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April 2009

Attention Gloucester City Business Owners

As you all may or may not know the Gloucester Farmers Market starts May 10th and runs every Sunday from 10am - 2 pm thru November 22nd. We are selling reusable grocery bags at the market. We are giving the businesses of Gloucester City the opportunity to advertise on the bag. It will be a 2 line advertisement. We are selling the spaces for $50.00 each. You can buy more than 1 space. We have a few spaces left to fill out the bag. I have attached the form that needs to filed out and sent in with payment. We need... Read more →


The Board of Health Should Be More Active in Gloucester City

Dear Bill, I am writing this letter concerning the Health Crisis facing our nation. Over the last few days we have heard on the news about the outbreak of the Swine Flu. Already over 44 cases have been reported in New York City and many states have declared emergencies. In addition there have also has been one death reported in the United States from the outbreak. Also this evening, according to CBS Eyewitness News two people in Vineland, Cumberland County NJ were tested for Swine Flu. Around 4:00 p.m. this afternoon the World Health Organization elevated the threat level to 5... Read more →


Community Bird & Butterfly Garden Proposed

By Sara Martino NEWS Correspondent WESTVILLE NJ-Members of the Environmental Commission proposed the establishment of a community bird and butterfly garden in Thomas West Park. During the April 8 meeting of Westville Borough Council, Virginia Horn explained that in addition to the garden, which will help the environment by allowing the bees to further pollinate other grounds, a rain garden in the same area would collect water. “Good use of the run-off can help filter pollutants and allow about 30 percent more water to seep into the soil,” Horn said. The commission also suggested the use of plant life around the... Read more →


Business Owner Denied Request to Refurbish Property; Site Plan Missing

By Linda Boker-Angelo NEWS Correspondent The Gloucester City Planning Board last week denied an application for a minor site plan waiver submitted by Tom Michaels, owner of Yankee Pest Control. This was Michaels’ third time before the Board to seek approval for plans to refurbish his South Broadway property, which was formerly the Celtic Tavern. Board Engineer Norman Rodgers, of Consulting Engineer Services, said that Michaels did not submit enough information regarding his plans, adding that a site plan would definitely need to be submitted. Michaels had first appeared before the Board in 2003, requesting permission to park a mobile storage... Read more →


A Successful Turkey Hunt

Bill Graves, a resident of the Pocono Mountains PA shot a gobbler on Tuesday, April 28. Graves writes, “Despite record book heat and a black fly explosion I shot this gobbler today at 7:00 am. Gobbler was with 9 hens so I really got lucky getting him in range. I used a mouth call,and a box call to pull him in. Bird was 19lbs with a 9 inch beard and 1inch and 1/8 spurs. Thanksgiving dinner!” Graves is a former resident of Brooklawn and a graduate of Gloucester City HS Class of 1962. Read more →


American Hero: Staff Sgt. Leroy O. Webster, 28, of Sioux Falls, S.D

DoD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Staff Sgt. Leroy O. Webster, 28, of Sioux Falls, S.D., died April 25 near Kirkuk, Iraq, after being shot while on a dismounted patrol. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Read more →


MARY BRAY BEGINNING BAND CONCERT

Mt. Ephraim, NJ – April 24, 2009 - Fourth grade Beginning Band students from the Mary Bray Elementary School in Mt. Ephraim presented a concert for the 3rd and 4th grades and their parents on April 21st . The event took place in the Media Center. There are currently twenty-three students in the Beginning Band, which is directed by Mary Manion. These enthusiastic young musicians have mastered about six different notes at this time. They presented a variety of traditional children’s songs including “Hot Cross Buns” and “French Song.” The drum section was highlighted as they played ”The Mary Bray Drum... Read more →


2009 Marine Digest Available Online

Although the print version will not arrive in coastal sport shops until early May, the PDF version of the 2009 Marine Digest is available online in its entirety and in smaller segments (for faster downloads). To view (and print) the Digest visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/digmar.htm on the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife website. Read more →


BROOKLAWN TOWN WATCH UPDATE

Brooklawn official meetings of 2009 are underway, and being held at the community center. They are going very well. We discussed several pertinent issues and had a lot of great ideas from the members. We are getting organized and our membership is growing, and with continued interest and input from our neighbors, this will be a great program. Neighbors are really coming together on this, which will go a long way in making this program work for all of us. Meetings are on Sunday evening from 7 – 9 p.m. at the community center. Call Earl Foster at 856-742-8923 or email... Read more →


St. Mary School would like to congratulate the following Alumni:

GLOUCESTER CITY Kimberly Glassman, Class of 2000 Kimberly Glassman graduated from Caldwell College in December 2008. Kimberly received her BA in English, certifications in Education and Special Education, and is a Caldwell College Scholar. She is currently teaching at Pemberton Twp. High School. Krista Glassman, Class of 2002 Krista is a junior at St. John’s University and received the Saint Thomas More Award for Forming Christian Conscious. Congratulation to both Saint Mary’s Graduates! Keep up the good work! Gail Corey Principal Read more →


Plans to Move Gloucester Catholic HS Proceed

By Albert Countryman Jr. As St. Mary School in Gloucester City celebrates its 150th anniversary, the Camden Diocese still has plans to move Gloucester Catholic High School – originally owned by the parish and named St. Mary High School. However, final plans will not move forward until the economy starts improving. Ownership of the high school transferred to the diocese in the mid 20th century, and for years there has been speculation about its future in Gloucester City. Meanwhile, in this weeks paper the Gloucester City News will honor St. Mary Elementary School – the oldest in the diocese – on... Read more →


Senior Citizens Discounts for Water & Sewer Rates

GLOUCESTER CITY NJ For your convenience, water and sewer payments are accepted at the Tax Office. Senior Citizen’s discounts are available, but must be applied for at the Tax Collector’s office. Utility quarters are 1st quarter (Jan, Feb, Mar), 2nd quarter (Apr, May, Jun), 3rd quarter (Jul, Aug, Sept), 4th quarter (Oct, Nov, Dec). Senior Citizens who are not working may qualify for a reduced bill. For more information, please call 456-1250 or apply at the office. Min. bill is $45 for water + $49 for sewer = $94* (10,000 gal allowance)* Excess usage from the previous quarter from water usage... Read more →


Gloucester City News Headlines for April 30th edition

A Special, Eight-Page Pullout Section Honoring The 150th Anniversary of St. Mary School. Includes a history of the Dominican Sisters, the School, and a lithograph from 1865 showing the very first school building. Front Page headlines: Paul Kain Defends Himself In Public Against Charges By Mayor William James Large Turnout Of Union Members Forces City Council To Change Venue Gloucester City Police Seek Information About Carjacking Sacred Heart Church Will Celebrate 70th Anniversary Gloucester City Cultural Arts And Heritage Society Will Display Student Art Work Gloucester City Library Offers Wii Write Program Dog House Shuts Down Highland, Wins English Dart Championship Read more →


Officer Down: Stun Gun Fails to Subdue Soldier, He Kills Two Deputies

Monday, April 27, 2009 NICEVILLE, Fla. -- Two deputies from a troubled sheriff's office in Florida had no warning a confrontation with a National Guard soldier accused of beating his wife would turn deadly, the sheriff said. Deputies Burt Lopez and Warren "Skip" York used a stun gun to subdue Joshua Cartwright, but he was able to start shooting at them from the ground. Both Lopez and York died. "Within seconds he sat up and began firing a weapon that came out of nowhere, it was somewhere on his body we assume," Okaloosa County's Interim Sheriff Ed Spooner told more than... Read more →


Crime Problem: Contact The Police Not The Press

BY BILL CLEARY An email I received this week from a mother of a 13-year-old who resides in Gloucester City was upsetting. She said her son was afraid to go outside on a nice day for fear he might be beaten up by one of the gangs that allegedly roam our community. Jenny, not her real name writes, Dear Mr. Cleary, My name is Jenny I have lived in Gloucester City for 10 years. When I first moved here I thought this was the cutest town. The people are nice everyone said good morning, how are you today. Now my 13-... Read more →


Hometown Heroes: Spc. Micheaux Sanders of Goldsboro, NC

Awarded: Silver Star The Story: Straight out of basic training, then-Spc. Sanders deployed to Iraq in 2003 in the early stages of the conflict--but it was not until April 4, 2004, that he faced his greatest challenge on the battlefield. A platoon of 20 men was trapped deep within Sadr City, which was in the midst of an uprising. Sgt. Sanders’s tank crew and two others from his unit were called to aid the rescue. The first two attempts failed, and during the second, Sgt. Sanders took a bullet through his left shoulder. Sanders waved the medics away, and instead hopped... Read more →


American Hero: CSM Benjamin Moore, Jr., 43, of Waycross, Ga.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. CSM Benjamin Moore, Jr., 43, of Waycross, Ga., died Apr 24 at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, of injuries sustained in a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 2d Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3d Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation. Read more →


Jeffrey L. Lachalle, age 46, of Gloucester City

LACHALLE Jeffrey L. Suddenly, On April 25, 2009. Age 46. Of Gloucester City. Loving son of Mary C. Lachalle (nee McCann) and the late Louis James Lachalle. Loving brother of Kimberly R. Lachalle. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his viewing on Wednesday morning from 10 to 10:30 am at St. Mary’s R.C. Church: 426 Monmouth St. Gloucester City. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 am in the church. Cremation will be held privately. The family strongly requests, in lieu of flowers, donations in Jeffrey’s name to Msgr. Lucitt’s Needy Children’s Fund: P.O. Box 87, Gloucester City,... Read more →


FAA Records Reveal 503 Wildlife Strikes at Philly Airport

The FAA had been under mounting pressure to release the records since the dramatic Hudson River splashdown of US Airways Flight 1549 in January. Carrying 155 people, the jet struck a flock of geese shortly after takeoff from New York's LaGuardia Airport, knocking out both engines. Everyone aboard survived. PHOTO: Bird strikes are rare but they happen... The federal agency initially balked at opening the database to the public. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood overruled the FAA this week. Since the year 2000 Philadelphia International Airport had 503 wildlife strikes, 10 reports of substantial damage -- SEARCH FAA RECORDSRelated articles by... Read more →


BOARD ADJUSTS EXTENDED BEAR SEASONS

PENNSYVANIA-The Board of Commissioners today gave final approval to the traditional three-day statewide black bear season before Thanksgiving, extended bear seasons in certain portions of the state concurrent with the first week of the firearms deer season and a two-day archery season. While most bear seasons remain the same, extended hunting opportunities were added for WMUs 5B and 5C, in the southeastern portion of the state, and will run Dec. 2-5, Wednesday through Saturday, along with the concurrent firearms deer season in these units. However, the Board removed WMU 3C, in the northeastern corner of the state, from the extended season,... Read more →


American Hero: Cpl. Brad A. Davis, 21, of Garfield Heights, Ohio

DoD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Cpl. Brad A. Davis, 21, of Garfield Heights, Ohio, died April 22 near Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 82nd Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. Related American Hero Read more →


To My Fellow Residents,

To my fellow residents, I was proud to see so many Union brothers and sisters at the City Council meeting last night. I was moved by their show of respectful protest and solidarity. Often it is difficult to band together, even through a common cause, but seeing all of our City’s Union Locals coming together to express their discontent was impressive. I was reminded of the recent contract fight that our Local, USW 10-1, went though with our employer, Sunoco, Inc. Our Grievance & Negotiating Committee was confronted at the bargaining table with threats of layoffs (211 proposed in total), wage... Read more →


How to build a Skatepark in your Community

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif., July 26, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Skateboarding is not a crime, or so the saying goes, but in some cities in the U.S. that may not be the case. The International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) together with the Tony Hawk Foundation and Skaters for Public Skateparks is offering skateboarders nationwide a simple way to make skateboarding legal in their community: a skatepark! Getting a skatepark built with the qualities to keep young skateboarders attracted is of major concern for advocates. The Public Skatepark Development Guide (SkateparkDevelopmentGuide.org) takes readers through the difficult and sometimes confusing process to... Read more →


PA. DEER SEASONS TO BE SIMILAR FOR 2009-10

Image via Wikipedia The Board of Game Commissioners gave final approval to a slate of deer seasons for the 2009-10 seasons that retains all of the opportunities provided in the past to address the goals of the agency’s deer management plan. The only significant change was the Board’s vote to extend the late flintlock season for Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) 2B, 5C and 5D to run from Dec. 26 to Jan. 23. Hunters in WMUs 2D, 2G, 3C and 4B will again have a five-day, antlered deer only season starting the Monday after Thanksgiving, followed immediately by seven days of concurrent,... Read more →


Upcoming Events in Bellmawr

Featured Events May 4th, Monday -- May 9th, Saturday Annunication Church Carnival, 601 W. Browning Road Tuesday & Wednesday are Family Nights For More Information: 931-6307 May 9th, Saturday 9:00 AM-12 PM Free Rabies Clinic Bellmawr Park Fire Hall, Essex Avenue May 17th, Sunday Miss Bellmawr Pageant Bellmawr Ballroom, Lewis Avenue Related articles by Zemanta Phantoms sale news dims hope for arena (gloucestercitynews.net) Google's Street View comes to Bellmawr (markmatthews.com) PCP, cocaine, .357, found after firey S.J. crash (philly.com) ClearysNoteBook: Bellmawr Holiday House Winners Announced (gloucestercitynews.net) Read more →


Mary Louise Kuligowski, age 100, of Haddon Heights

KULIGOWSKI Mary Louise “Marie” On April 21, 2009. Age 100. (nee Ackerle) Of Haddon Heights. Formerly of South Camden. Loving wife of the late Benjamin Bruno Kuligowski. Devoted mother of Dr. Wallace K. Kuligowski and his wife Kate of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Marie A. Hansen and late husband Charles of Medford. Beloved grandmother of 6 and great-grandmother of 10. Marie was raised in South Camden and moved to Haddon Heights in 1955. She was a resident of Haddon Heights for 51 years. Private family services were held at Holy Trinity / Resurrection of Our Lord Polish National Catholic Cemetery in... Read more →


Carl W. Hurlock, age 28, of Gloucester City

HURLOCK Carl W. Suddenly, On April 17. 2009. Age 28. Of Gloucester City. Loving Son of Barbara A. (nee Jervis) of Gloucester City and the late Paul G. Hurlock, Sr. Cherished brother of Penny, Francis of Gloucester City and the late Paul G., Jr. Also survived by his daughter Angie. At the request of the family, funeral services will be private. Expressions of sympathy www.mccannhealey.com under online obituaries of Carl W. Hurlock. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City, NJ. Phone: 856-456-1142. Related: Authorities Continue Investigation Read more →


GRC Warns City of Gloucester City to Comply with OPRA Request

State of New Jersey Government Records Council Trenton NJ April 24, 2009 VIA E-MAIL ONLY Mr. Paul J. Kain Custodian Gloucester City 512 Monmouth Street Gloucester City, NJ 08030 Re: John Paff v. Gloucester City (Camden), GRC Complaint No. 2009-102 Dear Paul J. Kain, The New Jersey Government Records Council (“GRC”) sent you a request for the Statement of Information via cover letter dated April 8, 2009 in order for you to present the facts and legal arguments from your perspective in response to the denial of access complaint filed against you in the above referenced complaint. The GRC is not... Read more →


Gloucester City Council Meeting Agenda for 4-23

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. Resolutions: R118 Adopting Emergency Temporary Budget Appropriations R119 Appointment of Fire Official R120 For Brownsfield Development Area (BDA) Oversight Assistance to be Awarded to RT Environmental Services, Inc. R121 To Correct Billing Charges on Utility Records R122 To Return Over-Payments... Read more →


Developing Story: City Employees Picket Council Meeting; Mayor Files Insubordination Charges Against City Clerk Paul Kain

Gloucester City Employees picket Thursday night's City Council meeting over stalled contract talks. Employees and supporters packed the council chambers demanding action on union contracts. Also from Thursday's council agenda: Under New Business a) Mayor James proffering charges against Paul J. Kain, City Clerk - Insubordination, Failure to Perform Duties, Deliberate Delay or Restriction of Work Effort (additional charge) Read more →


Authorties Continue to Investigate Shooting of Gloucester City Man

GLOUCESTER CITY-Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk and Gloucester City Police Chief Bill Crothers reported a police shooting that led to the death of a 28-year-old Gloucester City man. Carl Hurlock, of the 500 block of Dukewood Avenue, was shot multiple times in front of his home. Police responded to the residence about 6:15 p.m. Friday, April 17, for a report of a man with a knife. There they found Hurlock outside threatening to stab himself. Officers engaged in negotiations with Hurlock for approximately an hour, during which time Hurlock entered and exited his residence repeatedly. About 7 p.m. Hurlock is... Read more →


St. Mary School would like to congratulate the following Alumni

Kimberly Glassman, Class of 2000 Kimberly Glassman graduated from Caldwell College in December 2008. Kimberly received her BA in English, certifications in Education and Special Education, and is a Caldwell College Scholar. She is currently teaching at Pemberton Twp. High School. Krista Glassman, Class of 2002 Krista is a junior at St. John’s University and received the Saint Thomas More Award for Forming Christian Conscious. Congratulation to both Saint Mary’s Graduates! Keep up the good work! Gail Corey Principal St. Mary Grammar School, Gloucester City Related: Category St. Mary School/Parish Read more →


Do The parents of Athletic Children Understand the Word Volunteer?

By Step UP The Gloucester City Mustangs, Gloucester City Girls Softball, Gloucester City Soccer, Carmen Palmeiro Basketball League and Gloucester Little League rely on the efforts of volunteers. These organizations charge a fee to participate, and to a few people the fee charged may seem high, but when you investigate the cost to participate in other communities you have to wonder how Gloucester Athletics can be so reasonable. Look at your son or daughter’s uniform and you will see a name of a business or group on the front. It may be considered advertising to some people but how many of... Read more →


Brooklawn Legion Auxiliary Reaches out to Disaster Victims

The Camden County American Red Cross was the recipient of new stuffed animals that were collected by the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Unit 72, Brooklawn. These stuffed toys will be distributed by Red Cross Disaster Se rvices Volunteers to children of families who are displaced by fires and other disasters in our county. Cheryl Dolson, Vice-President of the Auxiliary and her sister Rusty O’Hara, Chairperson for Children and Youth delivered the large box of toys to the Camden County Red Cross Emergency Services Director Rick Paul and learned that Rick’s Grandfather, the late PHOTO (l) Rick Paul, Cheryl Dolson and (r)... Read more →


American Hero: Cpl. William C. Comstock, 21, of Van Buren, Ark

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Cpl. William C. Comstock, 21, of Van Buren, Ark., died April 22 as a result of a non-hostile incident in Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. The incident is under investigation. Related: Category American Hero Read more →


Officer Down: Patrolman Terry Adams Killed in Motorcycle Crash

Georgia Officer Killed in Motorcycle Crash TIFTON, Ga. -- City of Tifton employees are still reeling from the news of the death of police officer Terry Adams following a wreck between his patrol motorcycle and a truck at noon Wednesday at the intersection of Potts Road and Tift Avenue. "Terry was very dedicated to his job," said Tifton Police Chief Jim Smith. "We are all a family here and the thing about it is, his primary job was to keep accidents from happening." Smith and other city employees were at the main fire station eating lunch when they heard over the... Read more →


Dorothy Daley, age 86, of Maple Shade

Dorothy Daley DALEY, Dorothy On April 12, 2009, Easter Sunday, Dorothy went home to the Lord. Age 86. Of Maple Shade. Survived by her cousins and devoted caregivers of the Palace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Dorothy has been a resident of Maple Shade since 1996. Graveside Service and Burial are private in Land of Canaan Cemetery, Elk Township. Expressions of sympathy can be e-mailed to www.mccannhealey.com under online obituaries of Dorothy Daley. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: Read more →


Welcome Signs Need some TLC

By Bill Cleary I received a TIP/complaint the other day about the conditions of some of the Gloucester City Welcome Signs that greet visitors to our City. The individual wrote, “I was wondering if you could post a message about the GC Welcome Planters around our city. It would be nice if they were cleaned up. The one near the border of Brooklawn and Gloucester City on Broadway (above) is overgrown with weeds. The sign near the high school on Market Street (left) is also over run with weeds. The one off of Rt 42 at Market Street still has dried... Read more →


FREE LUNCH

BELLMAWR NJ-I found an interesting book called Free Lunch http://www.amazon.com/Free-Lunch-Wealthiest-Themselves-Government/dp/1591841917 Bass Pro Shops is mentioned in the book as one of the companies that take advantage of towns eager for a big store to move in-- but often doesn’t pay for land or pay property taxs etc. I thought it was interesting because Bass Pro Shops is the anchor mentioned in the Bellmawr dump project, although I don’t think they have signed any paperwork last I heard. After enduring a year of dump trucks and water trucks in town, most residents will probably glad to see anything get built on the... Read more →


Kids Fishing Derby Saturday

The Gloucester City Earth Day Kids Fishing Derby will be held this Saturday from 8 to 12 at Martins Lake, Johnson Blvd. and Baynes Ave. This is the 9th year the Lakes Association has been running the event. You are invited to come out and enjoy the day. Photo: One of the participants from last year's derby (click to enlarge) The Gloucester City Earth Day Kids Fishing Derby will be held this Saturday from 8 to 12 at Martins Lake, Johnson Blvd. and Baynes Ave. This is the 9th year the Lakes Association has been running the event. You are invited... Read more →


Thousands Honor Doolittle Raiders at the 67th Reunion

By Navy Lt. Jennifer Cragg Special to American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, April 20, 2009 - Thousands of people, young and old, gathered to honor five of the nine surviving Doolittle Raiders at the 67th Reunion in Columbia, S.C., April 16-18. On April 18, 1942, the Doolittle Raiders, led by then-Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, became the first to bombard Japan following the attack on Pearl Harbor. "Early on, everybody thought leaving the flight deck of the carrier was the biggest challenge of the trip," retired Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, Doolittle's co-pilot, said. "As it turned out, it was the easiest... Read more →


Talley to be Honored Thursday at Luncheon

The 1964 Gloucester Catholic High School Parochial B State Champs. Coach Dick Talley, back row behind Coach Ray Ford, will be honored at a luncheon this coming Thursday at O'Donnell's Restaurant, 401 N. Broadway, Gloucester City. photo submitted by John Hayes The Gloucester Catholic High school Alumni Association is honoring former basketball Coach Dick Talley at a luncheon, April 23rd at Donnell’s Restaurant, 401 N. Broadway 11:30 AM. Talley helped to guide the 1964 Rams team to the Parochial B State Championship. All are invited; you need not be a graduate of Gloucester Catholic to attend. Please call Rams Alumni Tom... Read more →


American Hero: Lance Cpl. Ray A. Spencer II, 20, of Ridgecrest, Calif

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lance Cpl. Ray A. Spencer II, 20, of Ridgecrest, Calif., died April 16 as a result of a non-hostile incident in Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. The incident is currently under investigation. Read more →


Gloucester City Barber goes strong after 6 decades

Courier-Post. His father, Francesco "Frank" Anello Sr., learned the trade after immigrating to New Jersey from southern Italy in 1902 at age 14. He opened his first barbershop in Harrison, then moved to Camden and finally to Gloucester. Frank Anello Jr. was born in January 1924, the same month his father opened shop in downtown Gloucester. He was one of six siblings -- four brothers and two sisters. His father trained all the boys to become barbers. Read more →