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December 2010


Local Officials Echo Assemblywoman’s Sentiments (PARAMUS) – Assemblywoman Connie Wagner today called on the Borough of Elmwood Park to waive or refund any fees paid for the rash of parking tickets issued yesterday to snowbound cars that were ticketed due to street-cleaning rules. click advertisement..... According to reports in the Record... Read more →

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more →

The Year in Review A Look at FBI Cases, Part 1

12/27/10 The FBI worked thousands of investigations during 2010, involving everything from extremists bent on terror to cyber thieves, financial fraudsters, violent gang leaders, drug dealers, and child predators. As the year comes to a close, we take our annual look back at some of the Bureau's most significant cases. Part... 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,... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more →

SSI Benefits for Disabled and Elderly Are Reduced Because of State Budget Deficits

By Chris Megerian/ | NJ.com Lorraine Bordo is one of about 5,970 New Jerseyans whose SSI payments will be cut next month because the state eliminated $6.7 million in subsidies. The average cut per person is $209 monthly. "I can’t pay my mortgage; I don’t have enough money," said Bordo, 63,... 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... 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... 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,... Read more →

I want MORE- Pizza and Football

By Jacek Urbanczyk Polish League of American Football Post Cards from Detroit... The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit was so thrilling and exciting that I must exclaim. I want more football!!!!!! Florida International won on the last play. Jack Griffin kicked a 34 yard field goal with time expired for... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more →


By Jacek Urbanczyk Polish League of American Football Postcards from Detroit Diego Rivera mural photo courtesy of the DIA The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Christmas Eve luncheon mimicked the antics of a heavy weight prize fight. There was great bantering between the teams and the turkey dinner was licked clean. The... Read more →

Pet Tip of the Week: Nutrition

The Importance of Nutrition for your Dog Dogs are carnivores. This means that protein is an important food group in their diets. Some folks swear by a raw diet of vegetables, fruit, and raw meat and fish. It seems to work out just fine for healthy dogs but an older dog... Read more →

A New Breed

Scent Dog Program Gets Results 12/23/10 When an Anchorage, Alaska nurse went missing in 2007 and was found dead six weeks later, the FBI Laboratory’s Evidence Response Team Unit (ERTU) was called in and asked to bring some experts—our specially trained human scent evidence canines Tinkerbelle, Lucy, and Casey. Following human... Read more →

Football Adventures of an NCAA Bowl Game

By Jacek Urbanczyk, Polish League of American Football From the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit The teams arrived in Detroit. The Florida International University football team is staying at a nice older and reconditioned hotel. Toledo got the Major League hotel. I am also staying at the upscale and high... 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... Read more →

Give someone, some organization, etc. a Cheer/Jeer

ClearysNoteBook.com 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... 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.... 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... Read more →

The Fantasy Football Fanatic: Dan "Snake" Watson

Happy Holidays to all of you Fantasy Football Fanatics out there. Here’s hoping this is a safe and happy holiday season filled with good meals, lots of presents for the kids and good cheer to all. It’s week 16 already. I’m in the super bowl in both of my leagues but... Read more →

Fallen Chicago Firefighters Mourned Following Tragedy | Firehouse.com

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... Read more →


December 23, 2010 Press Release Sheriff Arpaio concerned with new trends in the danger of human and drug smugglers (Phoenix, AZ) Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies last night recovered two bodies out of a canal near Gila Bend off of old Highway 80. Deputies believe that the bodies are those of the... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more →


TheAlyonaShowhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR1LkxtAjXk WHERE DID THE $4 MILLION GO? On October 4, 2010 with much fanfare the politicians gathered to announce a $4 million grant had been awarded to the City of Camden City to keep police officers at work. And yet even after this latest influx of the taxpayers money the layoff... Read more →

Study Shows Westville Bridge Should Be Replaced

By Sara Martino Gloucester City News The bridge to enter Westville on Route 130 over the Timber Creek should be replaced, according to the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. The panel said the bridge, which carries approximately 23,000 vehicles daily, is considered “structurally deficient.” click advertisement for restaurant website Currently design for the... 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... Read more →