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January 2011

Obituaries: Joseph F. Yager, Jr. Of Westville; Winifred C. Hapsmith, of Gloucester City

Joe F. Yager Jr., Old Style Craftsman and Wood Worker Known as a Mr Fix It Born in Westville, NJ on Nov. 9, 1937. Departed on Jan. 28, 2011. Resided in Westville, NJ. Visitation: Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011 Service: Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011 Cemetery: Woodbury Memorial Park LEGACY The most fun father and devoted companion who adored his grandchildren and was a great neighbor and friend. Known as a "Mr. Fix-It", Joe was an old... Read more →

Judge Rules Health Care Law Is Unconstitutional -

A U.S. district judge on Monday threw out the nation's health care law, declaring it unconstitutional because it violates the Commerce Clause and surely reviving a feud among competing philosophies about the role of government. Judge Roger Vinson, in Pensacola, Fla., ruled that as a result of the unconstitutionality of the "individual mandate" that requires people to buy insurance, the entire law must be declared void. "I must reluctantly conclude that Congress exceeded the bounds... Read more →

Ester C. Kleinburger, age 94 of Cherry Hill

On January 25, 2011. Age 94. Of Cherry Hill. Formerly of Philadelphia and Wildwood. Loving and devoted wife of the late Joseph Kleinburger. Beloved mother of Marie (James) Bevanar of Medford and the late Joseph Klineburger (surviving wife Jenny of Atlantic City). Cherished grandmother of 3. Esther loved to read and vacation. She was very devoted to her Roman Catholic Faith and was a former parishioner of Christ Our Light Parish: Saint Peter Celestine Church... Read more →

An Investigation Into How Deaths in America Are Examined - ProPublica

On Feb. 1, 2011, ProPublica, FRONTLINE and NPR will begin airing and publishing the results of a year-long investigation into the dysfunctional system that determines how Americans die titled "Post Mortem." The newsrooms found a system in which there are few standards, little oversight, and the mistakes are literally buried. In state after state, reporters found autopsies conducted by doctors who lacked certification and training. Ultimately, the errors made by coroners and forensic pathologists have... Read more →

Into the abyss: With high crime, fewer cops and little money, Camden is sinking even deeper into trouble

by Kevin Manahan/The Star Ledger Camden, the state’s poorest and most violent city, earlier this month laid off nearly half its police force. And even so, the city council voted this past week to raise taxes by 23 percent to cover the bills. No one knows what will happen next because this kind of civic collapse is new and historic. But the city’s 78,788 residents wonder if their lives are teetering, as resident William Sylvester... Read more →

Sophie Maguire, St. Francis de Sales School Parish Secretary for Many Years

Sophie Maguire (nee Gulay), of Barrington, a secretary for 52 years at St. Francis de Sales School in Barrington, died Jan. 17 at the age of 92. She was the beloved wife of the late Michael J., and devoted mother of Patricia Lubonski (Joseph) and Dorothy Henshall (Bob). She was the loving grandmother of Jennifer Schneider (Larry), Stephanie Longo (Peter), David Lubonski (Michelle), Jonathan Lubonski, Thomas Lubonski, Bobby Henshall (Donna), Amy Moore (Chris), Michael Henshall... Read more →

Hunting and Fishing News

In the Crosshairs Mike Piccione, Editor Hey Gunners, Prince George's County in Maryland borders Washington, DC. Democrats dominate the county and 88.87% of the residents voted for Obama. What you did not hear in the news was that there were 13 shootings in the first 13 days of this year in PG County. Why not? While the press is eager to paint Jared Loughner, the Arizona gunman, as the face of conservative talk radio and... Read more →

Some Camden County Mayors Share Their Views on Countywide Police and Fire Department Initiative

They’re open to exploring the idea, and looking forward to more information Camden County mayors expressed interest in exploring the initiative of a countywide police and fire department proposed as a shared services option by the Camden County Freeholder Board, but are looking forward to more discussions, input and study before making any decisions. “It’s a very difficult conversation to have, but it’s a conversation we have to have,” said Collingswood Mayor Jim Maley. As... Read more →

Bills Would Ban High-Capacity Gun Magazines, Close 'Terror Gap' and End Gun Show Loophole

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced a package of three common-sense gun safety bills last week that would ban high-capacity gun magazines and keep deadly weapons out of the hands of criminals and terrorists. As one of Congress’ leading voices for gun safety, Senator Lautenberg has worked throughout his career to draft legislation that prevents criminals and terrorists from obtaining guns and assault weapons. “This package of common-sense gun safety bills... Read more →

2011 Deer Classic Winners; Coldwater Conservation School; Fish Stuff; PA NASP® State Championships

HUNTING AND FISHING NEWS compiled by CNBNEWS.NET 2011 Deer Classic Winners The Garden State Deer Classic is an annual event showcasing hunter entries in New Jersey’s Outstanding White-tailed Deer Program, which was initiated by the Division of Fish and Wildlife in 1964. On Sunday, January 16, 2011 at the 22nd Annual Garden State Deer Classic, a large crowd was on hand for the awards program which honors the top three entries in each category for... Read more →

CHFD News & Information: MVA/Rescue Assignment IFO 1638 Springdale Rd

Thursday, January 27, 2011 MVA/Rescue Assignment IFO 1638 Springdale Rd On the evening of January 16th around 2000hrs, Ladder 1344, BLS 1396 & BLS 1393 responded to an MVA across from Springdale Farms. Upon arrival, Ladder 4A's officer Lt. Jim Collins, assessed the 2 car MVA and determined that 1 occupant from vehicle 1 was trapped while occupants in vehicle 2 were out of their pick up truck and complaining of neck and back pain.... Read more →

James' buzzer-beater lifts Lions past No. 8 Gloucester Catholic

| | by Celeste E. Whittaker SUNDAY JAN. 30, 2011 Gloucester HIGH (12-1), which was just 5-for-18 from the foul line (2-for-4 in the fourth), led by as many as seven points twice in the fourth quarter, but Gloucester Catholic fought back with that late run. "The game wasn't lost at the buzzer," Gloucester Catholic coach Lisa Gedaka said. "The game was lost throughout the other 31 minutes and 55 seconds. We had a... Read more →

Camden County News for February

This Month’s Regular Freeholder Meeting The next regular Board of Freeholders meeting will be held on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Cherry Hill Community Center, located at 820 Mercer St. The caucus meeting will be held the previous Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m. in the freeholder meeting room of the Camden County Courthouse. As the meeting draws closer, the agenda can be found Camden County Celebrates Black History Month The Camden... Read more →

Nun to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe I South Philly Review I

The founder of a sacred arts academy seeks to add a revered image and an accompanying shrine to South Broad Street. By Joseph Myers Posted Jan. 13, 2011 Sister Mary Paula Beierschmitt holds the radiant image that her ordinary camera captured during a trip to Maryland. She sees it as a sign that she is to be an advocate for Our Lady of Guadalupe, one of the numerous titles for the Blessed Mother. Photo by... Read more →

My Colonoscopy Operation in Japan

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F.Miller Jr. This was an overwhelming experience that was a pleasurable instead of a dreary one, I have been admitted to Japanese hospital before several years ago. But this had some pain and unpleasant times as every operation has but it was minor. On October 9, 2009 I went to hospital for my yearly check one of the procedures was that I see a doctor of Gastroenterology.The doctor... Read more →


TRENTON, N.J. – The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ (DCA) Division of Fire Safety strongly encourages residents this winter season to help remove snow around on-street fire hydrants and building Fire Department Connections. Both are critical resources for fighting fires, but are often neglected during snow removal activities. “We recognize that because this year’s snowfall totals are reaching record levels, fire hydrants and building Fire Department Connections may have inadvertently become buried in mounds... Read more →

Bald eagles making comeback in New Jersey

Image via Wikipedia By LEE PROCIDA, Staff Writer | MILLVILLE - Jane Galetto gently stepped onto her frozen dock by a bend in the Maurice River, binoculars around her neck, a telescope positioned ahead of her and a bald eagle dunking its talons in the distant water looking for fish. Galetto's Brittany Lane home is a perfect vantage point for observing the rebound of New Jersey's eagles, which reached a record population of 333... Read more →

Philadelphia's Volunteer Impact Challenge

Philadelphia, January 22, 2011- Mayor Michael A. Nutter launched the 2011 Volunteer Impact Challenge and directed citizens to during an all day service event at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Branch. The Volunteer Impact Challenge identifies the administration’s top ten volunteer priorities for 2011 and encourages Philadelphians to get involved in sustainability, public health and education. “There is nothing more powerful than the time, energy and expertise of those extraordinary citizens who choose... Read more →

Camden County Freedom Medal Recipients Recognized

Medals honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. January 20, 2011 -- One woman sweeps her block in Camden City every day, despite the fact she knows the trash will be right back there the next day. Another woman is a spokeswoman for multiple sclerosis and has raised more than $250,000 through fundraising over the last decade. Then there’s a man who has been a role model for more than 50 years, touching... Read more →


photo by Karlie Lesser Pollitt More than 12 inches of snow pelted New Jersey over a 48 hour period. Schools were closed throughout the area and many events were canceled. The photo above was taken in the Riverview Heights section of the City Thursday, January 27 looking south towards neighboring Brooklawn. Read more →

Welcome Home From Afghanistan SMSGT Bubba Beason

SMSGT Bubba Beason Friday, January 28, 2011 Approx. 7:45am (coming from airport) American Legion Post 372 1532 Martin Ave. Cherry Hill NJ 08002 Contact: Mike (Yellow Ribbon Club) 609-980-4172 Sue (American Legion) 856-495-7270 Tiny (WWR) 856-889-6724 From the WWR: “Bubba (WildMan) Beason is coming home from his 7th TOUR in the sandbox. Yep, you heard it and read correctly…not a typo…7 times this hero has been in the sandbox protecting our freedoms and way of... Read more →


Seeking Agencies to Sponsor Meal Programs (TRENTON) – New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher today encouraged organizations to help provide meals to children in low-income areas during the summer months when they lack access to school breakfast and lunch programs that operate during the school year. More than 673,000 children in New Jersey receive free or reduced price meals in their schools under the National School Lunch Program. To ensure those students receive... Read more →

January 2011 OPRA Requests submitted to the Gloucester City Clerk

# REQUESTOR DATE DESC. PROVIDED COST TIME 2011-1 Walters, Michael 1/3/11 list of Fire Dept. EMS Advisory members, qualifications No such list none 15 mins. 2011-2 Schmidt, John 1/3/11 by laws of Governing Body None none 15 min.s 2011-3 Schmidt, John 1/3/11 docs relating to Organic Compost and research done reviewed none 20 mins. 2011-4 Schmidt, John 1/5/11 minutes Aug.09; payments to Steve Harris & his title reviewed $0.10 20 mins. 2011-5 Schmidt, John 1/7/11... Read more →

Gloucester City Municipal Clerk Processed 127 OPRA Requests in 2010...41 So Far in January

“When a large percentage of OPRA requests are coming from the same person or same group of people working together, I have to agree with your statement that “they have taken this law and made a mockery out of it for personal reasons.” ~ Gloucester City Municipal Clerk Kathy Jentsch By Bill Cleary Earlier this month Kathy Jentsch, municipal clerk for the City of Gloucester City issued a notice that her office would only accept... Read more →

2010 Alphabetical OPRA Requests Submitted to the Gloucester City Clerk

REQUESTOR DATE DESC. COPY COST TIME ALBRECHT, WILLIAM 6/1/10 permits $2.25 30 mins. ANELLO, JOSEPH 11/18/10 information on OS Johnson emailed 45 mins. ASSET MGMT 3/18/10 bonds deposits escrows $7.00 30 mins. BEVAN, ROBERT 5/24/10 firefighter info $0.75 15 mins. BEVAN, ROBERT 5/24/10 firefighter info $2.25 15 mins. BRANDMAN, MICHAEL 6/2/10 Vanguard Vinyl $61.00 ?? BRENNAN, JEFFREY 1/21/10 Zoning codes, etc. Cheerleaders $3.75 45 mins. BRENNAN, JEFFREY 2/9/10 Cheerleaders audio tapes $30.00 1 hour BRENNAN,... Read more →

Former Freeholder candidate seeks resignation of Camden Mayor Dana Redd and Freeholders

(Camden, NJ) - Former 2010 Republican candidate for Camden County Freeholder Scot DeCristofaro joined the call for a public safety solution and calls for a broad sweep of resignation as poor policy, planning and political leadership and management cumulates in a catastrophic decision to layoff police officers and firefighters first. "Given the economy has been in a perilous condition for more than 20 months this day was bound to come, "Scot DeCristofaro said. "For Mayor... Read more →

January School Board Recognition Month

By Anthony Wojtkowiak Gloucester City News January is School Board Recognition Month in New Jersey, which the Gloucester City Board of Education (BOE) noted during last week’s meeting. Superintendent Paul Spaventa read the proclamation resolving “that the Gloucester City Board of Education, does hereby recognize the services of local school board members throughout New Jersey as we join communities statewide in observing January 2011 as School Board Recognition Month; “And, be it further resolved that... Read more →

Richard Bucher, âge 53, of Gloucester City; GCHS Alumnus Class of '75, Memorial A.A. Member

On January 26, 2011. Age 53. Of Gloucester City. Loved and cared for by his devoted wife of 23 years, Lynn M. (nee Brumbach). Beloved father of Regina, Wesley and Emily. Devoted Son of Charlotte Bucher (nee Schaeffer) and the late Ernie Bucher. Dear Brother of Millie and Jeff Perry, Linda Bucher, Janet Gonzalez, Barb and Steve Yoworsky and Joanne and Brian Pearson. Survived by many loving sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws: Pat and Bud Esmond, Peg... Read more →

Obituaries: Alan Hollins, of Audubon; Barbara Miller of Lindenwold; Gary Jackson of Willingboro

HOLLINS Alan David On January 20, 2011. Age 54. Of Audubon. Formerly of Philadelphia. Loving husband of 13 years to Louise Marie (nee Checchia). Loving son of Joan “Carol” Anthony and the late William E. Hollins. Dear brother of Janel Kieslich and her husband U. Douglas Kieslich. Loving uncle of Brett Kieslich and Brooke Kieslich. Alan graduated from Lincoln High School class of 1974 and received his B.S. in Political Science from Rutgers University in... Read more →

Bellmawr Fire Department The Busiest 100 % Volunteer Dept in Camden County

Friday, January 21, 2011 The Bellmawr Fire Department finished 2010 with 919 emergency calls for service. Of the 919 calls 551 were in Bellmawr's local leaving 368 mutual aid responses to assist neighboring towns. At 919 Calls Bellmawr is the 'Busiest 100% Volunteer Department in Camden County" via CLICK ADVERTISEMENT Read more →

Bellmawr Mayor on Layoffs of Borough Employees

By Chris Concannon Gloucester City News A recent Courier-Post article stated layoff notices would be issued to every Bellmawr Borough employee in the near future. A telephone interview with Mayor Frank Filipek confirmed the rumors and rhetoric. Filipek said that if Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) cuts any more state aid to Bellmawr, layoffs might be necessary in an effort to maintain financially. He also added that the Borough has to remain under a 2 percent... Read more →

Gloucester City High School Alumnus Joe McGovern Releases Third Novel...The Genesis Halo

Gloucester City High School Alumnus Joe McGovern (1977) is pleased to announce that he has published his third novel, The Genesis Halo. The story, which is set in Southern New Jersey, tackles the debate of Creationism versus Darwinism, but with an extraordinary and unprecedented scientific twist. The Genesis Halo is the third in a series of books featuring the character of Sean Murphy. Follow him on a new journey through the labyrinth of New Jersey... Read more →

THE Groto on Christmas Eve Portland,Oregon

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. We started our Christmas and New Years in Portland we had a wonderful experience first meeting with our son Max's new family. Caitlin his wife and son Kenji Michael Miller our new grandson , Caitlins, mother father and sister. On December 24, 2009 we met at the Groto. "The Groto is a place of sollitude, peace and prayer." This beautiful 62 acre Catholic shrine and... Read more →

Lions’ swimmers show support for Team Beam

Ewing, NJ... Prior to its meet with New York University, The College of New Jersey women’s swimming and diving team sported “Team Beam” t-shirts in support of Violet head coach Laura Beam. Beam has been diagnosed with advanced stage colon cancer. Members of her swimming team at NYU organized a “relay for life” fundraiser and have since branched out to sell shirts with the help of Beam’s sister, Carrie. Lions head coach Jen Harnett ’93... Read more →

Nancy Marie Perez, of Mays Landing

On January 19, 2011. Age 26. Of Mays Landing. Cherished Daughter of Nancy Mae (nee Ernst). Beloved Sister of Mary Perez (Fiance Jeffrey) and Robert Ernst. Devoted Niece of Michele Nassaur, Diane Warren, Jeanie Martinez, Terri Ernst, Sandra Fenske and Joey Ernst. Best Friend of James Shea. Nancy was a graduate of Oakcrest High School Class of 2003 and loved to write poetry. She enjoyed art, music and poems. Nancy was a devoted friend to... Read more →

South Camden Theatre Company Opens Waiting for Lefty at the New Waterfront South Theatre

Production Will Open February 2 and run through February 20 on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. CAMDEN, NJ - The South Camden Theatre Company, a nonprofit professional theatre organization located in Camden, New Jersey continues its sixth season with a three-week production of Waiting for Lefty written by Clifford Odets and directed by Joseph M. Paprzycki. Producing Artistic Director Joseph M. Paprzycki states, “Waiting for Lefty, Clifford Odets’s first... Read more →

Damminger's Resolution Eliminates Health Benefits for Part-Time Officials/Employees

Woodbury, NJ) - Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger introduced a resolution at last week's meeting that will amend the eligibility requirements under the county's health and welfare plan to eliminate elected officials and appointed officials benefits as of February 28, 2011. "We put our residents first, not ourselves. Public service is about service, not about benefits. We learned last week that Sony in Pitman is closing at the end of March, times are... Read more →

Lautenberg, Menendez: Trenton Fire Department Receives $13.6 Million To Keep Firefighters On The Job

Image via Wikipedia Federal Grant Prevents Massive Layoffs For Fire Department NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today officially announced the Trenton Fire Department was awarded $13,685,436 in federal funding to prevent 61 firefighters from being laid off. The funding is made available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program. The highly competitive SAFER grant program is designed specifically... Read more →

Attention Gloucester County Job Seekers

(Woodbury, NJ) - Gloucester County Freeholders announced today several new programs are available for job seekers at the Gloucester County Library System (GCLS) branches throughout January and February. All programs are without charge, but advance registration is required. Participants can register by calling the branch library or via the events calendar on the GCLS website, "Our Libraries are an outstanding resource for employment seekers and we want to make our residents aware of what... Read more →

Life On Broadway: Abbott District Funding Helps Gloucester Students

By Publisher Albert J. Countryman Jr. Gloucester City News As a result of the hearing about continued funding for the 31 “poor” Abbott school districts, the NJ Supreme Court appointed Peter E. Doyle, an assignment judge from Bergen County, to determine if recent school aid cuts have been detrimental. Doyle will report the results of his inquiries by March 31 to the court. Bob Ingle, a columnist for the Courier Post, alleged on Sunday that... Read more →

Gloucester City News Headlines for Jan. 27 issue

Gloucester City School Board Has Three Vacancies To Fill In April 27 School Election Gloucester City Planning Board Hires Barbara J. Fegley As The New City Planner Mount Ephraim School Board Discusses Upcoming Plans; Honors Students Bellmawr Board Of Education Ratifies Teachers Contract Countywide Fire And Police Department Proposal Meeting With Mayors And Fire And Police Chiefs Will Be Tuesday, February 1 Read more →

Community News for Avalon

GRILLO FAMILY PRESENTS DONATION TO AVALON VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi travelled to Wilmington, Delaware on Tuesday, January 18th to receive a donation from Anne Grillo and her family for the Avalon Volunteer Fire Department. Each year, the family hosts a major golf outing with proceeds benefitting the fire department. This year’s golf tournament is scheduled for Saturday, August 13th, 2011. Related articles Avalon Contributes to Reward to Catch Suspected Police Officer Killer... Read more →

Jennifer M. Vessella, Lifelong Gloucester City Resident, Graduate of GHS

VESSELLA Jennifer M. On January 22, 2011, (nee Matter) of Gloucester City, NJ, age 32 yrs. Jennifer is the beloved wife of Edward Vessella III, loving daughter of Dorothy (nee Wiltbank) and Joseph Matter and dear sister of Heather Digristina (Paul). She is also survived by her loving mother in law Mary Vessella, father in law Edwaerd Vessella II (Joan), sisters in law Tina Vessella (Bill) and Karen Johnston (Tim) and 21 adoring nieces and... Read more →

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Dear Neighbors, There are many thoughts that cross a student’s mind in the pursuit of higher education, but one of them shouldn’t be, “Can I afford this?” Unfortunately, many students do face this question, but they don’t have to. For those students, Camden County College is here to help. Many college students depend on grants, loans and need-based scholarships to fund their college or university studies. To receive many of these, students must complete the... Read more →

Villanova signed five players to National Letters of Intent

VILLANOVA, Pa. - During the recent early signing period, Villanova signed five players to National Letters of Intent and all are expected to enroll in the University for the 2011-12 academic year, it was announced by head coach Joe Godri today. The group of five players includes four pitchers and an infielder as the Wildcats addressed a number of immediate needs with the beginning of its recruiting class for next year. "I am very happy... Read more →

Meandering w/ Mark Matthews: Bottom Dollar Blueprints and Road Changes

A busy Saturday led to a lazy Sunday. So as I sit here hiding from the cold by watching the football playoffs and countless random shows… the laptop ends up in front of me and the aimless web surfing begins. Which leads me to a short blog on the new Bottom Dollar Store, and a few upcoming road projects of interest... information derived from obsessive Googling. Bottom Dollar Mechanicals Based on a very recently posted... Read more →

SAFER Grant to be Formally Awarded to the City of Trenton

Congressman Chris Smith and Trenton Fire Department Instrumental TRENTON-The City of Trenton, after months of anticipation, learned today the Trenton Fire Department will receive a $13.7 million grant. The Staffing for Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants are awarded to communities in serious danger of massive personnel cuts which jeopardize lives and the community at large. “This is an incredible close to a very difficult process for our Fire Department and the City of Trenton.... Read more →