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November 2009

Death Notices: Jacob Chew Jr., Thomas Jeffers, James T. Kerrigan, Julia Mezzatesta, Joseph Stepanow

JACOB GEORGE CHEW, JR. A Farewell Service will be held for Jacob George Chew, Jr., 86, of Bellmawr, who died November 13, 2009. A great day for Jake was spent at Gloucester Park meeting friends, old and new. Jake always brought extra chairs for his friends. Lunch would be at Ponzios, followed by a nap. Afternoons would include a visit to the Red Bank Battlefield to meet more friends. A return to Ponzios for dinner would finish Jake’s day. Jake was born in Barnsboro and graduated from Woodbury High. He was a member of America’s greatest generation, serving in the... Read more →

Gloucester City News Headlines for Dec. 3rd Issue

Gloucester City Police Sworn In During Historic Meeting Boys And Girls: Start Writing Your Letters To Santa Bellmawr Holiday Parade Will Be Sunday, December 6 Gloucester Christmas Tree Lighting Saturday, December 5 Westville Borough Installs Three Police Officers Bellmawr Students Show Their Smart Board Skills .StreetsideAuto.com Related articles by Zemanta Gloucester City: George Berglund sworn in as new Chief of Police, 3 new Patrolmen hired (gloucestercitynews.net) The Mount Ephraim Celebration Committee Best Holiday Decorated Contest (gloucestercitynews.net) Read more →

Over 100,000 holiday lights, the Yellow Ribbon Club, and CBS in Marlton?

When: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009 Time: 4pm-6pm Where: 58 King Ave. Marlton, NJ 08053 Ok, what’s going on is that Beth and Tom Ronketty have decorated their home with over 100,000 lights for the holidays. They go “overboard” every year with their decorations in order to bring attention to a “cause”. Every year they are selected to be featured on CBS news for their “decorations” and for the “cause they support. They did this last year and chose the Yellow Ribbon Club as recipients for this. We had a nice show of support last year and the Ronketty’s raised a... Read more →

November 2009 Cheers and Jeers

By Bill Cleary JEER-The state of New Jersey announced recently that it is facing a $1 billion hole in this year’s budget — a shortfall five times bigger than previously disclosed — and will cut funding for schools, municipalities, higher education, hospitals and pension plans to help close the gap. Thank you Trenton politicians (Democrats and Republicans) for screwing up the state we call our home. You and I deserve some of the criticism too for electing these clowns year after year. We could solve the problem by passing a law that would allow no more than two terms in... Read more →

The American Legion: Dates set for 2010 Legacy Run

The dates have been finalized for the 2010 Legacy Run - the widely successful fundraising event that brings in motorcyclists from all over the country. Legion Riders will depart from Indianapolis on Aug. 22 and arrive Aug. 26 in Milwaukee, the site of the Legion’s 92nd National Convention. The route will be determined at a later date. Funds raised at the Legacy Run directly benefit The American Legion Legacy Scholarship fund, which provides college money for the children of servicemembers killed on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001. The previous three Legacy runs have netted more than $1... Read more →

Gloucester Mustangs Win 125 lb- Conference Title

Gloucester City Mustangs won the 125 lb conference title today, Saturday beating Westville by a score of 19-16. The big play of the game came in the first half when the Mustangs' Justin McCleery intercepted a Westville pass and took it 15 yards to score a TD. Related articles by Zemanta A Fun Time on The Northwind (gloucestercitynews.net) a True Phillies Fan (gloucestercitynews.net) The Poorest School Districts, Paid Fire Departments Are Shrinking, Recovery Funds for 08030, Dont Mess with Mother Nature (gloucestercitynews.net) ANJEC Award Given to Westville Environmental Commission (gloucestercitynews.net) Read more →

S.J. football to undergo major changes next year

By Scott Chappelear schappelear@sjnewsco.com "I think it's something we needed to do as the Tri-County Conference," added Gloucester head coach and athletic director Leon Harris. "We were just becoming so disparate in our enrollments that I don't think we could really meet the needs of all the schools with the existing format. "I think the thing that really opened our eyes, last year you had Woodstown which was essentially a Group I playing Group III and IV schools (in the Royal Division). It really illuminated how enrollments have gone in different directions." via www.nj.com Read more →

Roy B. McCormick, St. Mary School Crossing Guard, Succumbs at age 77

On November 26, 2009, Age 77, yrs. a lifelong resident of Gloucester City, NJ. Beloved husband of the late Alice "Theresa" (nee Ludwick), loving father of Barbara King (Sonny /Herbert), Roy B. McCormick (Karen), Joyce Artuz (Julio) and Samuel Pine, dear grandfather of 11 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Mr. McCormick was a Proud Army Veteran. He was a retired member of the Gloucester City Special Police, but was more recently know for his long, devoted and loving service as a Crossing Guard at the St. Mary's School Corner. Relatives and friends are invited to meet Monday evening from 6:00... Read more →

Pet Tip of the Week:Enriching the Life of Your Dog

By Dawn Watson I’m not a fan of the “outside” dog, the dog that lives in the yard all day and all night, bored, lonely, sometimes destructive. Neither am I fond of the idea of leaving a dog in a crate for ten hours with no break for some fresh air and exercise. Of course, almost anything is better than a (short) life spent in an overcrowded animal shelter, waiting for euthanization. Happily, there are simple ways you can enrich your dog’s life that cost almost nothing and offer mental and physical stimulation for everyone. A cardboard box can give... Read more →

Lynne D. Schaeffer, of Williamstown; Operated Highway House to Help Feed the Needy

On November 27, 2009. (nee Sproges) Age 56. Of Williamstown. Formerly of Washington Twp. Loving wife of 29 years to Ronald A. Schaefer, Sr. Loving mother of Ronald A., Jr., Stephen and Angela Schaefer. Dear sister of Elizabeth Crane. Lynne worked many years as a cocktail waitress for Resorts in Atlantic City. Lynne and her husband ran Highway House, which was a non-profit, for 9 years with the help of Reggie White and his wife Sara. They would raise money to help feed, clothe and educate those in need. At the request of the family, cremation is private. Family respectfully... Read more →

JOHN J. MICKULUS, of Westville, 89 years old

John J Mickulus Born in Camden, NJ on Jul. 26, 1920. Departed on Nov. 25, 2009. Resided in Westville, NJ. Memorial Mass: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009 Mickulus, John J., age 89 of Westville, on November 25, 2009. Family Beloved husband of the late Margaret "Peg", loving father of John and Kim Mickulus, devoted grandfather of James and Kim Mickulus, and adoring great grandfather of Kaelyn and Khloe. Farewell Service Friends and relatives are invited to a Memorial Mass held on Tuesday at 1 PM in Our Lady of Lourdes RC Church, 500 Greentree Road, Glassboro 08028 Memorial Mass Our Lady... Read more →

Lions fall short vs. Rams

The Lions were carried throughout by running back Steve Kumpf, who rushed for 274 yards and two touchdowns. He scored on runs of 2 yards in the first quarter and 66 in the fourth, but his team couldn't come up with a big play late in the game. With the help of a 27-yard run by Kumpf, Gloucester drove to the Rams' 19-yard line but ran out of downs with 41 seconds to play. It was an emotional loss. via www.courierpostonline.com See video clip 1 See video clip 2 see video clip 3 Read more →

Gloucester City : TD Bank Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Saturday, November 21, 2009 Photo IDs: Mike Carbone, regional president, TD Bank; Linda McGuigan, senior vice president of retail banking, TD Bank; Bill James, mayor, Gloucester City; Gloria Rowan, store manager, TD Bank in Gloucester City; Rob Curley, market president, TD Bank; and Joe Tredinnick, regional vice president, TD Bank.Related articles by Zemanta Gloucester City: George Berglund sworn in as new Chief of Police, 3 new Patrolmen hired (gloucestercitynews.net) TD Bank Donates $5000 to the Gloucester City Library (gloucestercitynews.net) UEZ Spotlight on Cooks Auto Body (gloucestercitynews.net) Uez Spotlight on Gloucester Transmissions (gloucestercitynews.net) Uez Spotlight On: Heavys on the Harbor Tavern... Read more →

Mt. Ephraim: Mr. Stoops Retiring After 40 Years of Teaching

By Leigh Anne Hubbs NEWS Correspondent There were watery eyes at Mount Ephraim’s November Board of Education (BOE) meeting, as Eighth Grade science teacher Mr. Stoops read aloud his resignation letter. He will retire as of January 1, 2010 after 40 years of teaching. Superintendent Joseph Rafferty, President Darlene Alexander and Board Member Rocco Vespe commented that Mr. Stoops has been a positive influence on so many students, his name carries a lot of respect in Mount Ephraim, and his service has been key in the level of quality education which students receive. After teaching in the district for so... Read more →

TURKEY DAY GAME-Rams v. Lions, Final 30-22

The Lions and Rams were tied 14-14 with 3 minutes left on the clock before the first half game to and end. But with that much time left the Rams took off and score another TD. Instead of kicking a FG the Rams ran the ball and got two more points. As the half ended the score was 22-14. The Lions had a couple of changes in the second half but just couldn't put it away. The final score was Rams 30 Lions 22. See video clip 2 see video clip 3 Related Turkey Day Memories Read more →

Anthony F. Varelli Sr., of West Deptford…Enjoyed Playing Horseshoes & Texas Hold’Em Poker

Suddenly, On November 24, 2009. Age 52. Of West Deptford. Loving husband of 29 years to Brenda L. (nee Bradford). Loving father of Nina M. (Eric) Bartholomew, Regina L. Varelli and Anthony F. (April) Varelli, Jr. Loving grandfather of Serena, Erica, Richard, Tyler, Toby, Aubrie and two on the way. Loving brother of Joe, Mike, Dan, Teresa Fillari, Kathy DeMarco, Chris, Diane Piscopo and Patrick. Anthony was a 1976 graduate of West Deptford High School. He enjoyed playing horseshoes and Texas Hold’ Em Poker. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his viewing on Saturday evening from 5 to... Read more →

A Fun Time on The Northwind

The Gilligan Island Crew-Enjoying a ride this past summer on the Gloucester Sail schooner The Northwind, are from left to right, Bill “Wibby” Yeager aka The Skipper, Joe Miller aka Gilligan, Frank “Reds” Grandizio, The Professor and Mike Gurchick who was just told by Reds he could choose to be either The Movie Star or Maryann. The four “Geezers” are members of the BREAKFAST CLUB which meets this Saturday, November 28th at the Dining Car Depot, Railroad and Monmouth Street, at 9 AM. The last guy there picks up the tab. By the way Gloucester City Sail is looking for... Read more →

PATCO’s Holiday Toy Drive Nov. 30 – Dec. 11

Image via Wikipedia Morning commuters on PATCO will once again have the opportunity to make the holidays a little brighter for the area’s less fortunate. For the 23rd consecutive year, PATCO will be hosting a Holiday Toy Drive. This year’s Toy Drive will take place from Monday, November 30 until Friday, December 11 between 6:15 and 10 a.m. each weekday. PATCO riders can donate new, unwrapped, non-violent toys at specially marked containers at each of PATCO’s nine New Jersey stations. The toy drive is organized by the Delaware River Port Authority’s Public Safety Transit Division and benefits local agencies in... Read more →

The Fantasy Football Fanatic: Don’t Forget Your Holiday Lineups

Related Category Fantasy Football By Dan “Snake” Watson Hello again fellow Fantasy Football Friends and Happy Thanksgiving to all! Don’t forget to get those lineups in for the Holiday. The early games are Green Bay visiting Detroit, Dallas will be home against Oakland and later in the evening Denver will welcome New York Giants. It’s quite a lineup with lots of good fantasy players but make sure you check the early injury reports. In Detroit, Matt Stafford had a career game but his arm might be an issue. Also, Calvin Johnson has missed some practice time in this short week... Read more →

Gloucester City: Clean-Up Volunteers Receive Praise

Gloucester City Mayor and Council would like to thank all of the people who participated in the semi-annual Clean-Up Day October 24-25. Almost 300 people from 30 different groups picked up 250 bags of trash, tires, clothing, etc. from Market Street, Collings Avenue, Broadway, Gloucester City High School, Martin’s Lake, Miller’s Pond, the railroad tracks, parks, playgrounds and the ball fields. These individuals and groups worked hard, and should be commended for their volunteerism and community spirit, Gloucester City officials said. The number of groups and individuals are too numerous to mention, and their dedication to this community is appreciated.... Read more →


I AM THANKFUL for the wife who says it's hot dogs tonight, because she is home with me, and not out with someone else. ...for the husband who is on the sofa being a couch potato, because he is home with me and not out at the bars. ...for the teenager who is complaining about doing dishes, because it means she is at home, not on the streets. ...for the taxes I pay, because it means I am employed. ...for the mess to clean after a party, because it means I have been surrounded by friends. ...for the clothes that... Read more →

Gloucester City: Church of The Ascension Welcomes New Pastor

By Albert Countryman Jr. Members of the Church of The Ascension on Sussex Street in Gloucester City have welcomed their new pastor, Father Nathan Ferrell. “We need to grow in outreach to the community,” Rev. Ferrell said. “Most of our parishioners are outside of Gloucester City.” In a unique arrangement between the Church of the Holy Spirit, Bellmawr, and St. Luke’s Church, Westville, the three parishes will share Rev. Ferrell as their pastor, and each will pay one-third of his salary. He has already served one year as pastor of the other two local Episcopal parishes. “I will be the... Read more →