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February 2008

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Freezing' in a winter wonderland

by Hank F. Miller Jr. Winter lies heavy on Japan. Ski slopes, hot sake, common-pot stews, frosty smiles, rosy cheeks and-at least for those in the highlands or up north-buckets of snow. It's one cozy chapter of chipper romance that all Japanese feel for the four seasons. But-and you can ask my wife Keiko, on this - I am not Mr. Romantic. Especially I have but one desire in this season of chilly delights, and it is not to escape to the slopes or to build a snowman or to munch "mikan =Tangerines" under the"kotatsu = a low table where one sits on cushions on the floor with a heated lamp connected to the bottom of the low table with a quilt over the top, that keeps your lower body warm. It's merely this: I want winter to go away-now. Some Japanese-enchanted perhaps by the slurp spell of hot "soba... Read more →

OrdinanceWill Help Brooklawn's Budget

By Sara Martino NEWS Correspondent An ordinance allowing Brooklawn to make an increase in the 2008 budget was okayed on first reading during the recent Brooklawn Council meeting. The Local Government Cap Law provides that in the preparation of the local budget, a municipality may limit any increase in the budget to 2.5 percent un-less authorized by ordinance to increase it to 3.5 percent over the previous year's final appropriations. Mayor John Soubasis and members of Council, according to the ordinance, find it advisable and necessary to increase the 2008 budget over the previous year in the interest of promoting the health, safety and welfare of the citizens. The increase will only be 1 percent in the budget for 2008, he said, amounting to $20,776.73. The ordinance will be considered for final adoption after a public hearing on Tuesday, February 19, in Brooklawn Borough Hall at 6:30 p.m. Copies of... Read more →


I just finished reading the letter in last week's Gloucester City News from Owen O'Neil of Westmont, in reference to Furrever Friends Rescue and volunteers. I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. O'Neil's take on what the town of Brooklawn is doing to these people. At least someone out there has a heart and cares for the abandon animals. Now, the town is telling them they are in violation of city ordinances for taking in and caring for stray animals. Who else is going to take the responsibility? Certainly not the owners who tossed these animals out. They are the people who need to be prosecuted – not someone who actually takes the time, money and compassion to get these animals vet care and find them homes. Animals feel pain. Animals get depressed and lonely. Animals feel just like humans do. But, people refuse to believe that because they cannot communicate their... Read more →

On a 'Sonny' trip to Florida, Ray wouldn't listen

source I was excited about the next evening's hunt because the wind was perfect for me to hunt one of the best fields for hogs. Nothing is a certainty, though. And as bad luck would have it, the wind started shifting while I was in the stand until it was blowing right out of the north. This was blowing my scent right into a big swamp and a huge game trail where the hogs come out. It still was good for the hogs that would come out of the game trail to my right or the east. I could only hope for the best. After several groups of hogs came out from behind me and wandered back into the swamp after smelling me, I was starting to feel a little dejected. Then out of nowhere about 12 hogs came toward me from the east swamp. read more Read more →

Stockton College Weekly Honor Roll/Upcoming Events*

WEEKLY HONOR ROLL MEN’S BASKETBALL: Jerome Hubbard (Neptune/Neptune) averaged 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in two Stockton games last week. Hubbard scored a game-high 20 points and tied his season high with five assists against College of New Jersey WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Kristin Sciarrillo (Edison/Edison) tied her career high with 16 rebounds and also scored eight points in Stockton’s game against College of New Jersey. Sciarrillo also scored nine points in a win over Rutgers-Camden. She registered two blocked shots in each game as well. LATEST RESULTS Men’s Basketball (16-6, 9-3 NJAC) Rutgers-Camden 87, Stockton 74 Stockton 83, College of New Jersey 72 Women’s Basketball (12-12, 5-7 NJAC) Stockton 60, Rutgers-Camden 58 College of New Jersey 58, Stockton 32 UPCOMING EVENTS (Home opponents in CAPS) Monday, February 18 Men’s Basketball vs. MANHATTANVILLE 7 pm Wednesday, February 20 Women’s Basketball @ Kean 6 pm Men’s Basketball @ Kean 8 pm... Read more →

Mt. Ephraim Celebrations Committee Presents....Craft & Classic Car Show

1st Annual Craft and Classic Car Show April 26th 8:00am to 3:00pm Kings Highway Mt. Ephraim, NJ $25 crafter space $35 crafter space if table needed $20 classic car entrance fee-prizes will be awarded Visit For more information: Call Lil 931-3080; Karen 931-9579; Janet 931-1562; Bernice 933-3928 Read more →

Gloucester City High School “Classroom Scene”

By Tish Sarracino The month of February brings many reasons to celebrate. It is the month that recognizes the importance of love, Presidents, and, believe it or not, being halfway through the school year. A number of Gloucester City High School events relate to those three areas. On Friday, February 15, a Valentine's Day dance will be held for students in grades 9 through 12. This semi-formal event will take place in the old gym from 7 to 10 p.m. The cost of admission is $5. Again relating to the topic of love, Mr. Iannetti's English I classes are in the midst of reading Shakespeare's perennial favorite Romeo and Juliet. The unit will conclude with students presenting various projects relating to the play. Both students and staff at GHS have been busy showing their love for others through their generosity. On January 23, Ms. Katie Light's Art Club sponsored the... Read more →

Hunting and Fishing: Armchair adventures great for beating weather

source By Jim Casada · The Herald My grandfather used to argue, with considerable validity, that the basic explanation for February being the shortest month of the year was because mean, miserable weather invariably characterized it. Most hunting has come and gone, he would say from the comfort of a rocking chair pulled up close to a wood-burning stove, "and decent fishing won't start for several weeks." Warming to his subject, he would continue, "February is just plain ornery and early March ain't much better." read more Read more →

Diane C. Bongiovanni, of Gloucester City, age 54

On February 18, 2008. (nee Collins) Age 54. Of Gloucester City. Loving and devoted wife of 32 years to John T. Bongiovanni. Devoted mother of Deana (Digger) Anderson, Kristina (Robert) Rust, John T. Bongiovanni, Jr., Nicholas W. (Jennifer) Bongiovanni. Predeceased by her daughter Debbie Lynn Collins. Loving grandmother of Clarissa, Cassandra, Erin, Hailey, Alexander, Courtney, Teresa, Hojey and Brianna. Loving Sister of Danny (Ginny) Collins, Timothy (Alice) Collins, Robert (Linda) Collins, Susan (James) Collins, and Dawn (Mark) Collins and the late Billy Collins (surviving wife Kathy). Also survived by many nieces and nephews; Danny, Jr., Michael, Andrew, Amy, Kristen, Jackie, Jeff, Justin, Candice, Andrew, Stephanie, Austin, Mathew, Cindy, Jeremy, Steven, Joseph, Brandy and predeceased by Christopher, Jennifer and Michael. Also survived by her best friend Rose Cushman. Diane worked 11 years for VNA in Runnemede. Diane had a passion for home interior. She also enjoyed trips to the casinos. Relatives... Read more →

Martin Kinsey, 58, of Haddon Twp., a former college teacher

KINSEY, MARTIN TOWNSEND Age 58, of Haddon Township, died unexpectedly February 1st, at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. A former college teacher with a wide range of intellectual interests, Kinsey struggled most of his adult life with residual effects of a benign brain tumor and its surgical and radiation treatment in 1978. Born in Princeton, NJ, on May 14, 1949, he was a son of Richard Saltonstall Kinsey, also of Haddon Township, and the late Janet Townsend Roberts (Kinsey). He is also survived by his brother David North Kinsey of Princeton, two nephews, and eight first cousins. Kinsey was raised in Moorestown and graduated from Moorestown Senior High School. He was co-captain of its state championship swim team and played violin in the New Jersey All-State Orchestra. A cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College in 1971, Kinsey attended graduate school in Russian studies at Yale University. After receiving a Master... Read more →

NJ Turnpike Accident; Newark man killed

By BILL DUHART Courier-Post Staff source BELLMAWR - A 40-year-old Newark man was killed Tuesday morning after his Jeep overturned on the New Jersey Turnpike just north of the entrance here, state police said. The victim's name had not been released pending notification of his family, police said. The accident was reported at 4:38 a.m. in the northbound lane. One other vehicle was involved in the wreck, but police said that vehicle, driven by a Maryland man, is not believed to have caused the fatality, trooper Kristin Welch said . read more Read more →

Cecelia E. Reynolds, Clayton High and Middle School Teacher

Cecelia E. Reynolds, 60, of Monroeville, N.J., went home to be with the Lord on Friday, February 15, 2008, at her home. Born in Woodbury, she was a lifelong resident of Gloucester County. For the past 19 years, she has worked as a permanent substitute teacher in the Clayton High School and Middle School. Cecelia was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Clayton, where she was the eighth grade religious education teacher, served on various church committees, and was a song leader for many years. She was a former Den Mother with the Clayton Cub Scouts and a member of the Aura School PTA. Cecelia¹s cooking and baking skills were enjoyed by all of her family. She also enjoyed gardening, reading, doing for others, and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother, and a special friend to all who knew... Read more →

Sports: Headlines for Tuesday*

Future looks bright as Dragons show progress Gloucester County Times - - Woodbury,NJ,USA Combine that with an opening schedule that included Gloucester Catholic, Gloucester, Glassboro, Deptford and Williamstown and a 1-6 start was almost ... See all stories on this topic Cup stays uptown: Cougars top Mounties; both squads prep for ... Montclair Times - Montclair,NJ,USA Following the Montclair Cup, MKA skated to a 5-0 win over West Essex this past Friday and a 5-2 victory against Gloucester Catholic Saturday. ... See all stories on this topic Preview 2008: Breaking down special teams Scarlet Nation, NJ - Feb 17, 2008 For Rutgers to have a chance at grabbing its first ever Big East championship, its special teams will have to get a lot more special in 2008. ... A different team Bridgewater Courier News, United States - Feb 17, 2008 By KEITH SARGEANT PISCATAWAY — As one of only... Read more →

Vince Dailey, son of former Gloucester City Mayor Succumbs

Vincent Joseph Dailey, the son of former and now deceased Gloucester City Mayor Vincent M. Dailey, succumbed after a long illness on Monday, February 11, 2008. He was residing in Sun City AZ Born on February 16, 1942, Vincent was a long time employee of the Courier Post News Paper in Cherry Hill NJ until his retirement where he and his family moved to Sun City; AZ. Vincent had two children whom one of which is deceased in August of 1993. (Matthew Dailey). Vincent is survived by his wife Geraldine M. (Leap) Dailey, and one son and daughter-in-law Vincent and Cathy Dailey. He served with the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was also a life time member and past Post Commander of the VFW post 3620 in Gloucester City NJ. A graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School Class of 1959, Mr. Dailey also served... Read more →

Earl Bohrer (Monk), 81, of Audubon, Korean War Army Vet

BOHRER, EARL W. SR. 'MONK' On February 17, 2008; of Audubon, NJ; age 81 years. Beloved husband of Louise M. (nee Brooks); Devoted father of Elaine and her husband Herb Betts, Earl Jr. 'Butch' and his wife Joan, and Jodi and her husband Richard Applegate; Dear brother of Mildred Virtue and Wilbur Bohrer; Loving grandfather of 8 and great grandfather of 7. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Bohrer was employed by Magnetic Metals in Camden for over 40 years. He was also a United States Army Veteran serving during the Korean War. Relatives and friends are invited to the Visitation and Funeral on Wednesday from 6 PM at the FALCO/CARUSO & LEONARD PENNSAUKEN FUNERAL HOME, 6600 North Browning Road, where Funeral Services will be held at 8 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the Alzheimer's Association, 3 Eves Drive, Suite 310, Marlton,... Read more →

Letters: Wow. Well played, Mr. Gurchick. Well played...

When a major or minor celebrity dies it's on every major and not so major website on the internet, you'll hear about it for months... Did those celebrities really change your life? The other day on ClearysNoteBook the announcement read.........Breaking News...... It has been confirmed that Tom Gurchick, a retired Gloucester City High Teacher was fatally injured on Friday afternoon when he lost control of his car and hit a tree near the corner of Morris Street and Johnson Blvd. Funeral arrangements will be announced as soon as they become available. This man has never acted in a single movie. Instead, he was just a simple science teacher from a small town of Gloucester City, NJ. He taught practically my whole family including members in two different generations. They say the best way to cope is to write or read a story. It's not a big secret that I was... Read more →

Robert McNamee, age 47, of Brooklawn, retired volunteer fireman with Bellmawr Park Fire Co.

MCNAMEE, ROBERT P. On February 15, 2008, of Brooklawn, formerly of Bellmawr. Age 47. Beloved son of Bernard and Elaine (nee Guarini). Dear brother of Christine McNamee and Michelle McPoyle (Jack). Loving uncle of Bridgette Heisler, Shawn McPoyle and Matthew McPoyle. Also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Mr. McNamee worked for Pedroni Fuels and was a retired volunteer fireman with Bellmawr Park Volunteer Fire Co. Relatives and friends are invited to the viewing from 7 to 9 pm Wednesday eve and 8:15 to 9:15 am Thursday morning at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Mass 10 am Thursday at Annunciation BVM Church, Bellmawr. Interment New St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr. Expressions of sympathy may be e-mailed to: Read more →

Deborah Mangan, 61, of Haddonfield after a long battle with breast cancer

MANGAN, DEBORAH (nee Watt) On Feb. 15, 2008 after a long battle with breast cancer, age 61, a lifelong Haddonfield resident and beloved wife of Thomas J. Also survived by her sister, Susan W. Gowen (Ernest L.) of Olympia Fields, IL, her sisters-in-law, Mary K. Cahill of Lake George, NY and Ann M. Engle (Stephen) of Binghamton, NY, 2 nieces, Maureen A. & Kathryn L. Cahill, 4 nephews, Thomas R. & Daniel S. Engle and Daniel W. (Susanne) & Timothy R. Gowen and 1 great-nephew, Matthew C. Gowen. She was predeceased by her parents George N. & Harriet (nee Widerman) Watt. Mrs. Mangan graduated from Haddonfield Memorial HS in 1965 and Moravian College in Bethlehem in 1969. She was Vice President of Compliance at Colonial Penn Insurance Co. in Philadelphia for many years. Then she became Vice President/Comp-troller of LEAD Technologies in Haddonfield. Mrs. Mangan's family will receive friends, Tuesday... Read more →

Anne Kennedy , of National Park, worked at Shipyard during WWII

KENNEDY, ANNE M. (nee McGee) of National Park on Feb. 13, 2008. Anne was a loving woman, devoted entirely to her family and brought happiness and strength to all. Anne lived in the Cramer Hill Section of Camden for many years before moving to National Park 35 years ago. As a young girl, Anne worked for Campbell Soup and personally supported WWII efforts at the NY Shipyard, Camden. Helping her father build their family home years ago was a testament to both her physical and emotional strength she possessed. Her family will miss her quick wit, tender loving care and how much joy she brought into everyone's life. She is the beloved wife of the late James G., Sr.; devoted mother of James G., Jr. (Nancy L.) and Anne K. Borreggine; loving grandmother of Nicholas (Michele) and Deanna Borreggine and great grandmother of Micaela. Relatives & friends are invited to... Read more →

Ethel Mae Finnegan, of Audubon

FINNEGAN, ETHEL MAE nee Leeds, age 84, on February 15, of Hummingbird Rd., Audubon Park. Dearly beloved wife of the late John O. and loving mother of Jacqueline (James) Sickels, NC and Kathleen Finnegan and her fiancee Ramon Ramos of Valleybrook. She is also survived by four grandchildren Louis (Melissa) Gaetjens, Cindi (Joe) Pelletier, Stan Schoenewald, Trish Schoenewald and her fiancee Doug Somers and four great grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate a Christian Burial Service Tuesday, February 19, at 11:00 at THE FUNERAL MANOR, 1585 Hider Lane, Gloucester Twp. The viewing will be after 9:00am at THE FUNERAL MANOR. Donations are requested to be given in Ethel's name to the American Diabetes Assoc., PO BOX 2680, North Canton, OH 44720, Interment Lakeview Memorial Park, Cinnaminson. The arrangements are under the direction of Addison G. Bradley. Read more →

Gloucester Catholic Alumni Appeal

The Gloucester Catholic Alumni Appeal is currently underway. Proceeds from the appeal provide scholarships and financial assistance to GC students. In addition, a bus is leased to provide transportation for the students. Donations may be sent to: Gloucester Catholic Alumni Association, PO Box 596, Gloucester City, NJ 08030. or you can go here to donate online. Read more →

Breaking News: Retired Gloucester City High School teacher dies in auto accident

It has been confirmed that Tom Gurchick, a retired Gloucester City High Teacher was fatally injured on Friday afternoon when he lost control of his car and hit a tree near the corner of Morris Street and Johnson Blvd. Funeral arrangements will be announced as soon as they become available. Read more →


Pomona, NJ…The Ospreys of Richard Stockton College tallied an 83-72 win over The College of New Jersey in NJAC men's basketball action on Saturday. RSC is now 16-6 overall and 9-3 in the league, while TCNJ drops to 6-16 overall and 2-8 in the league. TCNJ had five different players finish in double-digit scoring including sophomore guard Aaron Syvertsen (Midland Park, NJ/Midland Park) who erupted for a career-best 13 points off the bench to best his previous high of only three points. Joining his in double digits was while senior forward Mark Aziz (Hackettstown, NJ/West Morris Central) who added 12 points, while senior Jeff Warner (Jackson, NJ/Jackson) added 11 points as did junior guard Jeff Molinelli (Pennington, NJ/Hopewell Valley). Junior Jay Frank (Brick, NJ/Brick Memorial) added 10 points as well for the Lions. RSC's Jerome Hubbard added a game-high 20 points for the Ospreys. TCNJ returns to action on February... Read more →


New York, NY… The College of New Jersey indoor track and field teams performed well in its final tune-up prior to the conference championship as the Lions competed at the Rider-Lafayette Invitational. The meet, which featured mostly NCAA Division I institutions, was held at the 168th Street Armory in New York City. The Lions will compete at the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships on Monday, February 25 at the John Bennett Indoor Track Complex in Toms River. TCNJ has dominated the indoor championships as the men’s and women’s teams have each swept all 10 titles since the championship began. Men’s Highlights… Senior Brian Kopnicki (Scotch Plains, NJ/Scotch Plains-Fanwood) had a ninth-place finish in the mile as the Lion finished with an ECAC time of 4:16.31. Freshman Tom Bucchino (Toms River, NJ/Toms River East) also had a strong showing in the mile with a time of 4:28.17. Junior Kyle Alpaugh (Clinton,... Read more →

William C. Stefanko Sr. proud owner of Bill's and Eileen's Market in National Park

p>William C. Stefanko Sr. of Woodbury on Feb. 14, 2008. Aged 71 years. Bill was the proud owner of Bill & Eileen¹s Market in National Park. Even after retiring, he still was involved with the bookkeeping for his family business. He enjoyed boating in Maryland, dining out, and the company of his friends and family. He will be remembered as an upbeat, caring man who loved his family. He will be sadly and deeply missed. Beloved husband of the late Eileen (nee Clapper). Devoted father of William C. Stefanko Jr. and his wife, Brenda, and Eileen Aiken and her husband, Fred. Dear brother of Joseph Stefanko and the late Steven Stefanko. Loving grandfather of Billy III, Laura, Heather, Christine and Erick. Viewing Tuesday 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. and Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-9:15 a.m. in the McGUINNESS FUNERAL HOME, 34 Hunter St., Woodbury, NJ 08096. Funeral Mass Wednesday 10 a.m. in St. Michael¹s... Read more →

The Gift of Coaching by Rams Coach Jack Heath

source Gloucester Catholic Cross Country Courtesy of Runners Gazette Magazine Jack Heath, January, 2007 “We’re following in your footsteps. Cause that’s where your footsteps go.” Ian Hunter- “Following in your footsteps” However, one thing I had learned from my coach, Browning Ross is you have to be there for the long haul— a coach must stay through the (mostly) lean and sometimes boom years. But keep coaching no matter what, because you never know. I was in my last year of college at Rowan (then Glassboro State) finishing up my last season of cross country as captain of the team when Browning asked me if I’d like to help him coach at Gloucester Catholic, my alma mater where he had coached me. “No thanks!” I said. “I just want to run; I can’t see high school kids listening to me anyway, so I’d rather just concentrate on my own running.”... Read more →


I recently learned that the Borough of Brooklawn is prosecuting a Furrever Friends Rescue and Volunteers (FFRV) organization volunteer for violation of its domestic animal ordinance, specifically for having too many cats in her home. The ordinance limits three animals per residence. FFRV takes in stray, abused and abandoned domestic cats. They are immediately taken to a veterinarian for a complete checkup, and are spayed or neutered. The cats are not permitted outdoors and that stipulation is part of the fostering and adoption agreements. The organization does not have a shelter facility and the animals are fostered in volunteers' homes until they are adopted. The animals are neither sold nor bred. Brooklawn's stance against the volunteer is contradictory to its ordinance because the town routinely refers strays to the volunteer, yet she is being charged with having too many cats in her home. If Brooklawn did not have the volunteer... Read more →

Anniversary announcements

Howard J. Graber Sr. and Lillian C. (Bocco) Graber of Washington Township are celebrating 50 of marriage. The couple was married Jan. 18, 1958 at Holy Name Roman Catholic church in Camden. Rev. Father Doyle performed the ceremony The couple have been residents of Washington Township for 43 years. Howard, a veteran of the United States Air Force, was a foreman who served over 35 years in the National Boiler Maker's Union retiring in 1995. Lillian is a proud mother and homemaker and is an active member of many women's organizations. They have enjoyed a full life with a large close family and traveled around the world on many vacations. They love spending time with their children and grandchildren celebrating every holiday, anniversary, birthday and special occasions together. Howard and Lillian have six children: Howard J. (and Trudy) Graber of Monroeville; Monica A. (and Robert) Neubert of Sewell; John D.... Read more →

Sports: GCHS over Williamstown, Calzonetti hits critical foul shot*

source Host Gloucester Catholic edged Royal Division champ Williamstown, 39-38, as Mike Calzonetti (15) hit a critical foul shot with 10 seconds left. Buoyed by a 20-9 first quarter and Dontae Johnson's 23 points, Overbrook toppled host Pennsville, 68-57. The Eagles' Ryan Karr posted 26 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Colonial. Junior A. J. Greenwald reached the 1,000-point milestone for his career at West Deptford, finishing a 53-41 win at Haddon Township with 19 points in the game and 1,013 for his career. The Eagles' Charlie McShane (27) poured in seven three-pointers. Paulsboro got a fast start with a 26-14 first quarter, and followed Daryus Quarles' 26-point effort to a 72-60 win at Haddonfield. Audubon claimed a 70-54 win over visiting Gateway with Brandon Hill's 21 points and 11 rebounds, and T.J. Tassi's 20 points and six assists. read more Read more →

Bellmawr: “Construction will begin on New Development in 2009”, Mayor Filipek

By Lois Staas NEWS Correspondent Bellmawr Mayor Frank R. Filipek went on record at the January town council meeting, saying, "I am tired of being called names on the phone about garbage stickers on recycling cans. "There is a separate recycling day and you do not have to separate the glass, cans, and paper. Putting your recyclables in the trash costs a lot of money- - 65 dollars a ton," he said. "With recycling we get money back. The new system will be on the new calendar and in the bulletin. "Recycling is the right thing to do. Businesses do it. It is not hard -- one can for paper, cans, and glass," Filipek said. During the public portion, Mark Matthews of Union Avenue inquired about the state of the landfill. Filipek said, "The landfill is sealed. The drilling sample came back fine. We will have a new drain. About... Read more →

Does Your Dog Have Separation Anxiety?

source It's always a nice feeling to have your dog greet you at the door, but some dogs can be a bit excessive about it. Greeting you this way upon your return home is one common separation anxiety symptom. Simply put, separation anxiety is the fear of being left alone. If your dog has it, he is not alone. Animal behaviorists estimate that 10 to 15 percent of dogs exhibit symptoms of separation anxiety, which include: Digging, chewing or scratching at doors or windows in an attempt to escape or reunite with you. Howling, barking and crying in an attempt to get you to return. Urination and defecation—even with house-trained dogs—as a result of distress. Destroying household objects. Clinginess or remaining close to you, even following you from room to room, while you're home. Punishing a dog for separation anxiety behaviors will not solve the problem. You should understand... Read more →

Hunting & Fishing: Constitutional Amendment for Hunting & Fishing Headed to Senate Floor

source Monday, February 11th, 2008 Another state constitutional amendment, this one claiming a right to hunt and fish, is on its way to the floor of the state Senate. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill last week. Sponsor Doug Jackson says nationally such organizations as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are gearing up, financially and politically, to oppose the traditional activities of hunting. Jackson argues that hunting is not just a hobby – it’s part of a heritage that builds character and responsibility… read more Read more →

TCNJ receives million-dollar gift

source TCNJ officials are marveling and gushing this Valentine's Day because a secret admirer of the college has anonymously given a $1 million gift for its endowment. Unlike the vast majority of sizable anonymous gifts that TCNJ and other colleges receive from donors whose names are known to school brass but not divulged publicly at the donors' request, this gift to TCNJ is courtesy of a benefactor whose identity is a mystery even to TCNJ President R. Barbara Gitenstein. The only strings attached to the money are that $750,000 of it be dedicated to the TCNJ endowment to fund scholarships for underrepresented groups and female students, she said. The other $250,000 has no donor-imposed restrictions on it, although that money will go into the endowment as well and much of its revenue likely will go toward scholarships also. read more Read more →

Two Saints Named maybe a Third

BY SARA MARTINO Two Saints named Valentine, maybe even a third Valentine? We do know now that everyone wants to honor St. Valentine on his special day. One of the saints of the second century was Valentine of Roma. The other is Valentine of Terni and third saint was martyred in Africa. History is not clear on the reason that Saint Valentine (I, II or the III), is the patron of love but the modern world celebrates his day, February 14, with tributes to the loves of their lives. "Valentine's Day is the busiest time of the year for a florist," said Sunshine Flowers & Gift's owner, Diane Fisher. "We start work at 7 am open at 9 am and stay open to 8 pm on that day. Sometimes later if the customers still come in or telephone for orders," she said. At the present time, the shop has two... Read more →

Attention Area School Boards: How to save Taxpayers dollars*

source February 11, 2008 The 17,000-student Ocean County school district has solar panels on seven of its school buildings. Ritacco said voters approved the $20 million referendum in 2005 by a 2-to-1 margin. Converting sunlight into energy, solar panels have shaved about 10 percent off Toms River's utility costs. The district can sell excess energy that it doesn't need, using solar renewable energy credits. Superintendent Ritacco said the Toms River system generates $1 million in revenue a year. At least a half-dozen school districts if not many more have successfully installed solar panels, according to the New Jersey School Boards Association. Schools in Branchburg, Hainesport, Montclair and Margate all have solar panels. read more Read more →


KLIMOWICZ ADDS 19 EN ROUTE TO 17th DOUBLE-DOUBLE Media release Ewing, NJ…The College of New Jersey women’s basketball team hosted No. 6 ranked Cougars of Kean University on Wednesday night in Packer Hall on South Division on the line. The Lions would snap Kean’s 16-game win streak as they pulled off the79-71 win to improve to 17-5 overall and 8-2 in the NJAC, while Kean falls to 21-2 and 9-2 in the NJAC. TCNJ has now won four in a row and ties the head to head series as Kean won the first meeting on January 16, 60-44. TCNJ’s junior center Hillary Klimowicz (Scotch Plains, NJ/Scotch Plains-Fanwood) added her 17th double-double of the season as she tallied a game-high 19 points and 14 rebounds and six blocks. TCNJ lead 35-29 at the half as the Lions got 12 first half points from rookie forward Kelsey Kutch (Hillsborough, NJ/Hillsborough). TCNJ led... Read more →

Hello from Sunny Florida.....Wish You Were Here!

Enjoying the warm sunshine in the Florida Keys this past weekend are three Gloucester City guys , from left, Bob Bevan, Michael Barron and Tom Tedesco. Picture the palm trees blowing in the wind in the background .... you can almost hear the three-some singing the lyrics from the Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffet song. It's 5 o'clock somewhere!........... I ain't had a day off now in over a year My Jamaican vacation is gonna start right here If the phones for me You can tell 'em I've just sailed away Pour me somethin' tall and strong Make it a hurricane before I go insane It's only half past twelve, but I don't care It's five o'clock somewhere ............. Read more →

Letters: Tell Congress to kiss credit card abuses goodbye

Hi Bill, For the first time in many years, Congress is starting to pay attention to unfair credit card fees and practices. It's because they're getting worse. Some of the biggest banks in the country, like Citibank and Chase and Capital One and MBNA (now part of Bank of America), have been accused of unfair practices in congressional hearings. Some banks have used so-called "universal default" to raise the interest rates of good customers to 36% APR or more; others have been caught changing your bill's due date or using the fine print to hook college students into cards with terms they can't afford. And every card company engages in the unbelievable practice of changing the price of their product after you've already bought it -- -when they raise your interest rate, it isn't only for future purchases, but it applies retroactively to your old balance, too. Tell Congress to... Read more →

Request for Qualifications For The King Street Initiative

packages must be received by no later than 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 13, 2008. 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, which 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, restaurants, and housing near the existing waterfront park and marina. As part of a much larger plan, the conversion of the King Street corridor into a regional destination is just one of the recommendations contained in a Community Insights™ market analysis and retail assessment that was conducted last year by the JGSC Group of Pennsauken, who are currently serving as the City’s business recruitment and retention consultants funded and coordinated by the Gloucester City Urban Enterprise Zone. To view... Read more →

4th Annual Browning Ross Bob Kupcha 5K RUN*

Rams Cross Country Boosters in conjunction with the Camden County Freeholders present the 4th Annual Browning Ross Bob Kupcha 5K RUN, 1 MILE WALK, and KIDS FUN RUN Race Date: Saturday March 22, 2008 Rain or shine. Race Site: Haddon Lake Park, Mt. Ephraim, NJ REGISTRATION FORM Read more →

Anne Duignan, 69, of formerly of Gloucester City, Underwood Memorial Hospital employee

Anne Duignan, 69, of Thorofare, N.J. died Feb. 10 at home. Born in Glasgow, Scotland she came to the U.S. in 1960. She resided in Gloucester City before moving to Thorofare in 1992. She worked for Bell Telephone, then at the Deptford Mall before retiring after 16 years from Underwood Memorial Hospital in 1997. Anne is survived by her children Debbie (Bill) Wentz, Colleen (Pat) Strong both of Pittsgrove, Sean (Nicole) Duignan of Logan Township; 11 grandchildren Joshua, Matthew, Adam, and Samantha Wentz, Patrick, Christopher, Robert, Shane, and Daniel Strong, and Alexis and Morgan Duignan; one soon-to-be great-grandchild; Lewis Gandy; and her pets Skipper, Tigger and Oreo. Visitation Tuesday Feb 12th 11 a.m. to noon at the DAVIS & WAGNER FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICE 171 Delaware St. Woodbury, N.J. Interment Eglington Cemetery. Published in the Gloucester County Times on 2/12/2008. Read more →

James J. Groove Ball Sr, age 57, Vietnam War Army Veteran

James “Groove” J. Ball Sr., 57 of Woodbury Heights, N.J. passed away on February 10, 2008 surrounded by his loving family. A generous and friendly man, Groove was type of guy who would encourage everyone to achieve their goals. Born in Philadelphia, Groove was raised in West Deptford and for the last 20 years called Woodbury Heights home. He proudly served as a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War with the 101st Airborne Division and traveled the world as a Merchant Marine. Many will remember Groove as an outgoing bartender at Cap¹n Cat¹s Clam Bar in Verga prior to his retirement a few years ago. He was a member of the American Legion Posts #100, Colonial Manor and #7125, Verga and the F& AM Florence Lodge #87, Woodbury. Spending time with his family was very important to Groove, especially with his grandchildren. His “lunchtime” crowd at the Hollywood Cafè... Read more →

Clara Simon, of Mt. Ephraim; Services on Thursday

SIMON, CLARA, (NEE SARACCO), ON FEBRUARY 10, 2008, Beloved wife of the late Charles. Loving and devoted mother of: Michael Simon (Katherine) of Mt. Ephraim, NJ, Robert Simon (Rebecca) of Mt. Ephraim, NJ, and Richard Simon (Lorraine) of Cape May Court House, NJ. Also survived by: One sister Marie Hoyt of Banning, CA, and two grandchildren, Paul Simon and David Simon, both of Hilltop, NJ. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass on Thursday at 10:00 AM at St. Jude's R. C. Church, 402 S. Black Horse Pike, Blackwood, NJ 08012. Interment will follow at New St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr, NJ. There will be no viewing. In lieu of flowers, contributions would be appreciated to VITAS Hospice Inpatient Unit, 18 E. Laurel Road, 3rd Floor, Stratford, NJ 08084. Condolences may be viewed /posted at www.earle Read more →

Stockton College Weekly Honor Roll/Upcoming Events

Media Release WEEKLY HONOR ROLL MEN’S BASKETBALL: Mario Lancioni (Runnemede/Triton) was named the NJAC Player of the Week after scoring 27.0 points per game last week. Lancioni shot 56.7 percent from the field (17-30) and 64.7 percent from three-point range (11-17) as well as a perfect 9-9 at the line in Stockton’s two games. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Lisa Neira (Cresskill/Cresskill) averaged 21.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in Stockton games against Rowan and William Paterson. Neira scored her 1,000th career point in the game against William Paterson. MEN’S TRACK & FIELD: Tony DeFeo (Mays Landing/Oakcrest) was named the NJAC Field Athlete of the Week after winning the pole vault (4.70m) by nearly two feet at the CTC Championships. WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD: Ronika Eckart (Pt. Pleasant/Pt. Pleasant Boro) won the long jump (5.29m) and also placed third and set a school record in the 55-meter hurdles (8.79 seconds) at the CTC Championships.... Read more →