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June 2008

Gloucester City Adult Summer league Preview for JUNE 30th games

Written by THE TRUTH 6:15 games OH Hara’s ( Purple team) +15 Dog House Pub (Baby Blue) The purple team will be looking for their first win of the year against the Baby Blue team. Baby blue comes off a tough lost last night to the red team. My thoughts are when Kenny “Sauce”Jones gets one of his dunks to drop, the baby blue team will go on a big winning streak.. Purple team sharp shooter Earl”The Pearl”Moore needs to learn that the object of the game is to put the ball in the basketball. I expect the baby blue... Read more →

Wii Wii-Bad US economy hits the #1 gaming market My teenager daughter is not a gamer... Was a big Sims fan, but really just into making the buildings with cheat code for unlimited cash... she also put some time into Pirates of Caribean on Xbox 360. I recently dug out the PC game "Nick Racing" with the popular Nick Jr characters. Game is about 8 years old, the resolution is something like 320x200 and when played full screen everything is a blocky mess. But she's been enjoying playing it. Long story short... the game plays EXACTLY like Mario Kart. A classic Nintendo game that was remade and released... Read more →

Attention Gloucester City Residents: Blue Ridge Mt. Vacation Offer for your child

Hello, My name is Walter Sturmfels I was raised in Gloucester City and some of my family is still living there. One of my fondest memories as a child in Gloucester City was the Atco Lake day. It cost nothing; you were given free soda and a hoagie along with the bus ride. I will never forget the great times we had boarding the buses at the old Dixie bar on Burlington Street. Moonie Ridge paid for the entire trip. CLICK ON LINK BELOW TO READ MORE I now own a small farm in Virginia and would like to invite... Read more →

Chuckles, submitted by Connie Lynn, This is what marriage is really all about..

He ordered one hamburger, one order of French fries and one drink. The old man unwrapped the plain hamburger and carefully cut it in half. He placed one half in front of his wife. He then carefully counted out the French fries, dividing them into two piles and neatly placed one pile in front of his wife. He took a sip of the drink, his wife took a sip and then set the cup down between them. As he began to ea t his few bites of hamburger, the people around them kept looking over and whispering. You could tell... Read more →

Francis Stetser, 46, of Bellmawr, member of Church of Christ

STETSER, FRANCIS C. Age 46 of West Deptford, NJ, on Wednesday June 25, 2008. Born in Camden, Frank lived in West Deptford for 4 years and formerly of Bellmawr. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He also loved to golf. Husband of Sandra M. Watermasysk-Stetser, he is also survived by one daughter Amanda (Eric) Grothous of San Diego, CA, one son Francis C. Jr. of Spokane, WS, step father of Scott (Beata) Watermasysk, Mark (Kim) Watermasysk, Keith (Kristen) Matermasysk, Kristi (Tim) Hall, 8 grandchildren, two brothers Joseph Jr. & George Stetser both of Bellmawr, two aunts, Teresa... Read more →

GILLIGAN, CHARLES JAMES, of Bellmawr, WWII Coast Guard veteran

On June 24, 2008, a resident of Bellmawr for 53 years, formerly of Upper Darby, PA. Age 85. Beloved husband of Julia (nee Sullivan). Devoted father of Honora Burke (Gerald) and Patricia Sohanchak. Grandfather of Edward Toal, Kevin, Kyle and Colin Burke. Great-grandfather of Evan Toal. Brother of Eileen Blankemeyer and the late Sr. Mary Adelaide and Sr. St. Eileen, both Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and John Gilligan. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Mr. Gilligan was a member of Annunciation Church and a former trustee of the parish. He was a member of... Read more →

John Thomas Wescott Sr., age 78, Gloucester High Alumni, Korean War Navy veteran

p>John Thomas Wescott, Sr age 78 died on June 24, 2008 at Shore Memorial Hospital. He was a graduate of Gloucester City High School. He was formerly of Deptford and has lived in Woodbine since 1994. John served in the US Navy from 1948 to 1952 during the Korean War on the destroyer Charles H. Roan. He worked for ITT Nesbit Plant in Philadelphia and was a Security Guard at West Jersey Hospital, Eastern Division in Voorhees. He was a member of Calvary Bible Church in Deptford for 23 years and the Calvary Baptist Church of Ocean View for 14... Read more →

Jessie Anne Hill, of Woodbury Heights NJ age 18, died suddenly

p>Jessie Anne Hill, 18, of Woodbury Heights, NJ, died suddenly on June 25, 2008. Jessie is survived by her mother, Melanie Temean Nelson of Woodbury Hts., her father, Allen R. Hill of Carneys Point, NJ, her maternal grandmother, Susan Temean of Thorofare, her maternal grandfather, Peter Temean Jr. of Swedesboro, and her paternal grandmother Catherine M. Hill of West Deptford. Also a sister Amber Temean of Thorofare, a brother William Nelson of Cape May, a nephew Vincent Temean, and many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. There will be a viewing on Monday, June 30, 2008 from 1:00-2:00 PM... Read more →

Obit: Patricia Ann Morris nee Booker, Glassboro HS graduate, Camden County Health Employee

p>Patricia Ann Morris (nee Booker) departed this life on June 23,2008 at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden, NJ. Patricia was born on July 17,1953 to Rev. Timothy Booker, Sr. and Catherine Booker. She was a student in the Glassboro School System and graduated from Glassboro High School in 1971. She attended Gloucester County College for Occupational Therapy and was employed by the Camden County Health Services Center “Lakeland” for Thirty-eight (38) years until her retirement in 2002, due to illness. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald Morris, her son, Nicholas Morris and her brother, Charles... Read more →

Our Men & Women in the Military: Wounded Soldier Gets Canine Companion

By Army Spc. Andrew Orillion Special to American Forces Press Service WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 27, 2008 - On Aug. 19, 2006, the life of Army Capt. James Barclay IV changed forever. Army Capt. James Barclay IV bonds with his hunting dog, Bryant. A Williamsburg, Va., trainer donated his services to train Bryant for Barclay, who was wounded in an Afghanistan roadside-bomb attack. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe Laws (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. He was in the lead vehicle of a convoy in a remote area of Afghanistan when a roadside bomb tore through his... Read more →

Gloucester City Adult Summer league Preview June 29th games

Written by THE TRUTH 6:15 GAMES Caps Café (Teal team) +15 ........ Jacks Twin Bar (Blue) Jack’ had a tough game last Sunday against THE DREAM TEAM but bounce back against the Dark Green Team. We expect Derrick a.k.a. “Superman” to have a big game against an under size Teal Team. We do expect however for the Rebstock tandem to do work against a weak zone defense the Blue Team plays. Gloucester Liquors (Orange)+8....... Sal &Pats (Dark Green) This game could be closer than people think. Matt “HGH” Wilke has been practicing down the Sea Isle courts and looks ready... Read more →

Guard Members Continue to Fight Floods, Fires

By Army Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill Special to American Forces Press Service ARLINGTON, Va., June 26, 2008 - National Guard soldiers and airmen continued to fight Midwest flooding and California fires today. Army National Guard soldiers from Iowa work to complete a seven-foot sandbagged levy to protect an electrical generator from rising flood waters in Hills, Iowa, June 14, 2008. About 80 Guardsmen -- including those with the 34th Army Band out of Fairfield -- sandbagged at the generator plant. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Oscar M. Sanchez-Alvarez (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. About 2,300 Guard... Read more →

New Jersey Angler Catches Largest Dolphin At Key West Gator Club Dolphin Derby (Jun. 25, 2008 - Key West, Florida Keys)... Gus Sarno of Cinnaminson, N. J., caught a 37.9-pound dolphin to take top honors in the 19th annual Key West Gator Club Dolphin Derby that ended June 22. Sarno caught the dolphin on the tournament’s first day while fishing on the Thunnus, skippered by Captain Brian Bennett. READ MORE Read more →

Breaking News: New Assistant Hired for Gloucester City Administrator

Following a 90 minute executive session Gloucester City Mayor and Council unanimously voted to hire a new employee to help City Administrator/Municipal Clerk Paul Kain. The vote came Thursday night after the city council meeting was adjourned. The new employee is Lori Kraft of Gloucester City. The salary for the new position is not known. Kain, who has been working without a contract since December 2006, has been asking for an assistant since the James administration took control in 2007. According to New Jersey by the Numbers Kain’s salary for his Gloucester City job is $90,000. The site shows... Read more →

Gloucester City: Remembering Jack Pyrah By Jack Heath When former Villanova Coach Jack Pyrah passed away last July he left behind running friends across the country and across the world. From South Africa to Dublin Ireland, to Kenya to Gainesville Florida to Chicago to California to Gloucester City, New Jersey-- Jack left behind hundreds of runners and coaches he'd touched and influenced with his gentle personality and wit. In Jack's hometown of Gloucester New Jersey he left behind family (wife Jean) and many runners he'd encouraged through the years with his positive personality or with more tangible support like a pair of running shoes... Read more →

Supreme Court upholds Americans' right to own guns WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court today for the first time ruled that the Second Amendment to the Constitution protects the right of individuals to own a gun for personal use. In a 5-4 decision, the justices struck down a District of Columbia law banning handgun ownership and requiring that rifles and shotguns kept in private homes be unloaded and either disassembled or protected by a trigger lock. read more Read more →

Obit:John G. Guay, age 67, of Gloucester City, Parishioner of St. Mary’s Church

On June 24, 2008. Age 67. Of Gloucester City. Loving husband of 11 years to Irena (nee Zaleska). Devoted father of Jon Guay of San Francisco, California and Candace (Michael) Angell of Michigan. Beloved grandfather of Grace, Noah, Evan and Anna. John was born in Saint Johnsbury, Vermont and graduated from Saint Michael's College in Burlington, Vermont and attended The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland in pursuit of his Doctrate. He has been a resident of Gloucester City since 1975 and a faithful and devoted parishioner of Saint Mary's R.C. Church in Gloucester City. Relatives and friends are kindly... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic Will Not Be The Same School

By Bill Cleary For the past several years we have been hearing about the plans for a new Catholic high school being built in Gloucester County. An off and on during that period it was mentioned that Gloucester Catholic would be moving from Gloucester City to the new school. At first the Camden Diocese denied the rumor but it appears now that in fact the hearsay was true. Photo by John Ryan: Gloucester Catholic High School, (circa 1986) formerly St. Mary's High School, located at Monmouth and Burlington Streets. The Philadelphia Inquirer (June 18th issue), reported the new school... Read more →

Wednesday's Tips and Snippets by Bill

Update: I have been able to view part of the email correspondence between Gloucester City Administrator Paul Kain and Councilman Nick Marchese, City Council Finance Chairman. If you recall it was one of the Hot Topics of discussion among readers of ClearysNotebook in the past week. When Mayor Bill James was asked about a conflict between the Finance Chairman and the City Administrator, the mayor said that the City was in the midst of contract negotiations with Kain. “There are times when things become heated and that is to be expected.” After reading one page it is evident that there... Read more →

Contaminated groundwater lawsuit awards $67 million; Gloucester City and Camden City to receive part of the settlement The Parker McCay law firm of Marlton announced Tuesday that 16 agencies it represents will receive $40-45 million of the New Jersey money in the partial settlement. Camden, Gloucester City, Penns Grove, Bridgeton, Point Pleasant, New Jersey American Water Co. Inc., Mount Laurel Municipal Utilities Authority and Mount Holly Water Co. are South Jersey claimants represented by the law firm. The $422 million settlement against major oil companies in U.S. District Court in New York City was for contamination by MTBE - methyl tertiary butyl ether. read more See all stories on GOOGLE ABOUT THE SETTLEMENT Note: if anyone... Read more →


Media Release Ewing, NJ… The College of New Jersey’s Athletic Director, John Castaldo has announced the appointment of 1993 graduate, Kelly Williams to direct its men’s basketball program. Williams, who played for the Lions from 1989 to 1993, and served as an assistant men’s coach with the Lions as well returns to his alma mater and will assume his new role on July 1. CLICK LINK BELOW TO READ MORE “The opportunity to represent the College as an alumni and former player has always been a dream,” Williams said. “I’m excited just to have the tradition of TCNJ’s basketball program... Read more →

Gloucester City: From a backyard Basketball Court to Commissioner of the Altantic 10

“Somehow a fire gets lit under you,” Bernadette McGlade By John Schmidt Gloucester City native Bernadette V. McGlade was named the new Commissioner of the Atlantic 10 Conference on Tuesday June 3, in Philadelphia. McGlade is the daughter of the later Peter (former City Postmaster) and Theresa McGlade, and grew up in Gloucester City with her nine siblings. McGlade started her track to a career in athletics playing basketball at St. Mary’s Grammar School and Gloucester Catholic High School. “Gloucester City is a community that really rallies around the schools and sports teams,” McGlade said. McGlade remembers the support she... Read more →

Gloucester City: Business Association Meeting Minutes May 27, 2008, Caps, 5;30 pm President Stallwood opened meeting No Secretary's Report. Will include in June General meeting. Treasurers Report- Current Balance $ 2094.32. Motion to accept MacAdams. Second Berglund Special Event Updates- Catfish Tournament- Lower turnout than 2007. 29 boats entered tournament. Next year we will coordinate with other tournaments and coop advertising. The Business Association will be reimbursed thru the UEZ. Golf Tournament- This year's event was larger and well received. Car Show- June 28, 2008- WZLT radio, Vineland will participate in this year's event and will air a 3 hour live radio event at the... Read more →

Rams Alumni Larry Rudnicki, Class of 1965, Has Died

Bill, I wanted to pass on some sad news to you that your readers would also want to know. My brother in law Larry Rudnicki died a few days ago. He and my sister Marianne Danks had been married for twenty nine years. Larry was a member of the Class of 1965 at Gloucester Catholic, and a classmate of my sister's. He was a great athlete, excelling in football and baseball and was liked by everyone who knew him. Larry grew up in Westville and he and George Anastasia were lifelong friends. Larry also played a terrific Captain Von Trapp... Read more →

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Bill’s Point of View: · CHEERS: Congratulations to The Reverend Monsignor Michael Doyle, who celebrated his 40th anniversary earlier this month (June 15th) as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in South Camden, N.J. A film Poet of Poverty based on the writings of Monsignor Doyle and narrated by actor Martin Sheen will be shown Friday, June 27, at Sacred Heart Parish. The story is about urban problems and Christian hope. CLICK ON LINK BELOW TO READ MORE.............. Tickets are $20. For more information contact Helene Pierson, executive director of Heart of Camden, 856-966-1212 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 856-966-1212 end_of_the_skype_highlighting ext. 22 or go... Read more →

Gloucester City: Siebert's hit secures Rotary Championship

June 21, 2008 Rotary's Mark Siebert singled home Patrick Rafferty with two outs in the bottom of the 6th inning to give Rotary a 6-5 win over a stubborn Barron's team in the Gloucester City Major League Division. On Championship Saturday as the sun baked down on the "Earl Moore Field" hundreds of fans gathered eating free food provided by the Ladies Auxilary waiting in anticipation for the Major League Championship battle. The match up of the first place Rotary and last year's runner-up Barron's provided the fans with more than anyone expected. It took every last ball, strike and... Read more →

Obit: Anthony J. Giaccio, of Audubon formerly of Bellmawr

Giaccio, Anthony J., on June 20, 2008, of Audubon, formerly of Bellmawr. Age 72. Devoted father of Maria A. Preto (Rich), Stacie Williams (Don) and Carla Salas (Randy). Dear brother of Florence Cedrone, Theresa Morici and the late Angelo Giaccio, Ann Tursi, Mary Tasca and Rose Botto. Grandfather of Alex, Gina, Luca, Matt and Danielle. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Viewing: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 from 8:15 AM to 10:15 AM at the GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE, 126 South Black Horse Pike, Runnemede, NJ 08078-1997. Funeral Mass: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 11:00 AM at Saint Rose of... Read more →

Clara DiCarlo, 86, of Gloucester City, faithful parishioner of St. Marys Church

DICARLO, CLARA E. (Nee Latini) On June 19, 2008 of Gloucester City, NJ. Age 86 yrs. Beloved wife of the late Faust J. DiCarlo. Dear mother of Clara (Michael) Bispels, of Ocean City, NJ., Linda (Jim) Garro, of Haddon Twp., NJ, and Julia (Frank) Marciante, of Cherry Hill, NJ. Loving grandmother of 8, Jean Wiley, Don Ferito, Curt (Erin) Knoedler, Scott Knoedler, Joseph (Alison) Knoedler, Frank (Cheryl) Marciante, William Marciante, Michael Marciante, great-grandmother of 9, and great-great grandmother of 3. Dear sister of Renato Latini. Clara was a faithful and devoted parishioner of St. Mary's R.C. Church, Gloucester City, for... Read more →

Obit: Harry Cole, Jr. of Audubon, age 80, Korean War Veteran

COLE, HARRY R., JR. On June 19, 2008, of Audubon, NJ. Age 80 years. Beloved husband of the late Catherine T. Cole (nee-Schmidt). Dear father of Kathleen (Gil) Wylen and Jacqueline (Mark) Castaldi, both of Audubon, NJ. He is also survived by two grandchildren: Shawn and Sara (Matt) and a great grandson, Rylan. Mr. Cole was a lifelong resident of Audubon, NJ and a 1947 graduate of Audubon High School. He was a Korean Conflict U.S. Army veteran and a member of Murray-Trout Post #262 American Legion of Audubon for over 40 years. Harry was a life member of the... Read more →

Obit: Joe Cirucci, of Mt. Laurel, formerly of Bellmawr, former Conrail employee

CIRUCCI, JOSEPH D. Suddenly on June 18, 2008, of Mt. Laurel. Formerly of Bellmawr. Son of the late Louis 'Doc' and Minnie Cirucci, age 76. Beloved husband of Joan (nee Mazola) for 51 years. Loving father of Cheryl Biancaniello (Rocco) of Hainesport, Louis Cirucci (Michele) of Marlton, and Christa Cirucci of Mt. Laurel. Grandfather of Joseph and Alyssa Cirucci, and Jaclyn and John Biancaniello. Also survived by his sister, Nancy DiMatteo. Joseph was a 43 year employee of Conrail. Over the years, he also worked as a crossing guard in Haddonfield and Moorestown. Joe was an avid hunter, loved the... Read more →

Sound Off! Camden County Bear Hunters help law enforcement with sting operation

by Gary Devine Two Camden County Hunters from Atco, New Jersey step up and helped law enforcement do a sting operation against five animal rights activists in the forest of Sussex County, New Jersey back in December 2005. The Municipal Judge found the Activists Guilty in 2006. The Superior court upheld the conviction and the third and final appeal went to the State Appellate Court. Below is the story. What is amazing is two bear hunters from Camden County had to come forward and assist Law Enforcement to bring justice to the forest in Sussex County. Others hunters from the... Read more →

Gloucester City: Rock and Roll Revival Underway

PHOTO: Volunteer Todd Blaylock, of Gloucester City, is in charge of showing the public the entrance to The Beer Garden. You have to admit he does an excellent job of pointing. The second day of Gloucester City’s Rock and Roll Revival weekend kicked off today Saturday at 11 AM. The Festival, which concludes tonight at 7 PM, is being held along Broadway from the corner of Broadway & Market to Cumberland Street. The Festival features ALL DAY entertainment — car show, dance off, children’s entertainment, craft and food vendors, a beer garden, and more. Photo: On hand to keep everything... Read more →


National Park Elementary School has announced "Students of the Month" for the month of May. Students were selected for the Character Education trait of self-discipline. In the bottom row are William Ahrens, Moriah Amerman, Nicolete Taylor, Shianne Sunderhauf, Nick Ponto, Sabrina Haswell, Erin Fogarty and Gavin Alloway. In the middle row are Matthew Vargas, Anthony Tredway, Gianna Ellis, Jada Hayes, Lauren Myers, Corey Brown, Chris Bailey and Marie McKee. In the top row are Daniel Teschko, Lana Valente, Chelsea Parker, John Otto, Rachel Flynn, Jessica Lawson and Matthew Spissell. Not shown are Drew Ziegler, Mya Padulese and Dominic Saccomanno. Read more →

Woodbury Kiwanis Name HOBY Ambassadors

The Kiwanis Club of Woodbury has announced Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) Ambassadors from area high schools chosen to attend the HOBY Foundation Leadership Seminar. Sophomores sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Woodbury include Brittany Van Natta, West Deptford High School; Dominic DeLaurentis, Clearview Regional High School; Victoria McLeester, Gateway Regional High School and Dale Davis, Woodbury High School. In 1976, Kiwanis clubs began sponsoring student attendance at three-day weekend Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminars. These students, limited to one sophomore per high school, are selected by the school administrators because of their demonstrated leadership potential. Once a school identifies... Read more →

Hunting and Fishing: Dr. Jim and Robin Doster Taking Sometime to Unwind

Dr. Jim Doster, pastor of the Lighthouse Baptist Church, Gloucester City and his lovely wife, Robin recently visited Long Lake Camps in Princeton, Maine. Long Lake is located in Washington County’s Quoddy Loop Region and is a two-hour drive northeast of Bangor, Maine. Robin is shown here with a nice stringer of Chain Pickerel. While Pastor Jim proudly displays a 15 1/2 Small Mouth Bass. The Camps are on a private 40 acre peninsula (Rolfe Point) surrounded entirely by woods and water. Long Lake is part of a huge watershed which includes Long Lake, Big Lake, Lewey Lake, West Grand... Read more →

Obit: VOLL (RAUCHUT) Lillian M., age 79, of Gloucester City NJ

On June 19, 2008, (nee Gillespie) of Gloucester City, NJ, age 79. She is the beloved wife of Charles F. Voll, Sr. and loving mother of Steven Rauchut, Elsie Perkins (Robert) and James (Linda) and Richard Rauchut (Joann Koch). Lillian is also survived by her dear brothers John and James Gillespie, sister Mary Wilke, 10 dear grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brother Charles Gillespie and sisters Catherine Blaylock and Susan Larkin. Relatives and friends are invited to meet Monday from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at the ETHERINGTON-CRERAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 POWELL ST., GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ.... Read more →

Gloucester City High School Graduation of the Class of 2008

Ms. Louisa Llewellyn, School Board President, presented diplomas to graduates of the Class of 2008 of Gloucester City Junior-Senior High School at Commencement Exercises June the John A. Lynch Memorial Field, located behind the high school. Dr. Jack L. Don, Principal, presented the class and awarded the medals and special honors. Mr. Paul Spaventa, Superintendent of Schools, awarded scholarships. The processional was "Pomp and Circumstance" by Elgar. The Class President was Ethan Casey; Vice President, Christopher Beck; Secretary, Cody Gorman and Treasurer, Kristen Marchese. Baccalaureate Services, sponsored by the Gloucester City Ministerium for Gloucester City High School's Class of... Read more →

Gloucester City: June 20 & 21 -- Rock N Roll Revival A two day event drawing in over thousands of people commemorating Gloucester City as the birthplace of Rock N Roll. This historic milestone happened in the early 1950’s when the legendary Bill Haley and his then called Saddlemen, created the revolutionary new sound of Rock ‘N’ Roll at the Twin Bar, located at the corner of Market Street and Broadway. It was in Gloucester City, NJ that the band successfully introduced their unique “Rockabilly” sound, then an unfamiliar and strange mixture of “rhythm and blues” and “country and western” with a heavy back-beat, to create a new kind of... Read more →

Gloucester City: St. Mary’s 160th Anniversary Mass

By Charles Reed NEWS Correspondent Sunday June 7 in Proprietors Park on the Gloucester waterfront was a time for remembrance, reverence, fun, eats and games. The celebration was highlighted by Mass and Eucharist under the gazebo and surrounding lawns. The principal celebrant was Monsignor Curran assisted by Father Goyete and Deacon Crosson. The 160th Anniversary Mass was attended by approximately 300 people. The first Mass in St. Mary's Parish was celebrated way back in January of 1848 when Bishop Kendrick of Philadelphia assigned the Rev. Edward Waldron to be pastor of the first Catholic Parish in South Jersey. Services were... Read more →

Bellmawr: Scholarships Awarded to students

The Bellmawr Scholarship is proud to announce that the following Bellmawr students have each been awarded a $250 scholarship towards the college of their choosing. They are Shawn Washart, Glenn Schulz, Jiger Patel, Sean O'Donnell, Hinnah Aslam, Robert Fowler Jr., Ricky Amin, Michael Malason, Diana Ballinger, Stephen Paul, Ashley Parker, Britney Yocum, Edward P. DiMattesa, Danielle Aldridge, Christopher Kelly and Brittany Magnin. Congratulations Class of 2008, "You have made Bellmawr proud!" from the Bellmawr Scholarship Committee: Ron Henry, chairman; Mary DiMattesa, treasurer; Regina Piontkowski, secretary; and Superintendent of Schools. Read more →

Gloucester City: New “Bath Designs” Showroom Now Open

Joe and Lori Kenney do not just talk about making Gloucester City better. In fact, they have made a significant investment in the City, and in Gloucester Plumbing, with the opening May 1 of the brand new, beautiful "Bath Designs etc." showroom at 520 S. Broadway. "It is a full-line bath showroom," said Joe Kenney, adding that it features complete bathrooms and "plumbing-related kitchen products." The new showroom is magnificent, and bathrooms featuring Kohler products take up the right side of the store. Kenney said he sold his previous showroom at 327 S. Broadway to the Philadelphia Pretzel Factory, and... Read more →

Obit: DOMINICK F. VENEZIANI of Bellmawr, member of Pipefitters Union Local 322

A Funeral Mass was held at Mary, Mother of the Church, Bellmawr, for Dominick F. Veneziani, 84, of Bellmawr, who died June 8, 2008. Dominick was a Navy Vet of WWII. He was a member of Pipefitters Union Local #322. Beloved husband of 60 years to Anna. Devoted father of Marie Needham (Larry), Theresa Dougherty (Dan) and Julia Shallcross (Dale). Loving grandfather of Larry, Jr., Michele Needham (Matt DiLissio), Christina Needham, Daniel Dougherty, III (Chrissy), Erica and Melissa Shallcross. Great grandfather of Zoey Dougherty. Dear brother of Antoinette Lacatena (Frank), Michael Veneziani (Antoinette) and the late Jake Veneziani. Brother-in-law of... Read more →

Obit: JAMES T. STRAHAN, JR. of Bellmawr, WWII Army Veteran

Funeral services were held for James T. Strahan, Jr., 84, of Bellmawr, who passed away on June 11, 2008. Beloved husband of Ella E. (nee Matusiak). Missed by seven days, he was and would have been married for 59 years. Also survived by son James T. Strahan III (Donna) of Turnersville and son Joseph Strahan, not only his son but devoted caretaker of his father. His beloved grandchildren, Christine Strassberger (Tom) and David Strahan and his friend Mellisa and great grandchildren, Lily and Tyler Strassberger. His sister Edith Doerrmann (Henry) and their son Steven, of Haddon Hts., sister Janet West... Read more →


Media Release June 18 GLASSBORO, NJ – Rowan University had three players named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-Star Teams. Left hander Ryan Kulik (sr. Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) was selected the ECAC Metro Region and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year. Right fielder John McMullin (jr. Woodbury, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) and Kulik were chosen to the ECAC Baseball Metro All-Star Team, while right fielder Heidi Smith (so. Hainesport, NJ/Rancocas Valley Reg.) collected ECAC Softball Metro All-Star Team honors. Kulik was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals with the 245th pick in the eighth round of... Read more →

Obit: Thomas P. Dippold, 30, of Delair

Funeral services were held for Thomas P. Dippold, 30, of Delair, NJ, who passed away on June 7, 2008. He was the beloved son of Thomas M. and Debra (nee Young) Dippold and dear brother of Christopher and Kevin Dippold and Shannon Sanchez. Funeral services were private at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Etherington-Creran Funeral Home, 700 Powell Street, Gloucester City. Read more →

Gloucester City: Say Goodbye to Gloucester Catholic High School The diocese is moving forward with the high school, its first in the county, at the same time a shift in the region's Catholic population has led it to close nine elementary schools and make plans to merge 66 parishes. The new school will be located on Route 77 across from the county 4-H Fairgrounds. It will replace Gloucester Catholic High School, a 78-year-old institution in Gloucester City, a Camden County dock town. continue Read more →