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August 2008

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 do various parties, festivals, and charity benefits including several AOH functions. Our debut CD is out now and can be ordered by mail ($15 - check or money order payable to Justin Dickerman 341 McClelland Ave Glassboro, NJ 08028-2015 Or you can send $15 via PayPal ro 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 City Urban Enterprise Zone. Read more →

Philadelphia: X-TV Anchor Larry Mendte Pleads Guilty

Media release, August 22, 2008 PHILADELPHIA - Lawrence Mendte, 51, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty today to a felony count of intentionally accessing a protected computer without authorization and obtaining information, announced Acting United States Attorney Laurie Magid. Mendte, a former employee of KYW-TV, admitted he illegally gained access to the personal email accounts of former colleague Alycia Lane for more than two years, between March 2006 and May 26, 2008. In August 2006, Mendte purchased a keystroke logger. A keystroke logger can be used to obtain the password to another person's computer accounts. Between January 1, 2008 and May 26, 2008, Mendte accessed Lane's personal e-mail accounts accounts approximately 537 times from his home computer, from a computer at his vacation home, and from a computer at his place of work. He accessed private communications between the victim and others, including attorney-client privileged information, relating to both civil and criminal... 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, nephews, cousins and his dog, Mittens. Robert was a lifelong resident of Gloucester City and proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during Korean War. He was a proud recipient of a Purple Heart Medal and many other medals for exceptional service to our country. Robert was a member... Read more →

Officer Down: Perth Amboy Police Officer Thomas Raji killed in crash

Link:- Officer killed: A Perth Amboy police officer was killed early today when his cruiser was hit by another vehicle while transporting a prisoner through Woodbridge, according to a local official. Police Officer Thomas Raji was killed in the 3:45 a.m. crash, according to Perth Amboy Council President Peter Jimenez, who is the victim's father in law. Raji is married to Jimenez's daughter Marisol, who is also a Perth Amboy police officer. She is several months pregnant, Jimenez said. Read more →

It’s Our City interview with Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey

Link: Its Our City » Blog Archive Today marks the beginning of It’s Our City’s monthly sit down interviews with top city officials. The interviews will appear both on the website and later on TV12. In our first installment, veteran Philadelphia journalist Tom Ferrick spends an hour with Commissioner Ramsey about how his anti-crime plan is going. Read more →

DoD Identifies Army Casualty/Sgt. David Todd Jr., of Marrero, La

Link: DefenseLink News Release: The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Sgt. 1st Class David J. Todd Jr., 36, of Marrero, La., died Aug. 20 in Bala Morghab, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by enemy forces using small arms fire. He was assigned to the Afghan Regional Security Integration Command-West, Herat, Afghanistan. Read more →

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty/Sgt. Nickolas Lee Hopper, of Montrose, Ill

Link: DefenseLink News Release: The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sgt. Nickolas Lee Hopper, 27, of Montrose, Ill., died Sept. 8, 2007 from wounds received while supporting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq, on June 20, 2005. Hopper’s final autopsyconcludedhis death was a result of wounds received in Iraq; however, Hopper was not previously identified as an OIF casualty. He was assigned to the 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, Marine Air Control Group-28, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Cherry Point, N.C. 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 thousands of other runners. Browning was a long-time track official, and of course he put on thousands of road races and track meets in his career. But more importantly, to those who knew and loved him best he was just “Dad” or Browning or Coach Ross. His passing in 1998... 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 Our Lady of Peace Church in North Brunswick. 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 forecast looks good for the next two days and a large portion of the 141 participating boats still have two days left to fish so it’s shaping up to be another exciting finish for sportfishing’s "Main Event." 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 →

Philadelphia Fed's Factory Index Shrinks in August

Link: Economy. By Timothy R. Homan Aug. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region shrank in August for a ninth straight month on sagging orders and falling sales. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia's general economic index rose to minus 12.7, from minus 16.3 in July, the bank said today. Negative readings signal a decline. The measure averaged 5.1 last year. The worst U.S. housing recession in 26 years has depressed domestic demand for building materials and equipment while consumer spending falters. Overseas demand is helping some manufacturers offset high raw-material costs. 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 →

Mystery Man Looms ... Have You Seen Him?

Link: PHILADELPHIA (CBS 3) ― Throughout its history, the City of Philadelphia has seen its fair share of mysteries. Now, there's a new secret on the streets of Philadelphia. The small marking, which appears in red, white and yellow resembles a man and can be found all over the city. It appears near the Art Museum, on South Street and in Old City. So, what does the marking stand for? And what purpose does it serve? 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 Common Council of Gloucester City: The PCP shall occur at the beginning of each meeting; it shall be no longer than one half-hour in length; every person wishing to speak may do so once during the period for no longer than five minutes. No changes have been made for the... Read more →

‘Young Heroes’ awards to be given out in Phila. today

Link: Philadelphia Inquirer | 08/21/2008. Philadelphia's National Liberty Museum has selected 37 students and two student groups, most from the city and its suburbs, to receive its Young Heroes Awards today. The event, which is sponsored by Commerce Bank, recognize students, ages eight to 18, for their school and community service. The museum, which opened at 321 Chestnut Street in 2000, was established to combat bigotry by celebrating the American heritage of democracy and diversity. 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 by the Brooklyn Cyclones minor league baseball team and the US Family Health Plan at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, a Department of Defense-designated healthcare plan that serves local military families. The competition will include an array of athletic training drills from various sports, although details are being kept under... Read more →

Analysis: Birds unlikely to land star Cards wideout.

Link: | Philadelphia Inquirer | 08/21/2008. Now, we're a little more than two weeks away from the start of the 2008 regular season, and stories are circulating that the Eagles should absolutely try to pursue an unhappy receiver from the Arizona Cardinals. Only the name of the unhappy receiver has changed. 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 concerns 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, reading a magazine and talking with staff. Intergenerational Knitting Club, for Grades 4 to Adult, Wednesdays, September 10, October 15, November 5, from 4 to – 5:30 p.m. Beginners and experienced knitters are welcome. Brown Bag Book Share for Adults, Tuesdays at noon, September 16, October 21, and November 18.... Read more →

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty/Lance Cpl. Travis Stottlemyer of Hatfield PA.

Link: DefenseLink News Release The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lance Cpl. Travis M. Stottlemyer, 20, of Hatfield, Pa., died Aug. 17 as a result of a non-hostile incident in Manama, Bahrain. He was assigned to the 3rd Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Company, Marine Corps Security Forces, Norfolk, Va. The incident is currently under investigation. 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 Mary’s R.C. Church in Gloucester City and a former member of the Gloucester City Seniors Citizens Association. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her viewing on Monday morning from 8:30 to 10:30 am at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, (at Brown Street) Gloucester City. Mass of... Read more →

2008 Mid-Atlantic $500,000 Day 2

Link: (Aug. 19, 2008 - Cape May, NJ)... On Day Two 42 boats headed offshore and the tail end of a mild weather front that passed through south Jersey late Monday night created a bumpy ride for participants in the 2008 Mid-Atlantic $500,000. Though several boats enjoyed good action, no significant changes occurred in the standings. The white marlin category remains unchanged with Rich Ryon’s Anthracite leading the category with a 75-pound billfish caught on Day One. Dan Paulus’s Hullabaloo is still in second place with his white marlin of 73 pounds and Jim McCarthy’s Covert Mission is in third place with a 72-pound white marlin. Both second and third place white marlin were caught on Day One as well. In the blue marlin division, Adam Demeusky holds the lead with a 719 pounder caught on Day One aboard his Impulse V. Second and third place remain vacant. No... Read more →

Rose Marie Widen, Gloucester City, St. Marys Church Parishioner, Sr. Citizens Club member

WIDEN Rose Marie On August 20, 2008. (nee Kearns) Age 87. Surrounded by her loving family. Of Gloucester City. Loving wife of 56 years to the late Edward F. Widen. Loving mother of Rosemary C. Lee of Westville and Edward R. (Linda) Widen of Gloucester Heights. Loving grandmother of John, Edward, and Eric and great-grandmother of John Leonard. Dear sister of Harold (Marie) Kearns of Phila. and sister-in-law Caroline Brennan of Phila. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Rose was a faithful and devoted parishioner of Saint Mary’s R.C. Church in Gloucester City. She was a member of The Gloucester City Senior Citizens Club for many years. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her viewing on Friday evening from 7 to 9 pm and Saturday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 am at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth St. (at Brown St.) Gloucester City, NJ 08030. Mass... Read more →

Is TV Coverage Of The Little League World Series Harmful To The Athletes?

Link: The Bulletin - Philadelphia's Family Newspaper Yes, the amount of television coverage of the Little League World Series is bad for the athletes involved. Every August, the ESPN and ABC networks provide coverage of the annual baseball tournament. In recent years, however, it hasn't been enough to televise only the World Series games. Now we must see the championship games of the regional tournaments, which decide which teams will represent the different regions of the U.S. in Williamsport. Read more →

Mary McKiernan, of Gloucester City, devoted parishioner of St. Marys Church

McKIERNAN Mary M. On August 15, 2008. Age 83. Of Gloucester City. Loved and cared for by her sister, Claire T. Kain (late Francis I.) and predeceased by her brother Charles McKiernan. Loving aunt of Charles and Michael McKiernan and Joseph Kain, Mary Margaret Campbell, Claire Marie Devereaux, Brian Kain, Bernadette Gruff, Charles Kain, Stephen Kain, and Colleen Piechowski. Also survived by many great-nieces and great-nephews. Mary was born and raised in Gloucester City. She was a faithful and devoted parishioner of Saint Mary’s R.C. Church in Gloucester City. Mary was a member of the Secular Order Discalced Carmelites of Philadelphia. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her viewing on Tuesday morning from 8:30 to 10 am at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, (at Brown Street) Gloucester City. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 am at Saint Mary’s R.C. Church: 426 Monmouth Street, Gloucester... Read more →

DRPA Approves New Bridge Toll and PATCO Fare Increases

Link: DRPA The Finance Committee of the Delaware River Port Authority has approved changes to bridge toll and PATCO fare schedules and sent the matter to the full board for its consideration during its meeting on August 20th. Responding to public comments made during two public hearings as well as in emails, letters, presentations at the finance committee meeting, and telephone calls, the Committee made changes to the recommendations presented by staff on July 10th. Authority Vice-Chair, Jeffrey Nash, proposed several amendments benefiting senior citizens and those changes were approved by the committee for consideration by the full board on August 20th. The changes proposed by Nash and approved by committee remove the restrictions on the number of trips seniors may take in a day to use their discount and also eliminates the requirement for the senior discount to be limited to off-peak hours. Seniors will now be given until... Read more →

NJSIAA unveils plan for high school super conferences

Link: Breaking News From New Jersey - The governing body for high school sports in New Jersey - in an attempt to rework decades of non-sensible conference alignments while tackling the issue of competitive balance - released a proposal today that would create six super conferences involving more than 200 high schools in Central and Northern New Jersey. The proposal, created by a 34-member Leagues and Conferences Realignment Committee formed by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, will create super conferences based on county lines with divisions based on enrollment. Read more →

Bristol Post 2 advances to American Legion World Series

Link: The Bristol Press BRISTOL - Three weeks ago, the 2008 Bristol American Legion baseball players appeared destined to be remembered as the first local squad in 15 years not to earn the right to play in the 16-team state championship tournament. But after capping an improbable run through the Northeast Regional at Muzzy Field with a 5-4 victory over Portsmouth, N.H. in the championship game Monday night, they'll instead be remembered as the first players from Bristol to compete in the American Legion World Series since 1997. Read more →

DoD Identifies Army Casualty/PFC John Luscher, of Scranton PA

Link: DefenseLink News Release: The Department of Defense today announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Pfc. Jonathan L. Luscher, 20, of Scranton, Pa., died Aug. 17 at Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained in a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 109th Infantry, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, Scranton, Pa. The incident is under investigation. Read more →

Teens Face Murder, Hate-Crime Charges In Pa. Immigrant Beating Death

Link: | Three teens accused of beating to death a Mexican immigrant in a tiny Pennsylvania coal-mining town last month must stand trial, a judge ruled Monday. The judge agreed with prosecutors that there is enough evidence to try 17-year-old Colin Walsh and 16-year-old Brandon Piekarsky on charges of third-degree murder and ethnic intimidation; Derrick Donchak, 18, will stand trial for ethnic intimidation, aggravated assault and other charges. Read more →

DoD Identifies Army Casualties/Lt. Don Carwile, 29 and Pfc. Paul Conlon Jr., 21

Link: DefenseLink News Release The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died Aug. 15 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device and then received small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire. Killed were: 1st Lt. Donald C. Carwile, 29, of Oxford, Va., and Pfc. Paul E. Conlon Jr., 21, of Somerville, Mass. The soldiers were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky. Read more →

DoD Identifies Army Casualty/Pvt. Janelle King, of Merced, Calif

Link: DefenseLink News Release: The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Pvt. Janelle F. King, 23, of Merced, Calif., died Aug. 14 in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries suffered in a non-combat related incident. She was assigned to the 115th Combat Support Hospital, Fort Polk, La. The incident is under investigation. Read more →

DoD Identifies Army Casualty/Sgt. Kris Rodgers, of Sturgis, Mich

Link: DefenseLink News Release: The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Staff Sgt. Kristopher D. Rodgers, 29, of Sturgis, Mich., died Aug. 16 in Korengal, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Read more →

GLOUCESTER CITY: Maintenance Problems at Chatham Square have Existed for Years

Bill's Point of View: Date: November 7, 2006 (ClearysNoteBook)-Chatham Square Apartments home to 100 residential units, located on Rte. 130 and Klemm Avenue has been fined $96,000, plus $17,000 per day until the violations are corrected, for numerous housing violations by the Gloucester City Municipal Court. The Municipal Court issued its decision on October 24, 2006. The court action is the result of the ongoing efforts of the newly formed Property Maintenance Task Force, which involves representatives from the Fire, Police and Housing Departments who meet regularly to formally coordinate enforcement of housing regulations throughout the City. The City Housing Department cited Chatham Square Apartments in violation of various housing issues, primarily dealing with conditions of common areas, failure to obtain certificates of occupancy, interior life hazard issues and code enforcement violations, to name a few. The Housing Department and the Municipal Court is continuing to monitor the complex for... Read more →

Walk to Fight Diabetes in Philadelphia

Link: - MarketWatch. PHILADELPHIA, Aug 18, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Independence Blue Cross (IBC) today announced that it is the presenting sponsor of the American Diabetes Association's (ADA's) Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes to be held in Philadelphia on Saturday, October 4, 2008. The new family- and team-friendly 5K fundraising walk will support the ADA's aggressive efforts to stem the growing diabetes epidemic by funding ground-breaking research to find a cure and by actively supporting community outreach, education, and advocacy efforts. Philadelphia's Step Out is one of more than 180 walks planned across the nation this fall to raise more than $20 million to fight diabetes. The goal in Philadelphia is to raise more than $400,000. Read more →

Kirkuk Police Academy Trains Women in Northeastern Iraq

Link: DefenseLink News Article By Army Staff Sgt. Margaret C. Nelson Special to American Forces Press Service KIRKUK, Iraq, Aug. 18, 2008 – Thirty-seven Iraqi women attended their first day of training Aug. 16 at the Kirkuk Police Academy in northeastern Iraq. Officials said it’s been a year since the academy has seen any women recruits, and a class of this size is unprecedented. “We need these females badly,” Lt. Col. Muid, a cadre member at the academy, said. “It is our religious custom not to touch our women, so we cannot search females. Our female [Iraqi police] will be extremely important to use at checkpoints and government buildings throughout the province.” Muid also noted that the women would bring a different perspective to policing. “Women think differently than men,” he said. “They will bring fresh ideas to how we conduct business.” The class’s 37 women are split into squad-like... Read more →

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty/Lance Cpl. Jacob Toves, of Grove Beach, Calif

Link: DefenseLink News Release The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Lance Cpl. Jacob J. Toves, 27, of Grover Beach, Calif., died Aug. 14 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan. Read more →

Gloucester City: Mustangs Football New Signs/Renewals

Hello All, Trying to save time by emailing you the 2008 sign registration form. For those business's and people who have had signs in the past it is only $50 to renew. Any new companies or people that can help our program/kids out it is $100 for first year than $50 thereafter. The signs look great! This sign drive helps us maintain the field and pay for officials for all our games from the 65lbs, 75lbs,90lbs,105lbs, and 125lbs to Jr High (unlimiteds) It mainly helps us defray the cost of registration for our kids in town. WE HAVE 130 kids Plus again this year! If you can please help .. Send a Business card or what you want on the sign to : Gloucester City Mustangs C/O Mike Kenney 344 Klemm Ave Gloucester City NJ 08030 Read more →

Vineland team wins Bridgeton Invitational title with one-hitter

Link: Press of Atlantic City BRIDGETON - Kris Brown of Garton's Rigging and Chris Rollins of Forest Grove Athletic Association hooked up in a pitchers duel Sunday afternoon that defined the championship game of the 42nd annual Bridgeton Invitational Baseball Tournament. Both took no-hitters into the fifth inning of the seven-inning game, and that combined with the tournament's famed speedup rules to make the contest progress seemingly in double-time. Read more →

Gloucester City: Man jumps from Walt Whitman Bridge

Link: Jumper from bridge dies in Gloucester City lot Cherry Hill Courier Post - Cherry Hill,NJ,USA GLOUCESTER CITY — A man died Sunday afternoon after jumping from a section of the Walt Whitman Bridge, authorities said. The man, who was not identified, ... See all stories on this topic Philadelphia Inquirer | 08/18/2008. A man jumped from the Walt Whitman Bridge around 4:45 p.m. yesterday and landed in the parking lot of Holt Cargo Systems Inc. on Columbus Boulevard in South Philadelphia, according to a spokesman for the Delaware River Port Authority. NOTE: The victim died in Gloucester City, not in Philadelphia as was stated in the Philly Inquirer. Read more →

Westville: Volunteer

The Borough of Westville is always seeking volunteers for various organizations and committees. If you have a specific expertise or interest or just want to get involved, please click here and print out the Volunteer Application Form. Fill it out and bring it to the Borough Offices at 1035 Broadway. We can always use your help. Read more →

Sports:Guard Shawn Andrews back at Eagles camp after missing 17 days

Link: The Canadian Press:. PHILADELPHIA — Guard Shawn Andrews was back on the field with the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday after missing the first 17 days of training camp because of depression. The two-time Pro Bowler reported Aug. 10 but did not practise. Until Saturday, he had not practised with the team since voluntary workouts in June. "It feels great," Andrews said. "I've gone through a lot of things, and I have the support of my teammates. It feels good to be back out on the field, around the guys." Andrews said he "would love to play" in the Eagles' next pre-season game Friday against the Patriots, but coach Andy Reid has to make that decision. Read more →