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July 2009

Margaret Holley, formerly of Gloucester Hts., Services Thursday

HOLLEY, Margaret Carol Age 62, of Richburg, SC, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2009. Born in Gloucester Heights, NJ to the late Edward A. and Ethel (Fithian) Williams, Sr., she moved to South Carolina 20 years ago from Camden County. She was a member of St. Joseph's Church in Chester, SC. She enjoyed camping, riding her motorcycle, and caring for stray animals, especially cats. She was a plasma and bone marrow donor. Mrs. Holley... Read more →


Among undecided passenger rail stops: Bellmawr

NJ.com. CATEGORY BELLMAWR What about Bellmawr? To get to Westville from Gloucester City by rail, you have to go through the borough of Bellmawr. If you close your eyes while riding along the track, you might miss it. The western part of the borough is largely residential with the occasional business. It's also the point where state Route 130 meets Route 47 with connections to NJ Transit buses, so it would make sense to place... Read more →


Chiba City Little League Wins Japan’s National Tournament, Advances to 2009 Little League Baseball World Series

Category Sports By Communications Division SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA. July 13, 2009 Chiba City Little League won Japan’s national championship on Sunday and earned the league’s second berth in the Little League Baseball World Series. In the Japanese National Championship Game, Chiba City Little League defeated Izumisano Little League, from Izumisano City, 17-4; and finished the 16-team tournament with a 4-0 record. Chiba City Little League, located near Tokyo, joins Asia-Pacific Champion Kuei-Shan Little League from... Read more →


Little League News: Mattingly Sports Unveils New Training Bases

Continues Innovative Product Launches with Item to Help Young Ballplayers Learn Proper Footwork By Communications Division SHELTON, CT July 2009 Category Sports Mattingly Sports, a leading baseball and softball equipment company founded by MLB legend Don Mattingly, has unveiled its new Mattingly Training Bases. The one of a kind, patented training item helps coaches and parents teach kids correct, safe offensive and defensive footwork on the baseball and softball diamonds. The product is another key... Read more →


City Water Has Awful Taste (Date Posted October 2006)

Bill, I was looking at some of the back files on your website and ran across this letter. I been reading the comments on the problems with the water department that have been posted by your readers and thought how fitting this letter is three years later. Would you post it for me. Thanks, Jack Berlin PS: Have you asked our city officials for a comment on the present problem with the water. They had... Read more →


Gloucester City Resident Upset With Water Quality

category City of Gloucester City category Gloucester City This photo of a aquarium test kit was sent in today to CNB by a Gloucester City resident. She writes, “I just washed my face and felt a burning sensation on my skin. There was a strong smell of ammonia. I grabbed the test kit and filled it with water from my faucet. The gauge, calculated in parts per million or milligrams per liter, reads between 2.0... Read more →


Anna Scena of Oaklyn

SCENA, Anna (nee Abate) also known as Annie Abbott, passed away peacefully at her home in Oaklyn, NJ. She was 97 years old. She was the beloved wife of the late Dominic (Burr) Scena and mother of the late Richard. Anna is survived by her loving daughters Ursula Hofmann (John) of Paulsboro, Nancy Schaefer (Allen) of Haddon Twp and daughter-in-law Joy Scena of Daleville, AL. She is the dear grandmother of 7 grandchildren, 14 great... Read more →


Helenmay Eileen Patricia Pohlig, of Bellmawr

POHLIG,Helenmay Eileen Patricia (Nee Ryan), on July 13, 2009 surrounded by family at her home, age 88 of Bellmawr, New Jersey, formerly of Colwyn, Pennsylvania; born February 18, 1921; devoted daughter of the late Leo Michael Ryan and Helen Isabelle Ryan (nee Mercer); pre-deceased by her loving husband Frederick Walter Pohlig; beloved sister of Beatrice Warren (Albert), the late Leonia Greenleaf, and the late Mildred Frazier; loving mother of Suzanne M. Belmont (Albert) and Frederick... Read more →


Jack T. Ribeiro, of Gloucester City, Korean War Veteran

On July 15, 2009. Age 79. Of Gloucester City. Loving Husband of 55 years to Christina Marie Ribeiro. (nee Cicala) Loving father of Frank DelVecchio, Alan (Pat) DelVecchio, Carol (Ron) Deak, Jack Ribeiro, Tina Marie Ribeiro, Donna King, Gina Ribeiro and Maria (Michael) Villa. Loving grandfather of 13 and great-grandfather of 4. Dear brother of Raymond (Margaret) Ribeiro. Jack was born in Philadelphia and a longtime resident of Gloucester City. He proudly served our country... Read more →


Monarch Butterflies Family Workshop at Pequest

The Monarch butterfly got its name for its large colorfully majestic presence in the landscape. Come learn about this long distance traveler at the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife's WILD About Monarch Butterflies Family Workshop being held on July 22 from 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM at the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center. In this 3-hour hands-on session, participants will learn to identify monarch butterflies in the field, explore its life-cycle... Read more →


LETTERS: Budget Crisis or Lack of Budgeting?

CATEGORY LETTERS At the June 25th Gloucester City Council meeting I asked our municipal leadership why they have not hired new recruits for our Police Department. Acting Mayor and Finance Committee chairman, Councilman Marchese, responded to my question by stating that Gloucester City is currently in a budget crisis and is awaiting a State grant. I do not disagree with Mr. Marchese’s admission of our City’s budget crisis. I do, however, question the reasons that... Read more →


Local Women's Pool Team Heading to Vegas

CATEGORY LETTERS Hi All, As some of you may know, our Sunday APA (pool) Women's Team is going to Vegas for the National Championships! We have entered the Team Name contest and found out today that we are one of three finalists!!! The winner is determined by public votes on the WEBSITE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take a minute to vote for us! We are listed under the Ladies 8-ball Finalists and our team name is... Read more →


William S. Achenbach, age 89, of Gloucester City

ACHENBACH William S. On June 26, 2009, Age 89, yrs. of Gloucester City, NJ. Beloved husband of the late Eleanor E. and also survived by several nieces, nephews and dear friends. Mr. Achenbach was a self employed Painter and Handyman. He was also a proud Army Veteran of WW II serving in the Pacific/Asiatic Theatre of Operations. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Interment services with full Military Honors to be held Friday at... Read more →


Edward W. Scholz, age 78, of Gloucester City

SCHOLZ Edward W. “Eddie” On July 15, 2009. Age 78. Of Gloucester City. Loving husband of 50 years to the late Stevia A. (nee Schaffer). Dear brother of Harry C. (Dorothy) Scholz, Jr. of Manahawkin. Dear brother-in-law of Irene and Frank Adams of Marlton. Loving Godfather of Charlotte Fluharty. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and his many friends of Gloucester Towne. At Eddie’s request, cremation and inurnment will be private at Bethel Memorial Park,... Read more →


Senator Madden Flip-Flops on Bill S1774

CATEGORY LETTERS Residents of South Jersey's 4th Legislative District should be aware of Democratic state Sen. Fred Madden's recent flip-flopping on S1774. He has shown that he does not stand behind his convictions and will buckle under pressure. S1774 arbitrarily limits firearm purchases to one per month despite the fact that gun buyers are already vetted by police for every permit. The bill was a symbolic, meaningless gesture to attack the nonexistent problem of intrastate... Read more →


Talk Alert!

Do you know what concerns your teens most as they head back to school? Will I fit in? What should I wear? How much homework will I get?...These may be some thoughts racing through your child's mind as they return to school. The Partnership for a Drug-Free America and Vocalpoint are reaching moms with a new survey highlighting the challenges teens face at back-to-school time. Vocalpoint is an online community of moms that provides rich... Read more →


Sharks Lose To Bluefish, 8-6

Press Release category sports July 14th -The Camden Riversharks were defeated by the Bridgeport Bluefish today, by a final score of 8-6. Camden reliever Felix Rodriguez (1-4) suffered the loss, as he gave up 4 runs and 3 hits in just .1 innings of work. Bridgeport reliever Casey Hoorelbeke (2-1) recorded the win, as he allowed just one run and two hits in .2 innings of work. With the loss, the Riversharks’ season tally moves... Read more →


TIPS AND SNIPPETS: LOSAP, Pay Raises for Police Chiefs, New Business for Westville

BY BILL CLEARY SNIPPET-The City of Gloucester City has passed an ordinance on first reading that creates a Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP). The program rewards members of the volunteer firefighter organization for their loyal, diligent and devoted services to the residents of Gloucester City. The LOSAP shall provide for fixed annual contributions to a deferred income account for each volunteer member that meets the criteria as follows: Must attend 50 percent of fire... Read more →


Bellmawr Scholarship Funds Needs Donations

By Chris Concannon NEWS Correspondent CATEGORY BELLMAWR Donations are needed for the Bellmawr Scholarship Fund, Chairman Ron Henry said recently. Whereas in past years the fund is approximately between $4,000 to $6,000, Henry said the coffers are presently at roughly 25 percent of that number. Local businesses are solicited for donations to the fund, which awards annual scholarships to graduating high school seniors, based on certain criteria, including Grade Point Averages (GPA’s) and SAT scores.... Read more →


New Advisory Brigades to Deploy to Iraq During Troop Rotations

RELATED OUR MEN & WOMEN IN THE MILITARY By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, July 14, 2009 - Four new advisory and assistance brigades will deploy to Iraq beginning this fall in the next regularly scheduled troop rotations, a senior defense official announced today. The brigades, known as AABs, are specially configured Army units focused on training and mentoring Iraqi security forces. The new AABs are among seven brigade-size elements whose upcoming deployments... Read more →


Large Crowd Attends Miss Bellmawr Pageant

By Chris Concannon CATEGORY BELLMAWR More than 200 onlookers crowded the Bellmawr Ballroom on Lewis Avenue on June 14 to watch the annual Miss Bellmawr Pageant. As several nervous but poised young ladies prepared to compete for the right to represent the Borough at public events and the like during the coming year, the 44th annual contest was turned over to Mistress of Ceremonies, Geralyn “Gerri” Watson. Watson served as Mrs. New Jersey America for... Read more →


Gloucester Catholic HS Class of 2009 Awards Listed

Gloucester Catholic High School Class of 2009 Annual Awards are as follows: Honors-Chloe Bartz, Kelsey Berglund, Renee Britton, Samantha Conte, Catherine Crews, Nicolette Davis, Alex Flynn, Brianne Foschini, Michael Gartland, Amy Gifford, Chinyere Ihunnah, Keirstin Kain, Matthew Kavanaugh, Luke Kinnarney. Also, Julianna Kopakowski, Ashley Krumenacker, Elizabeth Kummer, MaryKate LaRocco, June Maloney, Rachel Nicoletto, Julianne Pilla, James Prasalowicz, Kyle Rannels, Christopher Seigel, Nicole Stone, Teresa Verrecchio, Brian Zuber. English-Gloucester Catholic Award Excellence & Outstanding Achievement for... Read more →


Sons of Italy Honor Lauren Shively & Lauren Fehr

Two young women were honored June 9 by Vita Nuova Lodge 2327, Order Sons of Italy in America of Bellmawr and Mount Ephraim. Lauren Snively, of Deptford, a 2009 graduate of Deptford High School, was recipient of the $1,000 Marco DiLorenzo Scholarship. The lodge awards the scholarship each year to a deserving student and was presented to her by lodge President Louis Salerno. Salerno introduced the newly crowned Miss Sons of Italy, Lauren Fehr of... Read more →


Bellmawr Employees Receive PEOSHA Certificates

By Chris Concannon NEWS Correspondent Several Borough employees were on hand at the recent Bellmawr Council meeting to receive certification from the State PEOSHA representative. Anthony Valente of the NJ Department of Labor made the presentations recognizing completion of a 10-hour outreach program. Valente, with Councilman Jim D’Angelo, distributed the cards to employees on hand, including Highway Superintendent Joseph L. Ciano and Sewer Superintendent George Coleman. Valente explained the intensiveness of the course, and Councilman... Read more →


Feral Feline Committee Appreciates Your Help

The Feral Feline Committee would like to thank everyone that has supported us with our mission by donating items for our successful yard sale. We have been working very hard by trapping, neutering, and returning the feral cats to control the over population that live on our streets. When we trap the feral cats at locations where there are kittens, we do not return the kittens in hopes of finding adoptive homes for them. Therefore,... Read more →


Becoming an Outdoors Woman

The NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife will be hosting a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman )BOW) Coastal Workshop in Cape May the weekend of September 11-13, 2009. The workshop is devoted to learning about wildlife and outdoor skills on the Jersey coast. Participants can choose 4 topics from a diverse list of classes, and spend 3½ hours for each of the 4 hands-on learning sessions. Although oriented towards women, this workshop is open to anyone... Read more →


Reporter's Notebook: Boy Forgoes Party for Surgery

By Fred W. Baker III American Forces Press Service ABOARD THE USNS COMFORT OFF THE COAST OF CORINTO, NICARAGUA, July 13, 2009 - It was Beyker Maldonado's birthday last week. Beyker Maldonado and his friend chase a toy car July 10, 2009, while waiting in the reception area of the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort off the coast of Corinto, Nicaragua. Maldonado turned 2 on the ship as he waited for eye surgery. DoD photo... Read more →


Gloucester City Headlines for July 16th

Gloucester City Native Reverend Edward Rusk Officiates At Harry Kalas’ Graveside Service Gloucester City Water Responsible For Killing Pond and Aquarium Fish Gloucester City Library Helps Those Who Are Unemployed With New Technology Bellmawr Fire Department Unveils New Fire Safety House Brooklawn Nostalgia Reunion Set For Friday, September 4 Three Valedictorians, Salutatorian and Third Honors Students At The Head Of The GHS Class of 2009. Read more →


TIPS AND SNIPPETS: Cheerleaders Bar, D'Place Zone, Auld Dubliner, Conrail, Holt Marine Terminals

By Bill Cleary SNIPPET- I received an Email recently from someone inquiring about Cheerleaders, the go-go bar at Rt. 130 and Klemm Avenue being open. If you recall the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) revoked the owner’s license following a horrific traffic accident involving a patron of Cheerleaders, Humberto Herrera-Salas. The owners appealed the ABC’s decision. In November 2008 the appellate court agreed that the bar served alcohol to Herrera-Salas, even though he... Read more →


A DOG NAMED LUCKY

Note: The story about A Dog Named Lucky has floated around the Internet for the past year. Recently the article, Author Unknown, landed in my Email box. I loved it and want to share it with you. Anyone who has pets will really like this. You'll like it even if you don't, and may decide you need one.Mary and her husband Jim had a dog, Lucky. Lucky was a real character. Whenever Mary and Jim... Read more →


Regional Support Grows for Southern New Jersey Transit Plan

By John J. Matheussen, CEO, DRPA and President of PATCO There is tremendous regional support for the implementation of a strong vision of transit investment for South Jersey. This vision includes a new light rail line from Camden to Glassboro along the existing Conrail Right of Way that will connect to Philadelphia and communities along the way that grew up along that rail route at a time when railroads formed the transportation backbone of our... Read more →


Sharks Start of Second Half With a Win

Sharks Defeat Somerset, 4-3 The Riversharks defeated the Somerset Patriots by a final score of 4-3 today, in game one of a day-night double header. Camden pitcher Josh Brey (2-4) picked up the win, as he pitched 5 strong innings, allowing just 2 runs on 4 hits a nd striking out 3 batters. Somerset’s Kip Bouknight (4-6) was charged with the loss, as he gave up 3 runs, and 4 hits in just 3 innings... Read more →


Yellow Ribbon Club Event in Marlton Saturday

Welcome Back From Iraq Marlton, New Jersey Who: Sgt. Deanna S. DiAmbrosio When: Saturday, July 11th Time: Approx. 11:30am-12noon (she is coming from PHL Airport) Where: 1303 Arrowwood Court (spelling verified) Marlton NJ 08053 Mike (YRC) 609-980-4172 Please come out and welcome home Sgt. Deanna S. DiAmbrosio from a one year deployment in Iraq. She is with the MP-CO 561st Unit, 101st Airborne Division of the Army. Deanna has been in the armed forces for... Read more →


Gloucester City Water Responsible for Killing Pond and Aquarium Fish

By Bill Cleary On June 23, a resident sent a letter to ClearysNoteBook.com complaining about Gloucester City’s water killing her pond fish. The letter reads as follows, 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... Read more →


24TH ANNUAL WILDLIFE ART SHOW SET FOR AUG. 7-9

The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area visitor center will feature hundreds of original paintings and fine-art prints from some of the best-known wildlife artists in the state during its annual Wildlife Art Show from Aug. 7-9. The show is free, and the hours are: Friday, 1-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. In addition to the artists’ sales, the show will offer tickets for $2 each or three... Read more →


Data Needed to Avert Closure of Snapper/Grouper Fishery

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) is currently considering a management alternative, which would close the Mid-Atlantic snapper/grouper fishery. The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife's Marine Fisheries Administration is reaching out to snapper/grouper anglers to collect catch data necessary to avert the closure of the Mid-Atlantic fishery by the SAFMC. Information on the SAFMC snapper/grouper fishery management alternative, the list of species affected by the alternative and contact information for reporting Mid-Atlantic snapper/grouper... Read more →


Attention: SAINT MARY SCHOOL ALUMNI

GLOUCESTER CITY NJ-Are you a graduate of Saint Mary School? We would love to hear from you, let us know how you are doing! Please contact Saint Mary School Alumni President; Theresa Gorman at sistmc@yahoo.com or call (856) 456-9296. Join our facebook page: The sons and daughters of Saint Mary School. CATEGORY ST. MARY Read more →


LETTERS: HAPPY AND APPRECIATED

On June 15, students from St. Mary’s and the M.E. Costello Schools with their art teachers and families met with Mary Lou Adams. Director of our Gloucester City Cultural Art and Heritage Society to complement the students and art teachers for their accomplishments in the world of art. The children’s art work was exhibited in the following places: Labbree Real Estate Office, The Gloucester City News, Gloucester City Library, King Street Espresso, Troxies Restaurant, Gorman... Read more →


Vito's Big Day Highlights Blowout Win

Vito Chiaravolloti drove in six runs on two doubles and a grand slam home run, and the Camden Riversharks defeated the York Revolution 10-0 at Sovereign Bank Stadium on Tuesday night. It was the second straight shutout win for the 'sharks, but the offense stole the show, as Camden (32-36) put up two separate five-run innings, on their way to tying their biggest run output of the season. In the first, Chiaravolloti and Brian Burgamy... Read more →


Council Remembers Firefighters and Children Who Died in 2002 House Fire

By Sara Martino NEWS Correspondent Gloucester City Council remembered, with a moment of silence, the three firefighters and three children who lost their lives in a July Fourth house fire in 2002. Many members of the City’s protectors -- the fire, police and EMT personnel -- were in attendance at last week’s Council meeting, and stood in honor of the deceased. They were Mt. Ephraim Fire Chief James Sylvester, Deputy Chief John West, Gloucester City... Read more →


Naval Electronics Tech Hubbs Earns a 'Blue Nose' Certificate

Electronics Tech 2nd Class Richard Hubbs, 3rd, of Gloucester City, recently returned to his home port after participating in Ice Exercise 2009. Hubbs is assigned to the Fast Attack Nuclear-powered Submarine USS Annapolis which left Groton Submarine Base in Connecticut on March 2 and rendezvoused north of Alaska with the USS Helena, home ported in San Diego. The Annapolis broke through three feet of Arctic ice on March 21. While there Hubbs was able to... Read more →


Bellmawr Board Honors Longtime Custodian Frank Jankowski Sr.

By Chris Concannon NEWS Correspondent Retiring E.M. Burke Custodian Frank Jankowski Sr. was honored during the Bellmawr Board of Education (BOE) June meeting for his 37 years of service to the School District. In remarks recognizing the long-time employee, Board Member Mike Williams praised the elder Jankowski, father of current Burke Principal Frank Jankowski Jr., by saying that not only was he a great employee, but a great friend. Board President Jody Mangus thanked Mr.... Read more →


Letters: LIONS CLUB Says Thank You

On behalf of the members of the Gloucester City Lions Club, I wanted to thank all the citizens of Gloucester City and Brooklawn that have supported our 2009 White Cane Drive. I would also remind the citizens that even though April is White Cane Month, we accept donations throughout the year. Anyone interested in making a donation may do so by mailing their check to The Gloucester City Lions Club, PO Box 102, Gloucester City,... Read more →


Baby Michael Thomas Rodgers Jr.

RODGERS Baby Michael Thomas, Jr. On July 3, 2009. Beloved and cherished Son Of Michael Thomas Rodgers, Sr. and Ashley Lynn McAleer. At the request of the family, funeral services will be held privately. Memorial Donations are strongly requested in lieu of flowers to the Cooper Foundation: 1 Cooper Plaza, Camden, NJ 08103. Please write in memo: NICU: Baby Rodgers-McAleer. Expressions of sympathy www.mccannhealey.com under online obituaries of Baby Michael Thomas Rodgers, Jr. Funeral Arrangements... Read more →


Mark James Heddy, age 47, of Collingswood

HEDDY Mark James On July 2, 2009. Age 47. Of Collingswood. Dear brother of Kenneth Van Antwerp, Larry (Vickie) Van Antwerp and David (Linda)Van Antwerp. Predeceased by his sister; Karen (surviving Larry) Pafumi and his brother; Eric Heddy. Also survived by nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. At the request of the family, cremation and inurnment will be private. Expressions of sympathy www.mccannhealey.com under online obituaries of Mark James Heddy. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries... Read more →


MARGARET A. BLISS of Mt. Ephraim, longtime Sacred Heart Parishioner

Mass of Christian Burial was held at Sacred Heart Church, Mt. Ephraim, for Margaret A. Bliss (nee Apprendi), 83, of Mt. Ephraim, who passed away on June 23, 2009. Beloved wife of the late Edward M. Bliss. Devoted mother of Edward J. Bliss of Mt. Ephraim, Margaret “Maggie” (Dennis) Powers of Marlton, and Collette M. (Pat) Morris of Runnemede. Loving Nana of Sean P. Morris, also numerous nieces and nephews. Dear sister of the late... Read more →


Riversharks Blank York

Monday, July 6, 2009 By: Darrell Henry CLICK HERE FOR BOXSCORE. The second largest crowd in Sovereign Bank Stadium turned out to celebrate a belated Independence Day, but the York Revolution fell 5-0 to the Camden Riversharks in front of 7,046 fans on Monday evening. The three-game winning streak is snapped, but the Revs will continue their season-long 10-game homestand on Tuesday night with the middle game of the series. York starter Dave Gassner (3-7)... Read more →