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February 2009


Hey Bill, I attended the Philly Tea Party today. There was decent turnout (75-100 people) for such short notice. I posted some pics if you want to check them out : http://www.flickr.com/photos/7939969@N04/sets/72157614490576405/ Thanks, Neall Alcott Read more →

Gloucester City Resident Honored for Saving A Life

GLOUCESTER CITY-Mayor Bill James at Thursday council meeting presented James E. Pierce of Gloucester City with the American Red Cross Presidential Citation for Saving a Life. Pictured are: from left to right, Pierce, Mayor James, Red Cross Chapter Chairman Dr. Tom Tudor, Red Cross Chapter Vice Chair, Tracy Siebold, Esq., and Lisa Brassill, Red Cross Health and Safety Director. SEE STORY Related articles by Zemanta Sucessful Blood Drive for Evan (gloucestercitynews.net) Vandals continue to destroy Angels Playground, Plans for Chathman Square Announced, Update on WaWa;... Read more →

American Hero: Spc. Brian M. Connelly, 26, of Union Beach, N.J

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Spc. Brian M. Connelly, 26, of Union Beach, N.J., died Feb. 26 in Adhamiya, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his vehicle was struck by an explosive device. He was assigned to the 40th Engineer Battalion, Task Force 1-6, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany. Read more →

Tax Relief for Gloucester City Seniors (First Time Applicants)

“Most of our senior citizens should now qualify for this program if they own their own homes”. Mayor Bill James Those qualified are directly reimbursed by the state for the difference between the amount of local property taxes paid in the base year (the year applicants become eligible and first filed for the program) and the amount of the property taxes paid for the reimbursement year. Forms to apply for retroactive refunds for 2007 will be available in the Gloucester Tax Collectors office by the... Read more →

American Hero: 1st Lt. William E. Emmert, 36, of Lincoln, Tenn.

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. 1st Lt. William E. Emmert, 36, of Lincoln, Tenn., died Feb. 24 in Mosul, Iraq, of wounds suffered when he was shot while participating in a local Iraqi Police function. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to the 269th Military Police Company, 117th Military Police Battalion, Murfreesboro, Tenn. Read more →

American Heroes: IME Kills Four Soldiers in Afghanistan

The Department of Defense announced today the death of four soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died Feb. 24 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle. Killed were: Capt. Brian M. Bunting, 29, of Potomac, Md. He was a member of the Individual Ready Reserve, assigned to the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Syracuse, N.Y. Sgt. Schuyler B. Patch, 25, of Owasso Okla. He was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 106th Cavalry Regiment, 33rd Infantry... Read more →

Gloucester City Council Regular Monthly Meeting Agenda

Thursday, February 26, 2009, 8 P.M. City Hall, 313 MONMOUTH STREET Agenda 1. Call Meeting to Order: 2. Pledge of Allegiance: 3. Roll Call: 4. Open Public Meetings Act Notice: This meeting is being held in accordance with the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act, otherwise known as the “Sunshine Law.” It has been legally noticed in accordance with the law and copies have been given to those requesting the same. 5. Presentation: James E. Pierce, American Red Cross Presidential Citation for Saving a Life... Read more →

St. Rose of Lima School NEWS

media release St. Rose of Lima School first graders welcomed firefighter Mark Campanell from the Mt. Ephraim and Gloucester City Fire Departments on Tuesday. Mark gave a presentation on fire safety and his career as a firefighter. Photo: First grade student, Dehlia Rotchford gets a chance to try on Firefighter Mark’s gear.Related articles by Zemanta Tips and Snippets: Clearing Up the Rumors about the City Fire Dept. (gloucestercitynews.net) Camden City: Two Alarm Fire, One Firefighter Injured (gloucestercitynews.typepad.com) ClearysNoteBook: Regular Monthly Meeting of the Mayor and... Read more →


Pennsauken, NJ, Feb. 24, 2009 – James E. Pierce, a longtime resident of Gloucester City and a Red Cross Health and Safety Instructor, will be presented with the American Red Cross Presidential Citation for Saving a Life at 8:00 PM, Thursday, February 26, 2009 at the Gloucester City Council Meeting. Mayor William James and Council Members will be a part of the presentation as Dr. Thomas Tudor, Chapter Chair of the Camden County American Red Cross, and Vice-Chair Tracy Siebold, Esq., convey this prestigious award... Read more →

AMERICAN HEROES:3 Soldiers Killed Feb. 23 in Balad, Iraq from Small Arms Fire

The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died Feb. 23 in Balad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit using small arms fire. They were assigned to the 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. Killed were: Cpl. Michael L. Mayne, 21, of Burlington Flats, N.Y., Spc. Micheal B. Alleman, 31, of Logan, Utah, and Pfc. Zachary R. Nordmeyer, 21, of Indianapolis, Ind. Read more →


http://www.pgc.state.pa.us HARRISBURG – According to official 2008 bear harvest figures released today by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, hunters took a total of 3,458 bears, which included 69 bears during the archery bear season, Nov. 19-20; 2,951 bears during the statewide 3-day season, Nov. 24-26; and 438 bears during the extended season, Dec. 1-6, that was open in select areas of the state. This harvest ranks second among Pennsylvania’s annual bear harvests. In 2005, hunters set a record harvest of 4,164 bears. Other recent harvests were:... Read more →


The Pennsylvania Game Commission is looking for experienced hunters and trappers who are interested in becoming volunteer instructors for the agency’s basic Hunter-Trapper Education (HTE), Successful Bowhunting and cable restraint certification courses. “Becoming a volunteer instructor for the Game Commission is one way experienced hunters and trappers can help pass along our outdoors heritage to a new generation,” said Keith Snyder, Game Commission Hunter Trapper Education Division chief. “Becoming an instructor also is a fine way to help make a difference in your community and... Read more →


$1000 Donation Helps Young Musicians Mount Ephraim, NJ – February 19, 2009 - Surrounded by young music students from RW Kershaw School Jazz Band in Mt. Ephraim, director, Mary Manion, was smiling. “This is a great day in the Music Department!” she said. The students agreed. This year, the Mt. Ephraim P.T.O. made a generous donation of $1000 to the Music Department to help meet its equipment needs. The administration and school board of Mt. Ephraim have a long tradition of special support for the... Read more →

Politics and Business

Image via Wikipedia Philadelphia Inquirer | 02/23/2009. Here's a big no-surprise to anyone who follows local politics: The Delaware River Port Authority hired Gov. Rendell's former law firm as outside counsel one month after Rendell took office. It's just the latest example of the often cozy relationship between politics and business in Philadelphia and Harrisburg that fuels the perception that you have to pay to play. Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll L.L.P. was paid more than $600,000 in legal fees in the last two years... Read more →

Westville Reducing Polling Districts

By Sara Martino NEWS Correspondent Westville voters may be going to a different polling place, and possible re-districting could occur, according to an announcement during the February Borough Council meeting. Permission from the Gloucester County Board of Elections was given for the change of venue from three poll locations to one. Also, instead of the Borough having five separate districts, 1 through 5, re-districting may reduce the total to three districts. St. John’s Church Hall, which has been used for many years as a polling... Read more →

Mt. Ephraim BOE Approves Pre-School Day Care Plan

By Leigh Anne Hockenberry Hubbs NEWS Correspondent The Mount Ephraim Board of Education (BOE) announced during February’s meeting its approval of the pre-school plan and pre-school day care. Both the before and after school programs will offer more options to parents. Board members said 45 children were attending the Just Kids Program as of February 4, for grades K-6, from 7 a.m. until the start of school and from the time of dismissal until 6 p.m. Also, Board members said the Police Department performed Critical... Read more →

Gloucester City Board of Ed President Pleased With Improved Scores

By Linda Boker-Angelo NEWS Correspondent Gloucester City School Board President Louisa Llewellyn told the NEWS she was thrilled by the improving scores posted by Gloucester City High 11th graders in 2007-08. She stopped by the office the day after last week’s Board of Education (BOE) meeting, pointing out that the students scored better in both Mathematics and Language Arts. Some 78.4 percent of last year’s 11th graders were either advanced or proficient in Math, compared to 67.8 percent in 2006-07, and 52.8 percent in 2002-03.... Read more →

Philadelphia newspapers' owner files for bankruptcy

Philadelphia Inquirer The financial burden from an advertising downturn, rising costs for newsprint, and the migration of readers to the Internet caused Philadelphia Newspapers to fall out of compliance with its loan agreements last year. The same conditions have devastated the broadcast industry. The company said it decided to turn to Bankruptcy Court after negotiating with its lenders for the last 11 months. During that time, the company was billed $13.4 million in penalty interest and fees. Read more →


Funeral Services were held for Virginia R. Earney, 90, of Audubon, who died February 8, 2009. Beloved wife of the late Boyen R. Earney. Dear mother of Kirk (Nancy) Earney, Susan E. Dempsey and Ginger (Douglas) Saurman. Loving grandmother of Lisa (Bill) Moore, Daniel (Cindy) Mitten, the late Collete Earney, Kirk Alan (Jennifer) Earney, Michael (Kelly) Dempsey, Debra (Julio) Cardinale, Scott (Heather) Dempsey, Derek (Renee) Saurman and Jason Saurman. Also survived by 16 great grandchildren: William Moore; Kyle and Jacob Mitten; Nathan, Caitlin and Aidan... Read more →

HELEN CATHERINE NOLAN, formerly of Bellmawr Park

Funeral Services were held for Helen Catherine Nolan, (Hess), 97, of Deptford, formerly of Bellmawr Park for 62 years, who died February 8, 2009. Beloved wife for 52 years of the late Joseph E. Nolan. Devoted mother of Robert J. Nolan. Devoted mother of Robert J. Nolan and his wife Diane of Mays Landing and Diane Costro of Sewell and her late husband Joseph B. Costro. Dear sister of Agnes Yashinski. Loving grandmother of Joseph M. Costro (Annette), Mark T. Costro (Lorraine), Robert J. Nolan... Read more →

ROSE M. SHARP, former Mt. Ephraim resident

Funeral Services were held for Rose M. Sharp, (Boehner), 91, of Deptford, formerly of Mount Ephraim, who died February 6, 2009. Wife of the late Al Sharp. Mother of Charles Biederman (Rose) of Deptford, George Biederman (Carol) of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, John Biederman (Pat) of Deptford, Mae Fennimore (Jim) of Mullica Hill, Anne O’Hara (Jim) of Pittsgrove, Jeanette Odd (Earl) of Appleton, Maine and Mary Whitmore of Pompano Beach, FL. Also survived by twenty-nine grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Interment was in New Saint Mary’s... Read more →

RAYMOND E. BURR, JR. of West Collingswood, Korean War Veteran

Image via Wikipedia Funeral Services were held for Raymond E. Burr, Jr., 80, of West Collingswood, who died February 9, 2009. Mr. Burr served as a Sergeant in the US Army during the Korean War. Ray was a truck driver for Teamster Local 312 of Philadelphia, retiring in 1993. The Burr family has lived in West Collingswood over 46 years and Mr. Burr was a member of American Legion Post #72 in Brooklawn. Beloved husband of Jeanne M. Burr; devoted father of Karen A. (Richard)... Read more →

RUTH M. McINTYRE of Westville age 93

Graveside Services were held for Ruth M. McIntyre, (nee Gross), 93, of Westville, who died February 7, 2009. Mrs. McIntyre was born in Philadelphia, and was a resdent of Westville for 68 years. Beloved wife of the late Joseph W. III (Madelyn) of Berlin and Dennis (Femia) of Westville; a granddaughter Jennifer (Paul) Barber; 2 step-grandchildren John Mones and Rica Banana and 2 great-grandchildren Jordan and Randall. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Ellis-Stiefel Funeral Home, Westville. Read more →


Brooklawn School District offers free services to find out if your child is eligible for a preschool handicapped program. Preschool Handicapped Programs serve three and four year old children who are functioning at a level below what could be expected for their chronological age in the areas of: Speech and Language, Coordination, Social and Emotional Adjustment, Physical Health or General Learning. To be eligible, a child must be between the ages of 3 and 5 years and qualify for services based on screening and assessment... Read more →

Additional Defendant Charged in Conspiracy and Possession With Intent to Distribute Oxycodone

FBI Press Release Acting United States Attorney Laurie Magid today announced the filing of a superseding indictment 1 adding an additional defendant in Criminal No. 09-00052 by charging John Kerzner with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute oxycodone. The original indictment charged Mikhail Elam and Harvey Penn with participating in the conspiracy. The superseding indictment alleges that, from about January 16, 2007 through about December 22, 2008, Elam, Penn, and Kerzner used false and fraudulent prescriptions to obtain thousands of Percocet and OxyContin pills... Read more →

Federal Charges Filed in Coatesville Arson Case

FBI Press Release PHILADELPHIA - United States Attorney Laurie Magid today announced that 19-year old Mark Gilliam, of West Chester, PA, was charged by criminal complaint with attempted arson of a commercial property. The complaint alleges that in January 2009 Gilliam attempted to set fire to the Happy Days Family Bistro, at 3470 East Lincoln Highway, in Thorndale, PA, just outside of Coatesville. This charge resulted from an extensive and around-the-clock investigation conducted by the Joint Arson Task Force, made up of federal, state, and... Read more →

Gloucester City: Corpse found in Delaware River

-A corpse was found in the Delaware River on Monday afternoon at 12:13pm near the Gloucester Marina on King Street. Lt. George Berglund, spokesperson for the Gloucester City Police Department said when officers responded to the report they found the body of a female floating near the shore line. The investigation is being conducted by Detective Ridge and the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.Related articles by Zemanta Vandals continue to destroy Angels Playground, Plans for Chathman Square Announced, Update on WaWa; Sports Arena in Bellmawr? (gloucestercitynews.typepad.com)... Read more →

Mt. Ephraim Commissioners Take Steps to Cut Costs

By Bill Bates, Mount Ephraim News Correspondent It a continuing effort to limit operating costs, the Mount Ephraim Board of Commissioners (BOC) announced several resolutions that would help the borough control their day to day expenses as well as continue practicing shared services agreements. The BOC determined that it would be the best interest of the borough to purchase office supplies through Office Basics, Incorporated of Boothwyn, PA through the Camden County Cooperative Pricing System for the next two years at 74% off the catalogue... Read more →


DATE: March 11, 2009 Time: 10 am Place: ALICE COSTELLO SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER Registration for the 2009-10 school year will be held on March 11. Official Birth Certificate – child must be (5) years old on or before 10/01/09 (kindergarten) or four (4) years old on or before 10/01/09 (Pre-Kindergarten) Immunization record – must include: complete series of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (D.P.T.), polio measles (1 for pre-K & 2 for K), mumps, and rubella; Varivax (chicken pox; 1 dose of DPTC Polio must have... Read more →

American Hero: Staff Sgt. Mark C. Baum, of Telford, PA

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Staff Sgt. Mark C. Baum, 32, of Telford, Pa., died Feb. 21 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered earlier that day when enemy forces attacked his unit using small arms fire in Mushada, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry Regiment, 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Read more →

Joseph H. Hagan Jr., age 38, of Gloucester City

Suddenly, On February 21, 2009. Age 38. Of Gloucester City. Cherished Son of the late Joseph H. Hagan, Sr. and Edith (nee Merrill). Loving Brother of Lisa Hagan of Gloucester City. Devoted nephew of Joan Gundle of Gloucester City. Special Friend of Janet Taunitas of Gloucester City. At the request of the family, viewing and services are private. Inurnment Cedar Grove Cemetery, Gloucester City. Expressions of sympathy e-mailed to www.mccannhealey.com under online obituaries of Joseph H. Hagan, Jr. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made... Read more →

Anna Colavito, of Haddon Heights, St. Rose of Lima Parishioner

On February 21, 2009. (nee DiNubile) Of Haddon Heights. Loving wife of 61 years to the late Anthony Colavito. Loving mother of Loretta (John) McCord of Cherry Hill and Lynne (Daniel) Buckley of Arizona. Beloved sister of the late Rocco (late Clara) DiNubile and the late John V. (surviving Margaret) DiNubile. Loving grandmother of John (Colleen), Ronald (Stacie), Matthew (Sandra), Jennifer (William) and Devin. Loving great-grandmother of 8. Anna was born in Philadelphia and was a graduate of Southern High School. She was a resident... Read more →

Roland Webster III age 39 of Westville, Loved NASCAR Racing

WEBSTER, Roland W., III Suddenly on February 18, 2009, of Westville, NJ., age 39 yrs. Loving father of Cassie Murphy of Westville. Survived by his mother and stepfather, Ceceil and Walter Nunes of Deptford, NJ. Son of the late Roland W. Webster, II. Loving bro-ther of Eileen Kaighn and her husband Charles of Lindenwold, NJ. Roland was known for being a NASCAR fanatic. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service on Wednesday evening at 8:30PM at the ETHERINGTON-CRERAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Powell... Read more →

Betty Smith, of Mt. Ephraim, proud Grandmom of 16 and Great Grandmom of 12

Beatrice C. "Betty" Smith (nee Comerford), age 84 of Mt. Ephraim, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday February 21, 2009. Mrs. Smith was born in Camden, NJ and had been a resident of Mt. Ephraim for the past 60 years. Betty is the sister of Joan Comerford and dedicated mother of Frank (Dolores) Curry (Louise) Nancy, Ronald (Patricia) Gary (Louise) Wayne (Kathleen) Curtis (Peggy) Smith and the late Kevin Smith. She is the proud grandmother of 16 and great grandmother of 12. Relatives and... Read more →

Gregory F. Johnson of Brooklawn, 1969 GHS Graduate, Lockheed Martin Employee

On February 21, 2009. Age 57. Of Brooklawn. Loved and care for by his devoted wife of 36 years, Lynn A. (nee Wendler). Devoted father of Derek Johnsen and Tyler Johnsen both of Brooklawn. Cherished Son of the recently deceased Rita Lezenby (nee Varley). Devoted Brother of Kristina Johnsen of Florida. Gregory known to many classmates as "Hope" for his resemblance to Bob Hope. He was a 1969 Graduate of Gloucester City High School. Gregory went to Camden County Vocational School in Sicklerville to be... Read more →