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November 2010

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... 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 CNBNews.net 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... Read more →


DELAWARE RIVER WATERFRONT CORPORATION BREAKS GROUND FOR THE RACE STREET PIER

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... 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... 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... Read more →


Pet Tips: Links of Interest

by Dawn Watson I’m often asked how to get in touch with animal rescue groups or animal shelters. Sometimes I get calls about wounded or lost animals and I’m always willing to help. I’ve decided that this week’s column should be devoted to Internet links that may help you, whether you’re looking for a pet, you’ve lost a pet, or you’ve discovered an animal in distress. In addition to the web addresses listed below, you can always do a Google search to find a breed-specific rescue group. These rescue groups will pick up dogs that need to be re-homed, or... Read more →


GAME COMMISSION WCO GROVE KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY

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... Read more →


The Fantasy Football Fanatic: Dan "Snake" Watson

Hello again, Fantasy Football Fans and welcome to Week 10. Well it finally happened; I lost last week and my record is now 8-1. I hope to get back on track so that my league doesn't begin razzing me! (Having Roddy White was a step in the right direction). Let’s look at this week’s games: QUARTERBACKS Ben Roethlisberger plays host to New England this week and although he’s struggled in his last two games against New Orleans and Cincinnati, he should recover here and have a good game. The Patriots have allowed 5 QBs to pass for multiple TDs this... Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: Pennsylvania Conservation Officer Shot, Killed

: Officer Down News at Officer.com Story by wgal.com 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... 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... Read more →


He Travelled as a Polish-American Ambassador

By Raymond Rolak Courtesy of www.mypolishtimes.com World Famous, Native Son Passes TROY-- In 1992, I became acquainted with Eddie Lubanski. When I was a little boy, I would watch him on Saturday television with my father. They had cigars. When I became Chairman of the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame, I got associated with Eddie Lubanski. He was much older and so very gracious when I told him the parallels between our fathers and baseball and bowling. Even more attentive was he, when I started to brag about Detroit and cigars. Eddie Lubanski was an original Motor City Ambassador.... Read more →


Video: Gloucester City Veterans Day Ceremony

Thursday, November 11, 2010...video by CNBNews.net GLOUCESTER CITY NJ-Monsignor Curran, pastor of Saint Mary Parish, Gloucester City opens the City's Veterans Day ceremony held at the Broadway War monuments with a prayer and a blessing. related: American Hero related category Film related: Our Men and Women in the Military click advertisement for school website 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... 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 CNBNEWS.net 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... Read more →


Planning Board Shoots Down Moving Library to Riverfront; Fire and Police Depts. Need More Room

By Anthony Wojtkowiak Gloucester City News The Planning Board agreed that the Gloucester City Library should not be relocated during a special meeting October 27 to discuss the Master Plan. Library Director Elizabeth Egan, one of five City officials to give presentations during the meeting, told board members that the space and location of the present library are inadequate. “When I came to the directorship of the Gloucester City Library in 1989, we were serving 42,000 people a year. In the last three years we have averaged 83,582 people,” she said. Alternate Board Member Elena King challenged the need for... Read more →


Mayor James Welcomes Owners of McMichael’s Pub and Grill

related video's of council meeting By Sara Martino Gloucester City News An added improvement to the Burlington Street area is expected to occur once the new pub is renovated and opened to the public. Mayor William James and Gloucester City Council approved the transfer of the plenary, retail consumption license during last week’s meeting. The license was transferred from the Auld Dubliner at 157 S. Burlington Street to Louis J. Faragasso Jr., and the mayor wished the new owners good luck. Faragasso said he is looking forward to serving the customers, plans to make definite improvements, and hopes to open... Read more →


Letters: LACK OF BELLMAWR LEADERSHIP

As a resident and citizen for 20 years, I observed first-hand at a recent Borough Council meeting the apparent lack of leadership in Bellmawr. I received a flyer in the mail from another Bellmawr citizen listing concerns about the speed limits not being observed on both Creek and Browning roads. As a father of three children, I thought it was a good idea to attend the meeting to see what may come out of the meeting. Well, I was mistaken and displeased at what I observed and heard at the Council meeting I attended on October 21. I was disappointed... Read more →


Letters: City of Gloucester City Says "Thank You" to Cleanup Volunteers

The Mayor, City Council and the Public Works Department would like to thank all the people who participated in our semi-annual Clean-Up Day October 23 in Gloucester City. More than 375 people from 30 different groups picked up 250 bags of trash, tires, clothing and concrete, etc. from Market Street, Collins Avenue, Broadway, the High School, Martin’s Lake, Miller’s Pond, the railroad tracks, parks, playgrounds and the ball fields. These individuals and groups worked hard and should be commended for their volunteerism and community spirit. photo: Mayor William P. James The number of groups and individuals are too numerous to... Read more →


Video Grizzly vs. Bison; PA Game Commission Bear Hunting Tips

HUNTING AND FISHING NEWS compiled by CNBNews.Net Grizzly versus Bison: the rest of the story | KRTV.com | Great Falls, Montana Alex Wypyszinski had just dropped off his wife at work and had a few hours to kill one morning last April. Wypyszinski says he likes to spend his free time in the morning snapping photos of wildlife in the park. Of course, he usually has to search the animals out. It all started when he was driving in the Fountain Flats area, located between the Madison Junction and Old Faithful, when he heard an unusual sound. But Wypyszinski says... Read more →


ANN ARBOR POLISH FILM FESTIVAL IN 17th YEAR

By Raymond Rolak “Lights……Camera……Action”……..those calls have been made. Now it is the time to view the results with the presentations of the Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival. It is the 17th year and airings will be on November 19th and 20th. All previews will be at the Michigan Theater and Lorch Hall Auditorium on the University of Michigan campus. Presentations will be in Polish with English subtitles. The Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival is sponsored by the Polish Cultural Fund-Ann Arbor in cooperation with the Polish-American Congress Ann Arbor Chapter, the University of Michigan's Polish Club, and the University of... Read more →


Video: Work Has Begun on the Proprietor's Park/Freedom Pier Walkway

Video by ClearysNoteBook. Music, Hall and Oats, Sugarland Work has begun on the Proprietors Park/Freedom Pier Walkway in Gloucester City, New Jersey. Located on the Delaware River, Proprietors Park can be access via King Street. Presently construction crews are expanding the riverwalk. The plans call for extending the present riverwalk from the Park around the Coast Guard pier to Monmouth Street. The plans include new lighting, iron fencing, teak benches, and trash receptacles. Completion date in November 2010 pending weather conditions. Cost for the Freedom Pier Walkway is $387,391. The low bidder was Bud Concrete of Sewell. Funding is provided... Read more →


Mary M. Valenti, of Audubon, Owner of Valenti Hair Styling

(March 18, 1921 - November 5, 2010) Mary L. (nee Ditore), on November 5, 2010, of Audubon. Age 89. Beloved wife of the late Corry Valenti and Michael Giampietro. Devoted mother of Joseph Valenti and John Valenti (Joan). Loving grandmom of Terry Marchetta (Nick), Tina Caruso (Matt), Renee Valenti and Danielle Haas and great grandmom of Niko, Gianna and Natale. Mary was a member of the Hairdressers Guild of New Jersey and was owner of Valenti Hair Styling in Audubon. Relatives and friends are invited to the viewing from 8:30 to 10:30am Wednesday at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Mass... Read more →


A Record Buck; Hunting and Fishing A Constitutional Right; Rockport Game Farm;

HUNTING AND FISHING NEWS compiled by CNBNews.net Corfu man could end up with record buck By Scott DeSmit sdesmit@batavianews.com | DARIEN New York -- Matt Gober starts his story by admitting that he threw up. That's what happens when he deer hunts. Not when he sees a nice buck. Not when he draws back and gives aim. No. He's calm as can be when the buck is in his sites. It's after the kill when it catches up to him so that's how he began telling the story of how he came across and bagged what could be the biggest... Read more →


Just Sayin': Holidays

Christmas is coming. I know it’s coming because the leaves are beginning to fall from the trees and television commercials have stopped calling political candidates names and are now telling us what toys to buy. Sometimes, the voice-over is the same guy. If he got his scripts mixed up Rob Andrews would be available at Toys R Us and they’d throw in a free Lautenberg to the first hundred buyers. I figure we have one paycheck coming before the big event but a lot of that will be spent on Thanksgiving. Unless I decide that it’s going to be pot... Read more →


Pet Tip of the Week: Pet Store Purchase vs. Adoption

Puppies whining in a front window. Sad-eyed kittens pleading for attention. A ferret running in circles out of sheer boredom. Most of us have seen animals in pet stores, desperate for attention. Many of us have succumbed to the temptation and purchased the dog, or cat, or ferret, and provided him with a loving home. A heated debate has raged for decades about adopting from a rescue group or shelter vs. purchasing an animal in a pet store. Which ‘side’ are you on? The fact is, whether the animal is in a pet store or a shelter, he or she... Read more →


The Fantasy Football Fanatic: Dan "Snake" Watson

Hello again, fellow fanatics and welcome to week 9. Amazing that we’re half way through the season already. Even more amazing that I’m 8-0 in one league and 6-2 in the other. I sincerely hope everyone of my readers is doing as well if not better. Let’s get things started! QUARTERBACK Matt Ryan is hosting Tampa Bay this week. Ryan is having a quietly great season. More importantly, in three games at home this year he’s averaging 266 yds with 7tds and 3 interceptions. The Falcons have the Bucs as a favorable matchup in Atlanta. The Bucs have given up... Read more →


American Heroes : 46 Servicemen Killed in October Fighting in Afghanistan War

10-30-2010 Land, Brett W. Zhari district Army 10-29-2010 Maldonado, Pedro A. Kandalay Army 10-28-2010 Dickmyer, Adam L. Kandahar Army 10-27-2010 Honeycutt Jr., Terry E. Helmand Marine 10-27-2010 Kirspel Jr., Michael D. Khwaja Kinti Army 10-24-2010 Moffitt, Thomas A. Sarobi District Army 10-24-2010 Dupont, Steven L. Rangrizan Army 10-23-2010 Pallares, Ronnie J. Andar district Army 10-21-2010 McAninch, Kenneth K. Yahya Khel district Army 10-20-2010 Jenkins, Gerald R. Maquan, Zhari District Army 10-19-2010 Cullins, Joshua J. Helmand Marine 10-19-2010 Jackson, Francisco R. Helmand Marine 10-17-2010 Villarreal Jr., Jorge Helmand Marine 10-16-2010 Tawney, Ian M. Helmand Marine 10-15-2010 Boelk, James D. Helmand Marine... Read more →


Bill's Point of View: Good Riddance; A Quiet Man

By Bill Cleary GOOD RIDDANCE -Thank God the 2010 election is over. The endless campaign commercials on television were annoying. The election process in our country has gotten out of hand. You must raise millions of dollars to run for a seat in the House or Senate. And many of those politicians that were successful took contributions from big corporations to help fund their campaign. Although they will deny they owe any obligation to their contributors their voting records will show just the opposite Locally there were no suprises. The incumbents, Mayor Bill James, and council members, John Hutchinson, Bruce... Read more →


Photos of the Grey Ghost; Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day; Black Bear Tips; Sussex County Sportsmen's News

HUNTING AND FISHING compiled by CNBNEWS.net The Grey Ghost A customer gave me permission to bow hunt his farm property. I bought my first trail camera that takes pictures on any movement day or night. I put the camera out in the woods on Thursday afternoon. My cousin has giant oak trees in his backyard. So I been filling buckets up with large acorns and putting them out in front of the camera on the ground. My intent was to see if there was anything worth hunting on the property. By Sunday night at 8:30 pm I had 352 photos... Read more →


Letters: Adam Says Thank You for your Support

THANK YOU On September 11, 2010, a fundraiser was held in my name at the Brooklawn American Legion, Post 72. On behalf of my family and myself, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our family, friends and the many businesses for their help in making the fundraiser a huge success. It was an extraordinary night that I will never be able to forget. The success of the event was overwhelming and was a direct result of the generosity and hard work of everyone who dedicated their time and efforts to make it happen. The proceeds... Read more →


Gloucester City Election Results for 2010

write in votes not included (click to enlarge)...a quick look Mayor James re-elected along with Hutchinson, Parry and Ferry First Ward results Second Ward results Third Ward results Have You Seen Full Election Results? If you haven’t yet seen a town-by-town roundup of election results in Camden County, all that information can be found at www.camdencounty.com Read more →


Mt. Ephraim School District Misplaced 2007-08 Unemployment Compensation Claims Payment; Cost To Taxpayers $15,432.39

By Leigh Anne Hubbs Gloucester City News Mt. Ephraim School District Business Administrator Melissa Raywood, at last month's board meeting, said the business office will now review outstanding checks on a monthly basis after an Unemployment Compensation claims payment from the 2007-08 school year was misplaced costing the district $15,432.39 in interest and penalties. Raywood said the board office should have been more diligent. In other matters, Superintendent Joseph Rafferty said Mount Ephraim will consider participating in the “Interdistrict Public School Choice Program Act of 2010” during last week’s Board of Education (BOE) meeting. The Act had been signed into... Read more →


"Seven-Five-Three-Festival in Japan"

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Three rituals in one on November 15th celebrating children as they grow up new parents are naturaly pleased and relieved to have their new born arrive safe and sound, but the worries continue, till the age of three, and then on to five...it seems that worring comes with being a parent. Odd numbers are considered significant in certain kind of numerology in Japan. (The third, fifth and seventh years of a childs life are thus viewed as important periods.) There is a saying,"up till seven they're in the hands of the gods,"that expresses the... Read more →


Rose M. Schemelia, formerly of Gloucester City; John H. Best, of Bellmawr

Rose M. Schemelia, 14 Grandchildren, 11 Great-Grandchilden On October 31, 2010, of Chesilhurst, formerly of Gloucester City, NJ. Age 83 years. Beloved wife of the late Clifford E. Schemelia Sr. and dear friend of Jim Johnson. Loving mother of Clifford E., Jr.(Patty), Lawrence E. (Ruth) and David Schemelia (Theresa). Cherished grandmother of 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Dear sister of Theresa, Darlene, Mary, Greg and the late Charles and Glenn. Relatives and friends are invited to meet Thursday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at the ETHERINGTON-CRERAN FUNERAL HOME 700 Powell St., Gloucester City. Funeral Services will be held... Read more →


DIESEL IS RESCUED

Residents of the 700 block of Market Street in Gloucester City united today to rescue a now-famous cat that had been stuck in a tree for over 24 hours. Friends and neighbors of Helen and Mike had tried in vain to coax the cat, named Diesel, down from his scary perch since yesterday. The fire department was called but there was no where to safely align the ladder in order to reach Diesel, and so he spent a cold, windy night, crying pitifully, in the tree. Today, neighbors decided to take matters into their own hands. A young man named... Read more →


Independent Candidates Oppose Democrat Incumbents in both Gloucester City and Bellmawr

By Albert J. Countryman Jr. Gloucester City News Gloucester City Democrats face opposition from Independents in the General Election Tuesday, November 2. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The same is true in Bellmawr, although Republicans did not put up a slate in either municipality. Local voters will have the following choices: GLOUCESTER CITY Incumbent Democratic Mayor William James will be challenged for a four-year term by Independent Nicholas Schultz, under the slogan “Save Our City.” Schultz is a paid Gloucester City fireman, one of the 8 firemen scheduled to be laid off because of a budget... Read more →


Residents Complained about "Drug Activity" Near Charles J. Sauter Jr. Park

By Chris Concannon Gloucester City News BELLMAWR NJ-David M. “Dave” Duncan was sworn in as Interim Councilman at the recent Bellmawr Council meeting by Borough Solicitor Robert Messick. Chosen to complete the unexpired term of the late Peter Dee Sr., Duncan will also run for the same seat on Council on November 2. Councilwoman Regina Piontkowski, previously set to retire as her current term expires in January 2011, will also run again to keep the Council seat she has had for several years. Following the swearing-in, winners of the annual Fire Prevention Poster Contest were announced, by Bellmawr Fire Department... Read more →


October 2010 CHEERS AND JEERS

BY BILL CLEARY CHEER to the Gloucester City School District Department of Special Services (that’s Special Ed) who work tirelessly to help the children and their families. They are trying to build up a “Parents Helping Parents” group with regular meetings for parents to get together to hear pertinent information. Unfortunately, time and again, very few parents come out to these meetings, and their time and energies are for naught. signed a Parent JEER to the many who don’t seem to know rules of the road. I frequently find that drivers stopped at intersections such as Monmouth and Broadway do... Read more →