NEWS, SPORTS, COMMENTARY, POLITICS for Gloucester City and the Surrounding Areas of South Jersey and Philadelphia

« June 2008 | Main | August 2008 »

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 →

DoD Announces Army Casualty: Sgt. James McHale, 31, of Fairfield Mont.

Link: DefenseLink News Release: The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sgt. James A. McHale, 31, of Fairfield, Mont., died July 30 at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., of wounds suffered July 22 in Taji, Iraq, when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 40th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany. 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 →

Off-field issues dominate talk at Philadelphia Eagles' training camp

Link: The Canadian Press: BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Brian Westbrook could leave any day. Lito Sheppard would welcome a trade. Shawn Andrews remains a no-show. Training camp for the Philadelphia has become more like a soap opera, and T.O. isn't even here anymore. At least Donovan McNabb isn't involved in any of the controversy for once. "It feels pretty good," McNabb said about not being the centre of attention. While McNabb is focused on football, some of his teammates are dealing with off-field issues. These aren't just backup or role players grabbing the headlines, either. Westbrook, Sheppard and Andrews are key players on a team that's hoping to contend for the Super Bowl. Each has been to the Pro Bowl twice and been named an all-pro once. 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 →

Westville: Extraordinary State Aid will reduce Borough Taxes

By Sara Martino NEWS Correspondent Thanks to the awarding of $100,000 in extraordinary aid from the NJ State Property Relief Act, the $280 increase for the average property owner in Westville this year will be reduced to a $130 increase. The $280 tax increase that would have been necessary because of state aid cuts will not be realized in this year's property taxes. A resolution was made and approved during last week's Westville Borough Council meeting to amend the 2008 Municipal Budget, totaling almost $2.5 million. The amendment of the budget was approved by a vote of 5 to 1, and the adoption of the budget was also approved by a vote of 5 to 1, with Councilwoman Susan Rodgers casting a "no" vote on both resolutions. Borough Administrator William Bittner said the local purpose tax is now decreased, but the average local property tax will see a $130 increase... 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 →

Philadelphia Soul Will Celebrate At City Hall Thursday

Link: - Local News Story - WCAU PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Soul will celebrate at City Hall Thursday in honor of its Arena Football Championship. The Soul will roll out the "blue" carpet for its fans at City Hall. About a 15 vehicle motorcade, led by Soul owner Jon Bon Jovi, and Soul players, owners, coaches, staff, the Soulmates dance team, the Soul Band and Drumline and the Soulman mascot will make its way down Market Street to City Hall where the ceremony will begin about 3:20 p.m. Thursday 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 →

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty/Sgt. Faoa L. Apineru, of Yorba Linda, Calif.

Link: DefenseLink News Release DoD Identifies Marine Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Staff Sgt. Faoa L. Apineru, 31, of Yorba Linda, Calif., died July 2, 2007, from wounds sustained while supporting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to Headquarters Company, 23rd Marines, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve. Staff Sgt. Apineru was wounded on May 15, 2005. After his death on July 2, 2007, the initial medical examiner concluded that Apineru did not die from injuries sustained during his deployment, but a subsequent opinion by the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology indicated that his death was a result of his injuries sustained in Iraq. 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 →

NBC 10's Edie Huggins Dies At 72

Link: News- NBC 10's Edie Huggins passed away Tuesday after a prolonged illness. Edie was a staple on the news scene for four decades and many grew up watching her on TV. Edie began her television career at WCAU in 1966 as a feature reporter on the Big News Team with John Facenda and became one of Philadelphia's most respected and celebrated television personalities during her 42-year career. 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 →

Navy Petty Officer 2nd.class, Mike Monsoor

submitted by John Miller, (formerly of Gloucester City) The media rarely reports News such as this - please forward it to a few of your friends...God bless the men and women in our Military. Navy Petty Officer Mike Monsoor a Real Hero PO2 (EOD2) Mike Monsoor, (photo) a Navy EOD Technician, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for jumping on a grenade in Iraq , giving his life to save his fellow SEALs. During Mike Monsoor's funeral in San Diego , as his coffin was being moved from the hearse to the grave site at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery , SEALs were lined up on both sides of the pallbearers route forming a column of twos, with the coffin moving up the center. As Mike's coffin p assed, each SEAL, having removed his gold Trident from his uniform, slapped it down embedding the Trident in the wooden coffin.... 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 →

Editorial: Lightning Round

Link: Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/29/2008. Finally, a sports champion reigns again in Philadelphia. The Soul captured their first Arena Football League title on Sunday, winning ArenaBowl XXII in New Orleans. It's the city's first football title since 1984, when the Philadelphia Stars won the USFL championship. The city's "big four" teams - the Eagles, Flyers, Phillies and Sixers - haven't won a title since the Sixers earned glory in 1983. So, congratulations to Soul owner Jon Bon Jovi and his players, including MVP quarterback Matt D'Orazio 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 →

Coast Guard: Tugboats sink, Leaking oil in the Schuylkill River

Posted: 28 Jul 2008 06:09 PM CDT PHILADELPHIA - The Coast Guard is responding today to two derelict tugboats that sank and are leaking oil in the Schuylkill River here. Personnel from Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay along with other local and state agencies are responding as a result of the two sunken tugboats, the Carol Wales and another unidentified tugboat. The two tugboats were tied to the pier at the edge of the Schuylkill River in the vicinity of the Girard Point Bridge when they sank. Contractors are on scene and have contained the site of the spill. The Coast Guard has established a safety zone in the area and urges mariners to use caution when transiting the river. There has been no reported impact to wildlife. The cause of the sinking is under investigation. Read more →

Spc. Seteria L. Brown, 22, of Orlando, Fla, War Casuality

Link: DoD Identifies Army Casualty. The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Spc. Seteria L. Brown, 22, of Orlando, Fla., died July 25 in Sharana, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained in a non-combat related incident. She was assigned to the 62nd Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, Fort Hood Texas. The incident is under investigation. Read more →

Philly skyscraper's huge HD screen wowing visitors

Link: P NEW YORK (Associated Press) - This city best known to tourists for its historical sites and museums has a surprise new high-tech hit that is developing into a must-see attraction: a huge atrium wall in Philadelphia's newest and tallest skyscraper where a cast of dancers and acrobats seem to come to life. It's a 25-foot-tall, 2,000-square-foot high-definition LED screen which at times mimics the wood-paneled wall of the main lobby of the Comcast Center, which opened in June. 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 →

Charles Barkley Gives The Tip Of A Lifetime

Link: PHILADELPHIA (CBS 3) ― When Former 76er's star Charles Barkley comes back to Philadelphia, he often visits Saloon, a popular restaurant frequented by athletes and celebrities where 28-year-old Christian Abate works as a busboy. "I'm a big basketball fan and when he came into the restaurant, I'd say 'Wow its Charles Barkley', and I'd always talk to him and we struck up some kind of friendship," said Abate. But it was a tip from Barkley on a visit to Saloon last August that Christian will never forget. 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 →

After chase, suspect in kidnap attempt arrested | Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/28/2008

Link: Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/28/2008. Andre Turlock, 27, of Blackwood, was charged with luring a child, corruption of morals of a minor, attempted murder, aggravated assault, and other charges after he attempted to lure a 14-year-old boy into his car at 6:15 p.m. at 10th and Cherry Streets, said Officer Jillian Russell of the Philadelphia Police public affairs unit. Read more →

Bob Ford: Phillies still need pitching help

Link: Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/28/2008. For a team that had just won two straight games, there was a lot of unhappy scurrying around in the Phillies' clubhouse last night. The half-full glass would look at the 10-9 win on Saturday and yesterday's rain-delayed 12-10 outcome and declare that the offense has finally come around. When Charlie Manuel holds a team meeting and tells folks to pick it up, it might take a while to sink in, but better late than never. 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 →

Soul Hold On To Win First ArenaBowl, 59-56

Link: MyFox Philadelphia NEW ORLEANS -- Matt D'Orazio threw seven touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead the Philadelphia Soul to their first ArenaBowl victory, beating defending AFL champion San Jose 59-56 on Sunday. Philadelphia scored on all six of its first-half possessions and took the lead for good with three consecutive touchdowns in the second quarter, then survived a frantic San Jose rally in the final minute to hold on in the 22nd ArenaBowl. 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 →

Man leads police on chase from Philly to NJ after alleged luring attempt - South Jersey -

Link: South Jersey - PHILADELPHIA, N.J. -- A man allegedly attempting to lure a 14-year-old boy into his vehicle near 10th and Cherry streets in Philadelphia led police on a car chase into New Jersey when officers attempted to stop him. Read more →

Manholes Smoke, Power Out In Center City - News-

Link: Manholes Smoke, Power Out In Center City - News- PHILADELPHIA - Smoke poured from the streets of Center City and hundreds were without power Saturday after something went wrong underground. PECO officials said the trouble appeared to involve two transformers which provide power between 9th and 11th streets and Cuthbert to Cherry streets. 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 →

Westville: Golf Outing Raises $20,000

D.J. Wagner Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc., Westville and nonprofit organization Embrace the Children, NJ Chapter collaborated efforts and raised $20,000 in their recent second annual golf outing at Ron Jaworski's Valleybrook Country Club, Blackwood. D.J. Wagner HVAC owner and ETC board member Drew Wagner again matched contributions up to $10,000. Embrace the Children will use the proceeds to donate to the building fund for The Good Counsel Home "South Jersey Project," for homeless, pregnant women and their babies and to the Missionary Sisters of Mary Immaculate, Elmer, who house, clothe, feed and educate Aids orphans and women in crisis in Kenya, Africa. This year's event brought in over 35 sponsors, 96 golfers, 30 auction donors, 15 volunteers and staff of both D.J. Wagner, HVAC, Inc. and Embrace the Children. Here Wagner, center, accepts an award from Embrace the Children for his generosity and support. With him are, from left,... 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 →

Open to change

Link: For nearly a decade, the lot on the northwest corner of 12th and Catharine streets has been empty. Through thick and thin — and many changes in development plans — Hawthorne’s residents have stood by it, so to speak. For most, putting a park in the space was ideal. Last Thursday, protests against the one-time plan of the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s to build low-income housing were nowhere to be heard. “Hawthorne, you finally got what you deserved,” Pat Bullard, president of the Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition, said joyously to the crowd. The long-time community activist was at the site for the announcement by Mayor Michael Nutter that the dirt lot will become a much greener space. 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 →