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June 2010

Gloucester City and FMBA Local 51 and 251 Reach Agreement; No Firemen Will Be Laid Off

By The two year contract talks between the City of Gloucester City and the union leadership that represents the City’s paid fire department came to an end today, Wednesday. The two sides met in the municipal building at 4:30 pm to cross the t’s and dot the i’s on a three year contract agreement. The union consented to no salary increase in the years 2009, 2010 and 2011 as well as capping vacation buys back and the elimination of holiday pay. Additionally, sick time buy back will be eliminated for the life of the contract. One of the key... Read more →

Stevens Athletics Finishes 2009-10 Ranked 38th in Directors’ Cup Standings

HOBOKEN, N.J. (June 29, 2010) - The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) released its final 2009-10 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, and Stevens Institute of Technology came in at No. 38. The ranking matches the best-ever finish in program history, previously achieved after the 2008-09 school year. Stevens totaled 380.5 points, which is an all-time high as total of 311 NCAA Division III Colleges and Universities were ranked with Williams College winning its fifth-straight Directors’ Cup. Stevens finished second among all technology-based institutions (Massachusetts Institute of Technology – No. 11), and second in the state of New... Read more →

VA’s Suicide Hotline: 10,000 Rescues and Counting

Press release The Department of Veterans Affairs National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is on track to record its 10,000th rescue — an achievement likely to occur some time around the Fourth of July. That’s 10,000 Veterans who would not be here today had they not called the VA Lifeline and talked to a trained responder — a responder who deemed it necessary to take immediate action to save the caller’s life. “These are people who call us, but they’ve already taken pills, or they have a gun in their hands, or they’re standing on a bridge,” explained Jan Kemp, VA’s National... Read more →


Highlight new funding and upcoming summit to tackle problem Philadelphia, June 28, 2010 – Today Mayor Michael A. Nutter, State Senator Anthony Hardy Williams, District Attorney R. Seth Williams, State Representative Brendan Boyle and Councilman Curtis Jones announced an enhanced response to prevent witness intimidation. Both at the federal and state levels, legislation is being pursued to increase penalties for intimidation and to prosecute offenders. “It is unacceptable that Philadelphians could fear for their safety while stepping up on behalf of the community. In order to reinforce the great gains in public safety made by the Philadelphia Police Department over... Read more →

Guest Commentary: Port Facility Operator Leo Holt Responds to Attack by “SHARK” received a press release from the animal rights group SHARK, (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness) of Geneva, Il. announcing a demonstration at the Gloucester City’s firework display sponsored by Holt on Saturday. Because of the City’s budget problems Holt donated $15,000 to pay for the display. The SHARK press release says Leo Holt and the Philadelphia gun club he belongs to abuses animals (namely pigeons). Because Holt may be in attendance at the fireworks, SHARK representatives will be on hand to give out flyers and DVD videos. Upon receipt of the news release contacted Holt for his response... Read more →

Breaking News: “SHARK” Alleges Prominent Business Leader Abused Animals; Group Plans Demonstration in Gloucester City

NEWS RELEASE June 29, 2010 Related: Holt's Response to Allegation GROUP TO ATTEND HOLT FUNDED FIREWORKS DISPLAY THIS SATURDAY IN GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ Leo Holt leads a double life. On one side he is President of Holt Logistics, a major shipping company with terminals in Gloucester City, NJ and Philadelphia, PA, but the other side of him is much darker and cruel: He is President of the Philadelphia Gun Club in Bensalem Township, where every year tens of thousands of innocent pigeons are brutally, and mercilessly slaughtered. While the act of pigeon shooting in itself is abhorrent, it was what... Read more →

Four Pa. Firefighters Injured in Industrial Blaze |

BY GINA MORTON The Daily Item, Sunbury, Pa. MILTON, Pa. -- Four firefighters and one fire police officer were taken by ambulance yesterday morning from the scene of an industrial building fire at 250 Mahoning St., a blaze that generated clouds of heavy black smoke that could be seen for miles. The nature of the firefighters' injuries or conditions were not available at the scene, but they were transported to area hospitals, emergency officials at the scene said. By 11:30 a.m., the smoke was beginning to clear and firefighters appeared to be gaining control over the blaze. Snorkel trucks were... Read more →


Image via Wikipedia On Thursday, July 1, 2010 the cost of a round-trip SEPTA transfer at New Jersey PATCO stations is going up 20 cents to $2.60. The special round-trip PATCO/SEPTA transfer cost is increasing because of the fare hike implemented by SEPTA. The cost of a round-trip SEPTA transfer at New Jersey PATCO stations has been $2.40 since June of 2008. PATCO customers may use cash or their FREEDOM card to purchase a SEPTA transfer. The transfer is dispensed as two separate tickets. One is valid for 1 hour from the time of purchase and is to be used... Read more →

Building Diamonds and Dreams

Contest to Win a Local Ballpark Makeover Swings into High Gear Build it and they will come. That’s exactly what “Building Diamonds and Dreams,” a Chevrolet and Scotts promotion to win a little league field makeover, plans to do. In support of creating more access to good fields for youth baseball programs, Chevrolet and Scotts have teamed with Major League Baseball to rebuild local ballparks nationwide. The contest will give communities a chance to upgrade their fields and improve playing conditions with materials like new grass, more clay and better lighting. Entries will be divided into five geographic regions, North... Read more →

Charles E. Barrow Jr., Gateway HS Class of ‘85; former National Park Volunteer Fireman

Surrounded by his loving family, on June 27, 2010. Age 42. Of Quinton. Formerly of National Park. Loving son of Charles E. Barrow, Sr. and Patricia S. Barrow (nee Schultz). Loving and devoted father of Dallas Barrow. Loving Companion of Kelli Weinhardt. Loving brother of Michael Barrow. Charles was a graduate of Gateway High School class of 1985. He was a truck driver for Lacy’s in Pedricktown, NJ. Charles was a former volunteer fireman for National Park Fire Department Station 81. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his viewing on Thursday morning from 9 to 11 AM at... Read more →

Mt. Ephraim: Pre-School Tuition $3,260, Payments Will Be Due Quarterly

By Leigh Anne Hubbs NEWS Correspondent Last month School Board members had announced that Mount Ephraim's half- day pre-school program would cost $3,260 for the 2010-11 school year. The tuition will be due in two increments – one before the start of school in September and the second in January after Christmas break. Several parents, including a mother of twins, expressed concern for the cost of the pre-school program as well as the fact that the bill is only divided into two allotments during last week’s Board of Education (BOE) meeting. Parents suggested that the tuition payments be due monthly,... Read more →

MaryEllen Neilio formerly of Gloucester City; God and Her Family Meant Everything

NEILIO—MaryEllen (nee Hurff) on her birthday, June 26, 2010 surrounded by her family and faithful companion, Spencer. She was 73. A family centered, intelligent and spiritual woman; MaryEllen possessed a strong knowledge of the world around her and was able to see everyday things in a unique and special way. "You belong to God, then you belong to yourself and then you belong to me.", was a familiar saying; often repeated to MaryEllen's children growing up. She saw God in everything around her. Transforming items others thought were trash into works of creative art was something that came easily to... Read more →

Bi-State Coalition Promotes Three Forts Ferry

(Delaware River, NJ/DE)— Today, tourism and economic development leaders in Delaware and New Jersey announced the formation of a bi-state coalition to jointly promote cultural, historical and environmental assets that are serviced by the Three Forts Ferry operation. The Three Forts Ferry, operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA), connects Delaware City, DE, Fort Delaware on the Delaware River and Fort Mott in Salem County, New Jersey. The coalition’s intent is to increase public awareness of the many unique features this region has to offer and to encourage residents and visitors to enjoy them. “Salem County’s tourism initiative... Read more →

Brooklawn American Legion Baseball Teams Competing in Omaha, Nebraska

June 28 update... The 12 year olds Brooklawn American Legion Team won the tournament beating Texas 10-3. The 13- year olds Brooklawn American Legion Team loss 9-5 to Virginia Brooklawn American Legion Senior team 5-1 lost in quarterfinals 12 - 2 Eliminated June 26, 2010 The Brooklawn American Legion baseball program out of Sportz Central, Bellmawr has 4 teams competing in National Tournaments in Omaha Ne. The Senior Legion team is 5 and 0 and are now entering Sunday in the Elite 8 in the CWS Tourney in Omaha Ne. The other Legion Teams are competing in the SLUMBBUSTERS TOURNEY... Read more →

Tips and Snippets: The UEZ, A Wind Farm? What’s Up Doc?, 30 Years Too Long

By UEZ PROGRAM SAVED-Howard Clark, Gloucester City UEZ Director was questioned last Friday about the status of the UEZ program in the state and here in Gloucester City. Because of the state budget deficit Governor Christies had proposed to freeze all UEZ spending in the 32 districts in the coming fiscal year effective July 1. Clark said Christie and the legislature reached an agreement recently to keep the program alive. “Under the agreement $48 million was set aside for the zones to share for already approved shovel ready projects”, said Clark. State Senator Jeff Van Drew, D-1, told the... Read more →

This just tugs at your heart - Amazing Grace...

Image via Wikipedia As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a grave side service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Kentucky back-country. As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost; and being a typical man I didn't stop for directions. I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and... Read more →

Milwaukee Brewer Reliever Zach Braddock tends to have initial advantage |

June 27, 2010 By Jordan Schelling / MILWAUKEE -- One thing about the matchup between lefty reliever Zach Braddock (photo) and pinch-hitter Jim Thome in the Brewers' 5-3 win over the Twins on Wednesday really stood out to manager Ken Macha: Thome had not previously faced Braddock. Since calling Braddock up before the series finale at Target Field on May 23, the Brewers have seen the 22-year-old hard-throwing lefty enjoy plenty of success against hitters the first time he faces them. "If you haven't faced Braddock, you don't realize how the ball jumps up on you," Macha said. "The... Read more →

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: Tanabata Star Festival

Image via Wikipedia Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Tanabata Matsuri is the essence of summer and summer festivals. Held in Japan either July or August 7, other Asian countries such as China and Korea also hold Star festivals. The original form of Tanabata derives from Qi Xi, the Chinese Star Festival. Introduced to the Imperial Palace in Kyoto during the Nara Era (eight century), it became a popular event among the general public in the early Edo period (17th century).Mixing the old tale of Tanabatatatsume as well as various Oban traditions together with the original Chinese festival, it eventually... Read more →

Domenica P. Pisano, age 74, of Bellmawr, formerly of Colwyn, PA

Domenica P. Pisano (January 31, 1936 - June 24, 2010) Domenica P. “Mae” Pisano (nee Ferrara), on June 24, 2010, of Bellmawr, formerly of Colwyn, PA. Age 74. Beloved wife of John. Devoted mother of Charles Pisano and Mary Ann Graham (William). Loving grandmother of Tom, Matt, Ben, Will, Michael and Timothy. Dear sister of Barbara Andrews (Jim) and Philip Ferrara (Marguerite). Relatives and friends are invited to the visitation from 9:15 to 10:15am Monday morning at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Mass 11am St. Rita’s RC Church, (St. Francis deSales), Barrington. Interment private. Family requests in lieu of flowers... Read more →

Carl Schmidt, longtime resident of Bellmawr NJ

Carl Schmidt, a longtime resident of Bellmawr, passed peacefully at home with his family by his side on June 25, 2010. Age 72. Beloved husband of 52 years of Rosemary (nee Miller). Devoted father of Christopher Schmidt, Cheryl Pastore (Stephen) and Carla Miller (Gary). Loving Poppi of Joseph, Nicholas and Kirsten and great-grandpop of Sophia. Mr. Schmidt served in the U.S. Navy. There will be a viewing from 6 to 8pm Monday eve at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Service 8pm at the funeral home. Interment private. Family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made in Mr. Schmidt’s memory... Read more →

Bellmawr Fire Department: Quick Knock in Strip Store Fire

Monday, June 21, 2010 As companies were returning to their stations from the monthly Beaverbrook Alliance drill, a Task 32 box was dispatched for a reported building fire at the Bellmawr News Shop on Browning Rd. Battalion 303 (Kibler) arrived to find a 1-story end of the row strip store with smoke showing. Companies forced entry and quickly contained the fire to the area of orgin. No injuries were reported and fire is under investigation by the Camden County Fire Marshals Office. *Photos courtesy of Ken Van Pelt, New Jersey Fire Productions LLC. via Related articles by Zemanta Mt.... Read more →

Eleanor Fasulo of Mt. Ephraim, Services Monday

Eleanor FASULO (nee Buttari), on June 23, 2010, of Mt. Ephraim, formerly of S. Phila., PA. Age 88. Beloved wife of the late Angelo, Sr. Devoted mother of Anthony (Livia), Fred (Sarah), Angelo, Jr. (Joan) and Ronald. Loving grandmother of 15, great grandmother of 16 and great great grandmother of 1. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to the viewing from 10am to 11am Monday morning at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral service 11am at the funeral home. Entombment New St. Mary’s Mausoleum, Bellmawr. Family and friends may share memories at Read more →

June 26th Hunting and Fishing News: Authorities search for bear that charged at hiker

June 25, 2010 Authorities search for bear that charged at hiker, mauled dog in Ringwood park | by Brian T. Murray/The Star Ledger New Jersey wildlife authorities set up traps today to catch a female bear responsible for knocking down a West Milford man and seriously mauling his dog on a Ringwood State Park hiking trail Thursday morning. The man was not seriously injured, but his dog was hospitalized after the incident that unfolded at about 9:30 a.m. on a trial at the west end of the 4,044-acre state park. The man, who was not identified by authorities, was... Read more →

Mourners bid farewell to beloved coach

June 25, 2010 | | Courier-Post by Barbara S. Rothschild Older teens wore their Gloucester Catholic High School baseball jerseys, and young men in business suits who'd been coached by Barth -- not only in baseball, but in basketball, as well -- joined them to ponder what life might be like without Barth around to spout his many whimsical "isms." Bobby Barth, a Winslow resident, was most recently first-base coach under Dennis Barth at Gloucester Catholic, helping the Rams to their 14th state title on June 5. John Lowe, Barth's stepson, eulogized the man he considered a true father... Read more →

Letters: The American Flag Code

While watching parts of the soccer tournament, the cameras zoomed in on several people showing their support for the U.S.A., wearing the American Flag. Although this is not done to be malicious, it is against the U.S. Flag Code for respect of the flag. It states : The Flag shall never be worn as wearing apparel, bedding or drapery. ( Title 36, U.S.C.,Chapter 10 ) Also, riding around our towns, there are a lot of properties that do not display Old Glory, what a shame. Everyday should be flag day ! Thanks to those who do display it. John Hindsley,... Read more →

Mt. Ephraim Public Schools 4th Period Honor Roll

June 24, 2010 Press Release: DISTINGUISHED HONORS Helen Barrett, Emily Calhoun, Jade Carson, Cassidy Chambers, Jessica Chambers, Mark Colavito, Maryellen Crain, Alison Guldin, Amy Guldin, Julie Johnson, Brandon Lanchang, Alyssa Marszalek, Victoria Milano, Lindsay Musselman, Joshua Pizzillo, Mackenzie Rapa-Slover, Nicholas Salamone, Casey Spadea HONORS Gregory Aquilino, Michael Arechavala, Joshua Beck, Ariana Beebe, Christopher Blaylock, Courtney Bocchicchio, Gabrielle Bocchicchio, Mya Bocchicchio, Matthew Bonamassa, Josiah Bracey, Hailey Burns, Kenzie Calhoun, Gabrielle Campise, Tyler Capner, Taylor Cobert, Samuel Czerski, Emily DiPadova, Gabrielle Crain, Anthony Cristino, David Critch, James Danielwicz, Heather DiPopolo, Angel Dougherty, Holly Fitzgerald, Alyssa Fitzpatrick, Scott Fitzpatrick, Michael Gaglianone, Kasey Gardner,... Read more →

Philly: Dozens of City and community-based organizations joined Mayor Nutter to celebrate the merger of the Department of Parks and Recreation

June 24, 2010 Philadelphia, June 24 2010—Today Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael DiBerardinis, celebrated the merger of the Parks and Recreation Department at the Green Ribbon Event. The event highlighted innovative and collaborative projects occurring in the Fishtown community. These projects increase access and connectivity to green space, expand recreational opportunities and enhance the quality of life for community residents. The celebration took place at the Shissler Recreation Center in Fishtown, a facility that demonstrates the heightened impact and value of the newly merged Parks and Recreation Department. The current revitalization project is a collaborative... Read more →

Mt. Ephraim Police Sgt. Brian Conte Honored by Commissioners

By Leigh Anne Hubbs NEWS Correspondent Mount Ephraim Police Sergeant Brian Conte was presented with a Certificate of Excellence by Commissioner Andrew Gilmore June 3. Conte was honored at the start of last week’s Board of Commissioners meeting for his performance after an armed robbery of the PNC Bank on Black Horse Pike. Sgt. Conte stood before the audience as Gilmore read a proclamation outlining the events that took place after the robbery. Conte's brave and hard work resulted in the arrest of the suspect without incident, and the money was returned to the bank. Mayor Joseph Wolk said that... Read more →

Mount Ephraim Public School 8th Grade Graduating Class of 2010

The administration and all staff members of the Mt. Ephraim Public School District wish to congratulate the eighth grade graduating class of 2010: MT. EPHRAIM 2010 GRADUATES Michele A. Arechavala Matthew A. Hoopes Paul S. Milano, Jr. Joshua R. Beck * Julie C. Johnson Jessica A. Miles * Gabrielle M. Bocchicchio Taylor M. Kennedy Jacob N. Mistalski * Matthew F. Bonamassa Sohrab Khan Leyla Ozer * Tyler J. Capner * Samantha B. Krieg * Sevda D. Ozer Tyler D. Dankel * Brandon L. Lanchang Matthew T. Piliro Reagan M. Dolan * Matthew G. Massey Andrew L. Rosetti Michael J. Gaglianone... Read more →

Frank J. Wasko, of Gloucester City, WW II Army Veteran, who loved Fishing, Crabbing, Tinkering on Cars…Services Saturday

On June 23, 2010, of Gloucester City, NJ, age 83 years. Beloved husband for 55 years of Lillian (nee Surowiec). Loving father of Frank, Jr. (Patti), Lynn Ba’albaki, Carol Feather (Gary Rust), Raymond Wasko (Dori) and the late Ronald Wasko (twin brother of Raymond). He was the cherished grandfather of 13 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren, and dear brother of John Wasko, Rose Nichols and Pauline Stires and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and his beloved dog Willie. Frank had a great love of life. He had a great sense of humor and loved playing practical... Read more →

Bellmawr Fire Department Offers Free Smoke Detectors to Residents

The Bellmawr Fire Department can provide you with FREE smoke detectors and install them, if necessary, at no cost to you through our community smoke detector and battery program. Although 90 percent of American homes have smoke detectors many do not work due to neglect. This means that many homes and families that live in them are unnecessarily at risk. A properly maintained smoke detector can provide a warning during the early stages of a fire, giving the occupants time to escape unharmed. Smoke detectors are only effective if hey are installed in the proper locations and maintained regularly. If... Read more →

Richard Glenn Merritt of West Deptford, Proudly Served in the U.S. Army

Image via Wikipedia Age 49. Of West Deptford. Formerly Of National Park. Loving Son of the late Peter Merritt and Virginia (nee Spencer). Cherished and devoted friend of the Sansone Family. Richard proudly served in the U.S. Army in the 1980’s. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his Burial with U.S. Army Military Honors on Friday, June 25, 2010 at 2 pm at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown. There will be no viewing at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy can be e-mailed to under online obituaries of Richard Glenn Merritt. Funeral... Read more →

Letters: Good Luck Linda, Enjoy Retirement

Good luck to Linda Ennis as she goes to Florida to enjoy a well-deserved retirement. It was so nice to see the picture of Linda and her friend in your paper and to read the story about some of the fine things that Linda did over the years. As the writer said, there were too many to list, but I would like to add some. When I worked at our Gloucester City library, Linda was a leading volunteer. Nothing was too much trouble for her, and aside from answering every call for help with children’s programs, Linda often suggested things... Read more →

Body found in Del. River may be missing mother

| Philadelphia Inquirer | 06/22/2010 Maribel Gonzalez, 44, of the Richmond Hill section of Queens in New York City, fell into the water about 4:30 p.m. after trying to get from a disabled boat onto an inflatable raft. The body was recovered about 10:30 this morning by West Deptford's Verga Fire Department. Although the Coast Guard called off its search Monday morning, New Jersey State Police and local authorities continued to search the river, especially the area where the accident happened - near No Name Island, off the Gloucester County town of National Park, via Read more →

Howard E. Gaunt, age 75, of Gloucester City

On June 21, 2010. Age 75. Of Gloucester City. Loving brother of Dorothy Gaunt, Shirley Walton, David Gaunt and Carol Henry. Predeceased by his siblings, Harry, Edith and William. Also survived by 7 nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his viewing on Friday morning from 9 to 11 AM at the Lighthouse Baptist Church: 811 Market St., Gloucester City. Funeral service 11 AM in the church officiated by Pastor Jim Doster. Interment Cedar Grove Cemetery, Gloucester City. Expressions of sympathy: under online obituaries of Howard E. Gaunt. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL... Read more →

Terrence J. Stranahan, of Gloucester City Succumbs at age 62

On June 21, 2010. Age 62. Of Gloucester City. Loving father of Terrence J. (Amy), Tracey (David), and Maureen. Loving brother of Alice Lippincott and the late Mary Jane Fisher. Loving grandfather of Aidan Jacob Stranahan. Also survived with loving care and support by Denise S. Stranahan. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his viewing on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 PM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Catholic Service 8 PM in the funeral home. Cremation and Inurnment will be private at New St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr. In lieu of flowers, donations... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic baseball is Team of the Year -

Sunday, June 20, 2010 By Scott Chappelear A high school baseball team isn't supposed to be able to overcome injuries and win a state championship with five sophomores regularly in the lineup, only one senior on the field most days and a freshman as the No. 2 pitcher and playoff closer unless that team is Gloucester Catholic. But those youngsters rose to the challenge and combined with the returning veterans to create a 24-7 squad that edged Washington Township and won the Grand Slam Classic, reached the Diamond Classic semifinal and finally won a 14th state crown. Those achievements helped... Read more →

June 23 HUNTING AND FISHING NEWS: Attention Bow Hunters!

NJ BOW PERIMETER BILL ONE STEP CLOSER Today (June 21,2010) the senate voted 25 (y)- 7 (n) - 8 (abstain) in support of the bow perimeter bill! The assembly will now hear the bill on Thursday. If the bill passes the assembly it goes to Governor Christie for his consideration. Contact your assemblypersons, ask them to support the bill. Together we can send the bow perimeter bill to the Governor! Call and write your assemblypersons (there are 2 in each district) 1. Click on link: 2. Click on the tab for "Select your Municipality" then "Find Representatives" 3. Check... Read more →

Mayors March on Trenton in Support of Gov.’s 2.5 Reform Agenda

Image via Wikipedia Trenton, NJ – Today, dozens of mayors from across New Jersey assembled in the State Capital to call on the state legislature to take immediate action this legislative session on the Christie Cap 2.5 Reform Agenda. The mayors joined Governor Chris Christie and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno to stand up and emphasize their support for the Governor’s Cap 2.5 Reform Agenda to deliver real, long-term and permanent property tax relief as a constitutional amendment. “The broad support from leaders across political parties, in urban and suburban towns and across every part of the state for Cap 2.5... Read more →

Walter John Zdon Sr., formerly of Gloucester Heights, Served in US Army and MD National Guard

On June 4, 2010, Walter John Zdon, Sr., of Churchville, MD, formerly from Gloucester Heights, passed away peacefully at his home under hospice care with his loving wife Mady at his side. He was born May 12, 1940 in Camden, to the late Michael and Theresa Zdon. He was a devoted husband of 47 years to his wife Madeline. Loving father to his four children and their families: Walter J. Zdon, Jr. and Renee of Whiteford, MD; Thomas Zdon and Sherry Feehley of Aberdeen, MD; Julie Sturek and Frank of Springfield, VA; and Jeanne Carfine and Greg of Eldersburg, MD.... Read more →

Alice Costello School Class of 2010 Commencement

The Commencement exercise for the Alice Costello School Class of 2010 was held on Monday evening, June 14, 2010 at the Alice Costello School. Graduation diplomas were presented to 42 students. This year the students chose the theme “Waiting On The World To Change” for the commencement exercises. Highlighting the evening was the presentation of awards to outstanding graduates. The Post #72 American Legion Scholarship Awards were presented to JOSHUA DOBBINS and BREANNA SPITZ. JOSHUA and BREANNA also received the PTA Outstanding Scholarship Awards. The PTA Anna Pantella Most Improved Student award was presented to (tie) AUSTIN DARROW AND SMANTHA... Read more →

Independent Candidate Nick Schultz Will Challenge Mayor James in November

By Albert J. Countryman Jr. Although Gloucester City Democrats ran unopposed in the Primary, they will face opposition in the General Election. The same is true in Bellmawr, although Republicans did not put up a slate in either municipality. Independent candidates filed to run in the November Election in both towns. GLOUCESTER CITY Winning the June 8 Primary Election in Gloucester City were incumbent Democratic Mayor William James, incumbent Councilwoman Kellie Ferry (Ward 3), and incumbent Councilmen John Hutchinson (Ward 1) and Bruce Parry (Ward 2). Challenging James for the four-year term as mayor will be Independent Nicholas Schultz, running... Read more →

Charles W. “Chuck” Burg., age 51, of Gloucester City

On June 18, 2010 of Gloucester City, NJ, age 51. He is the loving father of Charles W. Burg, Jr., dear brother of Edward and Curtis Burg, Bonnie Auxer and Theresa Brooks and step son of Charles Koch. Relatives and friends are invited to meet Friday from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at the ETHERINGTON-CRERAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 POWELL ST., GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ. Chuck’s funeral service will be held 3:00 PM at the funeral home. Interment will be private at the request of his family. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations in Chuck’s name be made to the... Read more →