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August 2008

Loretta Veronica Keith, one of the founding members of St. Maurice Parish

KEITH Loretta “Veronica” On August 30, 2008. (nee Glennan) Age 83. Surrounded by her loving family. Of Buena. Formerly of Brooklawn and Gloucester City. Loving wife of 50 years to the late James E. Keith, Sr. Loving mother of Edward (Linda) Keith, Charles (Doloros) Keith, Ellen Madjeski, and James (Sara) Keith. Predeceased by her son John Keith. Dear sister of William, Eugene and Thomas Glennan. Also survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Loretta was born in Gloucester City and most recently was a resident of Heritage Assisted Living in Hammonton, NJ. She was one of the founding parishioners of Saint... Read more →

Mrs. Winnie Flagg, 94, of Gloucester City, devoted St. Marys Parishioner

FLAGG Winifred T. “Winnie” On August 30, 2008. (nee Gogolin) Age 94. Surrounded and Cared for by her loving family. Of Gloucester City. Loving wife of 35 years to the late Frank J. Flagg. Loving mother of the late Dora Flagg, Winnie (late Joe) Cipriani, the late Frank (late Gerry) Flagg, Theresa (Bob) Olsen, John (Sue) Flagg, Joan (Jim) Kerrigan and Maryann (George) Johnson. Loving grandmother of 18 and the late Sean Flagg. Loving great-grandmother of 35. Loving sister of Mary Law, Helen Prelas and the late John Gogolin. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Dear friend of... Read more →

When a high school athlete doesn't make the team

Link: | Courier-Post. Today, Murphy oversees the biggest high school athletic program in South Jersey, catering to more than 1,500 athletes in 31 varsity sports. But at this time of year it's the athletes who won't be playing -- the ones who've been told during the last few days that they weren't good enough to make the team -- that tie knots in Murphy's stomach like the one he felt 27 years ago. Read more →

Pentagon Sept. 11 Memorial: A Place to ‘Remember, Reflect, Renew’

Link: DefenseLink News Article: Keith Kaseman’s and Julie Beckman’s proposal for the memorial’s design was chosen from more than 1,100 submissions in March 2003. Soon afterward, the New Yorkers moved to Alexandria, Va., near Washington, where for more than three years they worked with construction plans and fine-tuned design details. The memorial, Beckman said as she strolled across the grounds with her husband, will provide a “very special place on Earth” dedicated to the memory of the 184 people who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon. The memorial “is very contemplative, very peaceful,” Beckman observed.... Read more →

Brooklawn Post 72 Remembrance Ceremony Sept. 11

The Brooklawn American Legion Post #72 in conjunction with the Council, the Clergy, and the emergency personnel in Brooklawn, will conduct a 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony Thursday, September 11 at 7 p.m. at the Brooklawn United Methodist Church, located at Maude and Hannevig Avenues. The Ceremony will honor victims of the attack on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, airline flight takeover and the American Military service personnel who have died in the battle against terrorism while other members of the service continue to fight. Brooklawn Memorial Post #72 invites the families of those who have a member of their family serving... Read more →

Grand Opening of The Philly Pretzel Factory

The Philly Pretzel Factory, Grand Opening Celebration was held today, Saturday. On hand to welcome the new business to Gloucester City were from (right), Councilman John Hutchinson, Councilman Nick Marchese, The Philly Pretzel (wearing the Green Hat), Councilman Bruce Parry and Councilman Jay Brophy. In the back ground, (left) are owners and operators Marissa and Mario Straccialini. Missing from photo is owner Barry Wright and City UEZ Director Howard Clark. The store offers a variety of prices for their product. For example the cost for three pretzels is $1.50, party trays are $25 and you can buy 100 pretzels for... Read more →

Bob Lamb: Stories behind dogs' names convey the love

Link: River Valley Outdoors. Two weeks ago, I wrote a column about “Americans loving their dogs.” I also shared the top 10 most popular male and female dog names in the United States and invited readers to submit their favorite dog names and why. Well, the votes are in for the Coulee Region’s unofficial “Top Dog Name.” Drum roll, please. Five names shared top honors. They are Lambeau, Charlie, Bandit, Chester and Remington. Yet, what is most intriguing is how dogs acquire their names. I received many responses. Some were touching. Others were downright funny. Read more →

Former Middletown South star Moreno ready to star for No. 1 Georgia

Link: New Jersey Sports - Long before the magazine covers made his face a ubiquitous presence at newsstands nationwide and he could no longer eat at a restaurant without being noticed, one of his best friends, Steve Antonucci, predicted it would happen. Seven years ago, in a moment of eerie prescience, Antonucci, the coach at Middletown High School South, told his precocious freshman running back, Knowshon Moreno, that life would never be normal. Read more →

Campbell's(R) Chunky(TM) Soup and NFL Moms Team Up to Tackle Hunger

Link: MarketWatch. CAMDEN, N.J., Aug 28, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The notion of 'tackling' is nothing new to a football mom, but the moms of 35 NFL players are giving tackling a whole new meaning this football season. The Professional Football Player's Mothers Association (PFPMA) is teaming up with the Campbell's Chunky/NFL Tackling Hunger(R) program and Feeding America, (formerly known as America's Second Harvest) the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, to tackle a big issue -- the nation's hunger. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, hunger affects more than 38 million Americans. To help fight this national problem,... Read more →


BROOKLAWN BANK ROBBED The Brooklawn Wachovia Bank, Route 130 and Browning Road, was robbed approximately 10:15 AM today Friday, by a black male. The suspect gave the teller a note; did not show a weapon, then fled on foot. Bridget Hagan, of Gloucester City, arrested for 2nd-degree conspiracy The Courier Post is reporting that Bridgett Hagan, 20, of Gloucester City; Amanda Green, 26, of Woodbury; and Desirae Dietrich, 22, of Laurel Springs, were arrested yesterday for second-degree conspiracy, second-degree computer criminal activity and fourth-degree falsifying or tampering with records, according to the office of Attorney General Anne Milgram. They were... Read more →

13-Year-Old New Jersey Football Player Died From Undetected Heart Condition

Link: A 13-year-old New Jersey football player who collapsed during practice Monday and later died had an undetected heart condition, WNBC is reporting. The preliminary results of an autopsy on Sean Fisher revealed the heart condition, according to the report. Fisher's death was the first of two youth football-related deaths this week in New Jersey. Douglas Morales, 17, died Tuesday night at Hackensack Medical Center of a subdural hematoma, or excessive bleeding in the brain. Morales was running a drill last Friday when he was tackled, his helmet striking the defender's shoulder pad. Read more →

Gloucester City: Monthly City Council Meeting Agenda

Thursday, August 28, 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. Proclamation: Michael Hainsworth – Gloucester City Board of Health 6. Resolutions R222 Adopting Emergency Temporary Budget Appropriations 7. Ordinances: for first reading this evening with second reading and public hearing... Read more →

Teen Dies After Football Practice

Link: Tragic hit: It was an unremarkable hit during a routine football drill. Cliffside Park High School junior running back Douglas Morales took the ball during practice Friday morning and barreled toward a teammate. The teammate lunged to tackle him. The teammate sprang to his feet after the collision. Morales did not. Read more →

GHS Alumni Brandon McElwee, "I wanted to be part of history."

Link:Philadelphia Inquirer | 08/28/2008. Lincoln U. football back after 48 years Abanishe attracted several transfer students, including quarterback Kareem Dennis, who played for Lincoln High in the Northeast and at Edward Waters College in Florida. Many players are like sophomore linebacker Brandon McElwee, who figured his football days were over when he graduated from Gloucester High in South Jersey to attend Lincoln, only to discover the opportunity to resume his career. "I felt like I had to be a part of this," he said. "I wanted to be a part of history." Read more →

Sergeant gets warm welcome

Link: | Courier-Post. As he moved about he briefly chatted with a few members of the growing throng of neighbors spilling out of his yard and into the next and frequently pulled his left wrist out of his shorts pocket to check the time on his gold wristwatch. "It has been a long day of waiting," he said. "I hope I can hold it all back." The moment he had been anticipating for more than a year came a short time later when he stepped out onto the street and was embraced in a giant bear hug by his son... Read more →

Gloucester City Joins Opposition to Broadway port methadone clinic

Link: | Courier-Post. CAMDEN — Gloucester City, a stone's throw from the Broadway marine terminal of the South Jersey Port Corp., joined Camden residents Tuesday in opposing placement of a methadone clinic within the port."Just do the math," Gloucester City Councilman Nicholas F. Marchese Jr. told the board of directors at its meeting Tuesday. "We spend millions to revitalize our downtown and riverfront then you want to flood the area with drug addicts," Marchese said. "This will kill Gloucester. We'd like you and the state to look at alternate sites." Related: Methadone Clinic Read more →

Sean Clegg, 14, of Tabernacle, Student at Seneca High School

CLEGG Sean Patrick Suddenly, On August 25, 2008. Of Tabernacle. 9 Days Before His 15th Birthday. Through his gift of life, Sean has changed the lives of others and has returned home to the Lord His Father. Beloved and Cherished Son of Andrew T. Clegg and Gail Patricia Clegg (nee Roach) of Tabernacle. Best Friend and Loving Brother of Brian F. Clegg at home. Devoted Maternal Grandson of the late Joan M. Roach (nee Ragen) and surviving husband William J. Roach. Loving Paternal Grandson of C. Robert Wells and E. Jane Wells (nee Taylor) and Dana and Sandy Clegg. Dear... Read more →

Joe Pratt, 48, of Woolwich Twp., ad manager for Auto Racing News

Link: Joseph L. Pratt on August 24, 2008 of Woolwich Twp., formerly of Deptford. Age 48. Husband of Cindy (nee Watkins). Brother of Edward Pratt of Bellmawr, Richard Pratt of Sewell, John Pratt of Fl., Elizabeth Johnston of Glassboro, Clara Hughes of Alabama and the late Robert Pratt. Joe worked as an advertising manager for Area Auto Racing News in Trenton. He was an avid stock car driver and fan. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a viewing Thursday 6pm to 8:30pm at BOUCHER FUNERAL HOME, 1757 Delsea Dr., Deptford. Funeral service 8:30pm Thursday at the funeral home.... Read more →

Walter Hoopes, Jr., 44, of Turnersville, Deputy Fire Chief

Link: Walter A. Hoopes Jr. on August 25, 2008 of Turnersville formerly of Pennsauken. Age 44 years. Beloved husband of Denise M. (nee Weyand). Devoted father of Shawn and Erin. Loving son of Walter A. Sr. and Estelle (nee Simpson). Dear brother of Nancy Fink, Diane McLaughlin and Debbie Bosch. Son in law of Robert and Bernice Weyand, brother in law of Robert Weyand, Jr. and Renee Budniak. Also survived by 8 nieces and nephews. Mr. Hoopes was employed as a Truck Driver at Majestic Oil in Cherry Hill for 20 years. He was a lifetime member of Delaware... Read more →

Gloucester City Officials meet with Tenants Association

By Albert J.Countryman Jr. Gloucester City officials met with members of the Chatham Square Tenants Association last week to discuss chronic maintenance problems and safety issues at the apartments, which had been purchased by Gloucester City this April. Mayor William James, City Councilmen Bruce Parry, Jay Brophy, Nick Marchese and John Hutchinson, and William Daly, president of Community Investment Strategy (CIS) Management, discussed many issues with some 35 tenants. The Association was formed six weeks ago because of difficulties in getting CIS to do maintenance work at the apartment. CIS was hired by Gloucester City to manage the eight buildings.... Read more →

Gloucester City News Headlines for August 28th

Gloucester City Shamrock Festival September 13 Gloucester City Planning Board Meeting Postponed Due To Lack Of A Quorum Westville Council Passes Ordinance Limiting Use Of Eminent Domain Brooklawn Council Hears Presentation On Organization That Helps Pay Utility Bills Mount Ephraim Commissioners Appoint Marie Darlington As Deputy Borough Clerk Brooklawn BOE Members Will Not Attend School Board Convention Due To Costs, New State Law Alice Costello School Announces Class Lists For Upcoming School Year Mount Ephraim Schools Will Open September 3 Labor Day Deadline – Thursday at 5 p.m. Read more →

Aldo V. Rossi, of Woodbury, former employee of West Virginia Paper and Pulp

ROSSI Aldo V. On August 25, 2008. Age 84. Of Woodbury. Formerly of Oaklyn. Predeceased by his parents Luigi and Rosa Rossi (nee DeLuca). Loving brother of John (Margaret) Rossi of NC and Elaine (Thomas) Porch of Deptford. Beloved uncle of Anthony, Maryann, Rosemarie, Thomas and the late John. Aldo was born in South Camden and resided in Oaklyn for many years. He worked 35 years for West Virginia Paper and Pulp in Gloucester City. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his viewing on Thursday morning from 9 to 10 am at McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street,... Read more →

Webers Cafeteria/Restaurant closed its doors

Link: | Courier-Post. In the 1930s the establishment on North Broad Street began as a bakery before turning into Ogle's Cafeteria. In 1973 Frank Weber bought out his partner and changed the name to Weber's Cafeteria. Around 20 years later Dennis Weber and his sister, Sandra Moszkowicz, took over the family business from their father. At its height, Dennis Weber said, the cafeteria flourished as patrons filled the 190-seat establishment to eat home-cooked meals featuring roast beef, turkey and fresh rolls. Read more →

Cheers and Jeers for the month of August

CHEER- Dorothy Stanaitis, of Gloucester City was recently named Rutgers-Camden's First Trustee Emerita for Life. For years she was the “Story Lady” for the Gloucester City Library until her retirement in 1994. Since retiring, Stanaitis has juggled her two passions -- story-telling career and Rutgers -- with consummate skill. KUDOS TO Gloucester City Library Director Elizabeth Egan who recently received the NJ Library Association President's Award for 2008. The honor is given for outstanding public service to the library community. Theresa Cowgill submitted a CHEER for the Gloucester City Library staff. She writes, “I can honestly say they are some... Read more →

Pet dog chases off three bears

Link: A Wyckoff family letting their dog out this morning were in for quite a surprise when their puppy came within 15 feet of three bears. The trio – apparently a mother bear and two cubs -- were spotted near Eder Avenue, just off Route 208, were reported by a residents this morning, police said. Pawlee -- an 8-month-old, 15-pound Cockapoo -- showed no fear this morning charging at the three bears around 8:30 a.m., Osiason said. Read more →

Catherine Ludwick, 44, formerly of Woodbury NJ

Catherine Ann Ludwick (nee Mura), age 44 on Friday, August 22, 2008 in Philadelphia. Cathy was born in San Diego, was raised in Levittown, PA and formerly lived in Woodbury, NJ. She was a member of Southwood Baptist Church and was a devoted wife and mother. Wife of Brad Ludwick, she is also survived by two daughters Kader Kumas and Catherine Thomer, a son Robert Kennard all of Philadelphia, her father Harry (Sheila) Mura lll of Levittwon, one sister Ruth (Eric) Howard of Philadelphia, one brother Robert (Theresa) Mura of Levittown, stepson, Chase Shepherd of Woodbury, a step brother Jeff... Read more →

Scott Baker, age 33, died August 16th, Salem County Nursing Home

Scott William Baker, age 33 died Saturday, August 16, 2008 at Salem County Nursing Home. He is survived by his parents William and Barbara Baker of Lakewood NJ, and a sister Michelle Harder of Ringwood, NJ. Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial service 10 AM on Wednesday at Smith Funeral Home, 47 Main St., Mantua, NJ. Memories and condolences may be shared at Contributions in Scott’s memory may be made to American Cancer Society, 1851 Old Cuthbert Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034. Read more →

The Chuckle for the Day by Father Dunphy

Every Sunday God would look down from heaven and see some men riding around on this green patch of grass chasing a little white ball. This one Sunday he says to Saint Peter, “Come on Peter let’s see what this is all about”. They pick up a bag a clubs and some golf balls at the club house and proceed out onto the greens. At Hole 7, there is a large pond, 275 yards to the pin. Jesus chooses a 7 Iron and proceeds to tee up when Peter says, “God you are going to need a bigger club then... Read more →

New Jersey Army National Guard completes training

Link: - El Paso Times. McGREGOR RANGE, N.M. -- Stretching into the eastern and western horizons, about 3,000 New Jersey Army National Guard soldiers stood in units eight across and as many as 15 deep Friday during a departure ceremony that signaled an end to training and the beginning of a 10-month deployment to Iraq. It is the largest deployment of New Jersey Army National Guard soldiers since World War II, said Maj. Gen. Mark A. Graham, commander of Division West. "Soldiers of the (50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team) Read more →

Sandra Hernandez, 47, of Marlton, after a courageous battle with cancer

HERNANDEZ, SANDRA N. On August 21, 2008, after a courageous battle with cancer, (nee Cordona), age 47, of Marlton, formerly of Trenton and Pennsauken NJ. Beloved wife of Albert Serrano and dear mother of Theresa, Albert Jr., Cynthia, Derrick, Steven and Andrew. Daughter of Miguel and Isabel Rivera and the late Jesus Cordona. Also survived by sister Zulma Bianco, grandchildren Aiyana and Albert III, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Relatives and friends of the family are kindly invited to attend her Visitation Sunday 6-9 PM & Monday 9-10:30 AM at the FUNERAL HOME OF INGLESBY & SONS,... Read more →

Thought for the Day, submitted by Dr. Jim Doster

A very good reminder................... If you think you 're unhappy - look at them If you think your salary is low, how about her? If you think you don't have many friends... When you feel like giving up, think of this man If you complain about your transport system, how about them? If you think you suffer in life, do you suffer as much as he does? If your society is unfair to you, how about her? Enjoy life how it is and as it comes Things are worse for others and is a lot better for us There are... Read more →

Phelps' success could give sport boost back home

Link: - Kevin Nolan, the Gloucester Catholic High School swimming coach, and nine others each gave a vote to some stellar athletes that eventually shared a not-so-memorable third place. Nolan's vote stuck out a bit more than others when looking back. Why? He voted for Michael Phelps. "He proved me right," said Nolan. Read more →

The Broken Shillelaghs of Brooklawn will be performing at the Shamrock Festival

Source: Broken Shillelaghs website Hailing from Brooklawn, NJ, the Broken Shillelaghs are a 5-piece Irish musical group featuring acoustic guitar, mandolin, bass, accordion, tin-whistle, and precussion. We started out with 2 of us on acoustic guitars as musical accompaniment for Gloucester City Pub Crawls. As we continued on, the demand increased for an Irish band so we added our 2nd guitarist and precussionist. As the years passed, we added bass and accordion. We play often at Oh! Hara's and Doc & Joe's Tavern in Gloucester City, Casey's On 3rd in North Wildwood, and Harper's Pub in Clementon and we also... Read more →

Gloucester City Shamrock Festival Saturday, Sept. 13th

Link: Shamrock Festival. The Gloucester City 2008 Shamrock Festival Welcome to the Gloucester City Shamrock Festival's Website. The Gloucester City Irish Society and the City of Gloucester will be hosting the Shamrock Festival on Saturday, September 13, 2008 from 11am-7pm. The Shamrock Festival is held at Gloucester City’s historic “Proprietor’s Park & Marina,” which is favorably situated along the Delaware Waterfront at 225 South King Street in Gloucester City. The annual day-long Irish celebration, which attracts thousands of visitors, commemorates the rich Irish community of Gloucester City. The event is co-sponsored by The Gloucester City Irish Society and the Gloucester... Read more →

Freebies at Little League World Series include Wii game, baseball gear

Link: HeraldNet: SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Only one team gets a championship banner at the Little League World Series. The swag, well, all of the pint-sized competitors walk off with a slew of goodies. From bats to caps to collectible pins -- even a Little League video game for the Nintendo Wii -- players who make it to South Williamsport are rewarded with plenty of cool items for their trip home. Read more →

Robert M. Gundle, Jr. Age 76. Recipient of Purple Heart, U.S. Army Veteran During Korean War

Robert M. Gundle Jr., died on August 20, 2008 at the age 76. A resident of Gloucester City he was cared and loved by his devoted wife of 51 years, Joan Marie (nee Hagan). Devoted father of Joanie (Jim) Heiser, Mary Jane Van Fossen, Robert M. (Debbie) Gundle, III, Edward J. (Carol) Gundle, William C. Gundle, Nancy J. Gundle, Patricia A. (Brian) Buck, John A. (Tina) Gundle and the late Deborah A. Gundle. Loving son of the late Robert M. Gundle, Sr. and the late Mary Elizabeth (nee Remmington). Cherished grandfather of 16. Survived by Pete (Marie) Remmington, many nieces,... Read more →

Soccer's Carli Lloyd: Jersey girl, world star

Link: Phil Anastasia: Philadelphia Inquirer | 08/22/2008. Lloyd, 26, has been a well-known figure in South Jersey soccer circles for 12 years, if not longer. But it's one thing to be a star in high school, or even at Rutgers, where she was a four-time all-Big East selection. It's quite another to score the only goal in the Olympic gold-medal game, and in overtime, to boot. Read more →

Remembering Browning

Link: BY JACK HEATH Browning Ross is known as the “Father of Long-Distance Running” in America. He was one of the best runners in the country for close to two decades. Browning was a two-time Olympian and a Pan Am gold-medal winner in the 1500 meters. Browning Ross started the Road Runners Club of America in 1958, and he also founded the first national long-distance running magazine, the Long Distance Log. He coached hundreds of runners in high school (Gloucester Catholic and Woodrow Wilson High Schools) and college (Rutgers) and managed the first US World Cross-Country teams. He influenced... Read more →

Gloucester County bristles as feral porkers run amok

Link: - The pigs have gone hog wild in New Jersey. As many as 100 feral swine are ripping up golf courses, rooting through flower farms and generally making a mess of things in the swamps, forests and fields of Gloucester County. Thought to be descendants of domestic hogs freed from pens at least a decade ago, the belligerent boars have mentally and physically regressed and are no longer the familiar pink porkers slopping it up on lazy little farms. Read more →

North Brunswick mourns the loss of Lt. Christopher Zerby

Link: Renee McCaffrey said that if her brother-in-law, North Brunswick police Lt. Christopher Zerby, had a premonition that he would pass away one week before he actually did, he would have wanted to take his sons, Tyler and Trevor, to Point Pleasant, he would have wanted to attend a family party, he would have wanted to eat clams with friends, and he would have wanted to take Tyler on a bike ride. North Brunswick Police Lt. Christopher Zerby was described as a "dedicated son," a "family man" and a "cop's boss" during his funeral Mass on Saturday, held at... Read more →

2008 Mid-Atlantic $500,000 Day 3

Link: - News Center. (Aug. 20, 2008 - Cape May, NJ)... Cooler than normal temperatures for August accompanied by a fresh ocean breeze kept most of the fleet tied to the dock on Day Three of the 2008 Mid-Atlantic $500,000. Although it was indeed a beautiful day for the beach, shopping or taking in some of the sights of Cape May and Ocean City, Maryland, less than favorable conditions were found offshore by the 21 boats that gave it a go today. For the second day in a row the weight categories of the leaderboard remained unchanged. The weather... Read more →

The Fishing Line

Link: Cape May County Herald. Ron Flemming down at Cape May Bait and Tackle says that with warmer water temps, fishing continues to improve. Solid evidence of warmer water is this week’s prize-winner Vince Sickaro, with a 7 ¾ pound, 22 inch sheepshead caught at Cape May Point jetty with crab as bait. Kingfish action is good with some close to 2-pound, caught using bloodworms around the Point jetties and Sunset Beach. He has also seen mixed catches of weakfish, fluke and croakers. Read more →

State corrections official Luis Silva from Mantua dies

Link: State corrections official from Mantua dies - South Jersey - TRENTON - Luis Silva, 54, the New Jersey Corrections Ombudsman, died on Tuesday afternoon after a short illness, New Jersey Public Advocate Ronald K. Chen announced today. Silva, a Mantua Township resident, served as the Corrections Ombudsman since 2001, first as part of the Department of Corrections and then as part of the Department of the Public Advocate when it was restored in 2006. He served as Assistant Ombudsman for nine years prior to his appointment as Ombudsman. Read more →

Gloucester City Council Agenda for Caucus Meeting

Thursday, August 21, 2008 7:00 P.M. 313 Monmouth Street 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... Read more →

NFL Great Gene Upshaw Dies

Link: | Gene Upshaw, an 11-time All-Pro NFL lineman and the executive director of the NFL players’ union, has died of complications from pancreatic cancer, The Associated Press reports. He was 63. A longtime on-the-field force for the Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Raiders, Upshaw was also the longest-tenured labor leader in sports. Read more →

Olympians Not Our Only Heroes: Local Competition Honors Tri-State Area Troops -

Link: - MarketWatch. BROOKLYN, N.Y., Aug 19, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- While all eyes turn to our nation's Olympians overseas, scores of local American heroes of another ilk will be celebrated during a competition closer to home. Troops from every Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard command in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey have been invited to take part in "Calling All Guards" at KeySpan Park at 1904 Surf Avenue in Brooklyn on Thursday, August 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Calling All Guards is presented... Read more →

Three conferences considered for realignment

Link: The 40 football-playing schools from the three leagues would be merged into four divisions of 10 schools each. The realigment plan, devised by a state association 33-member committee to address the issue of imbalance between public and non-public schools, eliminates traditional leagues in North Jersey for football. But it doesn't address what many had hoped for — a separate league for non-public schools only. The plan will be voted on by the NJSIAA executive committee in October and if passed would go into effect next year. Those who want to appeal have by Sept. 2 to submit their... Read more →

Bellmawr Library Events

The Bellmawr Branch of the Camden County Library will have the following adult and family programs this fall. Celebrate National Healthy Aging Month Friday, September 5, at 10:30 a.m. and Monday, September 22, at 7 p.m. Adults age 50 and over are invited to discover the positive aspects of aging. Go bowling with Library's new Nintendo Wii and enjoy healthy snacks. The Sip & Mingle Coffee Dates for adults will be Mondays, September 8, October 20 and November 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop in for a cup of coffee and a tasty treat while browsing the collections,... Read more →

Sarah DeStasio, of Florida, formerly of Gloucester City & South Philly

DeSTASIO Sarah On August 17, 2008. (nee Sabatini) Age 97. Of Clearwater, Florida. Formerly of Gloucester City and South Philadelphia, PA. Loving wife of 62 years to the late Thomas DeStasio. Beloved mother of Henry R. DeStasio and his wife Mickey of Clearwater, Florida. Cherished grandmother of Thomas (Laura) DeStasio and Robert (Theresa) DeStasio. Devoted great-grandmother of Robert, Eric, Thomas and Sarah. Dear Sister of Joseph Sabatini of California. Sarah was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She moved to Gloucester City and later to Clearwater, Florida after her husband passed in 1995. Sarah was a devoted parishioner of Saint... Read more →