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October 2009

Louis A. Grandizio III, age 49, of Audubon Park

Suddenly, On October 29, 2009. Age 49. Of Audubon Park. Loving husband of 12 years to Theresa Ann (nee Watkins). Cherished son of Dorothy T. and the late Louis A. Grandizio, Jr. Devoted father of Louis Michael, Daniel Steven, Gina Marie, Anthony James and Alisha (Ray) McClinclock. Loving brother of Thomas A., Dottie Grandizio-Burke, Lisa (Kim), Anthony W. and Cynthia (Scott) Grohowski. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Lou worked 9 years for... Read more →

College Sports for Saturday Oct. 31

No. 20 Field Hockey Cruises to 4-2 Win Over W&J; Ducks Complete Second-Straight Perfect Conference Ledger HOBOKEN, N.J. (October 28, 2009) – The Stevens Institute of Technology field hockey team completed an undefeated conference regular season for the second time in as many years with a 4-2 win over Empire 8 foe Washington & Jefferson College on Saturday at the De Baun Athletic Complex in Hoboken, N.J. Sophomore Mallory Swanson (Princeton Junction, N.J.) scored twice... Read more →


By Bill Cleary Dan Miller, the owner of Always Affordable Taxi, Gloucester City, asked me to find out why the City zoning laws prohibit a taxi cab business from parking its cabs on Broadway. Mr. Miller said last year he was going to open a Dollar Store at the South Broadway complex across from the senior citizens apartments. He planned to operate his taxi cab business at the same location and park the cabs in... Read more →

Pet Tip of the Week: All About Breeds

By Dawn Watson I once knew a lady who insisted she had the best dog in the world except for one thing: she could not control him on walks. The dog pulled so hard on his leash that the woman had fallen several times and now, she was hesitant to walk him, at all. When she told me he was a Husky it made perfect sense! I suggested, among other things, that she invest in... Read more →

Small Game Season Opens November 7

The NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds hunters that the small game seasons for pheasant, quail, fox and coyote open 8:00 AM on Saturday, November 7. The seasons for rabbit, hares and squirrel, ruffed grouse and woodcock north of Rt. 70 and raccoon/opossum remain open with an 8:00 AM start on November 7. Firearm hunting is prohibited November 6 on state Wildlife Management Areas designated as Pheasant and Quail Stamp Areas to allow... Read more →

American Legion: COP Keating relief effort reaches Virginia

Thursday, October 29, 2009 The NoVa American Legion Riders Escort National Commander, Clarence Hill; Target Official, Carl Campbell and Undersecretary of Defense, Gary Motsek, to Legion Post 28 in Triangle, Va. (Photo by Noel St. John) Representatives of The American Legion, Target Corp., and Computer Science Corp. met in northern Virginia Oct. 29 for the final U.S. leg of a nationwide drive to put smiles on the faces of 56 soldiers who were forced to... Read more →

American Legion Series champs honored during MLB World Series

Thursday, October 29, 2009 Midland, Mich., Berryhill Post 165’s Legion Baseball team, which won the 2009 American Legion Baseball World Series in Fargo, N.D., last August, was honored before Wednesday night’s opening game of the Major League Baseball World Series in New York City. A crowd of more than 50,000 – including First Lady Michelle Obama, who was part of the first-pitch ceremony – watched as the Berryhill players were publicly recognized and met some... Read more →

South Philly Review Police Report: Operation Good Egg

PHILADELPHIA-Once again local police are engaging in Operation Good Egg for Mischief Night, Oct. 30, and Halloween, Oct. 31. Anyone caught throwing eggs or vandalizing property will be arrested and/or fined in addition to community service. Residents who observe such activity should call 911 and provide an exact location of it, as well as a detailed description of the perpetrator or perpetrators and the direction the person or persons ran. via Read more →


Image via Wikipedia Philadelphia, PA – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will be removing the floating docks and walkways from the Frankford Arsenal Access on November 3rd, and from the Commodore Barry Access on November 4th. The PFBC manages some 300 state properties to provide free boat launch and/or fishing opportunities on the waters of the Commonwealth. The Frankford Arsenal Access is one of the most popular public recreational fishing and boating sites... Read more →

Postal Service Announces Holiday Mailing Guidelines

By Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Jung Special to American Forces Press Service BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Oct. 28, 2009 - U.S. Postal Service officials have announced recommended mailing dates for delivery by Christmas to U.S. servicemembers serving in Afghanistan and other overseas locations. PHOTO: Air Force Staff Sgt. Shervon Greenhow helps to sort mail at the Air Force mail center on Camp Cunningham, Afghanistan, Oct. 22, 2009. U.S. Postal Service officials have announced recommended deadlines... Read more →

One Week Oyster Harvest Season in Mullica River

Image via Wikipedia The NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has announced a limited one-week harvest season of the oyster beds known as Fitney Bit and Oysterbed Point, located at the mouth of the Mullica River. The season will commence on Monday, November 9, 2009 and end on Saturday, November 14, 2009 (daily harvest times are sunrise to sunset). The harvest is open to all commercial and recreational shellfish license holders. For more information... Read more →

NJ Republican News for Oct. 29th

Christie on Corzine's Latest Plans to Revisit His 800 Percent Toll Hike Plan PARSIPPANY, NJ - Today, Chris Christie released the following statement in reaction to Jon Corzine's comments to The New York Times that he is rethinking his monetization plan and is more than willing to raise tolls on already overtaxed New Jerseyans. "Just today, Governor Corzine has admitted to The New York Times that he plans to revisit his ludicrous and misguided 800... Read more →

Shirley Haub, age 74, of Maple Shade

On October 27, 2009. Age 74. Of Maple Shade. Loving and devoted wife of the late Fred C. “Frank” Haub. Survived by her many beloved and caring friends. These wonderful friends were caregivers day and night and loved Shirley dearly. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her Catholic Rite of Committal on Tuesday, 11 am at Land of Canaan Cemetery: 678 South Fairview Road, Elk Township. Expressions of sympathy can be e-mailed to... Read more →


Gift card drawing! Free and open to the public. October 27, 2009 – Cherry Hill, N.J. – TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, will celebrate the opening of its newest Camden County location on Saturday, November 14, 2009, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Broadway and Cumberland Streets in Gloucester City. Photo: TD Bank executives Rob Curley, market president, Gloria Rowan, Gloucester City store manager, and Joseph Tredinnick, regional vice president, visit the site... Read more →

The Tortoise vs. the Hare

By Anne Forline Special to the NEWS A feeble attempt to re-write history took place at the Small Animal Show recently at the NJA3 program (by EIRC) at Cold Springs School. At the show, John and Nick Orsino of Gloucester City treated children to an up close look at their personal collection of turtles, tortoises and amphibians. They saw box turtles, Spade-Footed Toads, Cuban Tree Frogs, a Leopard Gecko and a Yellow Footed Tortoise, and... Read more →

Gloucester City School District “Good News, Bad News”

By Linda Boker-Angelo NEWS Correspondent School District Director of Curriculum and Instruction Liz Curry has good news and bad news for the Gloucester City Board of Education (BOE) last week. She said the majority of elementary school students met state standards, and even excelled, in the Language Arts portion of last year’s NJ Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (ASK) tests. However, math scores were not quite as promising, with less than half of the total... Read more →

Mt. Ephraim: Winners of the Halloween Parade and House Decorating Contest

The Celebration Committee also hosted a Halloween Parade and House Decorating Contest. Over 60 children participated in the event that was held on Centre Avenue and Kings Highway and ended at the Norcross Park. PNC Bank, Mt. Ephraim donated goodie bags for the children in attendance and also donated Visa gift cards to the 1st place winners in each age category and Judge’s Choice House Winner. Also, CVS gave away candy and treats. We would... Read more →

Toxics: A Remnant of Our Industrial Legacy

By Jennifer Adkins, Executive Director, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary The Delaware River’s industrial legacy has its benefits and costs. The benefits include economic prosperity that has fueled art, architecture, world-renowned social and technical advances, and nationally-significant history. The physical remnants of this past have become part of our region’s identity, from coal mines in Schuylkill County and shipyards in Philadelphia and Wilmington to historic downtowns and small towns throughout the region. Unfortunately, the costs... Read more →

Bellmawr: Van Crashes into Liquor Store

Bellmawr NJ 8:00pm 338 E Browning Road Liquor Mart A van drove through the front of the Liquor Mart on East Browning Road causing heavy damage to the building, no injuries reported. The driver of the van was arrested by Bellmawr Police. Bellmawr Fire Department Rescue 32 and Bellmawr Fire Department EMS Division also responded. Bellmawr police are investigating. Photo and caption by Steve Skipton Read more →

Gloucester City High School and Camden County College “Perfect Together”

By Lyn Esposito NEWS Correspondent The Commission on Higher Education must have been reading the minds of so many good students who dream of a higher education, but do not believe they can afford to go. In 2006, former Gloucester City Schools Superintendent Dr. Mary Stansky was approached with a chance to partner with Camden County College in College Bound – a grant program begun by the Commission on Higher Education that offers students opportunities... Read more →

City School Board Receives NJSBAIG Grant

At its September 30 regional sub fund meeting, the New Jersey School Boards Association Insurance Group (NJSBAIG) awarded Gloucester City Board of Education a safety grant in the amount of $13,557 The grant rewards the district for its commitment to risk management and must be used to invest in further safety and security-related improvements within the district. The Gloucester City Board of Education was one of 35 districts presented with a grant check at the... Read more →

Philadelphia Waterfront Transit Expansion Plan Update

Standing with U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities Rina Cutler, SEPTA General Manager Joe Casey, DRPA Board Chair John H. Estey, Board Vice Chair Jeff Nash and others, DRPA CEO and PATCO President, John J. Matheussen, announced an agreement that will result in Light Rail Service along Market Street between City Hall and the Delaware River Waterfront initially serving Pier 70 to the South... Read more →

Joseph R. Maxwell Jr., of Audubon; General Manager of Potbelly Restaurant

Suddenly, On October 24, 2009. Age 34. Of Audubon. Formerly of Mount Ephraim. Cherished Father of Sarah Maxwell. Loving and devoted Son of Joseph R. and Margaret “Peggy” Maxwell, Sr. of Mount Ephraim and Linda Ann and SGM Dennis I. Kretzschmar (nee Powell) of Thackerville, OK. Loving Grandson of Jean and John Russo, William B.and Lillian Powell, Sr., the late Marilyn Powell, the late Paul (surviving Sabina) Maxwell, the late Nina Magnotta and the late... Read more →

Lake Association Thanks Public for Donations

The Gloucester City Lakes Association would like to thank everyone who contributed to our coin drop on September 25. Also we would like to congratulate Hannah Walters for winning the fishing rod and tackle box at our free drawing on Gloucester Day. Just a reminder what the Lakes Association does as an organization. Our goal is to try and keep the water clean and algae free during the summer months. This enables kids and adults... Read more →

Camden County Sports Hall of Fame Honors Legends

Who Brought Glory in the First Half of the 20th Century A total of 54 Camden County sports legends will be honored as part of the fifth Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Oct. 30. “As the nominations committee prepared for the fifth induction ceremony at Lucien’s in Berlin Township, it was evident the committee had a problem,” explained Freeholder Jeffrey L. Nash, a co-founder of the Camden County Sports Hall of Fame. “The committee’s... Read more →

Obama signs VA advance funding bill

Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/22/2009 - 3:06pm. Thursday, October 22, 2009 President Barack Obama signs the Veterans Health Care, Budget Reform and Transparency Act of 2009 into law. Photo by Craig Roberts President Barack Obama signed the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act in an Oct. 22 ceremony at the White House. The new law, strongly supported by The American Legion, requires advance funding for the VA health-care system. “We have made... Read more →

NJOA Endorses Chris Christie for Governor

Why Chris Christie for Governor? Regardless if you are a democrat, republican or independent - if you are someone who prioritizes your enjoyment of fishing, hunting and the quality of our forests you should consider the following: The Corzine administration has neglected (or perhaps in some instances, intentionally extinguishing) many of entities that oversee fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, etc. If you're a hunter you might be interested to know that on the list of Governor... Read more →

Gloucester City Headlines for upcoming Oct. 29th issue

Voters Will Choose Governor In General Election November 3 Gloucester City Planning Board Okays Second School On Market Street Bellmawr Borough Council Honors Local EMTs New Mt. Ephraim Program “A Celebration of Excellence” City Council Names Starlite Lake After Former Drive-In Related articles by Zemanta EMTs Chris Oliver and Kirt Dillon...Simply The Best ( Police Officer Claims Harassment by Gloucester City Politician (s) ( Four fined for failing to file financial disclosure forms ( Tips... Read more →

R.O.O.R. Rally Results

A 25 year veteran of New Jersey's political establishment said, "It was the most legislators that I every saw at a sportsmen event and I was proud to be a part of the rally." Another observer stated, "There were as many people in attendance at the R.O.O.R. as were at the rally held by the Vice President of the United States for Governor Corzine - and that rally had no threat of rain." One person... Read more →

NJ TRANSIT Promotes Safety Lessons for High School Driver Ed. Classes

School participation encouraged in recognition of National Teen Driver Safety Awareness Week NEWARK, NJ — In recognition of National Teen Driver Safety Awareness Week, NJ TRANSIT is promoting its Driver Education Safety Program, encouraging New Jersey schools to obtain the agency’s free curriculum package for use in high school classrooms. In an effort to help teen drivers operate vehicles in a safe manner near railroad crossings, light rail lines and buses, NJ TRANSIT has made... Read more →

Congressman Andrews Supports Councilman Marchese for Re-Election

Dear Resident, As your Representative in Congress, I have had the opportunity to work with Nick Marchese on a number of issues and I am proud to endorse him for re-election as Gloucester City Ward 2 Councilman. Throughout Nick’s three years on City Council, he has worked to ensure that Gloucester City continues to be a strong and vibrant community despite our difficult economic downturn. Nick has proactively worked to bring reliable, high paying jobs... Read more →

Fresh start - South Philly Review

While some Fresh For Alls are at a business or organization partner of Philabundance, the local location does not have a cohort and will be in the parking lot under I-95 Fridays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., rain or shine. Typically, the partner organization provides the space for the stand, but some are outdoors. After the organization came up empty-handed on a group to accommodate its program, it worked with the City to use the... Read more →

More than $50,000 pours in for COP Keating comfort items

Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/15/2009 - 12:53pm. Thursday, October 15, 2009 Target Corp. matches Legion with $50,000 donation In less than a week, an American Legion blog site raised more than $50,000 to help U.S. soldiers forced to destroy their camp and possessions during a deadly Oct. 3 enemy attack in Afghanistan. Now the Target Corporation has announced it will match that fundraising effort with $50,000 of its own. In addition, Connecticut-based Computer Sciences... Read more →

Pennsylvania FF Stricken At House Fire; Dies At Hospital LODD E-Alert Sunday October 25, 2009 BY ED BALLAM News A 28-year member of the Westover Area Volunteer Fire Company, Clearfield County, Westover, Pa., Station No. 45 took ill at the scene of a structure fire Saturday morning and died at a local hospital from what appears to be cardiac arrest. Lt. Roy E. Westover Jr., 41, was on a 3-inch line, coupled down to 2.5-inch, as part of a exterior attack team... Read more →

Losing a class act - South Philly Review

Al Martino was in the studio recording Garth Brooks’ “If Tomorrow Never Comes” Oct. 12. That night, he and wife Judi met longtime friend Jerry Blavat for dinner at Le Virtu, 1927 E. Passyunk Ave. Blavat asked to meet his old pal the next night, as well, at Modo Mia, a Fishtown restaurant the two frequented. But Mr. Martino never showed. Blavat called his cell, home and wife’s cellphone, but no one answered. Martino’s daughter... Read more →

College Sports Report for Sunday, Oct. 25

Attention: AD’s…send us your results for our daily report… BillGCN@verizon Johnson, Sandberg, Quijano Tally Goals as Men’s Soccer Rolls to 3-0 Win Over Ithaca HOBOKEN, N.J. (October 24, 2009) – The Stevens Institute of Technology men’s soccer team defeated Empire 8 rival Ithaca College, 3-0, on a stormy Saturday night at the De Baun Athletic Complex in Hoboken, N.J. Senior Terrence Johnson (New Orleans, La.) scored the game-winner less than seven minutes in after a... Read more →

Congress Passes NRA-Backed Legislation Protecting Pocketknife Classification

Image via Wikipedia Friday, October 23, 2009 Back in June, we reported on a proposed U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) rule change that would have expanded the Switchblade Knife Act of 1958 to include spring-assisted or one-handed-opening knives, and would have directly targeted the importation of "assisted opening" folding knives. (Read the proposed rule here.) Assisted opening knives are frequently used by hunters, anglers, farmers, ranchers, firefighters, law enforcement and emergency personnel and anyone... Read more →

Letter to AARP by: Walt and Cindy - Miller equine transport

This letter to the AARP says it all. It is a must read regardless of your age. Some people just make sense in what they say. This lady certainly does. Please forward this to everyone on your contact list. This was sent last month (September 09) to Mr. Rand who is the Executive Director of AARP Dear Mr. Rand, Recently you sent us a letter encouraging us to renew our lapsed membership in AARP by... Read more →


Image via Wikipedia HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Game Commission is expecting hunters to encounter a sizeable wild turkey population when they head afield for the opening day of wild turkey season on Oct. 31. And, because of the abundant acorn crop this year, finding birds this fall may be more difficult than it was last year. “Wild turkey hunting is one of Pennsylvania’s premiere outdoor experiences,” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. “The... Read more →

Michael J. “Mickey” Brandt, Retired Port Authority Police Officer, Korean War Army Veteran

On October 23, 2009. Age 67. Of Gloucester City. Loving Son of the late Joseph A. Brandt and Agnes E. (nee Conroy). Devoted brother of William A. Brandt “Bill” of Oaklyn and the late Joseph Brandt. Beloved Brother-In-Law of Anne Palcko of Florida. Cherished Uncle of Susan Angelo, Theresa Gorman, JoAnne Burnett and Kelly Anne Brown. Beloved Great-Uncle of Melissa, Jennifer, Nicole, Stephanie, Michael, Molly, Brooke and Luke. Survived by his special great-nephews; John and... Read more →

College Sports for Saturday Oct. 24

Image via Wikipedia Tuwei Claims Victory as Holy Family University Competes at CACC Cross Country Championship Meet PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Fred Tuwei (jr. Nairobi, Kenya/Kaptel) won the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Cross Country championship at the Belmont Plateau on Saturday afternoon. The Holy Family University men’s team finished sixth, while the women took home eighth. Tuwei is the first runner from Holy Family to claim the conference title, since cross country became a sport at... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic Alumni in the News: Zack Braddock

Arizona Fall Baseball League , October 21, 2009 Pitcher Zach Braddock, LHP, Javelinas (Brewers): In a 14-10 game, any pitcher who gets people out deserves an award. Braddock did let an inherited runner to score when he entered in the seventh and allowed a single to Ryan Kalish. That would be the only hit he'd allow in his two innings of work, pitching out of a one-out bases-loaded jam in the seventh and retiring the... Read more →

Nothing stopped the Rams' run

By Chris Melchiorre Inquirer Staff Writer When the Gloucester Catholic girls' cross-country team's bus broke down in the middle of I-295 before its biggest meet of the year Oct. 13, the Rams didn't panic. PHOTO: Twins Molly (left) and Taylor Mickle and their teammates endured a balky bus and a fire before topping Woodstown. photo by Chris McKenna They walked to a nearby Wawa to wait for a new bus with, according to coach Jack... Read more →


Every fall, hunters head into Pennsylvania's forests and woodlots in pursuit of wild turkeys. According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, it's one of autumn's greatest competitions as hunters try to call in their quarries. It's also a time when hunters really need to be in tune with their surroundings. “Staying alert and making sound shooting decisions will go a long way toward ensuring your safety and the safety of others in turkey season this fall,”... Read more →



US FWS Issues Rule on Approved Nontoxic Shot for Waterfowl

Image via Wikipedia The NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife is advising waterfowl hunters that the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has published a final rule approving tungsten-iron-fluoropolymer shot for hunting waterfowl and coots. The final rule is effective immediately. The ban on lead shot for hunting waterfowl became nationwide in 1991. Nontoxic shot regulations apply only to waterfowl and coots and is defined as any shot type that does not cause sickness and... Read more →


GO PHILLIES-John “Hoagie” Hogan of Gloucester City has been working in Germany the past two weeks. Because of the time difference “Hoagie” has to wake up at 2am when ever the Phillies are playing so he can watch the game on TV. This photo was taken at 5:25am Germany time in his hotel room watching the Phillies game on his laptop. Now that’s a fan! Come home soon Hoagie we miss you! Hugs from your... Read more →

MAAC Receives Automatic Qualification Into NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship

Courtesy: MAAC Sports Release: 1 0/21/2009 Edison, NJ - For the first time since 2003 the MAAC will receive direct entry into the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship. From 2004 through 2009, the MAAC champion advanced to an NCAA Play-In Game, where they met another conference's champion. The winner received a spot in the 16-team NCAA Championship. Last season, Fairfield University defeated Sacred Heart in the Play-In Game and advanced to the NCAA Championship, where they... Read more →