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June 2009

American Hero: Sgt. Timothy A. David, 28, of Gladwin, Mich.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sgt. Timothy A. David, 28, of Gladwin, Mich., died June 28 in Sadr City, Iraq, of wounds suffered earlier in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Category American Hero Read more →

MICHAEL S. RUNDSTROM, Del Monte Supervisor Succumbs at age 49

Funeral services were held for Michael S. Rundstrom, 49, of Bellmawr who passed away on June 14, 2009. Beloved husband of 20 years of Loretta (nee Arrera). Devoted father of Brandon Rundstrom of Mt. Ephraim and Blair Rundstrom of Bellmawr. Loving son of Fritz and Marlene (nee Koller) Rundstrom of Bellmawr. Dear brother of Richard Rundstrom of Bellmawr and the late Sharon Lee and Susan Ann Rundstrom. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Mr. Rundstrom was a supervisor for Del Monte in Camden. Interment... Read more →

Sheena Colville Crowned Miss Bellmawr

http://www.bellmawr.com Miss Bellmawr Pageant Update The 44th Annual Miss Bellmawr Pageant was held on Sunday, June 14th at the Bellmawr Ballroom. This year there were 18 contestants competing for the title and over 250 attended the Pageant. Congratulations to all the contestants and thank you to everyone that assisted in making the Pageant a success. Best Wishes to the new Miss Bellmawr & her Court for 2009-2010 4th Runner Up -Lisa Stubbs 3rd Runner Up- Kaylee Mitchell 2nd Runner Up-Danielle Ciano 1st Runner Up-Morgan Walton... Read more →


The outdoor film series, Screenings Under the Stars, continues this season. The Great Plaza is transformed into a unique outdoor theater for another season of Screenings Under the Stars. Every Thursday night in July and August, a different popular film will be featured outdoors on a big screen at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, located on Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street. The screening, sponsored by media partners NBC 10 and B101.1 FM, will begin at dusk or approximately 8:30 p.m. in July and 8:00... Read more →


HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced that the Board of Game Commissioners will hold its upcoming meeting on July 8-9, in the auditorium of the agency’s Harrisburg headquarters at 2001 Elmerton Ave., just off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81 in Harrisburg. On Wednesday, July 8, the Board will gather public comments and hear Game Commission staff reports beginning at 8:30 a.m. Doors open at 7:45 a.m. Registration for those interested in offering public testimony – limited to... Read more →

American Hero: Pfc. Peter K. Cross, 20, of Saginaw, Texas

DoD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Pfc. Peter K. Cross, 20, of Saginaw, Texas, died June 26 at Combat Outpost Carwile, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained during a vehicle roll-over. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y. The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation. category American Hero Read more →

Remembering Air Force Captain Ronald L. Bond, of Haddonfield (1947-?)

brought to you by American Legion Post 372, 1532 Martin Ave., Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 * 856-665-3889 * www.alch372.com * squinn9807@aol.com Camden County Vietnam KIA Index (Candlelight RSVP Yes - Family, Friend) Ronald Leslie Bond was born in Camden, NJ, on December 14, 1947. His home of record is Haddonfield, NJ, where he grew up. At the age of 12, Ron was on the Haddonfield Little League Team that went to the state finals. In the same year he was Middle Atlantic AAU, 12 and... Read more →

American Hero: Pvt. Steven T. Drees, 19, of Peshtigo, Wis.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Pvt. Steven T. Drees, 19, of Peshtigo, Wis., died June 28 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, in Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained June 24 in Konar Province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire and a rocket-propelled-grenade launcher. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo. category American Hero Read more →


JERSEY CITY—Former NJCU four-year standout catcher, designated hitter, and left fielder Jonathan Thomas, a May 2005 graduate of the University with a bachelor of arts in English, was named the new head coach of the Gothic Knights baseball program. Thomas will be just the 10th head baseball coach in the 63-year history of the program. “To coach where you played is probably the ultimate opportunity,” said Thomas. “To give back the knowledge you’ve gained throughout the years at your alma mater is something I am... Read more →

Regarding Dead Fish

Yes I believe it is true! I lost 4 fish in my personal tropical tank in my house that I have had for 4 years! I did a 10% water change which I have done 12 times a year and never had a problem! Yes I believe their is a problem with high levels of chlorine and ammonia! Could this be a problem for our citizens? It is killing fish! We need to look into this. Why are the levels so high that this is... Read more →

Penn’s Landing Free Kayaking Program

On Saturday Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced a free kayaking program will be offered in the Penn’s Landing Marina this summer (anticipated start date July 11th). Residents and visitors will have the opportunity to paddle around the marina under the supervision of trained kayak staff. Philadelphia is an exciting waterfront destination, and both residents and visitors are looking for more ways to experience the Delaware River. This program is part of City of Philadelphia’s efforts to reconnect residents to the river, and part of the... Read more →

$14 Million Grant Received for Philly's Public Safety

http://www.southphillyreview.com On the road to Recovery Almost $14 million from a federal grant program administered by the U.S. Department of Justice will be used for the city’s public safety, Mayor Michael Nutter announced last week. Projects from the $13.5 million given to the city via the Recovery Act will include building a $2.5 million Real Time Crime Center; $420,000 for a cleaning and sealing vacant or abandoned building program through the Department of License and Inspections; creating almost 300 jobs for at-risk youths and ex-offenders... Read more →

Remembering Cpl. Ronald J. Bates, of Gloucester City (1949-1969)

brought to you by American Legion Post 372, 1532 Martin Ave., Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 * 856-665-3889 * www.alch372.com * squinn9807@aol.com Camden County Vietnam KIA Index Ronald J. Bates was born on November 4, 1949. His home of record is Gloucester City, NJ. He entered the US Marine Corps and attained the rank of Corporal (CPL). Bates was killed in action on July 31, 1969. from dvrbs.com - CORPORAL RONALD JOSEPH BATES was born on November 4th, 1949. He made his home in Gloucester City... Read more →

Remembering PFC Paul James Flaherty (1948 to 1969) of Gloucester City

..brought to you by American Legion Post 372, 1532 Martin Ave., Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 * 856-665-3889 * www.alch372.com * squinn9807@aol.com Camden County Vietnam KIA Index PAUL JAMES FLAHERTY PFC - E3 - Army - Selective Service 1st Infantry Division Length of service 0 years His tour began on Nov 8, 1968 Casualty was on Jan 7, 1969 In BINH DUONG, SOUTH VIETNAM HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE Body was recovered Panel 35W - Line 47 Paul Flaherty was born October 17, 1948,... Read more →

Gloucester City in talks for troubled Chatham Square complex

www.courierpost.com — Gloucester City officials have launched formal discussions with a local developer who could convert the beleaguered Chatham Square apartments into spruced-up, owner-occupied residences, the city administrator said Friday. Administrator Jack Lipsett did not disclose the name of the developer and said any work at the 100-apartment complex, off Crescent Boulevard near Klemm Avenue, is likely to be months away. CONTINUE TO READ ORDINANCE TO PURCHASE CHATHAM SQUARE ClearysNoteBook: GLOUCESTER CITY: Maintenance Problems at Chatham... ... to TReND, who compiles property records for realtors,... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic HS Here to Stay....for NOW

A Catholic high school for Glouco is deferred | Philadelphia Inquirer | 06/26/2009. Walton said the diocese believes the school is needed given population growth in the county. Families also have expressed support for the proposed school, he noted. The on-hold status gives a reprieve to Gloucester Catholic High School, an 81-year-old institution that educates about 750 students and is located in Gloucester City, Camden County. About two-thirds of its students come from Gloucester County. Walton said Gloucester Catholic would not close until the new... Read more →

PHILLY NEWS: 22nd Annual Irish Pub Tour de Shore

http://irishpub.donordrive.com Join us on July 26, 2009 Event Details Where: 2009 Irish Pub Charity Bike Ride Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Starts: 07/26/2009 @ 7:00am Ends: 4:00pm Check-in Time: 5:30AM to 7:00AM Registration Cutoff: 07/19/2009 11:30PM Donation Cutoff: 09/30/2009 11:30PM Contact: Amanda Wozniak Phone: 609-230-2643 E-mail Address: irishpubtourdeshore@gmail.com Register Now! On Sunday, July 26th, over 750 bicyclists will gear up to ride the 22nd Annual Irish Pub Tour de Shore, which is a 65-mile bike tour of scenic South Jersey beginning at the Irish Pub on 20th and... Read more →

Giuliani should not be a role model for Camden City Police

www.justdemocracyblog.org In Camden, Police Chief Scott Thompson who started running the department six months ago began using a version of Giuliani’s “broken window theory”, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. That theory says that police can reduce the fertile ground for criminal activity, like drug dealing, by cracking down on minor quality-of-life offenses. Under that logic, when police crack down on minor nuisances, like loud music and loitering, they make it more difficult for criminals to carry out their activity unchecked. But even a child can... Read more →

American Hero: Spc. Casey L. Hills, 23, of Salem, Illinois

DoD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Spc. Casey L. Hills, 23, of Salem, Illinois, died June 24 in Iraq of injuries sustained during a vehicle roll-over. He was assigned to the 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment, Pago Pago, American Samoa. The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation. CATEGORY AMERICAN HERO Read more →

American Hero: 1st Lt. Brian N. Bradshaw, 24, of Steilacoom, Wash

DoD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. 1st Lt. Brian N. Bradshaw, 24, of Steilacoom, Wash., died June 25 in Kheyl, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska. CATEGORY AMERICAN HERO Read more →

Bill to limit N.J. gun purchases gets legislative approval

- NJ.com. The bill's appearance on the Senate's lengthy agenda surprised its chief opponent, the New Jersey Association of Rifle and Pistol Clubs, which urged its members on its website Wednesday to contact their representatives to vote it down. The Senate scheduled the vote "under the direction of Governor Jon Corzine and with little notice to the public to ensure that New Jersey sportsmen and gun owners were not prepared to defend their Second Amendment rights from gun rationing schemes,'' according to the association's website.... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic Grad Has Dazzling Double-A debut

- al.com. Huntsville didn't waste any time putting Braddock to the test. He entered the seventh inning of Thursday night's game against Chattanooga with runners on first and second and one out. He quickly recorded a strikeout and flyout to get out of the jam, then struck out two more in a scoreless eighth. Oh, and he also hammered a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh in his first professional at-bat in the Stars' 12-1 victory. Related Zach Braddock Read more →

American Hero: Spc. Joshua L. Hazlewood, 22, of Manvel, Texas

DoD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Spc. Joshua L. Hazlewood, 22, of Manvel, Texas, died June 25 in Arifjan, Kuwait, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 614th Automated Cargo Documentation Detachment. The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation. Category American Hero Read more →

Pool Tournament to Help Cancer Victim

Hi All, There is a child in my son Jacob's school, who was just diagnosed with cancer 2 weeks ago. She started vomited blood at school, was rushed to the hospital and was diagnosed. A tumor had surrounded her kidney, and it will never work properly again. She is a first grader, and her family needs support during this difficult time. I would like to have a pool tournament at the ICAC on July 10th at 7:00 (6:30 sign up) to raise funds for her... Read more →

Stimulus Funded Projects for Counties and Local Towns

http://www.njac.org/ A $700 million construction project on Route 295/42/I-76, Direct Connection, Camden County has received the approval of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. This interchange is one of the 10 most congested locations in New Jersey (#1 in the DVRPC region), and has an average crash rate four times higher than the statewide average. As the major carrier of Pennsylvania-bound commuter traffic via the Walt Whitman and Ben Franklin Bridges and as the primary recreational connection to the Jersey shore via Route 42 and... Read more →

Petition Against Government Controlled Health Care

Americans for Prosperity is leading the fight against government controlled health care. We need to send a strong message to Washington telling them bureaucrats making our health care choices is unacceptable. Individuals know the best options when it comes to their health care, not government. That's why we created the “Hands of My Health Care” petition at JoinPatientsFirst.com. Americans needs a voice in this health care battle. At Patients First activists can sign our petition, send an email to put the pressure on their elected... Read more →


GLOUCESTER CITY-Drive down Route 42 South to the Bellmawr Creek Road exit. What you will find there is the same disheartening thing that I have found…someone else’s progress. Progress in the form of the Bellmawr Waterfront development. When completed, this massive complex will have a marina on Big Timber Creek, retail stores, restaurants, hotels, an Imax Movie Theater, the new Comcast Spectrum Stadium (yes, a stadium) and a whole host of other various economic advances. (Who knows, maybe they too will buy a schooner?) Take... Read more →

Mount Ephraim Public Schools NEWS

Mt. Ephraim Public Schools Honor Roll DISTINGUISHED HONORS Grade 3 - Kenzie Calhoun, Drew McMonagle, Hailey Reed Grade 4 - Amy Guldin, Kelsey Vespe Grade 5 - Christopher Blaylock, Emily Calhoun, Maryellen Crain, Kasey Gardner Grade 6 - Jade Carson, Jessica Chambers, Samuel Czerski Grade 7 - Michael Gaglianone, Alison Guldin, Brandon Lanchang, Destinee Meeser HONORS Grade 3 - Victoria Alexander, Emma Ball, Gabrielle Bobo, Michael Bocchicchio, Melinda Brassill, Taylor Cobert, David Critch, Zachary Jusiak, Jordan Klingner, Richard Ollek, Madison Panek, Harina Patel, Colin Rapa-Slover,... Read more →

OFFICER DOWN:Undercover Police Officer Killed in Shootout

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 An undercover Houston police officer was killed Tuesday night in a shootout with a man killed moments later by another officer, officials said. The officer was identified as 42-year-old Henry Canales. He joined the Houston Police Department in 1993. The identity of the other man was not available. Canales was part of an undercover team investigating stolen televisions when he was shot in the parking lot of a Walgreens drugstore at Hillcroft and Bellaire, officials said. "He was not only an... Read more →

Gloucester City Fire Department, Waterfront Property, New Restaurants, Picking Grapes, A New Look for Broadway

TIPS AND SNIPPETS By Bill Cleary TIP-Seven firemen will take the oath of office at Thursday’s Gloucester City Council meeting. Six of these individuals have been on the city’s payroll for sometime listed under the category of Provisional. The seventh individual was hired within the last month. Presently he is attending the Camden County Fire Academy to learn how to become a fireman. According to Fire Chief Brian Hagan there are 33 employees in his department, 23 full-time firemen and 10 full-time officers including him.... Read more →

Laurie Ann Westbrook, formerly of Gloucester City, Succumbs at the age of 43

WESTBROOK Laurie Ann Suddenly, Age 43. On Father’s Day, June 21, 2009. Of Woodbury. Formerly of Gloucester City. (nee Stutzenburg) Cherished and beloved wife of 16 years of Paul J.Westbrook, IV. Devoted and loving mother to her “little precious Angel,” the late Beth Ann Westbrook who passed away in 2004. Adored mother of Angel Lewis Negron, Paul J. Westbrook, V and Dolores Ann Kelly. Devoted Daughter of William H. Stutzenburg, Jr. (late Cathy) and Sandra A. Meisenzahl (nee Rohrman). Dear Sister of William H. Stutzenburg,... Read more →

Bellmawr War Veteran Remembers WW II

By Chris Concannon NEWS Correspondent Each year on Memorial Day, America stops to honor its bravest of heroes who have given their lives in defense of the freedoms “we as private citizens enjoy.” Bellmawr resident Charles Koehler, 87, defended those freedoms in the greatest of all wars, in the most tragic of circumstances. After graduating from High School in Philadelphia (PA), Koehler enlisted in the U.S. Navy, completing his Basic Training in Newport, R.I., on October 2, 1940. Following a brief sea tour, he arrived... Read more →


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HARRISBURG – Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was not detected in samples taken from hunter-killed deer during the state’s 2008 hunting season, according to Dr. Walt Cottrell, Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife veterinarian. In 2008, 4,224 samples from hunter-killed deer were tested, and CWD was not detected. This marked the seventh year for testing hunter-killed deer. In total, more than 22,000 deer have been tested. CWD was not detected in any samples from previous years. Results showing that the CWD tests of hunter-killed elk from 2008 were... Read more →