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April 2011

Ida Augusta Watkins of Audubon Park

Surrounded by her loving family, on April 19, 2011. Age 72. (nee Loungo) Of Audubon Park. Loving wife of 32 years to the late William F. Watkins, Sr. Loving mother of Theresa Grandizio (late Louis), Donna Watkins and William F. Watkins, Jr. Cherished grandmother of Anthony, Alisha and Dominic. Dear sister of Joseph W. Loungo and Joanne Hardymon. Also survived by 8 nieces and nephews and her beloved pet, Meeka. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her viewing on Tuesday morning from 9 to 11 AM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Catholic Funeral... Read more →

The Libya War Escalates as Obama OKay's Predator Strikes

By Cheryl Pellerin American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, April 21, 2011 - President Barack Obama has approved the use of armed predator strikes in the international fight against Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi's regime, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates calls on a reporter for a question at the Pentagon, April 21, 2011. Gates and Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, fielded questions dealing mainly with the situation in Libya and the defense budget. DOD photo by R.D. Ward Gates and Marine Corps Gen. James E.... Read more →

Organization Reaches Out to Wounded Warriors

By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, April 19, 2011 - In what started out as a small pilot program, members of Disabled American Veterans, working with the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments, began visiting wounded warriors at Fort Bragg, N.C., to talk about benefits and services available to them after they leave active duty. Disabled American Veterans National Commander Wallace E. "Wally" Tyson, addressing participants in the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colo., in March 2011, said DAV is reaching out to wounded warriors and the newest generation of disabled veterans. VA photo (Click... Read more →

Philadelphia International Championship June 5th

June 5, 2011 marks the 27th running of the Philadelphia International Championship. Sponsored by TD Bank and presented by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the 156-mile classic remains the longest running and most important single-day cycling road race in the United States. The cyclists complete 10 laps of a 14.4-mile circuit that links the majestic Benjamin Franklin Parkway with the hillside community of Manayunk, site of the legendary Manayunk Wall, named by Pro Cycling Tour’s David Chauner and Jerry Casale, a steep half-mile cruncher that has become a Philadelphia icon and favorite spot for race watchers. The pros will finish with... Read more →

Hunting and Fishing News: 2011 Turkey Season Opens April 25 Youth Day is April 23

compiled by CNBNEWS.NET The arrival of spring is eagerly anticipated by many, but more so by turkey hunters anxious for the beginning of New Jersey's Spring Wild Turkey Hunting Season. This year's regular season kicks off on Monday April 25 and runs for five weeks. With turkey populations restored statewide, Garden State hunters can enjoy some of the finest turkey hunting on the East Coast right in their own backyards. Spring turkey hunting is the fastest growing hunting pursuit in the nation and it's easy to see why. The tranquility of being in the pre-dawn and early morning forest coupled... Read more →

N.J. Move on Health Plan May Cost Towns but Help Power Broker -

By DAVID M. HALBFINGER Published: April 19, 2011 The lawmaker, Stephen M. Sweeney, the State Senate president, has placed a provision in a health care insurance bill that would prohibit the program from accepting new members. Mr. Sweeney, a Democrat from Gloucester County, is a close ally and a childhood friend of George E. Norcross 3rd, perhaps the most influential Democratic boss in New Jersey. Mr. Norcross, of Camden County, owns one of the largest brokers of health insurance to government entities in the state, and his company has been losing customers to the program Mr. Sweeney wants to rein... Read more →

Very Strong Bags | Philadelphia City Paper

by Holly Otterbein ARTSY CART: John Banks runs his Italian Market business his way. Neal Santos Among the various iconic symbols of Philadelphia's Italian Market — the imposing mural of former police chief and mayor Frank Rizzo; the great chariot wheels of cheese hanging in the windows of the Di Bruno Bros. grocery — John Banks is probably among the lesser known. On the other hand, he's probably one of the most colorful. Nearly every day for the past 20 years (yes, this year marks his 20th anniversary, he says), Banks has hawked 50-cent shopping bags and delivered groceries to... Read more →


ASSEMBLYWOMAN ANNETTE QUIJANO WARNS TRENTON – Assemblywoman Annette Quijano is urging her Assembly colleagues to unite in opposition to the Governor’s proposed dismantling of the Urban Enterprise Zone program in the FY 2012 budget. CLICK ADVERTISEMENT The UEZ program, which has existed since 1983, boasts Elizabeth as one of its first and most successful participating municipalities. However, a 2010 report commissioned by Governor Christie recommended the elimination of the program, and a letter outlining the dismantling of the program was sent out to each of the 38 participant municipalities on April 7. “While the UEZ program has seen mixed results... Read more →

CHFD News & Information: Annual Cherry Tree Planting Along Chapel Avenue

On Saturday, April 9, "A" Platoon members from Ladder 24, Engine 22, Squirt 51, and Battalion 13 planted over a dozen cherry trees along Chapel Avenue. The Cherry Hill Firefighters were joined by members of Rehab 13 and American Legion Post 372 who helped place dozens of American flags along the roadway between Haddonfield Road and Kings Highway. Resident Joe Zanghi started the tradition of planting the trees along Chapel Avenue and other Township buildings back in 1973. The blooming of the trees is marked with a yearly "9/11 Rememberance and Patriotic Gratitude" observance at the Joyce Kilmer School. The... Read more →

Gear up for the 2011 Amgen Tour of California with official race merchandise | Amgen Tour of California

Image via Wikipedia 2011 Race Merchandise Now Available Through Online Store LOS ANGELES (April 18, 2011) - Official race merchandise for the 2011 Amgen Tour of California is now available for purchase on the race website, The online store, which is available 24/7, is the place for fans and cycling enthusiasts to gear up for this year's race, which takes place over eight consecutive days from May 15-22, covering nearly 800 miles of scenic California roadways, highways and coastlines. Official race merchandise of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California includes something for everyone – from official race leader jerseys,... Read more →


DEAN’S LIST Kristen Wright of Gloucester City has made the Dean’s List at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, and received this letter: “Dear Kristen, “On behalf of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences faculty and staff, I want to congratulate you on your recent academic achievement, which is recognized by being name to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2010 Semester. “Your superior academic performance is a competitive professional school is an outstanding accomplishment of which you can be very proud, and coupled with other opportunities for personal and professional growth at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, will... Read more →

Further Discussion Held on Regional Police and Fire Force

press release As the next step in the process of evaluating the feasibility of a regionalized countywide police force, the Police Committee met last week at the Regional Emergency Training Center in Blackwood. CLICK ADVERTISEMENT Camden County has also proposed a regionalized fire department. Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr. welcomed the participants and reviewed the highlights of the March 23 meeting with Governor Chris Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney. At that session, the state had offered to be a partner with Camden County as it charts this course exploring regionalization. The County’s role, working through its Shared Services Division,... Read more →

SJCU Opposes Mayer Administration Fee Increases

SJCU continued their battle with the Mayer administration this week by opposing the fee increases voted into effect this past Monday. In a time when fiscal responsibility is the coin of the realm, Gloucester Township continues to reach for the Democrat playbook and raise taxes and fees. The Regional school District along with the GT District have already vowed to raise taxes and the six Fire Districts already increased the levy in February. While we applaud Mayor Mayer on the zero increase in the Township taxes there is still unanswered questions about where all of the state funds went in... Read more →

DOD Launches New Helpline to Support Victims of Sexual Assault

The Department of Defense today launched its newest initiative to support victims of sexual assault. Using DoD Safe Helpline, service members can “click, call or text” for victim support services for themselves or others. The free, anonymous and confidential resource can be accessed worldwide, 24-hours a day, every day, to connect with live sexual assault support professionals. In addition to improving victim care, secure and confidential access to Safe Helpline was developed to encourage victims to come forward when they might not otherwise. “The underreporting of sexual assault poses a serious challenge to military readiness,” said Clifford L. Stanley, under... Read more →

Saint Mary School Registration Being Held

Saint Mary School “A Community Treasure” 340 Cumberland Street Gloucester City, NJ 08030 (856) 456-0913 REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2011-2012 SCHOOL YEAR Open House Schedule Thursday, April 7, 2011 8:30 – 10:00 am Thursday, May 5, 2011 8:30 – 10:00 am Tours available by appointment. Contact: Dawn Burkhardt 856-456-0913 ext. 17 Aftercare 2:30 – 6: pm ($5.00 per hour) *Accomplished Sports Programs*Scholarships to High School ($40,000 awarded last year) *Electives that include Forensics, cooking, painting, and many more * Transportation reimbursement (out of town residents) *Bussing available (Inquire for more information) *Pre K 3 and 4 “Little Gems” (limited... Read more →

Congressman Andrews Announces Over $2 Million to Fix Sewers in Gibbsboro

Haddon Heights, NJ – Tuesday, Congressman Andrews announced over $2 million in funding to replace and renovate Gibbsboro sewer lines and create 20 local construction jobs. This funding, which represents a collaborative effort between federal and state government, will be used to revamp the sewer system in Gibbsboro – a project that will create jobs, benefit more than 100 households and improve the lives of many residents who are experiencing sewage back-ups and leaks from the borough’s outdated terracotta pipes. Specifically, the U.S. Department of Agriculture provided $175k in federal grants and $450k in low-interest loans for this effort. The... Read more →

James B. Thom of Westville Grove

THOM James B. Suddenly, On April 16, 2011. Age 58. Of Westville Grove. Formerly of National Park. Beloved Son of the late William and Dorothy Thom. Loving and Cherished Husband of 33 years to Donna Garrett (nee Canzanese). Devoted father of Rosemarie Garrett and James Wilson. Beloved Brother of Robert Thom, Dorothy Thom, Richard Thom and the late William C. Thom. Loving Uncle of Bernadette Clinksdale. Loving Grandfather of Raul, Antonio, Robert and Vincent. Dear Son-In-Law of Vincent and Donatella Canzanese. James was born, raised and lived in National Park. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his visitation... Read more →

Flavors of the Avenue answers appetites | South Philly Review

The East Passyunk Avenue festival will mark its fifth celebration with assistance from a collection of rookie establishments. By Joseph Myers Posted Apr. 14, 2011 These provisions from Monday are but a small sample of the food selections that will be available two weeks from Saturday. 20 restaurants will spend 5 hours sating desires for scrumptious rations. Photo by Greg Bezanis Combine 20 food purveyors with hundreds of eager tummies, and what is the result? Renee Gilinger hopes it will be the most successful Flavors of the Avenue yet. As the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District’s main street manager,... Read more →

Henry "Hank" Horn, of Gloucester City; Active in GHS Alumni Assn., Pool League, Mustang Coach

On April 16, 2011, Of Gloucester City NJ, age 71years. Loving father of Tamara Meagher of DE and Henry C. Horn IV of Bellmawr, NJ He was the devoted grandfather of Shawna and Mikayla and also survived by his brother Kenneth Horn (Sandy). Mr. Horn was a 1957 graduate of GHS and was very active with the GHS Alumni Association and looked forward to the monthly class luncheons. Henry retired from the US Naval Shipyard in Phila. in 1993 after 24 years service. He very much enjoyed participating in and was former President of the Gloucester City Pool Leagues and... Read more →

LETTERS: Thank You Joe Boccaleri

Joe was a permanent fixture at Gloucester City's marina and waterfront park. Joe spent hundreds of hours over the past several years painting, planting flowers, repairing equipment, cleaning the boat ramp and shore line. He also performed the duties of security guard reporting any vandalism in the park. This was a “labor of love” as Joe received no money. Joe was from the “old school”, a man who took pride in getting involved as a citizen shareholder of the park. Yes, we can all learn a lesson from Joe. No man or woman will be able to replace Joe but... Read more →


compiled by CNBNEWS.NET HARRISBURG – According to official 2010 bear harvest figures released today by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, hunters took a total of 3,090, which included 269 bears during the first-ever, five-day statewide archery bear season and 2,821 bears during the statewide three-day season, which included a Saturday-opener. This harvest ranks fifth among Pennsylvania’s annual bear harvests. In 2005, hunters set a record harvest of 4,164 bears. Other recent harvests were: 3,512 in 2009; 3,458 in 2008; 2,360 in 2007; 3,122 in 2006; 2,972 in 2004; 3,000 in 2003; 2,686 in 2002; 3,063 in 2001; and 3,075 in 2000.... Read more →

Andrews, Rooney Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Speed Short Sales

Washington, D.C. – Earlier this week, U.S. Rep. Robert Andrews (NJ-01) and U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney (FL-16) introduced bipartisan legislation that will speed short sales and spur growth in the housing market by requiring lenders to decide whether to accept an offer within 45 days. “Potential buyers can wait for months for a lender to make a decision on a short sale, and that wait often stops a sale from happening. Our bill would require that lenders respond when an offer is made, and will help make sure that these sales happen,” said Rep. Andrews. “I’m proud to work on... Read more →

Charles R. Teschko, of Gloucester City; Loved Fishing, the Eagles, the Phillies and NASCAR

TESCHKO, Charles R. On April 13, 2011, of Gloucester City, NJ. Age 54 yrs. Beloved companion of the late Patricia (nee Baldus). Dear father of Shawn M. Baldus, Timothy Teschko (Stephanie) and the late Nicholas Teschko (Wendi) (Lauren) and cherished grandfather of Libby, Nicholas, Carter and Bryce, Loving second father to Carolyn Hans and Christopher Liwock. Charles was an avid sportsman who loved fishing, the Eagles, the Phillies and NASCAR. Funeral services were under the direction of the ETHERINGTON-CRERAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 POWELL ST., GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ. A Catholic Prayer Service will be held 1:00 PM at the funeral home.... Read more →

Catalina Sedeno, of Camden, age 70

On April 14, 2011. Age 70. (nee Anglero) Of Camden. Loving and devoted wife to the late Eduardo Cedeno. Loving mother of Edwaldo Sedeno Jr. (Stine) and Victoria Rodriguez (J.R.). Cherished grandmother of Nadia and Alyssa Rodriquez and Edward James Sedeno. Dear sister of Julio, Giberto, Fabian, Carmen, Cecila, Cristina, Baldo and Eneida. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her viewing on Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 PM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday morning 10 AM at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception: 642 Market... Read more →

Why Am I Running for the Board of Education? Spotlight on Rocco R. Vespe

MOUNT EPHRAIM NJ -Rocco R. Vespe, PE, FCMAA is a Director of the Philadelphia office of Trauner Consulting Services, Inc. He has over 40 years of construction management experience including 15 years as a successful contractor and 20 years of construction consulting including owner’s representation, project management, construction management, estimating, schedule analysis, dispute resolution, claims evaluation, partnering, and expert testimony. Mr. Vespe has a degree in Civil Engineering from Drexel University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Maine, Florida, and Connecticut. He co-authored Construction Estimates from Take- off to Bid for McGraw-Hill. Mr. Vespe is... Read more →

Koch's web of influence | iWatch News

By John Aloysius Farrell At an EPA hearing last summer, representatives from Koch Industries argued that moderate levels of the toxic chemical dioxin should not be designated as a cancer risk for humans. When members of Congress sought higher security at chemical plants to guard against terrorist attacks, Koch Industries lobbyists prowled Capitol Hill to voice their opposition. And when Congress moved to strengthen regulation of the financial markets after recent collapses, Koch Industries — a major commodities and derivatives trader — deployed a phalanx of lobbyists to resist proposed changes. Charles and David Koch, the owners of the country’s... Read more →

Mr. Paul Cipolone Age 94, WW II and Korean Army Veteran, Founding Parishioner of St. Maurice RC Church, Lifelong Resident of Brooklawn

Surrounded by his loving family, on April 15, 2011. Age 94. Lifelong resident of Brooklawn. Devoted husband of 49 years to the late Cecelia Marie (nee Hassell). Loving father of Anthony (Betty), Richard, Carmen (Debbie), Paul F. (Jenai), Lawrence (Cheryl), Noreen (Glenn) Miller and Karen (Peter) Byrne. Cherished grandfather of 9 and great-grandfather of 2. Survived by his brothers, Ernest (late Ruth) and Albert (Delores) Cipolone (late Albina). Predeceased by his brothers and sisters, Dominick (Grace), Alfred, Josephine (Michael) Conroy and Catherine (Joseph) Patton. Paul proudly served our Country in the U.S. Army and National Guard during World War II... Read more →

Welcome Back from Afghanistan Sgt 1st Class Allen Maiden

When: Sunday, April 17, 2011 Time: Approx. 5:45 PM Where: 15 South Terrace Ave. Maple Shade, NJ 08052 Contact: Leslie (YRC) 609-980-4175 Please come out and welcome home Sgt. 1st Class Allen Maiden from his 4th tour…yes I said 4th tour. He served 3 in Iraq and this 4th one was in Afghanistan. Allen joined the Army in 1972. He has been serving for 29 ½ years. He is married to his wife, Betty, for 26 years. He has 4 children. He also works for the US Post Office. He has served all of these years and has never had... Read more →

Groups Urge Basin Commission: “Don’t Drill the Delaware”

Over 30,000 comments tell DRBC to extend moratorium and protect the Delaware from gas drilling West Trenton, NJ – Today, groups representing residents of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware gathered to deliver a record-breaking number of public comments to the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), urging them not to move ahead with gas drilling in the River Basin until such drilling is proven safe. The groups expressed strong concern that DRBC proposed rules without first conducting a cumulative impact study. Proprietors Park and the Delaware River, Gloucester City looking south towards the WW by ClearysNoteBook...Feb. 2007 The... Read more →

Why Am I Running for the Board of Education: Spotlight on Kelly Light-Erlink

My name is Kelly Light-Erlink, and I am running for one of the three open seats on the Gloucester City School Board. Both of my parents grew up in this town, and I have fond memories of a childhood well spent in Gloucester City. After college and getting married, my husband, Paul, and I decided to move back to town and raise our daughter here. I have a large extended family here in town and want my daughter to experience all that is good in Gloucester City. I remember a meeting I had with then superintendent, Dr. Stansky, when my... Read more →

SJCitizensUnited: Beware of What Incumbents Say in an Election Year

In an election year incumbents will do most anything to remain in office and with the economic climate raising taxes is never a good campaign strategy. The Gloucester Township Democrats control all 7 seats and the Mayor’s office. Four seats are up for reelection this year and it would be in the best interest of the Township to see a shift in politics as usual. South Jersey Citizens United is dedicated to keeping the public informed and our elected and appointed officials scrutinized. The idea of a zero tax increase is wonderful but now it seems that fees in the... Read more →

19 Elite Teams announced for 2011 Amgen Tour of California professional road cycling race

Image via Wikipedia LOS ANGELES - A world-class field of professional cycling teams, rivaling every other stage race in 2011, has once again been assembled for the upcoming Amgen Tour of California, the largest cycling event in America, which will travel nearly 800 miles throughout California from May 15 - 22, 2011. Announced today by AEG, presenter of the race, the lineup of teams includes 19 elite international and domestic squads, ensuring a spectacular racing competition for the sixth-annual event. With the race's move on the calendar to May last year, the Amgen Tour of California has further solidified its... Read more →

Letters: Is the State of NJ a Cesspool of Corruption? You Decide

Hi Bill, I am at the receiving end of flagrant corruption in superior court in Burlington County. The outrageously corrupt rulings are being made with the knowledge of the Attorney General. In other words the AG is letting the judge rule contrary to the law. The latest motion the judge granted was a motion for relief of court to file an amended complaint. The judge ignored all of my exhibits and the fact that I proved approximately 90 outright lies made in the plaintiffs sworn affidavits. The judge granted the motion even though the plaintiff did not include a copy... Read more →

Why Am I Running for the Board of Education: Spotlight on Kathleen McHugh

My name is Kathleen McHugh and I am seeking re-election to the board of education. I lived in Gloucester all of my life and I am a graduate of Gloucester High. I also raised three children who graduated from the district and I have served on the board since 2005. Since that time there has been an incredible amount of changes in Education. New Jersey raised the standards in all areas of curriculum, funding has been cut and now the latest—the assault on public education. Greater accountability has also been placed on schools and board members alike. Every 3 years,... 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 with special guests Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael McDonald, Estelle, Sara Bareilles, DJ Jazzy Jeff... Read more →

New blood in MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Baseball Rankings - MaxPreps News

The Sierra Vista Mountain Lions haven't had much luck against Bishop Gorman over the years, but that could be changing after last week's 8-5 victory over the Gaels. Bishop Gorman has won the last five Class 4A state championships in Nevada and has a been a perennial member of the national baseball rankings. The Gaels also hadn't lost to Sierra Vista in the last six meetings between the teams. But the Mountain Lions are off to an incredible start at 17-0 and they got to Bishop Gorman pitcher T.J. White early with a home run in the first inning. The... Read more →

Meeting Develops Into Heated Discussion Between Teacher and Bellmawr Board of Education

By Chris Concannon Gloucester City News The Bellmawr Board of Education moved to withhold a pay increment, following a somewhat heated dialogue with Special Education Teacher Karen Metzger at their March 24 meeting. Originally scheduled for March 17, Mrs. Metzger had requested a public hearing to answer several allegations against her stemming from her first arriving in the school district in 1989. After waiting for her to arrive, the Board moved to close the hearing at 6:20 p.m. and move into Executive Session. Officially, Metzger did not arrive with her attorney until about 6:45 p.m. Allegations involved in the matter,... Read more →

Keep Prom Fun and Safe for Your Teen

It's prom headquarters at The Partnership at Wait -- before you start envisioning the staff promenading around the office in tuxes and taffeta, high heels and updos, let me explain. They've been busy preparing heaps of helpful information for parents (like me) whose teens are off to prom this spring. Yes, my son Michael will soon be attending his prom in Baltimore. He'll be going with his girlfriend, renting a tux and riding in a limo. For many teens, prom is a chance to feel like an adult -- get dressed up, go out with a date, hang out... Read more →

A Great City Ambulance

On Monday, March 21, I started having chest pains. My husband called 911. I wanted to let people know what a great City ambulance service we have! The EMT’s were very caring and compassionate and gentle. They took me to the hospital and were very helpful in making me feel at ease. Thank you so much EMT A. Bramble and EMT D. Brandt! Thanks for all you do. It turned out I didn’t have a heart attack. I was very dehydrated from a virus. God Bless you and thanks again! The Lehman Family, Gloucester City reprinted from the April 7... Read more →

Amateur cyclists can test themselves against Amgen Tour of California professionals

new partnership between AEG and Strava Strava Provides Cycling Fans and Participants with Route Maps, Training Day Challenges and Ability to Share, Compare and Compete During Major Races SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - April 11, 2011 - North America's top cycling event just got more social for riders and fans. Today, Strava, creator of powerful Web and mobile applications for avid athletes, and AEG, one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world, announced that Strava will power social fitness for Amgen Tour of California fans. Strava is a social platform that allows athletes to compete with each other... Read more →

Walters/Schmidt v City of Gloucester City Hearing Wednesday in Camden

At 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, Judge Frederick J. Schuck, sitting in Camden, will hear oral argument in a lawsuit alleging that the City of Gloucester City committed several violations the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and the common law right of access to government records. The lawsuit, Schmidt et al v. City of Gloucester City, et al, Docket No. CAM-L-1287-11 was filed on March 17, 2011 by Oxford, New Jersey attorney Walter M. Luers on behalf of Plaintiffs John P. Schmidt and Michael Walters, both of Gloucester City. In addition to... Read more →


Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about eleven (11) things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world. Rule 1 : Life is not fair - get used to it! Rule 2 : The world doesn't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself. Rule 3 : You will NOT make $60,000 a year... Read more →


by Bill Cleary CHEER-The Brooklawn Board of Education approved the district’s 2011-2012 budget of $5,087,799 at a public hearing 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. CHEER-To Maryellen Crain, Timothy Alexander who won the Mount Ephraim Fire Prevention Poster Contest. CHEER-Gloucester City Public Works Supervisor Steve Cianchetti announce in March that the branch, brush and soft vegetation will be combined into one recycling program. These items will all be collected... Read more →

Why Am I Running for the Board of Education? Spotlight on Jackie Borger

My name is Jacqueline Borger and I am running for a position on the Gloucester city Board of Education. As one of the three incumbents, I have always been eager to familiarize myself with the responsibilities that accompany this honor *I have been on the Finance Committee for the past three years and held the position of chairman for the past year. I have never been the person to “rubber-stamp” any financial decision. Almost to an exhaustive state, I question and discuss purchases and programs in which the district shows interest. *I am a taxpayer, as almost in Gloucester City,... Read more →

BELLMAWR NJ: 7 Residents Injured in House Fire

Sunday, April 10, 2011 Task Force 32 was dispatched to 207 Saunders Avenue at 05:59 this morning for a dwelling with reported people trapped. Squad 32 staffed by members of the Beaver Brook Regional Fire Alliance arrived within four minutes of dispatch. First arriving crews were met with heavy fire conditions in a 2 1/2 story wood framed dwelling along with several occupants on the front lawn suffering from burns and smoke inhalation. Seven of the occupants were transported to the hospital with one remaining in critical condition. The fire in under investigation by the Local and County Fire Marshal's... Read more →

Welcome Back From Iraq Spc. Nicole Addonizio

When: Sunday, April 10, 2011 Time: Approx. 11:45am Place: Adrian Hall, Ocean Gate Borough 50 Arverne Ave. Ocean Gate, NJ 08740 Contact: Leslie (YRC) (609) 980-4175 Please come out and welcome home Spc. Nicole Addonizio from serving a second tour in Iraq. Nicole is the US ARMY. She graduated from Jackson Memorial High School then went to Brookdale County college. She decided she wanted to join the US Army and be Military Police. However, she has a different job, not able to discuss it. Nicole went off to Basic Training at Ft. Jackson in Feb. 2008. She went on for... Read more →