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June 2010

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

By CNBNews.net 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... 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... 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... Read more →


MAYOR NUTTER, OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS DISCUSS WITNESS INTIMIDATION « City of Philadelphia's News & Alerts

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... Read more →


Guest Commentary: Port Facility Operator Leo Holt Responds to Attack by “SHARK”

CNBNEWS.net 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... 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... Read more →


American Heroes: 8 Soldiers and Marines KIA in Afghanistan War

DOD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Sgt. John M. Rogers, 26, of Scottsdale, Ariz., died June 27 at Forward Operating Base Blessing, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky. DOD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was... Read more →


Four Pa. Firefighters Injured in Industrial Blaze | Firehouse.com

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... Read more →


SEPTA TRANSFER PRICE INCREASE AT NJ PATCO STATIONS

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... Read more →


Officer Down: Four Police Officers Killed in Separate Incidents

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 Two Tampa Police Officers Killed in Shooting The Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. -- A second Tampa police officer has died following a shooting during a traffic stop. Officials say 31-year-old officer David Curtis died at Tampa General Hospital. Officer Jeffrey Kocab, also 31, died earlier following the shooting early Tuesday. Read More... Tuesday, June 29, 2010 Kansas Park Ranger Killed in ATV Crash BY MICHAEL PEARCE The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks employees are trying to cope... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more →


Just Sayin': On Wisdom

Just Sayin’ is a parody and/or reflection of current social trends. I wish I was young again but had the wisdom of a middle-aged woman. When I was 25 I thought I was as homely as mud. Now, I realize I was beautiful. Okay, not super-model thin and my Cherokee nose looked like a wedge of cheese, (it still does) but lovely in a youthful sort of way. I guess God doesn’t let you see yourself like that so that you don’t become conceited. Then,... Read more →


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

By CNBNews.net 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... 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... Read more →


Milwaukee Brewer Reliever Zach Braddock tends to have initial advantage | brewers.com

June 27, 2010 By Jordan Schelling / MLB.com 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... 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... Read more →


Westville Town Watch Members Learn The Martial Arts

By Sara Martino NEWS Correspondent An important protection program presented to the members of the Westville Town Watch included members engaged in martial arts. Drew Hayes of the United Martial Arts Academy (UMAA), at Pine Street and Broadway in Westville, showed various holds that a person can, and should, use to protect themselves in a dangerous situation. “Observation and awareness are the best offenses,” said Hayes, who is a Mantua police officer. He demonstrated some defense holds on another police officer, Sgt. John Grady, who... 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.... 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.... Read more →


Pet Tip of the Week: Clean Up After Your Dog!

You’re walking down the street with Fido at your side, proud to be a responsible pet owner. Good ol’ Fidie is struttin’ his stuff, nose in the air, howdy friends, look at me, when suddenly it happens: you step in a pile of some other dog’s doody! Your walk is ruined, your day becomes way more complicated, and you head for home, hoping most of the nasty stuff will come off before you hit your hearth. Who are these thoughtless people that allow their dogs... 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... 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... 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 | NJ.com 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... Read more →


American Heroes: 1st Sgt. Robert N. Barton, 35, of Roxie, Miss; Pfc. Russell E. Madden, 29, of Dayton, Ky.

DOD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. 1st Sgt. Robert N. Barton, 35, of Roxie, Miss., died June 7 in Konar, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky. DOD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting... Read more →


Mourners bid farewell to beloved coach

June 25, 2010 | courierpostonline.com | 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... 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.... 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... Read more →


American Heroes: United States Military Deaths in Afghanistan War Continues to Increase

DOD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Pfc. Anthony T. Justesen, 22, of Wilsonville, Ore., died June 23 at Ganjkin village, Pusht Rod district, Farah province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to Troop B, 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. DOD Identifies Marine Casualty The Department of Defense announced today... Read more →