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August 2010

Mount Ephraim Fire Department Highly Praised by Board of Commissioners

By Leigh Anne Hubbs NEWS Correspondent The Mount Ephraim Board of Commissioners praised the efforts of the Fire Department during last week’s meeting. On July 21, a house fire in the 200 block of Hartka Avenue had caused injury to a police officer as he tried to enter the home to see if anyone was inside. Mayor Joseph Wolk thanked the MEFD for doing their best to prevent as minimal damage as possible to surrounding... Read more →


Barth – Mc Carthy Wiffleball Reunion

Saturday, September 4, 2010 The 21st Brooklawn Reunion is back and better than ever. This year, to honor long time contributors to the reunion, the tournament has been renamed after Bob Barth and Dan McCarthy. Wiffleball Commissioner Austin Darrow has announced special shirts will be available for sale honoring both Barth and Mc Carthy. “Their commitment to the Reunion was longer than I’ve been alive and this small token of appreciation I hope will show... Read more →


Chuckles/With Age Comes Wisdom

A guy is 75 years old and loves to fish. He was sitting in his boat the other day when he heard a voice say, 'Pick me up.' He looked around and couldn't see anyone. He thought he was dreaming when he heard the voice say again, 'Pick me up.' He looked in the water and there, floating on the top, was a frog. The man said, 'Are you talking to me?' The frog said,... Read more →


A Lion and a Patriot on the battle field

Ewing, NJ... Most collegiate athletes spend their summers combing the beaches, earning some semester spending money, and training for their upcoming season. Who could blame them? They have the rest of their lives to work and establish career paths. Andrew Mason (Freehold, NJ/Red Bank Catholic), an offensive lineman on The College of New Jersey football team, had a different set of objectives during the months of June and July. He was focused on “the rest... Read more →


Mt. Ephraim: Squad 45 Assists at MVA Rescue in West Collingswood Heights

Friday, August 20, 2010 At 12:26 hours on August 20, 2010, Squads 1-1 and 45 were dispatched to the 800 block of Black Horse Pike for a MVA with entrapment. When 101 arrived, he advised Camden County that two occupants were still in the vehicle and the driver would needed be extricated. A third passenger had removed himself from the vehicle prior to FD arrival. 101 also noted that the incident to be on the... Read more →


Gloucester City News Headlines August 26 issue

Brooklawn Wiffleball Reunion Honors Bob Barth and Dan McCarthy. Prisoner Kicks Out Police Car Window; Surrenders The Next Day Gloucester City Council Will Honor Frank Anello Jr. At Meeting Thursday Gloucester City Council Okays Numerous Resolutions At Caucus Meeting Brooklawn Council Learns About New Rapid Key Entry Box System Donated Washer And Dryer Help Teach Life Skills To Mt. Ephraim Students Read more →


Charles Gardner, Associate Member of the Bellmawr Fire Dept.

The Bellmawr Fire Department regrets to announce the passing of Charles Gardner. Charles joined Station 2, 15 years ago as an associate member. He helped out on the administrative side of the Department and was always willing to help out whenever he could. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. GARDNER, Charles L. on August 19, 2010, of Bellmawr, NJ, formerly of Philadelphia, PA. Age 83. Beloved husband of the late Bertha... Read more →


Camden Diocese Has Three New Parishes

Bishop Joseph Galante formally announced today that three new parishes will be established on September 22, 2010 through the consolidation of seven existing parishes. The announcement establishing the new parishes was made in three formal decrees, which were published in the August 20 edition of the Catholic Star Herald, the diocesan newspaper. • City of Camden parishes, St. Bartholomew and St. Joan of Arc will unite to form St. Josephine Bakhita Parish. The new parish... Read more →


Two City Agencies Join Together for Public Alerts

Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management and SEPTA Join Forces for Public Notification Alerts Philadelphia, PA ~ Deputy Managing Director for Emergency Management MaryAnn E. Tierney and SEPTA General Manager Joseph M. Casey announced today that SEPTA alerts are now offered through ReadyNotifyPA, the City of Philadelphia’s emergency text and e-mail alert system. The new alerts will provide SEPTA riders with another avenue to receive real-time information on delays and service interruptions. photo Philadelphia skyline... SEPTA... Read more →


Gloucester City Mayor and Council Approve 19 Resolutions and Five Ordinances

by Bill Cleary Gloucester City Mayor and Council passed 19 resolutions and five ordinances (four on first reading and one on second) at Thursday’s (August 19) caucus meeting. Most of the resolutions were mundane dealing more so with individual issues such as refund of a permit fee or correcting billing charges on utility records. The resolutions that will have an effect on the overall populace included: T & M Associates, of Moorestown was awarded a... Read more →


Hunting and Fishing: New Bow Hunting Law, Peregrine's Comeback, Suspect Arrested for Illegally Killing Bear, "Pot" Farmers Arrested

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has announced that the bowhunter perimeter bill has been signed by Governor Christie and is now law. The new law changes the area for bow hunting around an occupied building to 150 feet, and will assist in providing a means of accessing and controlling deer populations. The minimum distance from an occupied building where a bowhunter may have a nocked arrow is now reduced from 450 feet to... Read more →


James Rettig, Jr. , age 56, of Bellmawr

(September 25, 1951 - August 20, 2010) James Rettig, Jr., on August 20, 2010, of Bellmawr. Age 56. Father of Shane and Tara. Dear brother of Jerri Harding, and Marline Rettig. Uncle of Mark and Brittney. Great-uncle of Owen. Brother-in-law of Owen Harding and Gene Cook. Friend of Bart and Kevin. Relatives and friends are invited to the viewing from 7 to 8pm Tuesday evening at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Service 8pm Tuesday at... Read more →


Peter A. DiGiambattista Sr., Bellmawr Borough Councilman, Founder of Peter Dee Insurance

Peter A. DiGiambattista, Sr., of Bellmawr died on August 19, 2010, at the age of 67. Beloved husband of Elaine (nee Imperatore). Devoted father of Peter A., Jr. and his wife Rita and Eileen Gorski and her husband Philip, Sr. Loving grandfather of Peter A., III, Regina K. and Dominic H. DiGiambattista and Philip J., Jr. and Theodore P. Gorski. Dear brother of Maryann Tully (Joe), Patricia DiGiambattista and the late Nicholas. Son-in-law of Norman... Read more →


Support! Advocate! Build Knowledge

Hello Mr. Cleary, My name is Marie Daley and I am a resident of Gloucester City. I am sure you may remember me via comments through CNB although it is sporadic. I have started an Autism Social Network online, and would love for the word to reach Gloucester Residents. It is a charitable organization, but under the line because we limit how much funds we raise per year. The charity aspect of AANA is at... Read more →


Welcome Home Spc. Daniel Kaim of Mount Laurel

When: Monday, August 23, 2010 Time: 7:00 PM 135 Haines Court Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054 Please come out to welcome home Spc. Daniel Kaim from serving in Iraq. Dan is in the US Army attached to the 82nd Air Bourne Division, 1st Brigade combat team, stationed at Ft. Bragg. They hold the MOS of Calvary Scout, and they have been serving in JSS Heider Iraq since last August. Danny was promoted to Specialist in... Read more →


Mid Atlantic $500,000 Record Setting Week; Kridel's Big Eye Tuna Tops The Leaderboard

Saturday, August 21 2010 @ 09:36 AM MST http://www.midatlantic500000.com After a week of fishing that saw white marlin bite in record numbers, it was another down to the wire finish at the 2010 Mid Atlantic $500,000! Over the years the tournament has a history of producing final day heroics and 2010 would be no different. With just minutes before the scales would close at 9 p.m. on Day Five, Matt Kriedel’s Impulse IV based out... Read more →


South Philly Review: Congressman under investigation

By Amanda L. Snyder | Posted Aug. 19, 2010 William Keller Federal government officials raided a state representative’s Pennsport office and business yesterday morning. IRS agents visited state Rep. Bill Keller’s office, 1531 S. Second St., along with his sporting goods store, K O Sporting Goods, 2001 E. Moyamensing Ave., Shauna M. Frye, an IRS spokeswoman, confirmed. Frye would not elaborate on the specific nature of the agents being there and only said they were... Read more →


Crews Render Damaged Cylinder Safe

BELLMAWR NJ Monday, August 16, 2010 - Crews from the Bellmawr Fire Department along with the Haz Mat unit from the Cherry Hill Fire Department responded to an incident involving a Acetyene cylinder that fell off a truck. The cylinder was not leaking however the neck of the cylinder was severly damaged. The cylinder was transported to a safe area and the contents were safely burned off under controlled condtions. via www.bellmawrfire.com Read more →


South Philly Review: People Protest Cutbacks in Fire Dept.

by Joseph Myers Of South Philadelphia’s five engines, three are experiencing halts. Beginning Aug. 3 and repeating every fifth day, Engine 24, 1200 S. 20th St., has experienced day-tour closures from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Brown outs for Engine 3, 200-10 Washington Ave., commenced on Aug. 5 and follow the same schedule as Engine 24. By the end of the month, each will have had six recesses. The Philadelphia Fire Department — the fifth... Read more →


Welcome Back From Iraq Sgt. Donnie Russell

Saturday, August 21, 2010 Approx. 11:30 AM The Pic-A-Lilli Inn (his family’s business) 866 Route 206 Shamong, New Jersey 08088-9497 609-268-2066 Please come out and welcome home Sgt. Donnie Russell from serving a second tour in Iraq. His family history is that he comes from a long line of soldiers. The bio will be read at the homecoming, but the stories from Donnie’s grandfather lead him to want to join the military as his career... Read more →


NJDOT announces two more closures of the Route 130 bridge

over Raccoon Creek in Logan Township (Trenton) - The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) today announced that the Route 130 vertical-lift bridge over Raccoon Creek in Logan Township will be closed Saturday, August 21 and Saturday, August 28 for approximately 12 hours each day. The bridge will be closed to traffic both days at 5 a.m. for repairs to the superstructure and will re-open at approximately 5 p.m. Repairs have required three previous closures... Read more →


Jean Moore, age 98, of Camden, formerly of Deptford

On August 18, 2010. Age 98. Of Camden. Formerly of Deptford. Loving Daughter of the late Michael F. and Clara Regina Moore. Survived by her cherished and loving caregivers at Abigail House. Jean was a devout Catholic who practiced her faith. She was a loving woman who always had a smile on her face. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Catholic Rite of Committal on Tuesday morning at 11 AM at Land of... Read more →


DRPA POLICE FORCE JOINS NATIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY CAMPAIGN

Delaware River Port Authority Press release August 20 Police Officers from the Delaware River Port Authority will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the “Over the Limit, Under Arrest” 2010 statewide crackdown. Beginning August 20th and running through September 6th, local and state police will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints, looking for drivers who may be driving while intoxicated. photo: WW Bridge spans the Delaware River between New Jersey and Pennsylvania... Read more →


Joan Marie Byrne, formerly of Gloucester City, Hospital Administrative Assistant

On August 18, 2010. Age 78. (nee Reinhart) Of Woodbury. Formerly of Oak Valley, Gloucester City and longtime resident of the Fishtown section of Philadelphia. Loving wife of 51years to the late Valentine J. Byrne, Jr. Loving mother of Joseph (Amy) Byrne, Valentine J. (Elizabeth) Byrne III, De borah Bryan and Colleen (Lee) Conway. Loving grandmother of 11 and great-grandmother of 1. Dear sister of Harry Reinhart, Jack Reinhart, the late Joseph Reinhart and Catherine... Read more →


Nutter: Killers Will Never Again Be A Menance To Philadelphians

August 18, 2010 Philadelphia, August 17 – Following the verdict of a Common Pleas jury sentencing the two defendants to life in prison without parole in the first degree murder of Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski, Mayor Michael A. Nutter issued the following statement: “While there is no sentence that could possibly bring back Sgt. Steve Liczbinski or erase the pain of his death, I hope that today brings some measure of closure for Michelle, Matt, Stephen... Read more →


Welcome Back From Iraq SSgt. James Eckert of Sewell

Friday night, August 20th at 7:30pm 25 Wrenfield Drive Sewell, NJ 08080 Please come out to welcome home SSgt. James Eckert. James is in the NJ Air National Guard. He has been in the reserves since he graduated from Washington Township High School 2000. IN FACT, on the horrible day of Sept 11th, he was called that night to active duty. James has served 2 tours in Iraq and never had a Rock Star style... Read more →


Okla. Outlaws Win World Series

Cameran Erny | The American Legion - August 18, 2010 American Legion World Series champions: Midwest City, Okla., "Outlaws". Photo by Erin Walsh Midwest City, Okla., “Outlaws” Post 170 defeated Eden Prairie, Minn., 11-6 and 10-1 in a doubleheader Tuesday evening to capture The American Legion World Series championship in Spokane, Wash., at Avista Stadium. During Game 14, Midwest City’s Josh Halbert jumpstarted the Outlaw offense by stealing home to cap a three-run second inning... Read more →


Camden County Weekly News

Image via Wikipedia Register for the Women’s Health Conference The 2010 Camden County Women’s Health Conference will be held on September 25 at Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees. “The free conference features a series of 64 workshops and 90 exhibitors as well as sponsors and a complimentary continental breakfast and box lunch,” said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Health Department. Visit www.camdencounty.com to sign up today. Hundreds have registered already, so be sure... Read more →


Mark Sauter Formerly of Bellmawr, Long time Member of Volunteer Fire Dept.

SAUTER, Mark V., Sr. suddenly on August 10, 2010, of Palm Bay, Fl., formerly of Bellmawr. Age 49. Survived by his loving wife Patricia J. of 24 years. Adoring father of Mark V. Jr. (Amanda) and Richard A. Loving son of Barbara A. and the late Charles J. Jr. Dear brother of Chuck (the late Terri), Joyce (Bob), Steve, Mike (Bonnie), Kathy (Joe), Gary (Denise). Loving nephew of Patricia L. Byrd (the late Bill), the... Read more →


Last Full Combat Brigade Leaves Iraq in Convoy

By Army Pfc. Kimberly Hackbarth U.S. Division Center CAMP TAJI, Iraq, Aug. 19, 2010 - Through the dusty driver's side window, Army Pfc. Thomas Johnson could see the final stretch of dirt road leading to the border. Stryker armored vehicles with the 2nd Infantry Division's 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team line up at a fueling site at Camp Taji, Iraq, Aug. 17, 2010, to receive fuel before heading out on a two-day mission to leave... Read more →


DEP UNVEILS DRAFT PROPOSED PUBLIC ACCESS RULES

TRENTON- The Department of Environmental Protection today unveiled draft proposed rules for enhanced public access to the state's coastal and other tidal waters, suggesting reasonable regulations but also employing additional, common sense measures to enhance public access. Making the draft proposed rules publicly available for discussion prior to the official public comment period is one component of the DEP's comprehensive efforts to go above and beyond the normal rulemaking process to ensure the most effective... Read more →


Stevens Ducks 2010 HALL OF FAME CLASS

HOBOKEN, N.J. (August 16, 2010) – Stevens Institute of Technology Director of Athletics Russell Rogers (Branchburg, N.J.) announced the 2010 Hall of Fame Class on Monday afternoon. Five new members will be enshrined in the 21st induction ceremony on Saturday, September 25, 2010 during the 2010 Homecoming Weekend. The class includes Walter Stamer ’64 (Sparta, N.J.), Shanna Garber ’02 (Wanaque, N.J.), Eric Stanley ’04 (New York, N.Y.), Aracely Cruz ’05 (North Bergen, N.J.), and Matthew... Read more →


Mount Ephraim LL All-Stars Wins Four Titles

This year the Mount Ephraim Senior League All-Stars accomplished something that no other team has ever done in District 14 history, winning four titles in a row. The team this year consisted of young men from both Mount Ephraim and Gloucester City. In the district finals versus Blackwood, Mount Ephraim was down 9-2 after three innings and came back to win 11-10 by a single from Mike Colgan driving in Josh McShane with the winning... Read more →


Philly Happenings and Events

Now - September 12 The Vogel Collection Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building 128 North Broad Street 215.972.7600 www.PAFA.org Now - October 28 Tippler's Tour Historic Philadelphia 6th and Chestnut streets 215.629.4026 www.historicphiladelphia.org Now - January 2 Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt The Franklin Institute 222 North 20th Street 215.448.1200 www.FI.edu Now - September 6 Late Renoir Philadelphia Museum of Art 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin... Read more →


Gloucester City Group Offers Service Program to Senior Citizens

By Kelly Ann Sibree NEWS Correspondent The Gloucester City Community Gardening and Beautification Association has many ideas and plans to make Gloucester City a better place, such as a service program to help senior citizens and the disabled. PHOTO: Community Garden at Market and Atlantic Sts., taken in June 2010 This project will have volunteers to come and clean up the yards of those who cannot do it themselves, said Joyce Calzonetti and Mickey Glassman,... Read more →


Sophia K. "Kathy" Foley, of Gloucester City...Local Girl Scout Leader

On August 15, 2010. (nee Wehner) Age 54. Of Gloucester City. Loving wife of 37 years to Dennis M. Foley. Loving mother of Michelle (Thomas) Morici and Melissa (Chad) McFee. Loving daughter of Herbert G. Wehner and the late Marie E. (nee Walker). Loving grandmother of Lauren, Ryan, Morgan, Allison and the late C.J. Sophia graduated Camden County College in 1989 with an Associate Degree as a Dietary Technician and worked in a hospital setting.... Read more →


SCHOONER RUNS ON DONATIONS

While I could not begin to address all of Marilyn Flexons’ negative observations in your August 5 issue, I am duty bound to respond to the erroneous statements regarding Gloucester City’s Flag Ship Schooner North Wind. Not one Gloucester City tax dollar has ever been expended for fuel, maintenance or renovations to our boat. The implication that only the “Elite” get to sail on our Schooner is just not true. Our primary mission is to... Read more →


DRPA CLARIFIES SICK LEAVE BUY-BACK POLICY

The Delaware River Port Authority released the following statement today on its employee's sick leave policy. The Delaware River Port Authority recognizes that meeting its responsibilities to the general public requires good attendance by its employees. Through its annual Sick Leave Buy-Back Program, the Authority seeks to promote a conscientious and responsible attitude toward Sick Leave use by its employees. This program has been in place for decades and is outlined in our Policies &... Read more →


BROOKLAWN COUNCILMAN TOM MacADAMS MADE A DIFFERENCE

In Brooklawn, an era has ended. Councilman Tom MacAdams has stepped down after serving honorably for 17 years on the Borough Council. It is all too fitting that Tommy be recognized and applauded for his many years of selfless contributions to the people of Brooklawn and the community of South Jersey. With the unwavering support of his wife Dee and their three children Erin, Colin and Shane, Councilman MacAdams strove and succeeded in making Brooklawn... Read more →


ESTEY/NASH ASK BOARD TO CONTINUE DISCOUNT PROGRAMS

Delaware River Port Authority Chairman, John H. Estey and Vice Chair, Jeff Nash, have announced that they will ask the Board to act on several toll discount programs that were scheduled to either end or increase on September 1st to remain as currently constituted. That means the Senior Citizen E-ZPass discount toll will stay at $1.75 and seniors who still have discount coupons may continue to use two of the coupons to cross the Bridge... Read more →


LENA CZYZEWICZ of Mt. Ephraim

A Funeral Mass was held at Emmaus Catholic Community, Sacred Heart Church, Mt. Ephraim, for Lena Czyzewicz, 82, of Cherry Hill, formerly of Mt. Ephraim and Camden, who passed away on August 1, 2010. Lean was welcomed into the world by whistles at 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 1928 and is greeted into heaven by the trumpets of the angels. She welcomed all into her home and greeted them with a cup of coffee, a... Read more →


Letters: School Equipment Needs Maintenance

Bill I too have a photo I like to share with your readers taken several days ago. It is a picture of a broken picnic table behind the Cold Spring School in Gloucester City. Not only is the wood in this table dry rotten, which caused it to break, but also is the wood in the two other picnic tables that are located on school grounds. I don’t know if anyone got hurt when the... Read more →


Letters: American Legion Post 135 Says Thank You!

On behalf of the Gloucester City American Legion Post # 135, I would like to thank the following people for their help with our recent coin toss; Jim Carr, Wayne Peters, Dale Feller, Jim Osherhoski, Jim Shaeffer, Bert Carr, and Joyce Hindsley. Our success is because of all of you ! Many thanks to the nice, friendly people that gave their generous donations to us. Also, we are grateful to Tony Eller and the Little... Read more →


The Bevan Family Says THANK YOU

GLOUCESTER CITY NJ-The Bevan Family would like to thank everyone who attended Scott’s memorial service on July 24th. We were overwhelmed by the huge gathering of family and friends who came to honor Scott. The tremendous love and support shown to us via cards, flowers, calls, and donations to the Support for Scott fund is sincerely appreciated and will never be forgotten. We also want to thank some special friends who assisted with the preparation... Read more →


Bill’s Point of View: Your Toll Money...The DRPA's Private Slush Fund

By Bill Cleary The Delaware River Port Authority Board of Commissioners will meet this Wednesday to discuss among other things some ideas on how to improve its image in light of the recent scandals involving employees at the agency. It is obvious to all that the Board wouldn’t be talking about reform if the employees hadn’t got caught. And if past practice is any example, the Commissioners will go back to governing the Authority as... Read more →


Higher Troop Casualties Likely in Afghanistan

Image via Wikipedia By Lisa DanielAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2010 - Increased troop casualties in Afghanistan are to be expected this summer, and likely will continue through the fall as U.S. forces ramp up counterinsurgency efforts in anticipation of a drawdown to begin next year, a military official said yesterday. photo: Soldiers from an Airborne Division inspect an Afghanistan village "It will be a tough fall. But what we're gaining is, we're... Read more →


Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.

The year is 1907, one hundred and 3+ years ago. 'In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet... Read more →


Hunting and Fishing: Wildlife Digest Available, Outrage of the Week, Notes from Anthony Mauro

The 2010-2011 Hunting Issue of the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Digest is now available online at http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/dighnt10.htm . Printed copies of the Digest were shipped to license agent locations this week and many agents already have or will soon have copies for distribution. Outrage of the Week: San Francisco Bans Guns ... for Movie Poster Cops?! Friday, August 13, 2010 San Francisco is well known for its fog. But while the sunshine sometimes cuts... Read more →


Bobby Chez Philly Store Closes Due to Economy & City's Business Environment

 August 15 Well known crab cake King Bobby Chez announced today the closing of his Philadelphia takeout store via an Email to his customers. Chez writes, To All of our Valued Bobby Chez Clients: While all good things must end, it is with a great deal of sadness that we announce the closing of our Philadelphia Bobby Chez location. For the past three years we have welcomed you to our Philadelphia store. From police... Read more →