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April 2010

Edward C. Oehlert Jr., of Gloucester City, Loving Grandfather of 25, Great-Grandfather of 21

On April 28, 2010. Age 74. Of Gloucester City. Loving husband of Olive “Duke” (nee Lonabaugh) Loving father of Edward (Laura), Charles (Judith), Alexander (Virginia), John (Donna), Patrick (Jacqueline), Ronald (late Georgeann) and Wayne (Jennifer). Loving grandfather of 25 and great-grandfather of 21. Dear brother of John, Alice and Georgia. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his viewing on Monday evening from 6 to 8 PM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth St. Gloucester City, NJ. Funeral Service will begin at 8 PM in the funeral home. Cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may... Read more →

Nanette M. “Nan” Levins, PTA Member, Retired GHS Cafeteria Worker, St. Mary Church Parishioner; Services Tuesday

On April 29, 2010. Age 82. (nee Waddington) Of Gloucester City. Loving wife of 53 years to the late Joseph A. Levins. Loving mother of Joseph and Carol Sue Levins, Jr., Edward and Debra Levins, Trudie and David Levins-Large, Henry and Stacy Levins, Marie and Dave Pinolini and Mary Ann and Michael Bryszewski. Loving grandmother of 20, great-grandmother of 17 and great-great grandmother of 1. Dear sister of Edward and Sandi Waddington, Theresa and the late Joseph Kuzmunich, and Joe Waddington and Nelson Garcia. Predeceased by her brother, Albert Waddington. Dear friend to all. Nan was a faithful and devoted... Read more →

Bellmawr Mortgage Co. Agrees to Pay $11.45 Million to Settle Civil Lawsuit

TRENTON – Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Division of Law Director Robert Hanna announced today that a New Jersey loan modification company and its owners have agreed to an $11.45 million judgment to settle civil charges they defrauded homeowners who sought help in staving off mortgage foreclosure. Defendant New Hope Property, LLC, of Bellmawr, Camden County, has agreed to a judgment of $10 million to settle allegations its company, New Hope Modifications, took money up front from customers in return for promised mortgage rescue help – a prohibited business in New Jersey. In addition, New Hope is permanently barred... Read more →


So Many Animals, So Many Ways to Be Kind (Blackwood, NJ, April 28, 2010) Camden County Animal Shelter (CCAS) and the American Humane Association Celebrate the 96th Annual Be Kind to Animals Week on May 2-8. ”So many animals, so many ways to be kind.” That’s the theme of this year’s Be Kind to Animals Week, an annual event started by the American Humane Association in 1915 to encourage compassion toward animals. This week, CCAS will celebrate by hosting two youth volunteer orientations on May 1st and May 8th at 4:30 p.m. “We have volunteer opportunities for kids as young... Read more →

Help War Veteran Brian Smith

By Megan Smith and Albert Countryman Jr. Brian Smith has served his country since 1995, including two tours in Iraq, and returned home in 2009. Due to a tragic burst double brain aneurysm, now he needs help from American citizens. To aid in this effort, the Metro Diner on Route 130 in Brooklawn will donate 10 percent of all proceeds May 3 and 4 to Brian Smith, who is now in rehabilitating from his illness and is not eligible for disability. Also, this week the owners put a donation jar near the cashier to collect donations until May 4. “All... Read more →

Elaine Patricia Bauer, of Glendora, Age 81

On April 24, 2010. Of Glendora. Age 81. Loving wife of the late Frank W. Bauer. Loving mother of Jack Bauer and Valerie Loar. Loving grandmother of Chelsea. Elaine graduated from Penn State University. She taught 7th and 8th grade students in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her viewing on Monday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 AM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth St. Gloucester City. Lutheran Funeral Service will begin at 10:30 AM in the funeral home. Interment Bethel Cemetery, Hurffville. Expressions of sympathy: under online obituaries of Elaine Patricia... Read more →

Things in Gloucester City Looking Up!

photo by Bill $400 Million for Radon Cleanup in Gloucester City/Camden City…The restoration of the plot of ground at the intersection of Johnson Blvd. and Essex Street is near completion. This past Tuesday April 27, workers from the the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers were leveling the ground and planting trees. The plot has been cleared of the hazardous waste/radon dumped there many many years ago when the defunct Welsbach Factory was in operation. Photo of The Welsbach Factory, located at King and Essex Streets, Gloucester City. The company manufactured gas mantles. (click to enlarge) The Army Corps of... Read more →

Video: SNL Takes a "Shot" at NJ Public Employees

Live from A.C., it’s the public worker awards | Politics Patrol By Bob Ingle The call for public worker contract reform is national in scope. You know it’s center stage across the continent when Saturday Night Live takes it on as it did in the “2010 Public Employee of the Year Awards” — live from Harrah’s in Atlantic City. read via Originally published on CNB December 14, 2009 ONLY IN NJ:The Gravy Train Continues to Roll for Select Groups of Public Employees Retiring Gloucester City Employees share in benefit payouts ranging from from $500 to $100,000...Firemen and Police receive... Read more →

Loreen Urrasio of Bellmawr, Services Thursday

Urrasio, Loreen M. (nee Silverman), age 60, of Bellmawr, on Sunday, April 25. Loreen was born in Philadelphia, and raised in Deptford Twp. She enjoyed all music, but especially the Beatles "Let it be". Some of her favorite activities were shopping at Macy's, cooking chicken cordon bleu, vacationing in the Villas in the summer, and traveling to Alaska and Central America. Loreen is the beloved wife of the late Lawrence, loving mother of Lori and Jean, adoring daughter of Jean Silverman, dear sister of Kathleen (Dr. Robert) Sidwa, Bo (Margaret), and William (Gail) Silverman, loving companion of Charles D. Marks,... Read more →

HUNTING & FISHING NEWS: A Beautiful Day for Fishing at Martin’s Lake

photo by Bill GLOUCESTER CITY NJ-(April 27, 2010)The fish are biting at Martin’s Lake, Johnson Blvd. and Baynes Avenue. So get your fishing gear, a little snack, a lawn chair and head on over. JCAA’s 16th Annual 2010 Fluke Tournament Getting Bigger and Better Again 120 Port Prizes & 10 Ports by Phil Celmer (from Jersey Coast Anglers Association May 2010 Newsletter) Mark your calendar for June 12th (fishing) and June 18th (ceremony). This year’s tournament promises to be once again the best fun filled tournament on the east coast and in Jersey Coast’s 26 year history. We have super... Read more →

Give someone, some organization, etc. a Cheer/ Jeer

ClearysNoteBook is preparing a Cheer and Jeer column for the upcoming week. If you have anyone to nominate for either category send your remarks to [email protected]. Hopefully some of our readers from the communities that surround Gloucester City will take this opportunity to send in some suggestions. Related articles by Zemanta Cheers and Jeers for March 2010 ( City of Gloucester City: Volunteer Firefighters Needed ( Read more →

Mt. Ephraim Public Schools Third Marking Period Honor Roll

April 26, 2010 Press Release: Mary Bray School Distinguished Honors: Emily Calhoun, Gabrielle Campise, Jade Carson, Jessica Chambers, Maryellen Crain, Samuel Czerski, Alison Guldin, Amy Guldin, Jordan Klingner, Brandon Lanchang, Joshua Pizzillo, Alyssa Marszalek, Matthew Marszalek, Meghan McDonough, Lindsay Musselman, Mackenzie Rapa-Slover, Nicholas Salamone, Michael Snyder, Kelsey Vespe Honors: Nicholas Alexander, Timothy Alexander, Michael Arechavala, Emma Ball, Helen Barrett, Ariana Beebe, Jonathan Bell, Christopher Blaylock, Gabrielle Bobo, Courtney Bocchicchio, Michael Bocchicchio, Josiah Bracey, Alexis Brassill, Brittany Brown, Hailey Burns, Kenzie Calhoun, Tyler Capner, Cassidy Chambers, Dominick Cipolone, Kelsey Coan, Mark Colavito, Claire Czerski, Gary Czerski, Gabrielle Crain, David Critch, Laura... Read more →

REQUESTING FBI RECORDS Making the Process Easier

04/26/10 How can you get copies of FBI records on people, groups, and closed cases? For years, we’ve been steadily adding these files to our Freedom of Information/Privacy Act (FOI/PA) website so you can access them with a click of a mouse. But some records are not available online and require you to make a formal request to the FBI. This request process has just gotten easier, thanks to a new electronic form and revamped website that we are unveiling today. The new eFOIA form—as we call it—works like this: Type your information straight into the form, hit “submit,” and... Read more →

Temple Hall of Famer Aggie Stegmuller Passes Away

Four-sport athlete was a true supporter of Temple Athletics PHILADELPHIA (04/26/10) - Agnes L. “Aggie” Stegmuller, a four-sport athlete who earned all-All-America honors in field hockey and softball while at Temple University, passed away Sunday at the age of 87. Stegmuller, a member of the Temple University Athletics Hall of Fame, played badminton, basketball, field hockey and softball during her college career, winning a collegiate championship in badminton while helping the Owls to three undefeated basketball seasons. "We are deeply saddened by the loss of an All-America on the playing fields and in life," Director of Athletics Bill Bradshaw said.... Read more →

Saint Mary School runs at Penn Relays!

category St. Marys Grammar/Parish GLOUCESTER CITY NJ-Congratulations to the St. Mary boys 4X100 Relay Team for placing 3rd at The Penn Relay on Friday, April 23, 2010 The 8th grade boys are: James Burkhardt, Patrick Rafferty, Colin Ward, Nathan Theckston, and Andreas Logothetis. And James Burkhardt ran a time of 52:63! Mrs. Gail Corey, Principal The team's supporters are pictured in the photo below. Read more →

The Red-Tailed Hawk visits Red Bank Battle Field

NATIONAL PARK NJ- Bill and Babe Tourtual visited the Red Bank Battle Field in National Park this past Saturday and were surprised to be able to walk up on this beautiful Red Tail Hawk. In the first photo, left, it seems as though Big Red is checking out the flock of geese floating in the nearby Delaware River. Below the same hawk watching Babe taking his/her photo. Great photos Babe! From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is a bird of prey, one of three species colloquially known in the United States as the "chickenhawk," though it... Read more →

April 27 Hunting and Fishing News

Image via Wikipedia STEELER COUNTRY IS NOW HOME TO EAGLES! PITTSBURGH – Steeler Country is now home to the Eagles! No, not the cross-Commonwealth rival Philadelphia Eagles; a pair of American bald eagles. “While bald eagles are not an uncommon sight as they hunt for fish in the Three Rivers area of Pittsburgh, this is the first confirmed nesting pair of bald eagles in Allegheny County,” said Gary Fujak, Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer for western Allegheny County. “The nest is in Crescent Township, but – in order to protect the nest from disturbances – we are not going to... Read more →

Okinawa Base Issue Illustrates the Age-Old Problem of the Empire

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Sliding voter support over Futenma base, the U.S. Marine air station in Okinawa, have fanned talk that Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama continues to be in hot water with the U.S. Government. I am writing this commentary just in case the newspapers and the TV News broadcasts in the Delaware Valley aren't reporting news regarding this long running dispute with the people in Okinawa and their government. A bloody battlefield in 1945, Okinawa is the subject of an equally bitter political fight today. A majority of the prefecture's residence want the... Read more →

Send Your Cheers and Jeers Now for April’s Column

Put on your thinking cap! ClearysNoteBook is preparing our April Cheer and Jeer column also known as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Now is your time to voice your opinion on New Jersey high taxes. Maybe you are upset with Governor Christie, does he deserve a cheer or jeer. Or you think your governing body/school board deserve a cheer or jeer for the way they are managing your town’s/school district’s budget. Everyone in New Jersey/Philadelphia region is invited to participate. Although we would rather you sign your name we will honor your request if you would rather remain... Read more →

Gloucester City News Headlines for April 29 Issue

Gloucester City Council Contemplates Laying Off 15-20 Employees Voters Elect Marks, Hagan And Baker To The Gloucester City School Board. Complete results from the Gloucester City, Brooklawn, Bellmawr, Mt. Ephraim and Westville School Elections Brooklawn Council Considers Selling Borough Homes To Save Money Bellmawr Council Proclaims National Day Of Prayer Gloucester City Planning Board Okays Several Applications. Related articles by Zemanta Some Thoughts on the Highest Taxes in the Nation ( Read more →

Albert J. “Rick” Rickens, former Gloucester City Resident, Member of Carpenters Local Union 393

On April 25, 2010. Age 69. Of Mantua. Formerly of Gloucester City. Loving husband of 48 years to Kathleen (nee Miller). Loving father of Albert J. “Ricky” Rickens, Jr. (late Kelly Walsh) and Kristine Lynn Rickens-Aguilar (Jerome). Loving grandfather of Jade and Kyrsten. Also survived by many loving family members. Albert graduated from Woodbury High School class of 1958. He proudly served our country 5 yrs in the Army National Guard. Albert was a member of 51 years and elected official of Carpenters Local Union 393 of Gloucester City. Albert enjoyed woodworking in his workshop, playing tennis and traveling with... Read more →

Some Thoughts on the Highest Taxes in the Nation

Bill’s Point of View: By Bill Cleary It is upsetting to think that you work all your life to pay off your 30-year home mortgage and after it is paid you still have to fork out thousands to the government to live in your home. Residing in a state that has the highest property taxes in the nation doesn’t help I know. I asked one of many friends who moved from NJ to the other side of the river how much he pays in property and school taxes. Bill Y. writes “Our house is located in Kent County Delaware and... Read more →

Letters: The UI Fund’s Pending Insolvency

April 26, 2010 Honorable Stephen Sweeney Senate President New Jersey Senate State House Trenton, New Jersey 08625 Dear President Sweeney: As you are aware, the state Unemployment Insurance Fund is in severe financial jeopardy. Under your and Senator Kean’s leadership the Legislature has taken the first step to address funding the system in the future by adding a constitutional amendment, SCR-60, to the ballot that will prohibit future diversions from the fund. Sadly, past diversions have depleted the fund forcing the state to borrow from the federal government. To date we have borrowed more than $1.4 billion to cover our... Read more →

Eugene McCaffrey, Sr., First Mayor of Deptford, Served in Gov. Kean's Cabinet, Former PACO President, Friend of Pres. Geo H. Bush

McCAFFREY—Eugene J., Sr., Statesman and Devoted Family Man of Woodbury, NJ on April 24, 2010. Aged 79 years. Gene is the beloved husband of 51 years to the late Joan M.; devoted father of Michele McCaffrey, The Honorable Eugene J. McCaffrey, Jr, and his wife Kathie, Kelly Anne Law and her husband, Christopher; loving grandfather of Brenna, Adam, Kaitlin, Patrick, Dara and Eugene J. McCaffrey III (Trip); loving brother of the late James McCaffrey. A larger than life man of great humility; Gene proved himself as a dedicated and successful leader within his community. His family, however, was always paramount... Read more →

War on Seniors | John Goodman | NCPA

Image via Wikipedia Senior citizens are by far the biggest losers in health reform. Consider that: More than half the cost of health reform will be paid for by $523 billion of cuts in Medicare spending over the next ten years. Although there are some new benefits for seniors (mainly new drug coverage), the costs exceed the benefits by a factor of more than ten to one. As many as 8.5 million of the 11 million seniors in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans may lose their coverage, according to Medicare’s Chief Actuary. Those lucky enough to retain their MA coverage will... Read more →

Osprey Rescued by Penelec Electric Company

HARRISBURG – An osprey that had become tangled in bailer twine and caught in electric lines crossing over Cummings Creek Road in Nelson Township, Tioga County, was rescued from its high-wire snare, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer Robert Minnich. A Penelec employee works to free an osprey from being entangled with bailer twine and an electric wire in Nelson Township, Tioga County. Get Image “Employees from Penelec electric company did a great job getting the bird down for me,” WCO Minnich. “Once on the ground, I removed the twine and observed the bird for several minutes checking... Read more →

VIDEO: Proposed New Laws Favor Illegal Immigrants

On August 12, 2009 former CNN reporter Lou Dobbs critiques the Amnesty Bill that was working its way through the various committees in Washington last summer. In the news clip Dobbs praises Minority Leader John Boehner for his candid remarks on the proposed bill. President Obama it appears favors a lenient immigration law. Yesterday the President used a naturalization ceremony in the Rose Garden to lash out at the Arizona Legislature for passing a bill requiring proof of legal status and empowering state and local police to stop people based on a suspicion of being illegal immigrants. From Fox News,... Read more →

Island Breeze International, Inc. Enters Into Joint Venture and Investment Agreement

Apr 23, 2010 08:01 ET BELLMAWR, NJ--(Marketwire - April 23, 2010) - Island Breeze International, Inc. (OTCBB: IBII), an entertainment cruise development company, announced that it has entered into a joint venture and investment agreement with a private investment group. Under the terms of the joint venture and investment agreement, Island Breeze International will form a new subsidiary for the purpose of acquiring an existing overnight cruise vessel to operate in East Asia. Further, the investor has committed to make a $600,000 equity investment in the Company and lend up to an additional $14,400,000 to a subsidiary which IBII will... Read more →

Pet Tip of the Week

Parenting Your Pets To most Americans a pet is part of the family. Even folks that live just above the poverty level consider their pets important enough to take care of them when moving or buying groceries. Most of us give our pets presents at holidays and many celebrate their pets’ birthdays. In short, we ‘parent’ our pets. Most professional trainers wouldn’t dream of calling themselves ‘Mommy’, or ‘Daddy’, when talking to their dogs. I’m one of the exceptions to that rule. I think of my dogs as “the kids”, and they fill a void created when my human kids... Read more →

April 23 Hunting and Fishing News

New Jersey Black Bear Management Policy Open for Public Comments Please Stand Up and Make Your Voices Heard! Last month, the NRA-ILA sent a statewide email which announced the first scheduled bear hunt in New Jersey since 2005. The information below provides an opportunity for your voice to be heard in support of the bear hunt. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Fish and Game Council have submitted the proposed, Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy (CBBMP) for publication in the April 19 edition of New Jersey Register. A 60 day public comment period to the... Read more →

Kids Discuss Marriage... plus (Video) Kids Say The Darnest Things

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY? (written by kids) You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming. Alan, age 10 No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with. Kristen, age 10 WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED? Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then. Camille,... Read more →

PA Residents Can Receive $500 to Replace Inefficient, Non-Electric Furnaces, Water Heaters

DEP: Applications Now Accepted for Home Heating Equipment Rebates HARRISBURG -- Rebates are now available to help Pennsylvania residents conserve energy and save money by upgrading their home heating systems, Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger said today. The Pennsylvania Home Heating Equipment Rebate Program offers rebates of up to $500 toward the cost of replacing non-electric residential hot water heaters, furnaces and boilers fueled by home heating oil, natural gas or propane with more efficient, ENERGY STAR-rated units. The $11 million program is being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. “With the home heating season ending,... Read more →

The Retrospect: Audubon Borough to Ask $180 Hike, Plus Increase Sewer Fee

The proposed budget is for the maximum levy of 4%. The levy, with included costs for pension contributions and costs that are considered “cap exclusions” (fees that are allowed to be charged outside of the levy), will bring taxpayers an increase of $180 a year for the average home assessed at $210,000 in Audubon. Gannon broke the increase out by saying that without the pension costs, loss of state aid and cap exclusions, the 4% levy would only be $40 a household. read via Read more →

VIDEO: Fordham's Kownacki leaps over the at home!

Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:35 am EDT Yes, that's college boy Brian Kownacki joining Mark Buehrle and Paul Maholm as an early contender for the baseball play of the year with this unbelievable and successful leap turned handspring over Iona catcher James Beck on Tuesday. The soaring Superman play wasn't just for show, either. It was part of a nine-run rally in the eighth inning that helped Fordham overcome an early 9-1 deficit en route to a 12-9 win. This video is already going viral like FAU's funny rain delay theater — and deservedly so. I think it has leapfrogged... Read more →

Support the Troops at Shoprite of Marlton

Image via Wikipedia When: Saturday, April 24, 2010 Time: 10am-3pm Where: Marlton Shoprite 307 West Route 70 (next to Kohls) Marlton, NJ 08053 Contact: Dave (Yellow Ribbon Club) 856-986-7587 The Yellow Ribbon Club will be at the Marlton Shoprite this Saturday from 10am-3pm. Please come out and say hello. We are asking for shoppers to purchase just one or a few items on the list that we will provide, and leave it with us on the way out. We will be packing care boxes at the store and will be shipping them off to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.... Read more →

Deal brings Hyundai cars and jobs to S. Phila.

By Linda Loyd Inquirer Staff Writer A deal is done for Hyundai and Kia auto manufacturers to bring a large vehicle-import business to Philadelphia's waterfront, starting with up to 150,000 cars a year. The auto-finishing facility for Hyundai and Kia vehicles is expected to create at least 270 full-time jobs. The operation will start in June on about 90 acres owned by the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority near the Walt Whitman Bridge. Gov. Rendell is to announce the deal at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The Inquirer reported in February that it was in the works. "This will be over 102 vessels... Read more →

Former Gloucester City Resident Dianne Nolan Named Head Lafayette Basketball Coach

April 20, 2010 Press Release Dianne Nolan became the fifth head coach in Lafayette women's basketball history on April 20, 2010. Nolan joined the Leopards following a three-year stint at Yale and a 28-year tenure at Fairfield University. Nolan spent three years as an assistant coach at Yale, including her final year in 2009-10 as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. The majority of Nolan's coaching experience comes from her 28 years as the head coach at Fairfield where the guided the program to five Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championship titles, four NCAA Tournament appearances, earned her 500th... Read more →

Ken MacAdams Sportsmen AC Citizen of the Year

The Sportsmen A.C. proudly announces its honorees for the 53rd Annual Awards Banquet Saturday, April 24, at the Gloucester Heights Community Center from 7-11 p.m. The 2009 “Chet Maryak” Citizen of the Year is Ken MacAdams. Ken is very active in the community through many organizations such as the PAL Club. Also, Ken was a big part of the benefit for Scott Bevan this past year. The 2009 Female Athletes of the Year are: Courtney Dolson and Grace Cooney from Gloucester High and Colleen O’Donnell from Gloucester Catholic. The Male Athletes of the Year are Paul Walters from Gloucester High... Read more →

Breaking News: Gloucester City School Budget Approved

UNOFFICIAL RETURNS April 20, 2010 School Election Gloucester City School Board Vote for Three Victoria Schafer - 261 *Pat Hagan (Incumbent) - 453 *Adam Baker - 388 Kim Waddington (Incumbent) - 302 *Bruce Marks (Incumbent) - 368 Running unopposed for a two- year- vacant seat, Linda Bittmann Budget: Yes 390 No 372 ~CNB reporter John Schmidt Related articles by Zemanta Candidates Running in Annual School Board Election Listed ( Schafer and Baker Challenge Gloucester City School Board Incumbents ( Guest Commentary: Let the Citizens Decide the Fate of GCFD ( Bill's Point of View: If You Don't Vote, Don't Complain... Read more →

Former Hoboken Mayor Admits Extorting Cash Contributions in Return for Official Influence

April 20 NEWARK—Peter J. Cammarano, III, former mayor of the City of Hoboken, New Jersey, pleaded guilty today and admitted accepting $25,000 in illicit cash contributions in exchange for exercising his future official influence and authority, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Cammarano, 32, of Hoboken, appeared before U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares and pleaded guilty to a one-count criminal information charging him with conspiracy to commit extortion under color of official right. Judge Linares continued Cammarano’s release on a $100,000 bond pending sentencing, which is scheduled for Aug. 3, 2010. At his plea hearing, Cammarano admitted that, while... Read more →


We would like to thank all who contributed to the Gloucester City Lions Club 22nd White Cane Drive in 2009. Approximately $3,057 was received from the drive. The Lions members supplied the funds necessary for printing and mailing. The month of April is the kick-off for the 2010 23rd Annual White Cane Drive. The Gloucester City Lions Club continues a pledge to the citizens of Gloucester City and Brooklawn that 100 percent of the donations collected will be used to continue and community and sight programs of the Lions Club. A project that the Gloucester City Lions Club continues is... Read more →

DEPTFORD NJ: A Monthly Message from Mayor Paul Medany

This month’s message will focus on the budget. The unstable economy continues to affect everyone, including municipal government. The economy has affected every aspect of our lives. Interest rates on investments have dropped, and this is just one example of a revenue source that has disappeared. Local government depends on property taxes and state funding. Other sources of revenue include hotel tax and permit fees. The Governor has cut our energy tax receipt funding by $239,118 this year. In previous years, this funding was paid to the State by utility companies acting on behalf of the Township, and the Governor... Read more →

Video: Camden County has no intention of closing Tent City

April 18, 2010 LOUIS CAPPELLI JR., Freeholder Director CAMDEN CITY NJ-Here are the facts on any Camden County involvement with Tent City in Camden. The land on which Tent City is located is owned by the state Department of Transportation. Neither Camden County nor Camden City has any jurisdiction over it. The county has nothing to do with the founding or maintenance of Tent City and has no jurisdiction over it. Neither it nor the city of Camden ever had a goal or intention of "shutting it down," and had no jurisdiction to do so. Lorenzo "Jamaica" Banks, the self-proclaimed... Read more →

Latest Sports News from Philadelphia

Spring in Philadelphia - Something for Every Sports Fan Penn Relays, April 22-24 The first and oldest relay competition in America, the Penn Relays return to the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field. The Relays attract more than 22,000 competitors, primarily from high school and college, and the three-day attendance is likely to top 110,000 once again. The meet is the best attended track event in the U.S. each year, and one of the best attended in the world. For more information, visit Broad Street Run, May 2 A Philadelphia tradition, the 31st Annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run returns.... Read more →


To the Brooklawn/Gloucester City NJEA Members, as a Camden/Philadelphia teacher of 20 years I would like to introduce you to real life. Currently, I am on Social Security Disability because I was shot at, assaulted, and locked down one time too often. When I left it took almost two years to get Social Security Disability, during which time I spent $12,500 on medical bills and which, five years later, I am still paying off a little at a time. On Social Security I get $1,500 plus a month (which I paid into for 40 years), Medicare costs me $94/month, and... Read more →

Gov. Chris Christie: Vote Against School Budgets That Don't Include Shared Sacrifice

For Immediate Release Monday, April 19, 2010 By New Jersey Governor Chris Christie The Star-Ledger April 18, 2010, 6:55AM Tuesday is Election Day in New Jersey, and this year’s fiscal and economic crisis has created hard choices that demand attention. I am a product of New Jersey’s public schools. I know how good our schools and hardworking teachers are. I owe a lot to my teachers in Livingston for helping to lay the foundation for my success. But the dedication and quality of our teachers is not in question and never has been. Right now, we are addressing the... Read more →