NEWS, SPORTS, COMMENTARY, POLITICS for Gloucester City and the Surrounding Areas of South Jersey and Philadelphia

« May 2009 | Main | July 2009 »

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.... 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-... Read more →


THOMAS NAMED NEW HEAD BASEBALL COACH AT NJCU

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


Gloucester City : PROGRESS DOWN THE ROAD

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.... 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,... 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... 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... 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... Read more →


THE MT. EPHRAIM SCHOOL DISTRICT IS SEEKING PARAPROFESSIONAL SUBSTITUTES:

Qualifications: 1. Documentation indicating the successful completion of 48 college credits or successful completion of the paraprofessional test 2. Completion of criminal history check Rate of pay will be based on fulfillment of qualifications and experience Interested individuals should contact Colleen Kurth 931-7807 (ext. 208) to arrange an interview CATEGORY MT. EPHRAIM Read more →


CWD NOT FOUND IN PENNSYLVANIA HUNTER-KILLED DEER SAMPLES

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... Read more →


NEW JERSEY WATERFOWL HUNTING STAMPS

Image via Wikipedia Hunters are reminded that beginning with the 2009-2010 New Jersey waterfowl hunting season, a "paper" waterfowl stamp will no longer be issued along with the waterfowl stamp privilege purchased from license agents or via the internet sales site. Only the production of the paper stamps is being discontinued. The waterfowl stamp program itself will not be discontinued. New Jersey waterfowl hunters must possess a current New Jersey hunting license, a current HIP... Read more →


IS Gloucester City Water Dangerous to Pet Fish?

A Warning to Gloucester City Residents Take heed and don’t make the mistake I made. As you may know, Gloucester City is in the process of building a new “water treatment” plant. Here’s my story. On Monday, the water in my fish pond was extremely low so I took the garden hose and filled it up. I then fed my eight gold fish that have lived in my pond for three years. After a couple... Read more →


Mt. Ephraim School Board Honors Students

By Leigh Anne Hubbs NEWS Correspondent GLOUCESTER CITY NEWS-During the recent Mount Ephraim Board of Education meeting, many students were recognized for their artistic and academic abilities, as well as for their generosity. Principal Michael Hunter presented to the School Board members a certificate of appreciation which was awarded to students of Mary Bray School by American Legion Post 150, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6262 and Troop Support 08059 for their time and effort... Read more →


American Legion Jersey Boys State

Gloucester City News Brooklawn American Legion Post 72 recently sent eight delegates to the 64th Session of American Legion Jersey Boys State at Rider University. Legion Program Chairman Ted Howarth said Boys State developed from the concept that youth should be offered a better perspective of the practical operation of government. American Legion Boys is an activity of high educational value, born out of the need for youth training in practical citizenship. Qualified male high... Read more →


Bellmawr Student Government for A Day

By Chris Concannon NEWS Correspondent Gloucester City News-Eighth Grade students from area schools overtook the recent Bellmawr Borough Council Meeting. The all-female “Mayor and Council,” led by “Mayor” Madeline Bekier, opened the meeting by passing three resolutions they themselves developed and discussed. Councilman Lou Di Angelo then described the student’s day, which included an extensive tour of county departments, with stops at a CSI lab among them. There they learned how long a case is... Read more →


LETTER OF APPRECIATION

An open letter of appreciation to the good citizens of Gloucester City: Gloucester City News-I’m a Ground Combat U.S. Marine Veteran who served in ’67 & ’68 in the Republic of Vietnam. On behalf of Veterans who commemorate our brothers and sisters who have served this great country of ours, I wish to thank the community who, as a whole, chose to fly our national colors in appropriate manner. It is so refreshing to drive... Read more →


Bellmawr: BETTY SHEPPARD MEMORIAL FUND

Gloucester City News Board member Betty Sheppard was a life-long resident of Bellmawr where she and her husband Jack raised four children and grandchildren who attended the Bellmawr schools. In 1979, Mrs. Sheppard was elected to the Board of Education because she had desire to improve the educational process for all children. One of her first actions as a Board member was to approve services for special education students. She spent the next 35 years... Read more →


Spencer Thanks His Supporters

Gloucester City News -I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks and appreciation for all the voters of the First Ward who took the time to vote in the Primary Election on Tuesday, June 2. Most importantly, I would like to thank those who expressed confidence and trust in me by electing me to be the Democratic candidate in the First Ward. To my family, my son Daniel, my brother Randall,... Read more →


Gloucester City News Headlines for June 25

Raymond Coxe Resigns From The Gloucester City School Board Brooklawn Improvements Should Be Done Before July Fourth Celebration Gloucester City Planning Board Recommends Council On Affordable Housing Plan Westville Borough Council Honors Lions Club Bell Oaks School Graduates 129 Students Alice Costello School Graduation June 10 Read more →


St. Mary's Grammar School Children Cruise the Delaware River

Children from Saint Mary Grammar School Fourth Grade Class took a cruise on Gloucester City’s schooner The NorthWind on June 16th. Twenty six children and their teacher, along with two adult chaparones enjoyed the field trip on the Delaware River. The children learned a little about ecology, history and sailing. Some of the sites they saw included Fort Nassau, the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Red Bank Battlefield and Fort Mifflin. After docking back at the schooner’s... Read more →


Paul J. Hildebrandt, of Gloucester City, American Legion and VFW Member

HILDEBRANDT PAUL J. On June 19, 2009. Age 79. Of Gloucester City. Formerly of Camden and Cherry Hill. Loving husband of Marian (nee Gail). Devoted father of John (Kathleen) Hildebrandt, Gail (Charles) Chambers, Linda (Reid) Phillips, Jackie Davis, Sandy (Nick) Iacovone, Patti (Mike) Long, the late Paula (James) Clark and the late Paul Hildebrandt. Beloved grandfather of 20 and great-grandfather of 8. Paul proudly served our country in the U.S. Army. He was a member... Read more →


Patricia M. Lafferty (nee Billingham), of Gloucester City

LAFFERTY, Patricia M. On June 18, 2009, (nee Billingham)of Gloucester City, NJ. Age 55 years. She was the loving wife of Robert Lafferty and devoted mother of Joseph Lafferty (Melanie), Valerie Lafferty (Bill) and devoted grandmother of Joey, Samantha, Robert, Brianna, Colin, Tyler, Shane and Chase. Beloved daughter of Mary S. and the late William H. Wilke and loving sister of Sharon Abele, Shirley Vasta, Mary DeFoney, Bill Wilke, Chuck Billingham and Bill Billingham and... Read more →


Amy Smith, former resident of Gloucester City, member of Steel Magnolias

SMITH,Amy Bell (nee Starlipper), on June 18, 2009, of Pennsauken, formerly of Gloucester City, age 79. Loving wife of the late Walter. Beloved mother of Joan Eller-Hinski and her husband Gene of Lindenwold, Walter and his wife, Bernadette of Gloucester City, Frank of Gloucester City, James and his wife, Bonnie of Cherry Hill. Proud grandmother of Nicole Smith, Melanie and her husband Marc Leone, Walter Smith, Amy and her husband, Joe Apicelli, Eric Eller, Angel... Read more →


Alice Costello School 2009 Commencement

BROOKLAWN NJ-The Commencement exercise for the Alice Costello School Class of 2009 was held on Wednesday evening, June 10, 2009 at the Alice Costello School. Graduation diplomas were presented to students. This year the students chose the theme “Gonna Make A Change” for the commencement exercises. Highlighting the evening was the presentation of awards to outstanding graduates. The Post #72 American Legion Scholarship Awards were presented to CAMERON LABBREE and LAURYN MUNN. LAURYN and CAMERON... Read more →


PA Game Commission to Issue 1,780 PERMITS for 2009-10 Bobcat Season

Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced the agency will award 1,780 permits for the 2009-10 bobcat hunting/furtaking seasons at a public drawing in its Harrisburg headquarters on Friday, Sept. 11. As part of the public drawing for the allocated permits, those applicants with six preference points (five previous points and one for this year’s application) will automatically receive a bobcat permit. “As Pennsylvania’s bobcat population continues to increase in abundance and... Read more →


6th Annual National Teen Angler Youth Day

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife will be hosting its 6th Annual National Teen Angler Youth Day on July 25 at the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center. The event is scheduled from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM and will be held rain or shine. National Teen Anglers is a non-profit organization that starts fishing clubs in middle and high schools throughout the country. Sponsors include Evinrude, Minn-Kota, Arrigo Dodge, Ande Mono,... Read more →


A Childhood 'Hell'

www.irishecho.com The O'Brien Press-published book, which has been selling well in airports in the last six weeks, is available in all bookstores in Ireland from this week. The woman referred to in the title is Dublin-born Olive Doyle, who lives in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, with her husband Patsy. The mother of nine children was first exposed in 2002 as one of Ireland's worst parents on the front page of the Sunday World, a best-selling Dublin... Read more →


CNBNews Op-Ed: Here We Go Again

By Jack C. Sheppard Jr. Here we go again, another proponent of recreating passenger rail service on the old tracks south of Camden has just been heard from. This time it is yet another state agency no one ever heard of named the “Office of Smart Growth.” According to a recent article in the Gloucester County Times “ . . their job is to provide smart growth in a state that has a minimum amount... Read more →


Former Cherry Hill Director of Code Enforcement and Inspections Admits Taking Bribes

CAMDEN – The former director of the Cherry Hill Department of Code Enforcement and Inspections pleaded guilty and admitted today that he accepted approximately $4,500 in corrupt payments from representatives of a private inspection services company in exchange for his assistance in obtaining municipal contracts, Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph J. Marra announced. Anthony Saccomanno, 66, of Cherry Hill, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb to a one-count Information charging him with mail... Read more →


George R. Murphy Jr., Union Electrician for Local 439/351, GCHS Alumni and Football Coach

MURPHY George R., Jr. “Murph” On June 16, 2009. Age 73. Of Millsboro, DE. Formerly of Gloucester City, NJ. Loving and devoted husband of 51 years to Marie T. Murphy (nee Conroy). Loving father of Patrick (Theresa) Murphy, Kathleen (Dan) McDevitt, Maureen McIntyre, Michael (Suzanne) Murphy, Colleen Cianci, Dennis (Angela) Murphy, Sean (Linda) Murphy and Meghan (Brian) Kearns. Predeceased by his twin sons; John and Joseph and son Michael James. Loving Pop-Pop of 25 grandchildren... Read more →


NJ Transit Studies for a Light Rail Line

By Jack Sheppard (written in 2005) Almost ten years ago in the fall of 1996 New Jersey Transit performed a “Major Investment Study” (MIS) in our region. Its stated purpose was to determine the feasibility and desirability of constructing light-rail mass-transit facilities from Trenton to Glassboro through Camden. The intent was to use the old existing rail bed built in the 1800’s. The estimated price tag for the system was $1.4 billion. However even prior... Read more →


2009-2012 NJ Game Code Amendments Adopted

June 17, 2009 On Tuesday, June 16, the New Jersey Fish and Game Council voted on adopting proposed amendments to the 2009 – 2012 Game Code. The Council voted to adopt all the proposed amendments except amendment 29, which proposed boundary changes to Deer Management Zones 19 and 23. The full proposal containing the amendments can be viewed at www.nj.gov/dep/rules/proposals/040609b.pdf (PDF) on the NJ DEP website. The most significant amendment adopted expands the definition of... Read more →


The Letter

www.glennbeck.com. GLENN: I got a letter from a woman in Arizona. She writes an open letter to our nation's leadership: I'm a home grown American citizen, 53, registered Democrat all my life. Before the last presidential election I registered as a Republican because I no longer felt the Democratic Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. Now I no longer feel the Republican Party represents my views or works to... Read more →


George R. Murphy Jr., former Gloucester Catholic HS Coach

George R. Murphy, Jr. Age 73. Of Millsboro, DE. Formerly of Gloucester City. Longtime member and Former Officer of Local Electricians Union 439 / 351 and Graduate of Gloucester Catholic and Former Assistant Football Coach at Gloucester Catholic. Due notice will be provided by McCann-Healey Funeral Home, 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City NJ. Ray Ford Old Timers photo gallery RELATED RAMS ALUMNI Read more →


GREAT JOB AMBULANCE CREW

I would like to take a minute to say thank you to the Gloucester City Ambulance Crew. On May 15, I became very sick and had to have 911 called. The ambulance crew responded very quickly and began trying to make me as comfortable as possible. These two men were very professional and kind. I feel they should be commended, and I would like to say thank you very much for making my bad day... Read more →


The Lady Lions are NJSIAA Group 1 State Champions, again.

Gloucester City News-The Gloucester City High School softball team defeated Saddle Brook, 3-0, Sunday in Toms River for a fourth state title. The Lady Lions also won in 2000, 2001 and 2005. Senior Pitcher Taylor Chain finished a great career with a shutout and 18 strikeouts. She only gave up two hits. Jill Stafford, also a senior, sparked the offense in the second with a double to deep left center. Brittney Dolson delivered an RBI... Read more →


Special Election Cancelled

Gloucester City News-A possible vote June 16 on a referendum to adopt a Council-Manager form of government for Gloucester City will not happen. Because of a legal opinion by Solicitor John Kearney that was agreed upon by members of City Council, there will be no special election. City Clerk Paul Kain wrote: “An opinion provided by John B. Kearney, City Solicitor, to the Mayor and Common Council (and copied to the Camden County Board of... Read more →


Bellmawr Board Launds Based Learning Initiative

By Chris Concannon NEWS Correspondent Gloucester City News-Bellmawr School Superintendent Annette Castiglione opened May’s Board of Education (BOE) meeting by lauding a project-based learning initiative at Bell Oaks Middle School. The 80-minute teaching blocks are designed around a central theme, and this one was “Colonial Life,” Fifth Grade Teacher Jennifer Packer said. Packer then showcased her students, who spoke on several topics, including Yellow Fever, selected essays, book choices and book structure. Ms. McAteer’s seventh... Read more →


Bellmawr Firefighters Honored

By Chris Concannon NEWS Correspondent Gloucester City NEWS-Two Bellmawr Firefighters were honored May 27 at the 32nd Annual Camden County Memorial Service and Valor Awards at the Camden County Regional Emergency Training Center in Blackwood. Following the flag salute, invocation and welcoming comments, the evening was turned over to Master of Ceremonies Tom Gurick, WOGL FM air personality, former Camden County Freeholder, and Gloucester City native. Many accolades were rendered to Camden County’s bravest, including... Read more →


Gloucester City HS Graduation June 22

Ms. Louisa Llewellyn, School Board president, will present diplomas to graduates of the Class of 2009 of Gloucester City High School at Commencement exercises Monday, June 22, at 6:30 p.m. The ceremony will be at the John A. Lynch Memorial Field, located behind the high school, Market Street and Route 130. In the event of inclement weather, commencement will be moved indoors to the new gymnasium. Dr. Jack L. Don, principal, will present the class... Read more →