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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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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 blogs.app.com Originally published on CNB December 14, 2009 ONLY IN NJ:The Gravy Train Continues to Roll for Select Groups of Public Employees Retiring Gloucester... Read more →

PBA Local #40 Annual Business Solicitation Drive

Once again P.B.A. Local 40 is kicking off their annual business solicitation Drive. This is the only fundraiser that we conduct and is essential for our organization as it helps off set some of our major expenses throughout the year. Our local is one of the oldest in the state and we are proud of our continued service to the community and to the events and programs which make Gloucester City a special place to live. Your contribution to our organization will allow us to... Read more →

Fallen N.J. cop's widow struggles to raise three children

Trish and Ken Santucci talked about money. All young marrieds do, especially when kids come. In September, 2008, they had two little boys, a daughter on the way. "He could have made more money as a nurse, we knew that," says Trish. "But he loved being a cop. It was in his blood, in his family." So, although he was a registered nurse, Ken worked full time as a Belleville cop. One of those public employees who now seemed to get blamed for every problem... Read more →

No Tax Increase in Westville

By Sara Martino NEWS Correspondent Once again, Westville was chosen as having the “Best Town Spirit “in South Jersey, based on the readership of the Courier-Post,” Mayor Russell Welsh said during April’s Borough Council meeting. Westville also received the same designation last year, and received a plaque stating that the town has the “Best Spirit.” The mayor also announced that plans are being made to hold another Miss Westville Pageant. “This popular local event is growing and more contestants are anticipated this year,” he said.... Read more →

American Heroes: Defense Department Releases Names of Soldiers Killed Recently in Afghanistan War

Pfc. Jonathan D. Hall A U.S. Army carry team transfers the remains of Army Pfc. Jonathon D. Hall of Chattanooga, Tenn., at Dover Air Force Base, Del., on April 15, 2010. Hall died April 8, at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device at Contingency Outpost Khayr-Kot-Castle, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky. (U.S.... Read more →

Helen Conaway of Westville, age 86, Eagles Fan

CONAWAY, Helen M. (nee Brown), of Westville, NJ, died peacefully with her family by her side on April 26, 2010 at the age of 86. Helen was a strong willed and independent woman who was devoted to her family. She was the peacemaker and kept her family strong. The idea of any perfect day for Helen was when her family was gathered around her. She loved family gatherings, especially preparing the wonderful holiday dinners. Helen loved to dote on all of her grandchildren and great... 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... 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... Read more →

Just Sayin'

Just Sayin’ is a parody of current social trends. I have found a way to eliminate war. With my method, crime and general civil unrest will vanish. It’s so easy even a first-grader can do it. It doesn’t cost money, either so those of you that immediately thought you couldn’t afford it, there’s hope for you. The answer to the world’s misfortunes? Smile and say, “Hello. How are you?” Now I’ll admit that folks were shocked when I first instituted this weapon. They would stop,... 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 BillGCN@verizon.net. 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 (gloucestercitynews.net) City of Gloucester City: Volunteer Firefighters Needed (gloucestercitynews.net) Read more →


April 27, 2010 MOUNT HOLLY - Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi announced today that a former attorney from Moorestown was indicted by a Burlington County Grand Jury for stealing funds from an estate he was hired to oversee and manage. Louis A. Colaguori (photo) 64, of 544 Eaglebrook Drive, Moorestown, N.J., was indicted on one count of Theft by Failure to Make Disposition of Property Received (Second Degree) and one count of Misapplication of Entrusted Property (Second Degree). Each count of the indictment charges... 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,... 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... Read more →


April 27, 2010 Municipality will be a part of the largest pole-attached installation in the world (April 27, 2010 -- Newark, NJ) – As part of its Solar 4 All™ program, PSE&G has begun installing 200,000 pole-attached solar energy units in its service territory. The solar panels will be installed in New Jersey’s six largest cities and in approximately 300 rural and suburban communities. Over the next few weeks, PSE&G contractors, Riggs Distler & Company, will be installing solar panels in the Borough of National... 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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... 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 (gloucestercitynews.net) 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more →