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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... 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... 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 years); Forman Mills ($22,000); and the Delaware Valley Regional Economic Development Fund ($100,000), according to www.mummers.com. The group also solicited private donations on the Web site savethemummers.com, as well as bucket collections on city... 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... 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 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... 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,... 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,... 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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.... 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.... 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... 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... 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

- 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 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... 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.... 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... 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 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

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 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... 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... 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 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,... 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... 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... 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 feature professionally run sports programs, McGough said. They include soccer clubs and clinics run by players and coaches from the Philadelphia KiXX. Read more →