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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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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.... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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.... 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... 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... 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... 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.... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more →

$500,000 Award Assists Public Infrastructure Project in Gloucester City

CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES AWARD OF FEDERAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GRANT TO CAMDEN COUNTY MUNICIPALITY TRENTON – The Christie Administration today announced the award of a $500,000 Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program grant to Gloucester City in Camden County. The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) receives, distributes and administers the grant funds for the State of New Jersey. “It is essential that we take action to address local community development needs, which... Read more →

Freedom Car Visits South Carolina

The American Legion - March 23, 2011 Photo by Wayne St. John Today, March 24, The American Legion/David Law Firm 76 Freedom Car and driver Jerick Johnson visited the VA Outpatient Clinic in Greenville, S.C., and the nearby James F. Daniel, Jr., Post 3. The Freedom Car crew expressed their support for The American Legion, racing and most importantly, our nation’s veterans. “The American Legion does so much for our veterans, our active military and... Read more →

Nominate Pop Barth to the Energizer Keep Going Hall of Fame

Brooklawn American Legion Baseball legend Joe "Pop" Barth (photo) is one of a 100 semifinalists in the Energizer Keep Going® Hall of Fame contest. At 89 years of age, Joseph Barth, Sr., also known as Coach Barth, truly embodies the spirit of the Energizer Bunny®. He started and serves as the manager of the Brooklawn American Legion Baseball team and has led the team to win several State and Regional Championships as well two World... Read more →

Hunting and Fishing News: The Pie Bald Buck and more...

NOTES FROM THE FIELD by Gary Devine: I looked out my kitchen window, on the third day after Roseann and I moved in to our new house. It was March 2, 2011 and to my surprise I spotted a half white pie-bald four point buck. I called my NJ bear hunting friend Wayne Cheeseman and he called me a bullshitter. He said "a half white buck with antlers in March". I told him that I... Read more →

Gloucester City Girl Scouts Celebrate

GLOUCESTER CITY NJ-This was only some of the Girl Scouts that came out to share in our recent Celebration. We had Girl Scouts from 1 year to 50 years (not age this is years in Girl Scouts). I would like to take the time to thank everyone that came out. Most of all I would like to thank Reverand Morgan for a wondeful service and for all she does for the Girl Scouts. Reverand Morgan... Read more →

Pearl V. Panichella, of Camden City, age 72

On March 22, 2011 . Age 72. (nee White) Lifelong resident of Camden. Loving and devoted wife of 19 years to the late John A. Panichella. Loving and caring mother of John Panichella (Maria) and Michael Panichella. Cherished grandmother of Michael, Korin, Danielle, John and Rachel. Pearl loved animals and was an avid donor to many animal charities over the years. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her viewing on Friday evening from 7... Read more →

Gloucester Township Council Refuses to Add Email Addresses to Website

Note from Tom Crone, SJCU Executive Director It has been one week since SJCU asked the Gloucester Township Council to add individual email addresses to their website in order to facilitate a better duologue with residents directly. Under the current system emails to the GT Council are collected by the Clerk's office, sent to the Solicitors office then to the council President for distribution to council members. Why would the town's lawyer need to review... Read more →


Medical Marijuana Facility As reported in the news, Compassionate Care Foundation has been approved for dispensing medical marijuana and has mentioned Bellmawr as a site. At this time no plans, building location or other information has be discussed with Mayor and Council on this issue. Compassionate Care has not scheduled any meetings with Mayor and Council, Zoning or Planning Boards with their proposal and site location. Borough Officials are concerned about many issues that they... Read more →

Report Shows Money’s Not the Problem in Failing School Districts”

Despite spending levels that meet or exceed virtually every state in the country, and that saw a significant increase in spending levels from 2000 to 2008, our 'at risk' children are now moving further from proficiency. -Judge Peter Doyne Westfield— Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union), in response to a special master’s findings in the latest school funding lawsuit pending before the Supreme Court, said that Judge Doyne’s report affirms the need for... Read more →

William H. Roney Jr. of Gloucester City

RONEY, William H. Jr 64, of Gloucester City, Peacefully passed away March 19, 2011 surrounded by his family. Survived by his loving wife of 43 yrs, Dorothy (nee Louis), sister Lillian Sneddon (nee Roney), late brother Tom Roney. Dear father of Cynthia (Michael) Kopras, Michael (Karin) Roney, William Roney III and Jeffrey (April) Roney, as well as 5 grandchildren. He was involved in the Mummers (String Bands) for 50 yrs. He also enjoyed camping with... Read more →

NJ Department of Health Releases Names of ATCs for Medicinal Marijuana Program

The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) announced today that six nonprofit entities have been selected to operate Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs) for the state’s Medicinal Marijuana program. The successful applicants are: · Breakwater Alternative Treatment Center, Corp., Ocean, Central Region; Board of Trustees/Officers: Richard Lefkowitz, CEO; H. Alexander Zaleski, COO. The ATC would be located in Manalapan, Monmouth County. · Compassionate Care Centers of America Foundation Inc. (CCCAF), Jersey City, Central Region; Board... Read more →

EMT/6p-6a rotating/Part-time/Gloucester City

NOTE : CNB has posted this advertisement as a public service Department: GLOUCESTER EMS Category: Technician Hours Per Week: Part Time Shift Details: 6p-6a Days: varies Week End Req: Every other weekend Location: Gloucester City, NJ Requisition Number: 452823 Lourdes Health System is one of southern New Jersey’s leading healthcare providers. The system is comprised of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County, and other offsite satellite services. Lourdes Health... Read more →

Sale of Borough Homes Gives Brooklawn a Budget Surplus

By Sara Martino Gloucester City News During a special budget meeting recently, Brooklawn Borough Clerk, Barbara Lewis said the fund balance, which is surplus, is higher than it has been in the last few years due to sale of borough-owned property. Also, a full year of new sewer charges that were collected and a larger reserve appropriation balances from the year 2009 contributed to the surplus, Lewis said. At that time, after working diligently on... Read more →