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July 2008

Gloucester City: Trinity UMC Welcomes New Pastor

The Trinity United Methodist Church at Eighth and Division Streets in Gloucester City has announced the appointment of its new pastor, the Rev. Dr. Richard G. Leaver. Dr. Leaver is a Gloucester resident who at one time was employed as a supervisor at the John-Jeffrey Corporation on Charles Street. He left there in the mid 80s to pursue his long-time call to ordained ministry by attending Easter Baptist Theological Seminary (EBTS) in Wynnewood, PA. In his second year of seminary, Dr. Leaver pastored the former Second UMC here and the First UMC in National Park. After the former First UMC of Gloucester and the Second UMC merged in October of 1986 to form the Trinity UMC, the reverent Leaver was appointed to the Methodist church in Riverside. Dr. Leaver was graduated in 1987 with a M. Div. degree and in the following year married Dalene Crowder of Gloucester City in... Read more →

Gloucester City: Katherine A. "Kay" Ferry, Wife of the late James E. "Jim" Ferry, Sr.

Katherine "Kay" Ferry, (nee McKernan) lost her two year courageous battle with cancer Thursday, July 31, 2008. A resident of Gloucester City, she was 62 years of age. Kay, photo, was born in Kingston, PA and attended Sacred Heart Grammar School in South Camden. She was a graduate of Camden High School class of 1965. Kay was a faithful and devoted parishioner of St. Mary's R.C. Church in Gloucester City. Kay was a member of the Gloucester City Democrat Club. She was the secretary of (the former) Ferry Fence Company of Gloucester City until 2006. Kay loved her family and trips to the casinos and the Jersey Shore. Loving wife of 22 years to the late James E. "Jim" Ferry, Sr. Loving mother of Michelle (Greg) Wirt of Gloucester City. Also survived by three step-children. Loving sister of Peggy Lee-Bangle (Gene) of Bellmawr, Pat (John) Cunningham of Gloucester City. Predeceased... Read more →

Princess Chunky a male named Powder

Link: Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/31/2008. South Jersey's feline darling would be better called Prince Chunky, according to a veterinarian who examined the 44-pound stray this morning on Live with Regis and Kelly. But the modified title is unlikely to take hold now that shelter officials know Princess Chunky's real name is Powder, as 'foster mother' and Camden County Animal Shelter volunteer Deborah Wright of Sicklerville told the show's hosts. Shelter officials received a call from the owner, a senior citizen who lost her home to foreclosure and is now staying with friends. Read more →

SCULL, MARK D, age 85, of Bellmawr, WW II Veteran, worked 40 years with NJ Bell

Link: SCULL, MARK D. On July 26, 2008, of Bellmawr. Age 85. Beloved husband of the late Bertha B. (nee Birr). Loving father of Harold L. Scull and his wife Suzanne and Beth A. Jordan and her husband John. Devoted Grandfather of Cynthia L. Widmaier (Robert), Dana M. Scull, Caitlin E. Jordan and Great Grandfather of Devin Widmaier. Mr. Scull proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during WW II. He retired from New Jersey Bell after over 40 years of service. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the viewing Monday morning from 9:30 to 11 am at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Service 11 am at the funeral home. Interment Woodbury Memorial Park, Woodbury. Expressions of sympathy may be emailed to Condolences@Gardner Read more →

Obit: Hilda McColligan, age 89, of Gloucester City

Link: Hilda "Till" McColligan on July 27, 2008, of Gloucester City, NJ, age 89. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward J. McColligan and loving mother of James (Jeanette), Sue Davis (Stan), Judy Greenwood (James), Mary Legge and Edward (Sandy). She is also survived by her 16 dear grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to meet Friday morning from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon at the ETHERINGTON-CRERAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 POWELL ST., GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ. Mrs. McColligan’s funeral service will be held 12:00 Noon at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro, NJ. There is no evening viewing. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations in Hilda’s name be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 516 High St., Mt. Holly, NJ 08060. Read more →

Bill's TIPS AND SNIPPETS for Thursday

The NJ Government Records Council, (GRC) has sent a letter to Gloucester City Administrator Paul Kain asking him to participate in mediation procedure with the publisher of the Gloucester City News, Albert Countryman. The NEWS had made an OPRA request to the City Administrator asking for a copy of the E-mail sent by him to Councilman Nick Marchese. Kain who is the Custodian of Records refused the request. Mediation is the next step in the procedure. Kain doesn't have to participate. If he chooses not to than the GRC will proceed to rule on the matter without his input. Kain has five days to respond to the GRC. Councilman Marchese on June 6 via E-mail had asked Administrator Kain if his report was available on the meeting held a week before about the Freedom Pier development at the former Coast Guard Base. Kain sent a "curt" response via E-mail the... Read more →

When East Meets West: The Bon Festival

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. The Bon Festival, honoring the spirits of ancestors, has been observed in Japan since the 7th century. The Bon Festival is a Buddhist festival held in midsummer when the Japanese people welcome and entertain their ancestor's spirits who are believed to have returned home. It was originally held from the 13th to the 15th of the month in the lunar calender but today it is generally celebrated from the 13th to the 15th of August. Among the traditional preparations for the ancestors' return are the cleaning of their tombstones and pathways from their graves to their homes, and the setting up of bon altars to welcome them with various offerings of vegetables, fruit and rice. PHOTO HANK MILLER On the 13th, welcoming fires are lit in lanterns at the front of houses. Buddhist priest are usually called to recite sutras. Then the visiting souls... Read more →


Link: - BERGENFIELD -- Just like so many of their home runs, there was no doubt about this one. Powered by 17 hits, including four home runs, Bordentown rolled to the state championship by defeating Pe quannock 14-3 in the title game last night at Hickey Memorial Field. In addition to the offensive onslaught, Zack Gakeler's pitching was lights-out as the confi dent lefty scattered four hits while striking out six and walking two in the game halted after four innings due to the 10-run rule. Read more →

Obit: Dale Wenick, age 56, of Gloucester City, formerly of Haddon Hts.

WENICK Dale On July 23, 2008. Age 56. Of Gloucester City. Formerly of Haddon Heights and Philadelphia, PA. Loving and devoted husband of Christine Wenick. Beloved friend of Steven Wentzel of Gloucester City. Dale was born in Philadelphia, PA and lived in Philadelphia before moving to Haddon Heights. He moved to Gloucester City recently. Dale had a real passion for Computers. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his graveside service on Friday 12:30 pm at Crescent Burial Park, Pennsauken. There will be no services at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy can be e-mailed to the family through our funeral home website under online obituaries of Dale Wenick. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City, NJ 08030. Phone: 856-456-1142 Read more →

Cherry Hill wins it in 15th/Brooklawn out of tournament

Link: | Courier-Post. Other games Elsewhere, Brooklawn Post 72, was knocked out of the District Tournament on Monday loosing to Flemington Post 139 by a score of 9-2 at Teener Field in Union. Brooklawn's other lost was against Union Catholic on Monday, by the same score 9-2. With a 24-0 regular season record, some had picked this year's Brooklawn team to win it all. Haddon Heights remained unbeaten in District 8 play in Wildwood when it handed Southern Cape its first loss 9-0 in a late Monday contest. Tyler Smith hurled a five-hitter over the eight innings he worked. He had 12 strikeouts and gave up four hits. Brandon Winkler had a three-run double for the winners and Mike McElhatton added three singles. Gibbsboro stayed unbeaten in District 4 at Community Park in North Brunswick when it scored nine runs in the final two innings in posting a 17-6... Read more →

Louis G. Renshaw, formerly of Gloucester City, Served in the US Navy

RENSHAW Louis G. On July 27, 2008. Age 70. Of Millville. Formerly of Gloucester City. Loving and devoted husband of 49 years to Ethel Renshaw (nee Mears). Beloved father of Jason and Jeff Renshaw. Loving grandfather of 10. Dear brother of Chalie and Abraham Renshaw. Devoted uncle of Kevin Renshaw. Louis was born and raised in Gloucester City. Louis proudly served our country in the United States Navy. Following his military service, Louis was self-employed as a contractor. He was an avid outdoorsmen who enjoyed wildlife. Known as "Buckshot" aka “Worldwide”, Louis enjoyed the time he spent conversing on his CB radio. At the request of the family, funeral services will be help privately. Expressions of sympathy can be e-mailed to the family through our funeral home website under online obituaries of Louis G. Renshaw. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street,... Read more →

Mayor Gorman v. Gloucester City: The Legal Squabble That Began With a $42 MVV Has Ended

By Bill Cleary A four year legal battle between the City of Gloucester City and former Mayor Robert Gorman has concluded. Mayor and City Council were informed at the July 17th caucus meeting that a decision ruling against Gorman was decided by the NJ Government Records Council (GRC) at their June meeting. The documents involve with the case number 100 pages or more. As for the cost to taxpayers in legal fees over the four year period it is not known. Frank Robertson, Gloucester City Financial Officer said on Monday (July 28th ), “it would take a long time to research all the bills for the past 48 months to find how much was spent by the City on this particular legal case”. Normally the City would have been represented by Paul Kain, City Administrator, who is the custodian of public records. However, because he is related to Gorman, his... Read more →

Bellmawr: Lions host combined Zone meeting

At the recent final combined Zone meeting for Lions of District 16C, Region 2, Bellmawr Lions Club presented activities and the Region Chairperson's Appreciation Award was presented to club president David Duncan and Secretary Theresa String by Min Elders, region chairperson. Pictured, from left are Zone Chairperson 2 Bob Kleinot, President David Duncan, Gerry Downing, Chuck Sauter, Steve Sauter, Barbara Duncan, John Bollinger, Secretary Theresa String, Regina Pointkowski, Charles Kennedy and Region Chairperson Min Elders. Missing from the photo are Gloria Rowan and Jim Tomasello. Read more →

Gloucester City: Planning Board Denies K of C Variance Request

By John P. Schmidt NEWS Correspondent The Gloucester City Planning and Zoning Board denied a request from the Knights of Columbus Epiphany Council #3485 for a D and Use Variance for 1610 Market St. during last week's meeting. Epiphany Council #3485 is currently located in an old convent at St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church in the Fairview section of Camden. Epiphany Grand Knight Joseph Viggiano explained to the Board that as a result of parishes merging in the Diocese of Camden, the Council had to find a new meeting place. The property which the Council is buying from an estate was formerly a delicatessen, has been vacant for years, and is in bad condition. Many Board members and residents expressed concern about parking, as well as the fact that the area is all residential. The Council has 95 members, of which about 15 show up to meetings on... Read more →

California Guard Rescues Nation's Largest Ponderosa Pine

By Air Force Lt. Col. Lloyd J. Goodrow Special to American Forces Press Service HAYFORK, Calif., July 29, 2008 - California National Guard's Task Force Pick came to the rescue when wildfires in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest here threatened the nation's tallest Ponderosa pine tree. Ponderosa pines are plentiful in the forests of the western United States and are among the most widely distributed pines in North America. They have an average height of 180 feet, and they usually can live for 300 to 600 years. When the team of about 20 Guard firefighters reached the pine's location, a few miles north of the Forest Glen campsite, they knew this tree was something special. Standing at 240.5 feet high -- almost 24 stories -- with a trunk nearly eight feet thick and estimated at an age of 700 years, this tree had to be saved. The significance of the tree... Read more →

Wheelchair Games Provide Therapy, Fun for Disabled Vets

Link: DefenseLink News Article. By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service OMAHA, Neb., July 29, 2008 – About 500 disabled veterans, including recently wounded warriors from Iraq and Afghanistan, are entering their final day of competition here today at the 28th National Veterans Wheelchair Games. The event is the world’s largest annual wheelchair sports competition. It brings together veterans with spinal cord injuries, amputations or other mobility or neurological conditions to compete in 17 different events. Veterans Affairs Secretary James B. Peake, who opened the competition July 25, called it a big part of the veterans’ rehabilitation and said the games provide “a therapeutic extension” of the top-notch health care veterans receive in VA medical centers. "Rehabilitation is crucial to living a full life following an injury,” Peake said. “I applaud all of the veterans participating as they strive to achieve their goals during this week of athletic competition.” Read more →

Mt. Ephraim: Weekend Storm Was a Whopper!

Photos by Bill Bates TREE LANDS ON TOP OF HOUSE / POWER LINES - The recent hail storm over the weekend sent a large tree crashing threw the home on the 300 block of Lowell Avenue, just off Bell Road. Power was disrupted for a short while before it was restored. Mount Ephraim Police and Fire Department's were summonsed to the scene where no injuries were reported. Units stayed on location until PSE&G arrived to secure the power and worker's from the Department of Public Works could remove part of the tree that was blocking the roadway. HAIL BALLS - Large size hail balls can be seen on the back door mat of this photographers home. Something of this magnitude has never been seen in this area during a storm. Read more →

Gloucester City News Headlines for July 31

Floating docks for schooner, charter boat, major upgrades for Freedom Pier, the former Coast Guard pier Bellmawr Resident Addresses Council about motorists speeding, ignoring stop signs Mayor James announces new policies so the City can save on energy costs Brooklawn Council honors retiring Patrolman Raymond A. McIntyre Early Morning Fire Damages Gloucester City homes on Powell Street Read more →

Letters: Goodbye to a Great Guy

Gloucester City lost one of its proudest adopted sons on June 29, 2008. Frank Banas, former high school teacher and football coach has passed away. If you were lucky enough to have been a student or player of his, you have got to be a better person for that relationship. Frank loved the City of Gloucester, the High School and the thousands of students and players that he befriended. Frank was a throwback, a meat and potatoes kind of guy, who you loved immediately and he retuned the favor. There was no bravado in Frank, he was solid, honest, sincere and one hellava friend. Gloucester has sadly lost one of its good guys. Steve Shimkus, Gloucester City Read more →

Gus L. Wilson, 54, of National Park

Link: Augustus L. "Gus" Wilson Augustus "Gus" L. Wilson, of National Park, NJ, passed away on July 24, 2008; Aged 54 years. Gus was a caring, giving man who was a wonderful listener. He was a true people person and enjoyed reading, swimming and tending to his garden. Born in Camden, NJ, Gus was a longtime resident of National Park and was very active in St. Matthew’s RC Church. He taught CCD classes and was active in the annual carnival for the church. He was also an officer for the Knights of Columbus Council of St. Matthews RC Church. Gus was a teacher for over 20 years and spent the last 6 years as a teacher for the Bridgeton Public School system. Beloved son of Joseph J. and Marion (nee Hartley) Wilson. Gus is survived by many brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Relatives and... Read more →

Bellmawr Landfill Project: Dredging and Short Update

Link: Mark Matthews' Blog Development: In the article, Gallub says buildings will start going up in Bellmawr by the end of the year and the project was progressing nicely. Also from the Inquirer article: "The first phase in Bellmawr, along Big Timber Creek, is expected to be completed in 2010. Gallub said it would include 600,000 square feet of retail and commercial space - a large retailer, a multiplex cinema, four hotels, four restaurants, and a regional visitors center". Updated site plans: A few months back, the development website updated their website to include new images of the project plans. While some of the Bass fishing sites for the area are skeptical because there is nothing officially listed om the Bass Pro Shops Corporate Web site... the BellmawrWaterfront images CLEARLY show Bass Pro Shops is coming to town. click link above to read more Read more →

Gloucester City: $300,000 in State Aid will help reduce tax rate


By Bill Cleary The City of Gloucester City is one of seven communities in the immediate area to receive extraordinary aid from the New Jersey State Property Relief Act. The City received $300,000. The state notified the city earlier this month. This year’s 2008-2009 proposed budget totals $16,439,000 or $613,313 more than last year's budget of $15,825,687. Under the proposed plan introduced in April the local purpose tax was to increase by 41 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. At that time taxes were to rise to $287 on an average home assessed at $70,000. According to the advertised budget in the April 10 issue of the Gloucester City News, the City employs 105 fulltime workers and 74 part-time. The number of employees was the same in 2007. Councilman Nick Marchese, Finance Chairman, was asked what effect the $300,000 would have on the taxes. His prepared statement reads, “The... Read more →

Forces Engage Militants in Paktia, Kapisa Provinces

Link: DefenseLink News Article American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, July 27, 2008 – Coalition forces killed several militants and detained others during an operation in Kapisa and Paktia provinces over the past two days. In Paktia province’s Zadran District yesterday, coalition forces searched several compounds targeting a Haqqani Network Taliban militant known to conduct operations against the Afghan government and coalition forces. Multiple armed militants engaged the force from a fortified fighting position. It had been prepared and camouflaged near the compounds. Coalition forces responded with small-arms fire, killing the militants. In Kapisa province July 25, coalition forces killed a militant and neutralized several explosive devices during an operation to disrupt militant activities. Coalition forces searched several compounds in Kapisa’s Tagab District targeting a militant suspected of conducting foreign fighter operations in the area. During the search, an armed militant threatened Coalition forces, who responded with small-arms fire, killing the... Read more →

Halloween Buck

Link: Buckmasters By Brian Milinski -- I was hunting on some family land in Leon County, Texas, with anticipation of taking a buck. However, I never thought that on Halloween I would receive a "treat" as big as this one. A week before the harvest, we found some promising scrapes and hung our stands in high traffic areas near bedding and feeding areas. On the day of the hunt, the morning was slow though the bucks had just begun to chase does in the area that week. My hunting partner radioed me to let me know he had seen a huge buck chasing a doe just out of bow range and that I needed to keep an eye out. The morning progressed with just one sighting of a young 6-point buck, which Read more →

Bellmawr Hail Storm - HD Video - July 27, 2008

Link: Mark Matthews' Blog: I've lived in Bellmawr my entire life, and I've never seen anything like this happen here before. Around 2:30pm a powerful storm came rolling through, and for several long minutes hail the size of nickels came down. I grabbed a small handheld camcorder (HD) and captured some video from my kitchen window as it came down on the back deck. At the end, I also grabbed a min of video of the front of the house as the hail could be seen very clearly on the dark mulch beds. Read more →

MarketBeat : The Dollar Climbs Out of the Cellar

Link: MarketBeat Just as the equity market has turned it around in the last several days, the dollar is rising from the ashes as well. Those who have witnessed the dollar’s previous attempts at a rally have reason to be skeptical, but there are a few factors moving in the greenback’s favor now that were not just a few months ago. For one, the price of oil has pulled back significantly, as crude lately traded at $127.07. Whether the pullback in oil is helping the dollar, or vice-versa, is a bit of a chicken-and-egg semantic argument; some credited the dollar’s rally with crude’s decline, but the two are clearly feeding each other, as well as the buying interest in equities. Of late, the dollar bought 107.81 yen, up from 107.33 Tuesday, and the euro was at $1.5706, down from $1.5779 Tuesday. Read more →

Shep on Fishing: Stripers still around; flounder keepers rare

Link: Press of Atlantic City Striped bass have not left the area. Dave Showell, a fishing guide and owner of Absecon Bay Sportsman Center, caught them on Thursday inside Absecon Inlet. According to Ray Slemmer at Absecon Bay S.C., Showell took a husband and wife out on a charter and had five keepers and 30 throwbacks. Showell was fishing in the usual spots at Mankiller, Little Panama and ICW 138. He started them out using live spot, which had been the hot way to fish off Absecon and behind Brigantine, but snagged some adult bunker and used them to catch five of the keepers. Read more →

Gloucester City: RxD Pharmacy Leaves; owner blames closing on economy

By Stephen N. Roche The RXD Pharmacy at 525 Monmouth St. closed for good on Tuesday, July 22, according to pharmacist and store manager Al Zeises, interviewed by the News on July 16. The store was across the street from the Comcast office left vacant when it moved to Audubon this past spring, as soon as Comcast's contract with Gloucester City expired. Zeises was in his 21st year at the pharmacy, which he said opened several years before he arrived there, replacing the old Quality Drug store at the site. RXD will also close three stores in Camden, ending its retail presence - as RXD - in New Jersey altogether. Stores in Erial and Blackwood were closed many years ago, Zeises said, and another, in Collingswood, closed just five years ago. RXD's corporate headquarters remains on Haddon Avenue in Collingswood. In addition to Zeises and a few fill-in pharmacists two... Read more →

South Jersey: Anglers rejoice over fishing numbers

Link: Cape Atlantic Outdoors : July 22, 2008 There’s no shortage of fish in this area, and many anglers can attest to that. Robin Scott, of Ray Scott’s Dock in Margate, said the back bay in her area is stocked with fish. Scott and crew are currently celebrating 50 years and she reported that she hasn’t seen so many fish in all her years as she has this season. “I don’t recall a better season,” Scott said. “There is no shortage of flounder, and there is no reason the season should be shortened or extending of the limit size should be considered.” Scott is referring to the constant debate of the political state of flounder fishing. Scott said anglers of all ages are getting out on the water enjoying a day of fishing. Whether it’s on a charter deck boat, kayak or small engine boat, there’s lots of action and... Read more →

Gloucester City: Ice Break-Up

Are the Dog Days of Summer getting you down? Stare at the photo for a moment or two, you can actually feel a chill coming off the ice flow. Brrr!!!! FEBRUARY 2007-With the temperature change in recent days the ice on the Delaware River is breaking-up. Friday's forecast calls for a mostly sunny day with a high of 39 degrees. Saturday will be sunny with a high of 40 and a low of 25. Sunday there is a chancge of rain. The photo was taken from the pier at Proprietors Park, Gloucester City, NJ looking north towards the Walt Whitman Bridge. The boat in the foreground is docked at Holt Cargo Systems, also located in Gloucester City. July 25th, 2008-Weekend forecast by AccuWeather: Friday- High: 91, sun and some clouds. Friday night- Low 69, clear. July 26th, 2008-Saturday High: 90, partly sunny, hot and humid. Saturday night, Low 72. July... Read more →

Gloucester City: Thank You!

Gloucester City PBA #40 and FMBA #51 would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous contributions and/or their time for the recent Flag Football Game held to benefit the Gloucester City Little League. They include: GLOUCESTER CITY LITTLE LEAGUE FIELDERS CHOICE BOWIE JOHNSON AND GLOUCESTER CITY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT GREGG “BIG DADDY” CONKLIN FORT NASSAU PRINTING APRIL ROBIN FLORIST (BARRINGTON) COOPER MONUMENT COMPANY CHARLES PIKE CONSTRUCTION VITALE’S ITALIAN RESTERAUNT MAX’S SEAFOOD ADELPHIA’S BUTCH AND APRIL BERGLUND THE HEALEY FAMILY COMMERCE BANK We would also like to thank everyone who came out to the event, especially Fielder’s Choice who not only donated a gift basket but donated a free lesson to the entire Gloucester City Little League. We look forward to holding future events benefiting the youth of our City. For further information on donating to any of the youth sports programs contact Doug Ziegler or Ken Iepson at... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic: Youthful Rams ready for the fall season

Link: Youthful Rams ready for the fall season - WEST DEPTFORD - The returning players to the Gloucester Catholic High School girls soccer team have plenty of championship experience, after putting together a 20-1-1 state championship season in 2007. So for the West Deptford 7-v-7 Summer League, the young Rams were on their own, as the "veterans" didn't attend the league. Sophomore Korrie Harkins saw varsity time last season, but ......... Read more →

Ashley Fox: Why doesn't Rollins get Manuel's rules? | Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/25/2008

Link: Ashley Fox: Why doesn't Rollins get Manuel's rules? | Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/25/2008. NEW YORK - Charlie Manuel has two rules. Two. Hustle, and be on time. You don't have to be an MVP or an all-star, a Gold Glove winner or a home-run king. You don't have to put the seat down, or chew with your mouth closed, or say "excuse me" when you spit. All you have to do to be a member in good standing on Manuel's Philadelphia Phillies is hustle and be on time. In about seven weeks, Jimmy Rollins has broken both rules. First, he didn't hustle. Read more →

Gloucester City: Floating Docks Installed at Freedom Pier

By Bill Cleary Finally after decades of promises there are some positive signs happening at the former Coast Guard Base, King Street and the Delaware River, Gloucester City. The Coast Guard Base was vacated in 1987. And several years later the federal government gave the deed to the City of Gloucester City. And there the base has set for nearly 15 years. Each election some politician running for office would announce a grandiose plan for the site but nothing much came of those promises but more development studies. PHOTO: FLOATING DOCKS enlarge click. This past week however the City installed floating docks, gangways and a loading platform on the pier. The docks will be used to tie up the City’s 65 foot sailing vessel, The North Wind, along with the Philadelphia base Flag Ship Charters. Plus this improvement will enable larger boats to safely dock at the pier. Money... Read more →

Caring For Camden - 'Violence Free, That's For Me'

Link: South Jersey - CAMDEN -- In support of the National Night Out celebration, the Caring for Camden" "Violence Free, That's For Me" Campaign announces today its second community event scheduled for Aug. 5. The Camden Police Department, in conjunction with Operation CeaseFire, the Philadelphia FBI, the City of Camden and the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, will host this event to reduce violence in the city of Camden. Read more →

Gloucester City: Agenda for the regular meeting of Mayor & Council

Thursday, July 24, 2008 City Hall, 313 MONMOUTH STREET Agenda 1. Call Meeting to Order: 2. Pledge of Allegiance: 3. Roll Call: 4. Open Public Meetings Act Notice: This meeting is being held in accordance with the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act, otherwise known as the "Sunshine Law." It has been legally noticed in accordance with the law and copies have been given to those requesting the same. 5. Cool Cities Initiative - Short informational speech regarding door hangers for the program 6. Resolutions R199 Authorizing Emergency Temporary Budget Appropriations R200 Authorizing Execution of Professional Services Contract with T & M Associates (Freedom Pier and Adjacent Parking Area Improvements) R201 Authorizing a Person to Person Transfer of Plenary Retail Consumption Liquor License 0414-33-009-008 R202 Authorizing Change Order to the Contract Between Level 1 Construction and the City of Gloucester City for Rehabilitation of Goldy Drive and High School Pump... Read more →

Troops get free passes to Legion ball games

Link: American Legion. Active-duty troops can enjoy free admission to any American Legion Baseball game at its upcoming Senior State Tournament in Washington state. The event, Aug. 2-6, includes 15 games played among top Legion teams at Heidelberg-Davis Park in Tacoma. The final championship game will be at nearby Cheney Stadium, home of the Seattle Mariners' AAA minor-league team, the Tacoma Rainiers. "We decided to do this as a way to link American Legion Baseball to our troops serving overseas," says Don Hays, the state's chairman for American Legion Baseball. "We wanted to make a stronger connection between our kids, our families and the servicemembers." Read more →

Hillsborough star runner Jason Walton struck, killed by train

Link: An elite runner at Hillsborough High School who last month was named the Courier News Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year died Tuesday night when he was struck by a train, authorities confirmed today. Advertisement Jason Walton, 18, described by one coach as "tremendously focused and so easy to coach it's ridiculous," was killed by a train at 5:48 p.m. Tuesday on the Norfolk Southern tracks about 500 feet west of Beekman Lane, authorities said. Walton was entering his senior year. Read more →

Coalition, Afghan Forces Kill Armed Militants

Link: DefenseLink News Article WASHINGTON, July 23, 2008 – Coalition and Afghan forces killed groups of enemy fighters during operations in Afghanistan this week, military officials said. While coalition forces yesterday searched compounds in the Sayed Abad district of Wardak province for a Taliban commander, a cadre of militants inside a barricaded house attacked troops with grenades, machine guns and small-arms fire. Coalition forces fought back using small arms and grenades, and they called in an air strike, killing an unknown number of the enemy fighters, military officials said. Combined forces also came under ambush during a July 21 operation in the Maruf district of Kandahar province. As troops patrolled the area, militants attacked from a fortified position, using small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. The combined force returned small-arms fire and called for close-air support. The retaliation killed several militants and destroyed their attack position, military officials said. Elsewhere in... Read more →

Gloucester City: Powers hired at Gloucester Catholic

Link: - When Gloucester Catholic High School went looking for a boys basketball coach this summer, it was pretty much a given that the new boss would come from inside the Rams' family. Todd Powers didn't play hoops at Gloucester Catholic, and he didn't even attend the school. But nobody can dispute that he is exactly what the Rams were looking for. Read more →

Gloucester City: Those Hazy Days of Summer

photo by Bill Looking south towards National Park from Freedom Pier(the old Coast Guard Base) in Gloucester City. Weather forecast for today calls for a high of 88/real feel 96 degrees, mostly cloudy and humid with a strong thunderstorm. Tonight a low of 69. Heavy thunderstorms, rather cloudy warm and humid. There can be flooding in some areas. Information provided by Accu Weather/see five day forecast Read more →

Gloucester City: Mayor and Council Caucus Meeting Agenda, July 17

AGENDA Call to Order: Pledge of Allegiance: 3. Roll Call: 4. Sunshine Law: This meeting is being held in conformance with the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act, otherwise known as the "Sunshine Law". It has been legally noticed in accordance with the law and copies have been given to those requesting the same. 5. Public Comment Period: The Governing Body, in accordance with P.L. 2002, c. 80, have adopted the following guidelines relative to the Public Comment Period (PCP) at Caucus, Worksession, Special and Emergency Meetings of the Mayor and Common Council of Gloucester City: The PCP shall occur at the beginning of each meeting; it shall be no longer than one half-hour in length; every person wishing to speak may do so once during the period for no longer than five minutes. No changes have been made for the PCP of the regular monthly meetings. 6. Minutes of... Read more →

Ray Cooney, Korean War Veteran, former employee of City School Board and Highway Depart.

Raymond Cooney, age 77, of Gloucester City passed away on July 22. Raymond was born in Philadelphia and was a resident of Gloucester City for over 44 years. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After his retirement from PLYGEM, Raymond worked many years for the Gloucester City Board of Education and the Gloucester City Highway Department Streets Division. Ray enjoyed the time he spent coaching football with Billy Flynn and baseball with Mr. Casey. Loving and devoted husband of 54 years to Theresa Mary Cooney (nee Coons). Beloved father of Terry and husband Ed Severance and the late Raymond Cooney who died in 1997 (Surviving wife Eileen). Loving grandfather of Tracy, Raymond, Danielle, and Dean and great-grandfather of Jimmy and Angela Rae. Dear brother of Mary (Pat) Jablonowski, Alma (Peter) Mecchella and Eileen (Ron) Zacconi. Predeceased by his brothers Elmer and Alfred. Raymond... Read more →

Gloucester City's War Veterans are Priceless

By Paula Carlton NEWS Correspondent If a picture is worth a thousand words, photographs of Gloucester City's veterans are priceless. That is why Mayor William James, his advisory committee, and several of the town's numerous and extraordinarily dedicated veterans of foreign wars are putting out the hue and cry for pictures of the approximately 68 townsmen who gave their lives defending the United States and its allies. Their campaign intends to bring 2 feet by four feet banners with photos and other relevant details for each lost veteran to existing poles along Broadway during the months of May and October, when the nation celebrates Memorial Day and Veterans' Day, respectively. Project Leader Ted Howarth Jr., a Vietnam veteran who ran the town's Memorial Day parade from 1978 to 1998 and currently organizes Brooklawn's memorial services, said the genesis of the banners was a general idea to breathe life back into... Read more →

Letters: Pleasant Memories of St. Mary’s HS/Gloucester Catholic

I graduated from St. Mary's Catholic High School in 1943. The same year, I received notice that I was drafted in the U.S. Army. Sister sent a letter to the draft board asking that I could graduate before entering the army. As long as I kept up my grades and maintained good averages, I was allowed to graduate. If I failed, I had to report to the draft board. I was able to graduate in June. Sister Maria DeChantal gave me a medal and made me promise to wear it at all times. I taped it to my dog tags. Having being wounded, and serving in the Battle of the Bulge, I retuned home. I showed Sister the medal, which she had given me. I have many happy memories of St. Mary's now called Gloucester Catholic. It truly is a sad day for Gloucester. I am sorry to hear of... Read more →

Gloucester City News Headlines for July 24th

RXD Pharmacy On Monmouth Street In Gloucester City Closing Down Trinity United Methodist Church In Gloucester City Appoints New Pastor (the Rev. Dr. Richard G. Leaver). Westville Borough Receives $100,000 in Extraordinary State Aid (this will decrease the amount of the tax increase). World War II Monument Is Missing Read more →

NJ Legislators upset with Bear Management by Commissioner Jackson

news release Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano (R-24, Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) sent a letter today to Commissioner Lisa Jackson of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection requesting that the Department publicly release its figures on the present bear population in New Jersey. "We are extremely concerned about the growing number of black bear sightings and incidents in rural and suburban New Jersey," Oroho stated. "Human encounters with bears have become more commonplace, especially in the northwestern part of the state, and we want more-effective bear management practices enacted and enforced." "We are disturbed by reports that the Department of Environmental Protection is keeping information on the estimated number of bears and their impact on this State concealed from the media and the public," McHose said. "It is frightening to think that the DEP may be withholding information that may affect citizens' public safety."... Read more →

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly for July

Bill’s Point of View: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." —Margaret Mead... Correction: The Gloucester City School District over the past three months has placed legal notices in the Gloucester City News. However, according to Albert Countryman, Publisher of The NEWS, there have been no advertisements for Help Wanted placed in the paper from the School District over that time period. JEER-We have heard a number of complaints against the Gloucester City Board of Education/School District for not hiring local residents recently for teaching positions and other jobs. To add insult to injury the legal notices/ads for the jobs have not been placed in the local newspaper. In fact, according to the publisher Albert Countryman The Gloucester City News hasn’t received any Help Wanted ads from the School District in over three months. CHEER-The... Read more →

Chuckles: How Blonde Was She??? submitted by brother Geo

She was Soooooooo Blonde . She thought a quarterback was a refund. She thought General Motors was in the army. She thought Meow Mix was a CD for cats. She thought Boyz II Men was a day care center. At the bottom of an application where it says 'Sign here:' she wrote 'Sagittarius.' She Was Soooooooooooooo Blonde... She took the ruler to bed to see how long she slept. She sent a fax with a stamp on it. Under 'education' on her job application, she put 'Hooked On
Phonics.' She was Sooooooooooooooooo Blonde... She tripped over a cordless phone. She spent 20 minutes looking at the orange� juice can because it said 'Concentrate.' She told me to meet her at the corner of 'WALK' and 'DON'T WALK.' She tried to put M&M's in alphabetical order. She was Soooooooooooooooooooo Blonde... She studied for a blood test. She sold the car for gas... Read more →