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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... 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... 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.... 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... 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 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,... 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.... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,”... 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... 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 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... 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... 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... Read more →

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

NOTES FROM THE FIELD...by 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more →