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December 2010

American Legions Launches New Online Tool to Help Veterans

The American Legion has launched a new online tool aimed at helping veterans and their families learn about and understand the benefits entitled to them. The American Legion Veterans Benefits Calculator gives veterans and their families a simple questionnaire and easy access to service officers who can help them with their claims. click advertisement "This tool proves useful and provides enough information to let veterans know where to get started," said John Hickey, American Legion Department Service Officer for Indiana. "Many veterans do not realize some of the benefits they are entitled to and this will help them get pointed... Read more →

American Honda Recalls Snowblowers Due to Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. Name of Product: Honda snowblowers Units: About 18,500 Importer: American Honda Motor Co. Inc., of Torrance, Calif. Hazard: The fuel tank joint and O-ring located on the underside of the fuel tank can seep or drip fuel over time, posing a fire hazard. Incidents/Injuries: Honda has received 90 reports of fuel... Read more →

Dec. 29 Video of Gloucester City Council Meeting

Video provided by John Schmidt Acting Gloucester City Clerk Kathy Jentsch chairs the December 29, 2010 council meeting held at 4:15 pm at the municipal building 512 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. In order to have a quorum Mayor William James and Councilman Nick Marchese, who were not present, vote via conference phone. Related articles Firemen's Union is Against the Privatizing of Ambulance Service ( Gloucester City Firefighters Thanks Residents for Support ( Better Communications are Needed between Gloucester City Government and the People ( Council Honors Sister Christine Hartnett ( Gloucester City News Headlines for Dec. 28th ( Letters: City... Read more →

Better Communications are Needed between Gloucester City Government and the People

Bill's Point of View By Bill Cleary It’s time to change the way the City government has communicated with you. The Independent team is a proponent of supporting and informing the City News of all major and current developments within the community. “We are a strong proponent for more informative use of Channel 19 and for bringing Council meetings back to Channel 19 so everyone can see what actions City government is taking in your behalf. ~Gloucester City Independent Democrat Mayor candidate William James (October 2006) One of the many promises made by Gloucester City Mayor William James and his... Read more →

Obits: Wayne M. Eller Sr. “Pete” of Gloucester City; John Ralph Varallo, of Audubon

Wayne Eller Sr., of Gloucester City, Korean War National Guard Veteran, Retired from Owens Corning Fiberglass On December 27, 2010. Age 77. Of Gloucester City. Loving and devoted husband of 55 years to Jean (nee Hagan). Loving father of Teresa Clements (Bill), Wayne Eller Jr. (Regina), Ken Eller (Kelly), Bill Eller (Noreen) and Joseph Eller (Jamie). Loving grandfather of Kevin (Justine), Tom, Jason (Jill), Erin (Paul), Amy, Michael (Lindsey), Megan, Wayne, Desmond, Brian, Madisyn, Kaleb, Tara, Brody, Anna, Kristin and Hailyi-Ann. Loving great grandfather of Taytem, Payton, Emily, Kaylee, Michael and Josh. Also survived by his sister Audrey Ellis and... Read more →

PSA Addresses 'Silent Killer'

A new campaign is aimed at raising firefighter awareness to the dangers of carbon monoxide. By Ed Ballam - News The silent killer for the fire service is carbon monoxide and the IAFF and the IAFC, have launched an educational campaign to raise awareness of its dangers. Aptly called "The Silent Killer," the health and safety campaign includes a six-minute video that highlights the immediate and long-term risks connected with carbon monoxide exposure. It's aimed at raising firefighter and responder awareness to the dangers of the colorless, odorless toxic gas. The video can be viewed online at and... Read more →

Firemen's Union is Against the Privatizing of Ambulance Service

The Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association (FMBA) Locals 51 and 251 has issued the following press release in regards to the laying off of eight Firefighters/EMTS: With the impending layoffs of eight Gloucester City firefighters scheduled for December 23, the Gloucester City Fire Department (GCFD) has been informed of an additional plan, currently in the works by Mayor William James and Council to privatize ambulance services in Gloucester City. An official date of this privatization act is unknown. The governing body has recently met with county officials and representatives from several area hospitals to formulate an operational plan, as well as... Read more →

Mary Bray Families Donate 136 sets of PJ's to Bedtime Story PJ Drive

By Leigh Anne Hubbs Gloucester City News MOUNT EPHRAIM NJ-During December's Mount Ephraim Board of Education (BOE) meeting, members conducted interviews in executive session in order to fill the vacancy left by former board member Delores Ward. NEW BOARD MEMBER MICHAEL IOVACCHINI... photo by Leigh Anne Hubbs Two candidates interviewed for Ms. Ward's former position, who resigned last month for personal reasons. After returning from executive session, School Board members made a motion to elect Michael Iovacchini, who was then sworn in by Business Administrator Melissa Raywood. In other news, Mary Bray families have donated 136 sets of pajamas to... Read more →

Hunting and Fishing: Video of Hunters helping Bucks Locked in Battle

Two deer in rut are fighting a battle over territory when some hunters out in the field bird hunting come upon the two combatants on a frozen lake with their horns locked together. Over the course of 10 minutes the hunters try to separate the bucks using a large stick. Towards the end of the film clip one of the men decides to shoot a blast of shotgun pellets to break the horn of the deer. Does his idea work? Do the bucks live to fight another day? This is a rare sight, seeing bucks battle this way. Normally this... Read more →

John J. Mallard, of Somerdale, Retired Insurance Underwriter

MALLARD John Joseph On Christmas Day, December 25, 2010. Age 75 of Somerdale, NJ. Loving husband of 50 years to Mary Mallard (nee Newman). Loving father of John David Mallard and his wife Rachel of Sicklerville, Jacqueline Taylor and her husband Doug of Sicklerville and Karen Lado and her husband Eduardo of Gloucester City. Loving grandfather “Grampy” of Caleb, Benjamin, Jessica, Joshua, Christopher, Rebecca, Danielle, Andrew, Stephanie and Jonathan. Loving great grandfather of Dallas and Conner. Dear brother of Georgeanne Wallace of York, ME and Martha Cusolito of Medford, MA. Also survived by his sisters-in-law, Joan Mallard, Peg Demos, Joan... Read more →

Merchantville News: Steak 38 Reopens, Share Trash Service Deal Finalized

Merchantville restaurant vets reopen Steak 38 Original owner Joe DiAmore and Ben Blumberg, of Barnacle Ben's, reopened Steak 38 this month in the Hillside Inn on Route 38 near Cuthbert Boulevard in Cherry Hill. The two Merchantville residents met in the 1960's later waited tables together at Chubby's. The Steak 38 menu features something for everyone with specialties sure to impress those interested in both land and sea classics. Notable selections include the Filet Royale and all-lump meat crabcakes. Steak 38 is open from 4 p.m. daily, offers tableside service of Caesar and other salads, carved meat, bananas Foster and... Read more →

Freshwater Fishing News; SAF, ANJRPC in Court; U.S. Sportsmen Alliance Snippets; Jersey Coast Anglers Assn. January Notes

HUNTING AND FISHING NEWS compiled by CNBNEWS.NET Freshwater Fishing Issue is Available The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife Freshwater Fishing Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST is now available in PDF format on the division's website and will arrive at license agents soon. The DIGEST is also available in a new interactive version on the publisher's website. In addition to regulation information, anglers will find several articles concerning fishing in New Jersey of interest. To view the PDF version, either in its entirety or in sections which download faster, visit ; for the interactive version, visit Read more →

Bureaucrats Secretly Implement ObamaCare

by Tony Lee 12/27/2010 Sarah Palin warned of them. And this weekend, The New York Times reported that the infamous “death panels,” which had been stripped from ObamaCare due to the public’s outrage, were revived stealthily by unelected bureaucrats through the regulatory rulemaking process. John Haywarddiscussed the potential ramifications, and Jason Mattera noted that the brains behind the Obama Administration’s rulemaking process should be called “The Grim Reaper and Dr. Death.” In light of recent electoral and legal defeats of ObamaCare though, the ongoing attempt to create the bureaucratic framework is even more brazen. During the midterm elections, Democrats ran... Read more →

Celebrate Benjamin Franklin's Birthday

Click here for Registration / Luncheon Tickets Pennsylvania Politics: Franklin to Rendell Benjamin Franklin and the Hon. Edward G. Rendell Long known for his role in American national and international diplomacy, Benjamin Franklin also played a major role in Pennsylvania politics. From 1736-1751 he served as clerk for the Pennsylvania Assembly, and in 1765 became the 23rd Speaker of the Assembly. On October 18, 1785 he was elected President of the Supreme Council of Pennsylvania (now the office of Governor) by the legislature, a position he held until November 5, 1788. Franklin presided over major events during his tenure including... Read more →

Brian Aitken Free Thanks to Your Help

Dear Edward, You've lit the fire. As Senator Everett Dirkson once said "when I feel the heat, I see the light." And you just lit the fire that forced a spotlight of attention on Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey. Last Thursday the National Association for Gun Rights' New Jersey Ground Team delivered over 25,000 petitions to Governor Christie's office, demanding the release and full pardon of Brian Aitken. If you remember, Mr. Aitken was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison in New Jersey for never actually committing a crime. After moving from Colorado, Aitken had followed all... Read more →

Haddon Heights Headlines

Rock Band 3 Hits the Library! The Haddon Heights Library continues to run successful Rok Band Jam Sessions every Friday night from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. A newer version has come out and the Library has gotten ahold of it! Rock Band 3 introduces a keyboard and vocal harmonies, allowing for more particiapants at the same time. We welcome children and adults to join us, free of charge. Rock out in the Library! Please call 547-7132 for more information. Senior Community Table, December 28th, Anthony's Restaurant, anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Senior Men's Morning Out - Fridays, 9:00... Read more →

Gloucester City Highway Dept., Outstanding Job!

Dear Gloucester City Government, To whom this may concern... I am writing you today to advise you of the outstanding job the person who did the snow removal for Meadowbrook Run development did. I woke up this morning to over twelve inches of snow to find the snow removed all the way to the curb line with him using the front loader to pile it nicely instead of only one small path in the middle of the street like last year that kept me digging out my curb line for hours. This sort of work ethic not only needs to... Read more →

National Park House Fire, No Injuries Reported

photos by Steve Skipton NATIONAL PARK NJ-At approximately 11 AM today (December 27, 2010) firefighters battled a fire in a house on Pitman Avenue off of Hessian Avenue in National Park. 801 arrived with a 2 1/2 story dwelling with heavy fire showing, placed all hands in service, defensive operations, mutual aid from Camden County, no injuries reported. The cause of the fire is unknown. Read more →

Gloucester City Dec. 21 Council Meeting Agenda

Monthly Council Meetings Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 8:00 pm at City Hall, 313 Monmouth Street Agenda for Council Meeting - Click Here Resolution for Sale of a Property - Click Here Resolution for Reduction of Performance Bond - Click Here Resolution for Waiver of Hall Rental Fee - Click Here Resolution for Thermoseal Re-Development Area - Click Here Resolution for Recycling Facility - Click Here Related articles Gloucester City Council Dec. 16 Caucus Agenda ( City of Gloucester City Nov. 23 Council Meeting Info ( Gloucester City Council Worksession Agenda ( The Country's First Organic Waste to Energy/Compost Recycling... Read more →

Mayor Nutter Signs Bill Increasing Finds for Selling Tobacco Products to Kids

December 24, 2010 Philadelphia, December 23, 2010- Mayor Nutter signed a new bill which increases the penalty for merchants who illegally sell tobacco to youth from $100 to $250. The new bill also provides Municipal Courts discretion to assess a minimum fine of $300 to a maximum of $2,000 for merchants who default on the original $250 fine. Mayor Nutter also detailed the City’s new campaign to encourage smokers to kick the habit. Bill 100634, which was sponsored by Councilwoman Marian Tasco and approved by a 15-0 City Council vote, requires merchants who violate the new City Ordinance to attend... Read more →

Philadelphia Snow Emergency Still in Effect

December 27, 2010 PHILADELPHIA, PA –With the winter storm winding down, Mayor Michael A. Nutter, has announced that the City’s Emergency Operations Center has been deactivated at 8:00 a.m. today. However, the Snow Emergency is still in effect to allow Streets Department crews sufficient time for salting and plowing operations. Towing of vehicles from Snow Emergency Routes is still underway. If your car is towed, call Philly 3-1-1 for its location. Do NOT call 911. Streets Commissioner Clarena I. W. Tolson asks residents to continue to follow regulations so crews can continue to safely and effectively remove snow from the... Read more →

Arthur Romeo Pacifico III "Ott", of Gloucester City; Gloucester Catholic Alumni Class of 1973

Suddenly, On Christmas Day, December 25, 2010. Age 55. Of Gloucester City. Loving Son of the late Ott and Cissie Pacifico. Beloved Father of Lauren and Romeo. Cherished Brother of Chalie (Ann) and Anthony (Debbie) . Beloved grandfather of Brayden. Survived and cared for by many devoted aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Ott was a graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School Class of 1973 and proudly wore # 40 on the 9-0 Championship Football team. Relatives, friends and classmates are kindly invited to attend his viewing on Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 PM and again on Thursday morning... Read more →

The Country's First Organic Waste to Energy/Compost Recycling Facility to be Built in Gloucester City; Construction Cost $30 Million

By Bill Cleary The City of Gloucester City has been chosen as the site for the first organic waste to energy/compost recycling plant to be constructed in the United States. The $30 million, 110,000 square foot facility will be located in the City’s Southport Development area on 9.5 acres at the end of Water Street and the Delaware River. The vacant ground was once home to New Jersey Zinc which was owned by Gulf and Western. The organics recycling facility will accept 60,000 tons annually of organic material [source-separated food waste, yard waste, and brush] for processing into renewable energy... Read more →

Letters: Thank You Mickie Glassman We Appreciate Your Hard Work

Dear Mr. Cleary, 12/24/10 I would like to thank Mickie Glassman for all of her hard work to make The Gloucester City's Polar Express Christmas a beautiful and fun night for my entire family. I know she worked so hard decorating the former Comcast building for Santa with trains, wrapped presents under the tree, and even had her son make the fireplace in which the stockings were hung. She also was the one who set up the trolley ride and had her other son set up the Polar Express movie on the building for the children to watch. Cookies were... Read more →

Give someone, some organization, etc. a Cheer/Jeer is preparing a Cheer and Jeer column for the month of December. If you know of any person, organization, event, happening, that deserves a Cheer or Jeer now is the time to step up and yell out. Deadline is December 30th. This column is open to everyone, in every community across the world wide Internet that reads this site. Send your suggestions to [email protected] Related articles November 2010 CHEERS AND JEERS ( October 2010 CHEERS AND JEERS ( Read more →


submitted by George Cleary Paddy, had long heard the stories of an amazing family tradition. It seems that his father, grandfather and great-grandfather had all been able to walk on water on their 18th birthday. On that special day, they'd each walked across the lake to the pub on the far side for their first legal drink. So when Paddy's, 18th birthday came 'round, he and his pal Mick, took a boat out to the middle of the lake, Paddy, stepped out of the boat ...and nearly drowned! Mick just barely managed to pull him to safety. Furious and confused,... Read more →

Holiday Wishes from the Bellmawr Boro School Superintendent

Dear Parents and Guardians, In a continued effort to increase communication and collaboration between school and home, I am sending the following update about our school district. The Bellmawr School District is hopeful and excited about our after school tutoring programs, which will be in operation from January to April 2011. The tutoring programs will include ESL (English as a Second Language) for grades K thru 8; and Math and Language Arts for grades 1 thru 8. Additionally, for the first time, we will be offering Spanish instruction to students in grades K-4. All students interested are welcome to attend.... Read more →

63-Foot Boat Sinks in Delaware Bay near Cape May NJ; One Man Dead

Coast Guard Press Release December 24, 2010 CAPE MAY, N.J. - The Coast Guard rescued one man after the 63-foot boat he was aboard sank seven miles south of Cape May Thursday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay received a call at 1:35 a.m. from a member of the New Jersey State Police reporting a boat with two people aboard was taking on water. A MH-65 rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., and 47-foot Motor Life Boat crews from Coast Guard Stations Cape May and Indian River Inlet, Del., arrived on scene. The boat... Read more →


Image by Getty Images via @daylife Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on today's episode [click here] of "The View": Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg and Elisabeth Hasselbeck have been bashing the Catholic Church relentlessly over the past several years, all with the blessings of Barbara Walters, the show's co-producer. Yesterday, the gals were at it again, this time joined by their new convert, Sherri Shepherd. So I wrote a news release, asking our list of energized Catholics to contact the executive producer, Bill Geddie. Well, today their lid came off as one after another took to bashing me. Whoopi pleaded... Read more →

Fallen Chicago Firefighters Mourned Following Tragedy |

Corey Ankum and Edward Stringer were among a dozen firefighters putting out a blaze in an abandoned building at daybreak today when suddenly the roof gave way. Steven Ellerson, a 20-year veteran, and others swarmed inside to rescue them. "He heard someone calling for help and he looked for him," Ellerson's brother Maurice Matthews said. Ellerson found Ankum on the floor, gasping. "He found him and knew he was struggling to breathe so he took off his mask to give him some oxygen," Matthews said. "Corey's head was stuck somehow and they couldn't get him out. So my brother went... Read more →

Obits: Stephen Roche, of Gloucester City; Elizabeth P. Lange of Waynesboro, former City Resident

Stephen Roche, Gloucester City News Reporter, Community Activist; Retired member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Stephen Roche passed away at home in Gloucester City, on December 13, 2010 surrounded by his loving family. He was 59 years old. Stephen was the loving father of Katharine Harper and Christopher Scott and beloved grandfather of Barbara, Stephen and Robert Scott and Justin, Andrew and Micah Harper. He was the cherished son of Emma (DiDonato) and Daniel Roche Sr. and dear brother of Duane (Sheryl) and Daniel Roche, Jr. (Patti), Dr. Maureen Nalle (Denny), Diane Roche (Mindy), Teresa Quirk (Ted), Mary and Jeanne... Read more →

Route 52 Causeway will remain open this winter Proposal for temporary closure to speed construction nixed

(Trenton) – The New Jersey Department of Transportation today announced that the Route 52 Causeway will remain open to traffic throughout the winter as construction proceeds on the project to replace the span linking Somers Point (Atlantic County) and Ocean City (Cape May County). The decision to make no changes to traffic patterns followed a meeting on Monday during which the Department sought input from elected officials and business owners on a proposal to temporarily close the bridge for approximately two months to speed construction. “After careful consideration of our options as well as public input, the Department has decided... Read more →


Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on today's episode of "The View" which featured a discussion about the Catholic Church and abortion: It is an ugly site: grown women sitting around bashing a religion that none belong to. Though at one time three did: Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg and Elisabeth Hasselbeck are all ex-Catholics. They went bonkers today—the crosstalk makes them look downright delirious—ripping away about the Catholic Church because a nun was excommunicated for allowing an abortion at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. What they didn't say was that the nun gave her formal consent to... Read more →

The Camden County Animal Shelter has your new best friend

By Freeholder Jeffrey L. Nash The holiday season is the perfect time of year to gather around family and those closest to your heart, and also to spread that love and compassion to others who are in need. There are food drives, coat drives, and charitable donations of all kinds. I hope that everyone takes a moment this year to remember those less fortunate and find a way that works for you to give back. For my family, that included remembering our four-legged friends. Norman (Photo) is the newest addition to our family. He’s a 10-month-old black lab mix we... Read more →


Happy Holidays from us to you! Public Works, Audubon Police Department, Audubon Fire Department, Tax Office, Construction Office, Municipal Court, Office of Emergency Management and Everyone at the Borough! Holiday Hours: Thursday, December 23rd: CLOSED Friday, December 24th:CLOSED Thursday, December 30th: CLOSED Friday, December 31st: CLOSED * Please note trash collection will continue as normal for your convenience. Season's Greetings from the Board of Commissioners Mayor John Ward Commissioner Bill Gannon Commissioner Kurt Bicking Read more →


Federal, State, Local Officials Present School with Award (TRENTON) – New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher and James Harmon of the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service today presented OsageElementary School in Voorhees with a $500 prize for earning the HealthierUS School Challenge Award. Photo (l to r) -- Pam Hart, Osage Elem. School Cafeteria Manager; Debbie Zee, Voorhees Schools Food Service Director; Osage Principal, Diane Young; Secretary Fisher; James Harmon, USDA FNS. “We are very proud of Osage Elementary School for being recognized for its ongoing commitment to good nutrition for its students,” said... Read more →

2 Firefighters Killed,14 Hurt - 6 Critically - After Being Trapped in South Side Building

FOX Chicago News Chicago - Two firefighters were killed, and 14 others were hurt -- six critically -- after four were trapped in a vacant burning building on Chicago's South Side Wednesday morning, authorities said. Fire Media Affairs Dir. Larry Langford confirmed two firefighters were killed in the blaze. One died at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, while the other died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He did not immediately have information on their rank or which fire company they came from. Fire Dept. Commissioner Robert Hoff is expected to give an update and provide information on the deceased... Read more →

Video: Merry Christmas from Gloucester Catholic High School, Gloucester City N.J.

GLOUCESTER CITY NJ-"A Gloucester Catholic Christmas," starring past, present, and future Rams, John Colman, Tom Flynn, Santa Claus, and Cliff Lee. click advertisement for St. Mary school website Related articles Help Gloucester Catholic High School ( Saint Mary Grammar School Cross Country Team News ( Dreaming of a White Christmas? Bah! Humbug! ( Penns Grove speeds past Gloucester Catholic, 43-39, in boys' Tri-Co basketball ( October 2010 CHEERS AND JEERS ( Lions Win Turkey Bowl, Final Score 27-26 ( Local Business Supports the Needy in Gloucester City ( Read more →

Notes from the Field; Reasons for Bear Hunt; NRA News

HUNTING AND FISHING NEWS compiled by Notes from the Field by Gary Devine: Brother Paul caught another stripped Marlin in Capo, Mexico. His first one is mounted above his couch. A beautiful fish. They no longer kill the fish to be mounted. The boat captain takes measurements of the marlin and then releases it back into the water. The measurements go to the taxidermist. Bear hunt helped balance population, available habitat Saturday, December 18, 2010 SPECIAL TO THE TIMES According to opinion polls, the majority of New Jerseyans were in favor of the recent black bear culling that ended... Read more →

CANJ Applauds the State Senate for Bi-Partisan Effort to Create Jobs in Atlantic City

Legislation Would Provide Atlantic City Stakeholders with Vital Tools for Future Success Atlantic City (December 20, 2010) – The Casino Association of New Jersey (CANJ) applauds the Senate for passing a slate of legislation today that will be integral to revitalizing and expanding Atlantic City in the coming years. This legislation is the direct result of hard work on the part of Governor Christie, the New Jersey State Senate, and its leadership. The Senate and the Governor were able to create a bi-partisan legislative package that thoroughly addresses the state’s needs through their careful study of the myriad of issues... Read more →

Local Firemen Holding Food Drive and Toy Drive

GLOUCESTER CITY NJ-The Gloucester City Fireman’s Mutual Benevolent Association (FMBA 51 & 251) and the Dog House Sports Pub on King Street, thank you so much to all who donated to, and supported our “Camping for Canned Goods” program two weeks ago. Our canned good drive, which is still going on, provided our local food bank with a few more weeks of food for our citizens during a time when our shelves become drastically depleted. Please continue to support our canned good drive effort by stopping by Fire Headquarters, 1 North King Street, Gloucester City, any time, night or day... Read more →

Aqua String Band of Philadelphia Mummer's Fame Prepares for 90th Parade

photo Aqua String Band 2010 Mummers Parade The Aqua String Band will be parading in their 90th Mummers Day Parade this year. The Band was organized on April 2, 1920 by Elmer W. Leyrer and Fred J. Kesel, Sr. and incorporated into the String Band Association in 1945. It was Mr. Kesel who first introduced the glockenspiel (bells) into the Mummers' Parade where they have remained a constant fixture ever since. The name “Aqua” is a reflection on the life and times of the United States during the Band’s birth. Latin for the word water, "Aqua" was chosen as an... Read more →

Your Comments on Facebook are NOT PRIVATE!

BY BILL CLEARY For those who make comments on Facebook and think that what they wrote is private well I would suggest you read their Terms. And keep in mind that what you write is there for ever even after you remove it. Just do a Google search. Incidentally, Facebook states they have 100 million visitors a day; simply put that many people can access your thoughts. Specifically I draw your attention to # 4 When you publish content or information using the "everyone" setting, it means that you are allowing everyone, including people off of Facebook, to access and... Read more →

Legion honors baseball icon Bob Feller

The American Legion - December 16, 2010 Bob Feller signs autographs during the 2009 Legion Baseball World Series banquet in Fargo, N.D. Nicknamed “The Heater from Van Meter,” “Bullet Bob” and “Rapid Robert” because of his blazing fastball, Hall-of-Famer and American Legion Baseball icon Bob Feller passed away Wednesday evening from a battle with Leukemia. He was 92. Feller, a farm kid from rural Iowa, found his calling on the mound at age 13 while playing American Legion Baseball in Van Meter - a small town exactly 17 miles west of Des Moines, as he was known to note. It... Read more →

Gloucester City: The Best Decorated Christmas Tree!

photo supplied The winning Christmas Tree was decorated by members of Gloucester City Junior Girls Scout Troop 30083. Troop leader Helen John. If interested in joining the troop, for girls between the ages of 5 and 18, contact Helen at [email protected] or 349 2031. Second place, Gloucester City Softball League. Read more: click advertisement for website Related articles Merry Christmas to Gloucester City ( Read more →

Man who Shot PA Hunter Faces Manslaughter; Coldwater Conservation School; Native Fish; Saltwater Registry Bill

HUNTING AND FISHING NEWS compiled by CNBNEWS.NET Lawyer charged with manslaughter in hunter’s death...Philadelphia Inquirer By Larry King INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Montgomery County attorney David M. Manilla faces involuntary manslaughter and firearms charges in connection with the Nov. 29 shooting death of a Bucks County deer hunter. In court records, investigators portray the fatal shooting of Barry Groh as a mixture of reckless hunting, disregard for firearms laws by a convicted felon, and after-the-fact deception by Manilla, 49, of Worcester, an attorney since 1992. The records also paint an unflattering picture of the three-man hunting party that included Manilla and... Read more →