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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 of Bergen, as many as 50 cars parked along Elmwood Terrace were hit with $50 tickets the day after the blizzard left many nearly snow covered and unable to get out. “This is about... 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 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... 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... 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 (gloucestercitynews.net) Gloucester City Firefighters Thanks Residents for Support (gloucestercitynews.net) Better Communications are Needed between Gloucester City Government and the People (gloucestercitynews.net) Council... 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... 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... Read more →

PSA Addresses 'Silent Killer'

A new campaign is aimed at raising firefighter awareness to the dangers of carbon monoxide. By Ed Ballam - Firehouse.com 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... 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 1 focuses on our top investigative priority: protecting the nation from terrorist attack. Working with local, state, federal, and international partners—usually through our Joint Terrorism Task Forces—we thwarted a number of potential attacks on... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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, of Berkeley Township. "I’m going to be in foreclosure. My whole check was going to my mortgage payment." Supplemental Security Income, a federal program run by the Social Security Administration and handled by the... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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 the win. FIU wins 34-32 over Toledo. The Toledo players were stunned. At the two minute mark they had the game won. All of Florida and especially Miami should be proud of FIU. T.Y.... 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... 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 (gloucestercitynews.net) City of Gloucester City Nov. 23 Council Meeting Info... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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 sweet potatoes got high marks. It was in a high-tech entertainment venue with all the presentation ‘whistles and bells’. The players especially enjoyed the tunes at the ‘Sound Board’ in the Motor City Hotel.... 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 may have problems chewing and/or digesting this type of diet. I personally don’t care for this way of providing nutrition to my own dogs because it encourages coprophagia (consumption of fecal matter) and a... 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 scent trails from several places linked to the killing, the dogs kept ending up at the same location—the house of a man who lived near the victim. The neighbor was eventually charged with the... 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 end Motor City Hotel and Casino. I wonder if they flipped a coin. Both teams got a walk thru at Ford Field. It is the home of the Detroit Lions of the NFL. It... 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... Read more →