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Chuckles submitted by Ken MacAdams

This blonde decides one day that she is sick and tired of all these blonde jokes and how all blondes are perceived as stupid. So, she decides to show her husband that blondes really are smart. While her husband is off at work, she decides that she is going to paint a couple of rooms in the house. The next day, right after her husband leaves for work, she gets down to the task at... Read more →


Adams NEC Rookie of the Week - Rider University Broncs

Image via Wikipedia LAWRENCEVILLE-Jackie Adams of the Rider University field hockey team was named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week for all games played the first week of the season it was announced by the conference office Monday afternoon. "This was a great accomplishment for her," said head coach Lori Hussong. "She was effective inside the circle and put herself in position to be ready to score and that is what we need her to... Read more →


Thomas Menna, of Mt. Ephraim, Vietnam War Navy Vet, Bellmawr Postal Employee

On August 28, 2009. Age 69. Of Mount Ephraim. Loving son of the late Leonard D. and Elizabeth B. Menna (nee McDermott). Father of Traci L. (Mike) Deninno and Deborah L. (Ray) Corda. Step-father of Theodore J. (late Caroline) Howarth and John T. Howarth. Predeceased by his step-son; Joseph J. Howarth. Loving grandfather of 9. Thomas proudly served our country in the U. S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He worked 35 years as an... Read more →


Gloucester City News Headlines for September 4th issue

Bellmawr School Board Will Dedicate Betty Sheppard Memorial Park October 1 Hundreds Attend Rep. Rob Andrews’ Town Hall Meeting About Universal Health Care Gloucester City, Developer, Make Chatham Square Apts. Deal For 50 Townshouses Gloucester City Rotary Invites Business And Civic Leaders To September 16 ‘Happy Hour’ Meeting Plans Getting Finalized For Gloucester Day October 3 Publisher Emeritus Bill Cleary Highlights Problems Of Overgrown Bushes And WeedsRelated articles by Zemanta Dead whale washes up at... Read more →


BROOKLAWN: 2009 ShopRite Wiffleball Reunion Predictions

By CNB Sports Tummy Tee ( 6-5 ) Collins- Defending champs? A year older, slower, and less committed! Jeep MacAdams ( 7-5 ) MacAdams, Ainsley- Ainsley, if you cant beat em’ join em’! Barth Accounting ( 8-5 ) Scully, Walker- Always all business… Shoprite ( 9-5 ) Kozenewski- Tadd would rather announce than play! C & J Auto ( 9-5 ) Fahy, Sharyky- Fahy afraid to play after Sharky meltdown in Wiffle Palooza two years... Read more →


When East Meets West: Summary of New Regulations for Foreign Residents in Japan

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. …in addition to my commentary of this past week. Old New Name of Law----Alien registration Act. Immigration control and Refugee Act. Entity in Charge-Municipality in which residing. Immigration Bureau. Identification Card.-Alien Registration Card. Residence ("Zairyu") Card. Duration of Visa. - Typically three years. Typically five years. Re-entry permit. - Required when leaving Japan. Not required if returning to Japan within a year. Where to update personal information.According to the... Read more →


Why won't Chris Christie put up a fight? - Paul Mulshine

But there are three problems: One is that Christie has made statements supporting that bill -- though if he read it he'd realize it guarantees suburban towns will never get tax relief. The second problem is he still has not released his own property-tax relief plan, though he promised to do so six months ago. And then there's the third problem: Christie seems to have gone into hiding. Usually at this point in a campaign,... Read more →


An Ecological Approach to Managing Forests in the New Jersey Pine Barrens

by Bob Williams Since 1978, when the U.S. Congress created The Pinelands National Reserve, the Pine Barrens of New Jersey have been under the regulatory jurisdiction of the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, which is charged with its protection. Spanning 1.1 million acres, the reserve is the largest open space on the eastern seaboard between Boston, Massachusetts, and Richmond, Virginia. It lies next to the most concentrated highway, rail, and air-traffi c corridors—and the most densely... Read more →


Where Did the Summer Go?

February 22, 2007 With the temperature change in recent days the ice on the Delaware River is thrawing. Friday's forecast calls for a mostly sunny day with a high of 39 degrees. Saturday will be sunny with a high of 40 and a low of 25. Sunday there is a change of rain. The photo was taken from the pier at Proprietors Park, Gloucester City, NJ looking north towards the Walt Whitman Bridge. The boat... Read more →


Neighborhood Blight Will Destroy A Community

BILL'S POINT OF VIEW: By Bill Cleary This will be the third year I have written about this property located at the corner of Lane and Thompson Avenues, Gloucester City. As you can see from the most recent photo (s) taken on August 27th the bushes/weeds are so overgrown they extend over the sidewalk blocking pedestrian traffic. Because of the condition of the property I complained on August 20 to Third Ward Council members Jay... Read more →


Campaign Manager Bill Stepien's Letter to ELEC Chair Jerry English

Thursday, August 27, 2009 Jerry Fitzgerald English, Chair New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission 28 West State Street 13th Floor Trenton, NJ 08608 Dear Ms. English, I learned for the first time yesterday that NJN has decided to unilaterally change the long-settled debate schedule because of pressure from the Corzine campaign (the only campaign optionally participating in the debates due to their self-funding status). NJN's decision to bow to pressure from the Corzine campaign is... Read more →


Welcome Back to School

New Jersey Schools Begin New School Year with New Graduation Requirements, Academic Standards and Reforms in Many Areas As children say goodbye to another summer vacation and begin the familiar rituals that lead up to the return to school, educators throughout the state are hard at work preparing for a year that will be punctuated by major reforms on many levels. These reforms are led by changes in state academic standards to reflect the expectations... Read more →


Atlantic 10 Offices To Relocate To Newport News

Press Release August 13th NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade (photo) announced the Atlantic 10 Conference office will relocate from Philadelphia to Newport News, Va. The announcement was made at a press conference from the Rotunda of the Newport News Marriott at City Center. The relocation process will be completed later this fall. "Moving the office to a new region of the Atlantic 10 footprint is an opportunity to further brand the A-10.... Read more →


Letters: Kudos to Dr. Cancell

I wanted to write in and tell everyone just how wonderful of an experience I had at Dr. Cancell's office recently, he is the podiatrist in town. Eleven days ago while I was visiting my parents who live in Cape May Court House, NJ I injured my foot. On the following Sunday the pain was so bad I had to go to the emergency department at Cape Regional Hospital (formally Burdette Tomlin Memorial Hospital. On... Read more →


Christie Renews Call for the Creation of Independent State Auditor

Newly Released Records Prove Jon Corzine Asleep at the Switch While Taxpayer Dollars Abused and Wasted PARSIPPANY, NJ - Today's news of wasted dollars across multiple government agencies is shocking in its scope, but not surprising considering the recent news of misused and abused taxpayer dollars in Corzine's Developmental Disabilities Department and the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority. The fact that this practice is commonplace throughout Corzine's Administration gets at the root of New Jersey's growing... Read more →


Help Wanted: Gloucester City Seeking Code Officials, Apply by 4 PM Today

Gloucester City will be interviewing for the Provisional Positions of Construction Code Official and Plumbing Sub Code Official on Friday, August 28. These positions are presently held by Robert Scouler who submitted a letter of resignation on August 19, 2009 stating he will retire on August 31, 2009. Anyone interested in applying for these positions must submit your resume by Thursday, August 27, 2009 to the City Clerk’s Office, 512 Monmouth Street. Note from Bill:... Read more →


Gloucester City: Body Found, Investigation Continues

At approximately 1 PM today Gloucester City Police and EMS responded to a call about a dead person found at a home in the 800 unit block of Jersey Avenue. The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office and Camden County Medical Examiner have been notified. A City Police spokesperson said the incident is still under investigation, however at this time it appears the decease person died of natural causes. Related articles by Zemanta Three Juveniles Arrested for... Read more →


SPOTLIGHT ON BATH DESIGNS, etc

By Sara Martino GLOUCESTER CITY-A professional staff with a combined 36 years of experience will be on hand to greet you when you visit the new bath design etc. showroom which is now located at 520 S. Broadway , Gloucester City. The showroom which previously was located at Broadway and Division Street, had a grand opening in May 2008 with a new façade of stucco and stone thanks to a grant from the UEZ. PHOTO:... Read more →


NALC Accuse House Republicans of Smear Tactics

Setting the record straight: The NALC issued a point-by-point rebuttal of a grossly inaccurate, partisan attack on the Postal Service and its 700,000 employees, perpetrated by by the House Republican Conference in an underhanded bid to derail health care reform. “This smear cannot go unanswered,” NALC President Fredric V. Rolando said. “This attack on America’s most trusted agency is deliberately misleading and unjustifiably undermines public support for the Postal Service.” NALC statement—summary | full text... Read more →


SPOTLIGHT ON CARR'S HARDWARE

By Sara Martino GLOUCESTER CITY-“We have always strived to please our customers with economical prices in our Hardware Store. Now, with the decline in the economy, our customers are more attune in spending their money, and they know we have always tried to save them a $1 or $2,” said Frank Carr. Frank along with his mother, Jean and his sisters Sue and Kathy, provide special service to their customers whether they come in for... Read more →


WHEN EAST MEETS WEST:Foreign Residency Rule Change in Japan

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. I have obtained more information after quite a lot of research regarding foreign residency in Japan ,making it easier to keep tabs on foreigners who have overstayed their visas and who have been residing in Japan legally . The Japanese Lower and Upper House is also expected to pass bills,which have the support of both the Liberal Democratic Party-New Komeito ruling block and the Democratic Party of Japan,the largest... Read more →


SPOTLIGHT ON GLOUCESTER TRANSMISSION

By Sara Martino As members of the Better Business Bureau, Gloucester City Business Association, Knights of Columbus and the Professions Automotive Technician Association, the owners and staff of Gloucester Transmissions are dedicated to providing excellent service to their customers. Joe Carlino said the present transmission and repair facility was formerly owned in the ‘40’s by Bucky Caldwell who ran a car service garage for Buick Cars. At one time the facility was also known as... Read more →


Antiques and the Arts Online - Mid*Week Turns Furniture World Into An Antiques World

Mid*Week's return was a blessing for all, helping to guarantee robust crowds for Antiques Week in New Hampshire and a payday for local merchants. "In a down economy, this is the first step to a strong recovery," said Bob Bockius of Mitchell Displays, a Westville, N.J., company that builds antiques shows. Mid*Week exhibitors are eager to return to the venue, which, alas, is for sale. via antiquesandthearts.com Read more →


MVA In Mt. Ephraim...Two Mustangs Collide

Photo by Bill Bates MUSTANGS COLLIDE - Shortly after 8 am on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 Mount Ephraim Fire and EMS was dispatched for a motor vehicle accident (MVA) on the Black Horse Pike and Thompson Avenue. Squad 45 arrived to a 2 car MVA. Firefighters contained the fluids on the roadway as EMS treated and signed a refusal for transport. No other injuries were reported on scene.Related articles by Zemanta MOUNT EPHRAIM: Vehicle Fire,... Read more →


Philadelphia Selected for 2014 NALC Convention

Image via Wikipedia WASHINGTON - The 300,000-member National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO) announced today that it has selected Philadelphia as the site of the 69 th Biennial NALC National Convention in 2014. NALC President Fredric V. Rolando said the convention, one of the largest in the union movement, will be held July 21-25, 2014 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The NALC’s last convention, in 2008 in Boston, attracted more than 7,400 voting... Read more →


Gloucester City: Art Festival Saturday, Sept. 26

PHOTO: A view of the Walt Whitman Bridge from Proprietor's Park in Gloucester City NJ. photo by Bill There will be a special, first time ever event along the waterfront this fall – an Art Festival. The Gloucester City Cultural Arts and Heritage Society is planning its first annual Art Festival Saturday, September 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Proprietor’s Park. The group met August 9 at Troxie's Chicken and Pizza on Broadway... Read more →


NRA-ILA :: 2009 Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium

Image via Wikipedia The 2009 “Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium” will be held on Saturday, September 12, at Northwestern University Law School, in Chicago, Illinois. This event will be hosted by The NRA Foundation and the Northwestern University chapter of the Federalist Society. Capitalizing on recent developments in our nation’s federal courts regarding the Second Amendment, panelists will discuss and debate current Second Amendment scholarship and related issues. Featured panelists at this year’s... Read more →


A Friend of the Gloucester City Police Dept.

T he floods on King Street must be frustrating for homeowners, but I don't think the police should be disparaged. I am referring to the resident on King Street who stated to the Gloucester City News: "I called the police right around 5 p.m. and asked to have them block the intersection. It took them almost half an hour to do that!" The August 13th Gloucester City News reported the police department responded to 1,445... Read more →


Police and K-9 Unit Investigate Break-In at Gloucester Catholic HS

8/22/09: Officers responded to Gloucester Catholic High School for a report of (2) suspects trying to gain entry into the school. Upon arrival, a witness directed officers to a window on the Ridgeway St. side of the building between the school and the old Convent. The witness observed a suspect climb through the window and then moments later open the Ridgeway St. door and let the other suspect into the building. PHOTO: Sgt. Steve Burkhardt/K-9... Read more →


2009-10 MIGRATORY GAME BIRD SEASONS AND BAG LIMITS SELECTED

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced that the agency has made its selections for the 2009-10 migratory game bird hunting seasons and bag limits. Annual waterfowl seasons are selected by states from a framework established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Game Commission selections were made after reviewing last year’s season results, waterfowl survey data, and input gathered from waterfowl hunters and the public. Final approval from the... Read more →


Charles H. Griffith, of Gloucester City, WWII Army Veteran

Funeral services are being held at Etherington-Creran Funeral Home, 700 Powell St. Gloucester City, Wednesday, August 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. for Charles H. Griffith, 85, a lifelong resident of Gloucester City, who passed away on August 15, 2009, peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband for 57 years to Julia B. (nee Herman), loving father of Barbara Canant (Russell) of Harrah, OK, Joseph of Bellmawr, Frank of Gloucester, William... Read more →


Gloucester City News Headlines for August 27

First Brooklawn Reunion, Last Shoprite Brooklawn Wiffleball Tourney, September 4-5 Gloucester City Planning Board OKs Site Plan Waiver For New Bar On Jersey Avenue Gloucester City Officials Dedicate Plaque Where Huggs Tavern Once Stood In Proprietor’s Park Gloucester City Schooner ‘North Wind’ Board Reports Great Progress Feature Stories On Three Businesses, Sponsored By The Gloucester City UEZ Related articles by Zemanta Brooklawn Police Blotter for June and May (gloucestercitynews.net) Feds not on board new N.J.... Read more →


It is Official, Put Away the Life Preservers, Afghanistan Troop Tour

TIPS AND SNIPPETS: By Bill Cleary TIP…It Is Official-Gloucester City Mayor and Council approved the appointments of Lt. George Berglund as acting Police Chief and Lt. Ken Eller as acting Deputy Police Chief at the Thursday August 20th caucus meeting. They will be replacing Chief William Crothers (28 years of service) and Deputy Chief Michael Kaye (27 years of service) who are retiring the end of August. Berglund has 21 years with the Police Department... Read more →


Why Would You Like A Free Upright Grand Piano?

To Whom It May Concern: My husband and I would like to donate a lovely, upright grand piano and matching bench to a worthy cause. I purchased it for my son who is a performing artist. He no longer plays it and we would like to find it a good home! It is in great shape, in tune, and much loved. If there is any church, school, or organization in Gloucester City that would like... Read more →


Another Mayor Drops Membership in "Mayors Against Illegal Guns"

http://www.nraila.org Friday, August 21, 2009 Since its creation, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) has signed up a large number of committed anti-gun politicians to its ranks. It has also signed up some politicians who failed to realize the true anti-gun nature of MAIG. A number of those mayors have resigned their membership when they learned the truth. This past week, yet another mayor, Village of Walton Hills, Ohio Mayor Marlene Anielski (R), has resigned her... Read more →


NorthJersey.com: NewsTracker: To hunt or not to hunt as bear run-ins increase

WHAT'S NEW: Black bear complaints in New Jersey are up sharply over a year ago, renewing concerns over what the state should do about its growing bruin population. From Jan. 1 through June 20, the state Division of Fish and Wildlife received 1,212 complaints — up from 1,006 during the same period a year ago. That includes a spike in the most serious complaints, so-called "Category 1" incidents in which a bear poses a danger... Read more →


Camden cleanup aided by stimulus | Philadelphia Inquirer

The stimulus money will allow the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to direct all $16 million in the annual budget toward Gloucester City, including a project next month near the football and baseball fields along Johnson Boulevard. "EPA believes that the cleanup of the General Gas Mantle property will serve as a catalyst for redevelopment of the area," spokeswoman Elizabeth Totman said. "It's also, clearly, accelerating the time frame of the overall cleanup of the site."... Read more →


Gloucester Schooner Board of Directors Progress Report

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. By Bill Cleary The Board of Directors for the Gloucester City Schooner released the following statement on the progress the group has made throughout the past year. We are very happy to report the following:... Read more →


Business News: CTI Awarded Contract

PRLog (Press Release) – Aug 20, 2009 GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ - Cutting Technologies (CTI) has received a notice of award from Bechtel Power Corporation to provide selective demolition services to the Extended Power Uprate Project at the Point Beach Nuclear Plant in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. According to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) website, the project is expected to increase the energy output of each of the plant’s two reactor unit’s by 1.4 percent, resulting... Read more →


New Jersey Fish and Wildlife DIGEST Available

The NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has posted the 2009 Hunting Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST on its website in PDF format. The Digest contains a summary of rules and regulations, as well as related information, for the 2009-2010 hunting seasons. The Digest can be accessed from http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/dighnt09.htm in its entirety and in segments. The print version will be arriving at license agents next week.Related articles by Zemanta Skillful Angler Awards... Read more →


Wal-Mart Recalls DVD Players for Fire Hazard

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville, Arkansas, just recalled about 1.5 million Durabrand DVD Players, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The DVD players can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. To date, Wal-Mart has received 12 reports of DVD players overheating, five of which have resulted in fires that caused property damage. No injuries have yet been reported. This Durabrand DVD recall involves a single DVD player with a... Read more →


Exxon-Mobil Pleads Guilty to Killing Migratory Birds in Five States

WASHINGTON – Exxon-Mobil Corporation, the world’s largest publicly traded oil and gas company, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Denver to violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) in five states during the past five years, the Justice Department announced today. The company has agreed to pay fines and community service payments totaling $600,000 and will implement an environmental compliance plan over the next three years aimed at preventing bird deaths on the... Read more →


Group Finds Foster Homes for Deployed Troops' Pets

By Army Sgt. Will Hill Special to American Forces Press Service CAMP ATTERBURY JOINT MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ind, Aug. 20, 2009 - Many programs help military members' families during a deployment, but what about their four-legged friends? Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet, a nonprofit volunteer group, arranges foster care for the pets of deploying servicemembers. U.S. Army photo (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet, a nonprofit organization made up... Read more →


Today's Chuckle

A father and son went hunting together for the first time. The father said: "Stay here and be very QUIET. I'll be across the field." A few minutes later the father heard a blood-curdling scream. And ran back to his son. "What's wrong?" the father asked. "I told you to be quiet." The boy, bless his heart, answered; "Look, I was quiet when the snake slithered across my feet. I was quiet when the bear... Read more →


ENOUGH BROOKLAWN POLICE

Why do we need more police in Brooklawn? You have enough as it is now. What will happen after three years when the government doesn’t fund the police force? Is Brooklawn going to tax the people for it? Stephen S. Tremback, Gloucester City Gloucester City News August 13th Related articles by Zemanta CHEERS AND JEERS FOR The Month of JULY (gloucestercitynews.net) Cheers and Jeers for April (gloucestercitynews.net) Brooklawn Police Blotter for June and May (gloucestercitynews.net) Read more →


Catholic Bishops Tell House: Health-Care Bill is ‘Unacceptable’ Due to Pro-Abortion Mandates

(CNSNews.com) -- The nation’s Catholic bishops have told Congress that they oppose H.R. 3200, America’s Affordable Health Choices Act, as it currently stands, because the health-care reform bill would mandate funding and insurance coverage for abortion. In an August 11 letter to members of the House of Representatives, Cardinal Justin Rigali, chairman of the pro-life committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (U.S.C.C), told lawmakers that health-care reform must “respect human life and rights... Read more →


Kaiserslautern Earns Little League World Series Berth

By Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael Voss Special to American Forces Press Service RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany, Aug. 21, 2009 - The Kaiserslautern Military Community American Little League all-star team begins its quest for the Little League World Series title today in Williamsport, Pa. The team earned the right to represent Europe in the tournament by beating Ukraine 10-0 in the European title game Aug. 11 in Kutno, Poland. It's the first time since 1999,... Read more →


Bellmawr: Parisi Fun Day A Huge Success

By Chris Concannon NEWS Correspondent Some 200 people participated in the 6th Annual Nicholas J. Parisi Scholarship Foundation Fun Day recently at the Bellmawr Recreation Centre. Parisi was an Iraq War veteran of the U.S. Army, and member of Bellmawr Fire Department Station 32. While rock climbing near his base in Colorado, he fell and died in April of 2004. Immediately, his family, along with the Bellmawr Fire Department, developed plans for the tournament, which... Read more →