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With sales of the 2009-10 license set to begin in mid-June, Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe is reminding all first-time license buyers to make plans to attend a Hunter-Trapper Education (HTE) course now. To register for a course in your area, visit the Game Commission’s website (, select the “Hunter Education Classes” icon in the center of the homepage, and then follow the instructions. With the support of thousands of volunteers, HTE courses are being held throughout the state. There is no fee for the basic HTE course. Pre-registration is required for many classes, so contact information is provided. Online registration also is available for most courses offered by the agency. Taught by dedicated teams of trained volunteers, most HTE classes last at least 10 hours over two or more days, and participants must attend all instruction before taking the test at the end of the course.... Read more →

Marine Regulations Summary Card Available

The NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife's 2009 Marine Recreational Minimum Size, Possession Limits and Seasons Summary Card will not be available at local bait and tackle shops, marinas, sporting good stores, and marine supply stores until the third week of June. However, a PDF of the summary card has been posted on the division's website and can be viewed and printed online at . An online version of the Marine Digest is available at .Related articles by Zemanta Skillful Angler Awards ( Read more →

Gloucester City HS captures South Jersey crown

- Chain had help offensively with Jill Stafford going 3-for-3 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored. Grace Cooney also added three hits and two runs scored in the winning effort. Taylor Gillespie and Rachel Centofante had a hit each for Pitman in the loss. The Lions will move on to face Central Jersey champion New Egypt, a 1-0 winner over Florence in 10 innings, in their pursuit of a state title. Read more →

American hero: Spc. Chad A. Edmundson, 20, of Williamsburg, Pa

DoD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Spc. Chad A. Edmundson, 20, of Williamsburg, Pa., died May 27 in Baghdad of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit while on a dismounted patrol. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry, 56th Stryker Brigade, Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Read more →

City School Board and Union Agree on Sick Bank Guidelines

By Linda Boker-Angelo NEWS Correspondent Following the swearing in of incumbents Louisa Llewellyn, Ray Coxe and Edward Hubbs at the reorganization meeting, members of the Gloucester City Board of Education (BOE) re-elected Llewellyn to serve as Board president, while Coxe was chosen to continue as vice-president. During the regular meeting, teacher Rachel Clancy, Chairman of the Gloucester City Education Association (GCEA)’s Sick Bank Com-mittee, thanked the Board for meeting with the committee members to quickly and painlessly come to an agreement on the sick bank guidelines. A sick bank usually is designed to aid employees who have used all of their accrued sick, personal and vacation time due to an injury or illness of their own or due to the health issue of a family member. Llewellyn also praised the GCEA for a smooth and pleasant negotiation. She said that although both sides initially came to the table with some... Read more →


On behalf of the volunteers of the Helping Hand Food Ministry, I would like to thank the Gloucester City Postal Workers for organizing the food drive last week. It was very successful and added greatly to our food supply. A special thank you to Brandon Labbree and Sara Conner, students at Gloucester High School; the members of the Gloucester City Lions Club and members of the various churches who helped unload the trucks, sort and store all the fool items. We appreciate all the work of everyone who participated and the generosity of all those who donated food items to the drive. Thank you for helping us to help others in our community. Mary Jane Nash, Volunteer Read more →

June Happenings for Mt. Ephraim Public Schools

June Happenings: 3rd - Mary Bray Book Fair (3 - 4 pm & 6 - 8 pm) 4th - Mary Bray 1st Gr. Circus (1 pm), Mary Bray Book Fair (3 - 4 pm), PTO Burger King Cashola Night 8th - B.O.E. Meeting (7:30 pm) RWK Media Center 9th - Mary Bray Honor Roll Breakfast (Gr. 3 & 4) (8 to 8:30 am) 12th - Mary Bray Pre-K End of Year Celebration (9:30 am & 1:30 pm) 15th - Mary Bray Fun Day All Pre-school Students (8:30 – 11 AM) 15th & 16th Gr. K-8 (12:30 dismissal) PS - AM & PM session (8:30 – 11 am) 16th - Gr. 8 Graduation (6:30 pm) Tickets Required 17th – Last Day of School Kershaw School - Final Exam Schedule Gr. 8 Tuesday – 6/2/09 ( Language Arts) Wednesday – 6/3/09 (Social Studies) Friday – 6/5/09 ( Math) Monday – 6/8/09 (Science)... Read more →

Mt. Ephraim School District to Run Child Care Program

By Leigh Anne Hockenberry NEWS Correspondent Just Kids by Archway Programs currently provides before and after school child care for students throughout various districts in South Jersey. But, Superintendent Joseph Rafferty advised the Mount Ephraim Board of Education (BOE) that Mary Bray School will be running the before and after school child care in the future. Instead of the revenue leaving the district, it has the potential to decrease the overall tax burden, which could result in lower taxes for residents. A parent of a second grade student told the School Board that he feels the school is run like a prison due to the limited access parents have to the school, such as not being allowed in the gym for the Halloween parade if it was to have rained that day. Rafferty said security is very important because there are dangerous people out in the world and that he... Read more →

Rams Beat Unbeaten Lions 1-0

By Albert Countryman Jr. On a breezy, cloudy evening under the lights, the Rams and Lions played a tremendous softball game. Great pitching and defense were on display before more than 1,000 lively fans enjoying a Saturday night – and occasionally questioning a call or two by the umpires. The Gloucester Catholic and Gloucester City softball teams are among the five best in South Jersey – and they proved it. Also, it was an excellent tune-up for both teams before the state playoffs. The Lions hosted a Group 1 game Thursday, May 21. The Rams began Parochial A tournament play on Wednesday, May 27. But, on the field, thoughts of the playoffs were not in the players’ minds. Instead, this was the annual, cross-town rivalry game. Seniors from both teams were honored during pre-game announcements with bouquets of roses. Then came the National Anthem, and the words, “Play Ball.” Recovering... Read more →

American Hero: Army 1st Sgt. Blue C. Rowe, 33, of Summers, Ark

DoD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Army 1st Sgt. Blue C. Rowe, 33, of Summers, Ark., died May 26 in Panjshir Province, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 426th Civil Affairs Battalion, Upland, Calif. Category American Hero Read more →

Obama: Spirit of Memorial Day Must Extend Beyond Actual Observance

By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, May 26, 2009 – America’s troops and their families embody what’s best in the country, and the American people have a responsibility to serve them as well as the troops serve the country, President Barack Obama said this weekend during his radio address to the nation. Obama expressed hope that the spirit of Memorial Day will extend beyond the actual holiday observance. He said he’s committed as president to honoring the nation’s “sacred trust” to those who wear or have worn the uniform – a trust he conceded it hasn’t always lived up to. “All too often in recent years and decades, we, as a nation, have failed to live up to that responsibility,” he said. “We have failed to give them the support they need or pay them the respect they deserve.” In vowing to ensure that’s not repeated, Obama said... Read more →

Lt. Col. Mark E. Stratton II and Senior Airman Ashton L. M. Goodman

DoD Identifies Air Force Casualties The Department of Defense announced today the death of two airmen who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died May 26 near Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device. Killed were: Lt. Col. Mark E. Stratton II, 39, of Houston. He was assigned to the Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Senior Airman Ashton L. M. Goodman, 21, of Indianapolis. She was assigned to the 43rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, Pope Air Force Base, N.C. category American Hero Read more →

In Your Own Words: Kudos to Mr. Bittman & Lakes are Much Cleaner

NICE JOB ON CEDAR GROVE Mr. Emery Bittmann does a great job taking care of Cedar Grove Cemetery. The person that complained must be crazy. Does this person know how much work goes into taking care of the cemetery. It would be nice if all the churches gave a dollar once a month to help. It is just two people that take care of the place. Let’s think about it, Cedar Grove has people of all faiths buried there because it is affordable. There are veterans buried there also. What does the developer think if a cemetery is too old and not taken care of, will it become condos? Let’s give support to Mr. Bittmann. Stephen S. Trembach, Gloucester City LAKES ARE MUCH CLEANER Cheers to the Lake Association. I know it seems like a hopeless job but, the lakes are so much cleaner and more attractive since the organization... Read more →

Sotomayor Ruled That States Do Not Have to Obey Second Amendment . ( – Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor ruled in January 2009 that states do not have to obey the Second Amendment’s commandment that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. In Maloney v. Cuomo, Sotomayor signed an opinion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that said the Second Amendment does not protect individuals from having their right to keep and bear arms restricted by state governments. Read more →

Gloucester City Council Regular Meeting Agenda

Thursday, May 28, 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. Oaths of Office: Firefighters: Philip Kormann, David Engle, Shaun Dannenfelser, Robert Glassman, Kurt Dillon, Nicholas Schultz, Daniel Harkins 6. Proclamation: Gloucester High School Girls’ Basketball South Jersey Champions 7. Resolutions: R138 To Correct Billing Charges on Utility Records R139 Authorizing Senior and Veterans Deductions R140 To Return Overpayments on Various Tax Records R141 Authorizing Refunds on the Planning and Zoning Board Escrow Account R142 Authorizing an Interlocal Services Agreement with Camden County 2006 and 2007 County Recycling Tonnage... Read more →

North Wind Featured at Penns Landing

The City schooner North Wind operated by Gloucester City Sail was the main attraction at Penns Landing, Philadelphia this past Sunday, May 24th. CLICK ON PHOTOS TAKEN THAT DAY TO ENLARGE The North Wind was invited to participate in Delaware River Day. The North Wind's volunteer crew and captain ran eight cruises and distrib uted several brochures promoting Gloucester City. Capt. Chuck Reed, along with the crew, is to be congratulated for promoting schooner's maritime youth program to the Delaware River Region. Visit their website, for private charter information and more on the schooner's youth school program.Related articles by Zemanta Truck Accident Causes Traffic Delays ( In Your Own Words: How Dare You People ( Letters: THANKS TO THE GLOUCESTER CITY FIREFIGHTERS/EMTs ( St. Mary Grammar School 150th Anniversary ( Read more →

Part II: The Merging and Closing of Camden Diocese's Schools and Parishes

By Paula Carlton NEWS Correspondent (Editor’s Note: This is part two in a series about the Diocese of Camden’s plan to reduce the number of parishes from 124 to 68, with 107 Church/Worship sites). Source Gloucester City News The Camden Diocese is closing and merging par-ishes, and also trying to consolidate Catholic ele-mentary schools, as part of its plan to make “vibrant parishes,” account for the lack of priests, and to save money. Spokesperson Andrew Walton said a major study showed six priorities to invigorate parish life, and that “Many parishes lacked the (financial) resources to advance those six pastoral priorities.” Bishop Joseph Galante is expected to announce the final merger plans within the next month. Meanwhile, in Camden County, which he said has a declining Catholic pop-ulation, the Diocese has already closed Annun-ciation School in Bell-mawr. Also, they had developed plans to merge St. Mary School, Gloucester City, St.... Read more →

New Fishing Web Site www.

With the start of summer it is only fitting to announce a new state of the art fishing web site. is a local forum bringing together both fishermen (and women) with industry professionals. The site is the creation of 2 local South Jersey lifelong recreational fishermen. The website intends to provide up to date fishing reports, weather reports and other areas of interest. One of the creators was born and raised in Gloucester City. Tim Tedesco fishes in the Delaware Bay, Outer Banks, South Florida and anywhere else he can manage to get on the water. The other creator is originally from Southern California. Rob Kempf moved to South Jersey at the age of 15 and fishes wherever and whenever he can. The fishtalk forum is an area where users can sign up and discuss tactics, locations and techniques. There is even a forum labeled bait shop, where users... Read more →

In Your Own Words: How We Spent Your Donations

Image via Wikipedia Thanks to all who contributed to the Gloucester City Lions Club 21st White Cane Drive in 2008. Approximately $3,215 was received from the drive. The Lions members supplied the funds necessary for printing and mailing. Listed below are the recipients of your $3,215 plus monies from the Lions Club: Gloucester City Little League, $1550; send two Gloucester City boys to Boy’s State (Brooklawn Legion), $370; American Legion Scholarship Fund, $50; tickets for GHS and GCHS students to attend “All Star Basketball Tournament,” $200; Gloucester City Celebrations Committee, $200; Lakes Association Fishing Derby, $100; Gloucester City Girl’s Softball League, $160. Also, Larc School, $250; Transplant Foundation, $50; Hammonton Lions Club Charity, $50; Gloucester City Student Peace Poster Award, $100; Children’s Fresh Air Home, $400; GCHS Scholarship Awards @$250 each, $500; GHS Scholarship Awards @$250 each, $500; GHS Charles M. Nash Leo Club Member Award, $300; Gloucester City Helping... Read more →

William H. Clements, of Gloucester City, Retired County Employee, Methodist Church Member

CLEMENTS William H. On May 26, 2009. Age 79. Of Gloucester City. Devoted and loving husband of 49 years to the late Ruth J. Clements (nee Stauffer). Loving and caring father of David W. Clements of Lindenwold, Kathleen Clements of Shamong, Colleen M. Roque of Haddon Heights and the late John W. Clements. Predeceased by his two sisters. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. William was born and raised in Gloucester City. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army. William worked 30 years as a laborer for the Camden County Highway Dept. before retiring in 1990. He was a longtime member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Gloucester City. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his viewing on Saturday morning from 9 to 11 am at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, (at Brown Street) Gloucester City. Funeral service will take place in the... Read more →

Coxe Withdraws from Gloucester Democrat Primary

To the Democrats of the Second Ward, it is with a heavy heart that I inform you today that I am withdrawing from the Democratic Primary on June 2. I apologize for the timing of this withdrawal, but after much thought and deliberation, I feel it is best. My commitments to work and family are drawing greater attention and I must dedicate my time to them. That being said, I ask you, before you cast your ballot on Election Day, ask yourself, are you satisfied with the work that has been done over the last three years? Look at your tax bill, look at your neighborhood, look at the services you receive from the city and ask, over the last three years, have any of them improved as you were told they would? This is a turning point for Gloucester City and the Democrat Party. Upon reflection on these questions,... Read more →

Jim Coppola, a Great Guy who Enjoyed Life to the Fullest

By Bill Cleary Vincent James Coppola Jr., of Franklin Township, passed away suddenly on Sunday May 24. Jim, as he was known by his friends, was born and raised in Gloucester City. He was 66. PHOTO: Jim with a flounder he caught while fishing with his friend Bob Bevan Those of us who knew Jim will remember him for his smile and quick wit. He had a dry sense of humor and he loved to laugh. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was one of the original members of the defunct Gloucester City Rod and Gun Club. Jim is an original member of the Gloucester City Breakfast Club. He retired from the Sheet Metal Workers’ Local Union No. 19 in 2003 with 22 years of service. Jim was an avid boater and also loved fishing and hunting. In the 60’s Jim served in the New Jersey National Guard, 150th Armored... Read more →

Municipal Taxes Increases $98 In Mount Ephraim

By Bill Bates Mount Ephraim NEWS Correspondent The Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting in Mount Ephraim on May 7 had very few seats empty as the hot topic for the evening was the Proposed School Tax Increase as well as the Municipal Tax Increase. Many residents asked many questions regarding the tax increases and why they are one of the highest in the area. Resident Mark MacGarvey from James Street wanted to know “When is enough?” “We the taxpayers are at a max between the school and the municipal tax.” Several other residents expressed similar feelings to the BOC. Dan Preziosi from Kings Highway wanted to know if everything was being done to help keep costs at a minimal? Mayor Wolk reassured the residents in attendance that they have been doing their best with what they have been dealt. Resident Erin Smalls, a school teacher in another district, who has... Read more →

Mount Ephraim School Taxes Increase $274

By Bill Bates Mount Ephraim NEWS Correspondent Recently the Mount Ephraim Board Of Education proposed a 33 cents tax increase for the 2009-2010 school budget. The school budget was defeated on April 21 by a large margin of 441 residents voting “no” and only 111 residents voting “yes.” This was believed to have been the largest budget defeat of the past 5 years as each has been shot down by the taxpayers. After a school budget gets defeated it then goes before the local governing body; the Mount Ephraim Board of Commissioners (BOC); Mayor Joe Wolk, Commissioner Bruce Greenwald and Commissioner Andy Gilmore, who can recommend how much they would like to see cut from the proposed increase. A special meeting was then held on Thursday, May 14 at 5:00 pm at the borough court room to hear public comment and to answer questions from the residents. Only about 12... Read more →

Rolling Thunder Roars Through Nations' Capital

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, May 24, 2009 – Pam Crane sat peacefully in a patch of freshly mowed grass along Highway 27 here in the nation’s capital, remembering her husband, his patriotism and his cause. Bikers from all across the country pull into the Pentagon's north parking lot May 24, 2009, to participate in the 22nd Annual Rolling Thunder rally in Washington, D.C., to remind the nation that many American servicemembers who were prisoners of war or missing in action are still unaccounted for. DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. She overlooked a sea of motorcycles and bandana-wearing war veterans gathered today in the Pentagon’s north parking lot for the 22nd Annual Rolling Thunder rally. Each and every one of them, she said, share her husband Warren’s passion to never... Read more →

DRPA Targets Seat Belt Violators through “Click It or Ticket” Campaign

Image via Wikipedia Now through Sunday, May 31, the Delaware River Port Authority’s Public Safety Department will join law enforcement officers throughout South Jersey to step up enforcement and education of the state’s Primary Seat Belt Law. The enforcement and education program comes as part of the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign. “The use of seat belts is one of the most effec­tive means of reducing fatalities and serious injuries in traffic crashes,” said John J. Matheussen, Chief Executive Officer of DRPA and President of PATCO. “The intent of the Click It or Ticket campaign is simple – to save lives and prevent injuries.” The campaign, sponsored and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is part of the state's annual effort to increase seat belt use through a combination of heavy enforcement, advertising and public awareness campaigns. The Delaware River Port Authority is a regional transportation agency.... Read more →

Robert J. Diesner Jr., of Haddon Hts., WWII Navy Veteran

DIESNER Robert J., Jr. On May 24, 2009. Age 85. Of Haddon Heights. Formerly of Marlton and Haledon. Loving and devoted husband of 63 years to Gertrude E. (nee Thomas). Beloved father of Robert J. (Mary) Diesner, III of Haddon Heights and John T. (Angela) Diesner of Lincoln Park, NJ. Loving grandfather of Maureen (Shawn), Michael (Alyssa), Daniel and Jacki Lynn. Loving great-grandfather of Jack, Joe, Harry and Nate. Robert was born in Paterson, NJ where he graduated from Central High School. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. In his later years he enjoyed traveling, with his wife, to each USS Sperry reunion. He worked 38 years for NY Bell Telephone Company in New York City and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his visitation on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 pm at... Read more →

Gloucester City: Independence Day Parade Registration Form

Independence Day Parade Registration Form Return form NO LATER THAN 6/19/09 to: Kellie Ferry at 512 Municipal Bldg. Monmouth Street, Gloucester NJ 08030 *Organization_______________________________________________________________________ Contact Name_______________________________________________________________________ Mailing Address_____________________________________________________________________ Daytime Phone_____________________________ Evening Phone________________________ *Cell Phone________________________________ *Email________________________________ (*if applicable) What category will you be participating in? o Best Large Float o Best Small Float o Best Decorated Bike o Most Unique Vehicle o Best Costume o Best Dressed Animal o Best Marching Unit Is music included with your entry? oYes oNo oRecorded Music oLive Music Will you be distributing anything (ex. candy). If so what_________________________? Parade Classification-Check all that apply. oTruck and Trailer Unit oVehicle Unit oAnimal Unit oMarching Unit oCivic organization (churches, residents, civic groups, etc.) oYouth Group oOther___________________________________________________________________________ Length of Entry-Check what best describes your entry. o1-14 feet oabout 15 feet oabout 25 feet oabout 35 feet oabout 45 feet oabout 60 feet oother_____________________________________________________________________________ Quantity-include approximate numbers oPeople____________ oCars______________ oTrucks____________... Read more →

Cpl. Mark Camp: Heroes in the War on Terror In May of 2005, Marines stationed in Anbar province began a week-long hunt to root out insurgents and foreign fighters in the volatile areas around the Syrian border. Dubbed Operation Matador, those tasked with carrying out the mission encountered enemies who had dug in and were ready to fight: deadly roadside bombs, sniper attacks, and several well-planned ambushes. One day after the operation began, then-Lance Cpl. Camp and his company were sent to New Ubaydi on a house-clearing mission. As Camp’s squad entered one of the houses, insurgents hiding in a closet and in an underground crawlspace opened fire, shooting four Marines. Camp, outside, heard the gunfight and immediately ran inside to help. Three separate times he entered and exited the building to recover his squad members and clear the house of insurgents. On May 11, Camp was again tested. This time, his company was heading to another small... Read more →


Image by publik16 via Flickr If the rescued individual doesn’t make life miserable for you in the courts, they just might kill you. I’m aware of four instances where officers responded to a domestic violence situation and when the wife realized the breadwinner was going to jail she assaulted and killed her would-be rescuers. My Tac Unit partner and I backed up a precinct unit on a domestic assault arrest. As the husband was being handcuffed the wife disappeared down the hallway. I motioned to my partner and we followed her down the hall with guns drawn. We found her in the bedroom loading a Winchester .30-.30 lever action rifle. We quickly disarmed and cuffed her. As we brought her into the living room a precinct sergeant ordered us to let her go. Category Breaking News Category Crime Read more →


Eleven people were hanging on a rope, under a helicopter. 10 men and 1 woman. The rope was not strong enough to carry them all, so they decided that one had to leave, Because otherwise they were all going to fall. They weren't able to choose that person, Until the woman gave a very touching speech. She said that she would voluntarily let go of the rope, because, As a woman, she was used to giving up everything for her husband and kids or for men in general, and was used to always making sacrifices with little in return. As soon as she finished her speech, All the men started clapping ....... submitted by brother George Category Chuckles Read more →

American Hero: Sgt. 1st Class Brian Naseman, 36, of New Bremen, Ohio

DoD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sgt. 1st Class Brian Naseman, 36, of New Bremen, Ohio, died May 22 in Taji, Iraq of a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 108th Forward Support Company, attached to 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry, 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Sussex, Wisconsin. The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation. Category American Hero Read more →

Gloucester City : Traffic Accident Route 76 North

Gloucester City NJ Rt 76 North MM 1.5 5-24-09 14:45hrs Mount Ephraim Fire Dept Deputy Chief 402 (Gilmore) arrived and reported a vehicle on its roof with 1 person trapped, Gloucester City Squad 51, Camden Rescue 1 and Mount Ephraim Squad 45 operated to extricate the victim, UMDNJ EMS Camden BLS 43 and Mount Ephraim BLS 4 transported with Virtua Paramedics to Cooper. New Jersey State Police are investigating the accident Steve Skipton Photos Related articles by Zemanta Mt. Ephraim Food Kitchen Seeking Food and Clothes for the Needy ( Breaking News: Six-Year-Old Boy Hit by Car ( BREAKING NEWS: Suspect Arrested for Aggravated Arson ( Breaking News: Construction on TD Bank to Begin This Week ( Gloucester City: Cumberland Street Fire ( Breaking News: 14 Burglaries in Gloucester City ( Read more →

American Heroes: Major Jason E. George, First Lieutenant Leevi K. Barnard, Sgt. Paul F. Brooks

DoD Identifies Army Casualties The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died May 21 near Baghdad, Iraq of wound sustained when their unit was attacked by enemy forces using improvise explosive devices while on dismounted patrol., Killed were: Major Jason E. George, 38, of Tehachapi, Calif. He was an Army Reservist assigned to the 252nd Combined Arms Battalion, Fayetteville, North Carolina. First Lieutenant Leevi K. Barnard, 28, of Mount Airy, N.C. He was a National Guardsman assigned to the 252nd Combined Arms Battalion, Fayetteville, North Carolina. Sgt. Paul F. Brooks, 34, of Joplin, Mo. He was a National Guardsman assigned to the 935th Aviation Support Battalion, Springfield, Missouri. The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation. Category American Hero Read more →

Overrated and Underrated in the land of "OZ"

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary By Hank F. Miller Jr. Over the past couple of years here in Japan aspects of Japanese life as seen from my point of view. My glasses aren't exactly rose-colored, but neither do I have the evil- eye. These are just some friendly peeks and pokes at what I have come to like and not like in my many years spent here. So here we go... One more list--but probably not the last -- of the best and worst in Japan. Underrated- Dried Squid Now this I have enjoyed since my very first Tokyo beer, about three decades back. Dried squid can be as playful as string cheese and as addictive as a bowl of chips. Sometimes it's so hard to put that next tentacle down. Plus you can chew on it forever,I have name for dried squid,"Japanese chewing gum". Unlike Juicy Fruit, the flavor... Read more →

Against all odds

South Philly Review. Retired from the NFL in ’79 after a career-ending shoulder injury, Papale worked as a TV and radio broadcaster for eight years before becoming a commercial mortgage banker than a motivational speaker. Hewitt said he was honored the former athlete agreed to visit Sacred Heart free of charge when his Web site,, states to call for a price quote to book a speaking appearance. Read more →

American Hero: Chief Warrant Officer (3) Brent S. Cole, 38, of Reedsville, W. Va

DoD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Chief Warrant Officer (3) Brent S. Cole, 38, of Reedsville, W. Va., died May 22, when his helicopter went down in Tarin Kwot, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation. Category American Hero Read more →

Are you a Democrat, a Republican, or a Redneck?

Here is a little test that will help you decide. You're walking down a deserted street with your wife and two small children. Suddenly, an Islamic terrorist with a huge knife comes around the corner. lock eyes with you, screams obscenities, praises Allah, raises the knife, and charges at you. You are carrying a Glock cal 40, and you are an expert shot. You have mere seconds before he reaches you and your family. What do you do? Democrat's Answer Well, that's not enough information to answer the question! Does the man look poor! Or oppressed? Have I ever done anything to him that would inspire him to attack? Could we run away? What does my wife think? What about the kids? Could I possibly swing the gun like a club and knock the knife out of his hand? What does the law say about this situation? Does the Glock... Read more →

Pitman prevails on Satanoff's walk-off single

- Cressman led off the bottom of the seventh with a triple and scored the winning run on a walk-off single by Adam Satanoff. Cressman also hurled seven strong innings, surrendering three runs with seven strikeouts, as top-seeded Pitman edged No. 8 Riverside, 4-3, in a South Jersey Group I quarterfinal. Read more →

Gloucester City High's Chain shuts down Braves

- In a battle between two of Gloucester County's top teams, Taylor Chain and the Gloucester City High School softball team got the better of Williamstown with a 4-0 Tri-County Conference inter-division victory. Gloucester entered the game ranked No. 1 in the Times-area Top 5; Williamstown is No. 2. Chain hurled a complete-game shutout with nine strikeouts, while going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs at the plate. Jill Stafford also had two hits and an RBI for the Lions. DePasquale lifts Gators to easy win over Gloucester in WOODBURY HTS. The Gateway Regional High School baseball team bit Gloucester, 9-1, Friday afternoon, tallying up 14 hits and earning a berth in a South Jersey Group I semifinal. Dom DePasquale turned in a stellar performance both on the mound and at the plate for the second-seeded Gators, going the distance and striking out five while allowing just... Read more →

Saint Mary's Track Team has Outstanding Year

Congratulations to the Saint Mary School Track Team! The boys remain the Division Champs and the girls did a great job this year placing 2nd in the Division. Way to go team!! Special congratulations to James Burkhardt ( shown above) for not only breaking the St. Mary School’s record for the Long Jump, but for also breaking the longest standing league record since 1975 for the long jump. James jumped 17 feet 3 inches. In addition to this to James Burkhardt broke the 100M record for our school on May 9th; James ran a 12.79; the record was 12.9. What is in the future for James? Well, James has qualified to begin training for the Junior Olympics. Good Luck James. Category: St. Mary Grammar/Parish Read more →

Skillful Angler Awards

The NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife's Skillful Angler Awards Program recognizes anglers who catch both freshwater and marine fish, which exceed a size threshold established for each species. In 2008, anglers submitted 168 applications representing 25 different species. In addition to recognizing every skillful angler with a certificate documenting their catch, special recognition is given to the Adult, Junior, and Catch and Release anglers who catch the largest fish of each species. The list of winners has been posted on the division's website. Visit to view the winner's list and information about the winning fish and where and how they were caught.Related articles by Zemanta NJ Hunter Safety Course ( Anglers urged to throw back all salmon caught in Scottish rivers ( Read more →

Arlington 'Flags In' Tribute Begins Memorial Day Commemoration

By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, May 22, 2009 - More than 3,000 servicemembers officially kicked off the Memorial Day commemoration last evening as they placed more than 250,000 miniature flags at every grave at Arlington National Cemetery. Airman Jacob Proffer, a member of the Air Force Honor Guard, pauses to salute a grave after placing a miniature flag at its base during the "Flags In" tribute at Arlington National Cemetery, May 21, 2009. "When I do this, it makes me take a lot more pride every time I put on my uniform, seeing the measure of sacrifice so many have made," he said. DoD photo by Donna Miles (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The tradition, known as "Flags In," dates back to 1948, when soldiers of 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as "The Old Guard," began the annual Memorial Day tribute. This year marked the... Read more →

Police promotional testing and disparate impact If one chooses to enter the race it means countless hours away from family to study the material required. So, imagine if you were a white or Hispanic officer and you came out first on a promotional examination and the test was thrown out by your city because not enough African-American officers would be promoted. What if the situation was reversed and the test was thrown out because not enough white officers would be promoted? Either way, it’s a tough pill to swallow, but this is exactly what happened to a group of white and Hispanic firefighters in the City of New Haven, Connecticut because of something called “disparate impact.” Read more →

Chicago cops to be reviewed on attitude And while there's no mention of having to make a certain number of arrests or issue a certain number of tickets, officers could be judged for that too, if they're not addressing needs in their districts. As an example, Dugan cited issuing few traffic tickets in an area that has a high number of traffic crashes. The ratings could have a real impact on officers' careers, even leading to termination for incompetence for the poorest performers. Read more →

Traffic Accident Klemm Ave. and Johnson Blvd.

Motor vehicle accident intersection of Klemm Avenue and Johnson Blvd., Gloucester City. Time around 5 PM, Thursday, May 21, 2009 Photos by Anthony Saban Related articles by Zemanta March '09 Cheer and Jeer Column ( Gloucester City Set to Replace Their Water Treatment Plant ( 3-Year Fiscal safety net backed for Abbott schools ( BELLMAWR: More photos of Majestic Avenue Fire ( Mt. Ephraim Food Kitchen Seeking Food and Clothes for the Needy ( Read more →

Gloucester City Voters Be Prepared for 3 Elections in 2 Months

By Bill Cleary Opposing Primary candidates of the present Gloucester City Mayor and Council submitted a petition on May 19 to the City Clerk Paul Kain requesting a referendum be placed on the ballot to change the present form of government to a Council-Manager form of municipal government. If the signatures on the petition are validated there would be a special election to vote on the referendum on June 16 just two weeks after the June 2 Primary, followed by another special election in July to vote on the candidates who would be running at large for council. The terms of the present mayor and council members would cease and they (Mayor Bill James, and council members Bill Hagan, John Hutchinson, Bruce Parry, Nick Marchese, Kellie Ferry and Jay Brophy) would have to vacate their seats by August 11, 2009. The cost for the special election (s) is not known... Read more →

In Your Own Words: Change of Government Petition – A “Con” and A “Scam”

According to research by Rutgers University, there are four reasons that motivate people to change their form of government. 1. Growth of the Community: More and better services for an increased population. 2. Frustration with existing government: the lack of responsiveness to citizens needs. 3. Perceived lack of representation: People feel they are not being represented adequately. 4. Political Control: Lastly, but certainly not least is what we are presently experiencing in Gloucester. I quote, “The desire by political factions which are “out” of office to use a change of government campaign to enhance their position. The history of change in New Jersey communities is marked by frequent demands for municipal reorganization by the “outs” since major change in charter results in all municipal offices being vacated and new elections being held.” (sound familiar?) Now let’s talk about the form of government the “outs” have proposed in a “special election”... Read more →

Hunters Beware: Animal Extremists Are Preparing to Do Battle

URGENT: The animal extremists (NJARA) are preparing to do battle with a high profile campaign against the 150' bow perimeter bill. I urge you to ask others to join the NJOA Action Alert so people will be able to contact their legislators and stay informed. Ask them to sign up at the following link under Action E List (at bottom of page.) or you can personally send people a request to sign up by clicking: The link below will take you to their new initiative to portray the outdoor community as radical and to create public hysteria. They have a navigation bar dedicated to assinating my character with half-truths and misinformation. (See "Who's Behind These Bills.") I will be sending additional information shortly, so please ensure that you have others join the Action Alert. We will also have angling bills that will need your support in the... Read more →