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CNBNEWS Point of View: Bring Community Pride Back to Gloucester City

photo credit cnbnews.net UPDATED MAY 10, 2013: The empty property located behind our house that was mentioned three years ago in this article, still looks the same if not worst. This is a recent photo of the garage. Below there is a 2010 photo of the same building. .Related City Ordinance pertaining to removal of trash and weeds By Bill Cleary Urban decay/blight is the process whereby a previously functioning city, or part of a city, falls into disrepair and decrepitude. It may feature deindustrialization, depopulation or changing population, economic restructuring, high local unemployment, fragmented families, political disenfranchisement, crime, and a desolate, inhospitable city landscape. Wikipedia Dictionary The question comes up time and time again, what has made Gloucester City change from what it used... Read more →


Hunting and Fishing: Deer Plan On PA Website, PA Goose Season Sept. 1, Yellowstone Bear Attack

Image via Wikipedia GAME COMMISSION POSTS DEER PLAN ON WEBSITE HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Game Commission has finalized its plan for managing the state’s whitetail population for the next 10 years. Want to see what’s coming and where we’re going? Then check out the plan. The deer plan is now on the agency’s website ( www.pgc.state.pa.us), all 148 pages of it. To access it, click on “White-Tailed Deer” in the row of photo-buttons on the homepage, then choose “Deer Mgmt Plans,” and select “2009-2018 White-Tailed Deer Management Plan.” The agency’s deer management goals are to: manage deer for a healthy and sustainable deer herd; manage deer-human conflicts at levels considered safe and acceptable to Pennsylvania citizens; manage deer impacts for healthy and sustainable forest habitat;... Read more →


Bear Hunter Education Seminar Information

July 26, 2010 The NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is currently offering free Bear Hunting Seminars, which uncertified hunters must attend in order to obtain a permit for the bear season included in the recently adopted Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy (CBBMP). The CBBMP will become effective upon publication in the NJ Register in early fall. Certifications remain valid for hunters who attended a NJ Bear Hunting Seminar from 2003 to 2006. Those who are interested in bear hunting but do not have certification are encouraged to register for a seminar as soon as possible. The first round of seminars is now posted at www.wildlifelicense.com/nj/ALS/course/course_report.php where hunters must register to attend. Seminars will be offered throughout the fall, including the weekend before the... Read more →


Pet Tip of the Week: Signs of Stress

by Dawn Watson Your dog can speak. The problem is we humans don’t often try to understand what he’s saying! There are many ways in which Fido speaks to you. Here are a few signs and what they mean: Marking in the house means something is ‘new’—new schedule, new baby, for example A growl is a warning. It does not necessarily announce an attack A yawn or sudden scratching can mean the dog is trying to deflect attention or is stressed Lethargy (low energy, droopy appearance) can mean a thyroid issue or depression Shedding means stress Drooling and panting can mean illness, nausea, or anxiety If a dog looks at you “off the top” (lowers his head and looks up at you with ears flat)... Read more →


Welcome Home from Afghanistan Lt. Richard Janofsky

Saturday, July 31, 2010 Time: ETA 4:00pm 205 Kilburn Ave. Williamstown, New Jersey 08094 Please come out to welcome home Lt. Richard Janofsky from serving 7 months in Afghanistan. Richard is 24 yrs. old. He graduated from Williamstown High School and then joined the US Marine Corps. He deployed to Afghanistan and was on the frontlines under much firefight. He was in Marjah. He serves with the 1/6 Bravo Co. as a grunt. We welcomed home his brother about a year and a half ago and now his parents are excited to be able to welcome home another son. They are requesting assistance in making a LOT of noise when he comes home Please join the Warrior Watch Riders and Friends, The Yellow Ribbon Club,... Read more →


Face of Defense: Marine Recalls Top-Tier Soccer Career

By Marine Corps Sgt. Jeremy Ross 2nd Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C., July 27, 2010 - Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jose Pena, a warehouse chief with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group here, has been playing soccer at the highest levels for the Corps almost since the day he enlisted nearly 13 years ago. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jose Pena (left), a warehouse chief with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, demonstrates a conditioning drill to teammates at soccer practice at Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 7, 2010. Pena has been playing top-tier soccer for the Marine Corps' sports programs since 1998, including a stint on the 2009 All-Marine Soccer Team. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jeremy Ross (Click photo for... Read more →


Francis P. “Frank” Arno, of Absecon, Bartender at Crab Trap in Somers Point

On July 29, 2010. Age 67. Of Absecon. Formerly of Margate and Lindenwold. Loving father of Patricia Gavin, Louise (Bob) LeDrew, Edna Mary Arno, Francis Arno and Michael Arno. Dear brother of Rita (late Anthony) Sansone, Patricia (Louis) Angelino, Winnie (late Dale) Gillis, Louis (Dottie) Arno and Michael (Terri) Arno. Loving grandfather of 15 and great-grandfather of 1. Born in Stratford, Frank was a longtime bartender at many establishments throughout South Jersey, most notably the Crab Trap in Somers Point. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his Memorial Mass at 11 AM on Saturday, August 7, 2010 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish: Saint Lawrence R.C. Church: White Pike and South Avenue in Lindenwold, NJ. There will be no visitation. In lieu of... Read more →


Route 295 traffic shifts planned for this weekend in Camden County

(Trenton)-- The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) today announced that I-295 traffic will be shifted in Camden County as construction moves forward with a major resurfacing project. Starting Friday night, July 30, NJDOT will shift three I-295 northbound lanes to the right, two southbound lanes to the left and one southbound lane will be maintained on the northbound side between Route 168 in Mount Ephraim and Route 561 in Cherry Hill. The work zone will be located on the right (western) portion of the southbound highway. This traffic pattern is expected to be in place by Monday morning and remain in place until December. This work is part of a $69 million effort to rehabilitate I-295 in Barrington, Bellmawr, Cherry Hill, Haddon Heights, Haddonfield,... Read more →


Marie E. Vitola, of Gloucester City…she loved to cook, she loved her family, she loved her church

Age 88. (nee Angellilli) of Gloucester City, July 29,2010 was called home to our Heavenly Father. Beloved wife of 58 years to the late Samuel L. Vitola, devoted daughter of Anthony Angellilli,and Grace Malena. Devoted, beloved and loving mother of Carl (Eileen), Anthony (Salli), Samuel (Pauline) and Vincent. She was the loving grandmother to Anthony, Mario, Laura, Vincent , Jeremiah, Joshua and Daniel. Dear sister of Margaret Monti, Grace Gilbert, Anthony Angellilli, Veronica Ragan, Ralph Angellilli, and the late Carmen Angellilli. Survived by many loving nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors. Marie's passion was making her family happy as well as anyone who entered her home. She welcomed everyone with hospitality, pleasant conversation and always had good food to offer. Marie loved to cook. She would... Read more →


Gene C. Costa, of Runnemede; formerly of Glassboro, Area Entrepreneur

Gene C. Costa, age 81, of Runnemede, NJ, passed away peacefully at home on July 28th, 2010 surrounded by his loving family and caring friends after a long and courageous battle with emphysema/COPD. Survived by his Beloved and Devoted companion of 25 years, Jo Ann (Wrysec), adoring stepfather to Stephanie and Todd Cerminaro, and father of Denise C. Durkin (Tom), and Dr. Richard C. Costa. Predeceased by his former wife, Nancy A. (Van Doren) Costa, Brother Ralph Costa, Sister Eleanor Sullivan, Sister-In-Laws Mary Jane O’Donnell, Bobi Ryan, Jeri Benson, Sheila Ryan, and cherished Grandson David S. Durkin. Much loved grandfather to Pamela A. Durkin, Jennifer L. Aiken (Andy), Lauren M. DeLucas (Dennis), Richard Costa Jr., Philip Costa, Athena Kokoronis, Giavonna Emma, Nicklas Gene, and Ava... Read more →


Brooklawn wins 24th state Legion title

By CELESTE E. WHITTAKER • Courier-Post Staff • July 30, 2010 The Brookers won their 24th Senior American Legion state championship by smacking 18 hits, playing solid defense and defeating Gibbsboro 15-5 Thursday night at Mercer County Park. Brooklawn's last state championship was in 2001, the same year the Brookers last won the national World Series. One night after downing Gibbsboro 9-5 to force Thursday's winner-take-all scenario in the double-elimination tournament, Brooklawn used a three-run third inning and a four-run fourth to take command. With the win, Brooklawn moves onto the Mid-Atlantic Regional in West Lawn, Pa., while runner-up Gibbsboro plays in the Northeast Regional in Middletown, Conn. via www.courierpostonline.com related: Breaking News Brooklawn Wins State Title Read more →


Just Sayin': Talkin' 'Bout My Generation

Just Sayin’ is a parody and/or reflection of current social trends. I’m old. I came to that realization while watching the MTV music awards and didn’t recognize a single winner. I also found several of the award categories unfamiliar. When my kids were growing up I was proud of the fact that I stayed abreast of the television shows they watched and the music they liked. I got into Japanese animation, Indie Metal bands, and Goth. But, like all baby birds the kids left the nest and I remained stuck in the quicksand of the ‘80’s and ‘90’s, before Madonna waxed her eyebrows and boys’ jeans let their hinders show. My daughter says the things I do are “cute” but I’m pretty sure she means... Read more →


Christie Administration Announces Nearly $16 Million in State Funds For 25 Vocational School District Facilities Projects

Trenton, NJ – The Christie administration today announced that six vocational school districts are eligible for nearly $16 million in state funds toward the cost of 25 capital maintenance and construction projects. “Vocational schools need ample facilities to continue providing innovative and high-quality job training programs,” Governor Chris Christie said. “The state grants we are providing to vocational districts will allow critical projects to move forward and give New Jerseyans the necessary tools to find a quality and meaningful job.” The 25 eligible projects are estimated to cost approximately $30 million in state and local funds. The state grants represent at least 40 percent of eligible costs for projects in the vocational districts. The grants are contingent on approval of the remaining share of costs... Read more →


Brooklawn Wins State Title; Next Stop Mid-Atlantic Regional's

July 29, 2010 by CNBNews.net WEST WINDSOR- Brooklawn American Legion Post 72 beat Gibbsboro tonight at Mercer County Park in West Windsor by a score of 15-5 to win the state championship. The Brookers now move on to the Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament being held in Westlawn PA., starting Aug. 5. Tonight’s game was stopped in the 8th inning under the 10 run rule. The American Legion World Series will be played in Spokane, Wash., starting Aug. 13. ~news tip... Bruce Darrow Have a tip? Contact BillGCN@verizon.net Read more →


Just Sayin': Talkin' 'Bout My Generation

Just Sayin’ is a parody and/or reflection of current social trends. I’m old. I came to that realization while watching the MTV music awards and didn’t recognize a single winner. I also found several of the award categories unfamiliar. When my kids were growing up I was proud of the fact that I stayed abreast of the television shows they watched and the music they liked. I got into Japanese animation, Indie Metal bands, and Goth. But, like all baby birds the kids left the nest and I remained stuck in the quicksand of the ‘80’s and ‘90’s, before Madonna waxed her eyebrows and boys’ jeans let their hinders show. My daughter says the things I do are “cute” but I’m pretty sure she means... Read more →


Video: A Tribute to Scott Bevan (end of service)

Gloucester City NJ-July 24, 2010, Proprietors Park, the last video clip of the tribute to Scott with the song Irish Blessing sung by Brian Flynn, and Amazing Grace played on the bagpipes by Bill James, mayor of Gloucester City. ~video recorded by Bill Cleary with permission of family. RELATED ARTICLES AND VIDEOS Tips and Snippets Good bye Scott Obit: Scott Bevan video the beginning of the tribute video Gregg eulogizes his brother Read more →


How To Drive In Jersey ....

Seriously, there are only two things needed to drive effectively in NJ: A horn and a middle finger. Everything else is superfluous, including knowing where you are going. For those of you who live in Jersey or have lived there, these things may come as no surprise. For those who haven't travelled there before, Beware, Be Prepared and Be Afraid,,,, Be Very Afraid. 1. You must first learn to pronounce the city name, it is Nork - rhymes with Fork, not New-ark. Also, Trenton is not pronounced Tren-ton, it is Trent-in. 2. The morning rush hour is from 5 AM to NOON. The evening rush hour is from NOON to 7 PM. Friday's rush hour starts on Thursday morning. 3. The minimum acceptable speed on... Read more →


American Heroes: Dept. of Defense List Names of Sailor/Soldiers KIA between July 23 and 24

Dignified Transfer at Dover AFB A U.S. Army carry team transfers the remains of Army Spc. Morganne M. McBeth, of Fredricksburg, Va., at Dover Air Force Base, Del., July 4. Spc. McBeth was assigned to the 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.. (U.S. Air Force photo/Roland Balik) The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor and the identity of another sailor listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN). The announcement resulted from a July 23 incident in Logar province, Afghanistan, while the sailors were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin McNeley, 30, of Wheatridge, Colo., died from wounds sustained from the July 23 incident. Coalition Forces recovered his body July 25... Read more →


Father James Dabrowski named Berlin pastor, Father Gaffney and Father Minniti to retire

Catholic Star Herald –July 14, 2010 Bishop Joseph A. Galante announces the retirements of Father Francis P. Gaffney, effective July 15 and Father Anthony L. Minniti, effective July 31, and the naming of Father James O. Dabrowski as pastor, St. Simon Stock, Berlin for a six-year term, effective July 19. Father Gaffney, 72, in-residence at St. Michael, Gibbstown since 2008, was born in Roscommon, Ireland, and ordained on June 14, 1964 in Thurles, Ireland by Bishop Thomas Morris. His first assignment was as parochial vicar at Holy Saviour, Westmont, where he served from 1964-67. In 1991, he was appointed pastor of St. Ann Parish, Elmer, where he served until 1994, when he then began a pastorship at Mary, Mother of the Church in Bellmawr, serving... Read more →


Video: A Tribute to Scott Bevan (beginning of service)

july 24, 2010 Proprietors Park., King Street and the Delaware River, Gloucester City NJ. Invocation and Lord's Prayer, Dr. Richard Leaver The River sung by Marnie Bevan Lengle with Brian Flynn on guitar. An estimated 300 people stood in 100 degree temps to remember Scott who passed away on July 15, 2010 at the age of 43. Born and raised in Gloucester City NJ, he was a graduate of Gloucester City HS, Class of 1984. The service ended with Gloucester City Mayor Bill James playing Amazing Grace on bagpipes. Scott has lived with his wife Deneen and their beloved dog Bella in Cape May Court House for the past 6 years. Besides his wife he is survived by his parents, former Mayor Bob and Janet... Read more →


Hunting & Fishing: New Fishing Rules; Send a Letter to Your Senator; Elk Permits on Line

New Rules for Commercial Fishermen and Recreational Anglers The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife advises commercial fishermen and recreational anglers that the regulations pertaining to the commercial and recreational coastal shark and smooth dogfish fisheries have been adopted and became effective July 19, 2010. The newly adopted regulations were necessary to comply with management measures mandated under the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Coastal Sharks, which includes smooth dogfish. Anglers should refer to the 2010 Marine Issue of the Fish and Wildlife Digest ( http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/digmar10.htm ) for complete regulation information and details on the recreational changes or http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/pdf/2010/comregs10.pdf for commercial changes pertaining to coastal sharks and smooth dogfish. For more details on the ASMFC Interstate Fishery Management... Read more →


Time Running Out for Troops, Veterans to Claim 'Stop Loss' Pay

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, July 28, 2010 - Eligible service members and veterans have less than three months to apply for Retroactive "Stop Loss" Special Pay. The special pay was approved by Congress as part of the 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act. Servicemembers and veterans who involuntarily served or were on "Stop Loss" from Sept. 11, 2001 to Sept. 30, 2009, are entitled to $500 for each month served past their contracted end-of-service, resignation or retirement date. "This additional money, this benefit, was granted by Congress to recognize that continued service," Lernes "Bear" Hebert, acting director of the Defense Department's Officer and Enlisted Personnel Management office, said today in an interview with American Forces Press Service... Read more →


Alfred R. DeFalcis, Sr. Lifetime member of Bellmawr Fire and Rescue; Korean War Veteran

Alfred R. DeFalcis, Sr., on July 26, 2010, of Bellmawr, age74. Beloved husband of Dot (nee Feifer) for 53 years. Devoted father of Alfred R. DeFalcis, Jr. and Mario S. DeFalcis (Denise). Loving Pop Pop of Samantha, Jadyn, McKenna, Thomas, Nicoltta, Richelle and Makinsay and great grandfather of 2. Dear brother of Celie Biedrzycki (Ed), Patricia DeFalcis and Geraldine DeFalcis. Alfred proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the AMVETS, the American Legion Post #84 and Bellmawr Fire and Rescue #1. Relatives and friends are invited to visit his family Thursday evening from 6pm to 7:30pm at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Memorial Service 7:30pm Thursday at the funeral home. Interment private. In lieu of flowers... Read more →


Video/Gloucester City NJ: A TRIBUTE TO SCOTT

July 24, 2010 Proprietors Park, Gloucester City NJ. Gregg Bevan talks about his love for his brother Scott (photo). Prior to Gregg speaking their father Bob read the following,,, From the prayer card given out at the service... Fisherman's Prayer God Grant that I may live to Fish For another shining day, But when my final cast is made I then most humbly pray When nestled in you landing net You'll smile at me and judge That I'm good enough to keep. Our Scotty Boy, We will remember you always for your child like wonder, your love of nature and your big, beautiful smile, but most of all, for your huge heart and for all of the love. You will always be with us. ~video... Read more →


VIDEO - Is BP Oil Spill Affecting Air Quality in Gulf States?

July 23, 2010 Storm brewing in the gulf coast while residences in states surrounding are oblivious to the danger that will be raining down upon them. Skin irritations, headaches, cold symptoms etc are all signs of IRREPARABLE damage being done to mind and bodies! SOURCE via www.youtube.com see also People wakeup! We are killing ourselves…and the world we live in… Why are scientists having to beg the Whitehouse to stop the spraying of Corexit that is the cause of the toxic rain? http://www.examiner.com/x-10438-Human-Rights-Examiner~y2010m7d20-Censored-Gulf-news-Stop-spraying-dispersants-Call-for-scientists-plublic-action?cid=examiner-email Read more →


NJEA: Christie is playing politics with "Race to the Top" story

NJEA President Barbara Keshishian issued the following statement today: “Gov. Chris Christie has used what should be good news – New Jersey’s selection as a finalist for $400 million in federal ‘Race to the Top’ funding – to once again attack NJEA and its members. “It’s a tired act, and it needs to end. This governor – who has cut $1.4 billion from public education, resulting in the layoff of thousands of teachers and deep program cuts that will hurt students badly – now wants to make people believe he’s the champion of public education. “That’s absurd and dishonest. “The fact is, throughout April and May, a team of talented researchers and educators retained by NJEA worked closely with state Education Commissioner Bret Schundler in... Read more →


Video/ DiCicco Calls for Federal Probe of the DRPA

State of the State photo: Assemblyman Domenick DiCicco Jr., R-Gloucester Assemblyman Domenick DiCicco, R-Gloucester and Camden, yesterday called on the Attorneys General of New Jersey and Pennsylvania to investigate the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) and its practices following the admitted abuse of public funds by its public safety director and reports of alleged cronyism and pension padding. See today's news articles below: DRPA faces more calls to reform New Jersey, Pennsylvania lawmakers push for federal probe of Delaware River Port Authority DRPA CEO John Matheussen, who called the matter "a judgment error," imposed a small fine on DRPA Director of Public Safety Michael Joyce for allowing his daughter to use a borrowed authority-issued transponder for 18 months to travel to Philadelphia to attend school.... Read more →


Gloucester City: Wounded Canadian Goose Rescued

By Monica Fetterolf, Chris Jaskulski, Kathy Hauckes Goose Rescue Project Coordinators Responding to an urgent plea for help in bringing a wounded Canadian Goose for proper medical treatment, a group of 13 concerned Gloucester City residents assembled on the shores of Martin’s Lake on Saturday, July 17. Equipped with cracked corn, a large fishing net to catch the goose, and brooms to shoo the injured goose gently into a waiting dog crate, the efforts of all were rewarded when Mr. Raymond Bennett and his son, R.J., arrived on the scene to help. The goose was in the center of Martin’s Lake. As the rescuers did not deem it safe to jump into the waters, Mr. Bennett informed rescue coordinators, Kathy Hauckes and Chris Jaskulski, that... Read more →


A Look at American Legion Jersey Boys State

By Ted Howarth Chairman The American Legion Jersey Boys State is a unique summertime educational program for high school juniors focusing on participation and personal experience in a model state, complete with governmental bodies and elected public officials. It is designed to mirror the structure and operation of its respective state government, while providing training in practical citizenship, leadership, and character development through a non-partisan perspective. “The American Legion believes our American government can survive only with an educated populace. By teaching youth to understand and appreciate our democratic republic, America can remain strong for many generations,” officials said. To the participant, Boys State is a richly rewarding and educational program that has prompted many former participants to seek careers in public service. Selection serves... Read more →


Another step taken toward cleaning up Camden Superfund site

Historic Postcard photo of the Welsbach factory located at King and Essex Streets, Gloucester City | Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/27/2010 In the early 20th century, Welsbach, in Gloucester City, was America's largest manufacturer of gas mantles, a precursor to the lightbulb. General Gas Mantle in Camden, which opened in 1912, was its closest competitor. Both companies went out of business in the early 1940s. Findings of thorium began in the early 1990s when the state Department of Environmental Protection conducted an investigation of radioactive contaminants on more than 1,000 properties in Gloucester City and Camden City. At that time, the Welsbach site was considered a Superfund site and deemed dangerous. The investigation showed that the contaminated soil was at times taken from the companies' base,... Read more →


Obama Proclaims Korean War Armistice Day

Image via Wikipedia American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, July 27, 2010 – President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation declaring July 27 National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, to mark the signing of the Military Armistice Agreement at Panmunjom. "As we commemorate the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War and the eventual conclusion of hostilities at Panmunjom, let us raise our flags high to honor the service and valor of our veterans, to reflect on the principles for which they fought, and to reaffirm the unshakeable bond between South Korea and our Nation," Obama said. Photo: a montage of Korean War photos… The entire proclamation appears below: "Today we celebrate the signing of the Military Armistice Agreement at Panmunjom and we honor... Read more →


NJ Governor’s Statement on the Selection of ‘Race to the Top’ Phase 2 Finalists

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 Trenton, NJ – Governor Chris Christie today issued the following statement in response to New Jersey’s selection as a finalist in Phase 2 of Race to the Top: “President Obama and Secretary Duncan today recognized our administration's plan for bold reform of our state's education system. This announcement affirms our decision to stick with real reform and not capitulate to the watered-down, failed status quo approach advocated by the NJEA. Now is the time for New Jersey's leaders to join me to begin enactment of the pillars of real education reform contained within our Race to the Top application - more charter school opportunities for students, more choice for parents and fidelity to placing student success ahead of union self interest." Read more →


American Heroes: Three Marines (One from NJ) Four Soldiers KIA between July 22 and July 24

Dignified Transfer at Dover AFB-A U.S. Army carry team transfers the remains of Army Pfc. Nathaniel D. Garvin, of Radcliff, Ky., at Dover Air Force Base, Del., July 14. Pfc. Garvin was assigned to the 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky. (U.S. Air Force photo/Roland Balik) The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of three Marines and four soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The following Marines died July 22 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Mario D. Carazo, 41, of Springfield, Ohio. Maj. James M. Weis, 37, of Toms River, N.J. Carazo and Weis were assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary... Read more →


Mt. Ephraim: Shining Star Latchkey Program a Success

By Leigh Anne Hubbs NEWS Correspondent Mount Ephraim Superintendent Joseph Rafferty congratulated the Shining Star Latchkey program on a successful first year during last week’s Board of Education meeting. He said it did well thanks to the hard work and dedication of the staff. Shining Star which had replaced Just Kids, offers before and after school care at Mary Bray School. Program Director Alexandra Kenney, who has been rehired for the 2010-11 school year at a rate of $7,200, shared with Board members activities which are offered to the students. They include indoor and outdoor games, movies with popcorn, and holiday/seasonal parties. In other news, the offices of Mr. Rafferty and Principal Michael Hunter were switched by Aron Movers of Oaklyn, for $360. Rafferty’s office... Read more →


The Very Hungry Caterpillar visits Saint Mary Preschool

GLOUCESTER CITY NJ-While listening to Eric Carle's book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the preschool children at St. Mary's School had a surprise visit from the main character. They especially enjoyed substituting their recently learned Spanish words for the days of the week and the colors in the story. Top to bottom: Payton Foster, Angelina Costello, Kendall Jeannette, Mary Kathryn Collins, Sarah Wall, Lynni Mendelero, Anna Bagameri, Sophia Parks, Hannah Richards, Joseph Wigginton, AJ Collarin, Kyle Ryder, Kaleb Eller, Nathan Griffin, Jack Ambrose, Owen Brown and Liam Gorman. Read more →


THOMAS F. SACCHETTI, formerly of Bellmawr, Former County Employee, Past Bulletin Driver

A Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Lourdes R.C. Church, Glassboro, for Thomas F. Sacchetti, 75, of Glassboro, formerly of Bellmawr, who died July 11, 2010. Tom was proud to provide for his family; through hard work, dedication and love – made easier with a joke and a smile. Born and raised in South Philadelphia, he served in the U.S. Army just after the Korean War had ended. It was at the Harvest Dance in South Philly, where Tom caught the eye of a young Patty Costantino and they were married in 1961. A Wireman at RCA in Camden for many years, as well as being employed by Camden County as a security guard and payroll clerk at Lakeland; Tom’s true career ended,... Read more →


Gloucester City News Headlines for July 29 Issue

Gloucester City Can Flourish Using Residents’ Gifts And Talents Brooklawn Council Tom MacAdams Retires After 17 Years Of Service Bellmawr Mayor, Council, Say Home Destroyed In Fire Will Be Rebuilt Gloucester City Council Remembers Coach Bob Barth Gloucester City Board Of Education Hard At Work During Summer Gloucester City Planning Board OK’s Upgrades In Historic District Read more →


Police Athletic League of Philadelphia: Cops Helping Kids

The Police Athletic League of Philadelphia is "Cops Helping Kids". With 26 centers across Philadelphia serving over 27,000 kids, PAL offers a large variety of sports, education, and recreational programs to all of Philadelphia's youngsters completely free of charge. As a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) PAL relies on the generosity of extraordinary citizens and corporations to provide the resources to keep our youth active, productive and safe. All of our centers are supervised by Philadelphia Police Officers who are assigned full-time to direct activities and oversee the young people. With the help of community volunteers these officers provide youngsters with proper guidance, life skills, and opportunities that will give them a better chance at a successful life. We invite you to continue to learn about our... Read more →


Tips and Snippets: Goodbye Scott, Homeless Issue, Meadowbrook Mews Plan, Kudos to Firemen Union and City, McAllister Given Philly Contract

By Bill Cleary GOODBYE SCOTT-An estimated 300 people attended the memorial service for Scott Bevan Saturday, July 24 held at Proprietors Park, King Street at the Delaware River, Gloucester City NJ. The outside temperature was 100 degrees but that didn't seem to bother those in attendance. Some standing others sitting in chairs. They wanted to be there close to other people who knew Scott, to support his family, to share stories, laugh a little and even cry. Family members remembered the 43-year-old man who died of cancer (melanoma) on July 15. A moving eulogy by his brother Gregg had many of those in attendance in tears. The service ended with Gloucester City Mayor Bill James playing Amazing Grace on bagpipes. Scott, a former resident of... Read more →


EPA Reaches Major Milestone at Welsbach Superfund Site with Demolition of Building

(New York, NY—Jul. 23, 2010)— With the help of millions of dollars in Recovery Act funding, an important milestone will be reached on Monday in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) cleanup of the expansive Welsbach Superfund site in Camden, New Jersey. Walter Mugdan, Superfund Director of EPA Region 2, Congressman Robert E. Andrews, Camden Mayor Dana Redd, and Heart of Camden’s Executive Director Helene Pierson, will mark the demolition of a large building adjacent to the former General Gas Mantle facility in Camden. The building, located near the intersection of South Fourth Street and Jefferson, must be demolished to allow EPA to clean up radiologically contaminated soil underneath. The demolition will be at 11 AM. Related articles by Zemanta Things in Gloucester City Looking... Read more →


Diane T. Kennett, of Bellmawr, formerly of Gloucester City, Active St. Francis de Sales Parishioner

Diane T. Kennett (nee Kelly), on July 24, 2010, of Bellmawr formerly of Gloucester City. Age 73. Beloved wife of the late Stephen P. Kennett. Devoted mother of the Stephen P. Kennett, Jr., Diana T. Pennington, Joseph C. Kennett, Matthew K. Kennett, Theodore P. Kennett. Loving grandmom of Dianalynne Pennington, Stephen Barron, Jennifer Flynn, Andrew Kennett, Alexandria Kennett, Adam Kennett, Michael Miller, and Grace Kennett. Great-grandmom of Kaya, Ariah, Jason, Ava, Darius, Colin, and Ashley. Diane was an active member of St. Francis de Sales RC Church in Barrington. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the viewing from 6 to 9pm Tuesday evening and 9:15 to 10:15am Wednesday morning at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Mass 11am Wednesday at St. Rita’s Parish, St. Francis... Read more →


Letters: Gloucester City Resident Says Water Problem is Back

July 25, 2010 Bill, Well its happening again. A couple weeks ago, our dog and cats were having what we thought were allergy problems only to find out the water again is contaminated. I stopped giving them the tap water and started using bottle water and they seem to be better. I have noticed when taking a shower or even a bath the water coming out of the faucet smells like chlorine and burns your eyes if you are taking a shower. Well today my husband just used the water to tap off the fish pond and again we lost six of our fish. He had to go rush to the fish store and get some kind of charcoal which depletes the toxins in the... Read more →


Two Connecticut Firefighters Killed in House Fire | Firehouse.com

7/24/2010 BY GENEVIEVE REILLY Connecticut Post, Bridgeport BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Lt. Steven Velazquez and Firefighter Michel Baik were on the third-floor of the wood-frame home at 41 Elmwood Ave., checking for hot spots and making sure there were no people in the smoldering blaze. Then trouble hit. The two sent mayday signals back to dispatch. Within minutes, the fire department's rapid intervention team found the pair on the floor, unconscious, and gave them CPR. The two men could not be revived. Hours later, a somber Mayor Bill Finch at a news conference talked about the two, both family men with young children. Velazquez was Finch's neighbor, and the mayor recalled pinning his badge on him when he was promoted to lieutenant in February. Baik, he... Read more →


Kudos to the Police Officers Who Did Their Job

To: Courier Post, Cherry Hill Dear Editor: I am very disappointed at the platform you gave the Johnson Family to assert that their son Naquan Johnson did not deserve to die. They talk of his gentleness and his kindness and his attempt to make a football team. They didn't mention the victims that he ASSAULTED, TASERED, RAPED AND SHOT. For these officers to go into unfamiliar ground in an attempt to arrest a MOST VIOLENT INDIVIDUAL should be applauded. That he chose to brandish a weapon and in effect caused the officers to respond with deadly force. Instead of your paper giving voice to people who raised and abetted violent people, better you should speak to the victims of these crimes. I am sure there... Read more →


American Heroes: 1st Lt. Michael L. Runyan, 24, of Newark, Ohio; Pfc. James J. Oquin, 20, of El Paso, Texas

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. 1st Lt. Michael L. Runyan, 24, of Newark, Ohio, died July 21 in Balad, Iraq, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his convoy vehicle with an improvised explosive device in Muqdadiyah, Iraq. He was assigned to the 52nd Infantry, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Pfc. James J. Oquin, 20, of El Paso, Texas, died July 23 in Orgun-E, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident when he was swept away by the current when a levee broke near his military vehicle in Paktika, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne... Read more →


Three Southern New Jersey Nurses Recognized by PREIT, Cherry Hill Mall, Voorhees Town Center and Moorestown Mall for Dedication to Healthcare

Rachael Cortes, Joan Watt and Robin Olin were honored as part of PREIT’s Tribute to Nurses campaign, in which PREIT’s nine Greater Philadelphia malls recognized special area nurses. PHILADELPHIA, PA – July 22, 2010 – South Jersey Nurses Rachael Cortes, Joan Watt and Robin Olin were honored for their devotion to the healthcare field as part of Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust’s (PREIT) Tribute to Nurses campaign, in which nine shopping centers in Greater Philadelphia, including Cherry Hill Mall, Moorestown Mall and Voorhees Town Center recognized exceptional nurses in the community. Joan Watt, of Sewell, New Jersey, is a nurse at Cooper Hospital’s Division of Hematology and Oncology in Camden, New Jersey and has worked in the healthcare field for 15 years. As an RN... Read more →


Pet Tip of the Week: Becoming a Foster (Dog) Parent

Becoming a Foster (Dog) Parent By Dawn Watson Thousands of dogs are abandoned every year in America. Even more are neglected or abused. If they’re lucky they are accepted into a rescue program and then, on to a foster home before being adopted. Ozzie, a former foster dog, sleeps comfortably after being adopted by his foster family! Fostering a dog has many rewards. A reputable rescue group will pay for the dog’s veterinary bills and any surgery he or she may need. These groups survive by charging an adoption feewhen the dog finds his Forever Home. They also take donations which can be declared on income tax statements as long as the rescue organization is legally categorized as a non-profit entity. The down-side of the... Read more →


Thomas J. Montenigro, of Gloucester City, Parishioner of St. Mary, Community Choir, Historical Society Member

MONTENIGRO Thomas Joseph On July 22, 2010. Age 57. Of Gloucester City. Surrounded by his loving family after fighting a courageous battle against cancer. Loving Husband of 30 years to Theresa E. (nee Devine). Loving Dad of Anthony and Angelina. Loving son of Grace E. (nee Smith) and the late Joseph J. Montenigro. Loving brother of Patricia and Joseph. Loving brother-in-law and loving uncle to his nieces and nephews. He proudly served our country in the USMC during the Vietnam War Era. Thomas was a faithful and devoted parishioner of St. Mary’s R.C. Church in Gloucester City. He was a member of the Gloucester City Community Choir and the Gloucester City Historical Society. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his viewing on Monday... Read more →