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RAMS ATHLETIC FIELDS ONE STEP CLOSER-Gloucester Catholic Principal John Rds_newsColeman released the following update on the school’s proposed $4 million athletic complex to be built in Deptford Township.  


 “On Tuesday night (Nov. 2), we cleared a major hurdle when the Deptford Township Planning Board gave final approval for Phase 1 of our project, which will include multiple practice fields (soccer, football etc.) for our athletes. This enables us to schedule work on this site as soon as possible!


“The Board also gave us preliminary approval on phases 2 and 3, which means our engineering firm can begin environmental studies and plan other preliminary details on these phases of the project, which will include multiple varsity and sub-varsity fields.”



WORKING FAMILIES IN NJ are worst off economically today than they were at the turn of the century. A report released last week by New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP) paints a bleak picture for working families in the state. 


The report,The State of Working New Jersey 2011: The Lost Decade, reveals:


-       There were fewer jobs in 2010 than in 2000.

-       There were 2.7 times as many people unemployed in 2010 than in 2000.

-       Nearly a quarter million more New Jerseyans lived in poverty in 2010 than in 2000.

-       The number of children living in poverty increased by 16 percent in just two years.

-       Real wages were lower for the bottom 30 percent of wage earners in 2010 than in 2000.

  •       Real median household income from the typical household was lower in 2010 than in 2000.


Read the full report here: http://www.njpp.org/


GLOUCESTER CITY HISTORY IN PHOTOS-A new book “Images of America, Gloucester City” featuring historic photographs of the City, is now on sale. The book, written by Adrianne and Gabriel Parent with the Gloucester City Historical Society, can be purchase at Carr’s Hardware, 22 N. Broadway or at the Historical Society on N. King Street. Hours there are Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The authors will have a book signing November 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Carr’s Hardware, where the authors from the West Deptford – Images of America Book will also be attending. 

The book, which costs $21.99, tells the story of Gloucester City from the Native Americans, to European settlement, to a resort destination to an industrial powerhouse along the Delaware River.


SHOW ME THE MONEY!Theresa Luhm  an attorney and the managing director of the Education Law Center in Newark wrote an OP-Ed opinion in the Star Ledger about Obama’s American Jobs Act bill. Lum said Gov. Christie could put 1000‘s of people to work if he would  approve the 53 almost ready school facilities projects. 


Gov. Chris Christie could put thousands of New Jersey’s construction workers, as well as architects, engineers and building suppliers, back to work right now. All he has to do is give the go-ahead to work on school construction projects already approved and designed by the Schools Development Authority, the state agency responsible for improving governance, operations and accountability.


“These “shovel-ready” projects will benefit communities all over the state. The list includes Phillipsburg High School, Lanning Square Elementary School in Camden, Gloucester City Middle School, West New York High School and many more.  


Lum forgets one important factor. Where will the money come from to pay for the renovations and new school buildings? The last estimate to construct the Gloucester City Middle School was $70 million. The state of New Jersey, is struggling financially due to budget shortfalls. Generally, sales and income tax revenues are down, and since property values have declined and many properties are in foreclosure, property tax revenue is also less.  


The Girl Scout Councils of NJ will hold a ceremonial “bridging” event, with thousands of Girl Scouts walking across the George Washington Bridge to mark the beginning of the 100th Anniversary Celebration of Girl Scouting. New Jersey First Lady, Mary Pat Christie, will speak at this historic event. The bridging event will begin Nov. 13 at 9 a.m. on the southbound walkway of the bridge and conclude at 2 p.m. with remarks by Christie on Martha Washington Way in Fort Lee.


The Scott Bevan Stripe Bass Bonanza will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19 beginning at 5 am. The event is in memory of Scott and his love for fishing, friends and the great outdoors. Scott loss his battle with melanoma cancer on July 15, 2010. He was 43.  Captains meeting at Fred’s Tavern, Friday Nov.18 at 6pm (Optional) .

DETAILS: Fishing allowed in all Cape May County waters via boat or beach. Any legal size stripe bass over 28 inches is eligible. Weigh in at Smugglers Cove, 83rd Street, Stone Harbor by 5pm. Cash prizes for heaviest fish, boat and surf...second and third place prizes TBA. Party at J. Craig Otton's Workshop, 83rd Street, Stone Harbor immediately following weigh-in. Legendary food, drink, music. Donation, $40 for fisherman, $20 for non contestants/party goers. Call Marnie (609) 231-1016 for more information or to sign up.  

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