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November 2008

Philip M. "Flip" Verrecchio, of Mt. Ephraim; SJ Port Crane Operator

On November 24, 2008 of Mt. Ephraim, NJ. Age 49. Beloved husband of the late Mary (nee Sacchetti). Devoted father of Nicole Campanell (Mark), Katie Viall, Teresa Verrecchio and Philip Verrecchio. Loving son of Jean (nee Speno) and the late Domenic. Dear brother of Barbara Pinto (Vince), Joyce Sebaszco (Alfred), Stephen Verrecchio (Natale) and Dominick Verrecchio (Denise). Also survived by many in-laws, nieces and nephews. Flip worked as a Crane Operator for SJ Port in Camden for over 20 years. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the viewing Sunday evening from 5 to 8pm and Monday morning from8 to 9am at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Mass Monday morning 10am Sacred Heart RC Church, Mt. Ephraim. Interment is private at the request of the family. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Philip's memory to the American Cancer Society, 1851 Old Cuthbert Road, Cherry... Read more →


Hometown Hero: Joel Arends, South Dakota

http://www.defenselink.mil Joel Arends Home State: South Dakota Awarded: Bronze Star The Story: Then-1st Lt. Arends and his team of 30 soldiers operated in and around Baghdad from February 2004 to April 2005. They were responsible for catching a number of terrorists, including one carrying bomb-making materials, jidhadist propaganda and large sums of cash. The terrorist claimed to be a professor at a major university in the United States. They also captured one of Saddam Hussein’s personal bodyguards. Another time, Arends’ team rescued Iraqi civilians from burning vehicles when insurgents attacked a checkpoint near their patrol area. Members of the team rushed into the flames and pulled several Iraqi civilians out of burning vehicles and administered lifesaving medical treatment. For his efforts, Arends was awarded the Bronze Star Medal in March 2005. Arends is now a Captain in the Army Reserve. Read more →


Mary Vasella, age 106, of Paulsboro, enjoyed trips of the casinos and her great-great-grandchildren

Mary Vasella (nee Iacovone) age 106 years of Paulsboro died after a brief illness Friday November 28, 2008 in her daughter’s home where she lived. Mrs. Vasella was born in Philadelphia and lived in East Camden for several years before moving to Paulsboro 30 years ago. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Vasella was a member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Paulsboro. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, cryptograms and playing cards. Mrs. Vasella also enjoyed trips to the casinos and playing with her great great grandchildren. She is survived by her daughter, Angela Clement of Paulsboro; her grandchildren, Stephen and Arlene Clement of Paulsboro, James and Cheri Clement of Gibbstown; her great grandchildren, Stacy Kanauss, Eric Clement, James Clement and Jacqueline Clement and her great great grandchildren, Luke, Alex, Kelsey, Ryan and Averie. Mrs. Vasella was predeceased by her husband, Frank Vasella. A Mass of Christian Burial will be... Read more →


Ralph Giordano, "The Breadman" succumbs at age 98

Ralph Giordano our beloved dad and pop-pop, Ralph Giordano, of Carneys Point, NJ, passed away on November, 26 2008 at the age of 98. Born Raffaele in Salerno, Italy August 29, 1910 to the late Angelo and Maria Giordano, he immigrated to the United States via Ellis Island in 1913 later settling in South Philadelphia. At the age of 17, he crossed the river into Salem County, NJ where he lived and worked ever since. He was employed on the family farm in Oldmans Twp as a young man and worked briefly at DuPont Chambers Works and Campagnoni’s Bakery on Walnut St. in Penns Grove. Later branching out on his own, he began delivering Italian bread to all the local farms in the area from Salem to Gloucester County gaining the nickname: Ralph "the Breadman". He continued his deliveries well into his nineties. He was a member of the American... Read more →


Gloucester Catholic grad at home with Bulldawgs

- NJ.com. The 1994 Gloucester Catholic graduate is in a pretty good place, closing out his seventh season as the head coach at Haddonfield. Even better, he's supported by a coaching staff with which he has more than a passing familiarity. Read more →


Gloucester Catholic v. Gloucester High ~ 1

Rams v Lions City Series #1 Gloucester City New Jersey, The annual Thanksgiving Day Game Nov. 27th, 2008 Final Gloucester Catholic Rams 29 Gloucester City HS Lions 7 Note: There are several clips for viewing as I was unable to merge the clips into one video. Thanks Chris for your help. Clip 2 Clip 3 Clip 4 Clip 5 Clip 6 Read more →


Gloucester Catholic v. Gloucester High ~ 2

Rams v Lions City Series #2 Gloucester City New Jersey, The annual Thanksgiving Day Game Nov. 27th, 2008 Final Gloucester Catholic Rams 29 Gloucester City HS Lions 7 Clip 3 Read more →


Gloucester Catholic v. Gloucester High ~3

Rams v Lions City Series #3 Gloucester City New Jersey, The annual Thanksgiving Day Game Nov. 27th, 2008 Final Gloucester Catholic Rams 29 Gloucester City HS Lions 7 Clip 4 Read more →


Gloucester Catholic v. Gloucester High ~4

Rams v Lions City Series #_4 Gloucester City New Jersey, The annual Thanksgiving Day Game Nov. 27th, 2008 Final Gloucester Catholic Rams 29 Gloucester City HS Lions 7 Clip 5 Read more →


Gloucester Catholic v. Gloucester High ~ 5

Rams v Lions City Series _5 Gloucester City New Jersey, The annual Thanksgiving Day Game Nov. 27th, 2008 Final Gloucester Catholic Rams 29 Gloucester City HS Lions 7 Clip 6 Read more →


Gloucester Catholic v. Gloucester High ~6

Rams v Lions City Series_6 Gloucester City New Jersey, The annual Thanksgiving Day Game Nov. 27th, 2008 Final Gloucester Catholic Rams 29 Gloucester City HS Lions 7 Clip 1 Read more →


Devine Bags 10 Point Buck in Canada

Saskatchewan Canada Bagged on Friday, November 21, 2008 at 3:50 pm Ten Pointer 21 inch outside spread 260 lbs. live weight 146 3/4 inch Boone and Crocket Score The biggest buck I ever bagged in 39 years of deer hunting. The pictures do not do it justice. This deer was massive like a steer. The meat was shared with the other hunters and came home on the plane. We will have some today with our Thanksgiving dinner. HAPPY THANKSGIVING, Gary Devine Gary is a former resident of Gloucester City NJ Note: if you have a photo to share of your hunting/fishing trip send it along with the information to BillGCN@verizon.net Related articles by Zemanta Opening weekend of deer hunting memorable for two men Exotic cat shot while attacking chickens Record Buck? Archer Bags Notable Deer Rottweiler mix looking for a home Read more →


ROBERT A. HILLWIG of Gloucester City

A Memorial Candlelight Service was held for Robert A. Hillwig, 63, of Gloucester who died on November 12, 2008. Surviving are his mother Alma Alloway; several children, grandchildren; and several brothers and sisters. Read more →


Charles B. Cramer Jr., age 76, of Vineland, born in Gloucester City NJ

Charles B. Cramer Jr., 76, of Vineland passed away suddenly Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, at home. Charles was born in Gloucester City to the late Charles B. andPauline (Dyer)Cramer Sr., and lived in Vineland the past 14 years. Charles graduated from Woodbury High School Class of 1949. He was a U.S. Marine veteran, serving during the Korean War. Charles was a former sergeant for Ocean City Police Department, where he served for 15 years. After leaving the police department, he owned and operated several businesses on the boardwalk in Ocean City. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a forklift operator for Scott Paper Co. of Landisville. Charles was a member of American Legion Post No. 4 of Vineland. He had a passion for owning and racing thoroughbreds. Charles was predeceased by first wife, Roberta (Bickerstaff) Cramer, in 1981; grandson, Brad Cramer, in 1985; and sister, Polly Furlong,in1996. Survivors include... Read more →


Camden City: Two Alarm Fire, One Firefighter Injured

Camden City NJ November 26th, 2008 Two Alarm Fire Camden Firefighters responded to a fire at 442-444 Henry Building Supply. The fire went to 2 alarms before being brought under control. One firefighter was injured in the fire, the stores were occupied at the time of the alarm. Side note Owned by the Fox family Gloucester City -- ~Steve Skipton Photos Read more →


More Nicknames

To Whom It May Concern, I don’t know who does the nicknames in the paper, I know almost every nickname. How on earth could whoever wrote them forget the most obvious one of all. Steve “Bangs” Bangle, what is the world coming to! LOL Thanks sincerely, Joe “The Hemanator” Herman Mayor of Caps PS: Let's Not forget, Bill "Beaky" Rettig, and Frank "Tuna" Krueger Related articles by Zemanta More Gloucester City Nicknames/Remember when Read more →


1961/Gloucester City Lions vs. Rams City Football Series

Source Renewal of Friendship 1993 LIONS WIN CITY CROWN; BEAT CATHOLIC 6-0 The Year 1961-Gloucester City High School on Saturday afternoon played their finest defensive game of the season as they won over the Gloucester Catholic Rams to tie the City Series at seven games each. Prior to the game it was thought the contest would be a struggle between the Lions backs and the Rams' forwards but the deciding factor in the 14th meeting between the schools turned out to be the defensive line of the Public School team who played magnificently. Pete Pitzo scored the lone touchdown in the victory that gave the Lions their first five victory season since 1953 and they still have one game left with Delsea Regional on Thanksgiving Day. Gloucester defense allowed the Rams only 46 yards on the ground to go with three first downs. In the air Catholic picked up 27... Read more →


PA Game Commission Confirms Serval Killed in Chester County

Media release HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officers (WCOs) confirmed today that a serval, an exotic cat from Africa that resembles a small cheetah, was killed the evening of Nov. 25, along Garrett Mill Road in Willistown Township, Chester County. Montgomery County WCO Chris Heil received a call from a farm manager for a local farm about an exotic cat that was in his chicken coop killing chickens. WCO Heil told, under state law, the farmer had the authority to kill the animal to protect his livestock. Today, Chester County WCO Scott Frederick retrieved the carcass and transported it to the Southeast Region Office in Reading. The owner has been identified and an investigation has been opened regarding the lawful ownership of the animal. # # #Related articles by Zemanta Crackdown on Illegal Use of Blair County State Game Lands Cougar investigation continues in Lancaster Co. Assistance Needed... Read more →


WILLIAM J. ECKERT, Past Grand Knight & District President of Knights of Columbus

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Vincent Pallotti Church, Haddon Twp., for William J. Eckert, 83, of Audubon, who died on November 12, 2008. Beloved husband of the late Jean F. (nee Munda) Eckert; loving father of W. Wayne (Tricia) Eckert of Sewell and Theresa M. Eckert (Dawn Warren) of Burlington. Grandfather of Connor Eckert-Warren and Kaylie Eckert. Brother of Catherine (Frank) Harder of Runnemede. Also survived by Bill’s devoted companion, Eunice Finogle and her grandchildren Robin, Rachael, Bob and Ryan. Mr. Eckert, an LST operator in the U.S. Navy during WWII in the Pacific Theatre. Bill lived in Audubon since 1955 & worked for Mohrfield Heating & Air Conditioning for over 25 years retiring in the late 1970’s. Bill then worked security at the Garden State Race Track in the 1980’s and part-time at Central Metals Inc. in Camden from 1997-2008. Mr. Eckert was a past Grand Knight... Read more →


Tips and Snippets: Did a 911 Dispatcher send a Rescue Crew to the wrong address?

Earlier in the week I received the following information from a CNB reader in regards to our November 17 story about Evan Goldglantz who was injured in an accident at his home on Division Street, Gloucester City. Bill, It appears that 911 dispatchers botched the call and sent the Camden City Fire Department to Division Street in Camden. It was not until the dispatch came back as incorrect that the proper authorities were sent to help this man on Division St. in Gloucester City. This delay could have exacerbated this man's condition. From what I hear the dispatcher was either suspended or fired for their misconduct. Please follow up on this lead as the family and friends of the victim are looking for answers. One of my sources said that it was true, the 911 Dispatcher sent the Camden City Fire Department to Division Street in Camden. But that information... Read more →


Donating Blood for Accident Victim Evan Goldglantz

The family of Evan is asking anyone with type O neg. or O pos. blood is encouraged to go to a Red Cross center and tell them you want to donate your blood for Evan Goldglantz. You must specify it is to be used for Evan. To find a Red Cross near you call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE. Evan, a Gloucester City NJ resident, was injured in an accident on November 17th and was severely burned. He is presently being treated at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, One Medical Center Blvd., Upland PA 19103. He will need a number of surgeries and the donated blood will be used to boost the hospital's supply. From the family's website: Evan Goldglantz is a loving husband, father, wonderful son and dear friend of many. Prior to this horrific accident Evan was self-employed and worked very hard to make sure that his beautiful family had a home and food... Read more →


Breaking News: Traffic Accident Camden County Park, Mt. Ephraim

TUESDSAY, NOVEMBER 25TH, 2008 1645 hrs Mt Ephraim NJ Valley Road at the Camden County Park Mt Ephraim Police,Fire and EMS responded for an SUV that crashed through a fence at the dam at the Audubon Park and was stuck between an embankment and the water with the occupant trapped Mt.Ephraim firefighters under the command of Deputy Chief Gilmore secured the vehicle so Mt Ephraim EMS and Virtua Paramedics could remove the patient and transport him to the hospital. Camden County Park Police are investigating. ~Steve Skipton Read more →


1954 / Gloucester City LIONS v. RAMS City Football Series

Gloucester Catholic High School registered a 20 to 13 victory Joe Murphy_and_friends over Gloucester High last Saturday afternoon to capture its second City Series victory since the games began back in 1948. It was the third win of the year for Coach Jim Hopkins boys while for the senior-laden Gloucester High eleven it was their third straight setback. Mike McNally and Carmen Palmiero received the annual Mustang awards as the outstanding players on their respective teams. McNally sparked the "Ramblers" first half attack while Palmiero was a constant star in the loser's game. First Quarter Gloucester kicked off to Catholic and the ball was returned from the 20 to the 23. Mike Angelastro made four yards and Miller fumbled but recovered for a two-yard gain. George Gibison picked up a first down on the 33. Gloucester was penalized five yards for delay and McNally's five-yard pick up gave the Ramblers"... Read more →


Mount Ephraim Honors Blue Star Banner Recipients

Photo's by Bill Bates BLUE STAR BANNER AWARDS -Member of the American Legion Post 150, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6262, Troop Support 08059 and Support Our Troop Effort pose with the families of Sergeant First Class Priscilla Blogojevich, Sergeant John Blogojevich, the families of Sergeant John Blogojevich, Specialist Nicholas Rabeau, Specialist Martin Coogan, and Private First Class Marcus Wild after receiving their awards at the Board of Commissioners monthly meeting. By Bill Bates Mount Ephraim News Correspondent The Mount Ephraim Board of Commissioners started off the October monthly meeting by proclaiming October 2, 2008 as Blue Star Banner Day within the borough.. Five Blue Star Banner recipients were recognized for their unselfish dedication as members of the New Jersey National Guard, particularly residents who are currently serving our great nation overseas because they volunteered to protect us and keep us free. The five brave patriots from Mount Ephraim are... Read more →


Gloucester High Power Puff Game Wednesday 7 PM

The Gloucester High School annual Power Puff Derby will be held Wednesday night (tomorrow) at 7 PM at the high school field. The Senior Girls will play the Junior Girls. Tickets are $1. Are monies raised will go towards the class trip. 2007 Power Puff Photos Read more →


Family gathers for Missouri deer hunt

Link: www.kansascity.com SUMMERSVILLE, Mo. | Once mid-November arrives, Andy Stoops’ home atop a ridge in the Ozarks turns into a deer camp. Day or night, it’s bustling with activity. Family members, neighbors, out-of-town guests — they all show up for the hunt. Read more →


PENNSYLVANIA BEAR HUNTERS HAVE A FINE OPENING DAY

Image via Wikipedia Media release HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today announced that hunters started the 2008 black bear season by taking a preliminary harvest of slightly more than 1,700 black bears in 50 counties. Game Commission employees processed 1,725 bears at the agency's check stations on the opening day of the three-day statewide bear season. The 2008 first-day preliminary harvest compares with 1,005 in 2007; 1,461 in 2006; 2,026 in 2005; 1,573 in 2004; 1,454 in 2003;1,348 2002; 1,812 in 2001; and 1,691 in 2000. “The first day harvest is the third highest opening day harvest recorded for Pennsylvania,” said Mark Ternent, Game Commission bear biologist. “Weather cooperated, there was some snow on the ground and hunters appear to have had a fine day afield for the opener. Our season is off to a good start.” The top 10 bears processed at check stations on Monday all had... Read more →


Gloucester City News Headlines November 27th

Mayor Stresses Town’s Good Quality Of Living Senator Wayne Bryant Convicted Of Corruption Gloucester City Planning Board Approves Applications For Property Improvements Gloucester City Board of Education Hears Praise For Gifted And Talented Program Boys And Girls Can Start Writing Letters To Santa Claus Mount Ephraim Will Help Needy This Holiday Season Gloucester City Christmas Saturday, December 6 Rams Lose In Playoffs, Will Meet Lions In Thanksgiving Classic Happy Thanksgiving To All Our Readers Read more →


Two and One-Half-Hours

By CNB Sports GLOUCESTER CITY NJ-How can two and one- half- hours have such an impact on everyone lives. If you're a Lions fans or a Rams fan nothing beats the game held on Thanksgiving. This year unlike many in the past brings together for the last time many local players on both the GCHS and GHS teams. Rams players such as Mike Gartland, Mike Rafferty, George Spingler, Ryan Alcott and Harry Amwake will meet the Lions seniors and lifelong friends , Ian Harter, Robert Filer, Kyle Stewart, Brett Darrow, John Alberta, Frank Heitman and many other seniors, neighbors and friends for a last time. In the past few years this was little more than the Lions vs. out-of- towners in a City Series game. This Thursday morning most of these boys will wake-up as a varsity football player for a last time in their young lives, bringing to an... Read more →


Arizona Fall League 2008 Wrap Up Features Fast-Trackers for Spring 2009

MLN Sports Zone's Christopher Hadorn and Jason Blasco scour the AFL to bring you some familiar faces and a few the other guys glossed over in the 14 page big-photo, big-word feature. Press Release PEORIA, AZ. - www.mlntherawfeed.com - MLN Sports debuted its mid November issue of the digital sports magazine SZ with a wrap up of the top players appearing in the 2008 Arizona Fall League (AFL). The feature section includes 22 of the new fast-track players who both dominated the league and who are developing into the big stories for Spring 2009. Also included in the section are two full-length features on Philadelphia Phillies prospect Jason Donald and Toronto Blue Jays catching prospect J.P. Arencibia. For the full feature section, visit SZ at http://www.mlnsportszone.com SZ was the first full digital sports magazine on the Internet. Focused on minor league and independent professional baseball, hockey, basketball, football, lacrosse and... Read more →


1953/Gloucester City: Rams vs. Lions City Football Series

CATHOLIC BEATS CITY HIGH FOR 1ST GRID TITLE In a thrilling encounter that saw most of the 4000 spectators on their feet cheering during the entire game, Gloucester Catholic High school for the first time in six years of grid competition beat their arch rival, Gloucester High and thus won their first city football title. Led by Joe Murphy and "Sonny" Sessa, the Catholic gridmen outplayed the charges of Coach Carlos Paisley from the outset. The Maroon and Gold team, coached by Jim Hopkins rolled up 11 first downs as compared to five for the public high eleven. The winners gained 147 yards on the ground, while Gloucester High could only penetrate the victors zone for a net yardage of 24 yards. Public High's only advantage came in the aerial department as junior halfback, Les Neilio, displayed fine marksmanship. One in particular, good for 35 yards and a touchdown during... Read more →


Gloucester City NJ: Memories From The Past

Circa 1950 MEMORIES FROM THE PAST-A train wreck in Gloucester City. It is hard to determine exactly where in the City and exactly what year it occurred. Inspecting the scene is former City Police Chief Thomas Wikelspecht. Who would have thought that photos and memorabilia from the 1950’s would end up in Waco, Texas? Well sometimes strange things happen and this is one of those times. Recently the estate of former Gloucester City Police Chief Thomas Wikelspecht was holding a public auction. Wikelspecht retired from the department 48 years ago in 1960 and has since passed away. He was chief from August 2, 1952 to December 3rd, 1960. Among some of the items were a photo of a train wreck in Gloucester City, 1950’s portraits of members of the department, crime scene photos, a City police uniform, department stationery, badges and keys. Circa 1950 Photo:Members of the Gloucester City police... Read more →


Give someone, some organization, etc. a Cheer/ Jeer

ClearysNoteBook is preparing a Cheer and Jeer column for the end of the month. If you have anyone to nominate for either category send your remarks to BillGCN@verizon.net. Note: Do not post them as a comment to this announcement. Hopefully some of our readers from the communities that surround Gloucester City will take this opportunity to send in some suggestions. Related articles by Zemanta Tips and Snippets: Graffiti, Professional Posts up for grabs, Term Limits for Politicians, New Business Arrives Gloucester City NJ-CHEERS to Mustang Cheerleaders! Once Again Gloucester City Taxes Will Increase Read more →


Mount Ephraim 14th Annual Christmas Parade of Lights

Category Mt. Ephraim...............Boro of Mt. Ephraim Website Mount Ephraim Links Mount Ephraim Fire Department Mount Ephraim Police Department Mount Ephraim Police Reserves Inc. (MEPRI) Mount Ephraim Public Schools Mount Ephraim Celebration Committee Mount Ephraim War Memorial Mount Ephraim Rotary Read more →


A Profile of Joseph Brigandi Jr., Glassboro's Borough Administrator

Link: RU Bored?. He also played a large part for Glassboro’s Revitalization plan, along with Mayor Leo McCabe. The revitalization plan is a combined effort between Rowan University and Glassboro to create a new downtown area in Glassboro, that will facilitate the need of new businesses as well as students. It contains a new 884 bed housing complex for students, a new Barnes & Nobles bookstore, a 100 room Holiday Inn, and 125 new retail stores and businesses. This new downtown is aimed at adding new revenue, as well as giving students a place where they have something to do. Below is a slightly edited interview with Joseph Brigandi. Read more →


1952/ GLOUCESTER CITY Rams vs. Lions Football Series

Gloucester High's Backfield Leads Lions to Title A rejuvenated Gloucester High school football combo put on a real offensive show last night before more than 4000 surprised spectators to hand its city rival, Gloucester Catholic High school its fifth straight setback in series competition by a 25-7 count. Johnny Rieder and Phil Campbell took turns at the quarterback and fullback slots to mix up the "Ramblers'" defense. Gloucester even used Steve Shimkus to call the plays. Gloucester scored in the first quarter as soon as it got its hands on the ball, and then proceeded to tally in each of the following quarters. Catholic scored on a long pass play midway in the second quarter. Note click on photo to see it full size. Collect 19 First Downs Shimkus, Bennett and Rieder pace the Gloucester ground gaining offense that netted 19 first downs as compared with five for the losers.... Read more →


Firefighter Dies in Staten Island Blaze/Lt. Robert J. Ryan Jr.

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: Name: Robert J. Ryan, Jr. Rank: Lieutenant Age: 46 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: 17 Date of Incident: 11/23/2008 Time of Incident: 0028hrs Date of Death: 11/23/2008 Fire Department: Fire Department City of New York Address: 9 Metro Tech Center, Brooklyn, New York 11201 Chief: Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta Incident Description: After responding to a two-story private residence fire, Lieutenant Ryan was working in the attic when a portion of the ceiling collapsed on him. He was transported to the Richmond University Medical Center of Staten Island where he passed away. Funeral Arrangements: Visitation will be on 11/24/08 from 1900hrs to 2100hrs and 11/25/08 from 1400hrs to 1600hrs and 1900hrs to 2100hrs at Harmon Funeral Home, 571 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, New York. The funeral will be on 11/26/08 at 1100hrs at Sacred Heart... Read more →


Glassboro defies past vs. Paulsboro

Link: | Philadelphia Inquirer | 11/23/2008. Neilio knew better. He remembered Paulsboro's improbable 9-6 victory over Glassboro in the title game in the pouring rain in 1996 on a field goal by a kicker who had not made one all season. He remembered Paulsboro's 17-14 win in overtime in another title game in 2005 when a Red Raiders player stripped a Glassboro player of the football inside the 5-yard line, with the Bulldogs on the verge of victory. Read more →


MAAC Announces 2009 Girls in the Game Details

Image via Wikipedia Media release Edison, NJ – The MAAC will once again team up with Siena College to present its annual Girls in the Game program. Girls in the Game is an exciting initiative that aims to involve young girls grade 4-8 in athletics, specifically basketball, at an early age. For just $10, participants are given entrance to four events that make up the Girls in the Game program, including three women’s basketball contests. On Sunday, December 14th Coach Gina Castelli and her Saints squad will present a basketball clinic at UHY Court at the Alumni Recreation Center, on the campus of Siena College. The clinic will run from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. The featured games will be played on Friday, January 9 and Friday, January 16. On Friday the 9th, Siena College will take on the Rider Broncs at the Times Union Center in Albany at 4:30... Read more →


Mt. Ephraim Public School 1st Marking Period Honor Roll

November 20, 2008 Press Release Mary Bray School Distinguished Honors Third Grade: Kenzie Calhoun , Fourth Grade: Amy Guldin, Kelsey Vespe Honors Third Grade::Victoria Alexander, Emma Ball, Gabrielle Bobo, Michael Bocchicchio, Taylor Cobert, Isabel Cruz, Zachary Jusiak, Jordan Klingner, Drew McMonagle, Thien Nguyen, Richard Ollek, Madison Panek, Harina Patel, Hailey Reed, Michael Reynolds, Andrew Romano, Tessa Wilson, Krystal Wineland. Fourth Grade: Richard Bonczak, Cassidy Chambers, Anthony Cristino, Lucas Greenwood, Kelsey Immendorf, Valerie LaMarra, Damon Meraz ,Lindsay Musselman, Cole Panek, Nicholas Salamone, Casey Spadea, Alexis Staib, Brenna Sireci. Commendable Third Grade: Melinda Brassill, David Critch, Meghan Garbacz, Timothy MacKey, Samantha McErlane, Tyler Romano, Khang Ton, Jaymi Vilardo, Jenna Yip. Fourth Grade: Michael Archevala, Helen Barrett, Ariana Beebe, Tiffany Gavin, Jillian Lynch, Alyssa Marszalek, Matthew Marszalek, Julia Miles, Zachary Pacetti, Austin Rampolla, Michael Snyder. R.W. Kershaw School Distinguised Honors Fifth Grade: Courtney Bocchicchio, Emily Calhoun, Maryellen Crain, Kasey Gardner, Victoria Milano, Allison... Read more →


Staying Power: Wounded Marines Ordered to do Their Part to Recover

Image by williamhartz via Flickr By Fred W. Baker III American Forces Press Service CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. , Nov. 21, 2008 – Marine Capt. Ray Baronie was traveling in a convoy in Ramadi, Iraq, on Dec. 1, 2005 when an anti-tank round blasted his truck. Baronie's legs were shattered, his body cut and bloodied. His driver was killed. The truck rolled onto its side, and then he was shot at. But really hard times didn't hit until Baronie came back to the United States. "That's really when hell started. In one year, I had 46 surgeries," he said. Baronie's right leg was amputated above the knee. He lost major muscle from both legs. He can tap his thigh bone through the skin on the back of his left leg. He now walks with the help of a cane and a prosthetic right leg. Scars cover his arms. But Baronie's injuries... Read more →


1955/Gloucester City Rams vs. Lions Football Series

Rams Wins City Title Marking their eighth straight triumph during the 1955 grid season, the charges of Coach Jim Hopkins on Thanksgiving Day in beating Gloucester High school finished the season with one of the best records in the history of Gloucester Catholic High school. The Ramblers scored almost at will for the first three periods to win the annual city series by a 52-7 count before more than 3000 chilled fans. Meanwhile it ended a winless campaign for the Blue and Gold gridders, although they did manage to break their offensive famine of not having scored a point. Gene Miller, Lennie Lacavara and Frank DiGiacomo scored two touchdowns apiece in the one-sided victory while Dick Talley and George Gibison tallied single six pointers apiece. Miller converted after four of the eight teedees. Jim Ashe made Gloucester's touchdown on a two yard plunge and also was the loser's standout player... Read more →


1963 Gloucester Catholic High School Alumni

HOME TO SAY HELLO-Lou and Ed Pirrotta were in the area recently for a visit. The former graduates of Gloucester Catholic High School sat down with their friends for breakfast to reminisce about growing up in Gloucester City in the 60's. (click photo to enlarge). Oh those Wildwood Days, Follow The Woo!, who stole the police car?, Powells, Gords, TV tavern, the Battle of Newark, and the Park Dance were just some of the topics. Ed graduated from GCHS with the Class of 1963 while Lou graduated with the Class of 1965. The Pirrotta's attended college in Minnesota and graduated with teaching degrees. Lou has his Master's degree. They ended up staying in Minnesota, married, and raised their families. Both are now retired. They are former residents of Gloucester City, NJ. From left, Lou, Ed, and GCHS classmates Gus Danks, Bill Gross and Frank Kelly. Lawrence "Gus" Danks is an... Read more →


MACC Volleyball Championship Begins This Sunday

Image via Wikipedia Media Release Edison, NJ – The 2008 MAAC Volleyball Championship begins this Sunday, November 23 with a pair of matches at UHY Court at Alumni Recreation Center on the campus of Siena College in Loudonville, New York. The winner will receive an automatic bid to the 2008 NCAA Championship. At 1:00 p.m., second-seeded Siena plays host to third-seeded Canisius. The second semifinal, slated to begin at 4:00 p.m., will feature top-seeded Fairfield taking on the fourth-seeded Gaels of Iona. Both semifinal contests can be seen live on www.maacsports.com. The championship match will be played Monday, November 24 at 7:00 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPNU. Siena, the three-time defending MAAC champions, finished the regular season 18-12 overall and 15-3 in conference play. The 2007 MAAC Offensive Player of the Year Burgandy McCurty leads the Saints, who have topped Fairfield three games to two in three... Read more →


Too soon to scrap Abbott

Link: NJVoices: Star-Ledger Editorial Page. Thankfully, those courts, including the current one in its ruling Tuesday, rejected the idea that the Abbott case should die. The Corzine administration sought court approval of a new state school financial aid formula. The new formula rejects special funding for 31 Abbott districts in favor of calculations that distribute $7.8 billion among all schools -- $4.1 billion of it to the Abbotts -- based on the number of disadvantaged students they have and a district's ability to provide for them. Related articles by Zemanta NJ Supreme Court wants more info before scrapping Abbott Audubon Looks at Preschool Program The Abbott Schools Funding Disaster Read more →


1958: Gloucester High wins first City Series in 5 Years

Note: A series of articles about the history of the Gloucester Catholic vs. Gloucester High football games was published in a booklet released in 1993 entitled "The Renewal of Friendship”. This great history of the series was put together my members of the Gloucester High Alumni Association. Unfortunately I don’t have the entire book. But over the next couple of weeks leading up to this year’s game on Thanksgiving Day I will post the articles and photo pages that are in my possession. Drawing on front cover of booklet by Todd Whitten Lions Rettew and Brennan Star Gloucester High's "Raiders", led by the brilliant running and pass catching of Bart Rettew, the pass catching of Dink Brennan and the fine arm of Harry Purnell, won their first city series game in five years before 3500 fans at the Charles St. Stadium on Thanksgiving morning. Rettew thrilled fans with a fine... Read more →


3 'dangerous' chemical plants in S.J.

Link: Courier-Post. The five New Jersey plants the report identified are: Valero Refining Co. petroleum refinery in Paulsboro, which uses hydrofluoric acid to turn crude oil into gasoline. The Thorofare plant in West Deptford, which uses hydrofluoric acid to make other chemicals. DuPont Chambers Works plant in Deepwater, which uses chlorine gas to make polymers. The Kuehne Chemical Co. plant in South Kearny, which uses chlorine gas to produce liquid bleach. Infenium USA plant in Linden, which uses chlorine gas to make industrial additives. Read more →