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March 2009

Memorial AA BASKETBALL TOURNEY A SUCCESS

The Memorial Athletic Association’s Annual 7th & 8th grade basketball tournament was once again a great success. Teams from Gloucester City, Brooklawn, St. Mary’s, Holy Trinity, St. Margaret’s, Runnemede, Merchantville & Clementon competed in the tournament. The Memorial Athletic Association would like to thank all of the schools, and their fans, for a great week of basketball. We would also like to thank the Gloucester City Board of Education for their continued support of youth sports programs in the City. Special thanks to Gloucester City High School Athletic Director, Leon Harris, the South Jersey Basketball Officials Organization, and Gaetano’s Restaurant in... Read more →


Gloucester City in Compliance with COAH Guidelines

By Linda Boker-Angelo NEWS Correspondent During a short meeting last week, members of the Gloucester City Planning Board heard a brief presentation by planner Shirley Bishop regarding the City’s compliance status with New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) guidelines. COAH is the state agency designated to set the standards and insure that municipalities are meeting their obligations to offer fair, affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate income families. Bishop told the Board the City is in good shape to meet COAH requirements. Additionally, Board Planner Larry Waetzman, of the Waetzman Planning Group, spoke briefly regarding the City’s Master Plan,... Read more →


Brooklawn: Striped Bass Delay Development Along Delaware River

By Sara Martino NEWS Correspondent BROOKLAWN NJ-A previous delay in the improvements along the Brooklawn waterfront was attributed to the findings by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other state officials that concerned the possible finding of artifacts from an old fort and an endangered plant life. Now, according Image via Wikipedia to the borough’s engineers, one of the reasons for the present delay is the breeding season of striped bass in the river. Any construction along the waterfront is prohibited at this time. Scott Smith from Kei Associates told Brooklawn Council during its March 16 meeting that other capital... Read more →


ROY JOSEPH MARIAN, Longtime Member of Mt. Ephraim United Methodist Church

Memorial Services were held for Roy Joseph Marian, 91, passed away on March 24, 2009, who passed away at home after a brief illness. Born in Hastings, Nebraska on February 1, 1918 to Harry Edison and Jane Semple (Murray). He grew up during the Depression. He had many interests. He started his work life as a professional photographer. During the Second World. War he worked as an aircraft inspector of B26 bombers for Glenn L. Martin and later served in the Navy as an Aviation Electricians Mate Second Class stationed in Jacksonville, FL. He attended Hastings College and graduated from the... Read more →


College Baseball: Moceri Tabbed NJAC Player of the Week

Pitman, N.J. (3/30/09) - Junior infielder Mike Moceri (Yardville, N.J.) has been tabbed as the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Player of the Week following a 4-1 week for the Cougars. Moceri becomes the second different Cougar to earn NJAC Player of the Week honors after hitting .545 (12-for-22) with three doubles, two triples, one home run, nine RBI, and six runs scored in five games this past week. He hit safely in 4-of-5 games and produced three multiple-hit contests including a 3-for-4 performance with a double and two RBI in a 3-0 non-conference road win at Farmingdale State. In a... Read more →


Dr. Frank Iula, Mt. Ephraim Family Physician Succumbs from Prostate Cancer

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Rose of Lima Church, Haddon Heights for Frank A. Iula, 82, of Haddon Heights, a family physician in Mount Ephraim for more than 52 years, died of prostate cancer March 7, 2009 at his home. Dr. Iula continued to see patients while battling cancer and Parkinson’s disease until falling in August. He had hoped to recover and return to work and refused to retire, said his daughter, Maria Bezich. Dr. Iula decided to be a doctor after his mother died of a long illness when he was 8. He was raised by an aunt... Read more →


Edward A. Hargrove of Deptford, president of Internet Sales at W. Hargrove Co.

Edward A. Hargrove HARGROVE, Edward A. On March 26, 2009, of Deptford. Age, 55. Beloved husband of Rose M. (nee Zsirai). Devoted father of Edward M. and Rosemarie. Dear son of the late Malcolm and Margaret Hargrove. Dear brother of William, Norman, Ronald and Joanne Hargrove and Shirley Capriotti and the late Robert, Gordon, Charles and Natalie Hargrove, and Elizabeth DiPatri, Margaret Walton and Lorraine Motter. Also survived by his father-in-law Leslie Zsirai. Edward was the founder and president of internet sales at W. Hargrove Company, he was a computer whiz. He enjoyed fishing, working on his Camaro street rod, spending... Read more →


March 2009 Cheer and Jeer Column

By Bill Cleary A BIG CHEER to GHS girls’ basketball Coach Sean Gorman for guiding this year’s team to a 27-3 record. With him at the helm the team won the school’s first South Jersey title in girls basketball and reached the Group I state championship. Included in the kudos are the members of the team. CHEER-To the outstanding group who dedicated their Saturday to repair a roof for our own nuns here in Gloucester city that needed repair and a lack of funds to do it with. Thanks to volunteers who in spite of their own economics still try to... Read more →


Quite! Sleeping Giant

This 507 pound bear was sleeping under a house inside a crawlspace in Stockholm, North Jersey. The NJ Fish and Game Dept. shot a drug dart into the bear so they could move it to new location deep in the forest. submitted by Gary Devine Read more →


WOLFE HAILS JUDGE’S RECOMMENDATION TO END ABBOTT DESIGNATION

JUDGE REVIEWING STATE’S SCHOOL FUNDING FORMULA SEES NO MORE NEED FOR SPECIAL CLASS OF DISTRICTS Assemblyman David W. Wolfe lauded the March 25, 2009 recommendation by Bergen County Superior Court Judge Peter E. Doyne to end Abbott school districts’ special designation and wean them off their extra state funding. “I hope the state Supreme Court accepts Judge Doyne’s recommendations because New Jersey’s struggling middle class taxpayers cannot afford to subsidize education in specially-selected cities,” Wolfe, R-Ocean, a member of the Assembly Education Committee said. “The Judge confirmed what we have long been arguing: Large amounts of money taken from the suburbs... Read more →


3-Year Fiscal safety net backed for Abbott schools

| Philadelphia Inquirer | 03/26/2009. The Abbotts and their representatives argued that the formula could undo gains in the struggling districts. They asked the Supreme Court to find the change unconstitutional because of the dire consequences it would have for their children. In this school year, the first under the formula, most Abbott districts received the smallest aid increases given. In the next school year, most are projected to get no increase. The local Abbott districts are Camden, Burlington City, Gloucester City, and Pemberton Township.Related articles by Zemanta 9 area districts spend more than most (philly.com) We Salute Corporal Craig M.... Read more →


Evelyn T. "Tip" Staib, of Mt. Ephraim formerly of Gloucester City, GHS Alumni

STAIB, Evelyn T. "Tip" Of Mt. Ephraim, NJ age 90, passed away suddenly on Saturday March 21, 2009. Mrs. Staib was born and raised in Gloucester City, NJ. and was a graduate of Gloucester City High School. She was very active in sports during her high school years and continued with her athletic abilities playing basketball when she worked for RCA in Camden. After leaving RCA, Evelyn became a homemaker and mother raising all 5 of her children in Mt. Ephraim. Mrs. Staib is the beloved wife of the late Frederick G. Staib; dear mother of Patricia Mayer of Blackwood, NJ,... Read more →


Jennie Cianfrani of Audubon

CIANFRANI, Jennie (nee Merlino), On March 21, 2009, of Audubon, NJ. Age 84 years. Beloved wife of the late Michael J. Cianfrani. Dear mother of Theodore M. (Elizabeth) of Wildwood Crest, NJ and Jane Cianfrani (Mitch Keating) of Audubon, NJ. Also survived by four grandchildren, Tara, Michael, Ted and Samantha. Sister of Lillian Innatore, Paula McElhone and the late Peter Merlino. Mrs. Cianfrani was a 1943 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, Camden, NJ, former employee of City Hall, Camden, NJ and later J.C. Penney Co., Audubon, NJ. Jennie was devoted to her family and her church. Relatives and friends are... Read more →


Mary Lou Taylor, Age 75, Gloucester Catholic HS Alumni

Mary Lou Taylor TAYLOR, Mary Lou (nee Goan) age 75 on March 27, 2009 of Barrington. Beloved wife of Frank T. Taylor. Cherished mother of Frank, Jr. (Laura) of Haddon Heights and Marie of Barrington, and adored grandmother of Alexandra "Allie," Matthew and John. She is survived by: a brother, Thomas W. Goan of Cherry Hill, sister-in-law, Nancy of Mt. Laurel, several sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her brothers, Msg. John, Aloysius, and Walter Goan. Mrs. Taylor was born in Gloucester City and graduated from Gloucester Catholic High School. She worked for RCA in Camden for many years.... Read more →


Douglas Weber, GHS Graduate Class of '68, Vietnam War Veteran,

Image via Wikipedia WEBER Douglas J. “Dougie” On March 28, 2009. Age 60. Of Gloucester City. Loving husband of 10 years to Susan E. Weber (nee Bailey) Loving father of Douglas Jr., Jenna J., and Aaron J. Dear brother of the late Arlene Yates. Loving uncle of Ashley, Krissy, Tara, Tracy, Amy, Lori, Brad, Mike Jr., Tina, Eddie and Layla. Lifetime friend of Gene Kirk. Also survived by his loving dogs Cherokee, Sidney and Apachie the cat. Doug was a 1968 graduate of Gloucester City High. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He... Read more →


St. Mary School: A school rooted in faith and tradition

www.catholicstarherald.org By Peter Sánchez GLOUCESTER CITY NJ-For the past 150 years, St. Mary’s School in Gloucester City has served the town’s residents, who, in turn, have sent their children and their children’s children to the school. Today, with 236 children from preschool to eighth grade, and 30 teachers, aides, and school staff, St. Mary’s is keeping the tradition alive. “It’s a wonderful thing to be a part of,” remarked Joseph Rafferty, a 1975 graduate of St. Mary’s whose sons Joseph, Michael and Patrick have all followed in their dad’s footsteps. Currently, he is the superintendent of schools for the Mount Ephraim... Read more →


American Heroes:Lt. Florence B. Choe, 35, of El Cajon, Calif., and Lt. j.g. Francis L. Toner IV, 26, of Narragansett, R.I.

DoD Identifies Navy Casualties The Department of Defense announced today the death of two sailors who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Lt. Florence B. Choe, 35, of El Cajon, Calif., and Lt. j.g. Francis L. Toner IV, 26, of Narragansett, R.I., died March 27 when an insurgent posing as an Afghan National Army soldier opened fire on personnel assigned to Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan at Camp Shaheen, Mazar-E-Sharif, Afghanistan.Related articles by Zemanta Afghanistanization: But Still No Exit Plan (dailykos.com) Read more →


Mt. Ephraim School District April Reminders

Press Release: March 27, 2009 April Reminders: April 2nd - PTO Burger King Cashola April 3rd - Report Cards Issued K-2nd Gr. Dance April 7th & 8th – Mary Bray Parent Conferences Gr. K-4 12:30 dismissal April 9th – Spring Recess Begins 12:30 dismissal Gr. PS – 8 April 10th – 17th – Spring Recess April 21st - PTO Meeting 7:00 pm MB Media Center April 21, 2009 – School Board Elections 2:00 to 9:00 pm - R.W. Kershaw School - Media Center EVERY VOTE COUNTS!! If you are not a registered voter you may register at the Mt. Ephraim Municipal... Read more →


Marian Galaida, of Abigail House, Camden City

GALAIDA Marian On March 27, 2009. Age 77. (nee Bozarth) Of Abigail House in Camden. Loving wife of the late John Galaida and the late Ed Clark. Loving mother of Ricky Clark. Dear sister of Dorothy Johnson and Edith Domeraski. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Marian had a loving heart for her son and her family. Cremation will be held privately. Expressions of sympathy www.mccannhealey.com under online obituaries of Marian Galaida. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City, NJ 08030. Read more →


York Man Federally Sentenced After Robbing Three Banks

Martin C. Carlson, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced today that David Wayne Miles, age 38, of York, Pennsylvania was sentenced Tuesday by United States District Court Judge John E. Jones, III, to serve a 120-month term of imprisonment for robbing three banks. Judge Jones further ordered that Miles serve three years’ of supervised release and pay $5,601.91 in restitution. Police recovered $10,000 when Miles was arrested shortly after the December 4, 2007 robbery. According to U.S. Attorney Carlson, in November and December 2007, Miles robbed three banks while using a firearm, stealing over $15,500. Those banks... Read more →


Funeral Services Sunday for Amanda L. Stewart of Howell NJ

Amanda L. Stewart, 23, of Howell, died Thursday, March 26, 2009, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, after a brief illness. Miss Stewart was born in East Stroudsburg, Pa. and had lived in Mt. Pocono before moving to Howell 19 years ago. She was a visual merchandiser for Macy's, Freehold for three years. Miss Stewart was a graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, Class of 2006. She graduated from Freehold Township High School, Class of 2004. While in high school, she was a member of the Fashion Club, Choir and Soft Ball Team. She was a former... Read more →


South Jersey Port Corp sued over methadone clinic

Courier-Post. The suit claims that plans to build a methadone clinic in a marine terminal on Broadway to serve 900 drug addicts a day would be detrimental to the neighborhood, according to documents filed by Marlton attorney Ann C. Pearl. Also named as a defendant is Parkside Recovery, which plans to move its clinic -- located downtown in the 400 block of Broadway -- to the port.Related articles by Zemanta ClearysNoteBook: DECEMBER'S CHEERS AND JEERS (gloucestercitynews.net) Camden drug clinic to move to waterfront (philly.com) Read more →


We Salute Corporal Craig M. Reinhart for 25 Years of Service to Gloucester City

Proclamation of the Mayor of Gloucester City PHOTO: Corporal Reinhart his family and Mayor James Whereas, Corporal Craig M. Reinhart was appointed to the position of Patrolman in the Gloucester City Police Department November 14, 1983; and Whereas, Corporal Reinhart has served the City of Gloucester City, proudly and proficiently, from the rank of patrolman in 1983 to Corporal in 2005 under many Police Chiefs, Chief Stephen J. Farrell, Chief Theodore J. Howarth, Chief William W. Johnson, Sr., and Chief William G. Crothers; and Whereas, Corporal Reinhart was the D.A. R. E Officer (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) for the Gloucester City... Read more →


TREES PLAY ROLE IN RE-DEVELOPMENT

GLOUCESTER CITY- Trees can play a large role in the Re-development of Gloucester City. Having a full canopy of trees in a community has many more impacts then saving money, and reducing energy costs. Scientific research about trees show that trees can have positive impacts on the environment and improves the quality of life in communities. The benefits to having more trees in Gloucester City would provide a wide range of impacts from increasing property value and making Gloucester City a place where people want to come to live, visit, eat and shop. Trees would improve Gloucester’s environment and make our... Read more →


Officer Down: Trooper Mike Haynes Dies after Crash

Officer.com Breaking News E-Alert Friday, March 27, 2009 Montana Trooper Dies after Crash KALISPELL -- Shortly before 8:30 AM, Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Mike Haynes passed away from injuries received in the line of duty. Haynes had been hospitalized as a result of a crash near Kalispell early Monday morning. Haynes, 28, was sworn in as a trooper with the Montana Highway Patrol in August 2006. He is survived by his wife Tawny, his two young children Taryn and Elias, and his parents, John and Melody Haynes of Kalispell. "Mike Haynes lived his values, and loved his job and his family.... Read more →


Reid: Specter card-check switch closes door to Dems

TheHill.com - . Specter, a liberal Republican who has often voted with Democrats, is expected to face an extremely difficult primary rematch next year against former Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.). Specter defeated Toomey by just 2 percentage points (17,000 votes) in 2004. Since then, as many as 200,000 centrist Republicans have switched their party registration to Democratic in Pennsylvania, according to Terry Madonna, a political science professor at Franklin and Marshall College.Related articles by Zemanta Specter has 'strong incentive' to leave the Republican Party. (thinkprogress.org) Read more →


American Hero: Staff Sgt. Raphael A. Futrell, 26, of Anderson, S.C.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Staff Sgt. Raphael A. Futrell, 26, of Anderson, S.C., died March 25 in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 13th Military Police Detachment, 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii. The incident is under investigation. Read more →


American Hero: Sgt. Jose R. Escobedo Jr., 32, of Albuquerque, N.M

DoD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sgt. Jose R. Escobedo Jr., 32, of Albuquerque, N.M., died March 20 in Baghdad, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident the night before at Forward Operating Base Kalsu in Iskandariyah, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment in Schweinfurt, Germany. The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation. Read more →


Mount Ephraim Appoints 2 Officers / Hires Part-Time Clerk

By Bill Bates Mount Ephraim News Correspondent The Mount Ephraim Board of Commissioners appointed Anthony Jiles and Steve Palma as Special Police Officers for the borough effective March 6, 2009. The MEPD had vacancies that they both were qualified to fill. The borough has hired Terry Shannon, who is a Registered Municipal Clerk who is currently appointed to the borough of Barrington and is available to provide the needed services. The Shared Service agreement is on a part-time basis for the period from March 16 through December 21, 2009 for a total cost of $15,466, subject to adjustments as provided during... Read more →


Memories: Gloucester City Police Department 1927

GLOUCESTER CITY NJ-This photo was too large for my scanner screen so I got what I could. The only thing missing is 1/2 of the officer on the left. The chief sitting on the right side is Charles Judson Van Meter, my grandfathers brother. My grandfather was William J. Van Meter and he owned a dairy @ 5th & Powell. Charles J. Van Meter was born in 1887 and that would date the photo around 1927 assuming he was around 40 at the time. Robert Van Meter NOTE: If you have an old photo to share send it to BillGCN@verizon.net with... Read more →


Gloucester City: OPRA Requests for Clerk's Leave Records and Emails

OPRA REQUEST DATED MARCH 15TH, 2009: This request is to review Gloucester City records to determine the work/leave status of City Clerk Paul J. Kain during the 2008 calendar year. This is not a request to review the personnel file of Paul J. Kain. Leave status should include but not limited to: Sick Leave, Personal Leave, Vacation Lave, Compensatory Leave, Leave Without Pay, and Family Grievance Leave. The records should include what dates the leave was taken and the number of hours used. I am willing to discuss the most mutually efficient method to access this information with the Chief Financial... Read more →


Fair trade? Raise Taxes Instead of Layoffs

southphillyreview.com. Nutter gave a preview of his March 19 budget proposal by vowing not to close libraries or rec and health centers. Instead of cutting beds in emergency housing, he proposes adding 700 more and, due to the $540,000 raised by donations to the Splash Fund, 36 more pools will open this summer with at least four in each council district, raising the total to 46 — two more than anticipated, Nutter said. However, to keep these services going, a tax hike will soon be on the table. Read more →


New Jersey: Volunteers Needed for Pequest Trout Hatchery

Do you have free time during the week and looking for something rewarding to do? If so, we have the perfect project for you! Every year the NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife introduces fishing to thousands of new anglers at the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center. It is only through the efforts of our fishing education volunteers that we can accomplish this great task. If you think you would like to give this volunteering opportunity a try, please join us on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 8:45am at the Pequest Trout Hatchery to receive our fishing... Read more →


New Jersey: Reef News Now Available

The 2009 edition of Reef News is now available on the NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife website. Reef News highlights the activities and accomplishments of the NJ Artificial Reef Program and includes information on vessel deployments, reef statistics and locations, species profiles, a reef evaluation survey and much more. To learn more about the Artificial Reef Program and to view and print Reef News visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/artreef.htm on the DFW website.Related articles by Zemanta Registration for NJ Hunter Safety Course (gloucestercitynews.net) Rally for Our Reefs! (gloucestercitynews.net) Giant sea worm that attacked coral reef caught by aquarium staff (telegraph.co.uk) Read more →


Haddon Twp. Commits to Police Coverage of Audubon Park

The Retrospect. On Tuesday night, Haddon Township officials welcomed Audubon Park’s mayor and three members of council at their regular meeting. The town formally agreed to provide the small borough with police coverage, starting on September 1. Read more →


Face of Defense: 'Lady' Sniffs Out Explosives in Afghanistan

Face of Defense: 'Lady' Sniffs Out Explosives in Afghanistan By Army Spc. Matthew Thompson Special to American Forces Press Service BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, March 26, 2009 - She takes a few steps forward and then glances over her shoulder. A few feet up the road she stops and lies down on the ground, a sign of possible danger. Army Sgt. Stephen Netzley, a K-9 handler with 3rd Squadron, 71st Calvary Regiment, and his German shepherd, Lady, search for explosive devices during a route clearance patrol in Afghanistan's Logar province, March 9, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Thompson (Click photo... Read more →


Art Romanowski, age 69 of Gloucester City, Korean War Veteran

ROMANOWSKI Arthur F. “Art” On March 26, 2009. Age 69. Of Gloucester City. Loving husband of the late Mary Jean Romanowski (nee Kirchner). Loving father of William J. (Karen) Romanowski of Gloucester City and Joyce Ann (Stephen) Thomas of Audubon. Beloved grandfather of Robert James, Zachary and Kaitlin. Art was a lifelong resident of Gloucester City and a graduate of Gloucester City High School. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Art worked many years as a machinist for Langston in Cherry Hill and Camden. He and his wife were former members of the National... Read more →


Lawsuit Filed Against Gloucester City for Violation of OPRA

By Bill Cleary Several weeks ago John Paff filed an OPRA request with Paul Kain, custodian of records for the City of Gloucester City requesting a number of documents (see here). In a recent interview Paff said that request was not handled properly as such he filed a lawsuit on Wednesday, March 25 against the City of Gloucester City to obtain those documents. According to Paff Gloucester City (“Gloucester”) has violated the Open Public Records Act (“OPRA”) in four respects: (1) Gloucester has denied Mr. Paff access to specific emails requested by him; (2) Gloucester has attempted to charge Mr. Paff... Read more →


Letters: A Step in the Right Direction

Hi Bill, Thanks to you we're making progress. Over the past couple of weeks, NJPIRG online activists like you have joined the hundreds of thousands of people across the country who signed petitions, wrote letters and made phone calls urging AIG to withhold big bonuses until it can pay back every cent of the $180 billion in taxpayer bailouts it received. With your support, U.S. PIRG's Ed Mierzwinski and Nicole Tichon were at the Capitol fighting to get the bonuses revoked and -- more importantly - working for greater accountability and oversight of the big banks and insurance companies that caused... Read more →


State Aid to Gloucester City will Remain the Same

By Albert Countryman Jr. Gloucester City will not lose any state aid this year. But, Bellmawr, Brooklawn, Mount Ephraim and Westville will all see a 0.5 percent reduction, according to figures released by the state last week. Some town officials were relieved state aid cuts were not as severe as expected. Yet, in these difficult economic times, it will still be difficult to figure out the 2009 municipal budgets. Gloucester City’s state aid will remain the same as last year at $3,186,788. Bellmawr will receive $1,444,945 in 2009 state aid, a reduction of $7,266 from 2008’s $1,453,211 figure. Brooklawn will receive... Read more →


American Heroes: Corporals Anthony L. Williams, 21, of Oxford, Pa., & Michael W. Ouellette, 28, of Manchester, N.H

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties The Department of Defense announced today the death of two Marines who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Corporals Anthony L. Williams, 21, of Oxford, Pa., and Michael W. Ouellette, 28, of Manchester, N.H., died March 22 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. They were assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.Related articles by Zemanta American Hero: Lance Cpl. Chadwick A. Gilliam, 29, of Mayking, Ky (gloucestercitynews.net) American Hero: (gloucestercitynews.typepad.com) 13 Marines, driver injured in bus crash (cnn.com) Read more →


Westville: No Increase in Local Purpose Tax

By Sara Martino NEWS Correspondent There was good news during Westville Council’s March 11 meeting. “The budget for $5.32 million, as proposed at this point, will not bring any increase in the local municipal purpose tax,” Borough Administrator William Bittner said. “It was especially challenging this year and we have spent more time than previous years. Council did a good job now and in the past and we do have a surplus,” Bittner said. He said there may be questions regarding salary line items. “Some areas of salary may look extravagant but those items are regulated by state law,” he said.... Read more →


Mt. Ephraim: Large Turnout at School Board Meeting

By Leigh Anne Hockenberry Hubbs NEWS Correspondent There was a larger than average turnout for the Mount Ephraim Board of Education meeting March 9, the eve of Governor Corzine's budget address. Superintendent Joseph Rafferty and Board Secretary Melissa Raywood presented a general overview of the district's budget, but stated that the exact figures will not be known until after the budget address. Raywood said Mount Ephraim has been rated an efficient school district, and continues to maximize their dollars spent through sharing services with other communities such as using Bellmawr's Public Works for the development of the Mary Bray playground. Another... Read more →