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May 2009

HUNTER EDUCATION COURSES SLATED FOR SUMMER

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 (www.pgc.state.pa.us), 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... 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 http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/pdf/2009/maregcard09.pdf . An online version of the Marine Digest is available at http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/digmar.htm .Related articles by Zemanta Skillful Angler Awards... Read more →


Gloucester City HS captures South Jersey crown

- NJ.com. 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... Read more →


In Your Own Words: FOOD DRIVE A GREAT SUCCESS

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


Sotomayor Ruled That States Do Not Have to Obey Second Amendment

CNSNews.com . (CNSNews.com) – 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... 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,... 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... Read more →


New Fishing Web Site www. Fishcrazed.com

With the start of summer it is only fitting to announce a new state of the art fishing web site. Fishcrazed.com 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... 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,”... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more →


Cpl. Mark Camp: Heroes in the War on Terror

http://www.defenselink.mil 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... Read more →


THE DANGERS OF INTERVENTION

Image by publik16 via Flickr www.stoppingpower.net. 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... Read more →


11 PEOPLE ON A ROPE

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... 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... 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... Read more →