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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... Read more →


DCA & HMFA CELEBRATE THE GRAND OPENING OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMMUNITY IN MORRISTOWN The Pointe Will Provide Supportive Housing for Homeless Individuals MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Representatives from the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA) joined local officials today to celebrate the completion of The Pointe, an affordable, supportive housing community located on Harrison... Read more →

Judge Rules Health Care Law Is Unconstitutional - FoxNews.com

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... Read more →


By Raymond Rolak Has Two Hot Games Coming off the Bench for the Sun’s PHOENIX-- Marcin Gortat, known as the ‘Polish Hammer’ to his teammates, had career highs in his last two games for the Phoenix Suns. The performances helped Phoenix end a three-game losing streak. Before their game against the Celtics on Friday, the... 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... Read more →

The Seeing Eye Launches Effort to Reduce Attacks on Guide Dogs

Dog attacks and aggressive interference from other dogs have always been dangers for guide dog teams, but an accurate estimate of their frequency and just how many guide dog handlers experience attacks, has been relatively unknown. This month, The Seeing Eye will conclude a survey that will be used to identify the percentage of guide... Read more →

New Jersey Courts put civil index on-line

The New Jersey Judiciary recently put its computerized civil case index on-line. Previously, anyone who wished to access this index needed to travel to his or her county's courthouse and use a public access terminal there. To access the system, go to the Judiciary's main site at http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/ and click on the "Civil Case Public... Read more →

Are police, fire unions next on Gov. Christie's hit list?

| The Asbury Park Press | APP.com In his first year, Gov. Chris Christie put the squeeze on police departments across the state but had his most prolonged and public battle with the state teachers union. And while education reform was still a focus of Christie's State of the State address earlier this month, it's... Read more →

Bad News for Residents of Two Cities; Police Chief on Community Safety; Gang Report in the News ; Bullets Fly; Hearing for 16 Police Sergeants

TIPS AND SNIPPETS BY BILL CLEARY GC TAXPAYERS WILL PICKUP THE TAB!...The rumor about Cheerleaders Bar winning their lawsuit against the City of Gloucester City is true. Gloucester City Solicitor John Kearney said the judge ruled the City Planning Board violated the owner’s First Amendment rights in March 2010 when it refused his request to... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... Read more →

Gloucester City GOP: Accountability in Question?

I could not believe what I was hearing when I reviewed the latest Council Meeting video. Had the Mayor actually announced the governing body was limiting the ability of residents to openly question their leadership? I understand that Mayor James was attempting to minimize the amount of vitriol and personal attacks targeted at members of... 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... Read more →

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

| courierpostonline.com | 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... Read more →

State Police Street Gang Survey

New Jersey State Police Publish New Street Gang Survey 2010 Street Gang Survey [pdf] West Trenton, N.J. - The New Jersey State Police today released the 2010 Street Gang Survey, the fourth such survey during the last nine years. Street gang investigators from around the state were queried to provide a broad spectrum of knowledge... 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... 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... Read more →


press release SEA ISLE CITY, NJ – Each year during Sea Isle City’s Polar Bear Plunge, people look forward to a variety of entertaining events, including a festive costume contest, the crowning of a Polar Bear King and Queen, a 5K Run/1M Walk for Autism and an exhilarating dip in the ocean. What they don’t... Read more →

Homeless Westville Resident Continues to Struggle

by Jonathan Berr The View from Camden, N.J.: Homeless and Missing the Recovery - DailyFinance Patrice Achey is one of the homeless people who have yet to see any benefits from the improving economy. All of the talk about growth expanding again fails to resonate with the 39-year-old mother of four, who resides at the... 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... Read more →

Pet Tip of the Week

Should You Breed Your Dog? Fido is a show-stopper: glistening coat, sixteen pedigrees, DNA-approved. He turns 6 months of age and now, the big question—does he get the “Big Boy” surgery or doesn’t he? Some folks dream of mating their male dogs, cashing in on an enormous stud fee, and taking the pick of the... Read more →

Bald eagles making comeback in New Jersey

Image via Wikipedia By LEE PROCIDA, Staff Writer pressofAtlanticCity.com | 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... Read more →

Lautenberg, Menendez Announce Nearly $500K In Federal Funding For N J Fire Departments

Image via Wikipedia Thursday, January 27, 2011...press release WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced seven New Jersey fire departments received $499,016 in federal funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. These grants can be invested in training, equipment, personal... 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 www.SERVEPhiladelphia.com 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... Read more →

Freedom Village Opens in Woodstown

DCA & HMFA CELEBRATE THE GRAND OPENING OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMMUNITY IN WOODSTOWN, SALEM COUNTY Freedom Village Will Enable Individuals with Disabilities to Live Independently WOODSTOWN, N.J. – Representatives of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA) joined local officials today to celebrate the completion of Freedom Village, an affordable housing community located... Read more →


Image via Wikipedia (11/P12) TRENTON * The Christie Administration today announced the award of $3.2 million in grants to fund 6 nonpoint source (NPS) pollution control projects throughout the State, including $1 million targeting polluting runoff into Barnegat Bay. These grant projects, funded through the Department of Environmental Protection's federal Clean Water Act Section 319(h)... Read more →

Sweeney backs Camden County consolidation

"Camden's problem is everybody's problem," he said. "Once [the criminals] bleed Camden, you don't think they're going to be looking at Gloucester City and Westville?" ~State Senator Sweeney by James Osbome The concept of a regionalized police force has been discussed in Camden County for decades. But Collingswood Mayor Jim Maley said state politicians such... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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 ??... Read more →

Brother of the Wolf Stresses Responsible Pet Ownership

Local Girl Scout troop #309642 was visited by Dawn Watson, owner of Brother of the Wolf, LLC, at its Wednesday night meeting. The training school opened last year and its owner often does public speaking on a variety of dog-related topics. Headed by Girl Scout leaders Theresa Ritchie, Coleen Pitman, Chris Gurcik, Beth Rudderow, and... 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... 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... Read more →


(11/P11) TRENTON - With more snow expected to fall this week in New Jersey, the Department of Environmental Protection has advised cities, towns and counties that in the absence of adequate snow storage, the disposal of snow into the surface waters of the State is not a routinely acceptable management option. However, Commissioner Bob Martin... 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... 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.... Read more →

Coach Highlights Special Relief Role from Big Man in MAC Big Game

by Raymond Rolak special to ClearysNoteBook YPSILANTI-- If you measure by Centigrade or Fahrenheit readings, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan University games are always intense and hot. Every sport and every game is magnified. They are one of the NCAA special rivalries as each contest is for in-state bragging rights. This match-up was no different... 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 www.bellmawrfire.com CLICK ADVERTISEMENT Read more →