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May 2009


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... 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... 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 →

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... 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... 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 &... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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:... 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... 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.... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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 →

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... Read more →

Striper tourney successful for local anglers

- The prize for the largest fish went to John Eckert of Barnsboro with a 33 pounder. The winner of the two combo fish was Rich Vanni of Bridgeton with 50 pounds, six ounces. Second was Bruno Milleta, of Cedarville, with 50 pounds, four ounces. Third was Chick Surran with 44.10. Fourth, Joe Musso, of Rosenhayn, at 38.10. Read more →

Gloucester City Caucus Meeting Agenda

Caucus Meeting of the Mayor and Common Council of Gloucester City Thursday, May 21, 2009 7:00 P.M. 313 Monmouth Street AGENDA 1. Call to Order: 2. Pledge of Allegiance: 3. Roll Call: 4. Sunshine Law: This meeting is being held in conformance 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... Read more →

Tentative NJ 2009-2010 Migratory Bird Dates Set

May 18, 2009 The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife (Division) and Fish and Game Council recently proposed tentative 2009-10 migratory bird hunting season dates. The Division and Fish and Game Council are responsible for adopting migratory bird seasons within the frameworks prescribed in the Code of Federal Regulations promulgated by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). The status of migratory birds is annually measured... Read more →

Information on Faulkner Act (Council-Manager)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Faulkner Act, or Optional Municipal Charter Law, provides for New Jersey municipalities to adopt a Council-Manager government. The council consists of 5, 7, or 9 members elected by the public. One of the councilors — chosen either by at-large election or by a vote among the councilors — serves as the mayor, who is merely the head of council and has no special privileges such as veto power. The... Read more →

Gloucester City: St. Mary School will Remain

By Albert J. Countryman Jr. The Camden Diocese almost closed St. Mary School in Gloucester City for the 2010 school year, ironically after the school, the oldest in the diocese, just celebrated its 150th anniversary. However, a strong push by concerned parishioners and Pastor Msgr. James Curran, St. Mary School will remain open to teach students for hopefully another 150 years. “St. Mary School will stay in Gloucester City as St. Mary School,” Principal Gail... Read more →

In Your Own Words: Unfair to Mr. Bittmann

Add my name to the list of those outraged by the fact that someone would call the City and report Cedar Grove Cemetery and Mr. Emery Bittmann. It is obvious that some people have way too much time on their hands. Terry Callen, Gloucester City published in the Gloucester City News Related articles by Zemanta Video GLOUCESTER CITY NJ: Playing in the Snow ( In Your Own Words: How Dare You People ( What Kind... Read more →

A Referendum to adopt a Council-Manager form of Municipal Government for Gloucester City

By Bill Cleary What a surprising development. Opposing Primary candidates of the present Gloucester City Mayor and Council submitted a petition today (Tuesday) to the City Clerk requesting a referendum be placed on the ballot to change the present form of government to a Council-Manager form of municipal government. The petition contained 260 signatures. Besides those signatures the names of Maggie Gorman-Kain, Shawn Green, Noreen Renzi, Wil Levins , Walt Jost, and William Dilks appeared... Read more →


Amanda L. Greene and Lauren Ross would like to extend their sincere gratitude and thanks to everyone who supported and came out for the beef and beer fundraiser. The proceeds will help make their opportunity possible to play for the USA International Field Hockey Team in Barbados this summer. The girls would like to express special thanks to the following business and certain individuals for their donations and support: The Gloucester City News for the... Read more →


There is a very important Primary Election on June 2. Our friend and Councilman Nick Marchese is running for re-election and needs our support – along with running mates Jay Brophy and Dan Spencer for City Council and the entire Column 3 slate for Democratic Committee. I have lived in this town for 30 years and never met a person more dedicated to the citizens of Gloucester. Nick and the entire Mayor Bill James team... Read more →

Bellmawr Board of Ed Members Take Oath of Office

By Chris Concannon NEWS Correspondent Both new and returning Bellmawr Board of Education Members were sworn in, during the recent annual Reorganization Meeting at Bell Oaks School. Jeff Brickner began a full, three-year term, after completing the unexpired term he had just served. Jamie Casey returned to begin another three-year term, and Tracy Shinkarow was sworn in to complete the balance of the term vacated by the passing of the late Betty Sheppard. Shinkarow has... Read more →

Breaking News: Petition Submitted to Change Present form of City Government

By Bill Cleary To my surprise opposing Primary candidates of the present Gloucester City Mayor and Council submitted a petition today (Tuesday) to the City Clerk requesting a referendum be placed on the ballot to change the present form of government to a Council-Manager form of municipal government. The petition contained 260 signatures. More to come on Wednesday... Related articles by Zemanta We need a better form of government ( Read more →

Bellmawr: Two Car Accident, Injuries Reported

5-19-2009 8:10am 430 W. Browning Rd Bellmawr Camden County Police reported a 2 car accident in front of the Hyde Park Apartments this am. The SUV involved in the accident flipped over and landed on its side trapping the driver, Bellmawr Firefighters and Runnemede Firefighters operated to remove the roof to get the driver out. Bellmawr EMS and Virtua Paramedics transported the driver to the hospital. Bellmawr Police are investigating. Steve Skipton NJ Editor /Apparatus... Read more →

Bow Hunters Offering Conservation Scholarship

The United Bow Hunters of NJ is offering a $1000 Wildlife Conservation Scholarship to a current UBNJ member or the son, daughter or spouse of a UBNJ current member. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in the field of Wildlife Conservation (or related field). The deadline for applying is May 31. The UBNJ supports, and participates in, improving sound wildlife conservation practices and the wise use of New Jersey's renewable natural resources. For information on... Read more →