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July 2010

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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.... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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... 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 →


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


Chuckles: Dog For Sale

A French Mastiff Whether you own a dog or not, you must appreciate the efforts of this owner to sell her dog. Read the sales pitch below! Dog For Sale Free to good home. Excellent guard dog. Owner cannot afford to feed him anymore, as there are no more drug pushers, thieves, murderers, or molesters left in the neighborhood for him to eat. Most of them knew Jethro only by his Oriental street name, Ho... Read more →


TIPS AND SNIPPETS: BlogNetNews no longer; Some changes made on CNB

By Bill Cleary Many of you have no doubt noticed that BlogNetNews is no longer accessible. Gone too is the little blue BNN widget with a number written on it that was a fixture on CNB. Driving the decision is, of course, money. Dave Mastio, who operated BNN, said the site has been losing enough money of late that it is for sale. In the meantime, it has shut down. He said he may restart... Read more →


Video: The Investigation of the DRPA

New Jersey News reporter Zachary Fink investigates the Delaware River Port Authority and finds generous salaries for board members, padded pensions, wind mills that don’t work, slush funds, skipped board elections required by laws, misspending millions of dollars, etc. etc. The country is in one of the worst recessions in history yet the report by NJN’s reporter Fink reveals a Port Authority that could care less how it spends the public’s money. Read more →


Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Launches New Website

Image via Wikipedia ATLANTA - The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced today the launch of the organization’s new website. The new WBCA.org, which originally premiered in 2000, provides an easy-to-navigate user-experience and offers many exciting features that will serve as a valuable asset to WBCA members as well as women’s basketball supporters and fans. “We are excited about our new website and proud to be able to offer our membership and our sport such... Read more →


Bellmawr Fire Dept. Responds to 3 Alarm Fire in Mt. Ephraim

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 -Squad 32 and Ladder 33 both operated this 3 alarm fire on Hartka Avenue in neighboring Mt Ephraim. Crews encountered heavy fire conditions on arrival. Good job by all. More info check out phillyfirenews.com Nick D'Alonzo Related articles by Zemanta Five rescued from Delco fire (philly.com) Bellmawr Fire Fighters Do Great Job on Fast Moving Fire (gloucestercitynews.net) Bellmawr: Saunders Avenue Fire Under Control Within 20 Minutes (gloucestercitynews.net) Bellmawr Fire Dept. Dispatched... Read more →


Hunting and Fishing News: REWARD OFFERED FOR INFORMATION ON HUNTING-RELATED SHOOTING INCIDENT

IN CLEARFIELD COUNTY, PA HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Office David Stewart, from the northwestern district of Clearfield County, today announced that a reward of up to $2,500 is available for information leading to the successful prosecution of the individual responsible for hunting-related shooting of a DuBois-area hunter and his 9-year-old son. The incident took place on the DuBois Beagle Club property off State Route 119 in Sandy Township, Clearfield County, on May... Read more →


Rev. Charles S. Bean, Retired Camden Diocese Parochial Vicar and Missionary

On July 21, 2010. Age 76. In Saint Mary’s Catholic Nursing Home in Cherry Hill. Born in Albany, NY, Father Bean graduated from Immaculate Conception Seminary and was ordained on May 19, 1962 in Camden by the Most Rev. Bishop Celestine J. Damiano. Father Bean was a Parochial Vicar throughout the Diocese serving in Holy Name R.C. Church in Camden, Saint Joseph R.C. Church in South Camden and Saint Joseph’s Pro-Cathedral. In 1974, Father Bean... Read more →


The Obama Tax Tsunami is Here |

The Foundry: Conservative Policy News The American people are already well aware of President Barack Obama’s historic expansion of government spending: his $862 billion economic stimulus that has completely failed to keep unemployment below 8% as promised; his still-expanding health care law which the Congressional Budget Office now admits will cost more than $1 trillion; and an Obama budget that increases government spending by $12,000 per household. But all that spending is just the first... Read more →