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January 2010

BURLINGTON CITY-4 Alarm Fire Destroys 8 homes Maybe More

Firefighters from Burlington City and surrounding towns battled a four alarm fire in the 400 block of Locust Avenue this afternoon. Eight of the 12 homes in the row were damaged. Dozens of people were left homeless in the Sunday (January 31, 2010) afternoon fire. The fire was reported at approximately 1245pm on Sunday and was brought under control around 230pm ~Photos and caption by Steve SkiptonRelated articles by Zemanta Philadelphia: Two alarm Fire Saturday, Jan. 30th at 12:45 AM (gloucestercitynews.net) Read more →

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The Cab Ride I'll Never Forget

CATEGORY THOUGHT FOR THE DAY by Kent Nerburn Twenty years ago, I drove a cab for a living. One time I arrived in the middle of the night for a pick up at a building that was dark except for a single light in a ground floor window. Under these circumstances, many drivers would just honk once or twice, wait a minute, then drive away. But I had seen too many impoverished people who depended on taxis as their only means of transportation. Unless a... Read more →

Westville Resident Loves the Thrill of Boxing...The unglamorous life of Delaware boxers

| delawareonline.com | The News Journal By MIKE FINNEY • The News Journal • January 30, 2010 Christina Leadbetter, who will also fight Feb. 26, loves the thrill of boxing. "I just like it because it's exciting and it helps me stay in shape," said Leadbetter, of Westville, N.J. "I just enjoy it. It's a lot of work. I work up to four hours, five days a week. I love to fight and that's why I'm doing it." "Rockin" Ryan Belasco, of New Castle, said... Read more →

American Heroes: Pfc Scott Barnett, of Concord, Calif; Sgt. Carlos E. Gill, of Fayetteville, NC

DOD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Pfc. Scott G. Barnett, 24, of Concord, Calif., died Jan. 28 in Tallil, Iraq, of injuries sustained while supporting combat operations. He was assigned to the 412th Aviation Support Battalion, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Katterbach, Germany. DOD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Sgt. Carlos E. Gill, 25, of Fayetteville,... Read more →

Philadelphia: Two alarm Fire Saturday, Jan. 30th at 12:45 AM

Address: 19th and Washington Philadelphia, Pa Box: 687 Details: Battalion 1 and Deluge 24 reported a 1 story approx 50x75 commercial building with heavy smoke showing, placed all hands in service, fire through the roof transmitted the 2nd alarm, numerous ladder pipes and master streams were used. Two additional engines were requested above the 2nd alarm. Philadelphia Second Alarmers were on scene along with Car 3 and the Fire Marshal Steve Skipton PhillyFireNews.com NJ Editor/Photographer Read more →

Losing a Beloved Pet through Death

Category Pet Tips Pet Tip of the Week By Dawn WatsonOur pets are part of our family. But when a beloved pet passes away, either because of old age, illness, or a terrible accident, some folks will not understand that it can be comparable to the pain one feels when a family member dies. I run a support group called New Path that addresses the issues we humans go through when our pets die. It’s a popular class because it’s good to know that there... Read more →

Fish & Boat Board Urges Action on Susquehanna River Troubles

Harrisburg, PA – Calling the Susquehanna River “increasingly impaired,” the board of commissioners of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) today called on state and federal environmental agencies to expand efforts to determine the sources of pollution which are contributing to the demise of the river’s smallmouth bass fishery. The board’s resolution, passed at its quarterly meeting, urges the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to step up their investigations, saying recent data confirms a serious problem exists.... Read more →

Harry Craig Green Retired Gloucester City Public School Teacher, WW II Army Veteran, Active in the Masonic Lodge

On Dec. 29, 2009, of Stratford, age 89yrs. Beloved husband of the late Charlotte (nee Loiret). Survived by daughters Claudette Ford of Nazareth, PA, Arlene Jensen of Glendora, Allison Croge of Bridgeport, 6 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren. Father of the late Tech Sgt. Richard C. Green. Craig was a US Army WW II Veteran and was a member of Stetser Lamartine American Legion Post # 281 & VFW Post # 7365. He was a former teacher working for the Gloucester City Board of Education. Craig... Read more →

Edmund M. Buffington, former Gloucester City Public Works Employee

On January 24, 2010. Age 69. Of Gloucester City. Survived by many friends and caregivers in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia and Gloucester City. Edmund proudly served in the U.S. Navy and worked for the Gloucester City Public Works Department. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his viewing on Monday from 11 am to 11:30 am at McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, (at Brown Street) Gloucester City. Interment with Catholic Prayers and U.S. Navy Honors in Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans... Read more →

Arizona Officer Killed During Traffic Stop

CATEGORY BLUE LINE Officer.comBreaking News E-Alert Friday, January 29, 2010 By BOB SEAVEY Associated Press Writer PHOENIX -- A Phoenix-area policeman was shot and killed during a traffic stop, and two suspects were wounded in a high-speed chase that erupted in gunfire, authorities said. Lt. Eric Shuhandler, a veteran of the Gilbert Police Department, was shot Thursday night near Mesa at about 11 p.m. and rushed to a hospital where he died, said Gilbert police spokesman Sgt. Mark Marino. Read More... Full Story Updates: www.officer.com... Read more →

Welcome Back From Iraq Sgt. Craig Pennell

Riverside, New Jersey Sunday, January 31, 2010 ETA 3:45pm at VFW Post 3020 address, 1125 Fairview St. 08075-3941 Contact: Ann 856-906-3301 Please come out to welcome home Sgt. Craig Pennell from serving one year in Iraq. Craig joined JROTC in his freshman year in high school 1997. He completed 4 years of JROTC ending as 3rd in command of the unit. He joined the Army National Guard at age 16 (with parents signatures). Craig graduated from Riverside High School in 2001. After graduation he went... Read more →


Despite the many challenges facing Gloucester City, and the nation, there's always bright spots, if we just take a minute to recognize them. This photo was taken shortly after the big December snow storm of 2009 at Martins Lake, Johnson Blvd. and Sparks Avenue. photo by Tom Gurick PHOTO GALLEY: THE BIG SNOW STORM Read more →

Brother of the Wolf Honors Graduates

Brother of the Wolf, LLC, will be holding its first official graduation ceremony for students of the Animal Behavior College and its Apprenticeship Program! The ceremony will take place at 700 Market St in the beautiful City of Gloucester City. The ceremony will take place on Sunday, February 7 at 1:00. Dawn Watson, owner and operator, has been a mentor/trainer for the Animal Behavior College for several years. During that time she has mentored 27 students and has seen many of them open their own... Read more →

Asian Carp Threaten Great Lakes; Corbett Calls for National Discussion

January 26, 2010 HARRISBURG - Attorney General Tom Corbett joined colleagues from several other Great Lakes states in calling for a national discussion concerning the environmental and economic threat posed by Asian Carp. Attorneys General from Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin contacted the White House on Monday, January 25th, formally requesting participation in a proposed state-federal summit to address the Asian Carp crisis. "As chief legal and law enforcement officers for our states, we all serve on the front-lines of a struggle to protect... Read more →

Welcome Back From Iraq Captain Justin Oliver

Saturday, January 30, 2010 Time: 5:00 PM Where: 713 West Crystal Lake Ave., Haddonfield, NJ 08033 Contact: Randy (YRC) 609-760-5394 Please come out and welcome home Captain Justin Oliver from his tour in Iraq. He is a Helicopter Pilot and yet another member of the 1-150th Assault Helicopter Battalion in the New Jersey National Guard. Justin has been a professional Soldier for 13 years. Justin graduated from Haddon Township-Paul VI High School in 1994. He and his wife reside in Woodbury with their 10 month... Read more →

Deer season changes spark much debate

- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review By Bob Frye, TRIBUNE-REVIEW Wednesday, January 27, 2010 Pennsylvania Game Commissioners gave preliminary approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for 2010-11 at their meeting Tuesday in Harrisburg. As usual, it was a change in the always-controversial deer hunting seasons that sparked the most debate. Commissioners raised the number of units in which doe hunting won't start until the first Saturday of the two-week season from four to eight. Units 2D, 2G, 3C and 4B were managed under those guidelines... Read more →

Recalls: Refrigerators, Strollers, Zippo Lighters, Toy Helicopter, Instant Noodles, Starbuck Bottles

Image via Wikipedia This message contains the following: Liebherr Recalls Built-In Refrigerators Due to Injury Hazard; Door Can Detach http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10122.html Regal Lager Announces Recall to Repair CYBEX Strollers; Risk of Fingertip Amputation and Laceration Hazards http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10123.html Zippo Recalls Candle Lighters Due to Burn Hazard http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10124.html Boy's Three-Piece Santa Sets Recalled by Macy's Due to Choking Hazard, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10119.html Horse Toy Figures Recalled by Blip Toys Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10120.html RadioShack Recalls Knight Hawk Toy Helicopters Due to Fire Hazard, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10121.html Well Luck... Read more →

Video: Union Members Clash with Camden County Freeholders

The Camden County Freeholder Board held its monthly meeting January 21 at the Brooklawn American Legion Hall, in Brooklawn NJ. The topic of discussion was the recently announced plan to privatized the Camden County Jail. Members of the Camden County Jail Correction Officers union, who oppose the plan, along with their supporters were in attendance. Today Gloucester City Mayor William James issued a statement opposing the privatization of the jail. related articles by Zemanta Camden County Mayors Endorse Detention Center Taxpayer Reform Measure (gloucestercitynews.net) Andrews... Read more →

James Does Not Support Jail Privatization

Regarding the rumor that I am in favor of the privatization of the Camden County Jail. The Camden County Mayors Association does not and cannot speak for individual Mayors, it can however express support or non-support of issues affecting the County as a whole through a majority of membership vote. The reported vote to support privatization by the Mayors Association does not reflect my opinion as it relates to this matter. It has only been since late November 2009 that I first heard any mention... Read more →


CATEGORY THOUGHT FOR THE DAY ONE. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully. TWO. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other THREE. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want. FOUR. When you say, 'I love you ,' mean it.. FIVE. When you say, 'I'm sorry,' look the person in the eye. SIX. Be engaged at least six months before you... Read more →

Marine, Canine Partner Detect Explosives

By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Walter Marino Special to American Forces Press Service HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Jan. 25, 2010 – Their truck sways from side to side and bumps up and down along a path in Afghanistan. But what would be an intolerable ride for most is just something Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Paul N. Krist, a dog handler for 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, and his dog, Max, have accepted as part of the job. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Paul N. Krist enjoys a moment... Read more →

American Heroes: Four Marines Die Fighting in Afghanistan

DOD Identifies Marine Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Lance Cpl. Jeremy M. Kane, 22, of Towson, Md., died Jan. 23 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, based out of Camp Pendleton, Calif. DOD Identifies Marine Casualties The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of three Marines who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The following... Read more →

American Heroes: Pfc. Gifford E. Hurt, 19, of Yonkers, N.Y.; Petty Officer 2nd Class Xin Qi, 25, of Cordova, Tenn

Dignified Transfer at Dover AFB A U.S. Army carry team transfers the remains of Army Pfc. Gifford E. Hurt, of Yonkers, N.Y., at Dover Air Force Base, Del., January 22. (U.S. Air Force photo/Roland Balik) DOD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Pfc. Gifford E. Hurt, 19, of Yonkers, N.Y., died Jan. 20, in Mosul, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related accident. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion,... Read more →

Arlene K. Burkhardt, Active Member of Highland Park Church of God, Daughter of Former Postmaster Duke Kandle

Funeral Services were held for Arlene K. Burkhardt, 74, of Woodbury, who passed away on January 14, 2010. Arlene was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and the backbone of her family, always taking care of everyone with her love, compassion and strength. Life for Arlene was simple, putting a smile on everyone’s face with her hugs, kisses and cooking. Arlene was also an active member of the Highland Park Church of God, Gloucester City. Arlene was the beloved wife of Fred Burkhardt, loving mother... Read more →

Howard E.V. Ellis, U.S. Army Korean War POW,Purple Heart recipient, Member of VFW Post #3620 VFW, Brooklawn American Legion Post #72

Suddenly, on January 22, 2010. Age 76. Of Vineland. Formerly of Gloucester City. Loving husband of 55 years to Mary Louise (nee Bernard). Loving father of Maureen (Paul) Gorlewski, Howard E. (Donna), Michael J. (Bethany) and James R. Ellis. Loving grandfather of 15 and great-grandfather of 10. Dear brother of Carolyn Peterson, Edward T. and David Ellis. Howard proudly served in the U.S. Army and was an escaped POW during the Korean Conflict. He received many distinguished medals including a Purple Heart and 4 Bronze... Read more →

Putting a Human Face on the Economy

By Dawn Watson NEWS Correspondent The statistics are dismal. New Jersey lost some 103,000 jobs last year and the unemployment rate is now at 10 percent. But what does that mean on a local level? Gloucester City citizens realize there is a financial crisis; revenues are down, property taxes are rising, and no one has an answer. The remedies offered by Gloucester City are often encased in a “Catch-21” cycle. For example, the Gloucester City Library offers free computer classes so that residents can apply... Read more →

The Bells of Gloucester City

(Editor’s note: This is the first in an occasional series about the history of the “Bells of Gloucester City.” Thanks to Ed Walens for coming up with this idea.) On October 11, 1849, the cornerstone for the first Presbyterian Church was laid. Then on Sunday, December 10, 1850, the church building was depicted minus a steeple. After much discussion a spike was purchased and placed on the church raising to the height of 82 feet. Now Mr. Henry F. West thought the steeple should house... Read more →

NJ Spring Turkey Permit Application Available

Image by Anita363 via Flickr The NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife advises hunters that the Spring Turkey Permit Application Period opened today, Monday, January 25. Applications can be made either through the online license website or at a license agent. The application period remains open until February 22, and applicants can review and edit their applications online until the application period closes. Turkey hunters need to be aware of changes that have been made to certain Turkey Hunting Area (Zone) boundaries. The format... Read more →

Mt. Ephraim School District Honor Roll

DISTINGUISHED HONORS-Courtney Bocchicchio, Jade Carson, Jessica Chambers, Maryellen Crain, Taylor Gavin, Alison Guldin, Amy Guldin, Samantha Krieg, Brandon Lanchang, Destinee Meeser, Victoria Milano, Lindsay Musselman, Joshua Pizzillo, Natalie Price, Mackenzie Rapa-Slover, Nicholas Salamone, Mackenzie Seymour, Kelsey Vespe. HONORS-Timothy Alexander, Emma Ball, Ariana Beebe, Jonathan Bell, Christopher Blaylock, Gabrielle Bocchicchio, Joseph Bocchicchio, Mya Bocchicchio, Richard Bonczak, Brittany Brown, Hailey Burns, Emily Calhoun, Tyler Capner, Claire Czerski, Gary Czerski, Samuel Czerski. Also, Kenzie Calhoun, Gabrielle Campise, Cassidy Chambers, Dominick Cipolone, Mark Colavito, Gabrielle Crain, James Danielwicz, Laura... Read more →

Students of the Month Hot Topic at City School Board Meeting

By Linda Boker-Angelo NEWS Correspondent Members of the Gloucester City Board of Education were pleased last week to once again hear comments by the Students of the Month selected to represent each of the City School District’s schools. Junior Jackie Weichman spoke about some winter events going on at Gloucester City High School. Principal Jack Don praised Weichman for her grades and participation in many extracurricular activities, including the Leo Club and the Choir. Weichman would like to one day attend Maine College of Arts,... Read more →

Gloucester City News Headlines January 28th Issue

Five-Alarm Fire Guts Amspec Chemical Warehouse In Gloucester City Cheerleaders Asks Gloucester Planning Board To Stay Open As Club Mt. Ephraim, Brooklawn, Audubon and Gloucester City Students Playing In Honors Band Westville Council Installs Daniel Rice As New Police Officer Cub Scouts, Alexis Harrop, Open Bellmawr Reorganization Meeting. Read more →

TIPS AND SNIPPETS: Parking Permits, Light Jail Sentence, Become a Fireman, Bye Pine Grove?, Troubled NJ Trust Fund

By Bill Cleary PARKING PERMITS NEEDED-The City of Gloucester City recently approved permit parking for the residents of the 200 block of King Street as well as the 200 block of Essex Street due to complaints from the neighbors about the employees from Holts parking in the area. Holt provides three parking lots for its employees. Once the ground thaws the signs will be installed. A resident from the 200 block of Morris Street writes, Bill, I have four vehicles and two are usually on... Read more →

The Yellow Ribbon Club Making a Special Request for a Special Marine…

Lance Corporal Ryan Wilno is deployed to Afghanistan. If you remember his homecoming on Nov 1st 2008, it was a beautiful day. His parents were very active with the Yellow Ribbon Club. Then the tragic end of the day was the death of his father. We were all completely shocked and devastated. Ryan has stepped up to the plate not only for his family but for our country. The only thing he is asking for is Spaghettios and towels. I think it would be great... Read more →

Amspec Fire Cleanup, Gloucester City NJ

January 24, 2010 at 11 AM 700 Unit Block Water Street Gloucester City Fire fighters were still on the scene busy wrapping hoses and storing equipment on fire trucks. The five alarm fire at the former AMSPEC Chemical plant started at 4:30 AM and was brought under control at 6 AM. The 22 acre riverfront property was purchased by the City of Gloucester City in 2009 for $5 million. Video by ClearysNoteBook Read more →

Camden County Fire Marshall Investigation Underway

January 24,2010 700 unit block Water Street Gloucester City NJ Franchi Demolition was hired to work with the Camden County Fire Marshall digging through the debris to try to determine the cause of the blaze. The five-alarm fire began at 4:30 AM it was brought under control at 6 AM. See related video, the cleanup Related articles by Zemanta Gloucester City: Five Alarm Fire, 700 Block of Water Street (gloucestercitynews.net) Read more →