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July 2009

GREAT PHOTO: GLOUCESTER CITY IS SINKING!

GLOUCESTER CITY-PHOTO of flooding at Broadway & Market St at 5:04pm today. The heavy rains that came through the area left some parts of the City underwater. Some communities in South Jersey got three inches of rain in 24 minutes according to the weather station. PHOTO by Caleigh Pittman related link Great Photos Read more →


Photo/Story on ClearysNoteBook Leads to the Arrest of Bank Robber

The Gloucester City Detective Bureau has made an arrest into the robbery of the Bank of America that occurred on July 277/27/09. Arrested and charged with robbery was Thomas DeLauro, age 47, from 300 block of Middlesex St. Lt. George Berglund, spokesperson for the City Police Department said, “We have received several tips since his photograph was posted on CNB. As a result the leads were followed up by the Gloucester City Detective Bureau and an arrest was made on July 29, 2009. The Detectives assigned to the case did an outstanding job throughout this investigation.” The suspect is being held in the Camden County Correctional Facility on $50,000 bail. related link photo of bank robber released Category Crime Read more →


TIPS AND SNIPPETS:Some Good News, Some Bad News and Some Stuff- In- Between

By Bill Cleary TIP-The contract talks between the City of Gloucester City and the PBA Local 40 union have broken down. As a result the negotiations are now in front of an arbitrator. Cost for both sides for arbitration, $20,000 each. According to my sources the City wanted the 27 member union to accept a package that gave them a zero percent raises plus pickup some of the cost of their health benefits. Mayor Bill James said, “The country is in the middle of a recession. We have asked all bargaining units to work with us this year so no one will lose their job. Businesses in the private sector are laying people off. Some are going out of business altogether. Homeowners are facing foreclosures. Unemployment is at an all time high. The City has no money available for raises.” The police union, according to my sources, says if that... Read more →


Page after Page of Reasons to Hate Obamacare

http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com Here are just a few very good reasons to hate Obamacare: • Page 22: Mandates audits of all employers that self-insure! • Page 29: Admission: your health care will be rationed! • Page 30: A government committee will decide what treatments and benefits you get (and, unlike an insurer, there will be no appeals process) • Page 42: The "Health Choices Commissioner" will decide health benefits for you. You will have no choice. None. • Page 50: All non-US citizens, illegal or not, will be provided with free healthcare services. • Page 58: Every person will be issued a National ID Healthcard. • Page 59: The federal government will have direct, real-time access to all individual bank accounts for electronic funds transfer. • Page 65: Taxpayers will subsidize all union retiree and community organizer health plans (read: SEIU, UAW and ACORN) Page 102: Those eligible for Medicaid will be... Read more →


Arabian American Little League from Saudi Arabia Wins Middle East, Africa Region Championship

category sports By Communications Division SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA. July 29, 2009 By avenging its only loss of the Middle East and Africa (MEA) Region Tournament, Arabian American Little League from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, qualified for its 10th consecutive Little League Baseball World Series. The Arabian American Little League defeated Dubai Little League from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 15-0, in the MEA championship game, and earned a berth in the Little League Baseball World Series for the 16th time since 1991. Finishing the three-team tournament with a 4-1 record, Arabian American Little League earned the right to represent the MEA Region in the 63rd World Series Tournament to be played in South Williamsport, Pa., Aug. 21-30. Dubai Little League defeated Arabian American Little League, 9-5, earlier in the tournament. A team from Saudi Arabia has never won the Little League Baseball World Series. The first year a team from Saudi Arabia... Read more →


Elijah Garrison Williams, age 32, of Salisbury MD, formerly of Camden City NJ, Died do to Traffic Accident

SALISBURY -- Elijah Garrison Williams, 32, of Salisbury died Friday, July 24, 2009, as a result of an accident involving an automobile. Born in Camden, N.J., he was the son of Michael G. Ray of Camden and Lois Williams and Frederick P. Henry of Salisbury. He was employed as a laborer at Stanley Steamer in Salisbury. In addition to his father, mother and stepfather, he will be lovingly missed by a son, Parris Elijah Williams of Princess Anne; a daughter, Elasha Monique Williams of Princess Anne; two brothers, Sherron (Arlene) Williams of Salisbury and Elton C. Ray of Westville, N.J; seven sisters, LaKesha S. Williams, Nyisha S. Williams, Arleea S. Williams, Monika S. Williams, Danielle S. Williams and Destiny S. Henry, all of Salisbury, and Siana China-Marie Carr of Newark, Del.; parental grandmother, Peggy McDaniels of Lindenwold, N.J; four uncles, Elton C. Ray, Sr., Jonathan Ray and Earl Little, all... Read more →


How to Watch the Various Baseball and Softball World Series of Little League

By Communications Division SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. CATEGORY SPORTS July 29, 2009 Nearly every game of the Junior League Softball World Series, Big League Softball World Series, Little League Baseball World Series, Junior League Baseball World Series, Senior League Baseball World Series and Big League Baseball World Series can be seen live, thanks to Little League International’s new relationship with webcasting partner Youth Sports Live. The action starts today in Easley, S.C., where the Big League Baseball World Series gets under way. For a low subscription fee of just $14.95, anyone with an Internet connection can watch dozens of games from all the venues that are covered, including the Little League Baseball Regional Games, on Youth Sports Live. To access the Youth Sports Live, go to http://www.youthsportslive.com/SummerTournament09/LittleLeague-Tournaments.aspx The full schedule of games, including broadcast times for games on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Classic, and ESPN360, can be found here: http://www.littleleague.org/series/2009divisions/index.htm... Read more →


ShopRite Partners In Caring

How It Started The ShopRite organization recognized the pervasive problem of hunger experienced by so many people right in the neighborhoods served by their stores. It’s a problem that not only exists during the holiday season, when attention is focused on charitable giving, but it also exists throughout the year. ShopRite had already been helping to fight the problem of hunger for more than 20 years through its support of the Feeding America network (formerly America’s Second Harvest) and through participation in the Checkout Hunger program, but wanted to do more. In 1999, ShopRite conceived and began its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, a year-round, community based hunger fighting initiative. With the help of more than 50 manufacturers, the program is committed to helping to feed and meet the nutritional needs of families and the elderly who may otherwise go without. These generous companies are a major reason why ShopRite... Read more →


The Uses of Vouchers

www.city-journal.org Tragically, the writing is on the wall for many of the Catholic schools, which have been closing in the city at an alarming rate. Costs are rising, and enrollments are in decline as a result. Individual contributors and foundations, suffering deep losses to their portfolios, are struggling to sustain the levels of assistance that they provided so generously before the Wall Street meltdown. Job losses have diminished many parents’ capacity to pay tuitions, further cutting into enrollments. Almost 500 Catholic elementary schools closed nationwide last year, the 2009 Official Catholic Directory reports, more than doubling the previous year’s number of closings. related link: St. Mary Grammar/Parish Read more →


MedHelp Vets For Your Pets

PETS ARE THE BEST We love our pets at MedHelp and know that many of our members search for the same medical information and support for their pets that they do forthemselves. That is why MedHelp is very pleased to welcome PetDocsOnCall as our newest Partner. PetDocsOnCall is the largest and most professional group of veterinarians on the Internet and includes veterinary surgeons, dentists, internists, cancer specialists, animal behaviorists, and exotic animal specialists who are all dedicated to improving the health of your pet. MedHelp Pet Health Forums are a place where pet owners can get answers about their pets' health from licensed veterinarians. More than 30 highly skilled Veterinarians from PetDocsOnCall are now available to answer questions for MedHelp members every day. We know that your health and the health of your loved ones (including pets) are important and we will continue to be here for you and all... Read more →


Three Burlington Vicinage Probation Officers Honored

Press Release MOUNT HOLLY – Three Burlington Vicinage probation officers have been honored for their service to the New Jersey Judiciary. Senior Probation Officers Frank D'Erminio and Arline Laurick were honored for meritorious service, while Senior Probation Officer Charon Nabors was cited for career achievement. D'Erminio, Laurick and Nabors received their awards on July 27 at the Second Annual Chief Probation Officers of New Jersey Awards ceremony in Trenton. The Conference of Chief Probation Officers gives the awards for service during the previous year. The awards capped Burlington’s celebration of National Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week, the first since Edwin Lee Jr. was named the vicinage’s first African-American chief probation officer in June. Lee, who lives in Mansfield, has 14 years of probation experience and most recently served as assistant chief probation officer in Mercer County. He has helped create programs such as Juvenile Drug Court, Project Safe Neighborhoods... Read more →


Chuckle: The Lone Ranger and Tonto

The Lone Ranger and Tonto went camping in the desert. After they got their tent all set up, both men fell sound asleep. Some hours later, Tonto wakes the Lone Ranger and says, 'Kemo Sabe, look towards sky, what you see? ' 'The Lone Ranger replies, 'I see millions of stars.' 'What that tell you?' asked Tonto. The Lone Ranger ponders for a minute then says, 'Astronomically speaking, it tells me there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo. Time wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three in the morning. Theologically, the Lord is all-powerful and we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What's it tell you, Tonto?' 'You dumber than buffalo DOO. It means someone stole the tent. submitted by Bill GrossCategory Chuckles Read more →


Today's History Lesson

I found this photo of the “Gloucester House” located at 118 Mississippi Avenue in Atlantic City. My grandfather (James White) owned it. The "Gloucester House" was a rooming house, bar and pool hall. After it was torn down in 1923 to make way for the Atlantic City Convention Hall he opened up the “White House” at Washington and Atlantic Avenues in Margate. He grew up at 801 Jersey Ave., here in Gloucester City. He had five brothers, Samuel (died as a youth), John, Charles (was a policeman in the late 1800’s early 1900’s), Joseph (was a Justice-of-the-Peace), and Frank (was a fireman). That is my grandfather and grandmother standing in back, on the left. His father, my Great-grandfather was a Gloucester City councilman in 1869-71 when he died. submitted by Joe O’Donnell, Gloucester City If you have an old photo or story about the City of Gloucester City or any... Read more →


Fed’s Release Press Release About Bryant’s Conviction

July 27, 2009 TRENTON – Former New Jersey State Senator Wayne R. Bryant was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison today for unlawfully using his power and influence to obtain a paid, low-show job at UMDNJ’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in exchange for lobbying and bringing millions of dollars in extra funding to the school, and using that job and others to fraudulently nearly triple his state pension, Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph J. Marra, Jr., announced. Bryant’s co-defendant, former dean of the School of Osteopathic Medicine (SOM) in Stratford, R. Michael Gallagher, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his convictions for capitalizing on Bryant’s influence to become dean and, in turn, rigging the hiring process to create a job for Bryant at SOM that appeared to be a legitimate, bona fide position. U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson, who presided over the nearly 11-week trial, also ordered... Read more →


Obits: Whitaker, Pohlig, Laphan, McLaughlin

VICTOR C. WHITAKER Mass of Christian Burial was held for Victor C. Whitaker, 83, of Audubon, who passed away on July 13, 2009. Beloved husband of Anne C. (nee Cooper) and loving father of Victor Paul Whitaker (Lynn) of Marlton, Marijane Olson of Casselberry, FL and the late Gary Whitaker. Also survived by his brother John Whitaker and his five dear grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Mr. Whitaker was a Navy Veteran of WWII. He was a member of the Whitaker Brothers Vaudeville Act which travelled with the USO entertaining the troops. He also worked as a Customer Service Rep. for PSE&G and retired in 1986 after 31 years of service. Christian Mass held at St. Aloysius Church, Oaklyn, NJ. Interment private at the request of the family. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Creran Funeral Home, Oaklyn, NJ. PATRICIA HELENMAY EILEEN POHLIG Mass of Christian burial was held for... Read more →


Corzine Should Order Board to Consider Close Scrutiny of Cities Hurt by Corruption

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean called on Governor Corzine to order an immediate meeting of the state’s Local Finance Board. The board should consider exercising emergency control of cities in turmoil because their mayors and other key officials haven’t stepped down after their arrests on corruption charges. Federal agents have accused the mayors of Hoboken, Ridgefield and Secaucus, and Jersey City’s council president of bribery and other crimes. Though many of these public officials benefited immeasurably from Governor Corzine’s political support, they have so far ignored his pleas to resign from office immediately. “No city government can function smoothly after top leaders have been handcuffed and led before judges to face corruption charges,” Kean said. “Many taxpayers will suspect the affairs of government are not being handled honestly.” “There are good local officials in both parties who have had to endure the betrayal of corrupt colleagues. The governor should order... Read more →


American Legion Baseball: Mt. Laurel still unbeaten

| CourierPostOnline.com | Courier-Post. Mt. Laurel remained unbeaten in the Senior American Legion state tournament with an easy 13-3 victory over previously unbeaten North Trenton Monday night. Ryan Normayle hit a three-run homer to spark a six-run second inning for Mt. Laurel. Anthony Sellitto added a two-run homer in the seventh. Mt. Laurel returns to action at 8 p.m. Wednesday when it plays Flemington. Read more →


Obits: James L. Phillips Jr., of Gloucester City, Louise E. Haist, of Mt. Ephraim, Ken Keller

James L. Phillips Jr. PHILLIPS, James L., Jr. On July 25, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer. Of Gloucester City, formerly of the Cramer Hill section of Camden. NJ, age 56 years. Beloved husband for 26 years of Deborah K. (nee Lee). Loving father of Heather, Jamie and Kyle Phillips all at home, and Joann Reader of CT, and James Phillips of Pennsauken. He was the dear son of Ethel Phillips (nee Trout) and grand-father of 5 grandchildren. He was the dear brother of William Phillips (Dorothy) of Brooklawn, Debra Phillips (Chuck) of Pennsauken and Sandra Phillips of FL. He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Jim was an avid Classic Car enthusiast, who loving working on the cars, and going to Car Shows and Swap Meets. He was also a long time employee of DMC Mfg. in Pennsauken. Relatives and friends are... Read more →


Gloucester City Master Plan Approved; Calls for Riverfront Redevelopment

category Gloucester City By Linda Boker-Angelo NEWS Correspondent The Gloucester City Planning Board heard a brief presentation on the City’s Master Plan Reexamination Report by planner Larry Waetzman. Waetzman said the City is made up of approximately 11,500 people living in about 4,200 households in a town about 2.2 square miles wide. Redevelopment will continue with plans to expand on the river walk and riverfront development. More expansion will include construction of a new state of the art water plant and a new middle school. Waetzman said plans will work towards preserving natural and historic resources and will need to be consistent with regional plans. Board members adopted Waetzman’s report. In other matters the City Planning Board last week approved two applications for development submitted by area businesses. The first was a use variance requested by Jonathan Seibert, owner of a property in the 100 block of Broadway. Seibert plans... Read more →


Barron Iron Works Searching for Office Space in Iraq :)

H.Barron Iron Works, Gloucester City NJ sent a care package over to one of their former employees 1st Lt. Neil Bartkowski (holding the shirt), from Medford, NJ, who is currently stationed in Iraq. In return, he was kind enough to give us some free advertising while over there. Neil worked for Barron's for about two years during school breaks and summer time. He is scheduled to come home in September. All the best Neil! Thank you for keeping us safe, from your friends at Barron’s Iron Works. Category OUR MEN & WOMEN IN THE MILITARY Related link AMERICAN HERO Read more →


Mark the Magician Teaches Kids Valuable Lessons

By Kasey Cleary NEWS Correspondent Noise filled the room as children played kazoos and made race car, police car and dinosaur sounds during a special presentation July 16 at the Gloucester City Library. They had all this fun while being entertained by Mark the Magician at one of many free programs planned this summer. Mark the Magician, who made his first appearance at the library, performed a variety of magic tricks while teaching a few valuable lessons to the children. When watching a magic trick with appearing money, the youngsters practiced counting. The magician taught history on the kazoo, which is one of only three instruments made in the United States. He also taught songs to play and sounds to make, teaching the children lessons in being creative. The kazoo is the “world’s most perfect instrument” because it does not need any batteries, Mark “The Magician” Zacharia said. “You don’t... Read more →


OBITS: JENNIFER TORRES-VELAZQUEZ, ELIZABETH A. STEFAN, ISABEL FERRO

JENNIFER TORRES-VELAZQUEZ-Funeral Services were held for Jennifer Torres-Velazquez, 41, of Bellmawr, who died suddenly July 7, 2009. She is the beloved wife of Jorge Velazquez. Devoted mother of the late Michael Maneiro. She is lovingly survived by her parents, Efrain and Maria; her siblings, Joselyn (Carlos) Figueroa, Efrain Torres, Jr., Lionel Torres, Lynette Torres and Janette Torres; her grandchildren, Christian Isaiah and Michael Anthony, Jr. as well as several nieces and nephews. Interment was in New Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr. ELIZABETH A. STEFAN-Funeral Services were held for Elizabeth A. Stefan, 78, of Mount Ephraim, who died July 9, 2009. Beloved wife of the late Rudolf J. Stefan. Devoted mother of Rudolf J. Jr., Elizabeth A. (Bob) Nelson, Joseph E. (Gloria), Rock E., Barbara J. (Mike) Grim, Beverly J. (Ray) Bauer and Bruce A. (Susan). Loving grandmother of seventeen, twenty-one great grandchildren, thirty-two great-great grandchildren, and five great-great, great grandchildren. Dear... Read more →


Gloucester City News Headlines July 30th Issue

City Police Seek Info On Bank Robbery Monday Morning at First Bank of America City Bars Can Open Early On Sundays; Still No Alcohol Until 1 P.M. Mount Ephraim Commissioners Honor Seven Returning Service People Gloucester City School Board Okays Contract Adjustments For Superintendent, Business Administrator Bellmawr Council Swears In Jason Higgins As Class II Special Police Officer category Bellmawr category Gloucester City CATEGORY MT. EPHRAIM Read more →


TIPS AND SNIPPETS: Dirty Jersey and CNB Poll Results

By Bill Cleary DIRTY JERSEY-Forty-four prominent political and religious leaders, including mayors, assemblymen and rabbis were arrested July 23rd by federal authorities on the charge of corruption and international money laundering. What else is new? The banner headlines about the arrest of the 44 suspects made the front page of newspapers around the world. Most New Jersey residents are no longer shocked by this type of embarrassing news. A month doesn’t go by without reading about a local or state legislator being hauled off to jail for some kind of crime. This past Friday former State Senator Wayne Bryant (Democrat, District 5) appeared in U.S. District Court in Camden to hear his sentence. In 2008 a jury found the 61-year-old Lawnside resident guilty of 12 corruption charges. As is normal in these cases other politicians appear in court on sentencing day to praise the disgraced bureaucrat; hoping to influence the... Read more →


Little League International Establishes Partnership With Youth Sports Live to Provide Internet Webcasting

By Communications Divison SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. July 24, 2009 Little League International and Youth Sports Live have partnered to provide coverage of the 2009 Little League Baseball International Region Tournaments and the 63rd Little League Baseball World Series via the Internet at www.YouthSportsLive.com. With its slogan “The next best thing to being there,” Internet webcasting company Youth Sports Live (YSL) Broadcasting Network, has agreed to provide on-line video coverage of many games at all five Little League Baseball Region Tournaments in the United States, several non-game events at the annual Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., Aug. 21-30, and most games from several other World Series Tournaments in baseball and softball. The only games not being webcast are those covered by previous agreements with ESPN. This agreement makes Youth Sports Live the official webcasting partner of Little League Baseball and Softball, and will provide webcasting services for... Read more →


Gloucester City Resident Releases Her First Book

The Ominous Storms at Piney Cove New suspense thriller stuns audiences. Everything goes well for friends on a camping trip. It was all fun and exitement and it was the perfect time to bond. But that picture perfect getaway drastically changed into real horror and the friends had nowhere to go. Immerse your self into a shocker written by Gloria Ritchie and see how dangerous it is to be caught in The Ominous Storms at Piney Cove. Nestled in the White Mountains of New Hampshire is the tiny town of Piney Cove. Jack and Connie Sperry live there, as do their friends Peggy and Tom Allen and Amy Marshal. One day, the friends all decide to go on a camping trip together, and they invite Jack's friend Mark along, in hopes that he and Amy will hit it off. All goes well, and they have a great time until an... Read more →


Little League Challenger Division Players Participate In MLB All-Star Week Event

By Communications Division SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. July 23, 2009 Hillsboro (Mo.) R-3 Little League was invited to participate in the 2009 Challenger Champions Game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, as part of the Major League Baseball All-Star Week festivities. On Monday, July 13, Hillsboro R-3 Little League’s Challenger Division, for physically and mentally disabled children, and a team from the Protect Our Nation’s Youth (PONY) League Champions program, played a one-inning game in right field at Busch Stadium. Each player had one at-bat and played half of an inning in the field during the one-inning game. There were 14 players per team, and each team had a manager, two coaches and several “buddies” to assist the players with their trip around the bases, and play in the field. “The children had a great time, and the game was something they will never forget,” Sam Ranck, Little League’s Director of... Read more →


Bill and Sam

Bill and Sam, two elderly friends, met in the park every day to feed the pigeons, watch the squirrels and discuss world problems. One day Bill didn't show up. Sam didn't think much about it and figured maybe he had a cold or something. But after Bill hadn't shown up for a week or so, Sam really got worried. However, since the only time they ever got together was at the park, Sam didn't know where Bill lived, so he was unable to find out what had happened to him. A month had passed, and Sam figured he had seen the last of Bill. But one day,Sam approached the park and — lo and behold! — there sat Bill! Sam was very excited and happy to see him and told him so. Then he said, 'For crying out loud Bill, what in the world happened to you?' Bill replied, 'I've... Read more →


Gloucester City History: 1941 San Alfonso Retreat House

CATEGORY GLOUCESTER CITY HISTORY Back row (left to right): John Carney, James McIntyre, Charles Richter, John E. McCann. Second row- John Henry, unknown, T. Ellis Robb, Vincent D. Costello, Patrick O’Sullivan, Timothy J. Calnon. Third row- Louis A. Kelly, Edward Danella, Robert Simmons, George Peel, Edward Walker, Patrick McCann. Bottom row- Jack Nash, Thomas Flynn, John Danella, Thomas Dorris, Patrick McCullough, Mark McCann. Standing (left to right) John P. Bernard, Captain; Dr. James L. Hughes. (news clipping submitted by Joe O’Donnell) Read more →


Face of Defense: Teen Medic Thrives on Aiding Others

By Army Sgt. James Waltz Special to American Forces Press Service CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq, July 24, 2009 - Army Spc. Amanda Cleveland is a self-described simple girl who is "not into drama." But it's tough for an Army medic to avoid dramatic situations, especially during a deployment to Iraq. Army Spc. Amanda Cleveland, a medic for the 28th Combat Aviation Brigade, describes the importance of pressure in stopping blood loss during first-aid training at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq. Cleveland has trained nearly 1,000 soldiers in Task Force Keystone leading up to and during a nine-month deployment to Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. James Waltz (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Cleveland's comrades say it is her ability to consistently help people -- not the drama -- that drives the Williamsport, Pa., native to excel at her job. Cleveland graduated from high school in 2007 at... Read more →


DID THOMAS JEFFERSON HAVE A CRYSTAL BALL?

IT HAS BEEN said the greatest volume of sheer brainpower in one place occurred when Jefferson dined alone... HOW DID JEFFERSON KNOW?????? Especially read the last quote from 1802. When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe . ..Thomas Jefferson The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not...Thomas Jefferson It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world. ..Thomas Jefferson I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense oftaking care of them...Thomas Jefferson My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government...Thomas Jefferson... Read more →


Studying the Delaware Bay

category hunting and fishing A new "feature article" on the NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife's website focuses on the Delaware Bay Finfish Trawl Survey. This research project is designed to target juvenile finfish species that inhabit the bay to help managers predict future fishery trends and harvest potential. To learn the details of what the survey has revealed visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/artdelstudy09.htm on the division's website. Read more →


MADD Requests Review Of Repeat Offender Fatality Case

DALLAS—July 24, 2009 --MADD has sent the attached letter to the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct requesting the review of an important case by Judge Jerry Buckner of Parker County. "It appears that the law was not followed in requiring an alcohol ignition interlock for an extremely high BAC conviction of an offender who later was the driver in a fatal crash, again with an extremely high BAC. It also appears that this case is not an isolated one, but rather part of a larger pattern of judges not requiring interlocks for high BAC and repeat offenders, as mandated by Texas law." “Judge Buckner is entitled to due process in this proceeding, but Texans are entitled to be protected from repeat offenders,” said Laura Dean-Mooney, National President of MADD. In addition, the President of the Texas Police Chiefs Association, David N. James, Chief of Police of Carrollton, Texas had the... Read more →


Mount Ephraim Commissioners Honor Returning Soldiers

CATEGORY MOUNT EPHRAIM Bill Bates Mount Ephraim News Correspondent The July meeting of the Mount Ephraim Board of Commissioners (BOC) started off with recognizing the men and women from the borough who recently returned home from over seas by presenting them with proclamations on behalf of the towns people. These brave young men and women are SPC Nick Rabeau, PFC Marcus Wild, SPC Martin Coogan, SSG John Blagojevich and his wife SFC Pricilla Blagojevich all from the Army National Guard, SSGT Jeff Calhoun from the US Air Force and LTC Peter Garcia from the Army Special Operations. All seven of these courageous individuals were warmly welcomed home and invited to be the Grand Marshall's for the July 4th Parade. In other business an ordinance was approved designating the salaries of officers and employees of the borough. Director of Public Affairs and Public Safety $3,500 a year, Special / Extra Police... Read more →


Mount Ephraim Parade Photos by Bill Bates

Photos By Bill Bates CATEGORY MT. EPHRAIM OUR GREAT FLAG - Members of the Mount Ephraim American Legion and VFW start off the July 4th Parade by proudly displaying the great flag of the United States of America. PARADE GRAND MARSHALL'S - The seven brave men and women who returned home safely from over seas leading the parade in Mount Ephraim. A Special Thank You goes out to these troops and a warm Welcome Home! BABY PARADE WINNER - One of the Baby Parade Winners proudly shows off their patriotic float. BROOMALL STRING BAND - Members of the Broomall String Band play a patriotic tune as they march down Kings Highway in Mount Ephraim. PROUDLY REMEMBERING - Members of the Mt. Ephraim Fire Department stop at the Sylvester & West Memorial Monument to place a bouquet of flowers and two wreaths in Loving Memory of MEFD Fire Chief Jim Sylvester... Read more →


Mayors, Rabbis, Politicians, and More

MASSIVE CORRUPTION BUST category crime FBI agents in Newark lead arrested suspects in the corruption probe onto a bus. (AP Photo) As the buses pulled up to our Newark office yesterday morning carrying 44 prominent political and religious leaders—including mayors, assemblymen, and rabbis—it would have been easy to mistake them as a group of visiting VIPs. Instead, they were the defendants in a two-track criminal investigation, arrested by our agents during an early morning sweep and charged with political corruption and high-volume international money laundering. “The list of names and titles of those arrested today sounds like a roster for a community leaders meeting,” said Weysan Dun, special agent in charge of our Newark office. “Sadly, these prominent individuals were not in a meeting room but were in the FBI booking room.” Three New Jersey mayors, two state legislators, numerous political operatives, and five well-known rabbis from New York and... Read more →


WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: Rare eclipse spoiled by Weather in parts of Japan

category WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Scientist and amateur stargazers on Japan's southwestern islands were mostly disappointed Wednesday after poor weather prevented them form witnessing a total eclipse of the sun. However, astronomers who were on Iwojima, and also here on Kyushu Island, about 1,350 Km south of Tokyo, and adjacent areas in the Pacific were treated to the spectacular astronomical event as they observed the first total eclipse visible on Japanese soil in 46 years. I watched the whole event here in my garden in Kitakyushu,City,with my wife Keiko and daughter Rachel who is home for her summer vacation from Portland State University located in Portland ,Oregon. Afterwards we went into our home and watched China CCTV live broadcasts from Shanghi. On Amamai Oshima Island,Okinawa,and Kogashima where a total eclipse of only 3 minutes and 32 seconds began at 09:55 a.m.,spectators who had come... Read more →


Evergreen Printing Bucks Downturn, Adding New Press and Customers

http://www.piworld.com/# Source Printing Impressions category Bellmawr BELLMAWR, NJ—July 21, 2009—Evergreen Printing is doing what many printers aren't: aiming to increase sales this year by 15%, in their case, planning to reach $26 million. It's headed in the right direction. This heatset and cold web printer of monthly business publications recently won two big newspaper deals. Evergreen Printing came under new leadership last September when it was purchased by Carmen Pinto. Soon after taking charge of the 95,000-sq.ft. operation, Pinto established a "sales-first" culture. In February, Evergreen began printing the North American edition of London's The Guardian Weekly. The U.K.-based newspaper, ranging in size from 48- to 64-pages, is printed on 22-lb. newsprint on one of Evergreen's Manugraph DGM 440 coldset presses. Expanded color capabilities offered by the press were key to the deal, and the newspaper now features every page in four-color. Evergreen also handles circulation fulfillment and subscriber list... Read more →


Riversharks Drop Doubleheader

Press Release Press Release CATEGORY SPORTS July 22-The Riversharks dropped both games of a doubleheader to the Bridgeport Bluefish on Wednesday evening, falling 7-2 and 6-4. Bridgeport took the first game thanks to a complete (7-inning) game from Esteban Yan, who struggled a bit with control, but gave up just two runs in seven strong. The win improved his record to 8-3 on the year. Josh Newman (1-3) threw four innings in his second start of the season for the 'sharks, and was saddled with the loss. Collecting RBI in the first game for Camden were Vito Chiaravalloti, who drove home Brett Bonvechio in the second inning, and Bryant Nelson, who blasted a solo home run to right centerfield in the third. Game #2 was a see-saw battle, that started with Bridgeport taking an early 1-0 lead with a single run off of Camden starter Kevin Mannix in the first.... Read more →


Who’s In

category Sports A listing of the teams that have advanced to one of the eight World Series Tournaments of Little League Baseball and Softball By Communications Division WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. July 20, 2009 Little League Softball World Series at Portland, Oregon on August 13 thru 19 Asia-Pacific: Guam Little League of Guam Canada EMEA: Lombardia Little League of Milano, Italy Host Latin America: Soraida Juliana Little League of Willemstad, Curacao, NA Puerto Rico U.S. Central U.S. East U.S. Southeast U.S. Southwest U.S. West Junior Softball World Series at Kirkland, Washington on August 16 thru 22 Asia-Pacific: ILLAM Central Little League of Makati City, Philippines Canada EMEA Host Latin America: ASOFEM LL of Maunabo, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico U.S. Central U.S. East U.S. Southeast U.S. Southwest U.S. West Senior Softball World Series at Lower Sussex, Delaware on August 9 thru 15 Asia-Pacific: ILLAM Central Little League of Makati City, Philippines Canada: Will... Read more →


Face of Defense: Amputee Pursues 2012 Paralympics Berth

category Our Men and Women in the Military By Tim Hipps Special to American Forces Press Service CHULA VISTA, Calif., July 22, 2009 - Army Sgt. Jerrod Fields hasn't just learned to adapt as an amputee since hitting a roadside bomb in Iraq. He is on his way to becoming a record-holding sprinter. Army Sgt. Jerrod Fields, an Army World Class Athlete Program sprinter and Paralympic hopeful, works out at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. A below-the-knee amputee, Fields won a gold medal in the 100 meters with a time of 12.15 seconds at the Endeavor Games in Edmond, Okla., on June 13, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps Fields capped his track and field season by winning a gold medal at the 2009 Endeavor Games and setting his sights on the 2012 Paralympics. A below-the-knee amputee sprinter in the Army World Class Athlete Program,... Read more →


Senate Blocks Gun-Rights Measure

Breaking News Alert category Hunting and Fishing The New York Times Wednesday, July 22, 2009 -- 1:41 PM ET ----- The Senate on Wednesday turned aside the latest attempt by gun advocates to expand the rights of gun owners, narrowly voting down a provision that would have allowed gun owners with valid permits from one state to carry concealed weapons in other states as well. Read More: http://www.nytimes.com/?emc=na Read more →


Groups Against You and Your Family's Way of Life

category Hunting and Fishing It's hard to believe that we are at the mid-point of the "unofficial" summer months of June, July & August. I hope each of you is enjoying the outdoors and taking advantage of the agreeable weather. Have you the chance to reel in a striper this year? Have you stood knee-deep in a gurgling stream while pulling in summer trout? Is the thought of a fall hunt beginning to creep into mind as you motor past the woods that hold your "lucky spot" or the fields where "man's best friend" last pointed for pheasant? I certainly hope so. These are the simple treasures of life and are meant to be savored. But you must know that in 2009 several new extremist groups and the old familiar radicals are doing their best to take the pleasures of the outdoors and our family menu choices away from us.... Read more →


U.S. Senate To Vote On National Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Amendment

NRA NEWS category Hunting and Fishing The U.S. Senate is now considering the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1390). As a part of the consideration of that legislation, Senators John Thune (R-SD) and David Vitter (R-LA) will offer an amendment this week to provide for interstate recognition of Right-to-Carry permits. There is a very high likelihood of a Senate floor vote on this important and timely pro-gun reform today Wednesday. Now is the time for Congress to recognize that the right to self-defense does not end at state lines. Under the Thune-Vitter amendment, an individual who has met the requirements for a carry permit, or who is otherwise allowed by his home state's state law to carry a firearm, would be authorized to carry a firearm for protection in any other state that issues such permits, subject to the laws of the state in which the firearm is carried. Contrary... Read more →


Obits: Louisa Johnson, Louise Blair, Lucille Belfiore, Steven S. Roop, Virginia D. Owens

LOUISA A. “LOUISE” JOHNSON Funeral services were held at the Etherington-Creran Funeral Home, 700 Powell St., Gloucester City for Louisa A. “Louise” Johnson (nee Blane), 98, of Bellmawr, previously of Thorofare and Westville, NJ, who passed away on July 5, 2009. Beloved wife of the late Lester Johnson. Loving mother of Norma Bramble (Carl) of Bellmawr, William T. Johnson (Sheri) of Cherry Hill, and the late Thomas Rausher. Darling grandmother to eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Dear sister of Henry Blane of Charlottesville, VA, and Evelyn Reisser of Cinnaminson, NJ. During World War II Mrs. Johnson worked for DuPont preparing gunpowder and at NY Ship Building Co. where she worked as a “gopher” as they were building battleships. Mrs. Johnson was a long time member of the Westville United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School for many years. She also loved embroidery, crocheting and watching professional golf, especially... Read more →


Pinelands Commission public hearings on proposed Comprehensive Management Plan

category hunting and fishing PUBLIC NOTICE Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:50-7, the New Jersey Pinelands Commission will hold two public hearings on proposed regulatory amendments to the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP). A hearing related to Management Program for On-Site Wastewater Treatment Systems will be conducted at the Offices of the Pinelands Commission, Richard J. Sullivan Center, 15 Springfield Road, New Lisbon, New Jersey 08064. DATE: Wednesday, July 15, 2009 TIME: 7:00 P.M. A hearing related to Forestry, Wetlands Management, and a Pilot Program for Electric Transmission Right-of-Way Maintenance will be conducted at the Offices of the Pinelands Commission, Richard J. Sullivan Center, 15 Springfield Road, New Lisbon, New Jersey 08064. DATE: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 TIME: 7:00 P.M. A quorum of the Commission may be present at the hearings, but no formal action will be taken. If you would like to pre-register to testify at the hearings please contact Ms.... Read more →


Gloucester City’s Wendy Angus-Anderson Completes AmericCorps NCCC Service

category Gloucester City DENVER – They’ve lived in tents, gutted flood-damaged homes, mentored disadvantaged youth, coordinated thousands of volunteers, and developed into our nation’s future leaders. With 95 projects in 13 states behind them, Wendy Angus-Anderson of Gloucester City, N.J. is one of 215 members of AmeriCorps’ National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) who have completed 10 months of full-time service to communities in need. Angus-Anderson, who arrived at NCCC’s Southwest Region Campus in Denver on October 6 to begin her term of service, will graduate from the program on Thursday, July 23. All Corps Members will depart Denver and begin travel to their home of record immediately following the morning ceremony. Angus-Anderson and her team of about 10 other members completed a series of six- to eight-week-long projects in different communities across the country. NCCC projects assist with disaster relief, improve the environment, enhance education, increase public safety, and address... Read more →


Bellmawr Fire Department Unveils New Safety House

By Chris Concannon NEWS Correspondent Bellmawr Fire Department Chief Jim Burleigh (Station 32) recently unveiled the Department’s new Fire Safety House. The trailer-drawn unit was purchased recently, following the receipt of a $23,500 grant from the Division of Homeland Security, Chief Burleigh said. It is designed to educate the community in fire safety, including tips in how to escape a fire in the home. “The Fire Department is committed to investing in our youth today, to produce ‘fire safety’ aware adults,” Burleigh said. Designed to mimic an actual house, the trailer consists of three of the most-used rooms in a home – the living room, kitchen and bedroom. Various appliances are utilized to simulate actual incidents, including a fireplace, space heater and stove, as well as simulated “smoke,” giving the appearance of normal smoke conditions, in the event of an actual fire. Some of the added features are a heated... Read more →


Local Preacher a Friend of the Late Harry Kalas

By Albert Countryman Jr. source Gloucester City News The Philadelphia Phillies were well represented at the All Star Game Tuesday night, by Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth. The World Champions are in first place, they might get Pedro Martinez, and they are gearing up for another playoff run. Yet, there is still a voice missing – that of Harry Kalas. The popular announcer’s death this spring has left a void. Yet, Harry Kalas was remembered as a good man, who cared about family and friends, and listened to fans and players. One of his friends was the Reverend Edward H. Rusk, 59, who was born and raised in Gloucester City. A Gloucester High School Class of 1967 graduate, Rusk served two years active duty in the U.S. Naval Reserves. After working as a purchasing agent at RMP in Pennsauken, he decided he would like... Read more →


Gloucester City is a Great Place to Live

A BIG THANK YOU category Letters On behalf of my family and myself, I’d like to thank the many businesses, organizations, and our wonderful family and friends for the benefit that was organized for me at the Brooklawn American Legion. Not only was it a huge financial help, it was also a great time had by all. It was wonderful to see all of my family and so many of my friends. On that day I felt like George Bailey from “It’s a Wonderful Life!” I’d like to give a very special thank you to the Sportsman Athletic Club, Rich Dolson (Dolson Family Catering), Pauli Printing, Kevin Young (DJ), Brooklawn American Legion, Camden County Emerald Society, Andrew Alley (Tummy Tee), Gloucester City PBA #40, Gloucester City Little League, Gloucester City Ponytail League, Bill Bustard (Bill Bustard Plumbing), Foundation Title, The Dog House, OH Hara’s Pub, Schileens Pub, Max’s Seafood Café,... Read more →