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July 2010

DOD Announces School Year 2010/2011 Child Care Fee Policy

The Department of Defense announced today the school year 2010/2011 child care fee policy. The policy will adjust fee ranges in child care programs across the services and will be implemented no later than Sept. 30, 2010. Changes will impact families who have children enrolled in DoD child development centers and school age care programs. The DoD broadened child care fee ranges from six to nine categories, raised the income cap on each fee range, and established the top earning range at $125,000 a year... Read more →

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,... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more →