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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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... 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.... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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.... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more →

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

Link: South Jersey - NJ.com. 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- msnbc.com

Link: Manholes Smoke, Power Out In Center City - News- msnbc.com. 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... 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... 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... 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... 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.... 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... Read more →

Open to change

Link: southphillyreview.com. 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.... 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... Read more →