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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 CWO. He has received several awards including US Army Achievement... 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 for free in the iTunes store. An Android release is... 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) (CNSNews.com) -- 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 on April 21, 2011) by the Government Accountability Office (GAO),... 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 County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton said, “thankfully in Gloucester County... Read more →


GLASSBORO, NJ – The Rowan University football team enrolled 310 people at its third annual Get In The Game. Save A Life. Be The Match Registry on Tuesday, April 26. The event was held in the University’s Chamberlain Student Center. In 2010, the Profs registered 299 people. Last year, over 8,800 people were registered through the combined efforts of the 30 schools that participated in the event. In the spring of 2009, Rowan signed up 371 people for the registry, including defensive end Matt Hoffman... Read more →

Pet Tip of the Week: Summer Love

by Dawn Watson She was found on Staten Island, a place where people hurry—hurry to work at one of the thousands of businesses located there, hurry to school, and hurry everywhere. All it would have taken to save her was one person. She was a matted ball of God-knows-what when they found her, five pounds of nothing with teeth so rotten she couldn’t even chew the garbage she managed to scavenge from the street. All it took to pick her up was one person. A... 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 home. In lieu of flowers, donations to UCP of Philadelphia,... 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 by Noel St. John Some come because it is a... 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, perfect strangers, who told us how much they like our... 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 or Afghanistan with TBI or combat-related stress. Runners will enjoy... Read more →

Dog Training School Offers Free Service at Festival

Brother of the Wolf, located in Gloucester City, will be one of the many vendor attractions at the city's popular music and art festival on the water front. This is the third year that Gloucester City will hold this unique, outdoor event, hosted by the Cultural Society. Food vendors and art displays are just part of what is being touted as the cultural event of the year. Several small, local businesses will be present to round out the festivities. Brother of the Wolf, a relative... Read more →

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

By Eric Scheiner (CNSNews.com) - 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 to a crowd at the Springfield, Illinois town square on... Read more →

Mission Afghanistan: Contract Corruption

Part 3: Holding Americans Accountable in a War Zone 04/26/11 The meeting took place at the Serena hotel in Kabul. The senior construction manager made it clear he needed $190,000 in cash to award a U.S.-funded contract to build a school and a hospital in Afghanistan. He didn’t realize that the “subcontractor” he was talking to was really one of our undercover agents and that his bribe demand—including the acceptance of a $10,000 good-faith payment—was being recorded on a hidden camera. Special Agent Derek Boucher,... 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 pest and report any infestations. With early detection, foresters and... 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 in from Texas, as the Scranton Times Tribune has reported?... Read more →

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

by Fred Lucas Washington (CNSNews.com) – 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 failed to get through Congress last year. The legislation sought... 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, you have been on the public dole for FIFTY YEARS.... 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 was a life member and volunteer Fireman for Gloucester City... 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 ?uestlove will be performing their set as well as sets... 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 staff. Gloucester High School student representative Johanna James said that... 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 investigation led by Sgt. Brian Conte resulted in the arrest... 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., which I will graduate with a degree in Politics and... Read more →

Orange New Jersey Fatal Fire - Firefighter Spot

By Bill Tompkins – www.BTFirephotos.com 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 building. Large trees in front of the home made using... 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, administrators and other District staff. Information obtained by the NEWS... 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 the school budget, as well as taxes, while retaining the... 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 duo Brooks & Dunn, will perform in front of 6,000... 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 that technology is dividing humanity and weakening its collective intellect.... Read more →

Two Gloucester County School Districts Will Share Superintendent

By Sara Martino Gloucester City News Westville Public and the Gateway High School, Woodbury Heights. will be sharing a Superintendent beginning on May 1. Janie Haines, currently the interim superintendent for the Parkview School, said this sharing will result in a reduction of administration costs in the amount of $17,526. Shannon Whalen, as approved by the Gloucester County Superintendent of Schools, will serve as superintendent for both the Parkview and Gateway High school districts. Other shared services include” the Child Study Team, Food Services, Health... 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 to doing what is right for his community. John is... 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 have known Jackie and her husband, Ken, there has never... Read more →