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September 2010

TIPS AND SNIPPETS: Waterfront Restaurant on Hold; New Waterfront Walkway; What is the Answer?; Channel 19 Down!

By Bill Cleary WATERFRONT RESTAURANT ON HOLD AGAIN-Come to find out that Pat O'Donnell has backed out of the deal to build a restaurant on the pier at the old Coast Guard Base, King Street and the Delaware River. The recession is part of the reason I was told, Pat like the rest of us has lost money because of the economy. As such the City is back to square one and is advertising for RFP's (Request For Proposal) to get the project back on... Read more →

Obits: George Pyffer, formerly of Gloucester City; Mary A. Canuso of Bellmawr; Marian G. Wynn of Bellmawr; Richard A. Rabeau, Sr. of Bellmawr; Michael R. Temmermand Jr., of Gloucester City

George J. Pyffer Jr., formerly of Gloucester City, Vietnam Navy Veteran, Member of Pipefitter Local 322 George J. Pyffer, Jr., 64, of Estell Manor, passed away suddenly at his home on September 27, 2010. Raised in Gloucester City, George served in the U.S. Navy for four years during Vietnam. After the service he started out as a pipefitter at the U.S. Navy Yard in Philadelphia, and was a 30 year member of Local 322. He was also the owner of Custom Seamless Gutters of Ocean... Read more →

Pensioner jailed for attacking Hells Angel

- Motorcycle news: Bizarre - Visordown A PENSIONER has been jailed for 18 months after pleading guilty to causing grievious bodily harm to a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang. Keith Degroot, 66, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to Hells Angel Stephen Hall after the pensioner smashed Hall in the face with a walking stick for calling him a "f***ing Jew". Degroot, who lived in sheltered housing in Leeds, became embroiled in an altercation with Hall in the Duck and Drake pub,... Read more →

Earth to Neshaminy Teachers’ Union: Have We Met?

BY CHRIS FREIND | The Philly Post So for a classic case study of how space cadets operate, let’s take a look at the ongoing legalized extortion occurring in the Neshaminy School District. The teachers union in that Bucks County district has been at odds with the school board for months. Why? Because they want a “fair” contract. Pretty much everyone else on this planet calls it greed. Unadulterated greed. What are they asking from the taxpayers? Salary increases, retroactive to 2008, of 2.75 percent... Read more →

Obituaries: Alvin F. Wilke Jr., of Gloucester City; Steve Van Buri Sr. formerly of Audubon Park, of Gloucester City

Alvin F. Wilke Jr., of Gloucester City, Knights of Columbus Council 674 Member Alvin F. Wilke Jr., of Gloucester City, wWent to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at the Hospital of Pennsylvania, surrounded by his loving family. Age 66. Of Gloucester City. Alvin was the son of Alvin F. and Mary (nee Kaufholz) Wilke, Sr. formerly of Audubon. He leaves his beloved wife of 42 years, Constance R. (nee Wojtkowiak), son Joseph A. Wilke of Maple Shade, daughter Suzanne R. McNally... Read more →

Ralph Randolph Jr., of Gloucester City, former Gloucester City Fire Department Chief

On September 28, 2010. Of Gloucester City. Cherished Hubby of 51 years to Dorothy K. (nee Groff). Devoted father of Ralph Randolph, III, Cherylann Randolph and NancyLynne Baus (Kenneth Jr.). Beloved grandfather of Derick, Aaron (Theresa), Douglas and Matthew. Ralph was born in Camden and raised in Woodlynne. Ralph was known to many as “Bud.” He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He started as a Career Firefighter with the City of Gloucester City in 1954. Ralph became Chief... Read more →

Hunting and Fishing: Fall Bow, Docks at Frankford Arsenal, Dear Boat Owner

FALL BOW SEASON BEGINS OCT. 2 New Jersey's regular Fall Bow deer hunting season kicks off statewide on Saturday, October 2 and extends through October 29. This season, Garden State bow hunters will benefit from another important regulation change, which comes on the heels of two changes implemented last season that significantly expanded bow hunting opportunities in our state. The expansion of bow hunting opportunities in New Jersey is gaining wide recognition through Whitetail Journal magazine, which recently chose the Garden State as one of... Read more →

Brooklawn EMS Sorry

TO OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS The Brooklawn EMS would like to apologize for the quality of the hoagies we provided on September 11. We were very unhappy with the quality of the hoagie and are going to make every attempt to make sure that quality is improved in the future hoagie sales. We value your continued support of Brooklawn EMS and look forward to seeing you at the next hoagie sale in October. Paul Mangine, Gloucester City Brooklawn EMS Read more →

Longshoremen Shut Down Ports in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

by Linda Loyd Philadephia Inquirer, September 28 Longshoremen shut down the Port of New York and New Jersey and Packer Avenue Marine Terminal in South Philadelphia Tuesday to protest Del Monte Fresh Produce Co.'s move from Camden to a cheaper-labor terminal in Gloucester City.Pickets by members of the International Longshoremen's Association forced work stoppages at four ocean terminals in Port Elizabeth, Newark, and Bayonne, N.J. and Staten Island, N.Y., idling 12 ships and costing each carrier about $50,000 a day, said the New York Shipping... Read more →

Mount Ephraim Board of Education Will Not Charge For Pre-School

By Leigh Anne Hubbs NEWS Correspondent The Mt. Ephraim Board of Education voted 6-1 to stop charging for preschool during last week’s meeting. In the spring, members had voted to begin charging regular education preschool students $3,260 for the 2010-11 school year as a way to raise funds after state aid was reduced. Under state law, districts are required to provide free preschool for special education students. The main reason members suggested to discontinue charging tuition was because there were 42 students enrolled in 2009-10,... Read more →

Submit Your Cheer and Jeer for September

Put on your thinking caps! We need your Cheers and Jeers for the month of September. Deadline September 30th. No matter where you live... New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Japan, anywhere in the world. Send to BillGCN@verizon.net. Related articles by Zemanta Cheers and Jeers for August 2010 (gloucestercitynews.net) Cheers and Jeers for June 2010 (gloucestercitynews.net) July 2010 Cheers and Jeers (gloucestercitynews.net) Read more →

Borough of Audubon Taxes Decreasing

The Borough of Audubon tax bills are being mailed out this week. Tax payments are due on Monday, November 1st, 2010. There is a 10 day grace period after which interest will begin to accrue. The tax office accepts cash, checks as well as credit cards. ** The final budget was adopted which provides for a $40 DECREASE in the estimated amount originally sent out for the August payment. This lowers the amount from $180 to $140 per year (or $15 down to $11.67 per... Read more →

Obits: Michael Krueger, Georgeann Drake, Lee Hagan, Doris Barrett, Rita Desher, Denise Miller

MICHAEL S. KRUEGER Funeral Services were held for Michael S. Krueger, 43, of Fayetteville, NC, formerly of Bellmawr, passed away on September 12, 2010. Son of the late Nancy and Kenneth Krueger. Brother of the late Cindy Davis. Survived by siblings, Michele Heimlich, Kathy Ertl, Scott Krueger, Chris Krueger, Kelli McQuaid, Shawn Krueger and fiancée Phyllis Milukas, twenty-six nieces and nephews and eight great nieces and nephews. GEORGEANN LOUISE DRAKE Services were held privately at the convenience of the family for Georgeann Louise Drake, 57,... Read more →

Work Has Begun on $3 Million Mount Ephraim Fire House; Weather Permitting Completed in 2011

By Chris Concannon NEWS Correspondent The morning silence along Bell Road in Mt. Ephraim September 13 was broken around 7 a.m. by the sound of a running backhoe, as demolition began on the Mt. Ephraim Fire Department’s (Station 45) Bell Road Station. Station 45 Chief Brian Gilmore said the $3 million project, which they hope to have completed by mid- 2011 (weather permitting), also included a vacant home adjacent to the rear of the firehouse property. Gilmore said they, along with the Borough of Mt.... Read more →


TRENTON - As part of its commitment to customer service, the Department of Environmental Protection has launched an Office of Dispute Resolution to help find common ground between the Department and the regulated community to prevent differences from becoming full-blown legal battles. "The Office of Dispute Resolution will play a key role in achieving our goal of breaking down the barriers that have often existed between the DEP and businesses, individuals and local governments," Commissioner Bob Martin said. "This office will head off potentially costly... Read more →

Monday Minute: Good, Better ... Best Practices

September 27, 2010 On October 1, every municipality will puts its state aid on the line. As part of the governor's reform Tool Kit, towns will only receive 100 percent of their state municipal aid payment if they respond "yes" to at least 76 out of 88 questions listed in the governor's "Local Government Best Practices." Not having enough "yes" answers will cut their final aid payments for this year at a time when most municipalities have already lost some of their state aid. Many... Read more →


On behalf of the Heroes to Hero 5k run I would like to thank you for your past support in helping our foundation to remember and honor our three fallen heroes. As you are well aware of, FF Tommy Stewart, Chief James Sylvester and Camden County’s own Deputy Fire Marshall John West all lost their lives while attempting to save three little girls July 4, 2002 in Gloucester City. Each and every year since this tragedy, the Heroes to Hero Foundation has honored and celebrated... Read more →

Gloucester City News Headlines for Sept. 30 issue

Bellmawr Park PTO Official Admits Stealing $5,000 From Organization Gloucester Day October 9 At Martin’s Lake Governor Christie Will Decide Fate Of New Gloucester City Middle School Gloucester City Council Okays Bond Ordinance To Buy Front End Loader For Snow Removal ClassLink Program Presented To Bellmawr School Board Brooklawn Council Will Install Lock Boxes On Certain Buildings Read more →

Michael P. Angelastro, Owner of Angelastro's Hairstyling, Gloucester Catholic HS Alumni

Michael P. Angelastro, 73, of Egg Harbor Twp, formerly of Woodbury, on September 26, 2010. Mike enthusiastically embraced everything life had to offer. Whether it was his love of the Philly sports teams, Phillies fantasy camp, travelling throughout America and Europe, skydiving or business, Mike reveled in these activities and many others. At the center of his life was his family. He met Madelyn Duff in Spanish class in 1955 at Gloucester Catholic High School, Gloucester City. Three years later Mike and Madelyn married. Sunday... Read more →

Obituaries: Warren "Frank" Houser, of Gloucester City; Clayton D. McMasters, of Woodbine

Warren "Frank" Houser, age 70 of Gloucester City, Member of International Union #5 of Bricklayers, Devoted Grandfather; Services Wednesday Evening On Sept. 22, 2010. Age 70. Of Gloucester City. Loving father of Frank (Lisa) Houser, Michael (Linda) Houser, Diane (Gary) Houser, Tina (John ) DeFrank and Janet (Doug) Olive. Beloved Brother of Walter (Sue) Houser John Houser. Devoted grandfather of 10. Warren was known to many as Frank and was a lifelong resident of Gloucester City. He was a member of the International Union #... Read more →

David Townsend First Ward Council Candidate Releases Campaign Slogan

I was asked to provide a campaign slogan for my campaign for Gloucester City Council, First Ward. The above phrase came to mind because no matter how one feels about how the city is progressing, we must always strive to do better and thus become greater. A Greater Gloucester City is where people who want to move, live, raise a family and conduct business. It is a place where people want to invest their time, energy and money, and a place where people want to... Read more →

Welcome Home Sgt. Caitlin J. Swanson of Audubon NJ

Thank You for Your Service Sgt. Caitlin J. Swanson Friday, October 1, 2010 Time: 7:15 PM “ish 208 Virginia Ave. Audubon Please come out and celebrate the safe return and completion of service of Sgt. Caitlin Swanson. Cait has served in the US Army for 5 years and recently completed her obligation and received an honorable discharge. She graduated from Audubon High School in 2005. She is also an honor graduate (and received the Commandants Award), of the Defense Language Institute/Arabic program in Monterey, California,... Read more →

Comcast Hackers Sentenced to Prison

PHILADELPHIA—Christopher Allen Lewis, a.k.a. “EBK,” 20, of Newark, Delaware, and Michael Paul Nebel, a.k.a. “Slacker,” 28, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, were sentenced today to 18 months in prison for conspiring to disrupt service at Comcast corporation’s www.comcast.net website, on May 28 and 29, 2008, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. Lewis pleaded guilty to the charge on February 24, 2010. Nebel pleaded guilty on June 21, 2010. Lewis, Nebel, and co-defendant James Robert Black, Jr., a.k.a. “Defiant,” were associated with the hacker group Kryogeniks. On... Read more →

Jersey City School Construction Projects Will Continue to Wait for State Action

By John Mooney • Sep 22nd, 2010 • | The Jersey City Independent Five school construction projects in Jersey City are not likely to restart in 2010, the head of the state’s Schools Development Authority (SDA) said at a South Jersey hearing yesterday. Marc Larkins also hinted that there may be a rethinking of priorities in general, including a possible move away from early childhood centers. As we’ve reported, the fate of the school construction projects continues to hang in the balance as the SDA... Read more →

Visiting Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki Prefecture & Sasebo City Japan

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. In Dutch, Huis Ten Bosch, means "house in the woods." In Japan, it is a theme park with canals running through a spacious landscape surrounded by water and forest, with amusements, museums, shops of all kinds, restaurants, hotels and much more. photo: Hank and his wife Keiko at Huis Ten Bosch It was born in 1992 as a reproduction of a Dutch city of the Middle Ages. But why Holland, many people wonder. Over four... Read more →

City of Gloucester City Has New Modern Water Treatment Plant

Caption by Bill Cleary (photos by Adrianne Parent) THE GRAND OPENING of the City of Gloucester City Water Works was held on September 21. Attending the ceremony were former council members who were instrumental in the planning of the project along with present council members who continued to work on the plans and passed legislation for the funding of the $9.6 million plant. Former council members included: Mayor Thomas Kilcourse, Councilmembers Ray Coxe, Jean Kaye, William Hagan Sr., Patrick Keating, Anthony Kormann, Elsie Loebell, administrator... Read more →


Great grandfathers watched as their friends died in the Civil War. My father watched as his friends died in WW II. And I watched as my friends died in Vietnam . None of them died for the Mexican Flag. Everyone died for the American flag. Texas high school students raised a Mexican flag on a school flag pole, other students took it down. Guess who was expelled...the students who took it down. California high school students were sent home on Cinco de Mayo, because they... Read more →


By Raymond J. Rolak Autumn in Poland is a great time for tourism. The weather is pleasant and there are many harvest festivals. In the cities, summer hotel pressure is finished and the crowds have diminished. In the resort areas from Sopot to Gdansk (Baltic sea-shore) traffic has diminished. In the interior and folk country (rural) there is a saying. It is now the “Golden Time”. In America or Poland a Dozynki Festival always has color, music and dance. Photo courtesy of www.polishnews.com There is... Read more →

With retirements, layoffs looming and no overtime, Atlantic City firefighters say they're spread thin

- pressofAtlanticCity.com Nearby, 35 firefighters were finishing work on a devastating fire that burned dozens of people out of an Atlantic City rooming house. It was about 1:30 a.m. Aug. 29. That left only four firefighters to protect the rest of the city, he said, all of them on the west side of town in Chelsea Heights. Driving time to the far end of the city is more than 10 minutes without Saturday night traffic. The National Fire Protection Association standard calls for a response... Read more →

American Heroes: Names of 5 Soldiers Killed in Helicopter Crash Released

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of five soldiers who died in a helicopter crash Sept. 21 during combat operations in Zabul province, Afghanistan, while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. All soldiers were assigned to 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky. Killed were: Lt. Col. Robert F. Baldwin, 39, of Muscatine, Iowa. Chief Warrant Officer Matthew G. Wagstaff, 34, of Orem, Utah. Chief Warrant Officer Jonah D. McClellan, 26, of St. Louis Park, Minn. Staff Sgt. Joshua D.... Read more →

Obituaries: Agnes E. Galiano of Brooklawn; Gertrude Scarpato, of Bellmawr

Agnes E. Galiano Switchboard Operator, Loved Casinos and Collecting Coins Agnes E. Galiano, age 71 of Brooklawn, passed away on Friday, Sept. 24th, 2010. Born and raised in South Philadelphia she moved to NJ in 1972. Agnes worked as a switchboard operator for Live Message America in Audubon. She enjoyed collecting coins and going to the casinos in Atlantic City. She is survived by her two daughters, Terry Welsh (Gary), Joyce Marshall (Frank), five sons, Frank Fulmer (Maryann), Peter Fulmer (Kathy), George Fulmer, Alvin Fulmer... Read more →

Obituaries: Salvatore J. Marchese, formerly of Audubon; Barbara Rothman, formerly of Bellmawr

Salvatore J. Marchese of Blackwood, formerly of Audubon (April 11, 1984 - September 23, 2010) Salvatore J. Marchese, suddenly, on September 23, 2010, of Blackwood, formerly of Audubon. Age 26. Devoted father of Salvatore W., II. Beloved son of Patricia DiRenzo and Salvatore W. Marchese and Monica. Loving brother of Nichole Campbell (Thomas), Blake Marchese and Vincent Marchese. Dear grandson of Vincent and Rosemarie Marchese and Joseph DiRenzo and the late Eileen. Also survived by his longtime girlfriend Rianna DeLuca and many aunts, uncles, cousins... Read more →

New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies - MLB.com Preview

Image via Wikipedia By Spencer Fordin / MLB.com Forget about who's playing spoiler, about hoping the opposition does well against its natural rivals. The Phillies have leaped over that segment of the schedule and now find themselves in position to aid their own cause. Philadelphia, winners of 11 straight games, are close to clinching a playoff spot and can start pondering the best way to set up their rotation. That point became clear earlier in the week, when the Phillies began mapping out their rotation... Read more →

Ohio Firefighter Hit by Water Tank Cap Dies | Firehouse.com

Firehouse.com News Posted: Sat, 09/25/2010 - 09:06am Updated: Sat, 09/25/2010 - 09:06am A volunteer with the McArthur Fire Department was killed after being hit by a water tank cap last night while battling a brush fire, according to The Columbus Dispatch. Firefighter Ryan Seitz, 26, died when a cap on a pressurized water tank flew off and struck him at approximately 6 p.m., the report said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. McArthur responded with a dozen other agencies to extinguish a brush fire... Read more →

Pet Tip of the Week: Anniversary Issue

by Dawn Watson Since this is my 52nd Pet Tip of the Week column here on Cleary’s Notebook I thought I should let you, the reader, pick the topic for next week. Below, I have listed a few of the ones that received lots of comments or questions: Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks Dogs Are Not Disposable Animal Abuse: How Much Is Enough? So I Adopted a Puppy; NOW What? School for Dogs Choosing a Dog to Fit Your Lifestyle Enriching the Life of... Read more →