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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 grandchildren David A. (Marianne) and Karen L. Greenwald, great grandchildren Brian and Colin Greenwald and nephews William and Gregory Kuhn also survive her. Mrs. Peck was a long time member of the former Christ Lutheran Church in Fairview and the Spirit of Hope Lutheran Church in Mt. Ephraim. She was very devoted to her family and was the caretaker to many. Mrs. Peck's funeral services are private and will be held at the convenience of her family. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Assoc., 706 Haddonfield Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ 08002. Funeral... 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 of nine. Mr. Johnson was a retired employee from Bell Atlantic in Phila. and a WWII Army Air Corp Veteran. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his viewing on Friday from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at the MAHAFFEY-MILANO FUNERAL HOME 11 E. Kings Hwy. Mt. Ephraim, N.J. 856-931-1628 Funeral service Friday 11:00 AM at the funeral home. interment Locustwood Memorial Park, Cherry Hill, NJ. The family requests in lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Dr., Suite 300, Marlton, NJ 08053, in Robert's memory. Expressions of sympathy and condolences may be sent... Read more →

Rescue efforts 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 years); Forman Mills ($22,000); and the Delaware Valley Regional Economic Development Fund ($100,000), according to The group also solicited private donations on the Web site, as well as bucket collections on city streets. 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, Collingswood, Mt. Ephraim, and Bellmawr. No injuries were reported. The Camden County Fire Marshal is investigating. photos: Steve Skipton Photography ........ SEE VIDEO 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 Westville, were on hand to assist. ~Bill Cleary See photos Related articles by Zemanta Breaking News: Train Derails in Gloucester City Gloucester City Planning Board Ok's Building Improvements ClearysNoteBook: Breaking News/Haddon Township, Three Vehicle Accident, Injuries Reported ClearysNoteBook: Berlin man charged with Death by Auto Read more →

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

- 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 hospital. 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 received! I would like to go ahead and say thank you very much for all of the support over here in Iraq! It puts a smile on my face everyday to see the things that people back home do for us.” SENDING ITEMS TO OUR TROOPS – Members of the Tro op Support 08059 recently met to pack up new donated items to send over seas to local troops. The items were placed in gift bags and sent to arrive right before Christmas to brighten the spirits of the troops and to remind them that their service is appreciated.... 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, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany.Related articles by Zemanta American Hero: Master-at-Arms Seaman Apprentice Joshua D. Seitz, 19, of Pensacola, Fla DoD Identifies Navy Casualty/Corpsman Eichmann Strickland, 23, of Arlington, Wash. ClearysNoteBook: American Hero:Staff Sgt. Timothy H. Walker, 38, of Franklin, Tenn 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 to the 5th Combat Logistics Battalion, 1st Combat Logistics Regiment, 1st Marine Logistics Group, Camp Pendleton, Calif. The incident is under investigation.Related articles by Zemanta American Hero: Master-at-Arms Seaman Apprentice Joshua D. Seitz, 19, of Pensacola, Fla ClearysNoteBook: American Heroes: Sgt. Christoper Smith (28), Spc. Stephen Okray (21), Spc. Stephen Zapasnike (19) Moorestown Military Doctor killed on Christmas in Iraq 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. He replaces Paul Kain, who was being paid the same salary for that position along with holding down the job of municipal clerk. Kain, who has tenure as the municipal clerk, will continue in that position at an annual salary of $65,000. Mayor Bill James said he will release further information on the appointment later today. According to information found on the Internet, Lipsett has held the position of Washington Township Business Administrator since 2007. Prior to then he worked for Woolwich Township, where he held the position of Township Administrator since 2006. Before Woolwich Township, Lipsett was the... 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 14:34. 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 loving daughter Kristina Johnsen of Lakeland, Fl and loving son Gregory Johnsen of Brooklawn, NJ. Cherished Grandmother of Derek Johnsen and Tyler Johnsen both of Brooklawn, NJ. Dear Sister of Nancy Bauman of Texas, Extended family Chuck Lezenby of Franklinville, NJ and Laurel Shull of Voorhees, NJ. Along with many other family and friends. At the request of the family, cremation and services are private. Expressions of sympathy can be e-mailed to the family through our funeral home website under online obituaries of Rita C. Lezenby. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCann-Healey Funeral Home: 851... 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 planner had was the issue of parking. City Solicitor John Kearney explained that workers in the office building on the site use the available parking lot. Even though the building is at capacity, there are still plenty of spaces available. During his presentation, Kearney said another parking lot is planned for the waterfront development to accommodate any special events that may be held. Kearney added that the City’s governing body is overseeing the project, and, having the City’s best interests at heart, they would not approve anything which would be detrimental to the surrounding residents quality of life. The... 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 150, also tasked with conducting counter-piracy operations, is part of a continual presence in the region committed to creating and maintaining a lawful maritime order. The task force has seized more than 53 tons of narcotics during 2008, officials said. The drugs, seized by U.S. and Royal Navy forces, otherwise could have been used to help fund the insurgency fighting coalition forces in Afghanistan and contributed to instability in the region, officials said. "The seizure of these drugs cuts off a vital lifeline of funds to those conducting destabilizing activities in the region," said Royal Navy Commodore Tim Lowe,... 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 Oakland Raiders. Chicago lost in Houston. And in Philadelphia, the Improb-Eagles laid a 44-6 humiliation on the Dallas Cowboys. If all of that can happen, then the Eagles can win three road playoff games. Related articles by Zemanta McNabb enjoys well-deserved last laugh Cowboys' Phillips: I'm staying but changing 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, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky. 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 occurring at the end of the year. Minor adjustments were made to tax records, and refunds to the Planning and Zoning Board accounts were approved. A professional services contract with John Milner Associates, Inc. was approved for the continuation of a Historic Culture Survey needed for future improvements to the waterfront area. A renewal for a 2009-2010 plenary retail consumption license for Pat and Jack’s Tavern was approved. A lien in the amount of $3700 was redeemed for property noted as Block 37, Lot 1 for expenses incurred by the City for upkeep of the property such as cutting... 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 Of House Decorating Contest Brooklawn Council Honors Paul and Karen Heyne For Volunteer Efforts To Beautify Brooklawn Related articles by Zemanta ClearysNoteBook: Breaking News/Haddon Township, Three Vehicle Accident, Injuries Reported ClearysNoteBook: Philadelphia Firefighters March to Protest Cuts Guardsman nabbed in donation $cam 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 Busan (Albert), Pamela Sheets (William), Lisa Sheets (Michael), Alexandria DiDomenico and Christopher DiDomenico. Dear great-grandmother of 4. Nancy resided in Gloucester City her entire life. She enjoyed crafting, painting and reading. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her viewing on Wednesday, December 31st from 8:30 to 10:30 am at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street (at Brown Street) Gloucester City. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 am at Saint Mary's R.C. Church: 426 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Interment Lake Park Cemetery, Swedesboro. There will be no evening viewing. Family requests that in lieu of... 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. Related articles by Zemanta ClearysNoteBook: American Heroes: Sgt. Christoper Smith (28), Spc. Stephen Okray (21), Spc. Stephen Zapasnike (19) American Hero:Staff Sgt. Jonathan W. Dean, 25, of Henagar, Ala. Read more →

DiBartolo captures MOW at Clipper Classic

- 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 good reward. Uva is a three-time region qualifier, while DiBartolo has just one district match win in his first two years. 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 of 7.7. Dear sister of Margaret Teears and Edith Levengood. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to visit on Saturday, January 24, 2009 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the McCann-Healey Funeral Home, 851 Monmouth Street (at Brown Street ), Gloucester City. Funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Cremation and inurnment will be private at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery , Arneytown , New Jersey . In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations in Elaine’s memory to Linwood Care Center , 201 New Road, Linwood , New Jersey , 08221. Please... 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 of Las Vegas, Tyler and Andrew Franceschini of Haddon Heights. Robert was born in Philadelphia and formerly resided in Somerdale and Lady Lake, FL before calling Gloucester City home for the last 37 years. Robert graduated from Collingswood High School class of 1947. He worked many years for Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union #322 in Winslow Township. Robert loved camping and cooking and was a devoted fan of the Philadelphia Phillies. At the request of the family, Funeral Services will be held privately. Memorial donations in Robert’s name to Holy Redeemer Hospice: 150 9th Avenue, Runnemede, NJ 08078. Please... 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 Football team concluded its season with a 14-13 Super Bowl win over Millville, giving the team its first Super Bowl championship. The team finished with a 10-1 record and division title this season. JEER-To those public officials responsible for moving the Camden City Methadone Clinic to a new location near the border of Camden City and Gloucester City. “They are creating a cast system by forcing the drug addicts on us”, writes William H. John. “The clinic should remain next to Cooper Hospital.” Cheer-To the Borough of Bellmawr for having the courage to erect a sign on Creek Road... Read more →

Wildwood boys beat Wildwood Catholic 51-33 in Boardwalk Basketball Classic 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 filled Friday with local fans checking out the game to see if Catholic could extend its six-game winning streak over Wildwood. However, Catholic's young, inexperienced team couldn't match the size of the Warriors. Read more →

Former GCHS principal appointed pastor of Church of the Incarnation 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 Point from 1984-89 and principal of Gloucester Catholic in Gloucester City from 1989-99.Related articles by Zemanta ClearysNoteBook: Margaret Gorman, Wife of former City Treasurer and NJ State Assemblyman Francis Gorman ClearysNoteBook: U.S. Turns 'Blind Eye' to Persecution of Christians in Iraq, Congressman Says 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 Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, and Captain Crunch. The grave site was piled high with flours. Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy and lovingly described Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded. Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with turnovers. He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Despite being a little flaky at times, he still was a crusty old man and was considered a positive roll model for millions. Doughboy is survived... 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 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 Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo. Killed were: Staff Sgt. Christopher G. Smith, 28, of Grand Rapids, Mich. Spc. Stephen M. Okray, 21, of St. Clair Shores, Mich. Spc. Stephen G. Zapasnik, 19, of Broken Arrow, Okla. The incident is under investigation. 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 in the Albany area. 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. 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 p.m. One week later, the Saints return to UHY Court to face... 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 Surgical Team, Fort Totten, N.Y. The incident is under investigation. 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 Jaden. Dear sister of Luise Gallwitz of Germany and Alma Mitchell of Colorado. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her viewing on Tuesday morning from 9 to 10:30 am at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, (at Brown Street) Gloucester City. There will be no evening viewing. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 am at Saint Mary’s R.C. Church: 426 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Interment New Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr. Memorial donations may be made in her name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Please write in... 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 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 feature professionally run sports programs, McGough said. They include soccer clubs and clinics run by players and coaches from the Philadelphia KiXX. 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 stars Moises Arias and Jasmine Richards. Arias, known as Rico on the hit show Hannah Montana, and Richards, who portrayed Margaret in the made-for-television Disney movie Camp Rock, will make half-time appearances at six different MAAC Schools this February (see schedule below). The actors will also be available to meet fans as part of a meet-and-greet after the conclusion of each game they appear at. February 8, 2:00 p.m.- Siena vs. Canisius @ UHY Court at the ARC – Jasmine Richards February 14, 6:00 p.m.– Fairfield vs. Canisius @ Arena at Harbor Yard – Moises Arias February 15, 2:00... 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 able to take one spring gobbler as part of their general hunting privileges. However, the special license affords those hunters interested in this additional opportunity to take a second spring gobbler. Hunters may only submit one application for the special wild turkey license during a license year. Applications for the second spring gobbler license are available on page 38 of the 2008-09 Pennsylvania Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations, which is provided to each license buyer, or by going to the agency’s website (, and clicking on “Spring Turkey Tag App.” in the center of the homepage. Hunters also... 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, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.Related articles by Zemanta American Hero:Cpl. Aaron M. Allen, 24, of Buellton, Calif The Methods Of Communist Totalitarians ClearysNoteBook: American Hero: Pfc. Theron V. Hobbs, 22, of Albany, Ga., DoD Identifies Marine Casualty/Col. Michael Stahlman, 45, of Chevy Chase, MD American Heroes: Marines Missing From Vietnam War Are Identified Another Hero: Spc. Justin A. Saint, 22, of Albertville, Ala. Another Hero: Staff Sgt. Brian P. Hause, 29, of Stoystown, Pa. Another Hero: Pfc. Bradley S. Coleman, 24, of Martinsville, Va. 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 stands. Blair has already made a verbal commitment to play for the Midshipmen.Related articles by Zemanta Timber Creek's Blair picks Navy 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 the district. Jim worked as the cafeteria custodian at the high school for several years, as well as the lead on summer moving projects and snow removal. Peg was assistant manager of the cafeteria before joining the Mary Ethel Costello School Facilities staff. The superintendent stated both of the McQuaids “were great workers …and even better people.” He added that their co-workers, administrators and school board members “wish them well on their much deserved retirement”. Spaventa also thanked high school faculty members Bev Palaia, Chris Pierce and Kevin Young for their involvement in the production of the school’s first... 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 Division Championship. A letter was received from Congressman Robert Andrews (D-1) requesting proposals for large economic projects needed for 2009. Borough Administrator, William Bittner said these types of requests from municipalities are similar to “earmarks.” When they are communicated to the congressman, he then will petition the federal government for the funds needed to complete the projects. “The President-elect said the states must apply for federal help,” Councilman Michael Ledrich said. “This would be one of his ideas of producing work for the people.” Borough officials said the future requests for projects would include repair and replace storm drains,... 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 “sleighs,” on loan from the North Pole, took event-goers through a large cavalcade of fixed and inflatable holiday decorations. Mayor Frank Filipek Sr. said an estimated 8,000 people took part in the three-day event Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 12-14. “This is the only event of its kind in the State of New Jersey which is free of charge,” Filipek said. In addition to face-painting and visits with Santa himself, Baby Paws of Sicklerville was also on hand, providing a petting zoo and pony rides. Encompassing almost the entire Recreation Centre complex, the sleigh ride course snaked its way... 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 with the recent arrest and conviction of her husband for breaking into the email account of former co-anchor Alycia Lane. The January 2009 issue of Philadelphia magazine features an exclusive interview with Stensland by Philadelphia magazine Editor at Large Vicki Glembocki, in which the anchorwoman speaks for the first time about her husband's relationship with Lane. Stensland reveals new details, while speaking about the pain the Mendte family endures, her recent miscarriage, and why she has been able to forgive her husband, but can't yet forgive herself. Quotes/noteworthy items include: -- Stensland tells the magazine she believes Mendte when... 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) Gorman, John (Anna Maria), Edward (Deborah Eng), Bridget (Bruce) Britton, James (Patricia) Gorman, Robert (Denise) Gorman, Cecilia (Thomas Murphy) Gorman, Matthew (Margaret) Gorman, Margaret (Paul) Gorman-Kain, John (Anna Maria) Gorman, Edward (Deborah Eng) Gorman. She is also survived by 25 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, loving brothers and sisters-in-laws, numerous nephews and nieces and pre-deceased by one granddaughter, Megan. Margaret was a loving and caring mother. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her Viewing on Saturday from 8 am to 10:30 am at the McCann-Healey Funeral Home: 851 Monmouth Street (at Brown Street), Gloucester City. Followed by a 11... 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 to $150. per unit. This justifies them having an agent to inspect every rental unit in the city. As a tenant, or even a homeowner, I'm not to keen on having a stranger come into my place and snoop around. Do I have something to hide??? Nope. I do my best to keep up to code and keep my tenants comfortable.If the tenant has a problem they let me know. If I fail to resolve the issue, then Housing should be contacted. I'm really surprised and disappointed that no other landlord has spoken up. I know...assume position and take... 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 Casey (Steven), Karen Krowicki (Lawrence, Jr.) and Nicole Cardona (Jeffrey). Loving grandfather of twelve. Also survived by two brothers, three sisters and many nieces and nephews. Related articles by Zemanta Anthony Galiazzi, of Brooklawn, age 74 Mt. Ephraim Police Arrest Burglar, Suspects for CDS, Shoplifting, DWI and other Crimes Gerardo J. Scavone, formerly of Mt. Ephraim, member of Sons of Italy Agnes Henefer, of Barrington active parishioner of Sacred Heart Parish, Camden City; Services Friday CHARLES K. LOUX, 81, of Bellmawr, WWII veteran and Past Commander of VFW Post 9563 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 (Mary). Loving grandmother of Michael (Elizabeth) Gehron, Sarah and Richard Rabeau, Julie Carroll, Rachel and Lisa Stubbs, Jessica (Christian) Campagna, Katie Wheeler, Erik Krebl, Nicholas (Alexis), Tim, Thomas and Mary Elizabeth Rabeau. Cherished great grandmother of Jacob Gehron, Cassidy Carroll, Christian and Emily Campagna, Mayah Khan, and Phaedra and Jeanne Rabeau. Shirley loved being surrounded by her family and friends and had a great love of animals. She was a member of the Golden Girls Bowling League at Westbrook Lanes and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary at the Church of Holy Spirit. When not at home, she enjoyed... 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 asking for permission to enlarge the local store. The application for the expansion was granted but the plans apparently were put on hold. The larger parking lot will be a welcome addition for customers as it is sometime difficult to find a place to park. As for the demolition, one of the vacant buildings was the long time home of Gloucester Hardware owned by The Clements family. While the other building was used for a variety of different businesses. Some of which included Revelli's Grocery Store, Heisers Deli/Luncheonette, Adams Printing, and a video store to mention a few. ~BILL... 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. Dear sister of Ronnie Nitka and Carol Rhodes (Bobby). Loving daughter-in-law of Catherine Munz. Godmother of Ryan Rhodes. Interment New St. Mary’s Cemetery. Read more →