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February 2011

Gloucester City pays $45,000 to settle police false arrest/excessive force suit

Posted February 2011 By John Paff GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (February 25, 2001)--On October 14, 2010, two officers in the Gloucester City (Camden County) Police Department agreed to pay $45,000 to a Woodbury man who sued them for allegedly falsely arresting and using excessive force against him. In his suit, Reginal Gaines, a 45 year old, African American man, said that on July 7, 2006 he was pulled over by Gloucester City Police Officer James Little for "not having a tag light and for failing to... Read more →

New Tools to Find FBI's Most Wanted

FBI posters seeking James Earl Ray (1968), Eric Rudolph (1998) and Joe Saenz (2009). To view posters from more than 600 open cases, go to our Most Wanted section. To Catch a Fugitive New Tools to Find FBI's Most Wanted 02/22/11 For more than 60 years, the FBI has created posters to enlist the public's help in capturing fugitives or finding missing persons. Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph, CIA shooter Mir Aimal Kansi, World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef—the captured fugitives were all on FBI wanted... Read more →

Earl Boykins has College Jersey Retired... Nine NBA Teams and Still Going

Photo by Johnathon Knight Rolco Sports Network #11 JERSEY RETIRED: Dr. Derrick Gragg, Director of Athletics at Eastern Michigan University presents the retired #11 EMU jersey to Earl Boykins, being flanked by family and EMU President Susan W. Martin. Special to Cleary’s Notebook By Raymond Rolak The Super Fast Playmaker Still Making Plays for Milwaukee YPSILANTI-- Earl Boykins had a day off from his Milwaukee Bucks schedule and celebrated at his alma mater with his family, friends and former teammates. The veteran NBA guard has... Read more →

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 →

Internet Crime Trends The Latest Report

02/24/11 Non-delivery of payment or merchandise. Scams impersonating the FBI. Identity theft. These were the top three most common complaints made to the joint FBI/National White Collar Crime Center’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) last year, according to its just-released 2010 Internet Crime Report. The report also includes a state-by-state breakdown of complaints. In May 2010, the IC3 marked its 10th anniversary, and by November, it had received its two millionth complaint since opening for business. Last year, the IC3 received more than 300,000 complaints,... Read more →


Image via Wikipedia PITMAN, NJ – Several Rowan University student-athletes received New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track All-Conference honors. Jamie Thompson was chosen the Women’s Co-Rookie of the Year. The All-Conference Teams are determined by the results of the NJAC Championships (Feb. 20). All individual and relay event winners are on the first team, while the second place finishers earn second team honors. Those athletes that capture third receive honorable mention. Thompson (fr. Monmouth Jct., NJ/South Brunswick) was on the All-Conference... 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... 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... 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... 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 www.wibnj.com. The Career Resource event will take place from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Gloucester County College gymnasium and will showcase... 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... Read more →

Edward James Wrigley of Gloucester City; Decorated Vietnam War Veteran

On February 25, 2011. Age 63. Of Gloucester City. Devoted Son of the late Elwood William Wrigley and Marguerite (nee McAuliffe). Loving father of John William Wrigley (Amber) of Wyoming and Edward James Wrigley of South Carolina. Beloved grandfather of MacKenzie Michelle, John “Boo”, Deborah Ann Francis, Caleb, Sebastian, Kyle James and Chole Alexis. Cherished Brother of Anne Palcko (Ron) of Florida, Elwood “Bud” Wrigley (Dot) of Gloucester City, Thomas Wrigley (Karen) of Florida, Virginia Yuhas (Gary) of Bellmawr, Michael Robert Wrigley (Josie) of Gloucester... 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... 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... 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... 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 (gloucestercitynews.net) Chuckle for the day 2/23/11 (delaney55.wordpress.com) Read more →

Assembly Democrats Oppose Doing Away with UEZ Program

BURZICHELLI: CHRISTIE’S PROPOSED ELIMINATION OF UEZ PROGRAM A TAX INCREASE BY ANY OTHER NAME Ending Program Would Force a 100-Percent Tax Increase on State’s Urban Residents (PAULSBORO) – Following the Christie administration’s release of a report calling for the elimination of the state’s Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) program by the end of fiscal year 2011, Assemblyman John J. Burzichelli (D-Gloucester), whose district includes the Bridgeton UEZ, issued the following statement: “The report issued by the Christie administration calling for the elimination of the state’s UEZ... 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... Read more →


(11/P19) TRENTON - The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting to discuss Ocean County's draft sewer service area map on Thursday, March 10, as part of a planning effort to update the Wastewater Management Plan for this county. The meeting will give the public an opportunity to learn about and discuss the sewer service area map covering 17 municipalities: Bay Head, Beach Haven, Beachwood, Brick, Island Heights, Lakehurst, Lavalette, Mantaloking, Ocean Gate, Pine Beach, Plumsted, Point Pleasant, Point Pleasant Beach, Seaside Heights,... Read more →


Department of Community Affairs Releases Fiscal Year 2012 Municipal State Aid Figures TRENTON, N.J. – Following Governor Chris Christie’s fiscal year 2012 budget proposal which secures stable municipal state aid at fiscal year 2011 levels, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) today released municipal state aid figures for the coming fiscal year, further enabling local governments to control property taxes. The Governor’s fiscal year 2012 budget provides certainty for municipal officials’ budget planning and eases the transition to the new fiscal realities under... 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... 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.... Read more →

Defense.gov 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... Read more →


(11/P22) TRENTON - The driving force behind the idea of environmental stewardship is that businesses and other organizations will go beyond what's required of them by laws and regulations to protect the environment - if given a chance to think innovatively and proactively. And that's exactly what a program spearheaded by the Department of Environmental Protection is doing. CLICK ADVERTISEMENT The DEP's Environmental Stewardship Program, now entering its fourth year, has grown to more than 500 participants - manufacturers, chemical companies, pharmaceutical companies, government agencies,... 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... 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... Read more →

Pet Tip of the Week

Uh-Oh! It’s Dog Show Time! The Westminster Dog Show was a big event a couple of weeks ago. To some folks, this is the Super Bowl of the dog-loving community. And, while it was entertaining, it also signals the beginning of the inevitable purchase of puppies belonging to the winning breeds. Think you’ve seen everything? Just wait until six months from now, when the owners of all those Scottish Elkhounds decide that McTavish needs too much attention and they send him packing to the nearest... Read more →

Gloucester City pays $45,000 to settle police false arrest/excessive force suit

On October 14, 2010, two officers in the Gloucester City (Camden County) Police Department agreed to pay $45,000 to a Woodbury man who sued them for allegedly falsely arresting and using excessive force against him. In his suit, Reginal Gaines, a 45 year old, African American man, said that on July 7, 2006 he was pulled over by Gloucester City Police Officer James Little for "not having a tag light and for failing to use a turn signal." Gaines claims that Little, without provocation, sprayed... Read more →

State Aid for School Districts Released

Press Release Further demonstrating his firm commitment to strengthening and reforming education in New Jersey, Governor Christie is providing an additional $250 million for New Jersey schools in his fiscal year 2012 budget. Aid figures released today by the Department of Education show an increase for every school district in the state. In addition, public charter schools will receive $4.6 million in additional funds – an increase of over 50 percent -- another indication of the Christie Administration's commitment to expanding high-quality public charter schools... 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... 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... 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... 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 www.mccannhealey.com under the online obituary of Joseph Wilhelm. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made... Read more →

Christie wants end to urban enterprise zones in N.J..

BY TOM HESTER SR. NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM | State | NewJerseyNewsroom.com -- Your State. Your News Governor sees them as costly and bureaucratic With a cabinet member calling them costly and bureaucratic to operate, Gov. Chris Christie, in a move designed to save $100 million annually, wants to eliminate New Jersey’s 39 urban enterprise zones in 37 cities and towns by June 30. The move, is expected to be questioned by the Democratic-controlled Legislature, which would have to approve the idea. Democrats represent at least 31 of... 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.... Read more →