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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... 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... 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... 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... Read more →

American Heroes: Chief Warrant Officer Douglas M. Vose III, 38, of Concrete, Wash and Pvt. Gerrick D. Smith, 19, of Sullivan, Ill

DoD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Chief Warrant Officer Douglas M. Vose III, 38, of Concrete, Wash., died July 29 in Kabul Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group, Stuttgart, Germany. DoD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more →

American Heroes: Spc. Justin D. Coleman, 21, of Spring Hill, Fla AND Pfc. Donald W. Vincent, 26, of Gainesville, Fla

DoD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Spc. Justin D. Coleman, 21, of Spring Hill, Fla., died July 24 in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit using small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fires. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y. DoD Identifies Marine Casualty The Department of Defense announced today... 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.... 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... 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... Read more →


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... 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 →

American Hero: Spc. Herberth A. Berrios-Campos, 21, of Bealeton, Va.

RELATED OUR MEN & WOMEN IN THE MILITARY CATEGORY AMERICAN HERO DoD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Spc. Herberth A. Berrios-Campos, 21, of Bealeton, Va., died July 24 in Salman Pak, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation. 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more →

EAGLES: What To Expect As Camp Opens

http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com They will start arriving in the middle of the afternoon as wide-eyed rookies, beginning a process that will take them through three of the most difficult weeks of their professional lives. Training camp stinks for everyone, especially those who really have no idea what to expect. "Hard work, that's about all I know. The camps in the spring were hard, so I expect training camp to be that much more difficult," said LeSean McCoy, the team's second-round draft pick. About two dozen Eagles will... 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... Read more →


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... Read more →