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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... 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... Read more →

Elderly Veteran Gunned Down In Strawberry Mansion

Link: cbs3.com PHILADELPHIA (CBS 3) ― Police are searching for the suspects who shot and killed an elderly war veteran in North Philadelphia Friday evening. Police said a 77-year-old male was shot outside a VFW Post near 33rd and Diamond Streets in Strawberry Mansion at about 6:00 p.m. According to police, the victim was sitting on the front porch of the VFW Post talking to a friend when three suspects approached. Read more →

When a high school athlete doesn't make the team

Link: CourierPostOnline.com | 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,... 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... 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... 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... Read more →

DoD Identifies Army Casualty/Spc. Michael Gonzalez, 20, of Spotswood, NJ

Link: DefenseLink News Release: The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Spc. Michael L. Gonzalez, 20, of Spotswood, N.J., died Aug. 28 in Baghdad, of wounds suffered by an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 340th Military Police Company, Fort Totten, N.Y. Read more →

DoD Identifies Army Casualty/Sgt. David Cooper, 25, of Williamsburg, Ky

Link: DefenseLink News Release: The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sgt. David K. Cooper, 25, of Williamsburg, Ky., died Aug. 27 in Baghdad, of wounds suffered in Qadasiyah, Iraq, when his dismounted patrol came under small arms fire. He was assigned to Forward Support Company, 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Read more →

Of mice and men

Link: southphillyreview.com. The six didn’t have a fighting chance against the half-dozen teens. Outsized and outarmed by the boys and girls who were about 15 years old, the mice, rats, gerbils and one guinea pig suffered unspeakable and unimaginable horror. And all the torture and resulting death were captured for good old posterity on video and posted on one of the teen’s MySpace pages. Read more →

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

Link: New Jersey Sports - NJ.com. 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... 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... Read more →

DoD Identifies Army Casualty/ Pvt. Tan Q. Ngo, of Beaverton, Ore

Link: DefenseLink News Release: The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Pvt. Tan Q. Ngo, 20, of Beaverton, Ore., died Aug. 27 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, when his mounted patrol received small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, Hohenfels, Germany. Read more →

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

Link: FOXNews.com 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... 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... Read more →

Live-Arts-Festival-08-Season-Release.pdf (application/pdf Object)

Link: Live-Arts-Festival-08-Season-Release.pdf (application/pdf Object). The Philadelphia Live Arts and Philly Fringe Festival runs from August 29 – September 13, 2008. Tickets for most shows cost between $10 and $25. Some shows are free. This year, ticket buyers who purchase tickets to multiple shows can save 20% when they buy tickets to 2 or 3 shows and 25% for 4 or more shows. Students and Festival goers 25 and younger pay $15 for Live Arts Festival tickets and receive $5 off Philly Fringe tickets. All Festival... Read more →

Foxwoods open to alternate sites

Link: - southphillyreview.com. Foxwoods released a lengthy statement after the meeting that read in part, “We have remained open to others’ responsible ideas, suggestions and concerns and have examined many alternatives to improve the value we will bring to the city and the state. We have shared with city and state officials the obstacles that resisting would entail. Following those discussions we have agreed, in principle, to consider other alternative sites and ways that we can mutually overcome those obstacles. We are committed to continuing... Read more →

Teen Dies After Football Practice

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

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

Link: NJ.com. 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... Read more →

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

Link: NJ.com. 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... 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... Read more →

DoD Identifies Army Casualty/Sgt. Brian Studer, of Ramsey, Minn

Link: DefenseLink News Release The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Staff Sgt. Brian E. Studer, 28, of Ramsey, Minn., died Aug. 22 in Ghazni, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the improvised explosive device he was attempting to deactivate detonated. He was assigned to the 720th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 28th Transportation Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade, Mannheim, Germany. 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... 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... 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... Read more →