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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 style craftsman and wood worker extraordinaire who loved to build,... Read more →


AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMMUNITY IN MORRISTOWN

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 Street in Morristown, Morris County. The HMFA, an affiliate of the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), provided approximately $612,000 in permanent financing for the project from the Special Needs Housing... 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 people to buy insurance, the entire law must be declared void. "I must reluctantly conclude that Congress exceeded the bounds of its authority in passing the act with the individual... Read more →


GORTAT TEARS UP BOSTON

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 Suns had previously lost three straight to the likes of the Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers, and Charlotte Bobcats. Marcin Gortat photo credit http://www.interbasket.net/ Against the powerhouse Boston Celtics and 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 devoted to her Roman Catholic Faith and was a former parishioner of Christ Our Light Parish: Saint Peter Celestine Church in Cherry Hill. At the request of the family, cremation... 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 dog handlers who experience attacks and aggressive interference and the circumstances that lead to these attacks. PHOTO recent litter of puppies born at Seeing Eye campus It is our hope... 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 Access" link under "On-line Resources" in the column that appears on the left of your screen. Or, you can go to the site directly at http://njcourts.judiciary.state.nj.us/web1/ACMSPA While the index can... 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 clear that the former U.S. attorney also is putting another once-sacred employee base — the police and fire unions — into his cross hairs. Asked at a New Jersey Press... 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 operate an adult entertainment club at the site, Route 130 and Klemn Avenue. The owner was also granted $159,000 in attorney fees by the judge. Kearney said the City is... 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 allowed potentially guilty perpetrators to go free and the innocent... 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 says, on the edge of “all-out hellfire.” MORE CAMDEN IN... 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 (Jillian) and Matthew Henshall, and great-grandmother of Caleb, Sophie, Caedran,... 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 associate him to Republicans they completely ignored the murder spree... 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 the Freeholder Board expressed it, in these difficult economic times,... 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 would sail through Congress if it wasn’t for the special... 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 deer harvested during the 2009-2010 hunting seasons. The 2011 Deer... 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 our municipal government but I wholly disagree with his method. I appreciate the difficulty of our elected officials’ positions and would always expect our residents to show respect, dignity and... 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. The assignment was then upgraded to a Rescue Box. Rescue... 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 Catholic coach Lisa Gedaka said. "The game was lost throughout the other 31 minutes and 55 seconds. We had a breakdown with guarding her (James) and they made a good... 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 which goes well beyond census data for street gangs. It sheds light on the influence gangs have on the community around them, looks at questions of size, organization, patterns of... 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 atwww.camdencounty.com. Camden County Celebrates Black History Month The Camden County Board of Freeholders in conjunction with the Cultural and... 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 Greg Bezanis With Christmas, Jan. 6’s celebration of the Epiphany... 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 explained to Keiko and I regarding the colonoscopy check, procedure... Read more →


LOCAL “QUEEN” PUBLISHES MEMOIRS OF SEA ISLE CITY’S POLAR BEAR PLUNGE

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 expect is an intriguing history lesson from the woman who led Sea Isle’s first plunge in 1995 – but that’s just what they will find during the 17th Annual Polar... 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 Anna M. Sample Complex, the largest shelter in Camden, N.J., the second most violent city in the U.S. She has a firsthand understanding of the struggles many Americans face as... Read more →


DCA DIVISION OF FIRE SAFETY WINTER SNOWSTORM REMINDERS

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 of snow,” said DCA Commissioner Lori Grifa. “This makes it... 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 litter home for bragging rights. Others think fondly about mating Miss Fifi and watching as she tenderly cares for her little ones, then interviewing kind-hearted people as they come, bucks... 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 is a perfect vantage point for observing the rebound of New Jersey's eagles, which reached a record population of 333 birds and 82 eagle pairs actively laying eggs last year,... 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 protective equipment, health programs, and other support for stations and facilities. Senator Lautenberg is the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security that funds the AFG program. “Firefighters... 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 health and education. “There is nothing more powerful than the time, energy and expertise of those extraordinary citizens who choose to serve in their community. I’m asking Philadelphians to work... 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 on Woodstown-Alloway Road in Woodstown. The HMFA, an affiliate of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA), provided $2 million in permanent financing to the project from the Special... Read more →


$3.2 MILLION IN FEDERAL CLEAN WATER GRANTS, INCLUDING $1 MILLION FOR BARNEGAT BAY

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) Grant Program, are designed to reduce the amount of nonpoint source pollution entering the State's waters, thereby restoring and protecting water quality in priority watersheds. NPS pollution results from animal... 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 as Sweeney were getting behind the concept in a way he hadn't seen before. "There was some support, but it was always money to do a study. There was no... 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 several generations through his work with the Collingswood Little League.... Read more →