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March 2011

Welcome Home PFC Andrew Foy of Deptford NJ

Welcome Home From Afghanistan When: Saturday, April 2nd 2011 Time: approx. 10-1030am Where: 1031 Cumberland Avenue Deptford, NJ 08096 Please come out to welcome home PFC Andrew Foy from serving in Afghanistan. Andrew was born and raised in Deptford Township. While deployed, he was injured by and IED. He received the... Read more →

A Hero Dog in Our Midst at the Camden County Correctional Facility

Dear Neighbors, In case you missed it last night, Channel 6 Action News featured a segment on one of the most powerful, effective assets we have at the Camden County Correctional Facility. His name is Diesel and, along with his handler Corrections Officer Louis Kaelin, he is something that all of... Read more →

Gloucester County to Celebrate Older American's Month

(Deptford, NJ) - Each year the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders join the national tradition of proclaiming May as Older American's Month to show appreciation and support for our seniors as they continue to enrich and strengthen our communities. The County Division of Senior Services has organized several events to... Read more →

2011 Rowan University Men’s Track & Field Outlook

press release The Rowan University men’s outdoor track and field team looks to build upon last year’s success. The Profs took third place at the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Championships and they were fourth at the Collegiate Track Conference (CTC) Championships. Three individuals qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships... Read more →

Texas Deputy Dies Following Cow Attack: Officer.com

Officer.com News A Tyler, Texas deputy died Monday as a result of head injuries sustained in a cow attack last Thursday, reports the Houston Chronicle. Deputy Robert Britton was directing traffic around the animal, which had been struck and injured in the road, when it charged him and knocked him into... Read more →

US to Put Boots on the Ground in Libya! Fox News is Reporting Obama Authorizes Covert Operations

It appears the next move for the United States is to put boots on the ground in Libya. Promises made by the President on Monday night when he spoke to the nation about Libya not to commit ground troops is changing already according to Fox News...When will our country learn? How... Read more →

Recent Tests Show No Danger to Health of Kershaw School Students in Mt. Ephraim

By Leigh Anne Hubbs Gloucester City News Perry Refolo of TTI Environmental presented plans for continued groundwater quality testing at Kershaw School and the municipal building during March’s Mt. Ephraim Board of Education (BOE) meeting. In attendance were Mayor Joseph Wolk, Commissioner Bruce Greenwald and Borough Clerk Terry Shannon. Refolo said... Read more →

Camden County Transformation Initiative

Dear Neighbors, I recently met with the Editorial Board of the Courier-Post to report on the progress of the Freeholder Board’s Transformation Initiative. To date, the Transformation Initiative has reduced the cost of county government by $1.2 million a year – and we’re not done yet. The goal of the Transformation... Read more →


The Memorial Athletic Association’s Annual 7th and 8th Grade Basketball Tournament was once again a great success. Teams from Gloucester, Brooklawn, St. Mary’s, Holy Trinity, St. Margaret’s, Our Lady of Hope, Barrington and Merchantville competed in the tournament. The Memorial Athletic Association would like to thank all of the schools and... Read more →

Small Turnout for Freeholders Meeting in Gloucester City

By Sara Martino Gloucester City News There was a small turn-out of Gloucester City residents who attended the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting at Cold Springs School on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. Prior to the start of the regular meeting, there was a Town Meeting, where Freeholder Director... Read more →

Mrs. Grace C. Devine, age 88, Lifelong Gloucester City Resident

Surrounded by her loving family, on March 29, 2011. Age 88. (nee Williams) Lifelong resident of Gloucester City. Loving wife of 60 years to the late Richard J. Devine, Sr. Loving mother of Richard J. Jr. (Barbara), Paul (D’Ette), William (Hazel), Lois Heister (Stephen), Gary (Roseann), Elizabeth, David (Mary) and Joseph.... Read more →

Gov. Christies Wrong about Public Safety Community

There has been some debate over the compensation for police and firefighter since Governor Christie took office. We have heard how they are lazy and greedy and during a demonstration Governor Christie actually said the public safety community is a "me first" group. First of all, as a police officer for... Read more →

Governor Christie Exercises Veto for Unnecessary UEZ Spending

press release Trenton, NJ – Governor Chris Christie today exercised his veto authority to guard against potentially wasteful or unnecessary spending by partially rejecting the minutes of the March 9 meeting of the Urban Enterprise Zone Authority in connection with $45,700 in promotional and entertainment-related expenses for the Long Branch UEZ.... Read more →

Six Gloucester County Road Projects Advance

press release TRENTON – Six capital projects in Gloucester County are scheduled to advance with a total of nearly $20 million in funding under the proposed $3.5 billion FY 12 Transportation Capital Program, the Christie Administration announced today. The program represents the first year of a five-year Transportation Capital Plan that... Read more →

11 Camden County Road Projects Advance

TRENTON – Eleven capital projects in Camden County are scheduled to advance with a total of $144.6 million in funding under the proposed $3.5 billion FY 12 Transportation Capital Program, the Christie Administration announced today. The program represents the first year of a five-year Transportation Capital Plan that Governor Chris Christie... Read more →

Profile of a New Jersey school construction fiasco in Paterson | NJ.com

WHERE DID THAT MONEY GO? So far, the state’s school construction agency has wasted millions of dollars, rushing to acquire properties and break ground for schools without sufficient planning. A few of the biggest examples: GLOUCESTER CITY — Nearly $13 million was spent to buy and tear down 70 properties, amounting... Read more →

Twin Cities Will be the Hot Spot for NCAA Men’s College Hockey

By Raymond Rolak (special to ClearysNoteBook) 24th Frozen Four for University of Michigan ST. PAUL-- With great parity, the teams are set for the 2011 NCAA Frozen Four in St. Paul, Minnesota. Any of the four schools can win. It is my prediction that overtime will take place in at least... Read more →

Nine Candidates Vie for Three Seats on Gloucester City School Board

By Albert Countryman Jr. GLOUCESTER CITY NEWS Nine candidates will vie for three seats on the Gloucester City Board of Education, and voters will decide on the 2011-12 school budget during the annual School Election Wednesday, April 27, from 2 to 9 p.m. This is the first time in recent memory... Read more →


press release March 28 MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. - Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi and Mount Holly Police Chief Steve Martin today released additional details of the police involved shooting that occurred yesterday in the rear yard of a residence along Rancocas Road. According to the preliminary investigation, Mount Holly police... Read more →

Rhode Island La Cosa Nostra Member Pleads Guilty in Murder-For-Hire Case

WASHINGTON – Anthony St. Laurent Sr. pleaded guilty today in federal court in Providence, R.I., to an attempted murder-for-hire, and acknowledged in a written plea agreement his participation in an extortion conspiracy outlined in a previous criminal complaint in which he, his wife Dorothy St. Laurent, his son Anthony St. Laurent... Read more →

New Ambulance Service Begins April 1 in Gloucester City

TIPS AND SNIPPETS BY BILL CLEARY Lourdes Health System’s three year contract with the City of Gloucester City to provide basic life ambulance service to residents will start Friday, April 1. The controversial measure was approved at the February council meeting by a 4-1 vote. The lone nay vote came from... Read more →

BILLS POINT OF VIEW: When Will We Learn...

By Bill Cleary STOP AMERICAN IMPERIALISM...The United States policy of interfering in foreign affairs in the name of democracy is wrong. Ten years of fighting the endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan should have been reason enough to stay out of the turmoil that is presently going on in Libya. Let’s... Read more →

John J. "Meatball" Marconi, of Deptford, Services Wednesday and Thursday

Marconi, John J. "Meatball" of Deptford on March 26, 2011, his 70th birthday Meatball, the Mayor of Me & U Pizza, was a generous, honest, hardworking, jack-of-all-trades who would give you the shirt off his back to help anyone in need and do anything to cut a deal. He grew up... Read more →

No escaping blue | South Philly Review

A traffic violation resulted in the arrest of the car’s Point Breeze passenger after he allegedly took the wheel and sped off. The passenger of a vehicle, whose driver committed a traffic violation, was arrested for fleeing police officers as well as firearm violations and narcotics possession after a pursuit through... Read more →

From the White House: President Obama on Libya

I'm writing today with an update on the situation in Libya, including the actions we've taken with allies and partners to protect the Libyan people from the brutality of Moammar Qaddafi. For further details, please take a moment to watch this morning's Weekly Address: Sending our brave men and women in... Read more →

A Day to Remember: Brother of the Wolf Honors Its Graduates

Brother of the Wolf, LLC, located in Gloucester City, hosted a celebration for its newest graduating class of professional dog trainers on Saturday, March 26. This is the third group of graduates to be trained at the school on Market Street. "We train dogs and humans, here," stated Dawn Watson, owner... Read more →

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: Cherry Blossom Viewing In Japan

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Japan at this time is preparing for the higest alert code-Pink .I'm referring to the cherry blossom season alert. which takes place each year after a cold winter when the Japanese people welcome the coming of Spring.The blushing blossoms carpet Japan with pink all the... Read more →


GUEST COMMENTARY BY Mitchell C. Sklar, Esq., CAE Executive Director New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police I'd like to follow up once again on the issue of the proposed Camden County unitary police department. So, if you'll bear with me.. In keeping with the Governor's refreshing habit of blunt... Read more →

GCGOP to Councilman Marchese: It’s about communication and accountability

Guest commentary By Wil Levins Over the last few weeks I have written about the decision our City government recently made to change a vital healthcare service for our community. My concerns about privatizing our ambulance service and those of other citizens were evident by the many questions asked at the... Read more →

Casino Employees Association Speaking Out for Members in Need

PRESS RELEASE MARCH 26TH In these tough economic times, many Atlantic City Casinos are under financial pressure for multiple reasons, with healthcare playing a major role. As health care costs continue to rise and double every five years, the Casinos have been forced to lower their total insurance program costs by... Read more →

Hunting and Fishing News: Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center Workshops

Summer Field Experience at Sedge Island for Grades 7-9 Students (pdf, 145kb) Field Experience Application Cover Page (.doc, 52kb) Internship Opportunity at Sedge Island Conserve Wildlife Foundation Contest Winners Visit Sedge Island (nj.com video report) WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITIES Interested in earning professional development credits in a fun and unique setting while learning... Read more →

Pet Tip of the Week

Animal “Communicators”—Spend Your Money Wisely I work with dogs. There’s no secret about that. I also run workshops that address canine body language interpretation. However, there are individuals in our society that claim to be able to ‘translate’ your pet’s thoughts and ‘communicate’ with pets that have passed away. I have... Read more →

John W. "Jack" Alexander, of Gloucester City; Owner of Jack's Auto Repair

On March 25, 2011, a lifelong resident of Gloucester City, NJ, age 89 years. Beloved husband of the late Jane E. (nee Hughes). Loving father of John W. Alexander, Jr., Jane Seymour, Joan Alexander and Janette Multanski. He was the devoted grandfather of 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Mr. Alexander... Read more →

WBCA Announces Finalists for NCAA Division I State Farm® Coaches’ All-America Basketball Team

ATLANTA – The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), in cooperation with State Farm®, today announced the finalists for the 2011 NCAA Division I State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team. The 40 finalists, who are voted upon by WBCA-member coaches in each of the eight WBCA geographical regions, are now in the running... Read more →

Welcome Home From Afghanistan LCpl. Samuel Jeremy Nieves

Who: LCpl. Samuel Jeremy Nieves When: Saturday, April 2, 2011 Time: 12:00 Noon Where: 811 Kingston Drive Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 Contact: Leslie (Yellow Ribbon Club) 609-980-4175 Please come out and welcome home LCpl. Samuel Jeremy Nieves from serving in Afghanistan. Jeremy is with the US Marine Corp. He is presently... Read more →

Obits: John Carine, of Deptford; Brian Howard Pressley, of Lindenwold

CARINE John On March 14, 2011. Age 68. Of Deptford. Went Home to the Lord in Heaven. Cherished Son of the late Frank and Catherine Carine. Survived by cherished and devoted caregivers who cared for his needs. John enjoyed watching TV, listening to music and shopping. John’s Catholic Rite of Committal... Read more →

Firefighter pension meeting in Englewood draws angry crowd | HeraldTribune.com

By J. DAVID McSWANE Published: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 8:31 p.m. Last Modified: Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 11:02 a.m. ENGLEWOOD - About 70 residents gathered in the shade of Englewood Firehouse No. 4 on Wednesday morning to tell their firefighters they loved them — but they hate their pensions.... Read more →

WBCA and State Farm® Honor 2011 NCAA Division II State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team

ATLANTA – The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and State Farm® announced today the 2011 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team. The 10-member team was selected by a vote of the selection committee. The committee is comprised of one representative from each of the eight geographical... Read more →

NOTICE TO GLOUCESTER CITY RESIDENTS: New Branch, Brush, and Grass Recycling Guidelines

Effective Immediately The branch, brush and soft vegetation recycling program will be combined into one recycling program. These items will all be collected on Wednesday of each week. Items included in this recycling program include: BRANCHES, BRUSH, GRASS, OTHER VEGETATIVE YARD WASTE and SMALL AMOUNTS OF LEAVES. BRANCES should be cut... Read more →

Schools are Failing to Keep Our Children Safe; Justice Dept. Investigates at South Philly HS

United States Justice Department March 18th, 2011 Posted by Tracy Russo The following post appears courtesy of Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas E. Perez and Russlynn H. Ali, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The Justice Department’s Civil Rights... Read more →

Steven Wayne Welsh, of Gloucester City, Member of VFW Post 3620 and Sportsmen AC

On March 21, 2011. Age 69. Of Gloucester City. Loving father of Daniel W., James A. and Brian J. Welsh. Loving brother of James T. and Kenneth Welsh. Predeceased by his sister, Jacquelyn O’Connor and brother, Patrick Welsh. Cherished grandfather of Alyssa Rae Rogers. Wayne proudly served our country in the... Read more →