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January 2010

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... 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 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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 Regal Lager Announces Recall to Repair CYBEX Strollers; Risk of Fingertip Amputation and Laceration Hazards Zippo Recalls Candle Lighters Due to Burn Hazard Boy's Three-Piece Santa Sets Recalled by Macy's Due to Choking Hazard, Horse Toy Figures Recalled by Blip Toys Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard, RadioShack Recalls Knight... 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... 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... 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... 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.... 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.... 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... 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... 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.... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... 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 ( Read more →

Gloucester City: Five Alarm Fire, 700 Block of Water Street

Sunday, January 24, 2010, 4:25 am Address: 700 Blk of Water St, Gloucester City NJ Squad 51 and Battalion 504 reported a 300x300 3 story building with heavy fire showing, the 2nd and 3rd alarms were transmitted,defensive operations, numerous master streams were placed into service the 4th alarm and 5th alarm where transmitted. Command requested the 5 inch Strike Team as well as a Fireboat from Philadelphia Fire Department, crews stretched water supplies for blocks... Read more →

DEP Transition Team Report Available

I'd like to thank each of you for your involvement in the 2009 gubernatorial election. I'm confident that the prominent role the outdoor community played in helping to elect Governor Christie resulted in our concerns becoming highly visible, which led to our involvement in the Department of Environmental Protection Transition Team (as represented by the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance.) This representation was helpful in bringing attention to a DEP that often overlooks or undervalues the... Read more →

“Winter” Has Just 26 Hours Left To Live

**If you have been looking to ADOPT or RESCUE a DOG, please consider WINTER, our sweet little girl who desperately needs to be rescued this weekend** **She is scheduled to be put to sleep this Sunday January 24 at 12 noon if we cannot find a rescue for her. It's very upsetting, but we're trying our best to reach out. Please help her** More about WINTER: We named her Winter because she has such a... Read more →

My Dog is Lost: What Shall I Do?

Pet Tip of the Week By Dawn Watson Category Pet Tips You step outside, just for a moment, to get the mail. A flash of a tail later you realize that Fido has run out the door. Now, he is nowhere to be seen! What do you do, now? Here are some methods I have used to successfully find a lost dog: Arm yourself with your cell phone and a leash that can double as... Read more →

Yellow Ribbon Club Welcome Back From Iraq: SFC George Bono

Manahawkin (Barnegat), New Jersey When: Sunday, January 24, 2010 Time: 12:45 PM Where: 116 Torpedo Rd Manahawkin, NJ 08050 Randy (YRC) 609-760-5394 Please come out and welcome home SFC George Bono from his tour in Iraq. George is a member of the 1-150th Assault Helicopter Battalion in the New Jersey National Guard. George is 54 years old and father of three; he enlisted in 1974 at the tail end of Viet Nam. He has been... Read more →

New Jersey Bill would open Door to Resume Bear Hunt

1/21/10 A New Jersey bill would put bear management back into the hands of wildlife professionals, erasing years of anti-hunting efforts by former Governor John Corzine. Assembly Bill 181, sponsored by Assemblyman Gary Chiusano (R- Frankford Township) and Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose (R- Franklin), would clear the way for the use of bear hunting to manage the state’s burgeoning black bear population. Additionally, the bill clarifies that the state Fish and Game Council has sole... Read more →

Support the Efforts of United We Fish

To: Anglers, hunters, trappers, all conservationists It has been proven that the united efforts of outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen can positively educate and influence legislators about conservation and our freedoms to enjoy our country's natural resources. Once again, extremists with an agenda to restrict, or ultimately ban, our freedoms are at work manipulating laws to prevent us from exercising our freedoms to fish, hunt or participate in the sustainable use of natural resources. Whether the assaults... Read more →


Image via Wikipedia Harrisburg, PA – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) are reminding anglers that a new federal law requires anglers who target or catch shad, striped bass, and river herring from the Delaware River below Trenton Falls or in the Delaware Estuary to register with the National Saltwater Angler Registry. Anglers do not need to register if they meet one of the following exceptions:... Read more →

Mexican Cocaine Trafficking Leader Sentenced to 27 Years in Federal Prison

Image via Wikipedia JAN 19 -- (Indianapolis) Jesus Manuel Fierro-Mendez, 47, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, was sentenced on January 15, 2010, by U.S. District Judge Sarah E. Barker to 324 months in prison. Fierro-Mendez was sentenced subsequent to his guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Fierro-Mendez’ arrest and prosecution was the result of a year-long investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The cocaine trafficking organization led by Fierro-Mendez operated out of Ciudad Juarez,... Read more →

No COLA for 2011? A Technical Change Could Mean a Raise Next Year

By David Huckabee Federal retirees checking their bank balances this month are probably noticing they have taken a hit in their pensions because of health plan premium increases and the absence of a COLA in 2010. Will things be better in 2011? The answer is probably not. Health premiums will still go up and there may be little or no increase in pensions in 2011. We know this because the December 2009 urban and clerical... Read more →


Mt. Ephraim Public Schools January 20, 2010 Board of Education Notice MT. EPHRAIM PUBLIC SCHOOLS -A vacancy currently exists on the Mt. Ephraim Board of Education due to the resignation of Darlene Alexander. The term of this position will end in April 2010. By law, a Board of Education Member: Must be a current and qualified registered voter, and Must be able to read and write, and Must have been a resident of Mt. Ephraim... Read more →

Welcome Back From Iraq, Air Force Chief Arthur Curran

Beverly, New Jersey WHEN: Friday, January 22, 2010 TIME: 1:00 PM WHERE: 246 East Warren Street Beverly, New Jersey 08010 CONTACT: Mike or Leslie (YRC) 609-980-4175 Chief Curran is returning from a Tour of Active Duty in Iraq. He is 52 years old. He and his wife Lucy have 4 daughters, one of which is on Active Duty with the Navy. Please join members of the Yellow Ribbon Club, Beverly Township, Beverly Fire and EMS,... Read more →


As a concerned Camden County resident, I ask myself why certain stories are not reported. This country was built on investigating reporting, letting the people know what should concern them in their towns, and what is going to affect them short and long term. I myself am not a reporter, just a citizen that is getting frustrated with the hiding of information and politics. My first concern is the town of Mt. Ephraim, we have... Read more →


Press Release Largest Group In Band’s Seven Year History Mt. Ephraim, NJ – January 16, 2010 – Susan Moore, band director from Audubon, could not believe her eyes. “There are over seventy kids signed up this year!” Seven years earlier she had contacted Mary Manion, from Mt. Ephraim, about combining selected 5th & 6th graders for an “honors” band. “Our schools are small and although the students have a great experience, they do not get... Read more →

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Our Holiday in Hawaii

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. During the Christmas and New Year holiday from December 19th, 2009 through to January 2nd, 2010 we spent a really great and exciting holiday in Hawaii visiting our son Lucas and his wife Raeanna She is from Guam in the Marianna chain, we enjoyed a very wonderful stay at their home in Waipahu, Hawaii. Lucas is stationed there with the U.S.Army's 25th Infantry Division, at Schofield Bks.The real purpose... Read more →

Another Camden Diocese School is Closing Due to Declining Enrollment

On Tuesday, January 19, faculty, school administration and parents were informed that Bishop Guilfoyle Regional Catholic School will close at the end of the current school year due to declining enrollment and resulting financial struggles. Last week the Diocese announced that Wildwood Catholic HS was closing. Below is the letter sent to school families today: Dear Parents: Our diocese, like many in the Northeast, has faced significant challenges related to demographic and population changes. While... Read more →

HHS Study Says $150 Billion Head Start Program for Low-Income Pre-Schoolers is Largely a Failure

Image via Wikipedia - Tuesday, January 19, 2010 By Karen Schuberg ( – Head Start, the federal government’s largest preschool program for low-income children, was found to yield no lasting results, according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at the beginning of this year. The study found that children served by Head Start made gains in education and health during preschool when compared to other low-income children... Read more →


Federal Lawsuit Comes in Direct Response to Lawmakers' Broken Promise to Create a Meaningful Exemption for Honest Collectors and Competitors Press Release issued on January 17, 2010 The Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC) announced today that it has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey to invalidate New Jersey's one gun a month law, in direct response to lawmakers' broken promise to create... Read more →


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Forestry Stewardship Bill Signed Into Law!

Forest Stewardship Bill, supported by NJOA and conservation groups, signed by Gov. Corzine! A sign of a growing recognition by legislators of the importance of "conservation" to ecosystem healt Establishes forest stewardship and forest certification programs in DEP; establishes Forest Stewardship Incentive Fund (TRENTON) The measure (A3239) and (companion bill S713) direct the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to establish a forest stewardship program for owners of forest land who prepare forest stewardship plans for... Read more →