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March 2010

No Tax Increase in Brooklawn School District

PRESS RELEASE The Brooklawn Board of Education held a public hearing and then approved the district’s 2010-2011 budget of $5,177,451 at the meeting of the Board on March 30. There will be no tax increase in the district, but a few non-instructional staff reductions may be necessary, as well reductions in areas such as equipment and supplies. The district remains at the state minimum tax levy, which means that state law will not permit the Board to reduce taxes below this amount. Superintendent Dr. John Kellmayer remarked, “Everyone is aware of the unprecedented reduction in state funding that New Jersey’s... Read more →

Hanami Refers to Cherry Blossom Viewing in Japan

Image via Wikipedia When East Meets West Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Japan is on high alert now-Code Pink I'm referring to the cherry blossom alert. The blushing blossoms carpet Japan from Southern Kyushu to Hokkaido. The cherry blossom report is broadcasts on the nightly news alongside the weather report. Cherry blossom reports are extremely accurate. When reported in Fukuoka Prefecture the blossoms would burst forth from their buds on about March 25, two days earlier than the previous year. Japanese have a special affection for the cherry tree with its transient blossom. The subject of cherry blossom viewing... Read more →

Christie’s Budget Sends Shock Waves Throughout the State

RELATED BILLS POINT OF VIEW Bills Tips and Snippets By Albert Countryman Jr. Publisher/Editor Gloucester City News When Governor Chris Christie announced his proposed state budget March 16, he sent shock waves that nearly swamped school districts and towns throughout the state. School district business administrators, superintendents and staff had just five days, counting the weekend, to prepare their 2010-11 budgets. They had to be submitted by the Monday, March 22, deadline to county departments of education. And, they had to prepare the budgets with less state aid than last year. The proposed school budgets for Bellmawr, Brooklawn, Gloucester City... Read more →

Christie: High police salaries 'can't be sacrosanct' in budget-cutting process

NorthJersey.com: Police officers and their salaries "can't be sacrosanct in this process," Christie said while discussing the budget with The Record's editorial board. Other governors have tried using rebate checks and state aid hikes to offset the state's notoriously high property tax bills, which have risen to a record average of $7,281 statewide. But Christie said the 2.5 percent cap on local spending hikes that he proposed on Tuesday along with the new state budget will cut costs to achieve property tax relief. "There's no question that when I say we need to have a constitutional amendment on spending that... Read more →

Delaware and Tennessee Win First Race to The Top Grants

Image via Wikipedia U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today that Delaware and Tennessee have won grants in the first phase of the Race to the Top competition. "We received many strong proposals from states all across America, but two applications stood out above all others: Delaware and Tennessee," Duncan said in announcing the winners. "Both states have statewide buy-in for comprehensive plans to reform their schools. They have written new laws to support their policies. And they have demonstrated the courage, capacity, and commitment to turn their ideas into practices that can improve outcomes for students." Delaware will... Read more →


CONGRATULATIONS TO EMPORIA STATE UNIVERSITY FOR TAKING HOME THE DII CROWN! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Week 19 Poll: March 30, 2010 USA TODAY ESPN Division II Top 25 women's basketball poll, with first-place votes to the right, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th. Rank Institution- First Place Votes Previous Ranking Record Points 1 Emporia State University (Kan.) -20 15 30-5 547 2 Gannon University (Pa.) -2 1 37-1 513 3 Fort Lewis College (Colo.) 6 35-4 494 4 Franklin Pierce University (N.H.) 2 32-2 487 5 Michigan Technological University 3 28-2 447 6... Read more →

Eva S. Berry, of Gloucester City, Devoted St. Mary Parishioner, GHS Alumni Class of ‘43

Surrounded by her loving family, on March 29, 2010. Age 84. (nee Benack) Of Gloucester City. Loving and devoted wife of 67 years to John A. Berry. Loving mother of Frances Cerami, Kathleen (Robert) Allison, John (Deborah) Berry, Michael Berry, Cecelia (Jimmie) Berry-Rinker, Marguerite Berry, Edward (Maggie) Berry, Joseph Berry, Bernadette (Jack) Kain and EvaMarie (Mike) Krier. Loving grandmother of 21 and loving great-grandmother of 11. Loving sister of George (Claire) Benack. Eva was a graduate of Gloucester High School class of 1943. She was a faithful and devoted parishioner and regularly attended Novena at St. Mary’s R.C. Church. Eva... Read more →

Regarding Comments to ClearysNoteBook (CNB)

It's great to see the discourse that occurs following our articles. Many of the comments are insightful and prompt healthy discussions which challenge our way of thinking. This is what healthy debate should do. When someone challenges our position with facts, our position is strengthened when we are forced to rethink it and defend it. But calling someone ugly names because they support a position different from yours is not healthy discourse. Neither is calling someone a liar because they hold a different point of view or subscribe to a different philosophy. There seems to be a growing cacophony of... Read more →

Our Long National Obamacare Nightmare is Just Beginning

| The Foundry: Conservative Policy News. If you are tired of our nation’s year-long health care debate and you were hoping that the passage of President Barack Obama’s health care bill would settle anything, then Politico has some bad news for you: the real fight is just getting started. Starting today, a coalition of leftist groups will sink millions of dollars into television advertising and astroturf events selling the plan to the American people. But as a Washington Post poll conducted after passage last week shows, the Obama administration and their leftist allies face a steep climb. The top line... Read more →

Gloucester City News Headlines for April 1st issue

Gloucester City Mayor And Council Urge State Not To Freeze UEZ Funds Gloucester City Council Hires Bowie Johnson Mount Ephraim Residents Pack Room As School Board Cuts Budget 5% Brooklawn Council Needs Funds To Repair Water Tower Westville Council Presents Budget That Does Not Raise Taxes Related articles by Zemanta Bills Tips and Snippets Only in Gloucester City Gloucester City Council Freezes Salaries, No New Employees to be Hired (gloucestercitynews.net) Gloucester City P.a.l. Golf Outing (gloucestercitynews.net) Gloucester City Council 141st Annual Re-organization Meeting (gloucestercitynews.net) Read more →

Fantasy Football

Cleary’s Fantasy Football Fanatic Stricken Dan Watson, Cleary’s Notebook Fantasy Football Fanatic columnist, is fighting a battle. While it has nothing to do with football it does have some things in common with that sport. One similarity is that he gets to pick his own team members—from a wonderful group of doctors that make up the Virtua-Fox Chase Cancer Center team of professionals. In addition, he picked one of the best playing fields, around. Fox Chase’ doctors and nurses know exactly what to do to make a patient comfortable, encouraged, and ready to tackle the disease. When we moved here... Read more →

S.C. Trooper Killed in Highway Collision

Officer.com Breaking News E-Alert Sunday, March 28, 2010 Story by wyff4.com COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina Highway Patrol announced Saturday that a state trooper was killed in a motor vehicle collision in Lancaster County during the early morning hours. Cpl. D. Kevin Cusack, 45, died while on duty in Lancaster County, about six miles south of the city of Lancaster, at about 3:30 a.m. Read More... Read more →

Schafer and Baker Challenge Gloucester City School Board Incumbents

By Albert J. Countryman Five candidates will vie for three, three-year terms on the Gloucester City Board of Education in the upcoming School Election April 20. Voters will also decide on the proposed 2010-11 school district budget. Polls will be open from 2 to 9 p.m. Incumbents W. Bruce Marks, Kimberly Waddington and Patrick R. Hagan will be challenged by Victoria Schafer and Adam Baker. Running unopposed for a two-year, unexpired term, vacated by Raymond W. Coxe, will be Linda Bittmann. The Gloucester City News hopes to print the proposed school budgets from Gloucester City, Bellmawr, Brooklawn and Mount Ephraim... Read more →

Pet Tip of the Week

Dog-Friendly Fairs & Events Spring has sprung! Soon, you’ll be seeing posts and articles about upcoming, dog friendly events! Here are a few for you to ‘chew on’ : Camden County Animal Shelter in Blackwood: Offering their first pet festival, with vendors, guest speakers (including me, Dawn Watson), games, and lots of fun activities! The dates are May 22nd & 23rd from 12pm - 4pm. Woofstock: Usually held in August at Lion’s Lake Park in Voorhees. Sponsored by the Animal Orphanage, this event features vendors, agility contests, a best-dressed dog contest, and much more. Proceeds go to the Animal Orphanage.... Read more →

AG Issues Warnings to Seniors about Property Tax Rebate Program

Image via Wikipedia HARRISBURG - Attorney General Tom Corbett urged Pennsylvania seniors to be wary of mailings and other unsolicited offers that attempt to charge consumers a fee for information about Pennsylvania's property tax rebate program. "Pennsylvania seniors are NOT required to pay a fee to apply for the state's property tax and rent rebates program," Corbett said. "Rebate forms and instructions are available free-of-charge and can be easily obtained from the Department of Revenue, as well as Area Agency on Aging offices and the offices of many state legislators." Corbett said that homeowners across the state have reported recent... Read more →

Everything under the sun

By Fred Durso Jr. | News | South Philly Review Ten years ago this month, the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp., (PIDC) acquired the Navy Yard site in the hopes of ushering in a new era on such historic grounds. As the saying goes, history has a way of repeating itself. Some big-named tenants are now calling the 1,200-acre site home, and to some city officials, the news is cause for celebration — or perhaps, reason to consume a Tastykake Krimpet. The Tasty Baking Co., which produces the delectable pastry and other Philly favorites, has invested more than $1 million in... Read more →

American Heroes: More Soldiers Die Fighting Afghanistan War

DOD Identifies Marine Casualties The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two Marines who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The following Marines died March 24 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan: Sgt. Maj. Robert J. Cottle, 45, of Whittier, Calif. Lance Cpl. Rick J. Centanni, 19, of Yorba Linda, Calif. Cottle and Centanni were assigned to 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4thMarine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, based out of Camp Pendleton, Calif. DOD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Sgt. 1st Class... Read more →

Letters: Disgusted with Gloucester city government

Re: The New Permit Parking Law I live in the 200 block of Morris Street and a lot of times I have to park on King well I have a company van which isn’t register to me well the government here says they won’t give me a permit because the van isn’t mine. Now I’ve worked hard all my life as a carpet installer and one of the perks is getting a company van now because of Gloucester city government I can’t have my van. I pay my taxes own my home so my reward from this city is to... Read more →

Life on Broadway: Floods, Wildlife Parks, Food Pantry

By Albert J. Countryman Jr., Publisher The recent rain storm that dropped three plus inches on the South Jersey area flooded sections of Water Street and Jersey Avenue in Gloucester City. This has been an ongoing problem for decades. These streets should not be that flooded. All the water created problems for any residents who had errands to run. Also, with this much water, the chances of the rainwater mixing with the sewer water, and then going directly into the Delaware River, are much greater. President Obama spoke of stimulus money being used to put people to work to address... Read more →

ON POINT: Stealing Liberty with Healthcare Reform

Do not misinterpret my following column's intent as this is not a condemnation of one single Party. It is instead an indictment upon every politician, Republican and Democrat, who sees bureaucracy as a means to suppress the rights of the people to the will of the government, all behind the guise of the “greater good”. This is a fight between those who side with powerful state control (Statist) and those who believe in Liberty, Individual Rights and the Freedom of choices (Pro-Liberty). “Towards the preservation of your government…it is requisite…that you resist with care the spirit of innovation upon its... Read more →

ramscrosscountry: Jonas Cattell South Jerseys Oldest Race

When Jonas Cattell ran the nearly ten miles from Haddonfield, New Jersey to Fort Mercer at Red Bank (National Park New Jersey) he wasn’t thinking about the scenery, he didn’t worry about his mile splits or even how he would get back to his blacksmith apprentice job in Haddonfield. Jonas was thinking about life and death. Jonas was 18 on October 22, 1777, he was half Lenapi Indian and he loved to run. When he wasn’t working for blacksmith John Middleton as an apprentice in Haddonfield, Jonas was a member of the Gloucester County Fox Hunting Society. Jonas was a... Read more →

CYBEX Partners with Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund®

on ‘Miles4Kay’ Initiative in the Fight Against Women's Cancers ATLANTA - The Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund® announced today its partnership with Cybex International, Inc. (NASDAQ: CYBI), a leading manufacturer of premium exercise equipment, on the “Miles4Kay” initiative. Using custom-made pink CYBEX Treadmills, this national program will raise funds for scientific research focused on women’s cancers. Officially launching at the 2010 NCAA® Women’s Final Four® and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association National Convention, April 2-6 in San Antonio, Texas, Miles4Kay will see CYBEX donate $500 to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund, in partnership with The V Foundation, for each pink treadmill purchased... Read more →

WBCA Announces Finalists for NCAA Division I State Farm® Coaches’ All-America Team

ATLANTA - The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), in cooperation with State Farm, announced the finalists for the 2010 State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I. The 40 finalists, who are voted upon by WBCA-member coaches in each of the eight WBCA geographical regions, are now in the running for selection to the 10-member State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team. The finalists are: Name Institution Year Pos. Height Danielle Adams Texas A&M University Jr. C 6’1 Kachine Alexander University of Iowa Jr. G 5’9 Jayne Appel Stanford University Sr. C 6’4 Angie Bjorklund University... Read more →

Attorney General Corbett files lawsuit challenging constitutionality of health care reform law

March 23, 2010 HARRISBURG - Attorney General Tom Corbett today joined attorneys general from 12 other states in filing a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the health care reform legislation, signed into law by President Obama. Corbett said the health care law imposes an unconstitutional mandate requiring citizens to purchase health insurance. "Congress does not have the constitutional authority to enact this requirement," Corbett said. "This law threatens every citizen's individual liberties." Through this law, the federal government asserts its power to regulate interstate commerce, forcing people to buy health insurance. As part of the lawsuit, the attorneys general contend... Read more →

City of Gloucester City: Resolution Reducing Salary and Opt Out Benefits by 20%

NOTE: From Councilman Dan Spencer, March 22, 2010 Bill, I believe in a recent article, you said it costs @$80,000 for benefits and/or Opt Out for the 7 members of the Governing Body. At this point in time, I do not know the exact figure, but what I do know is that I DO NOT take the City benefits nor do I receive Opt Out in lieu of the benefits. Also, at the recent Caucus meeting, the Mayor proposed we take a 20% reduction in our compensation. I also agreed to this. I am sure the Mayor will be doing... Read more →

Rookie Police Officer Killed During Pursuit

Officer.com Breaking News E-Alert Thursday, March 25, 2010 Officer.com News A rookie St. Louis officer was killed yesterday morning in a four-vehicle crash while in pursuit of a burglary suspect, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Officer David Haynes, 27, spotted the suspect's car and pursued with his lights and sirens on before his cruiser was struck from both sides at the intersection of Kingshighway and Oleatha Avenue. The suspect is still at large, described as a medium-build black male with a "chin beard" and two gold teeth. Read More... Read more →

Code 7 Give-Back Scheduled

Brother of the Wolf Says Thanks Brother of the Wolf, LLC, located at 700 Market Street, will be serving lunch to the members of our police and fire departments on Thursday, April 22nd, from 11 AM until 1 PM. "We will be serving grilled hot dogs, chips, and cookies to the men and women who serve our community and risk their lives in order to make Gloucester City a great place to live and work", said Dawn Watson, owner of the dog training facility. "If you are a police officer or a fire fighter please stop by; you can even... Read more →

Westville: Few People Complain About PSE&G Solar Panels

By Sara Martino NEWS Correspondent The subject of solar power and the recent installation of solar panels on the highway utility poles were discussed during last week’s Westville Borough Council meeting. Councilman Charles Murtaugh said so far there have not been many questions about the panels. Borough Administrator William Bittner said energy company research probably shows that there will be no complaints. Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) has installed the 5 by 3 foot panels after receiving a state mandate that the utility service must provide 20 percent of power by the solar method by 2020. The one-of-a-kind solar... Read more →

Bill’s Point of View: Gov. Christie, Don’t Cut The Urban Enterprise Zone Program

By Bill Cleary I was sorry to hear that one of the programs that Christie’s proposed cutbacks will affect was New Jersey's highly successful Urban Enterprise (UEZ) Program which began in 1983. In 2008 it became part of the Department of Community Affairs. From the DCA website, The UEZ Program was created to foster an economic climate that revitalizes designated urban communities and stimulates their growth by encouraging businesses to develop and create private sector jobs through public and private investment. The UEZ Program supports more than 139,000 full-time jobs and has attracted $26.4 billion in private investment. There are... Read more →

Hunting and Fishing News for March 25

The NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife's … annual Pequest Open House and Fishing Flea Market is this weekend, March 27 and 28, at the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on both days, and admission is free. The Open House is held prior to the Opening Day of Trout Season and provides the Division of Fish and Wildlife an opportunity to highlight its state of the art trout raising facility, as well as showcase the multitude of programs the Division is responsible for. The Open House also... Read more →

GCBOE Remembers Former Administrator Joe Cospito

By Linda Boker-Angelo NEWS Correspondent Last week’s Gloucester City Board of Education (BOE) meeting began with a Moment of Silence to honor retired long-time administrator Joseph A. Cospito, who passed away on February 24. Then, Superintendent Paul Spaventa invited principals from all the schools to introduce their selected student representatives. Junior Yvonne Farley, representing Highland Park Program for Success, told Board members that she entered the program two years ago, and credits it with helping her to improve her grades in math—her most challenging subject—thanks to faculty support. “The teachers are always available to help you,” said Farley, who is... Read more →

Albertina Dickson, of Gloucester City

ALBERTINA S. “TINA” DICKSON A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Gloucester City, for Albertina S. “Tina,” Dickson, 93, of Gloucester City, who died March 7, 2010. Mrs. Dickson was a lifelong and devoted parishioner of St. Mary’s Church in Gloucester. She was a member of the Gloucester City Senior Citizens, the Ladies Auxiliary of Gloucester City Senior Citizens, the Ladies Auxiliary of Gloucester City American Legion Post #135 and a frequent visitor with her husband to the Townsend C. Young VFW Post. Tina was also well known for her cooking at Jim’s Pizzeria where... Read more →

Mt. Ephraim School Board Prepares for The Worst

By Leigh Anne Hubbs NEWS Correspondent On Tuesday, March 16, Governor Chris Christie presented his first proposed state budget. School aid figures in that budget will, in turn, dictate the 2010-11 school budget for Mount Ephraim. During last week’s Board of Education (BOE) meeting, Superintendent Joseph Rafferty said the district has been advised to prepare a budget reflective of a 5 percent, 10 percent and 15 percent possible decrease in state aid. School Board members said there has been a budget freeze in effect at Mary Bray and Kershaw schools since November 1 in order to prevent going further into... Read more →

Joseph G. McLaughlin, of Deptford, Loved to Bowl, Rapid Rover Dispatcher

On March 23, 2010. Age 54. Of Deptford. Formerly of South Philadelphia. Loving husband of 26 years to Terri L. (nee Cline) Loving brother of Marie (James) Connelly. Loving brother-in-law of Joan Podolski and Cathy Cline. Loving Uncle of James, Kathleen, Joseph, Richard, Robert, David, Dominic and Alyssa. Beloved son-in-law of Richard and Diane Cline. Joseph worked 25 years as a dispatcher for Rapid Rover in Pennsauken. He was an avid bowler and has the only 296 at Westbrook Lanes in Brooklawn. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his viewing on Friday evening from 6 to 8 pm... Read more →

Lucille E. Corica, age 91 of Gloucester City

On March 23, 2010. Age 91. (nee Peterson) Of Gloucester City. Loving wife of 18 years to the late Anthony J. Corica. Loving mother of Katherine E. (Stephen) Greene of N. Wildwood, Marion (late William) Kaisla of Gloucester City and the late Joseph W. Flood. Loving grandmother of Katherine, Denise, William, Susan, Stephanie, Joseph and Maureen. Loving great-grandmother of 8. Loving sister of the late William Peterson (surviving Marie). Loving mother-in-law of Ellen Hammond. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her viewing on Saturday morning from 10 AM to 11:30 AM at St. Mary’s R.C. Church: 426 Monmouth... Read more →

Gloucester City Council Caucus Meeting Agenda for March 18

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An Ordinance regulating parking on N. Willow, Morris, Cumberland Streets

Passed on second reading following a public hearing on March 18 Gloucester City council caucus meeting. Posted as a public service by CNBRelated articles by Zemanta Gloucester City Ordinance Approving Confidential Position (gloucestercitynews.net) Retired Public Works Supervisor Hired to Assist Gloucester City Administrator (gloucestercitynews.net) Read more →

WBCA Names Finalists for The 2010 State Farm® Wade Trophy

ATLANTA - The State Farm Wade Trophy Committee along with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) announced the 12 finalists in contention for The State Farm Wade Trophy. “This is definitely a time of year that I look forward to annually as I get to announce the 12 finalists for The State Farm Wade Trophy,” said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. “The prestige of this award goes without saying, and I can only imagine how excited these 12 student-athletes are to be on this list. We wish them the best... Read more →