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September 2010

Straight From the Lions' Mouth with Scotty Mathurin

9/16/2010 11:06:09 AM Scotty Mathurin (Mahwah, NJ/Mahwah) is a junior defensive back for the Lions football squad. Mathurin is a criminlogy major and has provided relief to those who suffered hardships following the 2009 earthquake in Haiti. Question: What is the discussion and/or vibe amongst players as you head into challenge of the 2010 season? Scotty Mathurin: The biggest vibe amongst the players is to keep the tempo up. Over the last two years one... Read more →

Joseph B. Ferguson, of Buena, formerly of Gloucester City, US Army Retired Captain

Joseph B. Ferguson, age 91 of Buena, formerly of Gloucester City died Friday, September 17th, 2010 at Kennedy Hospital in Stratford. Born in Guilford County, NC he later served in the U.S. Army from 1936 to 1978 and retired as a captain. Joe raised his family in Gloucester City and was a resident there for 33 years. He has spent the last 12 years leaving in Buena. Joe enjoyed baseball and coached for a few... Read more →

Mainstage shifts into high gear offering more shows than ever to the South Jersey Region

Mainstage Center for the Arts (MCA) will present seven shows, the most in its 22-year history, for the 2010-11 season. It will also offer its first season ticket package. This comes at a time when many cultural organizations are scaling back due to the economy. “We've taken this leap because we can offer local audiences a reasonably-priced enjoyable theatre experience right here in Camden County College's beautifully renovated Dennis Flyer Theatre. With the new exit... Read more →

Bancroft Honors Whole Foods Market

Bancroft’s Employment Program honored local Whole Foods Market in Marlton, NJ. Pictured above with Douglas (who is shown at far right) are his Whole Foods supervisors (seated) Ivy Flora and Jason Navilliat, and standing from left to right: Stephen Bruce, Anita Maria Garcia, Business Advisory Committee member Mike Tolen (behind Ivy), Victoria Sweeney, and Tim Marshall (holding balloons). Haddonfield, NJ - September 16, 2010 –Bancroft’s supported employment program staff recently visited Whole Foods Market in... Read more →

Kathryn A. DiCiano, longtime resident of Bellmawr

Kathryn A. DiCiano (nee Rettig), on September 15, 2010, of St. Mary’s Nursing Home, Cherry Hill. Formerly of Bellmawr for 60 years. Age 88. Beloved wife of the late Dominick DiCiano, Sr. Devoted mother of Donna DiCiano, Bernadette Miller (Ray), Barbara Wolf (Jay), Kathy Papania (Tony), Dolores Burch, Nick DiCiano (Marilyn) and the late Dominick DiCiano, Jr. and Rosemarie DiCiano. Loving grandmother of 12 and great grandmother of 20. Dear sister of Carl Rettig (Josephine)... Read more →

With pensions on the line, Gov. Christie is booed at N.J. Firemen's Convention in Wildwood

Image via Wikipedia - WILDWOOD — With thousands of firefighters booing him from the Wildwood Convention Center bleachers Friday, a combative Gov. Chris Christie gestured for more and refused to back down on his plan to reduce pension payments to public employees. "If you guys think you can shout me down, it's going to be a long day," Christie told the crowd as he stood at the convention center's podium to give his remarks... Read more →


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE State’s only daily nature and wildlife blog seeks photos of wildlife and nature from across the state to spotlight New Jersey’s natural beauty September 14, 2010 – The state’s only daily nature blog,, has launched a statewide photo contest to spotlight nature, wildlife and scenery in the Garden State. The contest runs through November 30, 2010. “Though our reputation is not always the greatest, New Jersey is a state with more... Read more →

Edward L. Adamski Sr., of Gloucester City, Korean War Air Force Veteran

On September 15, 2010. Age 75. Of Gloucester City. Passed away peacefully at his home beside his family. Loving husband of Doris “Dolores” (nee Dickerson). Devoted father to Edward (Anna) Adamski, Jr. and Nancy Wilding both of Gloucester City. Predeceased by his son, Stephen (surviving Shiela) Adamski. Loving grandpop of 7 and great-grandpop of 8. Son of the late Edward and Anna Adamski of Phila. Brother to Robert, Michael (Jean) Adamski and the late James,... Read more →

Hunting and Fishing: Pheasant Season, Fabulous Fishing, Hawks in Cape May

PA Pheasant Season Begins October 23 HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Game Commission has slated 108,000 ring-necked pheasants for release on public lands throughout the Commonwealth for the upcoming small game hunting seasons, including 16,800 birds for the junior only season (Oct. 9-16). The region staff will begin the stocking season Oct. 8, when the agency will release 15,000 birds (8,640 males and 6,490 females) for the junior pheasant hunt scheduled for Oct 9-16. A listing... Read more →


NEIL CAVUTO: In the meantime, tough love from the Gov. Only this ain’t just any Gov and this ain't just tough love. For screaming public workers in New Jersey this is war. They are going bonkers today after Governor Chris Christie all but told them the party's over guys. And he is cracking down on their pensions. First, by suspending future cost-of-living adjustments. Then, rescinding a nine percent increase granted back in 2001. Then, increasing... Read more →

COMMENTARY: A Chaplain's View

A dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base, Dover, Delaware By Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Richard Cavens Alaska Air National Guard DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del., Sept. 14, 2010 - A day off is a cherished and holy time when you are deployed to the Air Force Mortuary Operations Center here. Every military death overseas, from Alpha to Omega, comes through this mortuary. A new part of the mortuary mission, added a couple of years ago,... Read more →

Smearing America as "Islamophobic"

MEDIA RESEARCH CENTER MRC Study: ABC, CBS and NBC Tilt Debate Over Ground Zero Mosque by Hyping Accusations of Public's Supposed Intolerance By a wide margin — 66 percent to 29 percent, according to the most recent ABC News/Washington Post poll — the public is opposed to building that proposed $100 million Islamic cultural center near the site of the destroyed World Trade Towers. This is not a lightly-held opinion: more than half (53%) told... Read more →

Letter: Don't We Have A Right To Know?

Dear Bill, Tonight the Gloucester City Mayor and Council had their monthly caucus meeting which is at 7:00 p.m. at 313 Monmouth Street. A handful of residents came out for the meeting and were told that the meeting started at 5:00 p.m. and the public portion was ended. Acting City Clerk Kathy Jentsch said it was advertised in the Gloucester City News; however residents there did not recall seeing that in print. In addition the... Read more →

Gloucester City Democrat Club Member Supports Republican Gov. Chris Christie

A FAN OF GOV. CHRISTIE- John P. Schmidt commuity activist, member of the Gloucester City Democrat Club, and Chairman of the Gloucester City Shade Tree Committee sits on stage during a town hall meeting with the honorable New Jersey Governor Chris Chrisitie. The town hall meeting was held earlier this week at the Gloucester Township Senior Center on Chews Landing Road. Outside the Senior Center John, left, says hello to his friend Republican Assemblyman Dominic... Read more →

Welcome Back from Iraq Spc. Will Betts, Atco

Welcome Back From Iraq Atco, New Jersey Who: Spc. William (Will) Betts When: Saturday, September 18, 2010 Time: 1:00 PM Where: American Legion Post 311 2225 Atco Avenue Atco, NJ 08004 Please come out to Atco American Legion on Saturday at 1pm to welcome home Spc. William Betts from serving in Iraq. Will is in the US Army. He is with the F Company, 501st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team. Will is... Read more →

Hunting and Fishing: PA Archery Deer Season Just Around the Corner

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s fall archery deer seasons are set to open throughout the Commonwealth,and represent the beginning of big game hunting seasons in the state, said Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe. Statewide, including WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, archers can hunt antlered or antlerless deer from Oct. 2 to Nov. 13, and the late statewide archery deer season runs from Dec. 27 to Jan. 15. However, bowhunters who have purchased and received... Read more →


HARRISBURG – With summer quickly slipping by, many Pennsylvanians may have forgotten about problems caused by black bears in the spring, when nuisance bear activity typically peaks. However, black bear activity also tends to increase during the fall, and Pennsylvania Game Commission officials remind homeowners that steps taken now can minimize problems with bears during the next few weeks and months. Mark Ternent, Pennsylvania Game Commission black bear biologist, noted that, as fall progresses, bears... Read more →

DEP Announces Start of Tritium Cleanup at Oyster Creek

Image via Wikipedia TRENTON - The first phase of a cleanup of radioactive tritium that leaked from the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant last year and into two aquifers below the facility will begin immediately, with a goal of pumping the tritium contaminated water out of the ground to avoid any potential contamination of potable water supplies, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today. The Exelon Corp. has agreed to start pumping efforts this week on two... Read more →

Hunting and Fishing News: Oyster Task Force Issues Funding Challenge

VINELAND, N.J. — The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary has issued a challenge for would-be sponsors to help fund the continued restoration of Delaware Bay oysters. This call to action came during the Rotary Club of Vineland New Jersey’s weekly luncheon at the Ramada of Vineland on Tuesday. Jennifer Adkins, executive director of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, pledged $50,000 to the bi-state program if others would commit the additional $150,000 needed by April.... Read more →

Rauf on the Ropes

by Judith Miller, City Journal 13 September 2010 The white flag hasn’t reached the top of the flagpole yet, but Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf all but surrendered on Monday morning in his battle to build a Muslim interfaith community center with a prayer room two blocks from Ground Zero. At an unusual meeting Monday morning at the Council on Foreign Relations in midtown Manhattan, Rauf said that he wanted to find a “solution” to the... Read more →

Obits: Jessie D. Fithian, of Gloucester City NJ; Louis R. Andriola Sr., of Hi-Nella

Jessie D. Fithian, of Gloucester City, Age 87, Avid Eagles Fan On September 14, 2010. Age 87 (nee Cleaver) Of Gloucester City. Loving daughter of the late John and Anna Cleaver. Former wife of the late Charles T. Fithian. Beloved mother of Joan M. Gonzales, Sandra J. McColligan (Ed), Jessie L. Hagan (Buck) and Brenda J. Geiger (Bill). Dear Grandmother of Ricardo Gonzales, Jr., the late Anthony Gonzales, Rodney Gonzales, Yvonne Campbell, Edward McColligan, Jr.... Read more →

WBCA Launches Career Center as Part of New Website

ATLANTA -The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) is proud to announce the start of its new Career Center on The WBCA launched its new website in late July and is pleased to now offer a Career Center, powered by career services leader JobTarget which allows job seekers and employers in the women’s basketball industry to connect. “We are very excited to now offer our membership and the women’s basketball community the opportunity to get... Read more →

Welcome Back From Iraq-Three Heroes September 17 in Atco

When: Friday, September 17 Time: 7:00 PM Where: American Legion Post 311 2225 Atco Avenue Atco, NJ 08004 Please come out to the American Legion on Atco Ave. in Atco NJ to welcome home 3 soldiers from serving in Iraq. Spc. Nathaniel (Nate) Tilghman-ARMY-10TH Mountain Division, 4 years. Fiance’-Erin. PFC Louis Tomassone-ARMY-A Troop Calvary Scout, 1st Battalion Bradley Driver. Spc. Matthew Zadroga-ARMY- 51st Airborne Infantry, 205th Military Intelligence Long Range Surveillance. Wife Amanda. Please come... Read more →

Mount Ephraim Commissioners Concerned About Safety Issues

By Leigh Anne Hubbs NEWS Correspondent September 2nd marked the first day of school for students attending Mary Bray Elementary and Kershaw Middle schools. That night at the Mount Ephraim Board of Commissioners meeting, Andrew Gilmore said that at 8:20 a.m. the fire alarm sounded. It prompted volunteer fire-fighters to rush to the Lambert Avenue Fire Station, located near Mary Bray. While the firefighters attempted to park their vehicles and get the fire trucks out... Read more →

CNB "News Hound" Provides List of Properties Owned by the City of Gloucester City

By Bill Cleary A friend of ClearysNoteBook, who is a real estate appraiser, sent me this list of 122 properties listed on tax records as owned by the City of Gloucester City. About 67 of these properties are vacant lots. I had asked a City official in July for a list of city owned vacant lots as I was writing an article about how new ideas were needed by our mayor and council to raise... Read more →

Bellmawr Council Members Remember Colleague Peter DiGiambattista Sr.

By Chris Concannon NEWS Correspondent Members of Bellmawr’s Borough Council remembered their late colleague fondly during the August 26 meeting. Councilman Peter A. Di Giambattista Sr., 67, (photo) had passed away August 19 following medical complications from an aneurysm. Councilman Lou Di Angelo chaired the meeting in the absence of Mayor Frank Filipek, who is recovering from knee surgery. He, along with the other Council members, remarked on Di Giambattista’s 15-year, five-term political career. At... Read more →

Get "Wild" During New Jersey's First-ever Outdoor Expo Sept. 25-26

TRENTON - Perhaps you've always wanted to learn how to fish or hunt but weren't sure how to get started. Or maybe you've been longing to strap on a backpack and venture onto the Appalachian Trail for a long weekend but were afraid you lacked the skills. Or perhaps you're simply looking for some tips on making your family camping trips more enjoyable. Whatever your goal, slip out of your comfort zone this fall and... Read more →

Hunting & Fishing News: Save Your Weekend! NJ Hunter Safety Course available Online

With hunting season fast approaching, many people are scrambling to get into a hunter safety class and obtain the necessary certification to purchase a New Jersey Hunting License. The traditional New Jersey Hunter Safety Classroom Course is a minimum of 15 hours in length, conducted over 3-4 weeknights or an entire weekend. Many people find it difficult to spare that much time to attend a class which, until now, has been a barrier for new... Read more →

Dr. Deborah Diamond New President of Campus Philly

September 10, 2010, Philadelphia- Today, Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced Campus Philly’s appointment of a new president, Dr. Deborah Diamond. She will begin her new post on October 4, 2010 to take over the leadership of Jon Herrmann, who departed the organization in June, 2010. Dr. Diamond was previously the director of research and strategy at the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC). Incorporated in 2004, Campus Philly is a 501(c)3 nonprofit economic development organization... Read more →

Roadwork to recovery? Tracking the 2009 stimulus money The law covered a broad array of initiatives, only one of which — totaling about $64 billion — was for "shovel-ready" construction on roads, bridges, sewers, airports and railroads. Most of the $800 billion went for tax cuts, aid to states to prevent massive layoffs of public employees, relief programs for the poor and unemployed, and long-term energy investments to reduce consumption or research advances. Of the $64 billion for public works, about 81... Read more →

Eric Fetteroff, Former Gloucester City Employee, Community Activist

By Albert Countryman Jr. Eric Fetterolf, 52, of Gloucester City died suddenly on August 28, 2010, at his home. Eric was born and raised in Scranton, PA, graduated from Scranton Central High School, and received a bachelor of arts in psychology from Houghton College, NY. He then received his master’s degree in Family Studies, with an emphasis in gerontology, from the University of Akron, OH. Eric and his wife, Monica (nee Kenney), were married on... Read more →

Gloucester City News Headlines Sept. 16 Issue

Gloucester City Irish Society Shamrock Festival This Saturday At Noon Gloucester City Water Works Grand Opening Tuesday, September 21 Glenn Hastings Of Gloucester City Releases Paintball Video Game City Police Put Up New Stop Signs Near Schools, Bus Stops Gloucester City News’ Back To School Special, Support Our Advertisters. Read more →

Bishop Galante issues decree establishing The Parish of the Holy Cross

Bishop Joseph Galante formally announced today that the parishes of Immaculate Conception, Bridgeton, St. Teresa of Avila, Bridgeton, St. Michael, Cedarville and its Mission, St. Anthony in Pt. Norris, and St. Mary, Rosenhayn, will unite and the new parish resulting from the consolidation, The Parish of the Holy Cross, will be established October 13, 2010. The announcement establishing the new parish has been made in a formal decree, which is published in the September 10... Read more →

Obits: Leola R. Long, Rita C. Desher, Joseph P. Maloney

Leola R. Long, of Gloucester City, Parishoner of St Mary Church On September 11, 2010. (nee Garrison) Age 67. Of Gloucester City. Loving and Cherished wife of 45 years to the late Alfred Long, III. Beloved mother of Michael Long, Sr. (Melissa) of Pennsville, Brian (Colleen) Long of Gloucester City and Jeannine Wiltsey of Gloucester City. Cherished grandmother of Michael Jr., Cody, Nicholas, Alexis, Alexa, Kaleigh, Madison, Kyle, Lindsey, Erik, Brian Jr., Evan and Katherine.... Read more →

Tips and Snippets: Good News, Auction of City Properties, New Ideas Needed, $9.6 Million City Water Plant Is Finished

By Bill Cleary GOOD NEWS-55,000 tons of clean fill is presently being dumped behind the old AMSPEC Chemical Plant on Water Street. The property was brought for $5 million by the city of Gloucester City a year or so ago. According to Mayor Bill James, “the dirt is coming from Somerdale where a new Wal Mart is being built". The Good News? In return the contractor is paying the City $450,000. Photo: In the distance... Read more →


10 days of Fashion & Style, from September 23 to October 2 PHILADELPHIA, PA –The City of Philadelphia, Center City District, and The Philadelphia Retail Marketing Alliance introduce The Philadelphia Collection 2010, a series of fashion and style events that will take place across the city, from Thursday, September 23 to Saturday, October 2. Mayor Nutter announcing details of the Philadelphia Collection 2010 at the press conference on August 25th. Melanie Johnson and Michelle Shannon... Read more →

Problem With Dredge Disposal Facility in Salem County Continues

Press Release September 10 TRENTON * Despite assurances from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that it had stopped a discharge from a Delaware River dredge disposal facility in Salem County, DEP inspectors today found water flowing uncontrolled from the site, raising the department's concerns about potential harmful impacts from contaminants on ecologically sensitive wetlands. "This finding is especially troubling because the Army Corps of Engineers represented both to DEP and in court documents that... Read more →


(TRENTON) -- All day-care facilities and their clients should be aware that children and adults enrolled in day-care facilities may be eligible for free meals through the Child and Adult Care Food Program, according to New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher. The Child and Adult Care Food Program is a federally funded program that reimburses sponsoring agencies that provide healthy meals and snacks at no charge to children and adults enrolled in licensed... Read more →

Welcome Home Cpl. Jacob B. Gentry, of Mt. Laurel

Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010 Time: 12:45 PM Where: Cater 2 U 2901 Marne Highway Mount Laurel, NJ 08054 Please come out to welcome home and celebrate completion of service in the US Marine Corps. for Cpl. Jacob Gentry. He entered the Marine Corps. on Sept. 4, 2006 and exit date was Sept. 4, 2010. Jacob was with Squadron HML/A 269 Aviation Ordnance Support. His job was Technical Supervisor and Quality Control Manager. He was last... Read more →

Big Spenders Are Very Often Even Bigger Liars!

Dear Taxpayer, This Congress is one of the most fiscally irresponsible and destructive in the history of our nation. I say that because they have driven the federal deficit to a previously never-dreamt-of, all-time record $1.4 trillion and are on pace to double the national debt over the next 10 years! But tragically, too many Americans blame “the other guy.” They simply don’t realize that their Representative or Senator is one of those deficit spenders... Read more →

Hunting and Fishing: Watch for Deer, NJOA, and The NRA

GAME COMMISSION ADVISES MOTORISTS TO WATCH FOR DEER HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today advised motorists to slow down after sundown and before sunrise to reduce their risk of having a close encounter with a white-tailed deer. Deer collisions are an annual occurrence that will continue through Thanksgiving week and begin to slow down in mid-December. For the sake of public safety, the Game Commission is urging motorists to drive... Read more →

Fire rips through South Jersey diner

| Philadelphia Inquirer | 09/10/2010 A fire ripped this morning through a diner on the White Horse Pike in Haddon Township. No injuries are reported in the smoky two-alarm blaze at the Newton Diner on the township's border with Oaklyn near Cuthbert Boulevard. Camden County Deputy Fire Marshal Paul Sandrock said police reported the blaze about 4:45 a.m. and firefighters arrived in minutes to find a "well involved" fire. Link submitted by Mark Matthews read... Read more →

Marines Seize Control of Ship From Pirates

From a U.S. Naval Forces Central Command News Release MANAMA, Bahrain, Sept. 9, 2010 - A 24-member maritime raid force from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit today boarded and seized control of an Antigua-Barbuda-flagged, German–owned vessel from pirates who attacked and boarded it yesterday. Helicopters from USS Dubuque provide aerial watch as Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit's maritime raid force board and seize control of the Antigua and Barbuda-flagged, German-owned vessel M/V Magellan... Read more →

Hot Air » Obama: We’re in the business of stimulating the economy, but …

Chip Reid seemed to have stumped Barack Obama during the press conference today with this question about Obama’s new economic plan, announced this week. Given that the administration’s economic stimulus plan in February 2009 consisted of infrastructure spending and targeted tax breaks, why are Obama and Democrats so reluctant to call it another stimulus package? Obama replied that a President should always look for ways to stimulate job growth, but declined to answer the actual... Read more →

Rowan University 2010 Men’s Cross Country Outlook

press release The Rowan University men’s cross country team has a strong group of veterans returning this season. The Profs did not have one senior on last year’s squad. In 2009, Rowan took second place at the Collegiate Track Conference (CTC) Championships. They finished third at the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Championships, the Sea Gull Invitational and the Delaware Invitational. The Profs were 15thoverall at the NCAA Atlantic Regional. Leading the pack of returnees... Read more →

GCHS Student Chosen as Spokesperson for NY City Fair

The Great Irish Fair of New York to raise funds for Catholic Education. September 18, 19 – MCU Park Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY. Siobhan McGirl, a Sophomore at GCHS will reign as the Colleen Queen for the Great Irish Fair. Siobhan’s family has strong ties to the NYC area. Siobhan was chosen as an outstanding example of Catholic School Students! An Honor Student with outstanding commitment to service, Siobhan is looking forward to promoting... Read more →