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February 2011

Gloucester City News Headlines for March 3 issue

Heroin Kills Again; Stop The Scourge – Front Page Editorial Gloucester City Council Promotes Police Officers, Firefighters City Council Approves Resolution Naming Lourdes, Not City EMTs, As New Ambulance Service Bellmawr Mayor Filipek Says He Is Hoping For No Layoffs County Freeholders Give Update On Countywide Police, Fire Proposal Read more →

March 3rd:The Hina Doll Festival in Japan

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. This festival was celebrated in China on the day of the snake in the first part of March, so it was called the"festival of the first snake day"(i.e.,the first of three days of the snake that appear during the month of March). In Japan,the timing corresponds to the blossoming of peach trees,so the name has come to be known as the"day of the peach." This is the day that girls celebrate the doll festival known as hina matsuri, drinking shirozake (white sake) and eating sweets. In some regions,dolls made of... Read more →

Philadelphia and NCAA Celebrate Storied Partnership

Latest News from the Philadelphia Sports Congress In January, Philadelphia and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) celebrated their partnership together and highlighted upcoming events at a City Hall press conference. Over the next four years, Philadelphia will host six NCAA events encompassing five different sports. These events are expected to generate $75 million for the region. At the event, Mayor Michael A. Nutter was joined by Greg Shaheen, NCAA Interim Executive Vice President of Championships and Alliances, and Tom Lynch, Vice Chairman of the Philadelphia Sports Congress (PSC). Legendary Philadelphia announcer Dan Baker emceed the event. "The region of... Read more →

Status of the Exploration of the Proposed Countywide Police and Fire Initiative.

Op Ed from Camden County Board of Freeholders: By Louis Cappelli, Jr. and Rodney Greco As we move forward in the exploration of the possibility of a countywide police and/or fire department, we thought it was time to reiterate the parameters of the exploration and to update residents on where we are in the process. It bears repeating that there is no county pre-conceived plan nor the inclination or authority for the county to force municipalities to do anything. Although we thought we had made it clear that the county’s role is solely to act as facilitator in exploring this... Read more →

50 Employers to Attend County Career Resource Event on April 6th Career Counselors

(Deptford, NJ)- Fifty area employers and a variety of service and referral agencies will be available to speak with job seekers at the April 6th Gloucester County Career Resource Event to help residents looking to improve their job options and search for employment. Employers are still able to participate and those wishing to recruit potential employees should call 856-384-6963 or register at The Career Resource event will take place from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Gloucester County College gymnasium and will showcase area employers who are accepting resumes for current and future positions. Resources and guidance on... Read more →

DAMMINGER: West Deptford Residents Will See a Decrease in Taxes

(West Deptford, NJ) - Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said today that Revaluation notices will be mailed this week to West Deptford taxpayers advising them of their preliminary assessed value for 2011. Damminger said that the revaluation projects a decrease in 2011 taxes for the average residential property by $276.43. "As a result of Senator Stephen Sweeney's County Assessor reform initiative, West Deptford taxpayers will finally be paying taxes based on a fair system of true market value," said Director Damminger. "In addition, the Freeholders are working to cut the budget and lower county's taxes even more in 2011, and... Read more →

Susan Ann Travaglini, of Gloucester City

On February 25, 2011. Age 49. Of Gloucester City. Formerly of Runnemede and the Fairview Section of Camden. The Angels took her home to Heaven to be reunited with the Lord and her mom and dad. Loving and Cherished Daughter of the late Daniel A. Travaglini, Jr. and Elizabeth (nee Whalen). Beloved Sister of Teresa Cathcart (James) and Maryann Hall (Brian). Survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Susan lived life in a child’s world and attended Saint John of God School for 25 years in Westville Grove. Currently, she attended the Berlin Adult Training Center. Susan was loved... Read more →

Susan Cole, age 42, of Gloucester City

Suddenly, On February 23, 2011. Age 42. Of Gloucester City. Loving mother of Alex Jervis of Laurel Springs, Jaime Jervis of Gloucester City and Jacqui Emmons of Philadelphia, PA. Cherished fiancé of Jay Johnson of Gloucester City. Beloved grandmother of Natalie McKinney. Devoted sister of Donald J. Cole of Gloucester City, Charles Cole of Philadelphia, PA and Tammy Blon of Philadelphia, PA. Best friend of Robin Wickham. Susan dedicated her life to taking care of her family and friends, enjoyed flea markets, traveling, loved the shore and camping. She previously worked for the New Kensington Community Development Corporation in Philadelphia,... Read more →

Cynthia D. "Cindy" Garcia, of Gloucester City, GHS Alumni Class of 2006

Suddenly, On February 25, 2011. Age 22. Of Gloucester City. Loving mother of Diane Benner and Anthony “A.J.” Benner. Cherished daughter of Dawn Collins (Mark O’Brien). Beloved Sister of Matthew Garcia, Jeremy Collins, Steven Garcia, Joseph Collins and Brandi Collins. Also, survived by her father, Jose Garcia and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Cynthia was a resident of Gloucester City and a graduate of Gloucester City High School Class of 2006. Relatives, friends and Classmates of 2006 are kindly invited to attend her viewing on Thursday, March 3 from 9 am to 12 Noon at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851... Read more →


Now that's funny, I don't care who you are!!!! You never have to change the batteries! I'm putting one in every room! Safety First! You don't have to thank me for this information; I do this as a public service… Submitted by William John Related articles CHUCKLES: Love New Jersey ( Chuckle for the day 2/23/11 ( Read more →

Remembering Rev. Ronald Jakows | South Philly Review

A Passyunk Square pastor passed away seven months after beginning his duties. By Joseph Myers Add Comment | Comments: 4 | Posted Feb. 17, 2011 Rev. Ronald Jakows endeared himself to two Passyunk Square schools during his ministry. The first-time pastor last year celebrated 20 years as a priest. Photo by Annunciation BVM School At 6-foot-8, Rev. Ronald M. Jakows stood more closely to heaven than most. Though impressive, his physical prowess was miniscule when compared with his spiritual renown among the parishioners at his Passyunk Square church. Seven months into his first pastoral assignment at Annunciation BVM, 1511 S.... Read more →

Two From Men’s Basketball Earn All-Conference Nod; Hurley Named Empire 8 Coach of the Year

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (February 23, 2011) – Junior forward Simon Smith (Cranford, N.J.) was named first-team All-Empire 8 and sophomore guard Sheldon Jones (Queens, N.Y.) received a second-team nod as the Empire 8 announced its men’s basketball all-conference team on Wednesday evening. Head coach Bobby Hurley (Hoboken, N.J.) was named the Coach of the Year after leading Stevens Institute of Technology to a 12-4 Empire 8 record (19-6 overall) and second place finish in the league after being picked to place sixth in the preseason. Smith has had his best year to date for the Ducks, scoring 13.4 points per game... Read more →

Gloucester City Solicitor Answers Questions About the New Ambulance Service...Starts April 1

By Bill Cleary Gloucester City Council passed a resolution at Thursday's meeting by a 4-1 vote to hire an outside contractor to provide ambulance service for the City. Voting for the measure was Mayor William James, Councilman Jay Brophy, Councilman Bruce Parry, and Councilman John Hutchinson. Voting no was Councilwoman Kelly Ferry. Absent were Councilmen Marchese and Spencer. The contract was awarded to Lourdes Health System. The contract calls for Lourdes to provide Basic Life Ambulance Service to residents for three years starting April 1. Image: Lourdes provides ambulance service for the Township of Pemberton along with several other communities... Read more → News Release: 2010 Reserve Family Readiness Awards Presented

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs Dennis M. McCarthy presented the 2010 Department of Defense Reserve Family Readiness Awards winners today at the Pentagon. The award recognizes the National Guard and Reserve units, one from each of the Reserve components, with the best programs to support their families. Representatives from each unit received a plaque as well as a cash award from the Military Officers Association of America. The cash awards will be put toward the further enhancements of family support programs. This year’s winners are: Army National Guard – 1484th Transportation Company, Green, Ohio. Unit Commander: Capt. Angela... Read more →

How the Irish Bubble Burst by Theodore Dalrymple - City Journal

The Emerald Isle’s story is a microcosm of the global economic crisis. 23 February 2011 If you want to study the economic crisis of the last few years, go to Ireland, where you will find it in its purest form. Ireland is a small country, with a population of just 4.4 million, and the connection between clientelistic politics, bankers’ cupidity, and the mass psychology of bubble markets is easiest to comprehend there. Dotted around the country, outside of almost every town and sometimes in the middle of nowhere, are housing estates—completed, half-completed, and never-to-be-completed—which are unsaleable, will almost certainly never... Read more →

Stratford Republican Mayor supports the calls for Camden County GOP Chairman Resignation

press release Camden County, February 23, 2011: Mayor Dr. John Gentless of Stratford today echoed the calls for the immediate resignation of Camden County GOP Richard DeMichele. “There are less than a handful of republican Mayors in a county of 37 towns, boroughs and municipalities, and as a result, many question me how serious Mr. DeMichele is about implementing a serious play of action to win elections one town at a time. Given the historic victories of Republicans in 2009 and 2010 nationwide, and given my past experience as a candidate under this chairman, I see no way the Camden... Read more →

Stevens Baseball Set For 2011 Season With Sights Set On First Empire 8 Crown

HOBOKEN, N.J. (February 22, 2011) – Despite the loss of a trio of All-Conference honorees in graduated seniors Anthony Andrews, Mark Rasulo, and Joe Finora, the Stevens Institute of Technology baseball team enters the 2011 season with a wealth of experience and hopes of capturing its first-ever Empire 8 conference title. With six of eight position starters and the bulk of last season’s pitching staff returning for another season at Castle Point, the Ducks, under the tutelage of 11th-year head coach John Crane, will look to improve upon last year’s 21-19 mark and semifinal berth in the Eastern College Athletic... Read more →


GOVERNOR CHRISTIE SIGNS BILL TO CREATE FREE SALTWATER FISH REGISTRY (11/P21) TRENTON * Governor Christie signed a bill into law today that creates a free State saltwater fishing registry in New Jersey, one that will comply with federal requirements and will not financially impact the State's saltwater anglers. The creation of a State registry will allow New Jersey anglers to avoid a $15 saltwater registration fee imposed by the federal government as of Jan. 1. "Fishing from our shores has been and should remain free to our residents. Some simple pleasures in life should be not be subject to a... Read more →

MAAC Teams Win Nine Games in 2011 Sears BracketBusters

Edison, N.J. - Nine of the MAAC men's basketball teams earned victories earlier today in the 2011 Sears BracketBusters. Derek Needham scored 19 points and Colin Nickerson added 17 to lead Fairfield over Austin Peay, 76-69. The Stags outscored the Governors, 22-8, in the paint and scored 18 points off 12 first-half turnovers en route to a 34-29 halftime lead. With the score tied at 58 and less than six minutes to go, Needham sparked a 17-7 run with a 3-pointer followed by a layup with 5:01 left to play. Two free throws from Nickerson with 38 seconds remaining ended... Read more →

Obit: Joseph Wilhelm, of Voorhees, Age 99

On February 9, 2011. Age 99. Of Voorhees. Formerly of Berlin and Philadelphia, PA. Loving and devoted husband to the late Madeline (nee Kessler). Survived by several step-children, nieces and nephews. Joseph was born in Philadelphia, PA and worked as a shipfitter and coppersmith for the Philadelphia Naval Yard. At the request of the family, there are no services and cremation is private. Condolences and e-mail may be sent to under the online obituary of Joseph Wilhelm. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City, NJ 08030. Ph: 856-456-1142 Read more →


TIPS AND SNIPPETS BY BILL CLEARY DESPICABLE ACT-Two weeks ago a vandal(s) took a sharp instrument and ran it along the side of Mayor James hummer that was parked in front of his house on Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. A day or two after this happened ClearysNoteBook (CNB) received two comments about this detestable crime from individuals who thought it was funny that the mayor’s car had been damaged. I had originally edited the remarks from those two comments that were received about the vandalism. After giving the incident further thought I feel the public should know what mayor and... Read more →

Pennsauken GOP Club calls for the immediate resignation of Rick DeMichele as County GOP chairman

Pennsauken, NJ, February 24, 2011: The president of the Pennsauken GOP Club called for the immediate resignation of Rick DeMichele citing a variety issues including the fact that they have not been welcomed as a voice for some time. “For Mr. DeMichele to continue in his current role is devastating, said Mr. Bill Chester, newly elected president of Pennsauken GOP. “Over the years, as an outsider, something never seemed quite right about the Republicans consistently losing. I often wondered why the Pennsauken Mart was never made into a bigger issue. It hasn’t taken me long to figure out why Camden... Read more →


Pitman, NJ—Kean University senior forward Jonathan Jones (Linden, NJ/Linden) has been named the New Jersey Athletic Conference “Pony Wilson” Men’s Basketball Player of the Year for the 2010-11 season. His selection highlighted the 15-member 2010-11 NJAC men’s basketball all-conference team which was announced on February 22. All selections were made via a vote of the league’s 10 head coaches. A three-time all-conference selection, Jones currently leads the NJAC in scoring (24.9 points per game), rebounding (14.2 per game) and field goal percentage (.594). A six-time NJAC Player of the Week selection, Jones ranks as the NCAA Division III national leader... Read more →

Delaware Estuary News

Download the Winter 2011 issue of Estuary News as a full-color PDF here. Flooding and You By Jennifer Adkins, Executive Director, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary Flooding is an age-old hazard, especially for coastal areas. But a changing world is making flooding an increasingly pressing issue for the people and resources of the Delaware Estuary. Sea level is rising, causing more sea water to surge up the Delaware River and into coastal communities, especially when combined with storm surges. Precipitation is also increasing and concentrating into more extreme rains, causing more and faster water to flow across the land and... Read more →

Community News: City of Gloucester City

press releases GLOUCESTER CITY RECEIVES AWARD FROM CAMDEN COUNTY MUNICIPAL JOINT INSURANCE FUND photo by Karlie Gloucester City was recently selected by the Camden County Joint Insurance Fund as the winner of the award for “Best Overall Performance” for a municipality in the Joint Insurance Fund with over 50 Employees for 2010. Gloucester City received a plaque and $1500 to be used for safety equipment and material. The Camden County Joint Insurance Fund is made up of 36 municipalities, fire districts and authorities in South Jersey. GLOUCESTER CITY INSTITUTES HOUSING AND BUILDING CODE COMPLAINT FORM Gloucester City has created a... Read more →

NJSIAA Girl Basketball Brackets; MaxPreps Picks GHS To Win

By: Brian Falzarano | The TOC field before picking the Garden State's finest. MaxPreps New Jersey girls basketball freeman Rankings Our annual trek through the NJSIAA girls basketball brackets begins Feb. 28, with dozens of schools harboring hopes of capturing a sectional title. Or, better still, winning the Tournament of Champions on March 21 at East Rutherford's Izod Center. Before we get to see whether there will be a Shabazz-Neptune battle in the TOC title game, though, which other contenders will emerge? The two biggest challengers could come emerge from the state capital in Trenton Central (Group 4) and... Read more →

Blast, Fire Hit Pa. Natural Gas Site; Three Hurt |

The blaze burned in several liquid storage tanks. Story by Posted: Thu, 02/24/2011 - 01:33am Updated: Thu, 02/24/2011 - 02:27pm AVELLA, Pa. -- A massive fire that burned in several liquid storage tanks at a natural gas facility in western Pennsylvania is out, but several local fire departments are helping to make sure the fire does not restart. At least three contract workers at the site, owned by Chesapeake Appalachia, were injured. Two were flown by medical helicopter to Pittsburgh hospitals. The third was taken by ambulance. Their names and conditions have not been released. "It's scary," said Dana... Read more →

Sunshine Week Issues Model Open Government Proclamation

Image via Wikipedia The American Society of News Editors issued a model open-government proclamation that can be used by citizens and community groups to fight for greater transparency in government as part of their Sunshine Week initiative. THEY SUGGEST YOU PRESENT IT TO YOUR LOCAL COUNCIL OR COMMISSION TO CONSIDER. RESTON, Va. – The organization responsible for administering Sunshine Week today issued a model open-government proclamation that can be used by citizens and community groups to fight for greater transparency in government. The “Sunshine Week Open Government Proclamation,” can be adapted for local, state and federal use by open-government activists,... Read more →

Siracusa earns NJAC honors

Ewing, NJ … Senior Steve Siracusa (New Providence, NJ/New Providence) was named to the 2010-2011 New Jersey Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball All-Conference Honorable Mention team. Siracusa ranked second in the NJAC in rebounds this season averaging 9.0 per game. He was also sixth in the conference in steals (2.0 avg./g) and third in minutes played per game (33.4). The captain and lone senior on the Lions’ squad, Siracusa registered six double-doubles during the season. His 22-point, 16 rebound performance against Centenary College notched career-highs in both categories. The 6’ 3” forward led TCNJ in rebounds 20 times during the season,... Read more →

Decree issued establishing St. Damien Parish, Ocean City

Bishop Joseph Galante formally announces the establishment of St. Damien Parish, formed through the consolidation of St. Augustine, Ocean City; St. Frances Cabrini, Ocean City; and Our Lady of Good Counsel, Ocean City on March 23, 2011. The announcement establishing the new parish was made in a formal decree, which is published in the February 18 edition of the Catholic Star Herald. CLICK ADVERTISEMENT Fr. Michael P. Rush has been named pastor of the new parish, for a six-year term. The parish of St. Damien, whose boundaries will be those of the existing parishes, will serve approximately 2300 families in... Read more →

Michigan City to Lay Off Entire Fire Department |

The layoffs affect all 27 Allen Park firefighters except for the department's fire chief, who is appointed. BY TAMMY STABLES BATTAGLIA and NAOMI R. PATTON - Detroit Free Press Firefighters in Allen Park this morning were still reeling over news that the city council voted to issue layoff notices to nearly the entire department. The notices to the department's 27 firefighters are to be issued today and would take effect in 30 days, although Mayor Gary Burtka said he's "hoping to negotiate to avoid that." City Administrator Eric Waidelich said today that the city doesn't intend to shutter the department,... Read more →

Spectacular 2011 Philadelphia Mummers’ String Band Association’s “Show of Shows”

Continue the New Year’s Celebration in Atlantic City for the Spectacular 2011 Philadelphia Mummers’ String Band Association’s “Show of Shows” The sights and sounds of New Year’s Day fill Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall as 16 string bands perform engaging and elaborate routines. PHILADELPHIA (February 2, 2011) –If you thought you could only enjoy the sights and sounds of the Mummers once a year, you’re in for a treat. All the glitz, glam and talent of New Year’s Day will fill Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on February 26 for the 2011 Philadelphia Mummers’ String Band Association’s “Show of Shows”. With their... Read more →

Bayshore Tea Party News

HERE COME THE THUGS! via NJAFLCIO February 21, 2011 5 Days Until: State House Unity Rally with Wisconsin Workers – Don’t Forget… Wear Your Union Colors Wisconsin workers have been fighting on the front lines against Governor Scott Walker’s assault on working families and collective bargaining rights. At the Trenton State House on Friday, February 25, 2011, at 12:00 noon, a group of Wisconsin workers will be welcomed by the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, national AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, hundreds of our union brothers and sisters and community partners. At this rally, we will stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity... Read more →

Campbell Soup Company Unveils Ten-Year Plan To Reduce Childhood Obesity And Hunger In Camden

Image via Wikipedia Business Wire 02/16/11 - 08:00 AM EST Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) today unveiled a plan to reduce childhood obesity and hunger in Camden, Campbell’s home since 1869. The company will invest $10 million over ten years with the goal of reducing childhood obesity and hunger in Camden’s 23,000 children by 50 percent. Campbell’s President and CEO Douglas R. Conant said, “Obesity is a national crisis, but it is even more acute in Camden. We absolutely believe this important effort can nourish the lives of thousands of Camden children, both physically and emotionally, and help prepare them for... Read more →

Cost of Allentown Natural Gas Explosion Being Tallied

The Allentown natural gas explosion has cost the Pennsylvania city at least $61,000 so far, according to a report from the Allentown Morning Call. Nearly half of that – $25,341 – was incurred by the fire department in fighting the massive fire sparked by the Allentown natural gas explosion. The Allentown natural gas explosion occurred around 10:45 p.m. on February 9, when a suspected natural gas leak in the 500 Block of North 13th Street ignited, sparking a fire that burned into the morning. According to a Bloomberg report, the pipeline involved in the blast -a 12-inch cast iron main... Read more →

Starlin Castro, Carlos Santana among stud fantasy sophomores

- Eric Mack - by Eric Mack The following are the top sophomores who exhausted their rookie eligibility in 2010 either due to at-bats, innings or service time. They are broken out by position, with a top overlooked sophomore highlighted and the other candidates mentioned. There are varying degrees of fantasy potential here, but if there is a top sophomore talent who is getting undervalued in your league, he has great potential to outperform his draft position. Highlight or mark these sophomores with an "S" on your cheat sheets and target them throughout the depths of your drafts. RP... Read more →

Gloucester County Freeholders Preserve Land

(Woodbury, NJ) - Six different farms located in three municipalities are slated to be permanently preserved announced Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Frank J. DiMarco today. Two of the farms are located in Woolwich, one in South Harrison and three in Franklin Township. "There were approvals for 89 single family homes to be developed on the Woolwich farms, and 53 more on the South Harrison Farm. When look at the enormous growth in Woolwich and find ways to permanently preserve land for farming instead of becoming housing developments you make a big impact on the quality... Read more →

City of Gloucester City Releases Closing Arguments in Kain Dismissal Case

Brown & Connery, llp By: Christine P. O’Hearn, Esquire 360 Haddon Avenue P.O. box 539 Westmont, New Jersey 08108 (856) 854-8900 Attorneys for Petitioner, The City of Gloucester IN THE MATTER OF PAUL KAIN, REGISTERED MUNICIPAL CLERK, THE CITY OF GLOUCESTER DOCKET NO.: CLG-00612-2010S CLOSING BRIEF ON BEHALF OF THE PETITIONER, THE CITY OF GLOUCESTER’S IN SUPPORT OF PETITION TO REMOVE PAUL KAIN, MUNCIPAL CLERK INTRODUCTION AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY The City of Gloucester (“The City”) filed a Complaint seeking removal of Paul Kain (“Kain”), Registered Municipal Clerk of The City with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (“NJDCA”), Division... Read more →

City of Gloucester City v. Kain: Gloucester City's Closing Argument to be posted on Wednesday

CITY OF GLOUCESTER CITY CLOSING BRIEF Brown & Connery, llp By: Christine P. O’Hearn, Esquire 360 Haddon Avenue P.O. box 539 Westmont, New Jersey 08108 (856) 854-8900 Attorneys for Petitioner, The City of Gloucester IN THE MATTER OF PAUL KAIN, REGISTERED MUNICIPAL CLERK, THE CITY OF GLOUCESTER DOCKET NO.: CLG-00612-2010S CLOSING BRIEF ON BEHALF OF THE PETITIONER, THE CITY OF GLOUCESTER’S IN SUPPORT OF PETITION TO REMOVE PAUL KAIN, MUNCIPAL CLERK INTRODUCTION AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY The City of Gloucester (“The City”) filed a Complaint seeking removal of Paul Kain (“Kain”), Registered Municipal Clerk of The City with the New Jersey... Read more →


The NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has announced that on February 8, 2011, the New Jersey Fish and Game Council recommended and the Director approved an extension for the 2010-2011 Semi-wild hunting season through Sunday, April 3, 2011. The extension was granted due to this winter's extended periods of deep snow and the inability to stock and pursue game birds. This revision will only apply to the 2010-2011 hunting season, and does not apply to subsequent hunting seasons. Prior to this extension, the season was scheduled to close on March 15, 2011. For information on Semi-wild Hunting Preserves... Read more →

Mount Ephraim Sewer Rates Increasing 100 percent

By Andrea Vinci Gloucester City News The Mount Ephraim Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance on second reading, after no comments from the public, which will raise the sewer rate from $50 to $100 per year. Officials released the following statement explaining the increase: “The Borough of Mount Ephraim provides sewer connections to all properties in the community, and transports the raw sewage to a connection with the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority. The CCMUA then transports it to their treatment plant for processing before it is released into the Delaware River. Each part of the process entails costs. “Mt.... Read more →

Former Gloucester City Municipal Clerk Paul Kain Releases Statement About His Mental Illness

published Gloucester City News February 17, 2011 (Editor’s note: The following statement was released by former City Clerk/-Administrator Paul Kain.) By Paul Kain “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” -- John Wooden I have long subscribed to this belief. Unfortunately this belief has been pushed to its limits recently. I feel it is my responsibility to inform the residents of Gloucester City that previous stories of the city’s petition for my removal are full of false statements and misrepresentation... Read more →

Gloucester City News Headlines for Feb. 24 issue

The Field Of Broken Dreams The State Breaks Promise To Gloucester Children To Build Middle School Grant Funds Reconstruction Of Brooklawn American Legion Baseball Field Mount Ephraim Schools Must Cover Children’s Health Care For Three More Years State Basketball Playoffs – Lady Lions, Lions, Lady Rams, Rams All Qualify Read more →

Alexander M. Davidson, age 93, of Barrington, formerly of Gloucester City; 1937 GHS Alumni

DAVIDSON, Alexander M., on February 20, 2011, of Barrington NJ, formerly of Gloucester Heights NJ. Age 93. Beloved husband of Billie E. Davidson (nee Burchell). Loving father of Wayne Davidson and his wife, Jill, Albert Davidson and his wife, Jane and Linda VanHee and her husband, Ordway ‘Van’. Dear grandfather of 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. One of 12 siblings, he is survived by 1 sister and 2 brothers, Elisabeth ‘Libby’ Kite, John and David Davidson. Mr. Davidson was a 1937 graduate of Gloucester High School. He was a veteran of the US ARMY and has resided in Barrington... Read more →

The Trouble With Today's Japanese Students

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. "This time,like all other times,is a very good one,if we but know what to do with it." Ralph Waldo Emerson. Here we go again. I read in the newspaper and see on TV, often that "Young people,"Are rapidly becoming stupid."They can't calculate, can't communicate.They have no manners, no ambition, and no interest in anything; no consideration for other people,no knowledge of world affairs. Image: Hank and Keiko Miller It is my profession; It has been the focus of my life for 33 years. For this reason,writing about the people of... Read more →


STATE ROUNDUP (Please note the only items listed below are those that have had recent action. For other updates on state legislation, please go to the state legislation section at, and check each week's issue of the Grassroots Alert.) ALASKA: No-Duty-to-Retreat Legislation Passes Alaska's House Judiciary Committee On Monday, February 14, the House Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 80 by a 4 to 1 vote. This legislation would remove the duty to retreat in Alaska. HB 80 now moves to the House Finance Committee. Under existing law, there is no duty to retreat if a person is in his... Read more →

Letter: Time to Attack in Pennsylvania

Every day brings new evidence that we no longer live in a civilized and principled society. The worst part, it usually concerns another case of corruption involving a member of the PA Senate or House; a PA judge; law enforcement officer; District Attorney or some other Pennsylvania public servant (I prefer serpent). However, when the news of wrongdoing in Pennsylvania involves what I call child trafficking, can the Commonwealth sink any lower. The trial of former Pennsylvania President Judge Mark Ciavarella is finally getting underway; his criminal cohort, Senior Judge Michael Conahan agreed to plead guilty to various federal charges... Read more →