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November 2010

Brooklawn Mayor and Council Address Fire Dept.& EMS Personnel

By Sara Martino Gloucester City News The Brooklawn Borough Council invited members of the Brooklawn Fire Department and EMS to last week’s meeting in an effort to clear the air. “Our purpose of asking you to come here to the meeting is two-fold” said Mayor John Soubasi, addressing Brooklawn Fire Department and Emergency Management Services (EMS) members during the Council meeting. “One reason is so that members may hear directly from us. Also, by meeting face to face, we feel is the best way to dispel rumors,” Soubasis said. “I’d like to make it clear that for the last 12 years we have not micro-managed any groups. We know that the EMS squad always needed a home,” he said in answer to rumors that a building slated for that purpose has not been completed. “In dealing with (former) Assemblyman Joe Roberts, discretionary funds became available for use in erecting a... Read more →

Dorothy E. McGovern of Bellmawr, Member of Bellmawr Senior Citizens

Dorothy E. McGovern (nee Mitchell) on November 24, 2010 of Bellmawr. Age 91. Beloved wife of the late Hugh McGovern. Devoted mother of Richard McGovern (Alice), Stephen McGovern (and the late Christine), Mark McGovern (Linda) and Michael McGovern (Linda). Loving Meem of Margaret, John-Paul, Colette, Kelly, Brian, Christopher, Laura and Matthew. Great grandmom of Cara. Dear sister of Margaret Mitchell and the late Harry and Albert Mitchell. Mrs. McGovern was a member of the Bellmawr Senior Citizens. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the viewing Wednesday morning from 8:45 to 9:45am in the Annunication BVM Church, 601 W. Browning Road, Bellmawr, NJ 08031. Funeral Mass Wednesday 10am at the Church. Interment New St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Dorothy’s memory to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Foundation, 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Family and friends may share... Read more →

Part of My Heart Left This Earth For A Better Place!

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST by Hank Miller My dearly beloved brother Joseph Edward Miller Sr. of Gloucester City, departed this earth on November 24 , 2010. With faith in God, as sure as there is sunshine that follows the summer rain, so to there will be happiness to ease both grief and pain. photo: Joe and his brother Hank, December 2008 Breakfast Club As sure as darkness of night gives way to light of day, the problems that preplex your mind with faith will fade away. As springtime follows winter, and earth is born anew, you'll find that you never walk alone if God is part of you. Rest in peace dear brother Joe . For you'll always be with us in our prayers our hearts and our minds forever. My brother Joe, he had a kind word for everybody and when you met him he always had a smile... Read more →

Emma Wynne, age 84 of Mount Laurel, Services Monday

WYNNE Emma...On November 23, 2010. Age 84. (nee Cannon). Of Mount Laurel. Loving wife of the late Charles H. Wynne, Sr. Loving mother of Charles Jr., Jacqueline Brown, Lois, Marion, Kenneth, Mable, Dorothy, Darryl, late Craig, Cheryl, and Emlen Wynne. Also survived by her caring grandchildren John Brown and Joyce Brownlee and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her viewing on Monday morning from 11 AM to 12:30 PM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth St. Gloucester City. Interment Land of Canaan Cemetery, Elk Township. Expressions of sympathy: under online obituaries of Emma Wynne. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street (at Brown Street) Gloucester City. Ph: 856-456-1142 Read more →

Joseph E. Miller Sr., Member of Iron Workers Local 399, Tin Can Sailors, Gloucester City Breakfast Club, GHS Alumni Class '55

Joseph E. Miller Sr., On November 24, 2010. Age 72. Of Gloucester City. Loving Husband of 45 years to the late Gertrude “Trudy” (nee Shaffer). Loving father of Joe E. Jr. (Mary), Lisa M. Poe (Rob), Bill (Shawn) and John Miller. Best friends of Dawn and Jack Markiewicz and children. Loving grandfather of 13 and great-grandfather of 7. Dear brother of Hank Miller (Keiko), the late Rose Collins and Roni Arrera (Tom). Special “Grandpop Miller” of many neighborhood kids. Joe was a 1955 graduate of Gloucester High School. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the Tin Can Sailors. Joe retired from the Ironworkers Local 399. He was a “Geezer” in the Gloucester City Breakfast Club. Joe was an avid fan of Nascar and enjoyed his trips to the casinos. Relatives, friends and Ironworkers Local # 399 are kindly invited to attend his... Read more →

City of Gloucester City Nov. 23 Council Meeting Info

Council Meeting Info for November 23, 2010 Agenda for Meeting - Click Here Resolution for Budget Transfers - Click Here Resolution for Senior and Veteran Deductions - Click Here Resolution for Billing Charges - Click Here Resolution for Refund of Utility Payments - Click Here Resolution for Key Deposit - Click Here Resolution for Front End Loader - Click Here Resolution for Truck for Water Dept. - Click Here Resolution for Amspec Building - Click Here Resolution for Sale of Properties - Click Here Resolution for RCA - Click Here Resolution for Telecommunications - Click Here Resolution for Rental - Click Here Resolution for Liquor License - Click Here Resolution for Disposal of City Equip - Click Here Resolution for Handicap Parking - Click Here Public Notice of Redevelopment Designation Hearing The redevelopment was tabled until the December 15, 2010 Meeting Click Here to View Notice Read more →

When East Meets West: South Korea in a Bind Dealing with North Korea

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. A frustrated North Korea is once again, this time lashing out with a deadly volley of artillery aimed at reminding rival South Korea -- and the world--that it will not be ignored. The barrage of shots fired Tuesday at a South Korean island laying within sight of its shores did not come out of nowhere. For weeks, North Korea has been angling for credit for reaching out to the U.S. and South Korea, and has warned that cool response would come at a cost.The destruction that set homes ablaze, sent islanders fleeing for underground shelters and killed two South Korean Marines and two civilians may have been more than Pyongyang bargained for in its game of chicken with the South. But it gets attention, which is what Pyongyang wants as it seeks to restart negotiations to barter its nuclear program for much-needed aid and... Read more →

The 875 Pound Black Bear Controversy

HUNTING AND FISHING NEWS compiled by Full O'Bull Gazette: New Pennsylvania State Record Bear Taken With Crossbow Shot November 15th with a crossbow in northeastern Pennsylvania (Pike County) by David Price of Barrett Township, Monroe County. 875 pounds live weight and 744 dressed, #2 in the WORLD and a new PA State Record. He missed the world record by 4 pounds...... From the hunter's nephew: " It has been caught in NJ numerous times which means he isn't afraid to swim the Delaware River. He was trying to mate with a female bear who was in a snare in NJ. The female was caught by the NJDEP for testing and the big boy was trying to get his groove on with her. They had to tranquilize him so he didn't injure the female. As you can see in the pics, he has a tattoo on his lip. He was... Read more →

VIDEO: Lions Win Turkey Bowl, Final Score 27-26

What an exciting Thanksgiving Day football game this year between cross town rivalries Gloucester City High School and Gloucester Catholic High. Nearing the end of the fourth quarter Gloucester High was winning 27-20. With 19 seconds left Gloucester Catholic scores a touchdown, score 27-26. Instead of kicking a field goal Catholic went for two but was stopped by the Lions defense. Film clips of the game coming later. ~Bruce Darrow Related articles Two and One-Half-Hours (includes Rams v. Lions Turkey Game Videos) ( Read more →

Edward James Sweeney, Sr.; Navy Yard Retiree, 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus Council #674

SWEENEY Edward J., Sr. Suddenly, On November 22, 2010. Age 74. Of Woodbury. Formerly of Cape May and Gloucester City. Loving and devoted husband of 20 years to Reta (nee Magoun) and the late Gail Sweeney. Loving father of Theresa Netz (Bruce), Daniel (Shayla), Kellie Ann (James) Blymer, Sean, Mark, Luis David (Sam), Thomas and Jeffrey (Kelly). Predeceased by his son, Edward Jr. (surviving Sarah) and granddaughter Katie. Loving and cherished grandfather of Jason, Jesse, Carlie, Jenai, Brandon, Olivia, Riley, Alexandra, Veronica, Chloe, Julia, Christopher, Kari and Kyle. Loving great-grandfather of Jay and Addelynn. Predeceased by his brother Joseph Sweeney and his sister Leona Sweeney. Ed worked 25 years as a mechanical inspector for the Philadelphia Naval Yard. He was a third degree Knight in the Gloucester City Knights of Columbus Council #674. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his viewing on Saturday morning from 10 AM to... Read more →


Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Japan typically digs in it' heels against outside customs. To win acceptance here such customs must first measure up to Japan's high standard of cultural attainment. Which means ... they gotta make money. Thus, through the years Japan has been trampled over by Western cows like Halloween, Christmas and Valentine's Day. Such customs, or rather the Japanese versions of such, have brought smiles to countless young children and romantic couples and at the same time have given Japanese merchandisers reason to live. And live very well I must say. So we see Halloween masks being marketed in mid-September, Christmas trees adorning storefronts from late October and Valentine hearts decorating isles and counters long after New Year's. If you don't know better, you might think we were all trapped inside a giant Walmart. Yet one of the few Western holidays--specifically American holidays-- that has never... Read more →

May Johnson, of Gloucester City; Thomas B. Groatman, of Gloucester City; David R. Barker, of Mt. Ephraim; Daniel A. D'Ambrosio, of Bellmawr

May Johnson, of Gloucester City, GHS Alumni Class of '73, Active in Women's Pool League On November 22, 2010. (nee Hultgren). Born on June 29, 1955, with much sadness we have lost our sister, aunt and friend. After a long period of suffering from CIDP, May has left us for a better place. We, who loved her dearly will never forget what a good person she was. She was a lifelong resident of Gloucester City and graduated from Gloucester City High School in 1973. Before being forced into disability retirement, May worked as a Billing Administrator for several doctors. She was a member of the Gloucester City Women’s Pool League for many years and was a great player. May loved the slots in Atlantic City and was a Sixers and Phillies Fan. The family thanks her main caregivers: her sister Cass and niece Donna for all the care and time... Read more →

Two and One-Half-Hours (includes Rams v. Lions Turkey Game Videos)

Related GHS v. GCHS 2007 Related Lions Alumni Related Rams Alumni By GLOUCESTER CITY NJ-How can two and one- half- hours have such an impact on everyone lives. If you're a Lions fans or a Rams fan nothing beats the game held on Thanksgiving. This year unlike many in the past brings together for the last time many local players on both the GCHS and GHS teams. Rams players Shane Brophy and Sean Gartland will meet the Lions seniors Brandon Blackiston, Dalton Dunn, Nick Russo and lifelong friends, and many other seniors, neighbors and friends for a last time. In the past few years this was little more than the Lions vs. out-of- towners in a City Series game. This Thursday morning most of these boys will wake-up as a varsity football player for a last time in their young lives, bringing to an end a football career which... Read more →

Mount Ephraim Board of Education Has Applied to State for School Choice Program

By Leigh Anne Hubbs Gloucester City News Superintendent Joe Rafferty said Mount Ephraim has submitted its application for School Choice (Interdistrict Public School Choice Program Act) during last week’s Board of Education meeting. This program gives parents the option of sending their children to participating schools outside of their home district. Even if a school district does not participate, it still must choose between allowing up to 10 percent per grade level or 15 percent of total population to enroll in School Choice districts. School Board members voted to limit the number to 10 percent per grade. Rafferty said that if Mt. Ephraim participates, tuition from districts sending their students to this district could be an alternative revenue source, and that he would love to see programs brought back and more specials in the curriculum. Residents at the meeting expressed concerns that Mt. Ephraim could lose up to 10 percent... Read more →

Mt. Ephraim Volunteer Fire Dept. has Logged 36,098 Hours to Date

By Leigh Anne Hubbs Gloucester City News After the Mount Ephraim Wawa opened, borough officials noticed an increase in the number of accidents occurring on the stretch of Black Horse Pike in front of the convenience store. In an effort to increase safety, the Board of Commissioners approved a "no left turn" restriction for vehicles turning onto Black Horse Pike from 4th Avenue. This intersection is across the street from Wawa's entrance and exit. The amendment is to the borough's Traffic Ordinance, and the new law will take effect once the sign is installed. click advertisement for more information In other news leaf collection will commence this month, said Commissioner Bruce Greenwald, who advised residents that collection schedules will be posted around the borough in the coming weeks. Commissioner Andrew Gilmore said the Fire Department responded four fires, three mutual aid calls and six accidents in addition to many other... Read more →

Newspaper Publisher Says Gloucester City Waterfront Development is Moving to Slow

Albert J. Countryman Jr. Gloucester City News Election Analysis Gloucester City Democrats swept the recent General Election, despite big wins for Republicans nationwide. Also, Democratic state candidates in District Five won easily, and the party retained complete control of the Camden County Board of Freeholders. All the candidates made campaign promises to help Gloucester City to develop its Delaware River waterfront as a way to attract tourists and new businesses, and to breathe life into a City that had started dying after the loss of industrial jobs in the 1960s and 70s. Since that time, various development plans have been proposed – including Hollywood East and building more than 800 homes in Southport. But, the waterfront still looks a bit desolate. Perhaps City Council, the Freeholders, State Senator Donald W. Norcross and State Assemblyman Gilbert L. “Whip” Wilson can come up with a plan together, apply for federal stimulus funds,... Read more →

Francis L. Rein of Gloucester City, WWII Navy Veteran, Member of Historical Society

On November 19, 2010, of Gloucester City, NJ. Age 76 yrs. Beloved husband of Barbara F. (nee Frampton). Loving father of Kathleen Dolphin (Daniel), Mary Peterson (John), Kevin, Paul, Robert (Julie) and the late Francis L. Rein, cherished grandfather of 16 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his dear brother Paul Rein and his 2 stepchildren Lorna Estep and Dorothy May. Mr. Rein was a proud Navy veteran, a member of the Gloucester City Historical Society, an avid wood worker who loved building furniture, but most importantly was a devoted family man who cherished his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to meet Tuesday morning from 10:00 to 11:00am at the ETHERINGTON-CRERAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Powell St., GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ. A Catholic Prayer Service will be held 11:00am at the Funeral Home. Interment to follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Gloucester City.... Read more →

Hunting and Fishing : Video, A Remarkable Story; NRA News; Fall Oysters Season

By Anthony Mauro Sr. Recently, the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance (CF) sponsored a hunt for wounded warriors at Hudson Farm. It is impossible for my words to do the story justice. I will let Lieutenant Joe Caley tell his remarkable story, as only he can. His personal bravery and selflessness are portrayed toward the end of the story and are enormously inspirational. LT. Joe Caley, 8 pointer, bow kill, wounded warrior hunt, October, 2010. Location: Hudson Farm. Hello everyone, I wanted to share a hunting experience. I was invited to hunt in New Jersey this past week at Hudson Farm. This hunt was sponsored by the NJOA and the great folks at the Farm. I flew from Ft. Gordon, GA to Newark airport where I was met and driven to the town of Andover by Matt (Mathew James DelRusso.) I had not hunted for close to 4years is the Army... Read more →

Bill's Point of View: Do Away with Tammany Hall Style of Government in Gloucester City

BY BILL CLEARY Looking at the November election returns posted on the Camden County and Gloucester County websites one things stands out. Gloucester City is the only community still using the Ward system in this immediate area. For several years I along with others have been urging Mayor and Council to change Gloucester City’s out-dated form of government. The present system limits the chance of finding qualified residents who have an interest in serving in City government to run for office. The Wards system makes it even more difficult, as the candidate must live in that Ward to be able to serve in our form of government. Earlier this year Mayor William James appointed an Advisory Committee to study the issue and make recommendations to change it. Besides the Mayor, the committee consisted of former Gloucester City mayor Robert Bevan, former Gloucester City mayor Walt Jost, Board of Education president... Read more →

Obits: Joseph B. Collins, of Lake Harmony PA; Marion B. Rowan, of Gloucester City; Winifred A. Deal of Audubon; Mrs. Dorothy E. Anderson formerly of Bellmawr, Age 93

Joseph B. Collins Sr., of Lake Harmony PA , formerly of Gloucester City; Past President of Hospital Engineers Association of Southern NJ On November 19, 2010. Age 65. Of Lake Harmony, PA. Formerly of Gloucester City. Loving Husband of 44 years to Edna F. (Nee Kraft). Beloved father of Joseph B. Collins, Jr. (Bridget), John Collins, Mark Collins (Joann) and Maureen Collins. Devoted Brother of Jack Collins, Bernard Collins, Eileen Collins and the late Donna Collins. Cherished Grandfather of Alyssa, Joseph B. III, Mary Kathryn, Dominic and Margaret Anne “Maggie” Collins. Survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Joe was the former Director of Plant Engineering at Virtua Health Systems (West Jersey Hospital) in Voorhees NJ, Past President of the Hospital Engineers Association of Southern NJ and Delaware Valley, and ASHE member. Relatives, friends and former co-workers are kindly invited to attend his viewing on Monday Evening November 22, 2010... Read more →

Remembering Uncle Joe Barron, American War Hero

WEST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Here are some photo's of my uncle Joe Barron's banner displayed on Broadway in Gloucester City on Veterans Day. The people in the photo are my aunt Sally Miller my uncle Joe's sister, her daughter Cathy, her granddaughter and great granddaughter. Sue, Anne, and brothers Denny, Jack, Joe, and Michael Barron. This information was sent to me today by Michael Barron my cousin of the Barron Iron Works of Gloucester,City. Uncle Joe Barron is sadly missed by all the members of our extended family. I really miss my close family ties also and very good friends back in Gloucester City. But through the use of the computer we still manage to stay in touch all these years. A Brief History: Uncle Joe's ship the air craft carrier U.S.S. Franklyn C.V.A 13, was hit by several Japanese bomb blast and was attacked... Read more →

Gloucester Mustangs Football News

The 60lb Gloucester Mustangs win the Turkey Bowl in dramatic fashion as Jamison Gorman breaks a 7-7 tie with less than a minute to play to clinch the win 13-7. The Mustangs thank Logan Twp. For coming up to play us for a good cause. (proceeds of concession stand and 50-50’s went to Michael Battersby- a local boy who was recently seriously injured.) The 125lb Mustangs also were victorious as their high octane offense had the scoreboard busy at Gloucester High’s John A. Lynch Field. The Gloucester Boys outgunned a nice Haddon Heights Garnett team 41-20 and advanced to Round #2 of the SJIYFA playoffs. The 125’s face the #1 seed Haddonfield Saturday Nov 20th at 4:00 at Haddonfield High School.” Read more →

Brooklawn NJ: Early Morning Motor Vehicle Accident...Two People with Minor Injuries

photos and caption by Mike Wallace Early Saturday Morning around 330AM Brooklawn Emergency Services was dispatched for a report of an accident at 405 New Broadway. click photos to enlarge Chief Sam Cilurso 3440 arrived & reported a 1 car accident, a vehicle into a pole with the pole down on the highway. Firefighters worked to clear the roadway as BLS 3417 tended to & transported 2 minor injuries to Underwood Hospital. Related: Brooklawn MVA Read more →

Brooklawn: Motor Vehicle Accident, 1 Injury

photos and information provided by Mike Wallace Approximately 145PM on Friday November 19th Brooklawn Fire & EMS were dispatched to 801 Route 130 in front of the Days Inn for a motor vehicle accident. Moments later Bellmawr Rescue & EMS were added for a report of entrapment. Units arrived to find a 1 car accident with a car into the concrete median divider with 1 person injured and not trapped. Bellmawr Rescue 32 handled a small highway hazzard as Bellmawr EMS & Virtua Paramedics tended to the victim & transported to a local hospital. Read more →

FDA Issues Warning: Serious Concerns Over Alcoholic Beverages with Added Caffeine

Caffeinated alcoholic beverages, or CABs, are alcoholic beverages that contain caffeine as an additive and are packaged in combined form. Alcoholic beverages to which caffeine has been added as a separate ingredient have raised health concerns at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as in other federal, state, and local agencies. On Nov. 17, 2010, FDA announced that it had sent warning letters to four companies that make malt versions of these beverages, advising them that the caffeine included as a separate ingredient is an “unsafe food additive." These warning letters were not directed at alcoholic beverages that only contain caffeine as a natural constituent of one or more of their ingredients, such as a coffee flavoring. A Troubling Mix According to data and expert opinion, caffeine can mask sensory cues that people may rely on to determine how intoxicated they are. This means that individuals drinking these... Read more →

Mount Olive cop: Politicians caused pension woes

submitted by RC As a police officer in the state of New Jersey, I find myself unable to sit by while the current climate of public employee bashing continues under the misinformation fed to the public by the media and our current governor. While I can not comment on the teacher’s retirement system, I can speak about the Police and Fire Retirement Fund (PFRS), and more specifically, how it has been mishandled by some of our elected officials. The truth should come out, and the public has a right to know how we got to where we are today. Long before I became a police officer, the state of New Jersey enacted a law which required police officers and firemen to contribute a certain percentage of their salary into the state’s “secure” pension fund. Throughout my 22 year career, I have paid 8.5 percent of my salary, as mandated by... Read more →

Congressional Members' Personal Wealth Expands Despite Sour National Economy

Related: NJ Senator Lautenberg worth $100 million plus The Center for Responsive Politics Press release By Communications on November 17, 2010 WASHINGTON — Members of Congress are enjoying their own financial stimulus. Despite a stubbornly sour national economy congressional members’ personal wealth collectively increased by more than 16 percent between 2008 and 2009, according to a new study by the Center for Responsive Politics of federal financial disclosures released earlier this year. And while some members’ financial portfolios lost value, no need to bemoan most lawmakers’ financial lot: Nearly half of them -- 261 -- are millionaires, a slight increase from the previous year, the Center’s study finds. That compares to about 1 percent of Americans who lay claim to the same lofty fiscal status. And of these congressional millionaires, 55 have an average calculated wealth in 2009 of $10 million or more, with eight in the $100 million-plus range.... Read more →

Bellmawr Council Honors Two Members of EMS Unit

By Chris Concannon Gloucester City News Two members of Bellmawr’s EMS Unit were honored with citations at the recent Bellmawr Borough Council meeting. Bellmawr Fire Chief Jim Burleigh presented the awards to Michael Cox Jr. and Charles “CJ” Ruff. They were honored for saving the life of Joseph Toomey, who went into cardiac arrest August 4. Cox and Ruff responded to Mr. Toomey’s home and, using an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), re-started his heart function. Then, they took him to a local hospital. A very thankful Toomey was at the meeting for the presentation. Well-known to residents, he is a retired Bellmawr Sewer Director. EMS Supervisor Chuck Hannum said this was one of three cardiac saves within the past year, which is unheard of in the EMS community. He said Bellmawr EMS’s response time has improved by 9 percent. In other news, a thank you card was read from the... Read more →


Citizens of Gloucester City, There is no shortage of citizens with good ideas about how to improve our city. There is no shortage of citizens who are looking for a way forward, looking for a path to change. But there is a shortage of leaders that are offering a way forward that is based on the long-term interests of the city. The lack of a path forward is wasting those good ideas and risks imperiling Gloucester City. The Combined Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Board is currently writing a new Gloucester City Master Plan. A Master Plan is supposed to reflect the community’s vision and long-term interests. A Master Plan outlines problems and proposes solutions for healthy, viable, and desired growth. Such an endeavor should keep citizens informed about the process and involve them in the solutions; after all, it is our city. Master Plans and zoning laws were invented to... Read more →

Rack Moving; Countdown to PA Deer Season; Field Forecasts; Online Harvest Reporting

related category Hunting and Fishing Notes from the Field: The nighttime Gray Ghost Nine Point Buck only moves during the night hours since my trail camera has been attach to the tree for approximately a month. Late night photo of the Grey Ghost On November 11th at 9:30 in the morning he broke his night time rule. I was working that time and missed him. If only I was retired or had a crystal ball. Gary Devine Editors Note: If you have a story or photo for this column that you would like to share with our readers send it to COUNTDOWN TO DEER SEASON HAS BEGUN HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s only unofficial holiday - the Monday after Thanksgiving, which marks the opening day of the two-week general deer season - will feature nearly 750,000 individuals sporting fluorescent orange and camouflage clothing throughout Penn’s Woods, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission... Read more →

Attacked Pennsylvania Corrections Officer Dies: News A Crawford County corrections officer died yesterday after being attacked by an inmate in October, according to The Erie Times-News. Officer Cary M. Chapin, 49, was attacked by 24-year-old Gregory G. Brown on Oct. 13 at the correctional facility in Saegertown. He did not regain consciousness following the attack and was pronounced dead at approximately 2:40 a.m. at the Wesbury United Methodist Community in Meadville. The inmate was charged with aggravated assault, assault by a prisoner and reckless endangerment following the incident. Officials are awaiting the results of an autopsy before determining whether additional charges will be filed. will provide more information on this story as it becomes available via Read more →

Sister Christine Hartnett: Most Thankful for the People in Gloucester City

Motherhouse at Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia) By Lois Staas Gloucester City News “There is no end to this road,” thought Miss Christine Hartnett as she traveled on the NJ turnpike August 10, 1955, in 102 degree weather after her arrival in the United States. This was quite a change for someone originally from a small rural town of single lane dirt road in County Cork, Ireland. Born on December 22 to Mary and Joseph Hartnett, the second of three children – Maurice, Christine, and Bridie—Miss Hartnett was on her way to stay with her uncle in America and continue her education. In just three years Miss Hartnett would enter the convent of the Dominican Sisters of the Holy Rosary at their motherhouse in Newburgh, NY, as Sr. John Kathleen, O. P. Gloucester City knows her as our very own Sr. Christine Hartnett. Sister was... Read more →

OVERVIEW: The Black Market in Bluefin - The Center for Public Integrity

Along the Mediterranean coast of France, in the city of Montpellier, prosecutors are quietly putting on trial an ancient French tradition — the fishing and trading of the majestic Eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna, a sushi delicacy sold in restaurants from New York to Tokyo. The still-secret proceedings accuse some of France’s most prominent fishing masters of illegally catching several hundred tons of the prized bluefin, a fish so severely plundered in the Mediterranean that this year it was proposed for listing as an endangered species alongside panda bears. Bluefin tuna is one of the sea’s most valuable species, a highly migratory fish that can weigh more than 500 kilograms and live 40 years. One large fish can fetch more than $100,000 in Japan, which consumes around 80 percent of the global bluefin market. The widely hunted bluefin has also become a bellwether, the latest threatened species in a feeding frenzy... Read more →

NJ Congressional Races: Who Raised the Most Money

New Jersey: Congressional Races Race All Candidates Amount Raised District 01 Incumbent Re-elected Robert E. Andrews (D) * Dale Mark Glading (R) Margaret M Chapman (I) Mark Heacock (3) Nicky I. Petrutz (I) William Kern (L) $1,348,652 $41,626 $0 $0 $0 $0 District 02 Incumbent Re-elected Frank A. LoBiondo (R) * Gary Stein (D) Mark Lovett (I) $1,101,676 $0 $0 District 03 John H. Adler (D) * Jon Runyan (R) Peter M. Destefano (3) Russ Conger (L) Lawrence J. Donahue (I) $3,094,160 $1,268,297 $6,722 $0 $0 District 04 Incumbent Re-elected Chris Smith (R) * Howard Kleinhendler (D) Joseph A. Siano (L) Steven Welzer (3) David R. Meiswinkle (I) $661,516 $100,323 $0 $0 $0 District 05 Incumbent Re-elected Scott Garrett (R) * Tod Theise (D) Ed Fanning (3) James Douglas Radigan (I) Mark D. Quick (I) $1,593,392 $20,679 $0 $0 $0 District 06 Incumbent Re-elected Frank Pallone Jr (D) * Anna... Read more →

To the Governor of NJ, State Legislators, Camden County Freeholders, Brooklawn Mayor and Borough Council

Recently my neighborhood was re assessed and on this past Friday I received the information that has caused myself some concern. The Camden County Board of taxation has doubled the assessed value of my house which now has added well over 500.00 dollars a year to my property tax bill. This is totally beyond acceptability considering I have been working since I was 16 served 4 years in the US navy and have never been a burden to the system (employed for 30 years). I find it very hard to keep my loyalties to New Jersey when year after year Taxes grow faster than any salary increase I have ever had the opportunity to acquire. Something needs to be done here. I have made a appointment to review this issue on Wednesday the 17th locally in my town with the Tax Assessors. I understand the game that is being played... Read more →

Helen M. Daddazio of Bellmawr, Loyal Phillies Fan; Enjoyed Summers in Wildwood

DADDAZIO, Helen M., (nee Pinizzotto) 59, of Bellmawr on November 13, 2010 with her loving family by her side Helen devoted her time and affections to her family and often spent her summers on the shores of Wildwood. As a loyal Phillies fan, Helen cheered her team on every season, often from the stands. She also enjoyed her time on the bowling lanes with her loving family beside her. Beloved daughter of Helen and the late Carlo; Devoted wife of Raymond, Sr.; Loving mother of Anthony, Bernadette, Maria, Ray, Lisa and Cynthia; Dear sister of Michael Frances, Rosemarie, Teresa, Joann, Carla, Joseph, John, Patrick and Maryann; Adoring grandmother of 14 and great grandmother of 4. Visitation Thursday evening 6:30 to 9 PM and Friday morning 8:30 to 9:15 AM in the McGUINNESS FUNERAL HOME, 34 Hunter St., Woodbury, NJ; Mass of Resurrection 10 AM Friday in the Infant Jesus Parish... Read more →

New Jersey Federation of Sportsmen Clubs News

News for the week of November 15 submitted by Bill Schemel for Federation awards now being accepted Three awards given by the Federation to worthy individuals are the Keith Griffiths Memorial award, the Frank Valgenti award and the George P. Howard Conservation award. The Keith Griffiths Memorial award is presented to a Federation member who best exemplifies the dedication and service to the Federation at either the county or state level. The award winner must be a Federation member. The Frank Valgenti award is given to the a person who promotes hunting, fishing and trapping in the state of New Jersey. This person does not have to be a Federation member and can be anyone in the public sector or legislative office. The George P. Howard Conservation award is given to an individual who has shown by example ways in which he or she has helped conserve the natural resources... Read more →

Albert DaCosta Jr., WW II Navy Veteran, Brooklawn Senior Citizens Member

On November 12, 2010. Age 83. Resident of Laurel Lake Estates in Voorhees. Formerly a longtime resident of Brooklawn. Loving and devoted husband to the late Helen N. (nee Thompson). Beloved uncle of Robert J. Pilkauskas and his wife Dorothy. Albert proudly served our country during WW II in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the US LST Association, the Naval Memorial in Washington, D.C. and the Brooklawn Senior Citizens. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his viewing on Wednesday morning from 9 to 10 AM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City, NJ. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am at St. Maurice R.C. Church: 401 Community Rd., Brooklawn. Interment with U.S. Navy Military Honors at New St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr. In lieu of flowers, donations to Samaritan Hospice: 5 Eves Drive, Suite 300, Marlton, NJ 08053. Please write... Read more →

This Week's Rumors; Amspec Coming Down; NJ Residents Favor Layoffs of Public Employees; Outrageous

TIPS AND SNIPPETS By Bill Cleary Yo! Bill Have You Heard This One? You have to wonder sometimes where the people who start the rumors that float around Gloucester City get their information. And why don’t they approach our public officials for the answer (s) instead of spreading the gossip all over town before they know if it is true or not? Privately I am told some individuals fear retaliation from the power brokers in our City especially those who have city jobs. Another reason could be they don’t trust politicians to tell the truth be they local, county, state or federal so why bother to ask a question. In an effort to clear up the latest rumors I asked Mayor Bill James if it was true that he was going to resign and the Democrat Club would name Councilman Nick Marchese to the position. Also circulating over ClearysNoteBook this... Read more →

The Grey Ghost; NJ Politicians Want Names of NRA Members; Bear and Beaver/Otter Lottery; GIS Classes

Hunting and Fishing News compiled by The Grey Ghost-Gary Devine has set up a camera to record deer feeding near his tree stand over the past few days. He writes, "My nine point buck walked pass the bait pile after 9:45pm last night. He was so close that when he moves the body parts moving are distorted. I hope the Rut or Tink's spray pulls him out of his daytime bed so I can get a look at him in the daylight." Gary's camera also caught a photo of a small spike that visited his hunting area in the daylight. Note: If you like to share your hunting or fishing experience with our readers send the information and photos to NRA: New Jersey Politicians Want a List of Members and Their Employers! In a blatant attempt by entrenched New Jersey politicians to strong arm citizens who oppose their... Read more →


Today, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC ) along with Mayor Nutter and City and State Officials broke ground for the Race Street Pier, the first new public space of its kind on the Central Delaware River Waterfront. In addition to breaking ground for this new park, DRWC announced a new initiative, the Race Street Connector, which will create a new attractive and dramatic experience for residents and visitors from Old City to walk, bike or drive from 2nd and Race Streets to Columbus Boulevard to this exciting new pier. "After years of planning and discussion the revitalization of the Delaware River waterfront is beginning to quickly take shape, driven by world-class design and community involvement," said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. "The Race Street Pier will be a spectacular new park which will engage people from the adjacent neighborhoods, people from all parts of the City and tourists in a... Read more →

Join the Bellmawr Fire Department

Recruitment Volunteer’s Needed At least 14 years of age. The Bellmawr Fire Department is actively seeking firefighters, & administrative members. Be part of one of the most progressive volunteer emergency response organizations in the nation. Training is provided and the benefits are rewarding. Basic Requirements Getting started with the Bellmawr Fire Department is easy. Completion of a membership application. Willing to help your community. General Membership Benefits The Bellmawr Fire Department provides an outstanding atmosphere with state-of-the-art apparatus and equipment and these benefits... Free Training: All firefighting, rescue and emergency medical training is provided. Partial College tuition for you and or a member of your family. A great sense of community and serving a good cause. Use of one of our three Banquet halls. Leadership: Opportunities for advancement and responsibility on both the operational and administrative side of the Bellmawr Fire Department. Family: Camaraderie and lifelong friendships. And So Much... Read more →

William F. Moen, of Bellmawr, WW II Army Veteran

On November 11, 2010, Veterans Day. Age 85. Of Bellmawr. Loving and devoted husband of 60 years to the late Dolores R. Moen (nee Blackburn). Loving father of Edward (Dorothy), William F. (Donna), James J. (Anita) and Lynn F. (Keith) Moen. Loving grandfather of Jennifer, Chance, Nicholas, William Jr. and Josh. Loving brother of Eleanor McKinney and Jean McLaughlin. William proudly served our country during WW II in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Runnemede VFW Post #3324. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his viewing on Tuesday morning from 10 AM to 12 noon at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City, NJ. Interment with U.S. Army Military Honors at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations to NJ Veterans Memorial Home: 524 North West Blvd. Vineland, NJ 08360. Please write in the memo: William... Read more →


PA Game Commission Press Release HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer (WCO) David L. Grove was shot and killed in the line of duty while on patrol around 10:30 p.m., on Nov. 11, along Shrivers Road in Freedom Township, Adams County. Grove, age 31, of Fairfield, Adams County, was investigating reports of ongoing night-time shooting and possible poaching activity in the area. The Pennsylvania State Police is leading the investigation into the killing of WCO Grove. Prior to this incident, the last Game Commission Officer to have been shot and killed in the line of duty was Game Protector Joseph McHugh in Weatherly, Carbon County, on Nov. 7, 1915. “We are shocked and saddened by the killing of WCO Grove,” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. “He was a bright, young officer who was dedicated to conserving Pennsylvania’s wildlife resources, and promoting our state’s rich hunting... Read more →

OFFICER DOWN: Pennsylvania Conservation Officer Shot, Killed

: Officer Down News at Story by GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- State police are searching for a person of interest in the fatal shooting of a wildlife conservation officer Thursday night. Christopher Lynn Johnson is a person of interest in the shooting, police said. The on-duty officer, who works for the state Game Commission, was found dead. The shooting happened at about 10:45 p.m. in the area of Schriver and Red Rock roads south of the Gettysburg Battlefield in Freedom Township. Police have named Christopher Lynn Johnson, 27, as a person of interest in the shooting. Johnson should be treated as armed and dangerous, police said. He may be injured and in need of medical treatment. They are searching for a 1999 blue Chevrolet 4 x 4 extended cab pickup truck with Pa. license plate YWC 7472. Anyone with information is asked to call State Police in Gettysburg at... Read more →

Glassboro To Receive Gift Of New Fire Truck

Rowan Boulevard’s Developer, Sora Holdings, Working With Mayor and Council To Upgrade Fire Department Equipment Glassboro, NJ, November 9, 2010 ---- The fire protection and safety of the Glassboro community will receive a major gift in early December, as Sora Holdings, the developer of the borough’s $300 million Rowan Boulevard downtown revitalization project, donates a new aerial ladder truck to the Glassboro Fire Department. “This is an excellent example of how a public-private partnership benefits the community. We have been discussing with Sora the need to upgrade our existing fleet of fire trucks, especially with the height of some of the new Rowan Boulevard buildings, and Sora’s generous donation enables us to do this at no expense to the taxpayers,” said Glassboro Mayor Leo McCabe. For Sora, the donation represents being a good neighbor. According to Greg Filipek and Tom Fore, the principals of Sora Holdings, the designated master redeveloper... Read more →

Plan Taking Shape to Restore North Philadelphia Waterfront

By Paul Racette, Watershed Programs Manager, Pennsylvania Environmental Council The tidal Delaware River, like many urban rivers, is undergoing a 21st century transformation thanks to the creation ofgreenways, parks, and trails along waterfronts long dominated by indus- trial enterprises. The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) is leading an effort to identify ecological restoration opportunities along the North Philadelphia waterfront. The East Coast Greenway, a multi-use recreational trail that will run from Maine to Florida, is being stitched together through this riverfront reach. Focusing on areas between the trail and the river, PEC and its partners have assessed restora- tion opportunities across the upland, riverbank, and tidal wetland areas. PEC coordinates an urban waterfront workgroup under the umbrella of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary’s Regional Restoration Initiative. The workgroup developed and applied habitat, site-wide, and recreational criteria to prioritize restoration oppor- tunities. Results of this assessment are documented in the November... Read more →

Mount Ephraim Students of the Month for October

photo and caption by Leigh Ann Hubbs CONGRATULATIONS-From left to right, Second grade Brady Small, Third grade Chelsea Bocchicchio, Fourth grade John Myers, Sixth grade Georgana Stewart, Seventh grade Bill DiLolle and Eight grade Jade Carson. Not in photo are First grade winner Vincent Minyon and Fifth grade winner Kyle Evans. MOUNT EPHRAIM SCHOOL CONFERENCE REMINDERS Read more →

Some Big Fish; Take Your Parent Fishing; Pheasant Farm Dedicated; PA Elk Hunters Successful in 2010 Harvest 41 Elk

HUNTING AND FISHING compiled by Wow How About these Stripers? Captain Bob Bevan and son, Gregg fished the Delaware Bay on Friday, Nov. 5th. A little rough Bob said (white caps, did you say?) Capt. And son headed out about 9:30 a.m., waited, waited, waited and finally at about 2:30 p.m. they had their first “run off”. While Gregg was anxious to net the “Big Fish”, Capt. Bob said wait a little more until the fish tires itself and then we’ll net it. BINGO! What a catch. And 20 minutes later, another “run off” and another BIG STRIPER! Banner day, Captain! Thanks Dad! story continues below click advertisement for photos..... Take Your Parent Fishing Shakespeare, the national leader in youth fishing tackle products, is holding a middle school drawing contest with the theme "Take Your Parent Fishing". The contest is part of a Shakespeare effort to engage students, their... Read more →