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September 2008

Gerardo J. Scavone, formerly of Mt. Ephraim, member of Sons of Italy

Image via Wikipedia Funeral Services were held for Gerardo J. Scavone, 80, of Williamstown, formerly of Mount Ephraim, who died September 15, 2008. If you needed a friend you could call Jerry Scavone. He was always there to help family and friends, dependable for any kind of endeavor. If it needed to be built, Jerry Scavone would build it. If something was broken, Jerry Scavone could fix it. And when he was finished, he'd show you a dance step. He was a great dancer with a natural sense of rhythm. Jerry worked for more than 35 years for the LaFrance Co. in Philadelphia. He was a member of the Sons of Italy in Mount Ephraim. He'll be remembered as a loving, caring man with a limitless love of family. Devoted father of Genevieve Varello; Jerry Scavone and Bruce Scavone. Step-father of Thomas and Michael Olson. Grandfather of 9 great-grandfather of... Read more →


Audubon: Louise McNally, formerly of Gloucester City, age 94

Funeral services were held for Louise McNally, 94, (nee Ferri) who died on September 9, 2008 of Audubon, formerly of Gloucester. Beloved aunt of John and Dennis Ferri, Jim Shields, Dan McDonald, Kathy Kennedy and Bill Shinn. Also survived by many great nieces and nephews. Interment New St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr. Related articles by Zemanta Audubon: GERTRUDE R. CHRISTIAN, age 96 TIPS AND SNIPPETS FOR MONDAY, September 29th Vendor Application/A Day in the Park Read more →


Gloucester City: VITO PETER GRELLO, WWII Army Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient

Image via Wikipedia Private Funeral Services and Interment were held for Vito Peter Grello, 87, of Gloucester City, who died September 14, 2008. Mr. Grello was born in Philadelphia. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII; received the Purple Heart; and was a member of the Gloucester City VFW Post 3620. Vito retired in 1985 from the Reliable Tire Company of Blackwood and was a member of the Teamster Local 676 of Collingswood. He was father of the late Louis. Survived by his beloved wife Margaret; a daughter Barbara Ann Grello of Bellmawr of Bellmawr, NJ; 3 grandchildren Denise (Mark) Tumini; Lisa (Brian) McIIhenny and Nicholas DiGregorio and 3 great grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Ellis-Stiefel Funeral Home, Westville. Related articles by Zemanta Gloucester City: Joe Gallagher, High School Baseball Coach, teacher and GHS Business Administrator David S.B. Chew Jr., of Gloucester City, Korean War... Read more →


Gloucester City: JEAN F. SODER, graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School

A Memorial Mass was held at Saint Mary's Catholic Church, Gloucester City, for Jean F. Soder (nee O'Leary), 88, of Gloucester City, who died September 16, 2008. Jean was a loving person who dedicated her life to her family and grandchildren. She was a graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School where she had been an outstanding athlete while attending school there. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert H. Loving mother of Robert J. Soder (Kathleen). She was also the dear sister of Francis O'Leary and Margaret D'Alessandro, devoted grandmother of Brian (Kelly), Shaun, Kristofer, Erin and great grandmother of Jacob. Funeral services were under the direction of the Etherington-Creran Funeral Home, 700 Powell Street, Gloucester City NJ 08030. Inurnment was in New Saint Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr. Related articles by Zemanta Gloucester City: Volunteers Needed for Farmers Market TIPS AND SNIPPETS FOR MONDAY, September 29th Gloucester City: Teen... Read more →


Audubon Park: ELVIRA B. TROIANO age 94

Funeral Services were held for Elvira B. Troiano (nee Vadino), 94, of Audubon Park, who died September 16, 2008. Devoted mother of Eileen Cairns and the late Christine Keith. Loving grandmother of eight, Christine Stefanski, Frankie, Gail, Gary, Jackie, Jason, and Jordan and the late Vicky. Also ten great grandchildren and one great great grandson. Dear sister of Alan Vadino. Read more →


Bellmawr: MARIE T. CARNEY age 79

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Annunciation Church, Bellmawr, for Marie T. Carney, (nee Lenard) 79, of Bellmawr, who died September 12, 2008. Beloved wife of the late William T. Carney. Survived by children Patrick (Dolores) of Williamstown, Cissy Carney of Barrington, Kathleen Carney of Vineland, Beverly (John) Panzarella of Annapolis, MD, Sharlene (Tim) Kaercher of Voorhees, William (Michelle) of Bellmawr, Tim (Barb) of Sedalia, MO, Tom of Bellmawr, Laura Carney and her husband Marty Waters of Wenonah, Mary Beth Carney of Bellmawr, 15 grandchilden, Theresa, Lisa, Christopher, Danny, Tyler, Paige, Kristina, Ashley, Ryan, Zach, Jeri, Julia, Shelby, John Henry, Erica, 4 great grandchildren Hanah, Devone, Darren, Shayla, brother George "Bud" (Ann) Lenard of FL. Read more →


Gloucester City School Supt. Praises BOE for help with June’s Graduation

By Nicole Maiese NEWS Correspondent Superintendent Paul Spaventa thanked the Board of Education (BOE) for their help with the Class of 2008 graduation during the September meeting. He said he appreciated the hard work and service of the School Board members. In other business, the BOE discussed possibly allowing the seniors at Gloucester City High School to be in charge of finance functions. Also, members approved all field trips for the Gloucester City School District. The School Board approved new hires, including teachers, special education teachers, secretaries, and security officers. And, due to how old some of the textbooks are, the Board approved the purchase of new textbooks to replace them. The Board said okay to a fundraiser for the senior class, which happens every year -- selling cookies after school hours. The next BOE meeting will be Tuesday, October 14, in the High School Media Center. Read more →


In Camden, clinic plan draws protest

Link: Philadelphia Inquirer They call the plan - which awaits final approval from the political appointees on the board of directors of the South Jersey Port Corp. - illogical. Still, opponents of the move have seized on the idea of having Cooper accept responsibility for the clinic. And the medical director of an award-winning methadone clinic at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, in Baltimore, believes they may have a point. Recovering drug addicts are a "pretty acute population" because many neglect their medical care, according to Kenneth Stoller, medical director of addiction-treatment services at Bayview. Methadone Clinic Related articles by Zemanta What Is The Use Of Suboxone In Heroin Addiction Treatment In South Dakota? Read more →


Bellmawr: Charles D. Beebe, WWII Navy Veteran

Funeral Services were held for Charles D. Beebe, 82, of Bellmawr, who died September 9, 2008. Mr. Beebe proudly served his country in the US Navy during WWII. Beloved husband of Sally (nee Hall). Devoted father of Virginia Quinn, Thomas Beebe, Cynthia DiMartino (Dominic) and Jennifer Brown (Russell). Dear brother of Robert Beebe. Loving grandfather of 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Interment was held privately. Related articles by Zemanta Bellmawr: RAYMOND A. SIMPSON, age 63 Read more →


Gloucester City : BEATRICE V. (BEA) MONROE,

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Saint Mary's R.C. Church, Gloucester City, for Beatrice V. (Bea) Monroe, (nee Krebs), 81, of Gloucester City, who died September 7, 2008. Beatrice was a 1945 graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School. She worked many years as a telephone operator for Glenview Answering Service. Beatrice was a faithful and devoted parishioner of St. Mary's R.C. Church in Gloucester City. Loving wife of 49 years to the late Samuel G. Monroe. Devoted mother of Maryann (John) LaGesse, Sam C. Monroe, Mary Kathryn (Chris) Donegan and the late Rosemary (surviving Joe) Staudenmeyer. Beloved grandmother of 11. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of McCann-Healey Funeral Home, 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Interment was in New Saint Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr. Read more →


Gloucester Catholic no soccer lightweight

Link: Marc Narducci: Philadelphia Inquirer That's why yesterday's 2-1 win over visiting Moorestown - in as exciting a brand of soccer as can be displayed in South Jersey - made yet another statement for the Rams. Gloucester Catholic is 6-0 and ranked No. 2 in South Jersey by The Inquirer, and No. 7 Moorestown presented one of the biggest challenges of the season. Actually, Gloucester Catholic would play a more ambitious schedule if it could find more nonleague teams like Moorestown. Read more →


Gloucester City: Carmela Damiano, 88, active volunteer, member of Senior Citizens

DAMIANO Carmela “Millie” On September 27, 2008. Age 88. Of Gloucester City. Loving Daughter of the late Nicholas and Caterina Damiano (nee DiNardo). Beloved Aunt of Dolores Jones of Bonita Springs, Florida, Rose Marie Pocius of Mantua, Peter Duca of Arroyo Grande, California, Nicholas Duca of Simi Valley, California, Robert Duca of Estell Manor and the late Nicholas Damiani. Dear Sister of the late John and Millie Damiani and the late Antonietta and Joseph Duca. Cherished Great-Aunt of 9 and great-great aunt of 12. Carmela was known as “Millie” to all and was born in Campo Basso, Italy. She graduated from Paulsboro High School and was a resident of Gloucester City. She was a devoted parishioner of Saint Mary’s R.C. Church in Gloucester City. Millie worked in the payroll department for 35 years at Campbell Soup Company in Camden. She was a very active and beloved volunteer for Underwood Memorial... Read more →


TIPS AND SNIPPETS FOR MONDAY, Sept. 29th

Gloucester City v. Chatham Square Tenants eviction case will be held Thursday, October 2nd at 8:45 AM in the Hall of Justice Building, Camden. The case will be heard in landlord/tenant court by Camden County Judge Michael Kassel in room 63. City Solicitor John Kearney will be representing the interest of the taxpayers. The City of Gloucester purchased the 100 unit Chatham Square Apartment complex earlier this year for $4.1 million. After settlement an audit of the financial records was performed to determine if those in the 41 occupied units were legitimate tenants. When the audit was completed 32 residents were sent eviction notices for nonpayment of their rent or security deposits, said Kearney. Tenants are being asked to produce proof of their rent payments. And in some cases show proof that they made a security deposit. Thursday’s case is the first of two hearings for the tenants. Some will... Read more →


Gloucester City: Joe Gallagher, High School Baseball Coach, teacher and GHS Business Administrator

Bill, I just read in the Courier this morning that our teacher Joe Gallagher died on Wednesday, September 24th at the age of 76, and that there will be a viewing from 8:30-11:30 AM tomorrow morning, Tuesday,September 30th, followed by a funeral mass at noon. Both will be held at St. Vincent Pallotti Church in HaddonTwp. Joe was an excellent teacher, a fine role model, a great athlete and coach and just an all around great guy with a good sense of humor. I am sure that many of your readers would want to know this since Joe spent so much time at Gloucester Catholic and Gloucester High. Best wishes, Gus Danks GALLAGHER, JOSEPH P., SR. On September 24, 2008, age 76, of Haddon Twp. Beloved husband of 53 years to Marie (nee Kaufmann) Gallagher. Loving father of Joseph P. (Colleen) Gallagher, Jr., Kevin (Ann) Gallagher, Michael (Janice)Gallagher, Mimi (Joseph)... Read more →


Gloucester City: NAOMI ELLA SHARP, age 92, life member of VFW Post 3620

Funeral Services were held for Naomi Ella Sharp, (nee Bruner), 92, of Gloucester City, who died September 8, 2008. Naomi was a life member of the Townsend C. Young VFW Post #3620 Ladies Auxiliary. She liked to travel, dance and was loved by all. She was the loving mother of Albert (Laurie) Sharp, Herbert (Elaine) Sharp and the late Walter Sharp. She is also survived by her dear grandchildren Kimberly (Harry) Ellenbark, Thomas (Cynthia) Sharp, Steven Sharp, Karen (Christian) Hoffman, Staci (Joseph) Genovese, 8 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Friends met at the Etherington-Creran Funeral Home, 700 Powell Street, Gloucester. Interment was in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hurffville. Read more →


The bear hunting experience

Link: Pahrump Valley Times The Bear's Revenge From my tree stand seat I could see a mammoth black bear walking toward the bait I had been watching for several hours. Slowly he made his way until he was within shooting range. Concentrating my focus on the target area behind his left front shoulder I drew my bow. Just as I began to put pressure on the release, I heard the sound of fabric tearing and I slumped forward to my left, nearly falling out of the tree. The cloth seat in the stand had deteriorated from weather and age and nearly tore in half. The release went off and I heard a loud thud as the arrow struck something. The big bear had departed and I saw my arrow sticking in a log near where he had stood. After descending from my perch, I examined the arrow and saw faint... Read more →


Oaklyn: WILLIAM J. FLYNN, WWII Army Veteran, recipient of the Purple Heart, former Fire Chief

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Aloysius Church, Oaklyn, for William J. Flynn, 83, of Oaklyn, who died September 8, 2008. Mr. Flynn was born and raised in Gloucester City. He graduated from Saint Mary's High School (the Old Gloucester Catholic). He was a proud Army Veteran of WWII and twice recipient of the Purple Heart for his participation in the landing at Anzio Beachhead. He worked for many years as a safety manager for NJ Zinc in Gloucester City. Mr. Flynn was a member of the Welcome/Oaklyn Fire Company from 1960 to present and also served as Chief from 1979-1982. He was a Past President of the former Welcome Fire Co. in Oaklyn and served as a Police Dispatcher in Oaklyn from 1984 to 1995. He is the beloved husband of Margaret "Peg"; loving father of stepsons Jack Hutchinson of Mount Laurel and Steve Hutchinson of... Read more →


Formerly of Audubon, JAMES J. McGLINN, age 85

Image via Wikipedia A Memorial Service was held at Brig. General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightsville, for James J. McGlinn, 85, originally from Audubon, who died September 4, 2008. Jim was a lifelong resident of Southern NJ. He was an avid golfer and a passionate pursuer of business opportunities who never lost his sense of humor. In WWII he served as a Staff Sergeant in the US Marines; flying many missions over the Pacific as a gunner in a B-25 Bomber. James was predeceased by his wife Margaret and son Craig. He is survived and will be missed by his two son’s Randy and Michael along with six grandchildren. Read more →


Bellmawr: RAYMOND A. SIMPSON, age 63

A Funeral Mass was held at Mary, Mother of the Church, Bellmawr, for Raymond A. Simpson, 63, of Bellmawr, who died September 4, 2008. Mr. Simpson was the proud former Chief of Bellmawr Fire Rescue #1 and was very active in all and was very active in all community projects. Best friend and devoted husband of 39 years of Sandee L. Loving father of Jeffrey R. (Nicole). Adoring grandfather of Sophia Rae. Beloved son of Evelyn. Dear uncle of many nieces and nephews. Also survived by many cousins and his faithful companions: Nixon, Reagan, Jasper and Opie. Interment was in New Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr. Read more →


Audubon: GERTRUDE R. CHRISTIAN, age 96

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Holy Maternity Church, Audubon, for Gertrude R. Christian, 96, of Myrtle Beach, SC, formerly of Audubon, who died August 26, 2008. Beloved wife of the late Daniel Christian. Loving mother of Jill (Alan) Shoop of Myrtle Beach, SC. Dear grandmother of Daniel (Debbie) Shoop of Somerdale, Erik Shoop of Cape May Court House, and Brad (Mary Jo) Shoop of Oceanview, NJ and dear great grandmother of Ryan Shoop. Dear sister of Estella Judd of Audubon, Marion (Philip) Charles of Cape May Court House and the late Frances Hyder of Philadelphia. Interment was in New Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr. Read more →


Mt. Ephraim: ELWOOD “REDS” WEEKS, JR., age 61/Sears Auto Mechanic for 32 years

Funeral services were held for Elwood “Reds” Weeks, Jr., 61, of Mt. Ephraim who passed away on September 10, 2008. Beloved husband of 24 years of Patricia E. (nee Young). Devoted father of Kenneth E. Weeks (Ramona), Michael S. Weeks (Teresa) and Coleen Serzanin (Robert). Loving son-in-law of Marie P. Young. Dear brother of Linda Cruise, Mary Banach (Ed), Ellen Hartzog (Delbert), Alice Max (Ed), Susan Evridge (John) and Patience Williams (Robert). Brother-in-law of William F. and Christopher Young. Also survived by nine grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Weeks was an auto mechanic for Sears in Moorestown for 32 years. He was a shop technician at Camden County Technical School. Interment at Bethel Memorial Park, Pennsauken. Read more →


GEORGE S. HEWES, JR., 89, OF Audubon, former plumbing inspector

Prayer Services were held for George S. Hewes, Jr., 89, of Audubon, NJ, who passed away on September 9, 2008. Beloved husband of the late Florence (nee Sanders) of Audubon. Devoted father of Janet C. Gasbarro (William) of Absecon and Betty Hewes-Eddinger (Thomas) of Haddon Heights. He was the devoted grandfather of Jeffrey Gasbarro, Alexis Hewes-Eddinger, Casey Hewes-Eddinger and the late Johnathon Gasbarro. Also survived by a sister Lurlene Flenard of Cherry Hill, a brother-in-law Arthur Sanders of FL, and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Hewes served as a Captain in the US Army during World War II and received the Bronze Star. He graduated Collingswood High School Class of 1938 and was a member of “Old Grads”. He owned and operated George S. Hewes, Jr. Plumbing and Heating Service for over 40 years. He was a former member of the Audubon Exchange Club. He was the Plumbing Inspector for... Read more →


Gloucester City: THUMBS UP TO LOCAL BUSINESS

I would like to give a thumbs up to a local business. I needed to make a quick run to WalMart in Audubon to exchange a computer that I'd bought a couple of days before and didn't work once I got it home. I recalled seeing the ad in the Gloucester City News for Always Affordable Taxi. I like to patronize local businesses and decided to give them a call. I was not sorry. They arrived soon after I put the call in. I used this taxi service to get over to WalMart and back. Both drivers (one of which was the owner of the company) were polite and very helpful. And they are much more reasonable than other local taxi companies. I would highly recommend the Always Affordable Taxi service. Ms. Terry M. Callen, Gloucester City Related articles by Zemanta Gloucester City: Volunteers Needed for Farmers Market Gloucester City:... Read more →


Gloucester City: Child Safety Program Important

Image via Wikipedia By Frank Murphy, Gloucester City Postmaster Franklin, the eagle, and his sidekick bird friend, Benny, spent their summer making public service announcements on television stations across the country, warning children to stay away from Postal Service delivery vehicles. The two animated characters are now ready to head back to school with postal employees to help teachers spread the word that injuries and death can result when children get too close to delivery vehicles. Materials targeting pre-kindergarten through second-grade school children are being distributed nationwide this month to more than 9,000 postal facilities as part of a child safety awareness program from the Postal Service and two of its unions, the National Association of Letter Carriers and the National Rural Letter Carrier's Association. The materials include an animated two-minute DVD video — available in English or Spanish — featuring Franklin and Benny. The theme "Smart children stay away... Read more →


Gloucester Catholic in the News: Student Council

Gloucester Catholic High School 2008-2009 Student Council: Moderator Mrs. Anne Heim joins with the 2008-2009 Executive Board after their recent installation. From left: Vice President Julie Pilla, Mrs. Heim, President Julianna Kopakowski and Secretary-Treasurer Taylor Alessandrine. Read more →


This Just In: Rams Scoring at a Glance

Final Score Gloucester Catholic 54 - Delsea 28 Ryan Alcott (of Gloucester Catholic) 1 TD run George Spingler (Gloucester Catholic) 1 TD rec Zach Barlage – (Gloucester Catholic) 1 yrd QB sneak TD Michael Rafferty (Gloucester Catholic) returned a fumble for a kickoff Pat Schuhl - (Gloucester Catholic) 4 rush TDs The Rams dominated the whole game score was 14-0 before Delsea touched the ball. The Rams scored, recovered onside kick, and scored again. Next game - Friday @ Kingsway 7 pm. ~Ryan Murphy, Assistant AD, Gloucester Catholic High School Related articles by Zemanta Varsity Football Game of the Week/Gloucester Catholic v. Delsea Read more →


Angeline Sarlo, of Deptford, retired from Bell Telephone

SARLO, ANGELINE Age 80, passed away September 24, 2008, at her home in Deptford. She was a homemaker most recently, but earlier had worked at Bell Telephone in Philadelphia. Angeline was the wife of the late Walter Sarlo, Sr. and sister of the late Rose D'Agostino. Angeline is survived by her son Walter Sarlo, Jr. and his wife Susan of Mt. Royal. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Angeline's Mass of Christian Burial 11:00am Monday at the Church of the Incarnation, 240 Main St., Mantua. There will be a viewing from 10:00am to 11:00am Monday at the church. Interment will be in New St. Mary's Cemetery in Bellmawr. The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made in her memory to the Catholic campaign for Human Development , Office of National Collections, 3211 4th Street NE, Washington, DC 20017-1194. Expressions of sympathy may be emailed to brian@thebarrfuneralhome.com.... Read more →


Jim Jensen, age 45, machinist for Midlantic Precision, Gloucester City

JENSEN, JAMES 'JIM' R. Age 45, died suddenly on September 24, 2008. He lived in Glendora for the past 20 years and worked as a machinist for Midlantic Precision in Gloucester City. Jim was a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed riding his Harley. He is survived by his wife Patricia Ann (nee Wismer), daughters Christine Jensen (Tony Mazzella), DanielleJensen all of Glendora, mother Amelia Jensen of Runnemede, brothers William, Mark and Christopher Jensen, and sisters Carol Kelly and Debbie Pasquale. Friends may call on Monday after 9am in the BUDD FUNERAL HOME, 522 Salem Ave (King's Hwy.), Woodbury, NJ. Memorial service will be at 11am. Memorials may be shared at www.buddfuneral home.com Read more →


Anthony Galiazzi, of Brooklawn, age 74

GALIAZZI, ANTHONY Suddenly, on September 25, 2008, of Brooklawn, NJ. Age 74 years. Beloved companion of Linda Ford of 30 years. Devoted father of Annemarie & Bill of Oaklyn, Toni & Lee of Sicklerville, Annette of Pennsauken, Charles of PA, Christopher & Dana of Oaklyn, Joshua of Brooklawn, Michael, Jane & Gary of Pennsauken, Pat of Bellmawr, Ellamay of SC, and the late Janice & Bruce. Also survived by his best friend Joan Vennell, friends Charles & Heather Vennell, and Anna Watkins. Proud grandfather of 22, great grandfather of 2. The family will receive relatives and friends Monday afternoon 1:00-2:00PM at COSTANTINO FUNERAL HOME 231 W.WHITE HORSE PK BERLIN, NJ 08009 Costantinofuneralhome. com Cremation will be private, interment of ashes will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers contributions my be made to the family or Deborah Heart & Lung Hospital c/o the funeral home. Read more →


Lucille Rose Brown, age 73, of Marlton, formerly of Camden and Westville Grove

BROWN Lucille Rose “Lucy” On September 24, 2008. Age 73. (nee Humphries). Of Marlton. Formerly of Camden and Westville Grove. Loving wife of 25 years to the late Lewis E. Brown, Sr. Loving mother of David E. Humphries (Fiancée Virginia), Doris Reeves, James Reeves, Joseph J. Reeves, Earl E. Dawes, Stella E. (Walter) McCully, Linda J. Osler, Angel (Juan) Marrero, Lewis E. (Yvonne) Brown, Jr. and Joseph L. (Doris) Brown, Sr. Predeceased by her children; Lucille Rose Reeves and Salvatore L. (surviving Nila) Tirro, Jr. Loving grandmother of 30 and great-grandmother of 28. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Lucy was born and raised in Camden and had been a resident of Marlton for the last 8 years at the Wiley Home. She was a member of the Camden PTA and enjoyed playing the organ, singing in the choir, reading her bible and attending Church. Relatives and friends are... Read more →


Gloucester City: Still missing, Robert Dornbach

To my loving son Bobby, who has been missing since November 27, 2005, Happy 20th birthday. "I can't believe you have been gone for three years. It feels like a lifetime. You were still my baby at seventeen with your whole life ahead of you. Since then, I wake up with a lump in my throat and go to bed with emptiness in my heart. I miss your kisses and how you told me that you loved me every night before bed. How I long to hear your voice again. I don't know what happened the day you left the house. I believe you went to meet someone and foul play caused your disappearance. I wish that I could be lighting 20 candles on your cake and singing happy birthday, but I'm still left searching the woods and water. I will never give up my search for you. I know... Read more →


Our Top Bucks From 2007

Link Pennsylvania Game and Fish By Jeff Brown Scot Brun's Westmoreland County non-typical 22-point monster scored 201 2/8 B&C points. Photo courtesy of Scot Brun. Back in 2001, the introduction of antler restrictions was met with pessimism among Keystone State hunters. Many of the state's "expert" hunters voiced skepticism and some fairly strong criticisms. Yet during the past few years, Pennsylvania has produced an eye-popping crop of giant bucks, including some of the best in the Northeast. During the 2007 rifle season, Pennsylvania hunters took 109,200 bucks -- the lowest total buck harvest in 22 years. The overall deer harvest was down by 11 percent. continue Related articles by Zemanta Pistol-Packing Soccer Mom Loses Gun Permit Return of the Deer Hunter Pennsylvania Fire Company Sues to Stay Alive Hunting & Fishing Day celebrates conservation Read more →


Coaches show they're good sports

Link: NJ.com. As a result, Deptford was ready to insert freshman forward Amber Scott at keeper, and while Scott is a talented keeper, the move would have weakened the Spartans by removing Scott from the offensive attack. By the time Franchi reached the sideline it was determined she was ready to re-enter the game. But since she was taken off the field, she was not eligible to return until Deptford had a possession during a stoppage of play. Rather than take advantage of a weakened opponent, Williamstown coach Dan Torcasio instructed Braves' midfielder Shea Levi to kick the ball out of bounds on the restart, which would allow Franchi to return to net. Related articles by Zemanta Revenge of Blue Jersey Radio - Jeff Strikes Back - Join Us Tonight at 8:30p #6 Ursinus Hands #3 Tcnj Field Hockey Team First Loss, 2-1 Chipper's homer, Braves trip Phillies in playoff... Read more →


High School Football: First-timers nervous at Touchdown Club

Link: - NJ.com. "I was here with (Steve) Rotella (when he was honored last year)," Gloucester Catholic receiver George Spingler (photo) said. "I'm a little nervous about this speech. But this is a pretty big accomplishment, there's a lot of good players here. I didn't think I would be here." Six catches for over 230 yards and three TDs will get you there, though. Related articles by Zemanta Rams missing a Core player MUSTANGS FOOTBALL OPENING DAY PARADE SAT SEPT 27th 10:00am Gloucester Catholic Read more →


Audubon: Local Group Makes History

Link: Courier-Post. If you played on the Audubon Fathers Little League Team or; if you received an award from the Audubon Fathers; or you just grew up in Audubon then you were likely impacted by the work of the Audubon Fathers' Association. Since 1926 the Audubon Fathers Association has been dedicated to helping the youth in town. This recently completed book chronicles the development of this local organization in Audubon from 1926 until the present. It shares Related articles by Zemanta Audubon's Hill keeping QB legacy alive Gloucester City: Give Them an Inch They Want a Yard Vera M. Simpkins, age 83, of Mt. Ephraim SableMinded: Boro passed 'pay-to-play' ordinance (full version) Read more →


Gloucester City High School Moving On Up!

Media Release Gloucester City High School has reason to be proud, being listed as an " on the move" school. Since 1994, New Jersey Monthly, a magazine that caters to the needs of the Garden State, has produced a biennial ranking of public and charter schools. The resulting ranking is part of the most comprehensive education package the magazine has ever produced, including the value of Advanced Placement classes and the dilemma posed by alternative paths to a high school diploma. The magazine also composed a list of high schools they label "On the Move," giving the top 10 schools "A's" for improvement. Gloucester City Junior Senior High School (GHS) made that prestigious list of 10, by earning a significant spike in its ranking as compared to 2006. GHS improved its ranking by 57 places. Taken into account was average class size, the average SAT score, number and scores of... Read more →


Gloucester City: School District Strategic Planning

The Gloucester City School District is hosting the first of its strategic planning meetings on September 24, at 7 pm in the ME Costello School Auditorium. The District has embarked on creating a strategic plan for the schools. Gloucester City Board of Education has contracted with NJ School Board Associates to facilitate the process. The process will include creating a vision for the future of Gloucester City Public Schools and managing toward that expectation. The finalized plan will involve operating under a mission statement umbrella that focuses the District's efforts. It is also an effective process to align short term decisions with long term goals. Three big questions will be asked of those who volunteer to work on this plan: Where are we (the school district) today, where do we want to be in the future and what should we be focused on in order to make sure we get... Read more →


O’Donnell’s Restaurant Serving the public 85 Years

By Albert Countryman Jr. GLOUCESTER CITY NJ Life goes by so quickly – and technology changes so rapidly – it can be a struggle just to keep pace. In our instant gratification society, where hi-speed computers and split second decisions are valued, people tend to forget the simple pleasures of life. Yet, for 85 years and counting, Gloucester City residents have enjoyed the simple pleasure of a great meal at O'Donnell's Restaurant. Boxing legend "KO" Joe O'Donnell, onetime light-weight "Champion of the World," first opened the doors of O'Donnell's in 1923. His legacy of quality food and a family atmosphere has continued. This year, owner Nick Ekimoglou and his loyal staff are celebrating the 85th Anniversary of the restaurant. "O'Donnell's is a tradition in Gloucester City, and we want to keep it going. Families and residents come in here and feel comfortable. We host every type of family party, including... Read more →


City, tenants must compromise on rent

Link: Courier-Post. Major work is clearly needed at the Chatham Square apartments, now owned by Gloucester City. Clearly there are problems at the Chatham Square apartment complex. Why else would only 42 of 100 apartments be occupied? Before the city starts evicting tenants for not paying their rent however, both sides need to take a breath and find a compromise. Related articles by Zemanta Gloucester City in spat with some new tenants Gloucester City: Teen Still Missing After Three Years Gloucester City: Guardian Angels Step In To Help Tenants At Troubled Complex Gloucester City: Give Them an Inch They Want a Yard Read more →


Give Them an Inch They Want a Yard

Bill’s Point of View: Gloucester City:Have you ever notice with some people if you give them an inch they want a yard. Take for example the few hostile tenants at Chatham Square Apartments, Gloucester City. Just last week there was a photo of one these individuals leaning out his apartment window with a sign vilifying a City Councilman on the front page of the Courier Post . He along with some other tenants complain the City, who purchased the 100 apartments four months ago, are taking too long to make needed repairs to their living quarters. I never heard a peep out of the tenants at Chatham Square prior to the City purchasing the property. Yet it is common knowledge the previous owner was cited by the municipal court several times over the course of 10 years for housing code violations. Although there has been no figures released by the... Read more →


Gloucester City: Guardian Angels Step In To Help Tenants At Troubled Complex

Link: MyFox Philadelphia The Guardian Angels try to give tenants of a troubled apartment complex peace of mind. Dozens of volunteers from both Philadelphia and New York City patrolled the complex in Gloucester City Sunday night. Residents at the Chatham Apartments say, over the last decade, conditions at their complex have spiraled downward. " We have people talking to our face, promising but not delivering,” said Anthony Parisi. Related: Give Them An Inch They Want A Yard Related Chatham Apartments Read more →


Gloucester Mustangs over Lawnside 7-6

caption by Bill: Where did you put the football? I don't know it was here just a couple of minutes ago. Keep looking, its brown with white stripes.............smile.... 75lb Teams Saturday, September 20th Photos by Bruce Darrow/Album by Jill The Gloucester Mustang 75 lb game vs. Lawnside. Final Gloucester won 7-6. Related: Mustang v Lawnside photo gallery Read more →


Gloucester City: WHAT THIS FIELD HAS HEARD

Image via Wikipedia By CNB Sports I am feeling my age, I have brown spots all over me but I still remember Coaches Billy Flynn, George Thorpe, Bob Mc Quillen, Carlos Paisley, Steve Shimkus and now Leon Harris. I have seen and heard many things from parents and the players who have crossed the fields of Gloucester City. But, I have remained silent through the years and it is time that parents start to listen. Everyone has heard about being a fly on the wall. Oh, what you would have heard. If only these walls could talk? Can't imagine what secrets they have! Well, after many years of lying around patiently I have decided to let everyone in on a little secret. This field has heard it all! Gloucester City does not have a large number of home grown professional athletes. That is correct! Very few if any, have made... Read more →


When East Meets West:Happy to report our Sons Max & Lucas finished their tours of duty in Iraq

Hi Bill, Hank Here! Both of my sons were born and raised here in Kitakyushu City, Japan. But attended high school in the States. Lucas attended Gateway High School in Woodbury, New Jersey, while my son Max attended Beaverton High School in Beaverton, Oregon. This is a picture of my son, Lucas just before he left Iraq for his new assignment. In the picture is the Iraqi policeman who Lucas was working with On convoy security and a bunch of children. Lucas K. Miller Pfc. was stationed at Al Asad, Iraq for a year and a half, he was involved in convoy security with the U.S.Army 25th Transportation Company as a machine gunner, driver, and translator of English & Japanese...Lucas , presently is at the Schofield Barracks ,Honolulu ,Hawaii. His brother Max K. Miller Cpl. U.S.Marine Corps was also at Al Asad, Iraq for a year and was also involved... Read more →


Bill Labbree Jr. Named to the Bd of Directors of the Burlington Camden County Assn. of Realtors

Image via Wikipedia Bill Labbree, Jr. Continues the Tradition of Service and Dedication to the Community and the Real Estate Industry Set by Bill Labbree, Sr. Cherry Hill, NJ – The Board of Directors of the Burlington Camden County Association of Realtors (BCCAR) has voted to appoint Bill Labbree, Jr., a Broker associate with Labbree Realty in Gloucester City, to fulfill the term of a vacated seat on the BCCAR Board of Directors through 2008. Labbree, Jr. is also on the slate of new directors that will be seated in January of 2009 to serve for the following term. Currently Labbree, Jr. is serving on the Budget and Legislative Committees of the BCCAR Board. He is also in his 2nd year of serving as Chairman of the BCCAR Grievance Committee. click the link below to continue reading............... Labbree, Jr. has also served on numerous other committees and focus groups of... Read more →


Mrs. Leona B. McCall, formerly of Gloucester City, age 98

McCALL Leona B. (nee Young), 98 years, died of natural causes on September 19, 2008 at Woodbury Mews Assisted Living, Woodbury, NJ. She was the devoted wife of the late William A. Beloved mother of Bill (Joanne), Mary, Gerald and Sister Marjorie, IHM. Dear Grandmother of Susan (Niko) Ekimoglou (owners of O'Donnell's), Sharon (Patrick) McMullen, John (Karina) Sikking. Loving Great-Grandmother of Jack, Maria, Anastasia and Michael Ekimoglou and Mary Kate and Brendan McMullen. Beloved Sister-In-Law of Catherine Connaghan and esteemed aunt of 11 nieces and nephews. Leona was born in Mount Carmel, PA on April 11, 1910. She and her husband raised their family in Bridgeton, NJ where she combined homemaking with active lay participation at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and school. Prior to moving to Woodbury Mews, Leona lived with granddaughter, Susan and her family in Gloucester City for six years. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at... Read more →


Raymond K. Ballard, of South Plainfield, formerly of Brooklawn, GHS Alumni, retired Air Force Sgt.

Image via Wikipedia South Plainfield - Raymond K. Ballard, 73, died peacefully Saturday, September 20th in the Haven Hospice at JFK Medical Center in Edison. He was born at Cooper Hospital to his loving parents Viola and Eugene Ballard. Ray grew up in Brooklawn, New Jersey and graduated from Gloucester City High School. He served in the United States Air Force Security Service as a staff sergeant from 1955 to 1966 as an Airborne Electronic Technician. His service took him to Mississippi, Oklahoma, California, Germany and Florida before being honorably discharged. Following his military career he settled in South Plainfield and was employed by Mohawk Data Sciences and later worked as a government container inspector for SGS. Surviving are his wife Barbara, two daughters, Deborah Gemenden and her husband Randy of South Plainfield and Kimberly Ballard of South Plainfield; two grandchildren Jaclyn LaMotta and her husband Michael of Hillsborough and... Read more →


Bill's Point of View:Not just a local problem but a national one

BY BILL CLEARY At least once a week I receive a Tip or comment about the homeless people sleeping on the porch in broad daylight at a property on North Broadway in Gloucester City. The house is empty, and is up for Sheriff Sale. Posted on the front wall of the building is a sign that reads ‘No Trespassing’. Just today I received this photo from one of our readers. My first article on this subject was written in July after hearing from someone about it. The remarks I receive have basically been the same…… But the most prominent was this one; JEERS to the city of Gloucester for allowing a bunch of drunken bums to live on a front porch on North Broadway in plain view. This makes the City look so good!!!” Last month I spoke with Police Lt. George Berglund about it. He said the depart ment... Read more →


Rams missing a Core player

Link: - NJ.com. GLOUCESTER CITY - As entertaining as the Gloucester Catholic High School football team's season-opening victory last Saturday was, it wasn't exactly pretty. The Rams and visiting Clearview combined for 834 yards of offense in the 45-41 slugfest, 402 by the Pioneers. Tight end Chad Gravinese caught six passes for 142 yards and two TDs. For one Catholic defender in particular, the game was especially painful to watch. Read more →


Gloucester City……Having Fun at the Shamrock Festival

Enjoying the recent Shamrock Festival.... Good Friends, good music, and the beer wasn't too bad, either!! (L-R) John Rowand, John Hindsley, Jim Battersby, and Sam Chew. We welcome your photos to share on ClearysNoteBook.com be it birthday, anniversary, wedding, etc. There is no charge. Send to BillGCN@verizon.net Read more →