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December 2009

American Hero: Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Spino, 45, of Waterbury, Conn

DOD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Spino, 45, of Waterbury, Conn., died Dec. 29 in Bala Morghab, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he was shot while unloading supplies. He was assigned to the 274th Forward Surgical Team, 44th Medical Command, Fort Bragg, N.C. The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.Related articles by Zemanta American Hero: Spc. Jason M. Johnston, 24, of Albion, N.Y., (gloucestercitynews.net) US... Read more →

College Sports Thursday PM Report: Steven, Kean, Rutgers, DeSales, Holy Family

Men's Basketball Wins Seventh Straight; Ducks Down Kean in OT, 77-71Files associated with this release: Box Score vs. Kean - December 30, 2009 HOBOKEN, N.J. (December 30, 2009) – The Stevens Institute of Technology men’s basketball team won its seventh-straight game on Wednesday night at the Canavan Arena in Hoboken, N.J. as the Ducks defeated Kean University, 77-71, in overtime. Stevens was able to overcome a 35-foot game-tying buzzer-beater from senior guard Vinnie Darpino (Colonia, N.J.) and outscored the Cougars 8-2 in the extra period... Read more →

The Fantasy Football Fanatic: A Tricky Week

By Dan “Snake” Watson Hello again fellow Fantasy Football Friends and welcome to the last week of the regular season. Most of the playoffs are probably done by now but for those of you that are in a Super Bowl this week, it can be quite tricky deciding who will and who will not be on the field this week. QUARTERBACK The two at this position that need a win the most are Donovan McNabb and Tony Romo. The fight will take place in Dallas.... Read more →

College Sports Thursday Report: Holy Family, Stone Hill U., TCNJ, Kean

Swidowski Leads Holy Family University Men’s Basketball in 76-55 Loss (12/29/2009) PHILADELPHIA – Forward Justin Swidowski (so. Cinnaminson, N.J./Holy Cross) recorded 22 points and 11 rebounds, both game highs, in a losing effort as the Holy Family University men’s basketball team fell to Stonehill, 76-55, in a non-conference game on Tuesday afternoon at the Campus Center. The Tigers came out of the gates fighting, keeping the game close in the opening 10:44. Swidowski scored 10 points, while guard Taylor Papion (fr. Lafayette, La./Tuerlings Catholic) had... Read more →

Derek J. Drach, Age 30 of National Park, Member of the Greater Kensington String Band

Derek J. Drach, National Park, NJ on December 28, 2009, aged 30 years. Derek will be remembered as an outgoing man, who loved spending time with his family and friends. A Graduate of the University of Tennessee, Derek received his bachelor's degree in Psychology. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Lambda Chapter. Marching and playing the sax for the Greater Kensington String Band and cheering on Tennessee or New Orleans Saints football games, and playing soccer was some of Derek's favorite things... Read more →

College Sports Wednesday Report for Rutgers, TCNJ, Rider, Holy Family

Rutgers Women's Basketball Travels to George Washington For Wednesday Contest Scarlet Knights look for fifth-straight win against the Colonials Posted on 12/29/2009 12:10:01 PM WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rutgers women’s basketball heads to the nation’s capital to take on George Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 30 at the Charles E. Smith Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the Rutgers Radio Network, WCTC 1450 AM in New Brunswick with Ed Cohen providing the commentary. In addition, WRSU will call the game... Read more →

Henry P. Jablonowski, WWII Army Veteran, VFW Post 3620 Member, 40 Year Food Fair Employee

Surrounded by his loving family, on December 28, 2009. Age 90. Of Woodbury Hts. Formerly of Gloucester City. Devoted and loving husband of 62 years to Mary E. (nee Cooney). Loving Father of John (Peggy) Jablonowski, Patricia (John) Wilson, Maryellen (Michael) Kidd and Lisa (John) Orsino. Loving grandfather of Michael Jablonowski, Amy Petrillo, John and Alicia Wilson, Dana, Karen and Michael Kidd, Daniel, Nicholas and Joshua Orsino. Loving great-grandfather of Sara, Molly, Emily, Dominic, Jack, Ashley, Alex and Jacob. Henry proudly served our country in... Read more →

Westville Council Discuss Possible Police Substation in National Park

By Sara Martino NEWS Correspondent Westville Mayor Russell Welsh and Council members discussed a possible police substation to be located in National Park during the December meeting. Spurred by a letter from National Park resident Terry Gismondi, Welsh said he had discussed the possibility of placing a substation in National Park with Police Chief Fred Lederer regarding Gismondi’s concern. Both police departments merged earlier this year, and patrol cars are on duty in each town. Police Sergeant William Whinna said a substation could be used... Read more →

Gloucester City Council Lauds Art and Poetry Winners; Pay Monthly Bills Totaling $1,428,053

By Sara Martino NEWS Correspondent “Gloucester City has the greatest luck. Most of the time we have peace and no havoc. We as people don’t recognize how great we got it.” By Kaitlyn Gurcik. Parents and family members at last week’s City Council meeting watched as Mayor William James and Councilman Bruce Parry presented proclamations to the student Art and Poetry Contest winners. Gloucester City sponsored the contest for grades 1-12, and students expressed their thoughts about their town. Celebration Committee organizers included Councilmen Bruce... Read more →


We all should realize that taxes are a must and death is a certainty. With death there are details that require attention; these are one’s final arrangements. This obligation falls to the immediate family. These final arrangements do not have to be an emotional or financial burden placed upon the shoulders of our loved ones during their time of need. Let’s face facts, a decedent is at rest. However, life goes on, and these obligations must be addressed. The professional and devoted staff at McCann-Healey... Read more →

DRPA Takes Step to Terminate Swap Agreements

The Delaware River Port Authority Board of Commissioners today took further action to terminate the use of swap agreements. The Board announced it would not approve any future debt-related swap agreements. The Board also directed that staff evaluate existing swap agreements and make recommendations to the Board regarding options for terminating the Authority’s current swap agreements. PHOTO BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE Today’s Board action will minimize the negative impact of swaps on the Authority’s debt portfolio and protect the Authority from entering into alternative investments in... Read more →

Obits: Della Auletto, Cherie L. Jacurak, Stella Mary Falconiero, Jeanne Riley, Edward K. Boyson II

Source 12/24/09 Gloucester City News DELLA B. AULETTO A Funeral Mass was held at Saint Agnes Church, Blackwood, for Della B. Auletto, (nee Scarpinato), 90, of Gloucester Township, formerly of Mount Ephraim, who died December 10, 2009. Beloved wife of the late Joseph D. Auletto. Devoted mother of Anna Marino (Joseph) and Daniel (Maureen). Loving grandmother of Anthony (Becky), Nicholas (Jill) and Daniel Marino and Danielle Hennessey (John), Renee Byrd (George) and Nicole Auletto. Dear great grandmother of Evan, Luke, Giada, Desiree, Brittanee, Johnny, Danny,... Read more →

American Hero: Spc. Jason M. Johnston, 24, of Albion, N.Y.,

Image via Wikipedia DOD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Spc. Jason M. Johnston, 24, of Albion, N.Y., died Dec. 26 in Arghandab, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. Related articles by Zemanta American Hero: Spc. Kyle A. Coumas, 22, of Lockeford,... Read more →

Gloucester City News Headlines for Dec. 31 Issue

The Gloucester City News Year In Review, Part 1 Planning Board Chairman Dan Spencer Jr. Steps Down To Take Seat On Gloucester City Council Mount Ephraim Schools Will Host Student Teachers From Three Universities Bellmawr’s Christmas In The Park A Success Bellmawr School Board Honors Students For Participating In Locks Of Love Related articles by Zemanta Wanted Your Cheers and Jeers (gloucestercitynews.net) Made in Gloucester City: The way out of our Financial Crisis (gloucestercitynews.net) TIPS AND SNIPPETS: Medicare Cuts, ABBOTT Districts, Rams, Girl Scouts, Speak... Read more →

Funeral Services Tuesday for Volunteer Firefighter Clair Pierce, of Wellsboro, PA.

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: Name: Clair Melvin Pierce, age 68 Rank: Firefighter Date of Death: 12/26/2009 Fire Department: Wellsboro Fire Department Address: PO Box 81, 21 Pearl ST, Wellsboro, PA 16901 Fire Department Chief: Lonnie W. Campbell Fire Department Website: http://www.wellsborofire.com/ Incident Description: Firefighter Pierce passed away at home after responding to a series of EMS and fire calls. The cause and nature of Firefighter Pierce’s fatal injury are still to be reported. Funeral Arrangements:... Read more →

American Hero: Staff Sgt. David H. Gutierrez, 35, of San Francisco, Ca.

Image via Wikipedia DOD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Staff Sgt. David H. Gutierrez, 35, of San Francisco, Ca., died Dec. 25 at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his dismounted patrol with an improvised explosive device in Howz-e Madad. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash. Related articles by Zemanta American Hero: Lance Cpl.... Read more →

Worth Reading: U.N. poised for a gun grab

Saturday, December 26, 2009 By Tom Tancredo If you think the Obama administration doesn't need help in dreaming up new schemes to reinterpret the Constitution and add new restrictions on our freedom, think again. Arms-control bureaucrats at the United Nations and dozens of allied NGOs (that's non-governmental organizations in non-bureaucratic lingo) have been busy for two decades talking and negotiating among themselves to produce an international treaty regulating the sale of small arms. A U.N. resolution adopted in October calls upon member nations to negotiate... Read more →

Francis V. Molloy Sr., Youth Football and Baseball Coach, Texaco/Eagle Point Refinery Retiree

Francis V. Molloy, Sr., of West Deptford, died on December 23, 2009 at the age of 74. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Fran graduated from West Catholic High School for Boys. Fran was a very passionate man who strived to make those around him the very best they could be. Frank; as he was known to his co workers gave 30 years of service to Texaco/Coastal Eagle Point Refinery. He retired from there in1999. Fran has resided in the West Deptford community for more than... Read more →

Caution to Pet Owners – Pet Treats and Toys May Cause Problems for Your Pet

Related Category Pets are the Best With the holiday season upon us, many pets will receive gifts such as pet treats and toys including chew toys. Each year FDA receives a small number of reports of adverse events associated with pet treats. Pet owners should be aware that occasionally, pet treats and chew toys may cause choking or blockage problems for their pets and may want to monitor their pets for signs of potential problems. Photo Riley Woods Pet treats that are meant to be... Read more →

Missouri Trooper Struck, Killed at Crash Scene

Officer.com Breaking News E-Alert Saturday, December 26, 2009 Officer.com News A Missouri Highway Patrol trooper was killed on Christmas morning after being struck at the scene of an accident, according to KTVI-TV. Cpl. Dennis Engelhard responded to an accident of Interstate 44 near Eureka at approximately 9:30 a.m. and waited with the people involved in the crash for a tow truck. After about forty minutes on the scene, he exited his car right as an oncoming SUV lost control and hit him. Read More... Full... Read more →

So I Adopted a Puppy: NOW What?

Pet Tip of the Week By Dawn Watson Related Category Pets are the Best The presents are all opened and that one ‘special’ gift, the one that the kids all cried, begged, and petitioned for, is sleeping angelically underneath the tree. Yep, you broke down and got a puppy. Ah, sweet peace. The perfect gift. Kids are happy, life is good. Photo Darby Tussey But wait! What’s that on the bottom of my slipper?! Eewww! And, hey! What happened to the leg of the coffee... Read more →

Singer Vic Chesnutt Dies at 45 -

Vic Chesnutt via last.fm The Daily Beast Singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt is dead at 45 after an overdose of prescription muscle relaxants, the Los Angeles Times reports. Chesnutt was paralyzed in a car accident in 1983 and despite being confined to a wheelchair and having only limited use of his arms, he fashioned a career as a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, and guitarist after being discovered by REM singer Michael Stipe in the late 1980s. Chesnutt struggled with his health problems, however, and was frustrated by... Read more →

Bill Sutherland, former Gloucester City Firefighter, Brooklawn Police Officer, American Legion Commander

William John Sutherland Funeral services were held at the Budd Funeral Home, Woodbury for John Sutherland, age 71 who died on December 15, 2009 after a courageous battle. Born in Haddonfield, he was raised in Gloucester City, NJ and attended Gloucester City High School. He formerly lived in Pitman and West Deptford and has lived in Westville for the past 8 years. He served in the US Army and the National Guard with a combined 17 years of service. Bill began his career with the... Read more →


Two women were sitting next to each other at a bar. After a while one looks at the other and says, 'I can't help but think, from listening to you, that you're from Newfoundland. The other woman responds proudly, 'Yes, I sure am!' The first one says, 'So am I! And where about in Newfoundland are ya from? The other woman answers, 'I'm from St.John's , I am.' The first one responds, 'So, am I!! And what street did you live in Newfoundland ?' The... Read more →

Habitat loss threatens wild quail

Image via Wikipedia - NJ.com "When I was 10 years old, I used to hear them as my grandfather and I sat on the front porch on a glider, one of those big old metal porch swings," said Joe Matter, 59, who grew up hunting quail in the Thorofare section of Gloucester County. "Those were the days of hunting with side-by-sides (shotguns) and Woolrich shirts. We also had more than just a few dogs underfoot. It was nothing to kick up 20 to 50 coveys... Read more →


"Among the many gifts that we buy and receive, let us not forget the true gift: To give each other something of ourselves, to give each other something of our time, to open our time to God. In this way Anxiety disappears, Joy is born, and the Feast is created. During the festive meals of these days, let us remember the Lord's words: "When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite those who will invite you in return, but invite those whom... Read more →

A Soldier's Wish, Part 4 | The American Legion

Brendan Marrocco wanted to join the Army long before he enlisted in January 2008. His reservation was waiting until he was 21: “I didn’t think I had the ability,” he says. Related Content Part 1: The Reunion Part II: Ambush at Bayji Part III: The Easter Phone Call Part IV: A New Man Video: US soldier recovers after losing all four limbs Friends and family say the Staten Island, N.Y., native – once a model of laid-back behavior and an attitude of just getting by... Read more →

American Hero: Lance Cpl. Omar G. Roebuck, 23, of Moreno Valley, Calif.,

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Lance Cpl. Omar G. Roebuck, 23, of Moreno Valley, Calif., died Dec. 22, as a result of a non-hostile incident in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Read more →

Local Kennels to Close, Leaving Dogs Homeless | NBC Philadelphia

At the end of the month, more than 100 commercial kennels will be forced to close leaving many dogs out in the cold. While area shelters will take many of the dogs, space is extremely limited and some may need to be turned away. That means a whole lot of pups are in need of homes. ”We had 21 one day and nine another day," humane police officer Janine Choplick of Pottstown, Pa.'s Hillside SPCA told the Morning Call. "I think every shelter is scrambling... Read more →

Hunter Takes Whitetail Monster Buck

RELATED CATEGORY HUNTING AND FISHING By Gary Devine This Kansas Whitetail Monster Buck has 18 points and the gross score is 175 Boone and Crocket. My youngest brother Joseph bagged this monster in Kansas near the Missouri border. Joe also bagged a 11 point monster buck in Saskatchewan Canada and another 11 point buck in Iowa with a muzzleloader. Three different plane flights, with three different 2009 fall hunting trips, with a week break in between each, and three monster bucks at the taxidermist. Joe... Read more →

Made in Gloucester City: The way out of our Financial Crisis

Gloucester City is in a financial crisis. Our City’s annual budget continues to grow as our liabilities and overheads swell. Our revenues are down and our property taxes continue to rise as our City attempts to get a handle on it’s soon-to- be crushing debt load. To help solve this crisis we must rediscover Gloucester City’s history of manufacturing and the commercial industry. The Water Street Industrial Zone was once home to numerous manufacturing companies which paid substantial tax revenues to our City, employed hundreds... Read more →

The Fantasy Football Fanatic: What to Consider in Week 16

By Dan “Snake” Watson Hello again fellow Fantasy Football Friends and welcome to Week 16 in the NFL. For those of you who have made it this far into the playoffs, I congratulate you. Wish I could be there with you but I got bounced this past weekend. Hey! I’ve never claimed to be the Fantasy Guru. I have been known to play the wrong person at the wrong time. I benched the NY Giants this week in favor of Green Bay (gave up 503... Read more →

Why Are Catholic Schools Around the State Disappearing?

RELATED CATEGORY ST.MARYS GRAMMAR/PARISH by Jen A. Miller The Forsatz children, one in first grade and one in pre-K, are not having exactly the same experience as their mom. That’s because her elementary school, St. Paul’s in Clifton, and her high school, Newman Prep in Wayne, no longer exist. Nor do Pope John II School in Clifton, St. Christopher’s in Parsippany, Blessed Sacrament in Margate, St. Bridget in Glassboro, St. Aedan School in Jersey City, All Saints School in Burlington, Blessed Sacrament in Newark, Holy... Read more →