar. This multi-sponsor relationship will kick off at the 16th annual WIP Wing Bowl on Friday, February 1, 2008 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Preceding this event, on Thursday, January 31, the Formula One Racecar featuring the Vita500 logo will be on display at Heritage Dairy stores throughout Southern New Jersey including the Swedesboro, National Park, Gloucester, and Logan Township locations. The car is scheduled to be on display today, Thursday... Read more →

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: Church Bulletin Booo-Boos

By Hank F. Miller Jr I received this from a good friend awhile back. Thank God for church ladies with typewriters. These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced at church services: The Fasting & Prayer Conference: includes meals. The sermon this morning: "Jesus walks on the Water." The sermon tonight: "Searching for Jesus." Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands. The peacemaking meeting scheduled for... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic:Talented Dacierno left dreams on field

source www.courierpostonline.com Bob Dacierno, 62, still loves the summer game even in the dead of winter and even well past his playing days. "It is an everyday sport," he said, "you are going bad one day and the next day you are a hero." The former Gloucester Catholic High School star, who was named All South Jersey and first-team All State as a senior third baseman for the Rams in 1963, never got to live out his dream and become a Major League baseball hero.... Read more →

In the Spotlight: Wing Bowl 16 *

Isource http://philadelphia.about.com Wing Bowl 16 - The Showdown in the Hot Sauce One of the defining moments of the year has arrived. Thirty competitive eaters will tomorrow devour hot and spicy Buffalo Wings with scantly clad women standing by their side and nearly 20,000 radio listeners cheering them on as SportsRadio 610 WIP presents WIP's Wing Bowl 16. Read more →

Letters: Hello from Germany!

Bill & Connie, Hello from GERMANY! Well after being delayed in Kuwait due to plane issues we finally flew out 2 days later and reached Rammstein Airbase at 7pm on 24 JAN 08. From here we had a big formation and turned in all of our weapons and sensitive items and start to begin in processing stage. After about 2 hours in Rammstein we took a 1 1/2hr bus ride to Hanau were we downloaded all of our rucksacks and gear and the soldiers signed... Read more →


Ewing, NJ…The College of New Jersey men’s basketball team hosted the Scarlet Raptors of Rutgers University-Camden on Wednesday night in NJAC play. Rutgers-Camden tallied the 58-53 win as the Scarlet Raptors snapped a six-game losing streak to improve to 4-15 overall and 1-6 in the league. TCNJ drops to 5-13 overall and 1-6 in the NJAC. The win over the Lions by RUC snapped a 10-game win streak TCNJ held over RUC. Rutgers-Camden’s last win over TCNJ came on January 30, 2002, a 95-80 overtime... Read more →


KLIMOWICZ ADDS 15TH DOUBLE-DOUBLE Ewing, NJ…The College of New Jersey women’s basketball team hosted Scarlet Raptors of Rutgers University-Camden on Wednesday night in Packer Hall on Saturday. TCNJ cruised to a67-29 win to improve to 14-5 overall and 5-2 in the NJAC, while Rutgers-Camden drops to 7-12 overall and 1-6 in the league. TCNJ led 32-9 at the break, holding the Scarlet Raptors to a season low for points in a half, yielding only nine as they shot only 10.0% (2-20). TCNJ’s junior center Hillary... Read more →

Alvina V. Merrill, 88, enjoyed traveling, boating and trips to casinos

On January 28, 2008. (nee Rich) Age 88. Of Stanfill Towers in Haddon Hts. Formerly of Lock Haven, PA. Loving wife of 20 years to the late Boots Merrill. Loving and devoted mother of Evelyn J. (Edward) Morris of Oaklyn and Joan (Dick) Doebler of Jersey Shore, PA. Caring grandmother of 3 and great-grandmother of 6. Also survived by her sister Evelyn Keyes of NY, her brother Warren Rich of PA. and many nieces and nephews. Alvina enjoyed traveling, boating and trips to the casinos.... Read more →

RE: The Human Society of the United States Allegations about handling of disabled cattle

January 30, 2008 "I am deeply concerned about the allegations made regarding inhumane handling of non-ambulatory disabled cattle in a federally inspected slaughter establishment. "We are confident in our inspection system and the food safety regulations that ensure the safety and wholesomeness of the food supply. Among the federal safeguards in place, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) prohibits non-ambulatory disabled cattle and cattle tissue identified as specified risk materials for use in human food. "I have called on... Read more →

Claire Lafferty, 80, of Gloucester City

On January 29, 2008. Age 80. (nee Kammauf) Of Gloucester City. Loving wife of the late Earle S. Lafferty. Devoted mother of Bruce W. Lafferty (Eileen), Janet L. Malone (late Jimmy) and Elaine R. Hancock (Fran). Beloved grandmother of John S. Hancock (Kerri), Heather Rose Hancock, Meghan E. Goins (Michael), Eileen Rose Lafferty (Fiancé Paul Marmino), Carey Ann Lafferty, William E. Malone and Timothy J. Malone. Beloved great-grandmother of Sydney Anne Hancock and Ryan John Hancock. Dear Sister of Vincent Kammauf (Floss) and the late... Read more →

Letters: Before Toll Hikes, Cut Labor Costs

Approximately 83,000 employees at an average salary of $50,000 equals ... let's see ... $4.15 billion. That's only for salaries. Add 10 percent for payroll taxes and another 3 percent for minimal pension costs and that equals an additional $540 million. Therefore, labor costs alone account for at least 14 percent of the total 2007-08 New Jersey budget. That doesn't even include health benefits. Now Gov. Jon S. Corzine has outlined his plan to raise revenue so the state can meet its obligations. He says... Read more →

Westville: New Plans for Library Discussed

By Sara Martino NEWS Correspondent "If needed, the library books could be stored in church buildings," said Gwen Cartenuto, Librarian for the Westville Free Library, during a discussion of library renovations during the January 9 meeting of Borough Council. Library trustees attended to learn of the fate of the proposed expansion. A state grant had expired but an extension was given and now the $100,000 NJ State Legislative grant may be used for the renovations. Additional funds from grants and the municipal budget will also... Read more →

Mandatory Spay/Neuter Reintroduced in New Jersey

source American Kennel Club The bill would require that before a dog could be released from any shelter or pound it must be sterilized, unless the owner can provide documentation of the following: that the dog "has been shown" within the last 12 months; or that the owner is a "professional licensed breeder registered with the American Kennel Club"; or a licensed veterinarian has determined that sterilization would be detrimental to the dog's health. Sterilization is required for all dogs impounded, even if it is... Read more →

Letters: No Excuses, It is your duty and responsibility to Vote*

As a registered voter since 1981, I have lived in three municipalities in those years (Gloucester City, Collingswood and Brooklawn). I have never had a problem voting anywhere. The polling places have always been convenient and the people there have always been helpful. It is my cherished civic duty to vote and I always make the time to do so. Polls open at 6AM and close at 8PM, so to those people who say they haven't the time to vote because of school or work,... Read more →

Isabella B. Jones, of Mississippi, graduated from Gloucester City High School

Isabella B. Jones, 75, of Pass Christian died Sunday, January 27, 2008 in Gulfport. Mrs. Jones was a homemaker and had been a resident of the coast for 37 years. A former resident of Gloucester City NJ, she was a graduate of Gloucester City High School. Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her husband Howard L. Jones; daughter Gail F. Jones; parents Joseph E. and Beatrice Schaeffer; sister Josephine Songer; and brother Joseph E. Schaeffer, Jr. She is survived by her daughters Debra Vogt... Read more →

Norman Theckston Jr., of West Deptford, formerly of Gloucester City, Korean War Army Vet

Norman Theckston Jr., age 75 passed away on January 27, 2008. Norm was a good-hearted man with a quick wit and strong devotion to his family. Norm has called West Deptford home for over 40 years, having moved from Gloucester City where he was born and raised. He was a graduate of Camden Catholic and attended Rutgers University. During the Korean Conflict, he answered the call to proudly serve in the US Army. Prior to retirement, Norm provided for his family by working for RCA... Read more →

Jean Herzstein, 89, longtime member of St. Mary's Church

HERZSTEIN, JEAN D. On January 26, 2008, Jean D. (nee Sadowski), age 89, passed away at her daughter's home in Collingswood. Born in Camden, Jean had been a resident of Gloucester Heights for many years prior to moving to Stanfill Towers in Haddon Heights 12 years ago. Jean was a longtime parishioner of St. Mary's Church in Gloucester as well as a member of the Gloucester Heights Fire Department Ladies Auxillary. Jean was the beloved wife of the late, Norman. She is lovingly survived by... Read more →


Ewing, NJ… In a showdown of nationally-ranked wrestling programs, The College of New Jersey overcame an early deficit to rally past visiting Wilkes University on Tuesday as the Lions prevailed by the score of 20-18. The Lions (13-3) are ranked 20th in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III poll, while the Colonels (15-6-1) are one spot higher at 19th. Prior to the match, the Lions recognized their five seniors for their dedication and commitment to TCNJ’s program. Honored were Steve Carbone (Cranford, NJ/Cranford),... Read more →

Stockton College:Weekly Honor Roll

WEEKLY HONOR ROLL MEN’S BASKETBALL: Jon Greene (Wildwood/Wildwood) averaged 17.0 points and 7.0 rebounds, and shot 72.2% from the field in two Stockton wins. Greene scored his 1,000th career point against New Jersey City. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Kim Herriger (Howell/Msgr. Donovan) sank the game-winning jumper with 20 seconds remaining to snap a 56-56 tie and give Stockton a 58-56 win over New Jersey City. Herriger also tied her season high with nine points against Kean. MEN’S TRACK & FIELD: Jim Osenenko (West Creek/Pinelands) placed 14th out... Read more →

Naples, Florida: Mark Zieminski, GHS Graduate, Died in motorcycle accident

Mark Zieminski, of Naples, Florida, formerly of Westmont, New Jersey died Saturday, January 26th as the result of a motorcycle accident. He was 38 years old. Mark was born in Gloucester City, New Jersey on August 7, 1969, the son of Thaddeus and Anna (Welsh) Zieminski. He graduated from Gloucester High School and lived in Westmont, NJ before moving to Naples in 2000. He worked as a bartender at Stevie Tomatoes in Naples and at Rocky Patel Premium Cigars in Bonita Springs. Mark married his... Read more →

Gloucester City: Plans Call For a Irish Themed Village of Shops and Restaurants

In an effort to further revitalize the Gloucester City waterfront, Mayor and Council are currently looking for developers and builders who want to play a part in the effort. The City has most recently issued a Request for Qualifications for developers and builders that are interested in enhancing the housing/business stock along the City's waterfront area. This is part of a Citywide revitalization effort that began in 2007 calling for the King Street corridor to become a festival retail and entertainment destination by locating stores,... Read more →

Baby Arianna Jade TAYLOR, of Cherry Hill

On January 23, 2008. Baby Arianna Entered this world and was taken home to heaven. Of Cherry Hill. Loving daughter of Alisha Taylor. Cherished grand-daughter of Wendy Taylor and Ronald Gabriel, Jr. Beloved niece of Michael Taylor and Julianna Taylor. At the request of the family, funeral services will be private. Burial New St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr, NJ. Family requests memorial donations in Baby Arianna’s memory to the Baby Arianna Jade Taylor Memorial Fund: P.O. Box 358, Gloucester City, N.J. 08030. Please write in the... Read more →

Bellmawr: Report on recent Borough Council meeting

source http://blog.markmatthews.com After missing the last few, I attended the Bellmawr Council meeting on January 24, 2008. The agenda included awarding of several checks to various town groups by a town business, Officer Appointments, commentary on recycling, the approval of the reassessment contract (yes, it is coming!) and a brief update on the landfill project... which I have a feeling has shifted from its original plan to be more commercial, less residential.read more Read more →

New Jersey: Cop Retires Because Chief is "Sucking the life out of the department"

souce www.app.com By Kevin Penton • KEYPORT BUREAU • January 28, 2008 MIDDLETOWN-Holden said he retired because he was tired of working with a police chief, Robert Oches, whose leadership is "sucking the life out of the department" and causing morale among the ranks to drop. Holden said he spoke with Oches several months ago about the police vehicles that needed to be inspected. The chief promised to look into it, Holden said. For months, officers have made arrests and issued tickets while cruising the... Read more →

Elizabeth Vitkow, age 76, of Sewell, formerly of Bellmawr

Elizabeth Vitkow passed away on January 27, 2008 at age 76. (nee Younce) Of Sewell. Formerly of Bellmawr. Loving and devoted mother of Diane Brett, Frank (Denise) Vitkow, Eleanor (Dennis) Hondros, Michael Vitkow, Mark Vitkow, and Gregory Vitkow. Loving and caring grandmother of 7 and great-grandmother of 6. Dear sister of Bernice Briley. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday 11 am at Annunciation B.V.M. Church, 601 W. Browning Rd., Bellmawr, NJ. Interment New Saint Mary's Cemetery,... Read more →


Gloucester Catholic High School's new officers of the Marian Chapter of the National Honor Society include, top row, Rob Quigley, corresponding secretary; Bridget Trefz, vice president; Brian Golden, treasurer and, bottom row, Alyse Scaffidi, president and Melissa Jackson, recording secretary. Related: Gloucester Catholic HS Read more →

Hunting & Fishing: Bow hunts lasting lot longer now

source http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com This 2007-08 hunting season is the best example I've ever seen as to why the trade was more than worth it. The reason: the bucks have only just begun to move 24-7 in search of does in estrus, and should continue to do so well into February. The switch was really turned on last weekend by the snow/sleet/freezing weather/ice. Not only were the bucks on the move, but does, feral hogs and all sorts of other wild critters. I even made a rare... Read more →

Local dog beats death, heads to Westminster*

source Press of Atlantic City.com By BRIAN IANIERI Staff Writer, Published: Saturday, January 26, 2008 The story of "Bo the show dog" is like a Jack London novel. Just replace dogsleds and the call of the wild with primping and daily tooth brushing. Bo was a puppy living with females when his jealous 250-pound father mauled him, his teeth clenched around Bo's throat so tight that pepper spray wouldn't stop him. Bo was 10 months old, and his father saw him as competition for the... Read more →

Hunting & Fishing: Quail Unlimited Celebrity Hunt has big economic impact

January 25, 2008 source http://www.walb.com The 22nd Annual Quail Unlimited Celebrity Quail Hunt isn't just about fun. It has a huge economic impact on the region. Hundreds of visitors are quail hunting on more than 40 plantations across South Georgia and pumping an estimated half million dollars into hotels and restaurants. The hunt also brings plenty of publicity. Dozens of outdoor shows will film the hunt, and writers will publish articles about Albany and South Georgia being the Quail Hunting Capital of the World. The... Read more →


Media Release Young Musicians Combine From Four Districts January 21, 2008- The fifth annual "Winter Festival Honors Band" concert was held on January 19th at Kershaw School in Mt. Ephraim. Fifty 5th and 6th grade students were selected from Mansion and Haviland Avenue Schools in Audubon; Kershaw School in Mt. Ephraim; Alice Costello School in Brooklawn and Atlantic, Glenview and Seventh Avenue Schools in Haddon Heights. Destinee Meeser a 6th grade flutist from Mt. Ephraim is mesmerized by the directions of one of the teachers.... Read more →