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February 2010

Robert J. Curran, of Wildwood; Longshoreman for Holt Corporation of Gloucester City

On February 28, 2010. Age 80. Of Wildwood. Formerly of South Philadelphia, PA. Loving Uncle of one nephew and two nieces. Robert was born and raised in South Philadelphia and resided in Wildwood. He worked as a stevedore and longshoreman for the Holt Corporation of Gloucester City, NJ. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his viewing on Wednesday morning from 10 am to 11 am at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Catholic Service 11 am in the funeral home. Interment and Rite of Committal Holy Sephulchre, Cheltenham, PA. There is no evening viewing. Expressions... Read more →

NJOA News Artificial Reefs: "Pay and NO Play?".

by Anthony Mauro Sr Allow Recreational Anglers Access to Artificial Reefs! BACKGROUND: There's a new term being bandied about by nearly 1,000,000 anglers that are either New Jersey residents or travel to the Garden State to fish, they call it Pay and No Play. To be clear, Pay and No Play does not reverse the contentious practice of granting exclusive privileges found in "Pay to Play." Rather, the definition of Pay and No Play is when recreational anglers pay a federal tax included in the price of fishing supplies, a portion of which goes towards the maintenance of artificial reefs,... Read more →

Kean Captures 13th NJAC Championship

Image via Wikipedia UNION, N.J. (2/27/10) – The Kean University women’s basketball team captured the program’s 13th New Jersey Athletic Conference Championship, defeating #8 William Paterson University, 70-62, at Harwood Arena on Saturday evening. The #2 Cougars (26-1) won their school-record 26th straight game and earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III women’s basketball tournament. Sophomore guard Brittany Powell (Tinton Falls, N.J.) came off the bench to score 16 points, while junior forward Tiffany Patrick (Piscataway, N.J.) had a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Cougars, who have won three of the last four... Read more →

Thought for The Day: WHAT WILL MATTER

category Thought for the Day By Michael Josephson Ready or not some day it will come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All the things you collected whether treasured or forgotten will pass to someone else. Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or what your were owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear. So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to do lists will expire. The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. It... Read more →

Hoops: St. Mary School over St. Margaret 30-20

Press Release February 27 St. Mary School JV Boys Basketball team won tonight against St. Margaret’s in a playoff game with a score of 30-20! The St. Mary boys will play Bishop Shad for the Gloucester County Catholic Athletic League Championship. Due to scheduling conflicts the Championship game will be announced at a later date. Good Job Boys! The Boys Varsity Team will play Christ The King on Sunday 1:00 pm at Christ The King in a playoff game. Good luck! Gail Corey, Principal Related articles by Zemanta Saint Mary School Good News Report ( Ads by Google Read more →

Pet Tip of the Week

Teaching Your Dog Tricks Pets are part of our family. A good way to really show Fido off is to teach him a few simple tricks to impress your friends! Trick training using food rewards is fast and easy. It provides mental stimulation for your dog and most simple tricks can be taught in under 20 minutes. Here are two basic tricks to get you started: The Bow Put your dog into a “sit” Hold a treat in your hand, eye-level to the dog and lower it to the floor as you say, “Take a bow”. Bring the treat back... Read more →

Solar Panels Will Increase Rates Says PSE&G

photo by Steve Skipton N.J. solar initiative getting noticed | Philadelphia Inquirer | 02/27/2010 In Gloucester City, Mike Stanton was outraged to see the panels go up downtown, where historic lighting and new sidewalks were just completed. "Is this really the best place to put this? Why not put them out in the industrial areas first?" he asked. All PSE&G-owned poles with a clear view to the south are eligible for panels, as long as they can support the weight and do not have more than one transformer, according to a company news release. But with the new technology comes... Read more →

DEP Encourages Residents to Support New Jersey Endangered Wildlife Fund

Image by turtlemom4bacon via Flickr (10/P6) TRENTON - Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Bob Martin today reminded residents to help protect New Jersey’s bald eagles and other endangered wildlife when they file their state income tax this year. “Some of the world’s most beautiful and rare wildlife species live in our state, and we’re working to conserve them for our children and for future generations. There’s no easier way to show your support than by checking off for wildlife on your state income tax return,” Commissioner Martin said. Residents should look for Line 57 − the New Jersey Endangered... Read more →

Pennsylvania Announces Fisheries Position regarding N.Y. City Reservoir Releases to Delaware River

Image via Wikipedia Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) today announced the release of a fisheries recommendation for management of water released to Delaware River tributaries from New York City water supply reservoirs. The recommendation focuses on the Delaware River and its tributaries, the East Branch, West Branch and Neversink rivers where N.Y. City reservoirs are located. “We worked closely with the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation in the development of this position and believe it is a strong statement for sound aquatic resource management which, if implemented, will be a significant step forward... Read more →

U.S. Bills in Connecticut and Maryland are a good start in expanding hunting opportunities on Sundays.

Sportsmen's Alliance Connecticut Senate Bill 114, introduced by Senator Edith Prague (D- Columbia), would allow for Sunday bowhunting on private property. The bill is pending in the Joint Committee on Environment. Currently, hunting is not permitted on Sundays in Connecticut. In Maryland, House Bill 877, introduced by State Delegate Michael H. Weir, Jr. (D- Baltimore County), would expand Sunday bowhunting in the state. The bill adds Baltimore County to the list of counties open to Sunday bowhunting for deer while on private property. Sunday hunting is limited to the last three Sundays in October and the second Sunday in November.... Read more →

MOUNT EPHRAIM: Food pantry clients angry over planned closing

By Alfred Lubrano Inquirer Staff Writer | Philadelphia Inquirer | 02/26/2010 Reacting with stunned anger, many clients of Touch New Jersey Food Pantry Inc. at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Mount Ephraim this week criticized a recent Diocese of Camden decision that would shut the facility to enlarge the church parking lot. "That's crazy, to knock it down for parking," George Side, 37, a laid-off construction worker from Gloucester City, said outside the pantry on Wednesday as he waited to collect food. "They're feeding people out here. This is horrible." Deanna Porro, 34, said she, her husband, and their... Read more →

New York Times ad: “Shouldn’t the ‘Humane Society’ Do Better?”

| HumaneWatch Washington – A full-page ad from the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) appears in today’s New York Times, highlighting the failure of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to devote a significant amount of money to supporting America’s underfunded pet shelters. The ad explains that HSUS shares only 1 dollar out of every 200 dollars it collects with local, hands-on pet shelters. The ad encourages readers to find out more by visiting, CCF’snew watchdog website. Americans have become familiar with HSUS fundraising ads asking for a $19-per-month commitment that amounts to an annual donation... Read more →

Mark Matthews' Blog: Bellmawr BOE deadline: March 1

This will be a challenging year for New Jersey's local Boards of Education. The Governor is already warning of significant school funding cuts, and these tough decisions could have a significant affect on the students and taxpayers of Bellmawr. Below is info on the election, as well as a quick overview of how the process works. While I spoke to the Board office to get this information, I strongly advise that if you are considering running for the Board, that you contact Eileen Finn (Board Office) directly to confirm this information, or to ask additional questions. The Bellmawr Board of... Read more →

Saint Mary School Good News Report

Press Release Saint Mary School, Gloucester City, NJ Congratulations to 5th grader Olivia Driscoll and 8th grader Annie Pegues. Both young ladies have earned over 100 points in the Accelerated Reader Program. Points are awarded on the level of difficulty of each book read. Congratulation to Macey Cropski! Macey is a 7th grade student at Saint Mary School and recently competed in the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy competition held in Texas. Macey placed 3rd in Vault with a score of 9.5! Bars: 9.2 Beam: 8.65 Floor: 8.9 Macey placed 10th all around with a score of 36.25, way to go... Read more →

Mayor’s Corner: Update on Solar Panels Being Erected in Gloucester City

CNB NOTE: This past week a number of people inquired about the solar panels being erected in Gloucester City by Public Service Gas and Electric. We contacted Mayor James for information yesterday and received this response from him today (Friday). Bill, The solar panels are part of a program authorized by the Board of Public Utilities whereby PSEG are required to save on energy production through use of projects such as solar, wind etc. to decrease their energy production by 20 percent by 2020. There are 293 scheduled to go up in Gloucester City as well as all communities throughout... Read more →

St. Mary School Students Partake in Mock UN Conference

February 25, 2010 Press Release Congratulations to the six 8th Grade students from St. Mary School in Gloucester City, NJ participated in the Mock U.N. Conference held at St. Joseph High School in Hammonton, NJ on February 23, 2010! The students researched assigned countries, studied U.N. vocabulary and procedures and wrote resolutions for sub-topics in preparation for the Mock U.N. The sub-topics were Global Warming, International Hot Spots, and Nuclear Disarmament. During the Mock U.N. students discussed, presented, debated, and voted on resolutions. The students were Olivia Delaney, Connor Kain, Annie Pegeus, Patrick Rafferty, William Simila, and Colin Ward. Special... Read more →

Ben Franklin, PATCO, Celebrate Anniversary of Customer Savings Program

February 24 Lindenwold, NJ – “A penny saved is a penny earned,” “Ben Franklin” advised morning PATCO commuters as they arrived at the transit system’s station at 8th and Market Streets in Philadelphia, reminding them of its FREEDOM to Save program. Franklin’s morning greeting and an evening event at PATCO’s Woodcrest Station in Cherry Hill, where participating businesses gave out free gifts and information on the program, marked the one-year anniversary of PATCO’s customer benefits program. Through FREEDOM to Save, retailers, restaurants, service providers and other companies provide discounts or other perks to users of PATCO’s FREEDOM Card, its smart... Read more →

This Just In...Latest Forecast ...Two Feet of Snow

photo sent by Catherine Gottert info submitted by Mark Two Feet of Snow By Samuel Chamberlain February 17, 2010 For some, the Feb. 10 snowstorm was an inconvenience. But for Upper West Side artist Gerry Lynas, the blizzard presented a creative opportunity. Lynas crafted Two Feet of Snow on West 83rd Street, a 5-and-a-half-foot tall representation of a pair of human feet directly in front of his home and studio, at 233 W. 83rd St. and Broadway. “I got home [that night], and felt that the snow was perfect material,” he said. “It’s seldom that you get that kind of... Read more →

Richard Lee Clark, age 73 of Maple Shade, formerly of Atlantic City

CLARK Richard Lee On February 23, 2010. Age 73. Of Maple Shade. Formerly of Atlantic City. Loving cousin of Charles Smith. Richard proudly served our country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. At the request of family, burial will be private. Expressions of sympathy: under online obituaries of Richard Lee Clark. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street (at Brown Street) Gloucester City. Ph: 856-456-1142 Read more →

Thought for the Day: An Old Man’s Saga

When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in North Platte , Nebraska , it was believed that he had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, they found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.. One nurse took her copy to Missouri . The old man's sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas edition of the News Magazine of the St.. Louis Association for Mental Health. A slide... Read more →

Cops get donation | South Philly Review

The Philadelphia Police Foundation received a $15,000 check from Anchor Bay Entertainment, the home entertainment division of Starz Media LLC, on behalf of the Feb. 16 DVD release of “Law Abiding Citizen.” The Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler film was shot in Philadelphia last year. Anchor Bay Director of Sales Bill Marono presented the check to Police Foundation President Bob Ciaruffoli, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Everett Gillison, and others Tuesday at Police headquarters, 750 Race St. The money will purchase LCD panels for all of the districts. The foundation is a nonprofit that... Read more →

Mark Matthews' Blog: Bellmawr BOE Election questions

Posted by CrescentMark at 7:58 AM There was a bit of excitement at the Feb 23rd Bellmawr Board of Education meeting. I went to the meeting intending to ask questions on the election process, and how it is promoted to the public. I had a simple suggestion to offer, based on things from last year’s election. As expected, it was a civil discussion. Then near the end of the meeting, a Board member volunteered information on another member’s resignation, we then find out the member was asked to wait on submitting the resignation (while there was still time to make... Read more →


Msgt. Robert Morrell is a member of Marine Wing Support Squadron 472 based at Naval Air Station, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. He recently returned from Iraq, where he served the Squadron in the role of Camp Commandant. He was responsible for the set-up, maintenance, and sustainment of all Base Camp Operations at two Al Asad Air Base living and operating areas. He entered the U.S. Marine Corps in Dec. 1969 and served four years on Active Duty and was Honorably Discharged in Dec. 1973 as a Sergeant. While on Active Duty, he was a Field Radio Operator by M.O.S and served... Read more →

Support Our Troops-Help Us Send Some Love

America is a beautiful country. Freedom is in the air that we breathe. We can sing and dance whenever we feel like celebrating, we can live in a house, an apartment or a tent, we can go to school and learn about whatever interests us, we can get married, have children or stay single, we can express ourselves in our beliefs, and this list goes on and on. We can do all of this because of the men and women who have bravely served this country. They have signed up to defend our way of life. Our troops and veterans... Read more →

Dave McDonough Appointed to Mt. Ephraim School Board

By Leigh Anne Hubbs NEWS Correspondent Due to the resignation of Mount Ephraim Board of Education (BOE) President Darlene Alexander, current President Dominic Cipolone announced a motion to appoint a new member. Dave McDonough was sworn in by Business Administrator Melissa Raywood and welcomed as a member by the BOE at last week’s meeting. In other business, some residents may have noticed that the trees outside of Kershaw Middle School were removed. While PSE&G was installing new telephone poles along the Black Horse Pike, they offered to remove the trees which were rotting on the inside at no cost to... Read more →

Gloucester City Public School Public Relations Officer Resigns

By Linda Boker-Angelo NEWS Correspondent During a session made short by the threat of an impending snowstorm, Gloucester City School Superintendent Paul Spaventa recognized the efforts of several individuals during last week’s Board of Education meeting. He said Brandon Labbree won the annual Voice of Democracy essay contest for the Gloucester City Senior High School, and Crystal Underwood was the winner for the Junior High. Both Labbree and Underwood will read their essays at next month’s School Board meeting. Spaventa also praised the school district’s facilities staff for their speedy snow removal efforts during this season’s most recent storm. In... Read more →

VATICAN RESPONSE TO Haddon Twp Parish Lawsuit

Dear Mr. Wilson, this Congregation has received your letter of 25 September 2009, with regard to your recourse against the dispositions of the Most Reverend Joseph Galante, Bishop of Camden, regarding the merger of St. Vincent Pallotti Parish, Haddon Township. As you are aware, the Bishop of Camden has already modified his dispositions regarding your parish Church, deciding that at the time of the future merger, the Church of St. Vincent Pallotti would remain open for Sunday worship. With regard to the possible merger of St. Vincent Pallotti with St. Aloysius Parish, your recent letter appears to indicate that you... Read more →

Racketeering Lawsuit Fingers Humane Society of the United States”

Feb 22 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Multi-Million Dollar Animal Rights Group Accused of Corruption; Lawsuit Available at Washington – In a landmark RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) lawsuit certain to have far-reaching implications for the animal rights movement, Feld Entertainment and the Ringling Brothers circus sued the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), its lawyers, and several other animal rights groups last week. The nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) unearthed the lawsuit in federal court records today. CCF is making the lawsuit available online at its newest website, “America’s farmers, ranchers, hunters, fishermen, research... Read more →


ACCEPTING REGISTRATION NOW FOR THE 2010-2011 SCHOOL YEAR! SAINT MARY SCHOOL 340 Cumberland Street Gloucester, NJ 08030 (856) 456-0913 · Pre-K 3 through 8th grade · Small Class Sizes · Financial Aid Available · Referral Program · Aftercare ($15.00 registration - $5.00 per hour) · School Doors open at 7:30 am – Day begins at 7:55 · Hot Lunch Program (Free and Reduced Lunch) · Transportation Reimbursement (if not a Gloucester resident) · Registration Fee $100.00 · Contact the Advancement Director for a personal tour Celebrating 151 years of Service Let our family educate your family. Contemporary education with... Read more →

Bellmawr Students Honor U.S. Army PFC Joshua Levine

By Chris Concannon NEWS Correspondent A group of 5th-7th Grade students from Bellmawr honored U.S. Army PFC Joshua Levine by raising a flag that they signed at a ceremony February 9 at Bell Oaks Middle School. The flag was procured by students in Miss Davenport’s classes and two 7th Grade classes, taught by Mrs. Amiss and Mrs. Rosemary Haughton, mother of PFC Levine, 20. It was donated by the family of Bell Oaks Custodian Ken Davidson, a Vietnam veteran himself. He said the family heirloom had originally flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.... Read more →

Kudos to Gloucester City Highway Dept.

I would like to thank the Highway Department and all the Gloucester City employees for doing such a great job on plowing the roads and parking lots during the biggest snowstorm this year. The workers did such a great job. As a resident, I really appreciate all your hard work. Thanks. Tom Stewart, Gloucester City source Gloucester City News Read more →

Give A Cheer to Mt. Ephraim Public Works Dept.

I would like to personally thank the Mount Ephraim Public Works Department, under the leadership of Ken Jones, for all their help and assistance during these past two major snowstorms. Without their aid and support we could not have made a safe environment for the children I also would like to thank the Mount Ephraim Police and Fire departments for all their help and efforts as well. Mt. Ephraim is an outstanding community that is always willing to help and serve others. Joseph G. Rafferty, Sr., Chief School Administrator, Mount Ephraim source Gloucester City News Read more →


Here we go again. Another snowstorm and the streets of Gloucester City are a disgrace. Driving down Monmouth Street is terrible, and so are most of the streets in Highland Park. What has happened to our Streets Department? The plow went down the middle of our street twice. No cars were parked on one side, and they did not even get close to the curb. When we get two inches of snow the plows are out all the time, but the last two big ones no one showed up. For all the taxes we pay in this City I think... Read more →

Thomas A. O'Donnell, of Somers Point; Proud and Dedicated Gloucester Catholic Alumni

Born in Camden, NJ on May 13, 1937. Thomas A., 72, of Somers Point, formerly of Woodbury on February 20, 2010 after a short battle with a serious illness. Tom was a 1956 graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School, where he was an avid spectator at all the Gloucester Catholic Rams sporting events. He was a proud and dedicated alumni member, who sported "GCRAMS" on his license plate. On October 31, 2009, Tom was presented with a plaque from the Gloucester Catholic Alumni Association to honor him for his dedication and service to the school. Tom proudly served in the... Read more →

Gloucester City News Headlines for February 25th issue

Live Where You Work” Program A Great Way To Buy A Home Mayor’s Corner: City Employees Did A Great Job Removing Snow Gloucester City Planning Board Denies Cheerleaders’ Request To Stay Open; Club Will Challenge Decision The History Of The Bells Of St. Mary’s School Westville Opposes Consolidation Of Certain Municipal Services Related articles by Zemanta The Mayor's Desk: The challenges of leadership - Gloucester, MA ( Read more →

Brother of the Wolf Honors its Graduates

Brother of the Wolf, LLC, which promotes gentle dog training, honored some very special people on Sunday. Seven individuals were recognized for either graduating from the Animal Behavior College or from Brother of the Wolf's own Apprenticeship Program. " These are the best and the brightest," said Dawn Watson, owner of the facility located in Gloucester City. "The future of dog training is in their hands and their work is very important." Family and friends applauded loudly when each honoree was called to the front of the room to accept his or her award. Danielle Berger received the American Hero... Read more →


RELATED CATEGORY BILLS POINT OF VIEW ClearysNoteBook is in the process of writing the monthly Cheers and Jeers column for February. If you have a Cheer or a Jeer for some person, place or thing now is the time to speak up. The column is not just for Gloucester City. We would also like to have some response from residents living in communities throughout the area. Send to [email protected] . Related articles by Zemanta Cheers and Jeers for the Month of September ( Cheers and Jeers for the month of October ( Neighborhood Blight Will Destroy A Community ( Made... Read more →


WITH ENROLLMENT FIGURES DECLINING IS A $60 MILLION MIDDLE SCHOOL NEEDED IN GLOUCESTER CITY?...A 1979 District Master Plan Says NO! Category Bills Point of View By Bill Cleary I was clearing out a file cabinet recently and found a copy of the Gloucester City School District Facilities Master Plan prepared in 1979 by Robert F. Strauss and Associates. Looking through that 100 page document I found it astonishing how close the author came to predicting the decline in student enrollment over a 10 year period beginning in 1978 and ending in 1988. In 1978 the total enrollment was 2493 and... Read more →

Christie advisers call for tough new school rules

| Philadelphia Inquirer | 02/04/2010 Christie's transition advisers have recommended expanding the number of charter schools, re-evaluating hundreds of education regulations, and radically tightening eligibility for high-school students applying to the NJ STARS college-tuition program. That's just a start. The education transition subcommittee, in a recent 25-page report, suggested that Christie think about stripping the state Board of Education of policy powers. Ditto for the state Council on Higher Education. And in a move that snapped union members to attention, it floated the idea of tying teacher and principal raises to student performance and requiring teachers to work for five... Read more →

Susan E. Robinson, of Williamstown, Participated in Special Olympics

On February 11, 2010. Age 63. Of Williamstown. Formerly of Lindenwold. Loving aunt of Heather DeAngelis and Christopher (Joyce) Robinson. Loving great-aunt of Sarah, Skyla, Genevieve and Larry. Also survived by her many friends and caregivers at Kelsch. Susan was a participant of the Special Olympics. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to her Rite of Committal on Wednesday beginning promptly at 11 am at New St. Mary’s Mausoleum, Bellmawr. Cremation will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations in Susan’s memory to the Special Olympics: 1133 19th Street NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20036. Please write in memo:... Read more →

New Jersey Outdoor Alliance News

By Anthony P. Mauro, Sr The New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Conservation Foundation is pleased to welcome Cape May County Party & Charter Boat Association to its diverse council membership. Cape May County Party & Charter Boat Association is an organization made up of many local boats located at the southern jersey shore, from Ocean City to Cape May. It joins an expanding group of influential conservation organizations that comprise the NJOACF Council. NJOACF is dedicated to advancing sound conservation policy in Trenton. We employ a full time government affairs group to work in conjunction with the NJOACF Council and volunteer... Read more →


Image via Wikipedia HARRISBURG – Samples taken from the 43 hunter-killed elk during the state’s 2009 hunting season have all tested negative for chronic wasting disease (CWD), according to Dr. Walt Cottrell, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s wildlife veterinarian. Samples also tested negative for brucellosis and tuberculosis. Cottrell noted that the Game Commission still is awaiting the results of CWD testing for the hunter-killed deer samples collected during the 2009 rifle deer season. “Currently, there are no confirmed or suspected cases of CWD-infected deer or elk in Pennsylvania,” Cottrell said. “Conducting these tests on hunter-killed deer and elk is one part... Read more →

Weather-related death | South Philly Review

An 84-year-old who did not have working utilities and refused to stay with family in New Jersey during the recent extreme weather was found dead Sunday afternoon, police said. The medical examiner said the woman died from heart disease and cold exposure. Several dead cats also were found in the dwelling on the 2800 block of South Alder Street in Point Breeze, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detectives said. Philadelphia Animal Care and Control was called in to collect the felines. The victim’s 64-year-old sister called police to check on the woman and, when they entered the home with the... Read more →

Municipalities turn to layoffs to reduce massive deficits

- : Atlantic County By EMILY PREVITI Staff Writer Township Manager Jill Gougher announced the decision Friday afternoon, hours after police Chief Pat Moran met with police union representatives and 14 patrol officers who went on paid leave in advance of being laid off. Dressed in street clothes, the officers filed silently into the courtroom within the Galloway Township Municipal Complex about 7:25 a.m. Friday, with some of them being required to turn in their badges, guns and police cars. Many local governments are struggling with declining tax revenues and the possibility of less state aid. Atlantic City faces... Read more →

Pet Tip of the Week Topic: The Special Needs Dog

Category Pet Tips Don’t Rule Out the Special Needs Dog Awhile ago I wrote about special needs dogs. It’s an important topic so I’m going to address it one more time. There are many websites that offer ‘special’ dogs and many shelters advertise them, as well. ‘Special’ can mean any number of characteristics—blind, deaf, loss of a leg or two, or an older dog. These dogs often have a reduced adoption fee to encourage their placement in appropriate homes. PHOTO: SKIPPY My husband and I adopted a little Maltese 12 years ago. Skippy’s handicap is that he has no hips... Read more →

Fish and Wildlife's Native Fish Art and Writing Contest

Entries for the NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife's Native Fish Art and Writing Contest must be received by Friday, March 5, 2010. This contest provides an excellent opportunity for fourth through seventh grade students to learn about New Jersey's native fish. Participants must write a short story about a year in the life of a native New Jersey fish of their choice. The story must include biological and ecological information such as the fish's habits and habitat, food, etc. Then, using their artistic skills, students must draw a scene from the short story. Creative writing and originality are... Read more →

Army Releases January Suicide Data

Image via Wikipedia News Release: The Army released suicide data today for the month of January. Among active-duty soldiers, there were 12 potential suicides: one has been confirmed as suicide, and 11 remain under investigation. For December, the Army reported ten potential suicides among active-duty soldiers. Since the release of that report, three have been confirmed as suicides, and seven remain under investigation. During January 2010, among reserve component soldiers who were not on active duty, there were 15 potential suicides. For December, among that same group, there were seven total suicides. Of those, five were confirmed as suicides... Read more →