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September 2008

Bellmawr residents Speak Out

By Lois Staas NEWS Correspondent Several Bellmawr residents from Alcyon Drive presented their concerns to Mayor and Council at last week's meeting. Ernie Bosco complained about an abandoned house on Second Avenue. "The house has been foreclosed on and abandoned since June," Bosco said. Another neighbor added, "The pool is sludge." Mayor Frank R. Filipek replied, "I will first contact the Health Department." Mosquito Control has already visited the abandoned residence. In reference to another situation, Bellmawr Baptist Church Reverend Kovlack said, "Thank you for taking care of the issue concerning the other pool we spoke of last meeting." Robert... Read more →

Gloucester City Council Honors Mike Hainsworth

By Albert Countryman Gloucester City Council honored longtime Board of Health Member Michael Hainsworth for his years of service to the City during last week's meeting. "I am really honored, and did appreciate the opportunity. I learned a lot," Hainsworth said after receiving a proclamation from Mayor Bill James. It read: "Whereas Mr. Hainsworth served as a member of the Board of Health beginning in 1992, and becoming Vice President in 1993; and "Whereas Mr. Hainsworth throughout his term always kept the best interest of the citizens at the forefront of his thoughts when deciding on all Board of Health... Read more →

Burnham, S.J. stars on rise at Montclair St.

Link: Courier-Post. The 5-foot-11 middle blocker had 38 kills and 14 total blocks in four matches in the Red Dragon Classic, earning All-Tournament team honors. In five matches, Burnham has 47 kills, 15 total blocks and 10 digs, along with 67 points. Fellow Moorestown grad Devon Johnston, the 2007 NJAC Rookie of the Year, leads the team with 53 kills. Read more →

Beatrice Monroe, Gloucester City, devoted St. Mary's Church parishioner, GCHS '45 graduate

MONROE Beatrice V. (Bea) On September 7, 2008. Age 81. (nee Krebs) Of 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) Staudenmayer. Beloved grandmother of 11. 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. At the request of the family, there will be no viewing. Relatives and... Read more →

Fred Eckert, of Westmont, Campbell Soup Co. Retiree

Mass of Christian Burial was held for Fred Eckert, 84, of Westmont, who passed away on August 29, 2008, with his beloved wife Claire (nee DelQuatro) of 50 years in his arms and his family by his bedside. Loving father of Fred J. Eckert (Joan) of Marlton, Lorie A. Watkins (Bill) of Collingswood, Claire B. Taylor (Jeff) of Westville and Donna L. Colclough (Craig) of Haddon Township. Dear brother of Christopher Eckert of West Chester. Also adored by his 14 loving grandchildren. Fred was a graduate of Drexel University, retired from Campbell Soup Company after 30 years as a Research... Read more →

DORA A. RIDDLE SCHWANDA, formerly of Gloucester City, Cooper Hospital Clerk

Funeral services were held for Dora A. Riddle Schwanda (nee Paul), 90, of Sewell, who passed away peacefully. Dora was born in Gloucester City, she resided in Westville Grove and Haddon Heights before moving to Sewell. Dora worked as a clerk at Cooper University Hospital in Camden for 20 years, retiring in 1981. She was a past member of the Order of Eastern Star #35 in Camden. Dora was predeceased by her husband's Joseph J. Riddle and Rudolph Schwanda, and her son Joseph J. Riddle Jr. She is survived by her daughter Jane (Jack) Keller of Sewell; daughter-in-law Frances Riddle... Read more →

Gloucester City News Headlines September 11

Sixty-Something Soldier Returns To Active Duty In The Middle East Brooklawn Legion Will Host Patriot Day Ceremony Honoring Victims of 9-11 The Gloucester City Shamrock Festival Is This Saturday, September 13 Exciting Final In The Annual Brooklawn Shoprite Wiffleball Reunion Football Season Opens This Weekend For The Lions Big Pappy Wins The South Jersey Summer Softball League Championship Read more →

The birth of BIRCO, and how it will change Minor League Baseball forever

Media Release BOCA RATON, FLA - 09.08.08 - MLN Sports announced that its September cover story, "Keep Your Ball on the I." was published at the digital magazine SZ. earlier today. The baseball business feature examines the push by the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues (the NA) to bring all of their teams' websites on to, the power struggle in what may be the the NA's final battle in over a century to maintain its margin of independence from MLB, and the turf war over the creation of a holding company for called "BIRCO." Why are the... Read more →

With Rising Suicide Rates, Army Urges Soldiers to Help One Another

Link: DefenseLink News Article: WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2008 – With 2008 suicide rates expected to exceed last year’s all-time-high rate and threatening to top those in the civilian population, the Army is stepping up efforts to get soldiers and their leaders to look out for each other’s well-being and to take the stigma out of seeking mental-health help. Sixty-two active-duty soldiers, most of them junior enlisted members, committed suicide so far this calendar year, Col. Eddie Stephens, the Army’s deputy director for human resource policy, told reporters today during a Pentagon roundtable. The armed forces medical examiner is investigating another... Read more →

Officials should push county site for arena/How about Gloucester City!

Link: Courier-Post. Locating the arena in Camden County would be a good location for Philadelphia area fans, as well as fans here in the South Jersey. We urge Camden County officials to aggressively promote the area to Snider. An arena at the struggling Garden State Pavilions on Route 70 would be easy for Philadelphia area fans to find. But there are several sites that would help boost the South Jersey economy, including the 30 acres Read more →

US Army Lt. Colonel Jim Nicholson, Not Your Average "GI Joe"

By Bill Cleary Jim Nicholson, a Gloucester City resident, was asked by Marilyn Johnson, author of *THE DEAD BEAT, to describe himself. Nicholson replied, “I don’t do much self-analysis. I’m not a complicated guy. There are not many moving parts here. I’m a pretty simple man.” If people only knew the real Jim Nicholson. A graduate of Gloucester City High School, Class of 1960, Nicholson has lived three lives over a span of 66 years. “Modest, quiet, and low-keyed you would never know from looking at him that this man has ice water running through his veins,” said his good... Read more →

When East Meets West: The Moon-Viewing Festival

Commentary by Hank Miller Jr. A Moon-Viewing Festival is usually held in the middle of September when the air is clear and the moon is at its most beautiful. This traditional custom is said to have originated from farmers’ religious observances to ensure a good harvest. People used to make offerings to the full moon, such as rice dumplings, a variety of seasonal fruit and vegetables with Japanese pampas grass and bush clovers, and pray for the realization of their wishes More often than not, friends were invited to join in the pleasant event and admire the beautiful moon. Moon... Read more →

Richard Butwin - Maureen Cahill Wed; Richard GCHS graduate

Link: Myrtle Beach Sun News. Maureen Elizabeth Cahill of Myrtle Beach and Richard Thomas Butwin of North Myrtle Beach were married September 6, 2008 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Myrtle Beach. Father Timothy Gahan and co-celebrant, Monsignor Joseph Roth performed the 1 p.m. ceremony The bride, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Edward Cahill Sr. of Myrtle Beach, is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Francis Regan and the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Joseph Cahill. She is a graduate of Myrtle Beach High School and attended Coastal Carolina University. She is the manager of Nibils... Read more →

Audubon's Flacco impressive in debut

Link: Philadelphia Inquirer | 09/07/2008. BALTIMORE - There were some anxious moments, but the quarterback from South Jersey and the head coach who was imported from the Eagles, both enjoyed a successful debut today for the Baltimore Ravens. Rookie quarterback Joe Flacco of Audubon High in Camden County and the University of Delaware showed unusual poise in his first NFL game as the Ravens defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, 17-10 at M&T Bank Stadium. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, an Eagles assistant coach the previous 10 years, expressed true emotion. Read more →

Thousands Take Part in National America Supports You Freedom Walk

Link: DefenseLink News Article: Ending at the Pentagon, where a hijacked airplane killed 184 people when it barreled into the building on Sept. 11, 2001, the Freedom Walk in the nation’s capital is one of 330 similar processions around the world that will take place in all 50 states and 12 foreign countries. Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon R. England told the crowd today’s walk not only commemorates the attacks on America that occurred seven years ago this week, but also represents a day for Americans to commit themselves to the preservation of freedom. “That day we lost 3,000 people of... Read more →

Lt. Gagliardi receives commission; Cpl. Sweeney of to Iraq

JANESSSA R. GAGLIARDI has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army after successfully completing the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) program and graduating with a bachelor's degree from East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C. The new officer will be branched to a specific corps in the Army to serve on active duty or in the National Guard or Reserve. The lieutenant will attend an officer basic course relating to her particular military occupational specialty/job. Afterward, the officer will complete advanced training by attending basic officer leadership courses for career progression purposes. Gagliardi is the daughter of Mark... Read more →

Brian Satterfield II age 1, of Sicklerville

Link: Brian Satterfield II Brian Satterfield II on September 4, 2008, of Sicklerville. Age 1. Beloved son of Brian and Dawn (nee Riggio). Dear brother of AJ Zancolli and Juliana and Emily Satterfield. Loving grandson of Barry and Ginger Satterfield, Jerry and Bonnie Riggio and Karen Kelly-Mandl. Nephew of Geoff and Kim Satterfield, Rob and Melissa Satterfield, Jerry Riggio, Jr., and Dominick Riggio. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing Monday eve 7:00 - 9:00pm and Tuesday 8:15 - 9:15am at the EGIZI FUNERAL HOME, 119 Ganttown Rd., Washington Twp. Mass of Christian Burial 10:00am at St.... Read more →

JEANNE C. VIGGIANO of Pennsauken formerly of Audubon

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Saint Peter Church, Merchantville, for Jeanne C. Viggiano, (nee Saunders), 72, of Pennsauken, originally of Audubon, who died August 16, 2008. Mrs. Viggiano was a graduate of Audubon High School 1953, member of the Audubon High School Lunch Gang, former Bell Telephone employee, member of the New Jersey Bell Telephone Pioneers Club, St. Peter PTA, a former St. Peter Girl Scout Troup Leader, and a substitute teacher's aid at the Pennsauken Middle School. Beloved wife of Robert and dear mother of Sandra (Robert) Torney of Washington Township and Linda Wood of Oceanview,... Read more →

Gloucester City: Planning Board Meeting Lacks a Quorum

By John P. Schmidt NEWS Correspondent The August meeting of the Gloucester City Planning and Zoning Board was postponed until the September meeting -- scheduled for September 17 at 313 Monmouth St. – because there were not enough members for a quorum. The Planning Board has nine members, and needs five to have meeting. The members present were Chairman Daniel Spencer, Councilman Nicholas Marchese, Former Mayor and Board Member Bob Bevan, and Michael Smollock. There were no Applications for Development on the Agenda, but there were six historic resolutions on the agenda. One historic resolution was a request for a... Read more →

Brooklawn: School Board Members will not be attending AC Convention

By John P. Schmidt NEWS Correspondent No members of the Brooklawn Board of Education (BOE) will be attending the annual New Jersey School Board Convention in Atlantic City this fall because of a new state law that affects all school districts. "There is a cap on how much the Board of Education is permitted to spend for a room for its board members to attend conventions and other things," Board Solicitor Lenny Wood said during last week's BOE meeting. Wood said that, by law, the BOE is only allowed to pay $117 per room, and each board member would have... Read more →

Helen Patton, former Cherry Hill & Gloucester City resident

Funeral services were held privately at the convenience of the family for Helen V. Patton, 95, who died on July 31, 2008. Mrs. Patton was a former resident of Cherry Hill and Gloucester City, where she was a longtime employee of Nannette Manufacturing Company which produced children's apparel. Helen was predeceased by her husband, Francis. She is the devoted mother of Eileen Bernardi of Haddonfield and Bill (Kathleen) Patton of Glenolden, PA. She is also lovingly survived by seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren Read more →

Brooklawn: Program Available to Help Public Pay Utility Bills

By Sara Martino NEWS Correspondent Mayor John Soubasis and members of Brooklawn Borough Council listened to a presentation on a program that may be available to help residents pay their utility bills. Mildred Mendez, a representative of New Jersey Shares, Inc., told the governing body that the program is not only for low income families, but for middle incomes also. "For eleven years, we have been helping households on New Jersey. If the resident is delinquent with the gas or electric bills, we can intercede for them in working out payment, usually within a few days. If a shut off... Read more →

Reminiscing About 'Old Times' in Gloucester City

Bill: A couple of us from the GHS Class of '66 got together last weekend at Marie Roby's house and were reminiscing about old times. It was funny, Bill Roby asked me the name of the store on the corner of Cumberland and Atlantic because I grew up on Cumberland street right next to GHS gym (before it became the Mary Ethel Costello School). I told him it was Tucker's and it was where Cho Cho Murphy hung out. Then he got excited and went and got his copy of the Gloucester City News with the article about Local Nicknames.... Read more →

Albert 'Ozark' Bisaga, Mt. Ephraim Police Officer & Korean War Veteran

BISAGA, ALBERT L. 'OZARK' A lifelong resident of Mount Ephraim who passed on August 26, 2008 at the age of 82. Pop Pop of Jessica and Edward Bisaga, Jr., loving friend to care- taker Colleen Bisaga and father of Edward Bisaga, Sr., also survived by other family members and friends. Albert served in theKorean War and served as a Mount Ephraim Police Officer for 20 years. Well known for sitting in his golf cart and waving to passer-bys on Bell Road. Funeral services under the direction of the MAHAFFEY-MILANO FUNERAL HOME, 11 E. Kings Hwy. Mt. Ephraim, NJ (856) 931-1628... Read more →

Carmen Rodriguez, of Puerto Rico, formerly of New York City

RODRIGUEZ Carmen On September 1, 2008. (nee DeJesus) Age 79. Of Puerto Rico, Formerly of New York City, NY. Loving and devoted wife of 53 years to Jose Rodriguez Morales, Sr. Beloved mother of Carmen Borras of Puerto Rico, Jose Rodriguez, Jr. of Puerto Rico, Edwin Rodriguez of Queens, NY, Jimmy Rodriguez of Long Island, New York and Jeanette Candelario of Bellmawr, NJ. Cherished daughter of the late Domingo DeJesus and the late Celestine Roman. Survived by 13 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Carmen was born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico and lived in New York City, NY. She has... Read more →

Grace Miller of Mt. Ephraim, age 75

MILLER Grace C. (Nee Bopp), on August 10, 2005 of Mt. Ephraim. Age 75. Beloved wife of James L. Miller. Devoted mother of Jane Yaeger and Linda Beavin. Loving sister of Carl Bopp and Louise Cinelli. Dear grandmother of Melissa, Nicholas and Jennifer. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Service Monday, August 15, 2005, 11am at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 325 S. White Horse Pike, Audubon, NJ 08106. In lieu of flowers the family requests the donations be made in Grace's memory to the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Expressions of sympathy may be e-mailed to [email protected] Read more →

Edward MacDaniels, age 85, Life Member of VFW Post 3620

MACDANIELS, EDWARD Age 85, of Gloucester City, NJ, died August 24th in Highland Village, TX and was married 61 years to Eleanor nee Quinn. He served in theNational Guard and the United States Army. Edward was a Life Member of V.F.W. Post 3620, a member of the Boy Scouts of America and the Disabled American Vets. He was affiliated with many string bands - Broomall, Sterling and-Old Timers. He was also a member of the We-Co-Ha and Apache Camping Clubs and the Gloucester City's Over the Hill Gang. Edward was a pipefitter for the New York Shipyard and retired in... Read more →

Richard Geiser, 75, Gloucester City Highway Dept. Worker

GEISER, RICHARD S. 'RICH' On August 25, 2008 of Gloucester City, NJ, age 75, passed away with his family by his bedside. He was the beloved husband for 46 years of Edna P. (nee Smith) and loving father of Richard Geiser and his wife Kathy and devoted grandfather of Richard Nicholas Geiser and step-grandson Ben Ledford. He is also survived by his sisters Violet Franks and Geraldine Geiser, brothers Eugene (Kathy) and Lenny (Lucille) Geiser, sisters and brothers-in-law Marge Hargesheimer, John (Lorraine) and James Smith, god-daughter Edna Brangan and many dear nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by... Read more →

Councilman Marchese Response To ‘Emailgate’

August 30, 2008 To Bill (Cleary): In regards to your request for a response about an email sent to me by Paul Kain back in June of this year. First of all I'd like to say that Paul and I have had prior communications where we may have had differences of opinion. We also have agreed on many issues. After reading the response from the Mayor to Paul Kain, I felt as though I did not need to reply to Paul's e-mail. In any team situation there can be difference of opinion. I hold no animosity towards Paul Kain. I... Read more →

Mayor James' Initial Response to 'Emailgate'

June 9, 2008 To Paul (Kain) I have read your e-mail to Nick and 17 others. I understand some of your concerns. However, they were supposed to be addressed at finance this evening so I can't understand why some of this couldn't wait. In regards to your comments related to your apparent dislike of Councilman Marchese and your desire to have him not present at finance or your negotiations. I don't think I have to remind you that the Councilman is an elected official with every right of the citizenry who elected him to call you to task and make... Read more →

'Emailgate':The Memos Gloucester City Officials Didn't Want You To See

By Bill Cleary On Friday, June 6th Gloucester City Councilman Nick Marchese (Finance Chairman) via an E-mail asked City Administrator/City Clerk Paul Kain if he completed his new assessment and vision of the former Coast Guard Base property. Members of Council along with Kain met a week before to discuss the Freedom Pier plans. Kain supposedly said he didn't want to move ahead with the project until he had a chance to study the project further. Freedom Pier was first proposed by the Kilcourse Administration two years ago in 2006.Kain was also the City Administrator back then. It calls for... Read more →

Gloucester City: Local UEZ Program Overview

Link: Source Gloucester City - New Jersey. To date the Gloucester City Urban Enterprize Zone (UEZ) has generated approximately $1.2 million in sales tax revenues with only 51 UEZ certified businesses signed up. We have invested almost $352,645, funding ten (10) projects, deemed to improve the economic climate of the Gloucester City commercial districts. Below is a synopsis of your UEZ dollars at work... 1. Marketing Campaign -- $10,000 – to create and distribute promotional mailers (postcards and kits) to prospective business owners and developers 2. Community Cleanup Campaign -- $2,500 – to hire a consultant on how to enhance... Read more →

Gloucester City Council Worksession Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, September 2, 2008 7:00 P.M. 313 Monmouth Street AGENDA Call to Order: Pledge of Allegiance: 3. Roll Call: 4. Sunshine Law: This meeting is being held in conformance with the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act, otherwise known as the "Sunshine Law". It has been legally noticed in accordance with the law and copies have been given to those requesting the same. 5. Public Comment Period: The Governing Body, in accordance with P.L. 2002, c. 80, have adopted the following guidelines relative to the Public Comment Period (PCP) at Caucus, Worksession, Special and Emergency Meetings of the Mayor and... Read more →

Gloucester City: County Mosquitoes Spray Non Toxic Pesticide

Dear Bill and Residents of Riverview Heights, I am writing this letter in response to questions I received two weeks ago regarding the spraying of pesticide by the Camden County Mosquito Commission in the Riverview Heights section of Gloucester City. As a resident of the area where the event occurred I contacted the Agency and spoke to the supervisor Arthur Jamieson. He informed me that they had a complaint from resident/s of a high density of mosquitoes. He said that when they receive complaints and can determine a high level of mosquitoes they come out to the neighborhood in question... Read more →

South Jersey Marina Weekly Report 8/31/08

Link: Sportfishermen. This week offshore fishing started our fairly well; Big Game on 8/27 brought in 6 Yellowfin Tuna and 1 Bluefin that weighed 135 pounds. That same day, Slammer had 9 Yellowfin. On the 28th., Top Shelf had 2 nice Yellowfin and an 18 pound Dolphin. Most of these fish were caught around the Elephant Trunk. Read more →

Notre Dame Football Weekend

Link: Fr. Gene's Blog: It's time for college football season! Of course, I've already made my plans to attend my one Notre Dame game in South Bend. I'll be heading out to the "Holy Land" in two weeks. While there, I'll also celebrate the feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross with my friends in the Congregation of Holy Cross. I'm looking forward to seeing some old friends on campus, and catching up with some current students from the Jersey Shore. Read more →

Brooklawn: Tummy Tee's 2008 Wiffleball Champs

See Photo Album After a 10 hour marathon, Brooklawn Wiffleball crowned the Tummy Tee's team of Colin Mac Adams (TOURNEY'S MVP), Joe Collins, Jerry Collins, Phil Collins and Jim Dobbins as the team with a year's worth of bragging rights. T ummy Tee's battled out of the losers bracket beating a Gaetano's team of Brett Darrow, Bud Blackiston, Jack Don and Brandon Blackiston in the semi-finals 2 - 0 on a 2 run homer from Colin Mac Adams in the 5th inning. Following the upset of Gaetano's, Tummy Tee's headed into the Championship game unbeaten Jeep Mac Adams team. The... Read more →

Asking wife to join hunting trip is win-win

Link: When I met my future wife, I never asked her if she would mind if I left her alone while my buddies and I took off for a week in the woods to hunt deer each year during Thanksgiving week. I just assumed it was a man's right. Wrong moosebreath! If you want to head out in the great outdoors you had better ask her to go with you. If she goes once she will either like it and return with you each year which is a bonus, or she will hate it and won't want to return... Read more →

Baseball scouts descend on Toms River

Link: Asbury Park Press. She said scouts from the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Phillies come out as well as from universities such as Rutgers, Monmouth, Seton Hall, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Villanova. Four New Jersey-based teams — the Toms River Black Sox, Farrah Builders, North Jersey Cardinals and Delaware Valley Stars — and out-of-state teams from Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and Maryland are matched up over three days to show scouts their potential. Read more →

Graffiti, a major problem in Gloucester City

City resident Bill Waters is concerned about the increasing amount of graffiti that he is seeing throughout the community. He is asking residents to call police and report anyone who they see vandalizing property. "Help stop this problem before it is too late. If one witnesses graffiti being done, he/she could take a quick picture of the crime with a cell phone". He submitted 40 plus photos along with the letter below. Waters pointed out that the photos in the album were limited in range to less than a quarter of the town's area. The utility box pictured is located... Read more →