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December 2008

Video/A Windy, Cold, Snowy Day in Gloucester City NJ

Delaware River, Gloucester City NJ Wednesday, December 31, 2008, wind gusts of 50 mph with snow showers. Thursday, sunny and cold, high of 33, low of 17 Read more →

Christine Helen Peck, of Gloucester City, member of Spirit of Hope Lutheran Church

PECK, Christine Helen On December 28, 2008, (nee Whalen), of Gloucester City, NJ, age 92. She was the beloved wife of the late William G. Peck, loving mother of Christine H. Greenwald and the late Brian T. Peck, and dear sister of the late Martha Kuhn and William Whalen. Her dear... Read more →

Robert H. Johnson Sr. of Gloucester City, WWII Army Air Corp Veteran

JOHNSON,Robert H., Sr. On December 29, 2008, age 86, of Gloucester City, NJ. Beloved husband of the late Myrtle P. (Justeson). Devoted father of Robert H. Jr. (Lina) Johnson of AZ, and Roger (Marie) Johnson of Gloucester City. Loving grandfather of four, Christine, Cynthia, Robert, Charlene and spouses. Loving great grandfather... Read more →

Rescue efforts

southphillyreview.com. Two weeks before the annual New Year’s Day tradition, Mayor Michael Nutter came through with $300,000 and several others tossed donations into the ring to save the Mummers’ Parade. Making this year’s event possible are Verizon ($10,000); Geno’s owner Joey Vento ($40,000); the Electric Factory ($10,000 a year for 10... Read more →

Gloucester City Fire/ Photos

12:30hrs December 31, 2008 206 Middlesex St Gloucester City Chief of Department Hagan (501) reported smoke showing from the basement of a 2 story M/O/R occupied dwelling, Squad 51 arrived and went into service, all hands were placed in service, the fire was contained to the basement. Mutual aid from Westville,... Read more →

Gloucester City Fire / Video

Gloucester City Fire/row homes Wednesday, December 31, 2008, 12:40PM I arrived after the fire was under control and cleanup work had begun. Incident occurred in the 200 unit block of Middlesex Street, two homes were damaged, cause is under investigation,no injuries reported. Volunteer fire departments from Bellmawr, Mt. Ephraim, Collingswood and... Read more →

Shayla Llanos, Salem High School graduate and basketball star, died Monday

- NJ.com. Llanos, last year's Player of the Year for basketball, graduated from Salem in June. While playing for Broward Community College, located in Florida, Llanos collapsed to her knees at a tournament game held that afternoon. After being revived by medics on scene, she died later that night in the... Read more →


Bill Bates Mount Ephraim NEWS Correspondent The following letter was received from Marcus Wild, a Mount Ephraim resident and an Army soldier that is currently serving in Iraq. “My name is Marcus Wild from Mount Ephraim and I would like to thank you guys very much for everything that I have... Read more →

American Hero: Spc. Tony J. Gonzales, 20, of Newman, Calif.

Media release The Departmen t of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Spc. Tony J. Gonzales, 20, of Newman, Calif., died Dec. 28 in Sadr City, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion,... Read more →

American Hero: Lance Cpl. Robert L. Johnson, 21, of Central Point, Ore

Image via WikipediaDepartment of Defense news release The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lance Cpl. Robert L. Johnson, 21, of Central Point, Ore., died Dec. 20 as a result of a non-hostile incident in Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned... Read more →

Breaking News: Gloucester City Has Hired a New Administrator

Gloucester City Mayor and Council passed a resolution last night naming Jack Lipsett as the new administrator for the City. Lipsett will receive an annual salary of $95,000. He is presently the administrator of Washington Township in Gloucester County. Lipsett will begin his job with the City on January 5, 2009.... Read more →

Brooklawn MVA, one occupant trapped

Bellmawr Rescue 32 Special Called Monday, December 29, 2008 Rescue 32 was special called to Brooklawn, Route 130 at Browning Lane for a MVA with one occupant trapped. Rescue 32 and Battalion 303 Arrived, stabilized,secured the power and removed the driver's door to remove the occupant. Company's returned to service at... Read more →

Rita C. Lezenby of Lakeland, Florida, formerly of Gloucester City

Age 81 of Lakeland, Florida. Formerly of Gloucester City. Passed away on December 27, 2008 in the loving care of her daughter at her home. Born in Gloucester City, NJ, she was the Environmental Health Coordinator of Gloucester County Health Department in Woodbury for many years. She is survived by her... Read more →

Planning Board Gives Okay to New Townhouses at former CG Base

By Linda Boker-Angelo NEWS Correspondent The Gloucester City Planning Board last week approved plans for 29 new townhomes to be built on “Freedom Pier,” the former Coast Guard pier which juts out into the Delaware River at King and Cumberland Streets. The primary concern both the Board’s engineer and the City... Read more →

Coalition Ships Seize 20 Tons of Drugs

American Forces Press Service MANAMA, Bahrain, Dec. 29, 2008 – Coalition warships operating in the North Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden as part of Combined Task Force 150 have seized more than 20 tons of narcotics since October, with an estimated value of more than $100 million, officials said. CTF... Read more →

Phil Sheridan: Eagles are wild

Philadelphia Inquirer | 12/29/2008. If it seems unlikely the Eagles are going to the Super Bowl, ask yourself this: Is it any more unlikely than what transpired over the course of three hours yesterday in three NFL cities? You want unlikely? Tampa Bay blew a 10-point lead, at home, to the... Read more →

American Hero: Cpl. Charles P. Gaffney Jr., 42, of Phoenix, Ariz.

Image via Wikipediamedia release The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Cpl. Charles P. Gaffney Jr., 42, of Phoenix, Ariz., died Dec. 24 in Paktika, Afghanistan, when his combat outpost received enemy rocket fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion,... Read more →

Gloucester City has a New Firefighter/EMT

By Sara Martino NEWS Correspondent Mayor William James administered the oath of office of Firefighter/EMT to Joseph Tuttle during last week’s Gloucester City Council meeting. Wayne Bird Sr., absent, was approved as a volunteer firefighter. Both men were congratulated by the governing body. Resolutions were approved for various budget transfers commonly... Read more →

Gloucester City News Headlines for Jan. 1, 2009

The Gloucester City News Year In Review 2008 – A Very Busy Year Photos from the Gloucester City Christmas Party At O’Donnell’s Photos from the Gloucester City Rotary Club Christmas Party Bellmawr School Board Considers Consolidating Districts With Gloucester Township, Runnemede and Black Horse Pike Regional Bellmawr Council Announces 11 Winners... Read more →

Nancy M. Capri, age 70, of Gloucester City

CAPRI, Nancy M. On December 27, 2008. (nee Hall) Age 70. Of Gloucester City. Predeceased by her parents Clemons and Veronica Hall (nee Schramm) and her brother, Newlin Hall. Loving wife of 35 years to Frank L. Capri. Beloved mother of Cheryl Sheets (Edward) and Cindy DiDomenico. Cherished grandmother of Christina... Read more →

American Hero: Master-at-Arms Seaman Apprentice Joshua D. Seitz, 19, of Pensacola, Fla

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Master-at-Arms Seaman Apprentice Joshua D. Seitz, 19, of Pensacola, Fla., died Dec. 25 in Manama, Bahrain. He was assigned to Naval Security Force, Naval Support Activity Bahrain. The cause of death is under investigation.... Read more →

DiBartolo captures MOW at Clipper Classic

- NJ.com. CLAYTON- Gloucester Catholic High School junior Brandon DiBartolo was eager to see the benefits of his offseason work pay off on Saturday at the Dan Allen Clipper Classic. DiBartolo's Most Outstanding Wrestler honor for pinning Clayton's Nick Uva in the second period of the 135-pound final was a pretty... Read more →

Elaine Louise (nee Thompson) Schuele, age 77, of Gloucester City

Age 77, on December 23, 2008. Of Linwood, formerly of Gloucester City and Berlin, NJ. Loving wife of 48 years to the late August F. Schuele, Jr. Devoted and caring mother of Paul E., Robert F., David J., Janet Goodwin, and the late Steven F. Loving grandmother of 11 and great-grandmother... Read more →

Robert Franceschini, age 79, of Gloucester City, Plumbers & Steamfitters Union member

On December 24, 2008. Age 79. Of Gloucester City. Loving Husband of 38 years to Betty Jean (nee Gruning). Loving and devoted Father of Keith Franceschini of Audubon, Kevin (Jill) Franceschini of Haddon Heights and the late Roseann (Surviving Rob) Boudwin of Las Vegas, NV. Loving Grandfather of Robin Lynn Boudwin... Read more →


CHEER-To Emily Erlink. Her 12th birthday was December 10th. At her request, her guests brought a bag of groceries instead of a gift to her party. She then took the bags of groceries to the food bank in Gloucester City. Way to go Emily! CHEER-The Bellmawr Junior Division Tri-County Conference Midget... Read more →

Wildwood boys beat Wildwood Catholic 51-33 in Boardwalk Basketball Classic

PressofAtlanticCity.com. WILDWOOD - Though Wildwood High School has a long basketball season, casual fans pay particular attention at the beginning. For those in the Wildwoods, the game everyone wants to watch is the annual Wildwood-Wildwood Catholic boys game in the Boardwalk Basketball Classic at the Wildwoods Convention Center. The gym was... Read more →

Former GCHS principal appointed pastor of Church of the Incarnation

www.thehammontonnews.com. Father Johnston also served as an educator for many years. He was on the faculty at St. Joseph High School in Hammonton from 1971-74 and Wildwood Catholic from 1974-81. He was vice principal at Holy Spirit High School in Absecon from 1981-84, principal of St. James High School in Carneys... Read more →

Chuckles: Doughboy Succumbs from pokes in the belly

Please join me in remembering a great icon of the entertainment community. The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and trauma complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71. Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including... Read more →

Christmas Angels

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Isabella and Marissa Skipton Do you have a holiday photo to share? Send it along with a caption to BillGCN@verizon.net Related: Darby Related: Share your holiday photo Read more →

American Heroes: Sgt. Christoper Smith (28), Spc. Stephen Okray (21), Spc. Stephen Zapasnike (19)

Image via Wikipedia DoD Identifies Army Casualties The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died Dec. 24 in Baghdad, of injuries sustained during a vehicle roll-over. The soldiers were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade... Read more →

Girls in the Game Clinic Rescheduled

Image via Wikipedia Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. MAAC Sports Release: 12/16/2008: MAAC Sports Edison, NJ - The Girls in the Game basketball clinic at Siena College has been rescheduled for Sunday, January 18 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The clinic, originally scheduled for December 14, was postponed due to widespread power outages... Read more →

American Hero: Major John P. Pryor, 42, of Morrestown, NJ

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Maj. John P. Pryor, 42, of Moorestown, N.J. died Dec. 25 in Mosul of wounds suffered when a mortar round impacted near his living quarters. He was assigned to the 1st Medical Detachment, Forward... Read more →

Mrs. Irma "Tina" Welsh, 75, of Gloucester City

On December 24, 2008. (nee Bauer) Age 75. Of Gloucester City. Loving wife of 49 years to Kenneth Welsh. Devoted and loving mother of Daniel (Sharon) Welsh of Gloucester City and Sandra (Richard) Rasmus of Deptford. Loving grandmother of Mark, Daniel, Jr., Sean, Michael and Andrew. Loving great-grandmother of Hayley and... Read more →

Merry Christmas from the Pierman's

GLOUCESTER CITY-Merry Christmas from the Pierman girls and their golden "reindeertriever". Related: Darby Do you have a holiday photo to share? Send it along with a caption to BillGCN@verizon.net Read more →

Athletic site in Mantua to open in '09

Courier-Post. Total Turf Experience's development, expected to open early next year, will host adult and youth soccer, baseball, lacrosse and field hockey leagues, drawing players from South Jersey and Philadelphia, according to co-owner Jerry McGough. The site, featuring a 75,000-square-foot indoor turf facility and outdoor fields off Lambs Road, will also... Read more →

Radio Disney: Coming to a MAAC Arena Near You

Courtesy: MAAC Sports Release: 12/22/2008 Edison, NJ - The NCAA undertakes a number of initiatives with the goal of promoting women’s basketball. As part of the cause, the MAAC and Radio Disney will team up once again to present special events at selected MAAC women’s basketball contests featuring appearances by Disney... Read more →


HARRISBURG – Beginning Jan. 1, Pennsylvania hunters who would like the opportunity to harvest a second spring gobbler may apply for a second spring gobbler license, according to Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe. Photo: A happy hunter who took a spring gobbler in 2008 Roe stressed that hunters are... Read more →

American Hero:Lance Cpl. Thomas Reilly Jr., 19, of London, Ky.

Image via Wikipedia The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lance Cpl. Thomas Reilly Jr., 19, of London, Ky., died Dec. 21 while supporting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division,... Read more →

No. 1 Camden Catholic holds off Timber Creek

Courier-Post. Player of the game: Gerry Wixted led the Irish with 25 points and 12 rebounds. He also went 8-of-10 from the foul line in the second half. Eyes on Blair: Montez Blair, who led Timber Creek with 20 points, displayed his all-around game with Navy coach Billy Lange in the... Read more →

Gloucester City Board of Ed Honors Jim and Peg McQuaid

By Linda Boker-Angelo NEWS Correspondent At the recommendation of Superintendent Paul Spaventa, the Gloucester City Board of Education recognized the commitment and efforts of several district faculty and facilities staff members during last week’s monthly meeting. Spaventa lauded retirees Jim and Peg McQuaid, who together have spent almost 40 years serving... Read more →

Westville Council Honors Gator Youth Football Team

By Sara Martino NEWS Correspondent Westville Borough Council honored a winning football team during last week’s meeting. Coaches and family members applauded the players as Mayor Russell Welsh presented certificates and proclamations to each of them. The Westville Gator Youth Football Team won the South Jersey Independent Youth Association – 125-pound... Read more →

Bellmawr's Christmas in The Park a Huge Success

By Chris Concannon NEWS Correspondent After spending weeks getting ready for the event, Santa’s elves, disguised as Borough employees, made last-minute preparations for Bellmawr’s 10th annual “Christmas In The Park.” As a pre-winter breeze shifted the overcast sky to reveal the largest and brightest full moon in 15 years, two spare... Read more →

Dawn Stensland Gives Exclusive Interview

PRESS RELEASE PHILADELPHIA, Dec 23, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- January Issue of Philadelphia magazine Reveals New Details in Mendte/Lane Story For the first time, Fox 29 Anchor Dawn Stensland, wife of former CBS3 Anchor Larry Mendte, shares her story. Until now, Stensland has been silent about her private struggle coping... Read more →

Margaret Gorman, Wife of former City Treasurer and NJ State Assemblyman Francis Gorman

Margaret C. Gorman (McHugh) passed away suddenly on her 78th birthday, December 22, 2008 Of Gloucester City. She is predeceased by her loving husband Francis J. Gorman who was a former Gloucester City treasurer and NJ State Assemblyman. She is survived by her 10 children: Francis (Bonnie) Gorman. Regina (James Lanard)... Read more →

Gloucester City Not Very Friendly to Rental Property Owners

Is Gloucester City Housing {GCH} picking on all businesses in the city or are they just targeting rental property owners? As a property owner on Market Street it never ceases to amaze me the tricks GCH keeps pulling out of their little bag of tricks. First they raise registration from $50... Read more →

CARL A. DONATO, SR. age 67, of Bellmawr, former Cougar Football Coach

Funeral Services were held for Carl A. Donato, Sr., 67, of Bellmawr, formerly of the Fairview section of Camden and S. Philadelphia, who died December 9, 2008. Mr. Donato was a former coach of the Cougar Football Team in Oaklyn. Beloved husband of Joanne. Devoted father of Carl, Jr. (Wendy), Debra... Read more →

SHIRLEY GLADYS RABEAU, age 79, of Bellmawr

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the Church of the Holy Spirit for Shirley Gladys Rabeau, (nee Rambo), 79, of Bellmawr, who died on December 10, 2008. Beloved wife of Richard “Dick”. Devoted mother of Karen (Newt) Cropper, Richard “Drew”. (Christine), Donna (Ken) Stubbs, Susan (Wayne) Krebl and Timothy... Read more →


GLOUCESTER CITY-The two vacant buildings in the 1300 unit block of Market Street next to the WaWa store are being demolished. The Wawa company owns the buildings and will be making the store's parking lot larger once the work is completed. In 2006 Wawa representatives appeared before the City Planning Board... Read more →

BARBARA ANN MUNZ, age 67, of Bellmawr

Funeral Mass was celebrated at Annunciation Church, Bellmawr for Barbara Ann Munz (nee Nitka), 67, who died on December 10, 2008. Beloved wife of the late Charles F. Munz, Jr. Devoted mother of Kathy Morgan (Bill), Anne Forline (Steven), Patti Carney (Bill) and Chip Munz. Grandmom of Charlsie, Cara and Gillian.... Read more →