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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 Audubon Cesco. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend... 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 and freshman Marguerite Chavez (Ocean Port, N.J.) tallied a goal... Read more →


WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?

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 the large store parking lot. But because of the city... 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 a sled and save money on gas. Photo: Dawn Watson... Read more →


The Fantasy Football Fanatic: Basic Rules (Part 2)

By Dan Watson Hello Fellow Fantasy Football Friends! This week I will conclude the basic rules of a typical Fantasy Football league. I hope that you’ve been enjoying this column. Why are quarterbacks given fewer points for yards (and sometimes for touchdowns) compared to running backs and receivers? Generally, quarterbacks gain more yards and touchdowns (through passing) than running backs or receivers (through rushing or receiving), so the scales are usually slanted to help even out the totals. Can receptions count in fantasy leagues? Some... 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 for stocking (except in tidal marshes open to an on-going... 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 destroy all their possessions when enemy insurgents attacked them in... 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 of the major-leaguers on hand before the Philadelphia Phillies downed... Read more →


Brooklawn/ Mt. Ephraim School Districts See Spike in Students Absent Due to Flu

EDITOR’S NOTE-Earlier this week ClearysNoteBook contacted the school superintendents in Gloucester City, Brooklawn and Mount Ephraim asking for information about the effects of the HIHI flu on their individual districts. They were also asked about the precautions being taken to prevent the flu from spreading in their schools. We did receive a response from the superintendents in Brooklawn and Mount Ephraim however Gloucester City School Superintendent Paul Spaventa did not respond.~ Bill Cleary Dr. John Kellmayer, superintendent of Alice Costello School, Brooklawn wrote, “In Brooklawn,... 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 www.southphillyreview.com Read more →


DOCKS REMOVED AT FRANKFORD ARSENAL & COMMODORE BARRY ACCESS ON DELAWARE RIVER

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 on the lower Delaware River. The mission of the Fish... 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 for sending holiday mail bound for servicemembers overseas. U.S. Air... 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 on the harvest, including charts showing locations of the open... Read more →


American Heroes: Nine Soldiers Killed between October 25 and October 28

DoD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Spc. Brandon K. Steffey, 23, of Sault Sainte Marie, Mich., died Oct. 25 in Laghman province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 178th Military Police Detachment, 89th Military Police Brigade, III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas. DoD Identifies Army Casualties The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of seven soldiers... 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 percent toll hike plan even though New Jerseyans soundly rejected... 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 www.mccannhealey.com under online obituaries of Shirley Haub. Funeral Arrangements and... Read more →


DEA Remembers Its Fallen Heroes

Memorial Service in Kabul Honors American Servicemen, DEA Agents 3 DEA Special Agents, members of the Kabul Country Office, died on October 26, 2009 when the U.S. military helicopter they were on crashed while returning from a joint counter narcotics mission in Western Afghanistan. (Photo by Daniel Wilkinson) OCT 29 -- KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – A memorial service was held today in Kabul, Afghanistan in remembrance of those DEA Special Agents and United States servicemen who were killed this week while completing a joint counternarcotics mission.... Read more →


TD BANK TO CELEBRATE GRAND OPENING IN GLOUCESTER CITY

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 of the new Gloucester City store, which is scheduled open... 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 learned lots of facts from the Orsinos, such as the... 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 population ac-hieving a passing score. Curry said the district’s results... 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 like to thank both businesses for their support of our... 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 include some toxic remnants of this legacy that are just... Read more →


American Hero: Maj. David L. Audo, 35, of Saint Joseph, Ill / cnbnews.net

DoD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Maj. David L. Audo, 35, of Saint Joseph, Ill., died Oct. 27 in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 22nd Military Police Battalion, 6th Military Police Group, Fort Lewis, Wash. The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation. Related articles American Hero: Maj. David L. Audo, 35, of Saint Joseph, Ill AMERICAN... 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 →


Westville Has Two New Special Law Enforcement Officers

By Sara Martino NEWS Correspondent Westville Mayor Russell Welsh presented the oaths of office to two new Special Law Enforcement Officers during the recent Borough Council meeting. Frank A. Schmitt and Michael Shannon will join the force with the same powers as the regular police officers, and will be armed. “A lot of people applied for the positions and we are glad that both gentlemen were selected. “Officer Schmitt is an Iraqi War Marine Veteran and Officer Shannon is a former Collingswood police officer,” Police... 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 at the local level to prepare for higher education. Stansky... 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 Burlington and Camden County Educators Insurance Consortium (BACCEIC) meeting. School... 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 and SEPTA’s Route 15 Trolley at Girard Avenue to the... Read more →


American Heroes: DEA Special Agents Michael, Leamon and Weston

DEA Identifies Special Agent Casualties Special Agent Chad L. Michael, 30, of Quantico, VA Special Agent Forrest N. Leamon, 37, of Woodbridge, VA. Special Agent Michael E. Weston, 37, of Washington, D.C. OCT 27-- WASHINGTON, DC– It is with great sadness that the Drug Enforcement Administration announces the deaths of three Special Agents who were supporting counternarcotics operations in Afghanistan. The following Special Agents died on Oct. 26: Special Agent Forrest N. Leamon, 37, of Woodbridge, VA. Special Agent Chad L. Michael, 30, of Quantico,... Read more →


American Heroes: Sgt. Eduviges G. Wolf and Pfc. Devin J. Michel

DoD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Sgt. Eduviges G. Wolf, 24, of Hawthorne, Calif., died Oct. 25 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked her vehicle with a rocket propelled grenade. She was assigned to the 704th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo. DoD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was... Read more →


American Heroes: Four Marines Die in Combat Operations in Afghanistan

The Department of Defense announced today the death of four Marines who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The following Marines died Oct. 26 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Cpl. Gregory M.W. Fleury, 23, of Anchorage, Alaska. Capt. Eric A. Jones, 29, of Westchester, N.Y. Capt. David S. Mitchell, 30, of Loveland, Ohio. Capt. Kyle R. Van De Giesen, 29, of North Attleboro, Mass. Fleury, Jones and Van De Giesen were assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, Marine Aircraft Group 39,... Read more →


Bomb Attacks Kill 8 U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

Image via Wikipedia By John J. Kruzel American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2009 - Eight U.S. troops and an Afghan civilian working with NATO forces were killed today in multiple "complex" bomb attacks in southern Afghanistan, military officials reported. Several other servicemembers were injured in the attacks and were transported to a regional medical facility for treatment, U.S. Forces Afghanistan officials said. "A loss like this is extremely difficult for the families as well as for those who served alongside these brave servicemembers,"... 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 Florence Powell, the late Florence Maxwell. Loving brother of Jennifer... 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 to be able to fish during the summer season. We... Read more →