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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 Purple Heart, Nato Medal, ARCOM Medal, and CIR Medal. His family is requesting a big welcome home for their hero. The Warrior Watch Riders and Friends will do their magic with providing an awesome escort from the airport and deliver him home in rock star style. The Deptford Township Police Department, Fire Department and Township will be on hand as well as the Yellow Ribbon Club. A Heroes Welcome will start the festivities at the airport when our hero gets off of his plane. By the time Andrew gets home, he will know that there are a lot of... 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 Camden County can be proud of. I wouldn’t necessarily call him a secret weapon. After all, his presence is well known at the jail and he has received recognition all over the country for his scent work, agility and apprehension skills. But I would call him a hero K-9 and top crime fighter because his impact at the facility is unmistakable. He’s a drug-sniffing superstar in the K-9 world. Warden Eric Taylor said Diesel catches virtually all contraband that people attempt to bring into the jail and thanks to that, there hasn’t been a single overdose there since Diesel... 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 honor county's residents aged 60 and older to celebrate Older Americans Month 2011 including the Golden Follies Entertainment Show on May 11, 2011 and the Senior Health and Fitness Day on May 17, 2011. "Gloucester County is home to more than 46,300 residents aged 60 and above. We actively seek getting our older residents engaged in programs that promote healthy lifestyle choices and support systems so that they can maintain their independence and quality of life as they age," said Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger. Freeholder Deputy Director Warren S. Wallace said, "By providing fun events like the Golden... 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 in the javelin and Rowan was tied for 17th place in the team scoring. At the 2010 national championships, Sean Biehn and Sean Corey finished second and third respectively for All-America honors. Biehn had a throw of 204’ 5” (62.31 meters) and Corey’s toss was 204’ 1” (62.20 meters). It was the second All-America honor for Biehn who took fourth place at the 2009 NCAA Championships. “We have the potential this season to outdo last year’s team in different events,” stated head coach Bill Fritz. “Our potential showed at the Wake Forest Open. We had individuals with NCAA provisionals... Read more →

Texas Deputy Dies Following Cow Attack: 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 the air. The deputy reportedly landed head-first on the pavement and had to be rescued by other deputies as the cow continued its attack. Britton, 54, died at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, where he'd been in intensive care since the incident. The cow was euthanized after the attack. via Read more →

Celebrate Opening Day at the Hall of Fame

Home of Baseball Welcomes Fans From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 31st March 30, 2011 The Baseball Hall of Fame will mark the start of the 2011 season on Thursday. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library) COOPERSTOWN, NY – The long winter for baseball fans ends Thursday with the start of the 2011 season. And at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, Opening Day means a chance to celebrate at the home of the National Pastime. The Hall of Fame will offer fans the opportunity to watch live coverage of Opening Day baseball where the game's pulse beats the strongest, starting with the Detroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees game at 1:05 p.m. in the Museum's Bullpen Theater. Fans can also test their knowledge of Opening Day history with trivia contests. Admission to the celebration is included in the cost of... 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 many people will die in this war in the name of democracy? ~Bill Cleary From Fox News...President Obama has signed a secret presidential finding authorizing covert operations in Libya, although the administration still hasn't decided whether to arm rebel forces there, a U.S. official confirmed to Fox News. The presidential findings establish a framework of legal authorities for covert action. They can authorize specific actions, such as arming the rebels, or establish authorities under which future actions might be taken after permissions are given to undertake them. In other words, covert actions won't start until the president signs off... Read more →

Save The Date

Spring is here, so bring lawn chairs and head on down to Proprietor's Park Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for the third annual Art/Music Festival. Rain date is May 7. There will be face painting, balloon art, music from several area bands, fine art and crafters, and food. Still needed are artists, crafters and food vendors for the event, sponsored by the Gloucester City Cultural Arts and Heritage Society. Also, there will be two art contests during the festival. Adult Artists 18 and over are asked to do a rendering of the riverfront and park, and prizes will be awarded. Also, the Art Contest for Teens, 13 to 17, will involve them creating a picture of a Gloucester City church or business. The new website is up: gloucestercityarts.webs.-com, or locate it on On May 20 at 7:30 p.m. musician Michael London will appear at King... 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 that in 1998 a gasoline tank was removed from the ground on the other side of town hall. It had leaked, contaminating the soil and groundwater. The soil was removed in 2000, and six monitoring wells were installed to track the spread of the contaminated groundwater. As of 2003, Refolo said, well tests showed acceptable groundwater quality on the Kershaw property. However, a well on the municipal building property did not have acceptable levels, prompting the borough to have an air quality test performed by the County Health Department. Ms. Shannon said the results revealed that there was not... 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 Initiative is to provide governmental services in a more efficient and cost effective manner, including looking at the number and structure of independent agencies and authorities and duplicative services within county government. The most recent example of this was the consolidation of the Pollution Control Financing Authority into the Camden County Improvement Authority that was approved by the Freeholder Board on March 17. The reduced overall costs of the combined operations will result in significant savings to county taxpayers. Last week the Courier-Post published an editorial supporting our efforts: Transformation initiative helps Camden County chip away at costs large... 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 their fans for a great week of basketball. We would also like to thank the Gloucester City Board of Education for their continued support of youth sports programs in our city. Special thanks to GHS Athletic Director Leon Harris, Ron Garrison and his staff, and the many referees that volunteered their time. This year’s tournament was dedicated to Rich Bucher. Rich was a Memorial A.A. Member and dedicated worker at our tournament in previous years. Rich’s spirit will live on with his family and friends. Tournament Champions are: Girl’s Team Tournament Champion, St. Margaret’s, 2nd place, Brooklawn; Girl’s Hot... 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 Louis Cappelli, Jr. took questions from the audience. Former Westville resident and Camden County employee, Gina Tomasetti Forte, handled the microphone for residents asking questions. Theresa Graham told the director that the bridge from Brooklawn to Gloucester City was very dangerous and needed repairs. “We want better than that. We need safety while using that bridge,” Graham said. Cappelli directed her comment to Dominick Vesper, the deputy county administrator. “We are designing a bridge and hopefully bids will be going out for the work this year,” Vesper said. Louisa Llewellyn asked for support for NJ Senator Donald Norcross (D-5),... 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. Loving grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of 11. One of 12 children, Grace is survived by her sisters, Pat Lanzilotti, Mary Weber and Irene Howe and her brothers, Steve Williams and Edward Williams. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her viewing on Monday morning from 9 to 11 AM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth St. Gloucester City. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 AM at St. Mary’s R.C. Church: 426 Monmouth St. Gloucester City. Interment New St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr. There will be no evening viewing. In lieu of flowers, the family... 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 23 years, I resent the fact that an elected official and our leader demonize the very people who are here to protect him and our fellow citizens. The town and people I work for has 8,867 properties. If you take the entire 2010 police budget for the town, $5,326,594.67, which includes all salaries, overtime, pension payments and healthcare and apply a little mathematics, a property owner in my town pays approx. $600.72 a year or $1.64 a day for police protection. Let's see what cost more than $1.64 a day. The average cup of coffee at Dunkin Donuts is... 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. Long Branch requested the use of $135,800 in UEZ funds to support concerts, special events and marketing initiatives. Governor Christie noted in his veto letter that, while much of the Long Branch project fulfills laudable goals of attracting and promoting businesses within the UEZ, the project budget also contains $45,700 in unnecessary spending in a time demanding fiscal restraint. “Such expenditures contradict my stated goals of fiscal prudence and are not critical to furthering the goals of the Long Branch Project,” the Governor said in his veto letter. “For these reasons, I am compelled to veto the action which... 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 Governor Chris Christie announced in January to put New Jersey on the path toward fiscal health by prioritizing projects, decreasing borrowing and increasing pay-as-you-go cash funding. “New Jersey’s transportation system helps drive our economy,” Governor Chris Christie said. “The projects being funded in the FY 12 capital program reflect our focus on maintaining road, bridge and transit assets in a state of good repair and will benefit residents in every county throughout the state.” The Gloucester County projects include: · Nearly $12 million to advance the replacement of the Route 322 Raccoon Creek Bridge/Mullica Hill Pond Dam, located in... 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 announced in January to put New Jersey on the path toward fiscal health by prioritizing projects, decreasing borrowing and increasing pay-as-you-go cash funding. “New Jersey’s transportation system helps drive our economy,” Governor Chris Christie said. “The projects being funded in the FY 12 capital program reflect our focus on maintaining road, bridge and transit assets in a state of good repair and will benefit residents in every county throughout the state.” The Camden County projects include: · $96.7 million to advance Contract 1 of the Direct Connection project to relieve a bottleneck and improve safety at the interchange of... Read more →

Profile of a New Jersey school construction fiasco in Paterson |

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 to a $3.5 million loss in taxable properties, to make way for a school that still doesn’t exist. CAMDEN — The state bought 34 properties — gutting three city blocks next to a downtown area that local leaders had hoped would lead the city’s revitalization — and there’s still no new school. PHILLIPSBURG — Hundreds of high schoolers still take classes in dozens of trailers, which the state has leased for more than a decade at a cost of more than $100,000 annually. The state built seven athletic fields and sank millions into site development for a planned school... 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 one of the contests. The Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced and the landscape of college hockey will be discussed and dissected throughout the week-end. The announcement of the Big Ten Conference and what is happening at the storied Michigan State program will be chewed over and over. The legacies of John Mariucci and Herb Brooks will be rightfully celebrated and the locals will still try and convince everyone that the best college hockey is played in Minnesota. Notre Dame (25-13-5) and Minnesota-Duluth (24-10-6) will play in one national semifinal on Thursday, April 7, and the other semifinal... 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 that the election has not been on a Tuesday – but the school district did confirm it will be on a Wednesday this year. The deadline to register to vote in the School Election is Wednesday, April 6. The Gloucester City Clerk’s office is open for voter registration from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Municipal Complex, 512 Monmouth St. Call 456-0205. Seeking three, three-year terms on the School Board are incumbents Kathleen McHugh, Robert H. Bennett Sr. and Jacqueline Borger and newcomers John P. Schmidt, Amelia Stebner, Shawn Mahoney, Eric Cassidy, Gina Levins and Kelly Erlink. The... Read more →

HUNTING AND FISHING: Notes from the Field; NRA News Letter

NOTES FROM THE Gary Devine (SOUTH JERSEY) Our next door neighbor Peggy stop by our house, with flowers to welcome us to the neighborhood. She has the first house built in the development and had lived here for 15 years. She noticed all the rack buck trophy mounts on my wall. She said "did you notice the white deer out back in the woods?" I told her I have night time photos of it with my motion trail camera. I asked her "how long has this white buck been spotted around the neighborhood?" She said that buck has never been seen until just recently. I ask her about the same time we moved in? She said "yes pretty close to that." Now, you tell me that deer wasn't a house warming gift from God. After neighbor Peggy left, I went out that evening in the dark to pull my... 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 received a call yesterday at approximately 3:15 p.m. to respond to a domestic disturbance at 119 Rancocas Road. Upon arrival, the Mount Holly police officer, who is not being identified at this point, observed a man in the rear of the property who was armed with two knives. The man, later identified as Bilal Williams, age 20, of 214 Rutland Avenue, Mount Holly, was told by the officer to drop the knives. The preliminary investigation revealed that instead of complying, Williams used one of the knives in an attempt to harm the officer. At that point, the officer fired... 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 Jr. and others extorted protection money from bookmakers in the Taunton, Mass.-area under the threat of violence. St. Laurent Sr. acknowledged in his plea agreement that he is a “made” member of the New England branch of the La Cosa Nostra (NELCN.) St. Laurent Sr.’s guilty plea before U.S. District Judge William E. Smith was announced by Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha for the District of Rhode Island and Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Boston Field Office. According to information presented in court, in 2006... 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 Councilwoman Kellie Ferry. Absent were Councilmen Nick Marchese and Dan Spencer. The City laid off 8 of the 31 member fire department in December because, according to the statement released by mayor and council at the time, “Refusal of union leaders to revise their position on onerous, expensive work rules have left Gloucester City with no choice but to issue layoff notices to eight fire-fighters, effective December 23." No explanation has been given to the public by city officials on why the ambulance service was put out for bid. Residents have been left to wonder what were the reasons... 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 suppose the so called coalition is successful and removes Muammar Qadhafi, the leader of Libya for the past four decades, what happens next? The country will still be in turmoil as the civil war will continue. Is the United States or any other country prepared to send “boots on the ground” to maintain order. There is little evidence that any of this has been thought out. And then there is the cost of yet another war. Each one of those missiles/bombs launched at Qadhafi cost well over a million dollars. Instead of fighting battles in the Middle East we... 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 in the Woodbury Heights area, was known as one of the fastest men in town, played football for Woodbury High, and nearly played for the Eagles! He loved to dance, play cards and became a respected, well-liked and well-known man of the area. John loved to meet new people and offer a friendly smile and get them to laugh. Since 1960 he attracted customers to his road stand on Delsea Dr. selling flowers and trees. At work he would sell watches and anything to make a buck. In 1962, John joined the Army Infantry and proudly served his country.... 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 South of South. 17th District police were patrolling the area when officers spotted a white Pontiac Grand Prix drive through a red light near 24th and Christian streets, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. As sirens blared and lights flashed from the police vehicle, the car turned on to 24th Street and continued two blocks to Washington Avenue until pulling over. Upon stopping, a 23-year-old woman, who was behind the wheel, exited the vehicle, Tolliver said. Tysheed Davis, 20, of the 2200 block of Wharton Street, who was in the passenger seat, allegedly used one hand to... 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 uniform into harm's way is not a decision I make lightly. But when someone like Qaddafi threatens a bloodbath that could destabilize an entire region, it is in our national interest to act. In fact, it’s our responsibility. Our mission in Libya is clear and focused -- and we are succeeding. Along with our allies and partners, we are enforcing the mandate of the United Nations Security Council. Working with other countries, we have put in place a no-fly zone and other measures that will help prevent further violence and brutality. Qaddafi's air defenses have been taken out, and... 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 of the school. "The individuals that go through my program have knowledge, skill, and moral character or they don't make it. I demand that they succeed. They go on to set up successful practices of their own but they can always come back for insight and sharing of ideas." The graduates from the Apprenticeship Program include a married couple that attended classes, together. Although Kim Taylor was unable to attend, her husband, Kevin, accepted the diploma for her. Two students from the Animal Behavior College where Watson is a Mentor/Trainer also graduated. Desiree Dumm and Ashley Prem were honored... 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 way up the Japanese archipelago from Southern Kyushu to Hokkaido.Full pink alert is when cherry blossoms are mankai-in full bloom. IMAGE: The Fuji Japan Cherry Blossoms The cherry blossom report is broadcasts on the nightly news during the weather report, cherry blossom reports in Japan are extremely accurate.When reported here in Fukuoka Prefecture the blossom should burst fourth their buds on about March 26, but I believe they have been delayed for about two more days. It shouldn't be any surprise that cherry blossom come and go Japanese-style-in a very orderly fashion.Those of us here in Kitakyushu City for... 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 talk, this is awful public policy. This is not regionalization or shared services. The proposal is, in effect, to unify Camden County for public safety purposes into a unitary jurisdiction. I will provide some very specific reasons as to why this is a bad policy choice. But first, I think it important to put this into some very real context. If Camden County were to be consolidated, it would be the 35th most populated city in the United States (just ahead of Kansas City). So for practical purposes, this would be a police agency policing such a city. The... 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 City Council Meeting last Thursday night. Unfortunately, the answers were fewer than the amount of questions asked, which leaves me to draw the following conclusions: a.) Our governing body doesn’t know all the answers involved with their decision b.) Our governing body believes they are above answering the public’s questions or sharing information with their constituents c.) Our governing body is reluctant to share information with the public because of potential negative feedback d.) Our governing body was wrong or inaccurate in its previous announcement that reducing the total number of firemen would not detract from the Department’s ability... 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 cutting employee hours and benefits. Most have already downsized significantly and some are planning to reduce full-time status employees to part-time status by April of this year. Unfortunately, this solution will leave hundreds if not thousands of casino employees and their families without affordable healthcare coverage. Without a group policy in place and reduced hours, these displaced individuals and their families will not be able to afford major medical insurance on their own. The Casino Employees Association, a new association based in Atlantic County, is speaking for these employees and it seems to have some promising solutions. “These are... Read more →

American Legion Baseball Emblem Now on Caps

The American Legion - March 24, 2011 As the 2011 American Legion Baseball season swings into gear, teams and coaches now have the ability to add the official Legion Baseball emblem to their team caps through their local Richardson cap dealer. Founded in 1970, Richardson Sports is a leader in the team headwear industry and is now an official provider of Legion Baseball team caps. The company is headquarted in Eugene, Ore., and distributes headwear only through authorized distributors, dealers and retailers. To order custom team baseball caps with the Legion Baseball emblem, visit your local or online sporting goods dealer and request Richardson by name. Or to find a dealer in your area, send an email to Richardson Sports at 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 ( video report) WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITIES Interested in earning professional development credits in a fun and unique setting while learning about NJ's remarkable estuarine environment? We have the opportunity for you! The New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife offers an extraordinary learning experience at our Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, located within NJ's first Marine Conservation Zone, just off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay. A 15-minute ride to the island within the Sedge Islands Wildlife Management Area via the Division's pontoon boat sets the stage for the experience. The shallow water surrounding the group of islands serves as a nursery for many species of marine animals. Blue claw crabs, hard clams and fish abound. In... 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 taken the opportunity to talk to several of the individuals that claim to be able to channel an animal’s thoughts and I’ve tried to get them to admit that their claims are false. After years of fruitless investigation I came to this conclusion: these people believe in what they are doing and feel no qualms about charging the public lots and lots of money for their services. Recently, one of my clients asked me if I knew anyone that could read her dog’s mind. I replied that I could read his body language and tell her how he was... 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 was the long time owner of Jack’s Auto Repair Shop in Gloucester City. He was a proud Army Veteran of WW II and was also a member of Gloucester City American Legion Post #35, and the Townsend C. Young VFW Post #3620. Relatives and friends are invited to meet Monday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the ETHERINGTON-CRERAN FUNERAL HOME 700 Powell St., Gloucester City. Catholic Prayer Services will be held 11:00 AM at the Funeral Home. Interment to follow at Locustwood Memorial Park, Cherry Hill. There will be no evening Read more →

No Tax Increase in Brooklawn School District

press release The Brooklawn Board of Education held a public hearing and then approved the district’s 2011-2012 budget of $5,087,799 at the meeting of the Board on March 24. There will be no tax increase in the district. The district remains at the state minimum tax levy, which means that state law will not permit the Board to reduce taxes below this amount. Superintendent Dr. John Kellmayer remarked, “Everyone is aware of the difficult economic times that school districts and tax payers alike are experiencing. We have not increased taxes for many years now, while maintaining high academic standards. Our per pupil spending is among the lowest in the region. The district was recently cited by the New Jersey Commissioner of Education as high achieving. To achieve such success while keeping taxes at the lowest level permitted by state reflects very positively on the Board and staff.” The district plans... 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 for selection to the 10-member State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team. The finalists are: Name Institution Year Pos. Height Danielle Adams Texas A&M University Sr. F-C 6-1 Kachine Alexander University of Iowa Sr. G 5-9 LaSondra Barrett Louisiana State University Jr. F 6-2 Kelsey Bolte Iowa State University Sr. G 6-1 Cierra Bravard Florida State University Jr. F 6-4 Skylar Diggins University of Notre Dame So. G 5-9 Victoria Dunlap University of Kentucky Sr. F 6-2 Dawn Evans James Madison University Sr. G 5-7 Brittney Griner Baylor University So. C 6-8 Keisha Hampton DePaul University Jr. F 6-2 Amber Harris... 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 assigned to the Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron-3). He has been serving our country since 2009. In Afghanistan, he served as a combat photographer and with a unique photographic ability and incredible eye behind the lens; Jeremy has captured phenomenal photographs while documenting bits and pieces of our country’s war “vignettes”. Jeremy was born in Philly. He is a graduate of Cherry Hill High School East and married his high school sweetheart, Brianna. His family is requesting a little extra noise to celebrate his safe return from Afghanistan. The Warrior Watch Riders, Yellow Ribbon Club, Cherry Hill Police and Fire... 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 and Burial are private. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under online obituaries of John Carine. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Ph: 856-456-1142 PRESSLEY Brian Howard On March 19, 2011. Age 50. Of Lindenwold. Formerly of West Deptford. Loving son of the late Dennis Charles Pressley and Margaretta Fox Pressley. Loving brother of Dennis C. Pressley, Jr. (Veronica), Harry Fox Pressley (Irma) and Suzanne McInnis (Dwayne). Cherished uncle of Joshua, Jason, Rachel, Jonathan, Jennifer, Timothy, Katrina, Ruth Ann, Harrison, Suzanne, Joseph, Robert and Christina. Relatives and... Read more →

Firefighter pension meeting in Englewood draws angry crowd |

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. "This is absolutely ridiculous," yelled Englewood resident Richard Doonan, chiding the third proposed bump to firefighters' pensions in as many years. Scarcely attended in better economic times, the meeting of the Fire District Board of Commissioners swiftly erupted with angered debate — a foreshadowing, perhaps, of what is to come in public employee pension bouts boiling up in Florida. Locally, Sarasota and the town of Longboat Key are also feeling pressure from citizens bent on trimming pensions for public employees. Dubbed "Wisconsin micro" by one attendee, citizens butted heads with firefighters in their own house. They came to oppose... 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 regions and a chairperson. The members of the 2011 NCAA Division II State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team are as follows: Name Institution Year Pos. Height Ashley Arlen Wayne State College Jr. F 6-2 Catherine Carr Holy Family University Sr. F 6-0 Reyana Colson California State Polytechnic Univ.-Pomona Sr. G 5-6 Gabby Curtis Northwest Missouri State University Sr. G 5-7 Mystee Dale University of West Alabama Sr. G 5-8 Shannon McKever Lander University Sr. C 6-0 Kayla Smith California University of Pennsylvania RS-Sr. F 5-11 Veronica Walker Delta State University Jr. F 6-1 Jasmine Webb Northeastern State University Sr. F... 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 into four foot lengths and placed into orderly, untangled piles. It will no longer be necessary to call to arrange a special pickup for branches, unless you have a very large amount. If the amount is very large you should call 456-0781 prior to Wednesday to arrange for a special pickup. GRASS should be placed in trash cans or plastic bags without the tie DO NOT EXCEED 50 LBS. PER CONTAINER DO NOT MIX ANY NON-VEGETATIVE ITEMS WITH THESE RECYCLABLES If you have any questions about these new guidelines, please call the Public Works Department at 456-0781. Your cooperation... Read more →

ObamaCare: One Year of Broken Promises

March 23, 2011 | Posted by Speaker Boehner's Press Office | Permalink “If there’s a constant in the story of ObamaCare, it’s broken promises,” House Speaker John Boehner says in a new video marking one year of the job-crushing health care law, and all its fewer jobs, higher costs, and reduced coverage. Watch Boehner here: As Boehner says in the video, “Instead of creating jobs, employers have been handed more uncertainty and more headaches. Instead of lower costs, families and small businesses are being squeezed even further. Instead of keeping what they like, millions are being forced off their coverage.” It's no wonder that a majority of Americans opposed the law a year ago -- and still oppose it today.Republicans are listening and made a Pledge to America to repeal ObamaCare and replace itwith common-sense reforms that lower costs and protect jobs. Since January, the House has worked to keep... 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 Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office recently reached an agreement with the School District of Philadelphia to address reports of severe, pervasive bullying of Asian American students at South Philadelphia High School. Students at the school described chronic harassment that ultimately led to violence, as well as the failure of the School District to take sufficient action to stop it. We hope this agreement serves as a template for other districts to evaluate their practices, take active steps to prevent harassment, and ensure they have policies in place to protect students. It should also serve as a reminder to... Read more →


NEWARK – The Grandparent Scam typically begins with an urgent phone call to an unsuspecting senior citizen. The caller may claim to be the victim’s grandchild, or claim to be a police officer. The message is always the same: Your grandchild is hurt, in jail, or otherwise in trouble, and needs hundreds of dollars immediately. Please don’t tell mom. Please do send a money order via Western Union or a similar service. Those who fall victim later learn their grandchild never was in trouble. Instead, their money has been wired to a thief and may never be seen again. Noting that thousands have fallen for this scam in New Jersey and nationwide, Attorney General Paula T. Dow today joined with the State Division of Consumer Affairs and the Consumer Federation of America to launch a nationwide public education campaign against the Grandparent Scam and other impostor scams. “Scams in which... Read more →

Pearl T. Dolan, of Gloucester City, age 85

Pearl T. Dolan DOLAN, Pearl T. On March 21, 2011, (nee Hampton) lifelong resident of Gloucester City, NJ, age 85 yrs. She is the beloved wife of John A. Dolan, Sr., loving mother of John A. Dolan, Jr. (Pamela) and Geraldine M. Dolan, cherished grandmother of Jack, Mike, Patty, Colleen and Brian and 10 great grandchildren. She was also the dear sister of Marie Spencer and is survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to meet Saturday from 10:30 to 12:00noon at St. Mary's Church 426 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 12:00 noon at the Church. Entombment to follow at New St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr. There will be no evening viewing. In lieu of flowers the family requests Memorial Donations in Mrs. Dolan's name be made to the Alzheimer's Association , 3 Eves Drive, Suite 310, Marlton, NJ... 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 U.S. Navy and was a member of the Townsend C. Young V.F.W. Post #3620 and Sportsmen A.C. in Gloucester City. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing on Monday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 AM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 AM at St. Mary’s R.C. Church: 426 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Interment with U.S. Navy Honors, New St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr. In lieu of flowers, donations to Msgr. Lucitt’s Needy Children’s Christmas Fund: P.O. Box 87, Gloucester City, NJ 08030. Please write in the... Read more →