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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... 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... 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... 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... Read more →

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

Link: courierpostonline.com 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... Read more →

Obit: Hilda McColligan, age 89, of Gloucester City

Link: NJ.com. 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more →


Link: - NJ.com. 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more →

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

Link: CourierPostOnline.com | 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... 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... 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... 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- msnbc.com. 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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: Phttp://money.cnn.com 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... 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... Read more →

Charles Barkley Gives The Tip Of A Lifetime

Link: cbs3.com 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... Read more →

Gus L. Wilson, 54, of National Park

Link: NJ.com. 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... 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... 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 →