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April 2011

Welcome Home CWO Manish Karnik, of Marlton

Sunday, May 1, 2011 Time: Approx. 1:15 PM Where: 13 Buckingham Road Marlton, NJ 08053 Please come out to welcome home CWO Manish Karnik from deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Manish has quite an impressive military career. All will be shared at the homecoming. The short version is that he has served in the Army National Guard since September of 1993. He started off as a PVT and worked his way up to... Read more →

VA releases phone application for PTS

The American Legion - April 20, 2011 Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans dealing with symptoms of post traumatic stress can now turn to their smart phones for help in coping with the mental affliction commonly associated with combat. The PTSD Coach application, created by VA and DoD, allows phone users to manage their symptoms, links them with local sources of support and provides information on PTS. The application is now available and can be downloaded... Read more →

Three Convicted in Terror-Related Cases Later Granted U.S. Citizenship by Obama Administration

By Edwin Mora President Barack Obama, at the White House, discusses his plans to thwart future terrorist attacks on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010. His remarks followed a meeting with his national security team. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) ( -- Three people convicted of crimes as a result of a terrorism-related investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) were later naturalized as U.S. citizens by the Obama administration, according to federal auditors. The March 2011 audit (released... Read more →

New GCPO Capt., Sgt. Take Oaths

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Lt. Robert Pietrzak, of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office major crimes unit, and Det. Barry Johnson, of the GCPO fugitive unit, were promoted to higher ranks within the office today. As a new sergeant, Johnson becomes the officer in charge of the fugitive unit with the recent retirement of Sgt. Timothy O’Brien. Pietrzak was promoted to captain. In a time of cutbacks for all areas of employment, including law enforcement, Gloucester... Read more →

Joseph E. Traenkner Sr. of Gloucester City, age 55

On April 28, 2011. Age 55. Of Gloucester City. Loving husband to the late Margaret (nee Trout). Survived by his sons, Michael J. Traenkner and Joseph E. Traenkner Jr., siblings Conrad Traenkner, Donna Peters and Wayne Traenkner and grandson, Cody. At the request of family, cremation will be private. Visitation on Tuesday evening from 6 to 7 PM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Baptist service 7 PM in the funeral... Read more →


Title: Offerings at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial tell the unspoken stories of a generation AMERICAN LEGION BY HOLLY K. SORIA - May 1, 2011 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection curator Duery Felton Jr. stands amid a fraction of the boxes that store items left at the Wall. Felton and his staff also oversee collections from over 40 other regional National Park Service sites, such as the Clara Barton House, Ford’s Theatre and the Lee Mansion. Photo... Read more →

Tips and Snippets: Christie for President; Gas Prices; Tornado

By Bill Cleary (CNBNEWS.NET)-I LIKE YOUR GOVERNOR! In March we made our annual "Snow Bird" trip to the warm Florida coast. The 1,100 mile ride takes about 18 to 19 hours. We take a couple of days to make the trip. Why hurry we have the time. Stopping along the way gives us the opportunity to talk with people from all over the country. One thing that amazed us this year was how many people,... Read more →

Help vets in need by crossing home plate

The American Legion - April 25, 2011 On May 22 at 8:00 a.m., 2,500 people will have the chance in a lifetime to run across home plate at Fenway Park in Boston, all while supporting local veterans and their families. The Run to Home Base is a 9K (5.6 miles) fundraising event that benefits the Red Sox Foundation and the Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, which provides needed services to veterans returning from Iraq... Read more →

Obama: 'No Amount of American Lives' Can Resolve 'Someone Else's Civil War' |

By Eric Scheiner ( - During the official announcement of his presidential campaign in Chicago, then Senator Barack Obama said, “no amount of American lives can resolve the political disagreement that lies at the heart of someone else's civil war.” At the time Obama was speaking about his opposition to the war in Iraq, “Most of you know that I opposed this war from the start. I thought it was a tragic mistake,” Obama said... Read more →


(11/P56) TRENTON - State foresters this week are beginning suppression activities to address infestations of the southern pine beetle, which destroyed a record number of acres of South Jersey pine forests last year, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today. "The invasive southern pine beetle is a major threat to our unique Pinelands region," said Commissioner Martin. "We need residents and private owners of forest lands to help us look out for this... Read more →

Response to PA Gas Well Accident Took 13 Hours Despite State Plan for Quick Action

by Nicholas Kusnetz ProPublica, April 26, 2011, 1:11 p.m When Chesapeake Energy lost control of a Marcellus Shale gas well in Pennsylvania on April 19, an emergency response team from Texas was called in to stop the leak. By the time the team arrived more than 13 hours later, brine water and hydraulic fracturing fluids from the well had spewed across nearby fields and into a creek. Why did a team have to be called... Read more →

WH Working on Executive Order That Critics Say Will Stifle Political Speech |

by Fred Lucas Washington ( – In what the White House calls a push for transparency, a pending executive order would require companies doing business with the federal government to disclose political contributions to independent groups, but would not place the same requirement on public employee unions or federal grant recipients that typically donate to Democrats. Entitled the “Disclosure of Political Spending By Government Contractors,” the order would implement parts of the DISCLOSE Act, which... Read more →


submitted by WJ Alan Simpson, Senator from Wyoming, Co-Chair of Obama's deficit commission, calls senior citizens the Greediest Generation as he compared "Social Security" to a Milk Cow with 310 million teats. August, 2010. Here's a response in a letter from an unknown fellow in Montana... I think he is a little ticked off! He also tells it like it is! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Hey Alan, let's get a few things straight... 1. As a career politician,... Read more →

Harry F. Fox Sr., Owner of Henry's Supply Co., Gloucester City Fire Dept. Volunteer, Lions Club Member, Honorary GHS Class of '57 Classmate

Surrounded by his loving family, on April 26, 2011. Age 69. Of Gloucester City. Loving husband of 51 years to Shirley A. (nee Connelly). Loving father of Harry, Jr. (Susan) and Nancy Smatana (Steve). Loving grandfather of Ryan Fox, Danielle Fox and Lyndsey Smatana. Dear brother of William Fox and Robert Fox. Loving brother-in-law of Wayne Connelly. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Harry was the owner of Henry’s Supply Company in Camden. He... Read more →

Philadelphia’s Wawa Welcome America! Fourth of July Jam

Starring The Roots with Special Guests Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael McDonald, Estelle, Sara Bareilles, DJ Jazzy Jeff and More! The impressive line-up of world-class musicians will perform the largest free concert in America on July 4th in Philadelphia. PHILADELPHIA (April 12, 2011) – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced today that four time Grammy award-winning band The Roots will headline Philly’s Fourth of July Jam during Wawa Welcome America! The band and their Musical Director... Read more →

Gloucester City School Board Meeting Report for April

By Anne Forline Gloucester City News During the April Gloucester City Board of Education meeting, Cold Springs School principal Martin O’Connor proudly accepted a “Certificate of Appreciation” from the Camden County Department of Health & Human Services. Cold Springs School was recognized for services provided to the community during the County’s 2009 H1N1 Influenza Vaccination Campaign. O’Connor thanked the staff of Cold Springs School for their help with the campaign, especially the nursing and custodial... Read more →

No Municipal Tax Increase in Mount Ephraim

By Leigh Anne Hubbs Gloucester City News During April’s Board of Commissioners Meeting, Mount Ephraim Police Chief Edward Dobleman announced the arrest of Bryan C. Bartley of Gloucester City for seven robberies of the CVS on Black Horse Pike over the past year. Bartley, 24, robbed the store by passing a demand note to a pharmacy counter employee requesting certain CDS and stating that he was armed, sometimes even displaying a firearm, Dob-leman said. An... Read more →

Why Am I Running for the Board of Education? Spotlight on John P Schmidt

My name is John P. Schmidt and I am seeking election to the Gloucester City Board of Education. I am a lifelong resident of Gloucester City and care deeply about the direction the city is going in and believe we can do better for the next generation. Throughout my life growing up in Gloucester City, attending High School at St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia and college at The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.,... Read more →

Orange New Jersey Fatal Fire - Firefighter Spot

By Bill Tompkins – ORANGE BLAZE CLAIMS A VICTIM April 24, 2011 An early morning fire worked its way through a large duplex structure in Orange leaving one dead and over a dozen homeless. Orange firefighters were sent to 124 Park Street at about 2:00 AM and arrived to find heavy smoke pushing from the first floor and occupants trapped on a second floor porch of an older large 2 ½ story frame duplex... Read more →

Bellmawr School Taxes to Increase; Annual Election Wednesday

By Chris Concannon Gloucester City News The annual School Board Election in Bellmawr will be Wednesday April 27. The polling locations, Bellmawr Park and Ethel M. Burke Schools, will be open from 2 to 9 p.m. The Board of Education is proposing a budget of $13,923,142, which is approximately $500,000 higher than last year’s $13,421,698 numbers. The increase is necessary to cover a variety of fixed costs, such as salaries and health care for teachers,... Read more →

Why Am I Running for the Board of Education? Spotlight on James Pacetti

PHOTO: James Pacetti with his family MT. EPHRAIM NJ-James Pacetti, a life-long resident of Mount Ephraim, believes in service. Whether serving our County in the United States Army, or our citizens while employed as a Camden County Sheriff’s Department officer, or our students while on the Mount Ephraim Board of Education, Jimmy believes in helping others. As a Board member, he has served on the Finance, Policy and Negotiation committees. He is committed to decreasing... Read more →

Ronnie Dunn headlines American Legion World Series concert

The American Legion - April 19, 2011 Ronnie Dunn performs at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3, 2011. AP Photo/Julie Jacobson For months, Shelby, N.C., locals and many others have anxiously anticipated the announcement of the country music artist who will be performing prior to the start of the 2011 American Legion World Series games. That wait is over. Grammy winner Ronnie Dunn, formerly of the... Read more →

South Philly Rambots seek FIRST place finish | South Philly Review

South Philly Rambots seek FIRST place finish A Lower Moyamensing high school is seeking funds to send its award-winning robotics team to next week’s national championship. By Joseph Myers | Posted Apr. 20, 2011 Norman Wallace, foreground, and Omoro Kantamanto have served as vital parts of their school’s robotics squad. Success at a competition two weeks ago has the students poised to show their scientific skills to the nation. Photo by Greg Bezanis Many contend... Read more →


I am writing this letter to Gloucester City residents to show my support for a young, well-educated man who is running for a seat on the Gloucester City School Board. John Schmidt a lifelong resident of our city from a family which has long history of good community service and leadership to our city. John is not afraid to ask the hard questions, he has high expectations and his enthusiasm is unrivaled when it comes... Read more →


I am writing to voice my support for Jackie (Cowgill) Borger in the Gloucester City School Board election, and I urge all concerned Gloucester voters to consider doing the same. This year, there will be nine people vying for just three slots. I know most, but not all of the candidates. Out of all of them, I am most comfortable supporting Jackie Borger, and I will tell you why. For the 40 plus years I... Read more →


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 is... Read more →

Mt. Ephraim Voters Asked to Approve School Tax Increase

By Leigh Anne Hubbs Gloucester City News The majority of April’s Mount Ephraim Board of Education meeting focused on the upcoming election and budget vote April 27, where taxpayers are being asked to approve a 4.4 percent increase. The proposed 2011-2012 school budget totals $10,261,598. According to the district’s website, most of the 4.4 percent increase is due to fixed costs such as benefits, energy costs and tuition. A user-friendly version of the budget can... Read more →


The School Board Election will be Wednesday, April 27. It is our great pleasure to wholeheartedly support our daughter-in-law, Gina Levins, as a candidate for the Gloucester City School Board. Gina has been a wonderful addition to our family since she and our son Wil married 11 years ago. Gina is an involved, amazing mother to our two young grandchildren. She is an extremely active member of the PTO organization at Cold Springs School. This... Read more →

Why Catholic Schools Matter by Patrick J. McCloskey, Sol Stern, City Journal

Who can doubt that the fortunes of charter schools are on the rise? Philanthropists both liberal and conservative have been showering money on charters, viewing them as a promising alternative to traditional public schools because of their relative freedom from union contracts and education bureaucracies. The number of charter schools across the country has soared. Charters have even inspired movies, including the 2010 documentary Waiting for “Superman,” which tells the story of several successful charter... Read more →

US International Film & Video Festival Announces Chairman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Joe Ball, Philadelphia-area publisher, advertising agency owner and radio show producer, has been named chairman of the U.S. International Film & Video Festival judge's committee in the Business-to-Business category. The subject materials are videos submitted by businesses, production firms and advertising agencies from throughout the U.S. and internationally. Ball continues to lead American Advertising Services, 29 Bala Ave., Ste. 114, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004, a firm he founded 55 years ago. Read more →

Tips and Snippets: School Board Decides to Close Highland Park School, Estimate Savings $110,000

By Bill Cleary SCHOOL BOARD CLOSING HP SCHOOL-The rumors about the Highland Park School, Park Avenue and Highland Blvd., being closed are true, according to Gloucester City School Supt. Paul Spaventa. The gossip about shutting down the school has been circulating throughout the City since March. Why a formal announcement about the closing to the public wasn't released is puzzling. After all this move will save the school district money. On Thursday (April 21) Spaventa... Read more →

Carman N. "Sonny" Sarlo, former owner of Woodlynne Floral Gardens, Well Known Drummer

Carman N. "Sonny" Sarlo 82, of Ft. Myers, Fl., formerly of Gloucester City & Woodlynne, NJ died on April 20,2011. Sonny leaves a legacy of a good life achieved through hard work. Sonny grew up in Gloucester City and as a young man joined the family business, Sarlo Florist. He later branched out on his own and opened Woodlynne Floral Gardens in 1959 and continued there until 2004 when he retired from the floral business.... Read more →


DEP OFFERS TIPS ON REDUCING CONFLICTS WITH BEARS (11/P55) TRENTON - Black bears have exited their winter dens throughout New Jersey and are entering their most active period of the year as they search for food and mates, making encounters with humans in populated areas more likely. To reduce the risk of such encounters, State residents-especially those living in "bear country'' in Northwest Jersey-- are urged to take some simple precautions. "There are some common... Read more →

Congressman Andrews Celebrates Opening of New Hospital

Voorhees, NJ – Last week, Congressman Rob Andrews helped cut the ribbon on the new Virtua Voorhees hospital, which created 2,800 construction jobs, 1,000 permanent health care jobs, and will provide another excellent source for patient care in South Jersey. The new Virtua Voorhees will feature a patient-oriented atmosphere and the latest in medical technology. The architectural layout of the hospital was designed to reduce patient travel and wait time. Each patient room will include... Read more →

Michael Rettig, 59, of Woodlynne

On April 11, 2011. Age 59. Of Woodlynne. Formerly of Pennsauken. Survived by his parents, children and other relatives. Michael’s Catholic Rite of Committal and Burial are private. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of Michael Rettig. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Ph: 856-456-1142 Read more →

Drone attacks in Libya: A mistake - PostPartisan - The Washington Post

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 04/21/2011 By David Ignatius Drone attacks have become an addictive tool of U.S. national security policy, as illustrated by Thursday’s unfortunate announcement that President Obama has authorized their use in Libya. Armed with Hellfire missiles, the Predator drone is a tool for assassination from 10,000 feet. It has been used by the CIA, with a paper-thin veneer of deniability, to attack al-Qaeda operatives and related targets in the tribal areas... Read more →


compiled by CNBNEWS.NET HARRISBURG – Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was not found in samples taken from hunter-killed deer during the state’s 2010 hunting season, according to Dr. Walt Cottrell, Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife veterinarian. In 2010, 3,882 samples from hunter-killed deer were tested, and CWD was not detected. This marked the ninth year for testing hunter-killed deer. In total, nearly 30,000 deer have been tested. CWD was not detected in any samples from previous years.... Read more →

Missing Woman found in Schuylkill River

April 20, 2011 MAYS LANDING – Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel announced tonight that the body of a woman found in the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia yesterday is that of a 19-year-old Egg Harbor Township woman who was abducted from a home in Atlantic City in March. Nadirah Ruffin, the mother of a four-year-old son, was last seen at 11:40 p.m. on March 26 at a residence in the 800 block of North Maryland Avenue... Read more →

Christie Welcomes CRDA Action in Implementing Administration Plan to Revitalize Atlantic City

Image via Wikipedia Trenton, NJ – Governor Chris Christie welcomed action taken by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) at its April 19 meeting, calling it significant progress in the implementation of a comprehensive plan to reform and revitalize Atlantic City and its gaming and tourism industries. The agency approved 11 measures that implement key elements of legislation signed by Governor Christie in February, including authorization of the Atlantic City Tourism District. “This administration is... Read more →

Andrews Announces Over $400,000 for Deptford Fire Department

press release April 22 Deptford, NJ- Today, Congressman Andrews announced that the Deptford Fire Department will receive a grant of $402,975 to purchase vital life-saving equipment. The money was awarded through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFG), which is run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). AFG, created in 2001, is designed to help first responders acquire the equipment, vehicles, and training needed to protect themselves and the public. The Deptford Fire Department... Read more →

Why Am I Running for the Board of Education? Spotlight on Shawn R. Heslin

MT. EPHRAIM NEW JERSEY –I have been a resident of the Borough of Mt. Ephraim for the past 18 years. Along with my wife Lee Heslin (Earnest) and our three children. I have worked with the City of Philadelphia and various PA suburban areas in the administration of local and municipal taxes for the past twenty years. I am presently employed by two tax administration companies the Revenue Collection Bureau (RCB, Inc.) located in Northeast... Read more →

Why Am I Running for the Board of Education? Spotlight on Eric Cassidy

GLOUCESTER CITY NJ-Public education is a key ingredient of the American dream, critical to shaping productive future citizens and to maintaining a dynamic democracy, a strong economy, and a good quality of life. Hi my name is Eric Cassidy and I am running for school board. I'm running for the board because I feel that I have some new ideas. In doing my job, I'm constantly in the schools. I feel that I have new... Read more →

Philly Fire Leaves Firefighter Critical - Firefighter Spot

April 21, 2011 Firefighter Close Calls is Reporting: One Philadelphia Firefighter is in critical condition w/burns and 2 other Firefighters were hurt following a flashover and mayday in Philly late last night. The fire also left a civilian dead. When PFD Firefighters got to the home (photos on our home page showing the conditions), they had reports of people trapped. Arriving in 3 minutes, they had heavy smoke and fire blowing from the windows of... Read more →

Local Skynyrd Fans Enjoy Hannity Freedom Concert

Pictured from left to right: John “Elrod” Eller, Jim “Jim Boy” Ferry and Scott “Scotty Mac” MacAdams By Daisy May CNBNEWS.NET Despite eight months of serious procrastination, yours truly, has finally received the story surrounding three locals road trip last August to Great Adventure, Jackson NJ, all to hear their favorite band and support a great cause. As a result of their families apropos Father’s Day gifts Elrod, JimBoy and ScottyMac made the trek to... Read more →