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November 2011

Congress, Can You Spare a Dime?

Image via Wikipedia Dear Concerned Taxpayer, Do you remember or have you ever heard the song, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" Drawn from the 1932 musical New Americana, it became known as the “anthem of the Great Depression.” Now, to avert a double-dip recession or potentially worse if we don’t get our nation’s finances in order, we urgently need all Americans to ask: “Congress, Can You Spare a Dime?” If Congress would cut spending... Read more →

Weekly Basket: Writing Waste

Volume XVI No. 46: November 18, 2011 Finally! It's been two years since the last spending bills were considered in (semi) regular order. It wasn't procedurally perfect---three bills jammed together nearly two months after the start of fiscal year 2012---but hey, you have to start somewhere. That means there are nine more spending bills to go. So Congress needs to pick up the pace. Most of the year was dithered away by Congress as they... Read more →

Obituary: Irene C. Palmer, of Gloucester City, age 91

On November 19, 2011. Age 91. Of Gloucester City. Loving wife of the late Charles H. Palmer. Loving mother of Jimmy, Clifford, Carol, Cassie, Robert and Robin. Also survived by many cherished grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing on Wednesday afternoon from 3 to 5 PM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Catholic Funeral Service will begin at 5 PM in the funeral... Read more →


New Jersey Republican Party Press Release In campaign tabs, U.S. Rep. Andrews forgets us Gloucester County Times November 22, 2011 Arrogance. That word quickly comes to mind in light of a report from our sister paper, The Star-Ledger of Newark, that U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews tapped into his congressional campaign account to finance a $9,000 trip for himself and his family to Edinburgh, Scotland, and $10,000 for a celebration at his Haddon Heights home marking... Read more →

Penn State Live - A Message from President Rodney Erickson: Moving Forward

In the last two painful weeks, Penn State has been shaken to our foundation. But we are moving forward, and with every decision we’re committed to doing the right thing for the victims, their families, and the Penn State community. You have all played a role in helping us define a path for the future. You have inspired us with your resilience, generosity, and hope. You have given me your confidence and encouragement. In the... Read more →


Special Sneak Peak Event Planned The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is proud to continue to present a wintertime tradition in Philadelphia, the 18th anniversary season of the Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn’s Landing. It’s time to “Think Rink,” as the Blue Cross RiverRink located on Columbus Boulevard and Market Street, is the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors and fresh air fun for everyone! Featuring an outdoor regulation size rink overlooking the Delaware River... Read more →

Meandering w/ Mark Matthews: Bellmawr Bottom Dollar Foods is ON!

( reported in several media outlets, the Bellmawr Bottom Dollar Foods store construction had been stalled because of a lawsuit filed against the town and Bottom Dollar foods. The website posted on 11/17 that the judge has ruled on the lawsuit, and construction can start again! From Bellmawr.Com: Judge Orlando issued his ruling today in favor of Bottom Dollar and the Borough of Bellmawr. Mayor Filipek has been in contact with representatives of Bottom... Read more →

Cherry Hill Achieves Sustainable Jersey Silver

Nov. 15, 2011 Mayor's Office Cherry Hill has met the rigorous requirements to achieve silver-level certification from Sustainable Jersey, the highest level of recognition from the statewide organization, Mayor Bernie Platt announced Tuesday. Cherry Hill is one of only 96 New Jersey towns that are Sustainable Jersey certified, and one of just eight to reach silver certification. The Township was first certified by Sustainable Jersey, at the bronze level, in November 2009 – its first... Read more → Sign Petition...Tell Congress They Must Stop Accepting Taxpayer Funded Healthcare

By Michael Morrill To be delivered to: The United States House of Representatives If you voted to cut Medicare and Medicaid, you must stop accepting taxpayer-funded healthcare for yourself and your family. In April, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has voted to cut Medicare and Medicaid. And now even Democrats on the so-called Super Committee are talking about cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. Essentially Congress is telling senior citizens and the poor that tax cuts... Read more →

Paff v. Runnemede school board: Motion hearing December 16th

Readers may recall that attorney Walter M. Luers and I filed a lawsuit in June against the Runnemede (Camden County) Board of Education in an attempt to learn exactly why the board gave former Business Administrator Kelly Brazelton a leave of absence from September 23, 2010 through April 15, 2011 while paying her a $99,465 annual salary. According to media reports at the time, the arrangement was made in order to stave off a lawsuit... Read more →


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Gloucester City News Headlines for Nov. 24 issue

Mount Ephraim School District Brings Back Full-Day Kindergarten Gloucester City Mayor William James Thanks Residents For Cooperation Gloucester City Students Report To School Board About Upcoming Events Gloucester School Board Signs Up For Robotics Program Mount Ephraim Residents Upset About Speeding Vehicles Related articles Video (s): $25 Million Spent on EPA Cleanup of Johnson Blvd. Sports Complex, Gloucester City ( Bellmawr, Mount Ephraim Buy Trash Truck Together ( Danmark Arrives, Gcba Meeting, New Trash Contract... Read more →

Police Need Assistance in finding Ramon Rodriguez

Endangered Missing Person from 15th Police District November 21, 2011 On Sunday, November 20, 2011, Ramon Rodriguez was last seen at approximately 7:26pm at his residences on the 4300 block of Penn Street. Rodriguez suffers from Schizophrenia. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ramon Rodriguez please contact Northeast Detective Division at 215-686-3153 or call 911. NAME Ramon Rodriguez AGE 44 HEIGHT 5’2” WEIGHT 150 lbs EYES Hazel HAIR Black, short cut He was last... Read more →

NJ GOP: Andrews and Pallone Favor Tax and Spend Policies of Obama

press release November 18 TRENTON – Today the U.S House of Representatives voted on a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution that would make it tougher for Congress to increase taxes and our nation’s debt. Unfortunately Congressmen Rob Andrews and Frank Pallone reversed their previous support and embraced the tax-and-spend policies of President Barack Obama. The New Jersey Republican Party released the following statement regarding Congressmen Andrews (photo, right) and Pallone’s (photo, left) lack of conviction:... Read more →

Andrews Announces $1.46 Million for Veterans’ Bus Services/High Tech Jobs

press release Haddon Heights, NJ – Today, Congressman Andrews (photo) announced that the United States Department of Transportation has awarded a $1.46 million grant to New Jersey Transit to better serve South Jersey Veterans’ transportation needs and create high-tech jobs. The money will be used to modernize the Camden Travel Management and Coordination Center (TMCC) with new in-vehicle technology, including cameras and computers that will help drivers locate passengers. The installation of this new technology... Read more →

LETTERS: Who's In Charge

Camden has room for only one mayor. In the event the mayor is not available, then the business administrator shall make the necessary decisions, not the appointed mayor’s assistant. This city government must abide by the intention of the elected mayor and not some aide. I noted that the sign-in log is missing from the mayor’s office. It was put in place under the Alfred Pierce administration in the 1960s so reporters could see who... Read more →

Video: Gloucester Catholic High School...The Secret

Gloucester Catholic School The Secret Formula You are invited to view the student produced video that captures the "secret formula" of Gloucester Catholic. To view click on the link below. Feel free to visit our face book page to register your review. Go Rams! Related articles GCHS Alumni Communion ( Hail to the King, Show Your Support, Rams Sign, What Would You ( Gloucester Catholic Alumni ( Read more →

Obituary: Howard A. Dickson Jr., GHS Alumni Class of 58, Marine Corp Veteran, Member of Presidential Honor Guard, Loved Wildwood

On November 19, 2011, born and raised in Gloucester City NJ, age 71 years. Howard is the beloved father of Howard A. Dickson III, Veronica King (Bill) and stepson Kenneth Matz, cherised grandfather of 8 grandchildren and dear brother William Dickson Sr. (Pat) and Judy Robertson (Ronald). Howard was a 1958 graduate of Gloucester High School where he was an All South Jersey Tackle and recipient of the Bob Weiss Memorial Trophy. He was a... Read more →

Lawmakers Concede Budget Talks Are Close to Failure

Breaking News Alert The New York Times Sunday, November 20, 2011 -- 1:25 PM EST ----- Conceding that talks on a grand budget deal are near failure, Congressional leaders on Sunday pointed fingers at each other as they tried to deflect blame for their inability to figure out a way to lower the federal deficit without having to rely on automated cuts. The testy exchanges — which dominated the Sunday talk shows — made clear... Read more →

Navy's YouTube Video Warns Against 'Spice' Drug

By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2011 - A new YouTube video developed by the Navy warns service members about the synthetic marijuana known as spice, and how use of the designer drug can negatively impact their health and military careers. Every military service bans the use of spice, which is comprised of organic leaves coated with synthetic chemicals. Spice is marketed as a safe way to get high while avoiding... Read more →

Top MuckReads: Infant Mortality, Sandusky’s Charity, Guns for Felons

by Daniel Victor ProPublica, Nov. 18, 2011, 11:06 a.m Here are this week's top must-read stories from #MuckReads, ProPublica's ongoing collection of the best watchdog journalism. Anyone can contribute by tweeting a link to a story and just including the hashtag #MuckReads or by sending an email [email protected]. The best submissions are selected by ProPublica's editors and reporters and then featured on our site and @ProPublica. Where city factories, and now babies, die, Milwaukee Journal... Read more →

Dooley sparks Bentley to nationals-NCAA.COM

Freshman never ran competitively before, named NE-10 ROY Amy Farnum, Last Updated - November 16, 2011 1:18 GMT Bentley Athletics Bentley Athletics Dooley earned the Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week award three times this season. Just a few months ago, running was something Bentley freshman Tara Dooley did while playing soccer or lacrosse or basketball. Today, she is one of the top distance runners in Division II. While growing up in Lee, Mass., she... Read more →

Hunting and Fishing: Black Bear Permits on Sale Monday; Feral Hogs Permit; Barn Owl Discovered in PA

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is reminding hunters that over-the-counter sale of leftover and unclaimed black bear hunting permits will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 21. Hunters can possess two permits each for a different zone - but the bag limit is still one bear. The numbers of permits which will be available when the OTC sale begins are as follows: Bear Hunting Area 1: 328 Bear Hunting Area 2: 1,729... Read more →

"The amazing reality we await in Advent," Bishop Galante's message

Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness and found human in appearance, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2: 5-8) Advent is the time when the church awaits and ponders Christianity’s amazing... Read more →

Remember When: Gloucester City Colts 120 lb Football Team (1956)

submitted by John photo to enlarge The Gloucester City Colts 120 lb. team from 1956. The team was undefeated, untied and unscored upon. The identities as I remember are: Back Row (l. to r.) Coach McKinney, Coach McKeever, Rich Huff, Jim Bennett, Alan Mester, Dick Wright, Unknown, George Thorpe, Tom Early, Rich Devine, Rick Sherrer, Coach Houser, Unknown. Middle Row (l. to r.) Coach Mester, Jim Saxameyer, Unknown, Tom Baals, John McCormick, Skip Murphy,... Read more →

Black Conservatives Demand Apolgy

Pelosi, NAACP and Other Liberals Should Renounce and Apologize for Occupy Wall Street Outrageousness Washington, D.C. - With Occupy Wall Street protesters planning a mass demonstration in New York City and issuing calls for disruptions in other cities on November 17, members of the Project 21 black leadership network demand that high-profile supporters of the Occupy effort reject the violence, rudeness and hate that has come to embody the leftist protests and -- in the... Read more →

CNBNEWS HUNTING & FISHING: Deer Aging Video, Fish Are Biting, House Passes National Right to Carry Act

GAME COMMISSION POSTS DEER AGING VIDEO ON YOUTUBE ACCOUNT Agency also offers free tools to estimate deer age and weight HARRISBURG – Two things many hunters want to know about almost any deer they take are its age and weight. The Pennsylvania Game Commission, through its website, is offering some free tools to guide hunters in determining their deer’s age and weight. To help hunters learn how Game Commission biologists determine the age of a... Read more →

The Truth About Antibiotics...FDA

press release Antibiotics are drugs used for treating infections caused by bacteria. Also known as antimicrobial drugs, antibiotics have saved countless lives. Misuse and overuse of these drugs, however, have contributed to a phenomenon known as antibiotic resistance. This resistance develops when potentially harmful bacteria change in a way that reduces or eliminates the effectiveness of antibiotics. A Public Health Issue Antibiotic resistance is a growing public health concern worldwide. When a person is infected... Read more → It's No Wonder a Plurality of Americans Want Obamacare Repealed

Just as the Supreme Court has decided to take up the court cases challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare, a new Gallup poll shows that the plurality of Americans–including even a plurality of independents–want to see the law repealed. Meanwhile, a new survey by the PwC Health Research Institute shows that health care and the deficit are tied as the second-most important issue in the presidential election, after jobs. Gallup reports that, “Given a choice, 47%... Read more →

CHUCKLES: Teacher - Student Comments

TEACHER: Why are you late? STUDENT: Class started before I got here. -------------------------------------------------------- TEACHER: Maria, go to the map and find North America . MARIA: Here it is. TEACHER: Correct. Now class, who discovered America ? CLASS: Maria.. ____________________________________ TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor? JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables. __________________________________________ TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell 'crocodile?' GLENN: K-R-O-K-O-D-I-A-L' TEACHER: No, that's wrong... Read more →

Europe Bans X-Ray Body Scanners Used at U.S. Airports

by Michael Grabell ProPublica, Nov. 15, 2011, 3:45 p.m The European Union on Monday prohibited the use of X-ray body scanners in European airports, parting ways with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, which has deployed hundreds of the scanners as a way to screen millions of airline passengers for explosives hidden under clothing. The European Commission, which enforces common policies of the EU's 27 member countries, adopted the rule “in order not to risk jeopardizing... Read more →


Daily I pass by New St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr, with thousands of small American flags, one at each veteran’s grave. To express my personal observations and thoughts, the following is dedicated to all U.S. Veterans. In Spring, after a harsh winter, flags tattered and frayed represent experiences and battles of military service… and they sleep. In Summer, gentle breezes wave flags like soldiers doing manual of arms’ with beautiful precision…and they sleep. In Fall, with... Read more →

The Daily Dose: 'IWV: Suspend ObamaCare Implementation Until SCOTUS Rules'

Independent Women's Voice President & CEO Heather Higgins explains why ObamaCare should not be implemented until after the Supreme Court's ruling. "With Supreme Court review of ObamaCare now imminent, all implementation should be immediately suspended until the court has rendered their ruling. With the nation now nearly $15 trillion in debt, we simply cannot afford the cost of building the bureaucracy and implementing this government take-over of private health care decisions only to have it... Read more →

Philadelphia Mayor Signs Business Tax Bills; Will Improve City's Economic

Philadelphia, November 14, 2011 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter has signed City Council legislation that eliminates business taxes and fees for new businesses that create jobs. A second bill establishes broad tax reduction for all businesses and a new structure for computing certain business taxes that will reward businesses located in the City of Philadelphia. “Together these path-breaking bills make Philadelphia more competitive, lessening the tax burden on firms based in Philadelphia and providing a... Read more →

PHILADELPHIA : $50 Million Dilworth Plaza will Employ 800 Construction Workers

press release Philadelphia, November 16, 2011 – The City of Philadelphia today posted an Official Notice advising the public that the $50 million Dilworth Plaza construction project is imminent. The notice was issued following the announcement that the Center City District, the project manager, has awarded a general construction contract to Daniel J. Keating Company for the project, which will employ about 800 construction workers and is scheduled for completion in about 27 months. The... Read more →

CNBNEWS OPINION: Damaged Playground Fence Should Have Been Repaired Weeks Ago

by CNBNEWS UPDATE-Happy to report that two city employees from the Highway Department repaired the fence today, Friday. GLOUCESTER CITY NJ-On September 27 there was a traffic accident at the intersection of Lane and Thompson Avenues involving a SUV and a compact car. The force of the collision pushed the compact car up on the sidewalk and into the fence that surrounds the nearby playground. The car just missed hitting a pedestrian and his dog.... Read more →

Philadelphia: Happenings

Through January 1 CSI: The Experience The Franklin Institute 222 North 20th Street 215.448.1200 Through January 8 The King and I Walnut Street Theatre 825 Walnut Street 215.574.3550 November 16-20 Fall Series 2011 BalletX Wilma Theater 265 South Broad Street 215.546.7824 November 16-27 Billy Elliot the Musical Academy of Music Broad & Locust Streets 215.893.1999 November 17-20 Faust by Charles Gounod Curtis Opera Theatre The Curtis Institute of Music 1726 Locust... Read more →


Amy Brehm and the Gothic Knights are projected to finish fourth of 10 teams in the Northeast Conference during the 2011-12 season. 11/12/2011 12:36:00 PM SOMERSET, NJ ( | For the second year in a row, the New Jersey City University women's bowling team has been selected to finish fourth in the Northeast Conference (NEC) in a vote of the league's 10 head coaches announced recently. The Gothic Knights, the 2009-10 NEC regular season champions,... Read more →

John Paff: OPMA Lawsuit against Camden City school

A new lawsuit was filed yesterday in Camden County Superior Court that seeks answers to the following questions: 1. How promptly must a public body publicly disclose the nonexempt portions of its nonpublic (i.e. "closed or executive") meeting minutes? 2. Can a public body validly claim that it must first "approve" its nonpublic meeting minutes prior to publicly disclosing even redacted versions of them? 3. Must a public body pass a separate, free-standing resolution in... Read more →

Grass Fire Nation: Tea Partiers must ACT NOW to Stop the Progressives Takeover of the Internet!

by Darla Dawald Dear Patriot, On November 20, 2011, the Federal government will officially take control of the Internet through the Federal Communications Commission’s Net Neutrality regulations. The cowardice of our Senate was on full display during Thursday’s vote to allow Obama’s illegal power-grab to stand, by a vote of 46-52. This latest, lawless act by this administration is particularly heinous because the takeover was prompted in part because of widespread Tea Party success... Certainly... Read more →

CNBNEWS Hunting and Fishing: Countdown, Antler Restrictions, Must See, Show Compassion

COUNTDOWN TO DEER SEASON HAS BEGUN HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s only unofficial holiday - the Monday after Thanksgiving –marks the opening day of the two-week general deer season, and will feature nearly 750,000 individuals sporting fluorescent orange throughout Penn’s Woods, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe. New antler restrictions are in place this year for the five Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) in western Pennsylvania previously designated as a four-point on one side... Read more →

Obituary: Michael Lee "Birdman" Burdick, of Gloucester City, GHS Class of '79 Alumni

Suddenly, On November 13, 2011. Age 51. Of Gloucester City. Cherished Son of the late Doris Burdick. Beloved Husband of 28 years to Jacqueline P. “Jackie” Burdick (nee Simero). Devoted Father of Jennifer LaScala (Frank), Kelly Burdick and Jacqueline M. Burdick. Loving Grandfather of Kira, Joseph, Peyton and A.J. Dear Brother of Richard Burdick (Tracey) and Mildred Hemsley. Survived by 3 nieces and 1 nephew. Michael was known to all as “Birdman” and was a... Read more →


November 15, 2011 Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows: Everyone and his brother is comparing the Penn State sexual abuse scandal to the Catholic Church's own problems, and in many respects, such an analogy is unfortunately warranted. But some correctives are in order, and some analogies not being discussed need to be made. No institution where adults regularly mix with youngsters is immune to this problem. In the case of the Catholic Church,... Read more →

Collingswood Mayor Maley: Moody’s admits mistake, maintains Borough’s status

As you may have read, Moody’s has re-released a statement that maintains Collingswood’s Ba1 status. We are strongly opposed to this status as the Borough has accomplished each financial goal Moody’s claimed it would not. We have restructured the LumberYard project to weather the world economic issues while bringing new vibrancy to our downtown and never jeopardizing our community. No matter what hoops we jump through, Moody’s will maintain their original decision to avoid admitting... Read more →


Looks Forward to Working in a Bi-Partisan Manner to Move East Greenwich Forward (EAST GREENWICH, NJ) – Following the Gloucester County Board of Elections certification of last Tuesday’s election results, Committeeman-elect Tom Decker today expressed how humbled he was by the show of support from his community and reinforced the importance of bi-partisan government. “I’m humbled by the amount of support I received from the voters,” said Tom Decker. “From day one, the campaign was... Read more →

OBITUARY: Doris Dot Meersand, of Cherry Hill, formerly of Gloucester City and Voohees


Large Crowd Attends Bellmawr Fall Festival

By Chris Concannon Gloucester City News As a light, cool breeze filtered over the Bellmawr Rec Centre October 22, hundreds of area residents turned out in droves for the town’s first Fall Festival. Heavily promoted in bulletins, on the Borough website ( as well as word-of-mouth, the event, which will be an annual function, featured something for all ages, such as rides, games, pumpkin and face painting for children, as well as a paintball booth... Read more →

Gloucester City News Headlines for Nov. 17th issue

Gloucester City Council Will Extend Sunday Bar Hours, Change Ward System, As Voters Approve Questions Bellmawr Students Compose, Sing Song Against Bullying In Schools Westville Lions Club Supports Local Food Bank U.S. Marine Corporal Marc Ryan Memorial 5K Run This Saturday Westville To Receive $31,974 Check For Workplace Safety Related articles Gloucester City Business Association Urges Voters to Ok New Sunday Tavern Hours ( Gloucester City Council Lends Support To Passenger Rail Line ( Bellmawr... Read more →

Bellmawr, Mount Ephraim Buy Trash Truck Together

By Chris Concannon Gloucester City News Under the banner “We Care-We Share,” the boroughs of Bellmawr and Mt. Ephraim unveiled their newest addition October 25 at Bellmawr’s Municipal Complex. A number of officials from each town were on hand to present the 2011 Twenty-Yard trash truck. Purchased jointly, the vehicle, lettered similarly on both sides reflecting each municipality, saves approximately $78.6 thousand in taxpayer funds for both, said Joe Ciano, Bellmawr’s Public Works Superintendent. Information... Read more →