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August 2010

CG 5th District: Coast Guard urges preparation for Hurricane Earl

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard is urging mariners to heed warnings as Hurricane Earl is expected to affect the mid-Atlantic region between North Carolina and New Jersey Thursday and Friday. As Earl approaches, the Coast Guard urges people to be mindful of the following safety messages: - Anticipate bridge closures. Mariners are advised that during strong storms drawbridges along the coast may deviate from the normal operating procedures. Drawbridges are authorized to remain closed upon the approach of gale force winds or higher as stated in the Code of Federal Regulations 117.35, which applies to “natural disasters or civil disorders.” Mariners should anticipate bridge closures by listening to the National Weather Service and Coast Guard broadcasts on the storm conditions. For a list of bridge closures in Sector Hampton Roads please view the Sector Hampton Roads Marine Safety Information Bulletin 10/014. - Stay off the water. The Coast Guard’s... Read more →

Move by Del Monte a setback for union

| | Courier-Post by Eileen Stilwell August 31...Since Del Monte was also entertaining bids from Penn Terminals in Eddy-stone, Pa., Leo Holt, president of Holt Logistics, Inc., said he was happy to keep the business in South Jersey."It is great for New Jersey and Camden County and City that Del Monte is staying," he said. "They are a company that constantly seeks to improve the quality of their product and its delivery to market. There are over 120 Camden City residents working at the Gloucester Terminal and more to come." PHOTO (Ice Chunks on the Delaware): In the distance is a cargo ship being unloaded at the Holt Marine Terminal on a cold day in February 2008 . The bridge is the Walt Whitman..CNB file photo On the labor front, Holt is no friend of ILA after replacing the union with cheaper labor in Gloucester in 1993. Holt continues... Read more →

Federal Jobs Offered Just for Veterans

The American Legion - August 19, 2010 U.S. Navy Photo The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is looking for a few good veterans. As part of an effort to hire more veterans at the federal level, the OPM is conducting a special hiring event for military and former military personnel. Currently, a number of federal job openings have been reserved for them and will continue to be until Aug. 24. Visit for a full listing of openings. The pool of jobs available includes positions with VA, OPM, and the Departments of Army, Treasury, Education and Transportation, along with other federal offices and outposts. The event offers work in fields like legal, computers, technical, human resources, administrative and technical, among many other professional areas. Veterans interested in applying should visit the listings Web site. Full descriptions of positions, applications and any special instructions for application can be found at... Read more →

American Heroes: Over 3 Day Period Nine Servicemen KIA

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of nine soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom that were killed in action between August 27 and August 29.. Killed Aug. 29 at Nangahar, Afghanistan, of wound sustained when their military vehicle was struck by rocket propelled grenade on Aug. 28 at Nangahar, Afghanistan were: Capt. Ellery R. Wallace, 33, of Utah. Pfc. Bryn T. Raver, 20, of Harrison, Ark. Wallace was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky. Raver was assigned to 1st Brigade Special Troop Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky. Staff Sgt. James R. Ide, 32, of Festus, Mo., died Aug. 29 at Hyderabad, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 230th Military Police Company, 95th Military... Read more →

Brooklawn Fire Dept. to Celebrate 100th Anniversary in 2011

By Sally Martino NEWS Correspondent Brooklawn Council President Theresa Branella conducted last week’s meeting in the absence of Mayor John Soubasis. Council heard a presentation from Fire Code Inspector Carl Thomas regarding a new rapid key entry box system that will be available for installation at the school, community center and local businesses for the cost of the box. A lockbox with the entry key would be placed near the front entrance or another convenient place that would allow easy access to a burning building by the emergency personnel. “This system will make it easier and faster for firemen to enter a building, especially if there is a fire in the middle of the night, and may eliminate broken doors and windows to allow access,” Thomas said. The keys to the boxes, with serial numbers for Brooklawn only, would be held by the Fire Department, and also kept in a... Read more →

Meandering with Mark Matthews: A New Gas Station, Gino's is Trying, I can't Drive, Canals

By Mark Matthews A new Gas Station is moving in: We lovingly remember the spot next to Ponzio’s as the home of the Gino Giant when Gino’s was a regional hamburger and chicken fast food restaurant. Then it spent many years as a Roy Rogers restaurant. (Are they still on the Turnpike or Expressway?). Then a few years ago one of our favorite eating places became an Amoco gas Station… but then quickly closed. Well the “closed more than open” gas station has gotten freshly painted, and the pumps are bearing the logo of its newest tenant. The much loved BP Oil is opening up soon! With the leak in the gulf finally plugged, will you be making the new BP Oil a regular stop? Now remember, most of these stations are owned by independent business people who have nothing to do with polluting the gulf. Comments, your thoughts. Gino’s... Read more →

It’s Time for Reality, Not Deadlines, in Iraq and Afghanistan |

The Foundry: Conservative Policy News...Quick Hits: According to CBO numbers published this month, the cost of Operation Iraqi Freedom was $709 billion, while the projected cost of the stimulus is $862 billion. The Justice Department has filed another lawsuit against Arizona, this time claiming that community colleges acted illegally in requiring noncitizens to provide green cards before they could be hired. Acknowledging that majorities still oppose Obamacare, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius promised “a lot of reeducation” for the American people heading into the midterms. Education Secretary Arne Duncan urged government employees to attend a rally held by Rev. Al Sharpton last Saturday. According to the Washington Examiner President Obama and Democrats got 88 percent of contributions by TV network execs, writers and reporters in 2008. via Read more →

James W. Hansen Jr., of Blackwood, age 51

HANSEN James William, Jr. On August 26, 2010. Age 51. Of Blackwood. Formerly of Voorhees. In the loving arms of his Lord and Savior. James leaves behind his best friend and soul mate, Betty M. (nee Stokes), his beloved wife of 12 years. Devoted son of the late James W. Hansen and Phyllis W. (nee Meade). Loving father of Angela (Bill), Jessica, Jimmy III and Amber. Loving grandfather of Aubrey. Dear brother of Cynthia (Bernie) Maloney, Theresa Hansen and Steven (Lizzie) Hansen. Loving uncle of Krystina and Michael. James was a member of the Community Wesleyan Church in Blackwood. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his homegoing service on Saturday, September 4, 2010 at the Community Wesleyan Church: 508 Woodbury – Turnersville Road, Blackwood, NJ. Visitation from 11:30 to 12 noon. Memorial Service 12 noon in the church officiated by Pastor Joe Bruckler. In lieu of flowers, donations... Read more →


It is Labor Day already, and time once again to raise money to fund and support programs for the Children of Brooklawn. On Saturday, September 4 the 21st Annual Barth-McCarthy Brooklawn Wiffleball Tournament and Reunion will be underway! In the past, sponsors have helped fund such activities as Brooklawn Bees and Ladybug Basketball Programs, Girl Scouts, Gloucester Mustang Football and Carmen Palmiero Basketball Programs, Alice Costello School Eighth Grade Class Trips and Scholarships, Brooklawn American Legion Baseball and many others. We need your help and are asking for a $25 contribution to be a “Team Sponsor.” Have a team named for your business to be seen and heard by more than 140 Wiffleball Players and 500 fans and supporters from surrounding communities. We also encourage you to attend, to meet sponsors, residents and “Friends of Brooklawn.” Please help by donating now for Brooklawn Youth Activities. Make check payable to: Wiffleball... Read more →

THE FINAL INSPECTION - A Tribute to all Armed Forces Personnel

The Soldier stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shining, Just as brightly as his brass. 'Step forward now, you Soldier, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek? To My Church have you been true?' The Soldier squared his shoulders and said, 'No, my Lord, I ain't. Because those of us who carry guns, Can't always be a saint. I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was tough. And sometimes I've been violent, Because the world is awfully rough. But, I never took a dollar, That wasn't mine to keep... Though I worked a lot of overtime, When the bills got just too steep. And I never passed a cry for help, Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God, forgive me, I've wept unmanly tears. I know I... Read more →

Mary Ellen Hannold, 82, GHS Alumni Class of 1945, Active Volunteer

HANNOLD Mary Ellen On August 29, 2010. Age 82. (nee Pine) Of Magnolia. Beloved wife of 63 years to James E. Hannold, formerly of Gloucester City. Loving mother of Mary Lou and William S. Adams of Gloucester City, Sandra Lee and Thomas Adams of Stratford, Terri Lynn and Paul Taggart of Metuchen and her predeceased infant daughter, Lori Ann Hannold. Loving grandmother of Michelle and Kevin Biehl, Timothy Adams and his fiancée Melissa “Missy” Listman of Voorhees and Jennifer Adams of Stratford. Dear sister of Olive Mae (nee Pine) and Joseph Driscoll of Bellmawr, the late Jack Pine and predeceased infant sister, Rosetta Pine. Loving sister-in-law of Lois and John Shelton (nee Hannold) and Dolores and William (nee Hannold) and Henrietta Hannold (nee Romero) wife of the late Frank W. Hannold, Sr. all of Gloucester City. Loving daughter-in-law of the late Frank E. and Doris Hannold (nee Stubbs) of Gloucester... Read more →


Photo ID - (left to right): Harry Beaudet, Mike Wentz, Frank Rubino, Frank Lisante, Chris Popper, Casey Dillon, Bill Kushner, Jean Collado, Jay Accorsi GLASSBORO, NJ – The Rowan University Brown and Gold Gridiron Club honored six football players for their academic achievements at a ceremony on Thursday, August 26. The ceremony took place in the lobby of the University’s Science Hall. The awards were created by alumni Bill Kushner ’50 and Harry Beaudet ’50 to honor student-athletes on the football team that have accumulated a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. Each player was given a cross pen with a gold helmet and Rowan embossed on the barrel as a symbol of academic excellence. The honorees included: offensive lineman Jean Collado (so. Egg Harbor Twp., NJ/Egg Harbor Twp.), safety Casey Dillon (so. Northfield, NJ/Mainland Reg.), offensive lineman Frank Lisante (so. Caldwell, NJ/Caldwell), defensive end Chris Popper (so.... Read more →

Bellmawr Fire Dept. Receives SHARP Award

Monday, August 30, 2010 - The Bellmawr Fire Department has been awarded the SHARP award. The Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) recognizes Departments who operate an exemplary safety and health management system. Acceptance into SHARP by OSHA is an achievement. The Department had to pass inspections by the Department of Labor and PEOSHA. The inspections cover building safety issues along with ensuring that the the Department's equipment and training records are up to date. "Our most important asset is our members, we will continue to make their safety a priority. This program ensures that we are on the right track", stated Chief Burleigh via Read more →

AP IMPACT: US wasted billions in rebuilding Iraq

By Kim Gamel / Associated Press KHAN BANI SAAD, Iraq – A $40 million prison sits in the desert north of Baghdad, empty. A $165 million children's hospital goes unused in the south. A $100 million waste water treatment system in Fallujah has cost three times more than projected, yet sewage still runs through the streets. As the U.S. draws down in Iraq, it is leaving behind hundreds of abandoned or incomplete projects. More than $5 billion in American taxpayer funds has been wasted — more than 10 percent of the some $50 billion the U.S. has spent on reconstruction in Iraq, according to audits from a U.S. watchdog agency. That amount is likely an underestimate, based on an analysis of more than 300 reports by auditors with the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction. And it does not take into account security costs, which have run almost 17 percent... Read more →

Mayor Nutter Welcomes HUD Audit

August 30, 2010 Philadelphia, – Mayor Michael A. Nutter has released the following statement regarding the announcement from Deputy Secretary Ron Sims, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), that HUD will immediately begin an audit of the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s (PHA) financial and management operations. “I commend the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for its decisive action in announcing an audit of the Philadelphia Housing Authority,” said Mayor Nutter. “As I outlined yesterday to Board Chairman John F. Street I am deeply concerned by the recent revelations regarding Philadelphia Housing Authority Executive Director Carl Greene and by the Board’s oversight of the organization. I know that many Philadelphians share this concern and deserve answers to the many questions that have been raised. The City of Philadelphia will provide any help and support requested by HUD.” Mayor Nutter, in an August 25, 2010, letter to John F. Street, Chairman of... Read more →

Boehner Urges White House to Credit Troops, Surge for Progress in Iraq

August 30, 2010 | House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) Under the headline “Obama touts positive Iraq news in radio address,” The Washington Post reported this weekend that President Obama is shifting focus to Iraq in “an effort to celebrate good news” amid a slew of bad economic headlines and touting “his own role in making good on a campaign pledge.” However, the fact is that the transition he is celebrating was only made possible by the implementation of the surge he opposed prior to his election as president. At the time the surge was announced, then-Sen. Obama, along with then-Sen. Biden and top Congressional Democrats, opposed the new plan. In remarks given immediately after the strategy was laid out, then-Sen. Obama said, “I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there. In fact, I think it will do the reverse.”... Read more →

Howard P. Handy, Retired Camden City Police Lt., formerly of Gloucester City

HOWARD P. HANDY Funeral services were held for Howard P. Handy, 63, of Franklinville, formerly of Camden and Gloucester City. Loving husband of Dorothy. Devoted son of the late Walter & Florence Handy. Dear brother of Albert (Patricia) and Michael (Barbara). Brother-in-law of the late Robert Stimelski (Theresa) and their children Robert (Diana) and Bernadette Klaus (William). He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Howard was a member of the Camden City Police Department for 28 years and retired as Lieutenant in 1997. After retiring, he worked as a N.J. Transit bus driver until 2007. Howard served in the U.S. Army Reserves. Interment St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Chews Landing. Read more →

Sept. 2nd Gloucester City News Headlines

Gloucester City Council Honors Longtime Barber Frank Anello Alice Costello School In Brooklawn Announces Classroom Assignments Have A Great Labor Day, Readers and Advertisers. Deadline Friday At Noon This Week Jay’s Elbow Room Wins Co-Ed Softball Championship Gloucester Terminal And Leo Holt Gets Contract For Del Monte Eric Fetterolf, Former Gloucester City Employee, Dies Suddenly Read more →

The Bed Bugs Are Coming. Are You Ready?

Image via Wikipedia Bed bugs are becoming increasingly common and are starting to show up in more places than nasty hotel rooms. Just last week, a woman reported being bitten at the AMC Empire 25 theater in Times Square and experts warn that they’re on the rise in cities across the US. We talked to Changlu Wang, an urban entomologist at Rutgers who specializes in urban pest control, for the scoop on the bed bug situation in Philly and what we can all do to avoid becoming a nighttime buffet. Q: What is the bed bug situation in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia right now? Do we have it as bad as other states? A: Just like any in other major city, I think the cases are increasing, slowly but steadily. The number of cases will be increasing in the next decade or maybe longer. Q: Why are they on the rise?... Read more →

Meandering with Mark Matthews: Brooklawn Kmart Down, but Wal-Mart Continues its Growth

By Mark Matthews By this time everyone knows the Brooklawn K-Mart is closing. The store is PACKED with shoppers. My wife was there on a Friday night and said every register was open! I was tempted to drive over to witness it! If all it took was to knock 20% off of everything to pack the store, why didn’t they do it years ago? J Walmart continues to grow and in my opinion definitely squeezed the life out of our K-Mart (or K-mart continues to let things slip to a level that consumers choose to drive a little further for other shopping options). But Walmart is not done. Opening this fall is ANOTHER Walmart for our area, at the Somerdale Plaza. Most of us know the center simply for its Cinemark Movie Theater and a bunch of failed and empty stores. Walmart has been planning and building this location for... Read more →

Mt. Ephraim Public Schools September Dates To Remember:

8/9/08 PRESS RELEASE: EARLY DISMISSAL – September 2 & 7 – Grades 1-8 - 12:30 NO LUNCHES SERVED September 3 & 6 – Schools Closed – Labor Day Weekend REGULAR SCHEDULE BEGINS – September 8th – Grades 1-4 – 8:30 – 3:00 Grades 5-8 - 8:30 – 3:00 Pre School & Kindergarten AM Session - 8:30 – 11:00 PM Session - 12:30 – 3:00 Pervasive Developmental Disorders Class – 8:30 – 3:00 13TH – BOE MEETING – KERSHAW MEDIA CENTER – 7:30 PM 14TH – MARY BRAY PICTURE DAY 15TH – KERSHAW PICTURE DAY & BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT @ 7 PM 22ND – MARY BRAY BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT – 7 PM 28TH - PTO Ice Cream Social – Mary Bray School PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS NO PTO MEETING SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER *Lunch - Mary Bray School Grades 1-4 11:40 AM to 12:25 PM R. W. Kershaw School 11:40... Read more →

The Shakeup of Parishes in the Camden Diocese Continues

Bishop Joseph Galante formally announced today, August 27th, that two new parishes will be established on September 29, 2010 through the consolidation of five existing parishes. The announcement establishing the new parishes was made in two formal decrees, which were published in the August 27th edition of the Catholic Star Herald. St. Clare of Assisi Parish will be established through the consolidation of St. John the Evangelist in Paulsboro, St. Joseph in Swedesboro, and St. Michael in Gibbstown. The seat of the new parish will be located at St. Michael Church. St. Joseph Church also will be used as a worship site for the new parish. Father David Grover, Priest Convener for the consolidation, has been named pastor of the new parish for a six year term. St. Clare of Assisi Parish, will retain the boundaries of the three existing parishes, and will serve about 3,760 families in Gloucester County.... Read more →

Bellmawr Fire Department: Iron and Steel

Sunday, August 29, 2010 - Bellmawr — Two weeks before the ninth anniversary of 9/11, firefighters lined up on highway overpasses Saturday to salute a motorcade escorting steel beams recovered from the World Trade Center to Arlington, Va. The daylong procession was the third run delivering steel from ground zero to be sponsored by the New York Fire Department's Fire Family Transport Foundation, the Iron and Steel Team of motorcyclists and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Units from the Bellmawr Fire Department covered three major highway overpasses. The members were proud to be a part of such a honorable event. via Related articles by Zemanta Bellmawr Fire Department: Route 42 MVA Sunday, June 20 ( Charles Gardner, Associate Member of the Bellmawr Fire Dept. ( Child Struck by Vehicle in Bellmawr ( Bellmawr Fire Department: 4 Vehicle Accident, 3 Injured ( Read more →

Tips and Snippets: A Look at the 1,946 Rental Properties in Gloucester City

By Bill Cleary A number of questions arose following the article I wrote recently on Community Pride. For example how many rental properties are there in Gloucester City? Who are the biggest landlords? A request to the City Housing Office for those answers required an OPRA form to be submitted to the City Clerk. Ten days later I was handed a 46 page list that contained the names of the landlords and the addresses of the rental properties for 2010. In July I had asked City Administrator Jack Lipsett for a list of all the vacant lots in Gloucester City. He said recently that he was still working on compiling that information. Looking over the Housing Office documents one notices immediately that there are entire blocks of rentals that have taken over neighborhoods located on the west side of Broadway. In fact on the west side of town from Broadway... Read more →

Rowan University 2010 Women’s Soccer Outlook

Press Release This year, the Rowan University women’s soccer team is looking for another successful season. In 2009, the Profs had a 17-3-1 overall record and they were undefeated (9-0) in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) for the regular season title. The 17 victories tied the school record for most wins in a season. Rowan received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament and advanced to the third round for the first time in the program’s 15-year history. The women’s soccer team has made five straight appearances in the national tournament and six overall. Rowan is ranked second in the NJAC Preseason Poll by the conference coaches. The Profs received four of the 10 first place votes. In addition, the women’s soccer team is 17th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III Preseason Rankings. “We are excited for the season,” stated head... Read more →

Hunting & Fishing: NRA Will Not Endorse Harry Reid for Re-Election

Statement From NRA-PVF Chairman Chris W. Cox On The 2010 Nevada U.S. Senate Race In the coming days and weeks, the NRA Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) will be announcing endorsements and candidate ratings in hundreds of federal races, as well as thousands of state legislative races. Unless these announcements are required by the timing of primary or special elections, the NRA-PVF generally does not issue endorsements while important legislative business is pending. The NRA-PVF also operates under a long-standing policy that gives preference to incumbent candidates who have voted with the NRA on key issues, which is explained in more detail here. The U.S. Senate recently considered a number of issues important to NRA members, including the confirmation of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Out of respect for the confirmation process, the NRA did not announce its position on Ms. Kagan's confirmation until the conclusion of her testimony before... Read more →

American Heroes: Petty Officer 3rd Class James M. Swink, Spc. Justin B. Shoecraft, 28

The Department of Defense announced the death of a two members of the military who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Petty Officer 3rd Class James M. Swink, 20, of Yucca Valley, Calif., died Aug. 27 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Swink was a hospital corpsman assigned to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Forces. Spc. Justin B. Shoecraft, 28, of Elkhart, Ind., died Aug. 24 at Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device at Kakarak, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany. Read more →

Del Monte to move operations to Gloucester City

by Deborah Hirsch | | Courier-Post Del Monte will set up at a Gloucester City Marine Terminal facility overseen by Holt Logistics Inc., one of two private port operators that recently competed for the Coral Gables, Fla.-based company with offers of cheaper labor, according to a port official. Photo: A ship unloading cargo at the Holt Marine Terminal, Gloucester City `CNB file photo Holt also runs the Packer Avenue Terminal in South Philadelphia. The produce giant will leave its 22-year home at the Broadway Terminal, operated by the South Jersey Port Corp., a quasi-state agency. But Executive Director Joseph Balzano said Del Monte will still honor a $1.4 million a year annual lease that expires in 2019. via Read more →

Alice Costello School Begins September 7

School begins for students on TUESDAY September 7th. The 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th are single session days (8:35 - 12:45) NO LUNCH WILL BE SERVED ON SINGLE SESSION DAYS Lunch begins on Monday, September 13th If you have any questions please call the school at 456-4039 x 0 STUDENT LINE-UP PROCEDURES: Pre K students will line up and enter the building through the door directly in front of the Pre-K classroom. Ms. Wilson’s Kindergarten classes will line up on the right side of the Media Center and enter through the Main entrance. Mrs. Cesare’s 2rd grade, Mrs. Glasofer’s 2ND grade Mrs. McMahon’s 4th grade, and Ms. Crawford’s 4th grade will line up on the left side of the Media Center and enter the building through the doors at the top of the steps. Ms. Quattrochi’s 1st grade class, Mrs. Parry’s 3rd grade, and Ms. Young’s 5th grade, will line... Read more →

This Just In: Former Gloucester City Employee Eric Fetteroff Dies Suddenly

Eric Fetterolf, former project coordinator of Redevelopment in the Gloucester City Community Development Office, died yesterday (August 28. 2010) of a apparent heart attack. Mr. Fetterolf was one of several people to be laid off by the City of Gloucester City in June because of a budget deficit. He had worked for the City for 12 plus years. Funeral service are pending. Related articles by Zemanta Gloucester City Redevelopment Coordinator Ask Council to Save His Job ( Read more →

Mayor Nutter Welcomes $129 Million Federal Grant

August 24, 2010 Project to be housed at The Navy Yard, led by Penn State University in partnership with Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) and more than 22 Other Partners from the Public and Private Sectors and Academia August 24, 2010 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter applauded the US Department of Energy and several other federal agencies’ announcement that they have jointly awarded a $129 million grant to a partnership based in Philadelphia. The grant will support the creation of the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy Efficiency Buildings (GPIC). Housed at The Navy Yard, GPIC will: Further interdisciplinary research into building energy efficiency technologies Support the commercialization of new energy efficiency technologies to generate new jobs and economic activity Develop new approaches to training and career development in the energy efficiency field Craft new public policy approaches to reducing energy use “This investment confirms that Philadelphia is emerging as... Read more →

Brooklawn: Barth-McCarthy Wiffleball Reunion Odds

See 2008 Photo Album Photo: 2008 WB Reunion T-shirt Erin’s Secret Garden (6-5) Unitis- Sean trying to make up for a failed high school career. Tummy Tee ( 7-5 ) Collins- Defending champs? Rumor has it Jerry has been doing a bit too much celebrating; not sure if he is in playing shape. Gaetano’s ( 9-5 ) Fahy, Sharyky- Fahy afraid to play after Sharky meltdown in Wiffle Palooza four years ago. Jeep MacAdams ( 7-5 ) MacAdams, Ainsley- Humes says his back still hurts from carrying Ainsley Barth Accounting ( 8-5 ) Scully, Walker- A couple disappointing years…over the hill?? Shoprite ( 9-5 ) Herman, Baker- Always a slug fest with Herman on the mound. Sal & Pats ( 2-1 ) Blackiston, Darrow- Jean back hoping for a championship dinner! Bellmawr Storage ( 2-1 ) Rebstocks- Kevin + Lauren = less commitment to wiffleball. Lipkins ( 3-1 ) Cooper,... Read more →

Rowan University 2010 Women’s Volleyball Outlook

by Jon McMenamin The Rowan University women’s volleyball team has many new faces in 2010. Among the Profs’ 15 players there are three veterans and 12 rookies. Last season, Rowan finished with a 13-17 overall record and a 4-4 conference mark. The Profs advanced to the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Championship Tournament for the third straight year. “This year we are taller, quicker and more athletic,” said head coach Libby Ranero. “We are more experienced and have a larger group of players. Ironically, in the past few seasons we have been strong defensively. This year, we are strong offensively with a lot of power and if we have a weakness, it is defense.” The Profs have a solid group of veterans returning. NJAC Rookie of the Year and All-Conference second team selection Katie Havlicek (so. Midland Park, NJ/Immaculate Heart Academy) will once again play at outside hitter. Last season,... Read more →

Welcome Back From Iraq Specialist Michelle Smith

Sunday, August 29, 2010 Time: 7:15 AM Where: 1030 Harrison Avenue #G-1 Collingswood, New Jersey 080107 Please come out to welcome home Specialist Michelle Smith from serving in Iraq. Specialist Michelle Smith is 21 years old and has been in the military for over 2 years. In the Army, Specialist Smith is a Military Police Officer and serves in the 558th MP Company. Specialist Smith is a 2007 Collingswood High School graduate. Besides loving her country, Michelle absolutely loves animals. Before joining the army, she worked for years at the Collingswood Vet Hospital. Michelle is welcomed by her loving sister, Gina who has been very excited for this day for some time now. The Warrior Watch Riders, Yellow Ribbon Club, Collingswood Fire and Police Departments, along with the Borough of Collingswood will be on hand to make some noise and welcome home this hero in Rock Star style. Hope to... Read more →

Kim Ann Griffith, of Gloucester City, Loved Eating Crabs, Spending Time With Family

Born in Camden, NJ on Aug. 22, 1960. Departed on Aug. 26, 2010. Resided in Gloucester City, NJ. Visitation: Wednesday, Sep. 1, 2010 Service: Thursday, Sep. 2, 2010 Cemetery: New St. Mary's Cemetery Kim Ann Griffith of Gloucester , NJ on August 26, 2010, aged 50 years. Always smiling, Kim was so full of life. For 19 years,Kim worked as a sheet metal worker for the Local Union # 19 in Philadelphia. She was a member of the Garrison Ladies Auxiliary & the VFW National Park, NJ. Spending time with her family, eating crabs & kickin back some cocktails, relaxing by the poolside are some of the wonderful memories Kim leaves behind. Beloved mother of Kristina Griffith. Companion of 9 years to Mark Schultz. Dear sister of Walter (Kim) Griffith Jr. and the late Lynn Marie MacDonald (James, Jr) Loving aunt of Ashley, Daniele, James III, Kelsie, Walter III and... Read more →

Anthony "Tony" Jervas, age 41, of Audubon Park

JERVAS Anthony “Tony” Suddenly at home, on August 25, 2010. Age 41. Of Audubon Park, formerly of Pennsauken. He is survived by his wife of 15 years Traci (nee Grubb), his 3 children, Gina, Christopher (Breanna), and Jessi, and his 2 grandsons Peyton and Justin. Son of Rosemarie (nee Minerva) and the late Richard. Twin brother of Lisa Wolf and 5 other siblings Rosemarie (Kevin), Richard, Michael (Cheryl), Angela, and Nicholas(Carolyn). Also survived by many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by ALL who knew him. Now you can ride your bike on the wide open road in the sky pain free. You are in my heart FOREVER! Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his viewing on Tuesday from 6 to 8 PM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City, NJ. Catholic Funeral Service will begin at 8 PM in the funeral home.... Read more →

Miracle Rescue Saves Baby From N.J. House Fire « CBS New York-

August 26, 2010 5:25 PM Firefighters battled a house fire in Trenton on August 26, 2010. They were able to rescue an 18-month-old boy from the fast-moving blaze. From julieparise TRENTON, N.J. (CBS 2) – A fast-moving fire killed a little boy in New Jersey, but out of that tragedy emerged an incredible story of survival. Firefighters rescued a toddler who was treading water in the basement of his burning home, reports CBS 2′s Kathryn Brown. There were mixed emotions in Trenton – grief over the death of a seven-year-old boy, mixed with gratitude that an 18-month-old little boy miraculously managed to survive. Firefighters say it was nothing less than a miracle that 18-month-old Augustine Pope is still alive. When a raging fire tore through the home at midnight, his mother, aunt, and two little girls who were also sleeping there managed to escape to safety. continue to read via... Read more →

Thought for the Day: The Principal

THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL received from Adam via Email, author unknown _______________________________ This principal really nailed this one. Too bad we don't have more of them. Do take the time to read would really change our country if all schools were run like this. If every high-school principal gave this speech at the beginning of the next school year, America would be a better place. To the students and faculty of our high school: I am your new principal, and honored to be so. There is no greater calling than to teach young people. I would like to apprise you of some important changes coming to our school. I am making these changes because I am convinced that most of the ideas that have dominated public education in America have worked against you, against your teachers, and against our country. First, this school will no longer honor race... Read more →


Our Predraft Choices: Gentlemen, Start Your Engines Greetings, all of you fantasy football fans! Welcome back to my little slice of the world here on Cleary’s Notebook. I sincerely hope that everyone had a better “off season” than I did. I was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus in November, 2009. My fight began in late January, 2010. It was a struggle but I am on the mend now, & pleased to say that I haven’t smoked in 213 days. I’d like to give thanks to two people who’ve been instrumental in helping me through this difficult illness. Steve Healey, who just started writing Where Is Steve’s Shoe?, for Cleary’s, is my partner in crime, wing man, and all around Other Brother. I also want to thank my wife, Dawn Watson, who owns Brother of the Wolf LLC and writes ‘Pet Tips of the Week’ and ‘Just Sayin’’ for Cleary’s... Read more →

Rowan University 2010 Football Outlook

by Jon McMenamin The Rowan University football team has its sights set on reaching the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament in 2010. The Profs look to improve on a 7-3 overall record and a 6-3 mark in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC). In the NJAC Preseason Coaches Poll, Rowan is picked to finish fourth. “As always, our expectations are to win the conference and march into the playoffs,” said head coach Jay Accorsi. “We have gotten better at wide receiver. We are faster with more depth and big play ability.” Rowan opens the season at home on Saturday, September 4 in a 1 p.m. game against non-conference opponent Lycoming College. Last season, the Warrior had a 4-6 record. The Profs travel to defending conference champion Montclair State University on Saturday, September 18 for their NJAC opener. The Red Hawks went 10-2 overall and 9-0 in the conference. Montclair State... Read more →

Pet Tip of the Week

The Secret Life of Puppies Between the ages of 4 weeks and 16 weeks of age, puppies learn how to be dogs. What they learn during this period of time speaks volumes about how they will react in any given situation as adults. The 4-to-16 week period usually determines whether a dog will trust people and interact comfortably with other dogs. Since most puppies are not purchased or adopted until they are eight weeks of age this leaves only the remaining eight weeks in which a human family can shape a joyful adult dog. While many dogs can re-learn appropriate skills and responses, it is up to humans to redirect them if they have gone off-course. Many times a family does not intervene in rough play, barking, and other forms of puppy behavior because the dog is “so cute”, or “too young to understand”. This uninformed attitude is why there... Read more →


photo courtesy of Stunt3 Multimedia By Raymond Rolak (special to ClearysNoteBook) HAMTRAMCK-- It was a homerun, the preview of the short-documentary, “The Legend of Pinky Deras: The Greatest Little-Leaguer There Ever Was”. It all took place at the Hamtramck Community Center as players from the 1959 Hamtramck Little League National Champions and the 1961 Hamtramck Pony League National Champions were celebrated. It was supposed to be about celebrating Art ‘Pinky’ Deras. He wouldn’t hear of it as he shared the spotlight with his former teammates. The players in attendance received a standing ovation. “That’s Pinky,” said Robert Miller, a 1961 Pony League Championship teammate. “He was humble then and he is humble now.” Former Major Leaguer, Tom Paciorek highlighted the film with his great praise for Deras. The statistics back him up and then some. During that 1959 summer, Deras hit .641 with 33 home runs and 112 RBI’s. “When... Read more →

Hunting and Fishing News: DB Marine Study, Tritium Leak, Volunteers Needed

Delaware Bay Marine Study NJDEP's Division of Fish & Wildlife's Bureau of Marine Fisheries biologists conduct several surveys each year to study the status of species populations in the Delaware Estuary. One of these surveys is the Delaware Bay Finfish Trawl Survey. The data collected in these surveys allow biologists to develop abundance estimates and length frequencies of estuarine dependent finfish. The data are necessary for predicting future fishery trends and harvest potential. Over the years a total of 76 different species have been identified, with the five most abundant being bay anchovy, Atlantic croaker, weakfish, blue crab and Atlantic herring. For more information on the 2009 survey, including the catch history and data on the most common species captured, see on the division's website. DEP CONTINUING WORK WITH EXELON TO MANAGE TRITIUM LEAK AT OYSTER CREEK (10/P85)TRENTON - Commissioner Bob Martin today said the DEP has received the... Read more →

Coast Guard participates in air show in Atlantic City, N.J.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Two Coast Guard MH-65C helicopters from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City fly by spectators during the Thunder Over the Boardwalk air show in Atlantic City August 25, 2010. The Coast Guard search and rescue demonstration was one of many demonstrations performed by various military and civilian aircrafts. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lindberg. ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Two Coast Guard rescue swimmers are hoisted aboard a helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City after performing a search and rescue demonstration during the Thunder Over the Boardwalk air show in Atlantic City August 25, 2010. The air show marked the 100th anniversary of the first air show to take place in New Jersey, held in 1910 in both Atlantic City and Asbury Park, N.J. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lindberg. ### via Related articles... Read more →

Gov Christie Fires State Education Commissioner

Trenton, NJ – Governor Chris Christie released the following statement today regarding Commissioner Bret Schundler: “I was extremely disappointed to learn that the videotape of the Race to the Top presentation was not consistent with the information provided to me by the New Jersey Department of Education and which I then conveyed to the people of New Jersey. As a result, I ordered an end to Bret Schundler’s service as New Jersey’s Education Commissioner and as a member of my administration. “As I have said before, I never promised the people of New Jersey that this would be a mistake-free administration. However, I did promise that the people serving in my administration would be held accountable for their actions. As I said on Wednesday, I am accountable for what occurs in my administration. I regret this mistake was made and will do all I can to have my administration avoid... Read more →


August 26 TRENTON * The DEP has brokered an agreement that enables the Camden Redevelopment Agency to use dredged materials from a State-owned facility along the Delaware River in Palmyra to redevelop a Camden landfill as a multimillion-dollar Salvation Army community center, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today. The work is made possible by agreements reached with National Amusements, the Burlington County Bridge Commission and the borough of Palmyra, and by the approval of the Burlington County Board of Freeholders. National Amusements Inc. owns the land that once served as the Tacony-Palmyra Drive-In Theater, portions of which are subject to Burlington County Bridge Commission easements. "This access agreement is an important milestone in the redevelopment of the Harrison Avenue Landfill, a project that is energizing Camden and its community leaders," Commissioner Martin said. "The DEP is committed to the Ray and Joan Kroc Center and to the people of Camden. When... Read more →


My name is Elizabeth Joyner (nee Wunder), and I am writing this letter cause I am really shocked. My mother, Elizabeth Frances Wunder (nee Fuhlbrick), was born and lived her whole life in Gloucester City. She died on September 20, 2009, and was buried at St. Mary's Cemetery -- in the crypt (I-E-54) where the Virgin Mary watches over her. My sister bought a silver angel from all of us and took it out to the grave. She put the angel under the bench that sits in front of the Virgin Mary. She thought it would be okay there, as someone else had put something under the other bench for his or her loved one – and it had been there for almost a year. But, we were wrong. I was shocked to find that someone would take something from a grave. I was so shocked that all I could... Read more →