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January 2012

John Paff: Gibbsboro/Voorhees OPRA suit concluded

I've previously written about myOpen Public Records Act (OPRA) case against the Township of Voorhees and the Borough of Gibbsboro, both in Camden County. See my blog entries of October 12, 2011 and October 20, 2011. To summarize, attorney Walter M. Luers and I sued both Voorhees and Gibbsboro for records arising out of a December 30, 2009 incident in which a uniformed Voorhees police officer, while in Gibbsboro behind the wheel of his parked patrol car, was slapped repeatedly by his wife. (If you haven't listened to the 911 calls made by the alarmed citizens who witnessed this incident, you might want to--they're interesting, to say the least.) The case is now over, and since we won on most issues, the court ordered Voorhees to reimburse the court filing fees I paid plus Walter Luers' attorney fees of $3,375 plus a $675 "contingency enhancement" for a total of $4,443.57.... Read more →

Ex-Business Administrator for Westfield Schools Sentenced for Accepting Building Supplies from a Vendor

TRENTON – Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced that the former business administrator for the Westfield School District was sentenced today for accepting $13,000 in windows and doors from a contractor he recommended be hired by the school district. Robert A. Berman, 55, of South Plainfield, was sentenced to one year of probation by Superior Court Judge Joseph P. Donohue in Union County. Berman pleaded guilty on Oct. 24, 2011 to an accusation charging him with third-degree conspiracy to make false representations for a government contract. He was required to forfeit his positions as business administrator and board secretary for the Westfield School District. He was also ordered to pay a $6,000 penalty into the State’s Anti-Trust Revolving Fund for anti-trust enforcement efforts. In pleading guilty, Berman admitted that he accepted roughly $13,000 worth of window glass and doors installed at his home by Metropolitan Metal Window Company from 2004... Read more →

Bellmawr Installs Councilmen Bollinger, D’Angelo | GCN

By Chris Concannon Gloucester City News A host of area, state and federal politicians were among the dozens in attendance, at Bellmawr Mayor and Council’s annual Reorganization Meeting this January. Following the posting of colors and Pledge of Allegiance by Cub Scout Pack/Troop 185, Ashley Matousek performed the National Anthem. Councilman John Bollinger was then sworn in by U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews (D-1), as Bollinger’s wife and family looked on happily. He is also Public Safety Director for the Borough. Councilman James F. D’Angelo, with his daughter Lindsey at his side, was then sworn in to his sixth term by Camden County Clerk Joe Ripa. D’Angelo’s wife, Peggy, was honoring a prior commitment, and was unable to attend. The Councilman is also Bellmawr’s Director of Public Works. After the two incumbents re-assumed their seats, Councilman Lou Di Angelo (Director of Recreation) was nominated as Council President by Councilwoman Regina... Read more →

$7.5 Million Federal Grant for Education Jobs in Camden County

Camden, NJ— On Monday, Congressman Andrews joined Camden Mayor Dana Redd to announce a $7.5 million federal grant that will create 115 teaching jobs in Camden County. These teachers will conduct early learning programs and provide child care for 865 children between ages of 3 to 5 from low-income families. This funding comes from the Department of Health and Human Services and was awarded to the Center for Family Services’ (CFS) Head Start program. Head Start provides an education that supports cognitive, social, and emotional development in young children. The program assigns advocates to address the needs of each family in meeting their children’s goals, scheduling doctor’s and dentist’s appointments, encouraging healthy eating habits and creating a stable and healthy home environment. “Our children have an incredible capacity to learn between the ages of 6 months and 4 years, yet we still have a school system that starts them in... Read more →

CNBNEWS WEEKLY STATS Jan. 23 through Jan. 29

Weekly Stats Report: 23 Jan - 29 Jan 2012 Project: URL: data provided by Returning Visits - Based purely on a cookie, if this person is returning to your website for another visit an hour or more later First Time Visits - Based purely on a cookie, if this person has no cookie then this is considered their first time at your website. Unique Visitor - Based purely on a cookie, this is the total of the returning visits and first time visits - all your visitors. Page Load - The number of times your page has been visited. Summary Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun Total Avg Pageloads 5,030 4,385 4,775 4,471 4,047 3,721 4,130 30,559 4,366 Unique Visits 1,933 1,773 2,120 1,914 1,904 1,710 1,870 13,224 1,889 First Time Visits 1,480 1,362 1,630 1,463 1,502 1,407 1,564 10,408 1,487 Returning Visits 453 411 490... Read more →

Lady Lions Upset Lady Rams, 32-26 | GCN

By Kaitlyn Gurcik Gloucester City News January 21 was one of the most eventful days in Gloucester City so far this year, as the Lady Lions basketball team took on the Lady Rams, who are one of South Jersey Top 10 teams. But ratings do not matter when Gloucester City High School meets rival Gloucester Catholic. On Thanksgiving, the Lions football team beat the Rams on that historic day for the second year in a row. This Saturday began with the junior varsity Lady Lions taking on the Lady Rams, and it was a nail biter until the final minutes. Sophomore Latasha Sparrow got fouled after hitting a two pointer. She drilled the free throw to seal the deal, 29-26, for the Lady Lions. The day continued with the varsity game. As fate would have it, the Gloucester High varsity Lady Lions beat the Lady Rams, 32-26. Just like last... Read more →

Free Throws Help Rams Beat Lions | GCN

By Gus Ostrum Gloucester City News Before a packed house on Saturday evening, Gloucester Catholic’s boys’ basketball team held on to turn back cross-town rival Gloucester City, 39-31, in a Tri-County Conference contest. Senior Robbie Alessandrine converted all six of his foul shots in a tight fourth quarter to finish with 12 points for the Rams. Senior forward Ryan Schoppy pulled down eight rebounds and also added 12 points, including eight in the second half, to lead the Rams. Gloucester Catholic, which now owns a 9-5 overall record, won their fourth straight game. Defense was the key in the first half as the Rams raced to a 12-3 first quarter lead and did not allow the Lions (8-6) to score a basket. Gloucester Catholic held an 18-12 halftime advantage. Alessandrine proved clutch down the stretch by sinking four straight foul shots in the final 18 seconds to seal the triumph. Read more →

Obit: PAUL D. CRONMILLER, of Gloucester City, age 71

On January 28, 2012. Age 71. Of Gloucester City. Predeceased by his loving parents, Charles F.W. Cronmiller, Sr. and Mary C. Cronmiller (nee Huber). Loving father of Linda Morse (Chris). Cherished grandfather of Christine, Caleb, Emily and Jacob and great grandfather of Bailey. Dear brother of Diane, Charles, Mary, Cathy and the late Charlene. Paul proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Thursday afternoon from 1 to 2 PM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Funeral Service and Military Honors will begin at 2 PM in the funeral home. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to CHOP: 34th St. and Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19104. Attn: Child Life Department. In the memo, please write: Paul D. Cronmiller. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of Paul... Read more →


(January 30, 2012)After a massive outcry from the Second Amendment community against A588 (backdoor ammo ban) and A1013 (defacing firearms - unintended consequences), the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee "held" A588 and amended A1013 in response to gun owner concerns. The effect of holding A588 is to send it back to the drawing board for further review and amendment, and this legislation that would have opened the door to a sweeping ammunition ban will not advance in its present form. The amendments to A1013 are still under review, but it is very apparent from the actions of the Committee and the on-the-record statements made by its members that the Committee has heard honest gun owners loud and clear. We will continue to monitor these bills and dozens of others that we are watching and provide early warning of threats to our Second Amendment rights. And thank you for your... Read more →

Bellmawr Office of Emergency Management Receives $15,000 grant.

January 31, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fire Chief Jim Burleigh is announcing that the Bellmawr Office of Emergency Management has been informed that the Borough is approved to receive a $15,000 grant through a program administered by the NJ State Police Office of Emergency Management. The funds are being made available through the “EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PREPAREDNESS GRANT EXERCISE SUPPORT PROGRAM FY-10 PASS THROUGH GRANT PROGRAM”. According to Chief Burleigh the grant was provided to enable private and public sector agencies to address areas of their emergency preparedness and response programs that are in need of improvement. A local need has been identified through the efforts of the local Office of Emergency Management who coordinates periodic exercises, drills and ongoing review of preparedness response activities in the Borough. Chief Burleigh said that members of local emergency response organizations, such as the Police, Fire, EMS and various Borough Departments along with members... Read more →

Moore sparks Ramapo past Rutgers-Camden

MAHWAH, N.J. (Jan. 28, 2012) – Sophomore forward Micaela Moore (Lindenwold, NJ/Lindenwold)scored 13 points, collected eight rebounds and added four steals to power the Ramapo College women’s basketball team over Rutgers University-Camden, 64-45, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game here Saturday afternoon. Ramapo improves to 12-7 overall and 4-5 in the NJAC, while Rutgers-Camden falls to 12-8 and 2-7. The Scarlet Raptors fall to 31-17 in the all-time series against the Roadrunners. The Roadrunners scored the first four points of the game and never trailed. After Rutgers-Camden cut the gap to 4-2, Ramapo went on a 14-point run, aided by four points apiece from Moore and freshman forward Alex Milne (Howell, NJ/Howell). By halftime, the Roadrunners held a 38-20 advantage, with Moore scoring eight of those points and senior forward Lindsey Gripenburg (Bloomingdale, NJ/Butler) adding all seven of her points for the game. In addition to Moore, junior guard... Read more →

Gloucester City Board of Education Approves Change in Annual School Election |

( City Board of Education held a special meeting Monday, January 30, to discuss moving the annual school election from April to the November General Election. The vote was 8-0-1 with Pat Hagan abstaining. This was result of new recently past state law giving local authorities the choice to hold April elections or move to November. The move could have been move by any one of the following. 1. By School BOE 2. By City Council 3. By petition of registered voters SOME MAJOR CHANGES As a result of the changee new Board of Education members elected in November will be installed in January. Voters only get to vote on Budget if it exceeds 2% cap allowed by law. Related articles New Law Allow School Elections to be held in November ( Mount Ephraim Selected For NFL Play 60 Program | Gloucester City News ( Gloucester School Districts Extends Christmas... Read more →

CDC study explores role of drugs, drive-by shootings, and other crimes in gang homicides

First study on gang homicides from CDC’s unique violent death reporting system Gang homicides often occur in public and involve firearms, but are less likely to involve drugs or other crimes than generally believed by the public, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Gang homicides frequently involve youth as victims and are often retaliatory reactions to gang conflict. This report is the first to compare gang homicides with other types of homicides using city-level data from CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). This report analyzed 2003-2008 data from large cities in 17 states, and found five cities had the highest levels of gang homicides ― Los Angeles, Oklahoma City, Long Beach, Calif., Oakland, Calif., and Newark, N.J. “Violence – including gang homicides – is a significant public health problem,” said Linda C. Degutis, Dr.P.H., M.S.N., director of CDC′s National Center for... Read more →

Obituary: Karen A. Punihaole of Sicklerville NJ age 85

On January 25, 2012. Age 85. Of Sicklerville. Formerly of Voorhees Twp. Loving mother of Herman Punihaole, Lowell J. Punihaole, II, Michael G. Punihaole, Rita Punihaole, Christine Punihaole and the late Monica Punihaole and Debra Punihaole. Cherished grandmother of 13 and great-grandmother of 12. Karen was born in Munich, Germany and immigrated to the United States of America. She was a truly devout Roman Catholic who shared her faith and had a strong devotion to the Blessed Mother. Karen was a Catechism teacher in Germany and was a former parishioner of Saint Andrew the Apostle R.C. Church in Gibbsboro for many years. Relatives and Friends are kindly invited to attend Karen’s Mass of Christian Burial on Friday 11 am St. Andrew the Apostle R.C. Church: 120 United States Avenue, Gibbsboro, NJ 08026. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Berlin. There will be no public viewing nor visitation. Condolences and Memories may... Read more →

President Obama Honors 9 Catholic Teachers

January 26, 2012 President Barack Obama recognized nine Catholic teachers today as “Champions of Catholic Education.” Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented on this event as follows: President Obama’s recognition of Catholic education is much appreciated. Ironically, it is precisely because so many Catholic schools serve non-Catholics in the inner city that Catholic schools, as well as all other non-profit Catholic institutions, have been disqualified by the Obama administration from receiving a religious exemption from mandated healthcare services: Catholic institutions that hire and serve non-Catholics are considered insufficiently religious by the Obama administration and must therefore provide sterilization and contraceptive services (including abortion-inducing drugs) in their healthcare plans starting next year. Of course, Catholic institutions could qualify for a religious exemption immediately if they were to begin by discriminating against non-Catholics. But then these institutions would no longer be truly Catholic. If Obama wants to make peace with Catholics, he... Read more →

CNBNews Op-Ed: Working Without A Current Master Plan is Harmful to the City's Future

By Mike Stanton In July of 2009 the Gloucester City Combined Planning and Zoning (P&Z) board had approved a Master Plan Reexamination report. In August 2009 Mayor and Council passed a resolution adopting that same report. The report recommended the City prepare a new Master Plan “as soon as practical,” that money had been budgeted, and that work on the new Master Plan had in fact already started. Essentially, the need and intent to write a new Master Plan had been affirmed by both the Planning & Zoning Board and Mayor and Council. Progress was made on the Master Plan in 2010 but the P&Z board took no action in 2011. When asked about the Master Plan at the January 18, 2012, P&Z meeting, the Chairperson replied there was no intention to pursue the Master Plan because Mayor and Council had not made it a priority for P&Z, nor had... Read more →

Mayor Nutter, City Officals Announce New Crime Fighting Measures

(January 27, 2012)Mayor Michael A. Nutter along with District Attorney Seth Williams and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey unveiled the City’s new crime fighting measures focusing on prevention, intervention and collaboration at Strawberry Mansion High School. This strategy will link police, neighborhoods and our public and private law enforcement partners to reduce violence. “Working with our local, state and federal partners and after months of study, we have put together a series of tough measures to reduce violent crime in Philadelphia. We’re going after the criminals who carry illegal guns and we’re empowering citizens to help the police identify these domestic terrorists,” said Mayor Nutter. “We’re offering large cash rewards, using technology in new ways in the fight against crime and immediately putting more police on the streets using overtime funds.” At the announcement, Mayor Nutter and city officials outlined a series of new, specific crime fighting measures: 1. Enforcement of... Read more →

Obituary: Genevieve F. Benckert, of West Collingswood Hts. age 76

Surrounded by her loving family, On January 28, 2012. (nee Petrowski) Age 76. Of West Mrs. Genevieve Benckert, age 76 Collingswood Heights. Formerly of South Philly. Survived by her devoted husband and love of her life of 58 years, Ronald C. Benckert. Loving mother of Genevieve F. Benckert (Michael Fioretti). Cherished grandmother of Robert Mai, III, Christina Marie Fareri (Eric) and Ronald Mai. Beloved great grandmother of Julianna and Adrianna Fareri. Dear sister of Walter and John Petrowski, Dorothy Peterson and Virginia Devine. Loving aunt of George, Eileen, Kelsey and Tyler Berglund. Genevieve loved the times she spent surrounded by her loving family. She enjoyed the mummers, cooking, trips to the casino and spending time at the Jersey Shore. Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing on Wednesday morning from 10 to 11:30 AM at St. Mary’s R.C. Church: 426 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Mass of Christian Burial will... Read more →

Track & Field Academy Summer Semester for Specialist Certifications

NEW ORLEANS – The 2012 USTFCCCA Track & Field Academy Summer Semester will take place July 7–11 at Rice University in Houston, Texas. The following courses will be offered: 302. Sprint, Hurdle, and Relay Event Specialist Certification. 303. Jumping Event Specialist Certification. 304. Throwing Event Specialist Certification. 305. Endurance Event Specialist Certification. 306. Combined Event Specialist Certification. The five day program offers detailed certification granting courses that cover all issues in technical coaching of the respective event area. Topics include training theory, biomechanics, training components, design and administration, peripheral training concerns, training design, technical issues, and technical teaching. The course entails 36 hours of instructional time and training program design. Post-course online testing completes the certification process. Applicants must have a minimum of three years of formal track & field and/or cross country coaching experience in a recognized school, club or institutional setting. A maximum of 50 applicants per course... Read more →

By 2040, Greater Philadelphia to Gain Over 600,000 Residents

press release DVRPC predicts 11.4% increase in region’s population; 7% in City of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA) – The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) has released its 2040 population forecasts for the nine-county Delaware Valley region. The forecasts project that the region’s population will grow to 6.26 million by 2040, an increase of more than 600,000 from 2010. The updated forecasts incorporate the latest data from the 2010 Census and account for the ongoing economic recession. Due to the recession, DVRPC forecasts slower population growth in the near term, with an increasing rate of growth between 2020 and 2030. Chester and Gloucester counties are projected to experience the region’s greatest population increases, growing 29.8% and 30.5%, respectively. Delaware and Camden counties, home to many of the region’s older developed communities and mature suburbs, will experience the region’s slowest growth, at 2% and 2.9%, respectively. For the first time since the... Read more →

Howarth Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Armed Robbery of Heritage Store

James F. Howarth (DOB 9/6/81), of Nevada Ave., Williamstown NJ was sentenced today to 12 years in New Jersey state prison for his admitted robbery at knifepoint of a Heritage’s convenience store on North Broad St., Woodbury NJ on May 30, 2011. Howarth also was sentenced to three years in state prison for attempting to pass a forged check at a TD Bank in West Deptford on March 14, 2011. That sentence will be served concurrently with the 12-year term. He pleaded guilty to both crimes last Dec. 11 following negotiations with Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Dana Anton. In court today, Howarth made a final plea for a reduced sentence, admitting he’d spent much of his life in jail for crimes he blamed on drug addiction, but stressing tearfully that another long stretch behind bars “will institutionalize me.” Superior Court Judge Walter L. Marshall Jr. noted that Howarth had opportunities... Read more →

Borrow eBooks through Gloucester County Library’s Web

Two new services allow cardholders to check out eBooks online for their reading devices (Mullica Hill, NJ) – Gloucester County Library System cardholders may now borrow eBooks via the library’s web site at... GCLS now offers Overdrive and Freading, two services that allow cardholders to check out eBooks and download them to their home computer or transfer them to a variety of devices, including Nook, Kindle, Sony Reader, and many others. Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said that the Gloucester County Library System is always working to keep up with new technology and trends so that they can offer their patrons the best services. “Libraries are still very much the cornerstone of many communities so it is important that they are bringing programs online that allow residents to get their services they way want them. Electronic readers are hot items and it is great that GCLS has found a... Read more →

John Paff: Two new unpublished trial court OPRA opinions

The following two court opinions are not published in the law books and are not ordinarily written about in legal periodicals. Unless somebody puts them on-line and calls attention to them, they are likely not to be located by people who may want to search for them. I think that it's important that court opinions, even if they are not precedential, are easily accessible for future use. I have converted the scanned opinions to searchable text versions. This allows for easier reading and the ability to search for words and cut and paste. Links to the scans are contained within the footers to the live documents. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Terence Jones v. Paulsboro Police Department Gloucester County, Docket GLO-L-1360-11 Hon. Georgia M. Curio, A.J.S.C. January 12, 2012 Click here for the opinion. Regarding Police Use of Force Reports and surveillance video ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Tina Renna v. Union County Alliance Union County, Docket No.... Read more →

AGENCIES Needed to Sponsor Meals for Summer Nutrition

(TRENTON) – New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher today encouraged organizations to help provide nutritious meals to children in low-income areas during the summer months through the Department’s Summer Food Service Program. Begun in 1976 as an outgrowth of the National School Lunch Program, the Summer Food Service Program is designed to reach those who are age 18 or younger in economically disadvantaged areas. It also is open to people over 18 who are mentally or physically handicapped and who participate in public or nonprofit private programs established for the disabled. The federally-funded program reimburses participating organizations for meals served to children who live in areas in which at least 50 percent of the children qualify for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program. Applicants may include public or private nonprofit school food authorities, units of local, municipal, county or state governments, public or private... Read more →


Week 20 standings website related: Highland Tavern A team Standing Team Name Wins 1 DEMO A 167 2 JACKS A 166 3 TOWER A 158 4 AMERICAN LEGION POST 133 156 5 TOWER B 154 6 HIGHLAND A 151 7 HIGHLAND B 146 8 ICAC B 121 9 HOT SHOTS A 118 10 ICAC A 106 11 JACKS B 105 12 VFW 104 13 HOT SHOTS B 88 14 DEMO B 73 Related articles All Time Gloucester City High Men's Basketball Team ( Closing Of St. Mary's School Top 2011 Story | Gloucester City News ( Read more →

Gloucester City PD Crime Report for period January 19 through January 25

press release On 01/19 at 1604 it was reported that unknown suspect(s) entered an abandoned property on the 500 block of Chambers Ave and stole the copper pipes, bathroom fixtures and kitchen sink. On 01/20 at 1705 a resident of the unit block of N. Broadway reported that unknown suspect(s) forced entry into their apartment and stole cash, cellular phones and medication. On 01/20 at 1307 a resident of the 600 block of N. Brown Street reported that on 01/19 at 2000 hours unknown suspect(s) broke two windows on her vehicle and dented the driver’s side of the vehicle. On 01/20 at 0948 a resident of the 900 block of Somerset Street reported that sometime overnight two tires on her vehicle were slashed. On 01/20 at 0844 a resident of the 100 block of N. Brown Street reported that sometime overnight his 2006 Chevy van was stolen from the driveway... Read more →


press release January 27, 2012 DEPUTIES ARREST SUSPECT IN TENNESSEE Suspect May Have Been Incensed by Arpaio’s Ongoing Investigation into Legitimacy of Obama’s Birth Certificate (Phoenix, AZ) Deputies in Knoxville, Tennessee working with Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies today served a search warrant and seized computer and other evidence from the home of Adam Eugene Cox, 33, after an investigation into an internet death threat against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio came to light in October, 2011. Cox was arrested today and taken into custody on an unrelated warrant for assault and is being investigated as the prime suspect in the Arpaio death threat investigation. In that threat, Cox stated Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his family would be killed. His postings read in part: I plan to kill Arpaio first. He will be filled with a thousand bullet holes before the year is out. I promise you this. He won’t f**k... Read more →

A Byte Out of History Closing in on the Barker/Karpis Gang | FBI

01/24/12 In January 1935—77 years ago this month—more than a dozen Bureau agents surrounded a quaint two-story home on Lake Weir, Florida. Within moments, a fierce shoot-out erupted. It didn’t go well for the heavily armed criminals inside. The Bremer Investigation A total of 25 individuals were convicted in connection with the Edward Bremer kidnapping, including seven who harbored members of the Barker/Karpis gang. Six of those convicted received life sentences, and three were killed resisting arrest, including Russell Gibson, Fred Barker (above), and Kate “Ma” Barker. For more information: - Bremer case summary - Barker/Karpis Gang files For the Bureau of Investigation—just six months away from being renamed the FBI—the firefight was a continuation of a busy year of battling gangsters. In 1934, notorious public enemies like John Dillinger, “Pretty Boy” Floyd, and “Baby Face” Nelson had fallen at the hands of Bureau agents. Heading into 1935, the top... Read more →

William W. Ulbin Jr., of Jensen Beach Florida, Member of Local Union 322, GCHS Alumni Class of '70

Suddenly, on January 23, 2012. Age 59. Of Jensen Beach, FL. Formerly of Gloucester City. Cherished son of the late William W. Ulbin, Sr. and Elizabeth Ulbin (nee Schmidt). Loving brother of Daniel M. Ulbin and Ruthann Ulbin. Beloved uncle of Matthew (Jayme), Stephen and Danielle. Loving great-uncle of Natalia. Also survived by his many dear friends in Florida. Bill was a 1970 graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School where he captained the 1970 Boys Basketball State Championship Team. He received a Masters of Science Degree from American University in 1976 where he was a standout Basketball player. Bill continued at American U for two more years as a graduate assistant basketball coach. He was a 33 year member of the Pipefitters and Plumbers UA Local Union 322. Most recently Bill was Site Manager for Williams Plant Services at Palisades Nuclear Facility in Michigan. Relatives and friends are invited to... Read more →


1st - Report Cards Issued 6th – BOE Meeting – 7:30 PM Kershaw Media Center 16th – Early Dismissal & Jump Rope for Heart Pre- K/K hours AM 8:30 – 10:15 Pre- K/K hours PM 10:45 – 12:30 Grades 1-8 hours 8:30 – 12:30 17th & 20th – Schools Closed 21st - PTO Meeting 7 pm Mary Bray Media Center 24th – PTO Ice Cream Social 27th - 29th – RWK Book Fair 22nd & 23rd - Pre-School & Kindergarten Registration CALL FOR APPOINTMENT 931-7807 FOR INFORMATION Should you have a child who will be 5 years of age on or before September 30, 2012 they are eligible to be registered for Kindergarten for the 2012-2013 school year. If you have not contacted the school about registration, please do so. (Mary Bray School 931-7807 x201). Also, if you are aware of another child in the neighborhood we’d appreciate it if... Read more →

2006 YouTube Video: Gloucester City NJ Progress

Uploaded to YouTube by greggbevan on Sep 19, 2006 A look at Gloucester City, New Jersey and the progress or lack thereof of its downtown business district in the past years. The link to the above YouTube video was submitted by S. Dwek with the following remark...Where is the Gloucester City progess that was promised by the James Gang Democrats when they were running for office in 2006? Related articles The Numbers Don't Lie, Rams Moving on Up, The Guv. is Coming | ( Closing Of St. Mary's School Top 2011 Story | Gloucester City News ( Blogger Claims Police Persecution, Nj Congressman's Vacation Focus of Media ( Gloucester City Mayoral Address for 2012 ( Bucher Fills Vacant Seat On City Council ( Read more →

Philadelphia Police Searching for Jorge Aldea

UPDATE: ALDEA WAS ARRESTED IN NEW YORK JANUARY 27, 2012 Wanted: Suspect for Homicide in the 25th District January 26, 2012 On November 25, 2011, at 11:48pm, the victim was found on the 100 block of West Westmoreland Street by police suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to the hospital and later succumbed to his wounds. An arrest warrant has been issued for Jorge Aldea in this homicide. Suspect: Jorge Aldea, 23 years-of-age - Known to frequent: 3200 block of North Kip Street. 3300 block of North Mascher Street, 100 block of West Wishart Street If you see this suspect do not approach him, contact 911 immediately. To submit a tip via telephone, dial 215.686.TIPS (8477). Use this electronic form to submit a tip anonymously. If you have any information about this crime or the whereabouts of this suspect, please contact the Philadelphia Police Homicide Unit 215-686-3334,3335 Read more →

Years After Evidence of Fracking Contamination

EPA to Supply Drinking Water to Homes in Pa. Town by Abrahm Lustgarten ProPublica, Jan. 20, 2012, 2:58 p.m reprinted with permission of First, the earth around the rural town of Dimock, Pa., was cracked open as gas drillers used fracking to tap the vast energy supplies of the Marcellus Shale. Then, in April 2009, residents there lost their access to fresh drinking water. Wells turned fetid. Some blew up. Tap water caught fire. Now, nearly three years later — and after a string of lawsuits and state investigations has ushered Dimock to the forefront of the environmental debate over drilling but failed to resolve the water problem — the Environmental Protection Agency is stepping in to supply drinking water itself. On Friday, the agency announced it would bring tanks of drinking water to four homes, including that of Julie Sautner, whom ProPublica first interviewed about her water problems... Read more →


January 20, 2012 Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on today’s announcement from the Obama administration that it is going forward with its original “Obamacare” policy that mandates coverage of sterilization and contraceptive services in most healthcare plans: Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said today that aside from houses of worship, all other religious agencies and organizations will be required to provide sterilization and contraceptive services, including abortifacients, in their employee healthcare plans; none will be allowed to charge co-pays or deductibles. The policy goes into effect in August 2013 for these entities; all others will be required to provide these services in August 2012. Sebelius explained how her directive applies to non-church religious entities such as Catholic hospitals and universities: “Employers wishing to take advantage of the additional year must certify that they qualify for the delayed implementation. This additional year will allow these organizations more... Read more →

Two Posing As School Sports Boosters Arrested For Fraud

On January 26, 2012 at 9:40 AM a member of the Gloucester Township Neighborhood Watch Group reported a suspicious man and woman going door to door in the Front Street area of Glendora, attempting to collect money for the Glen Landing School Basketball League. The information provided by the Neighborhood Watch member led the responding officers to the two subjects as they were walking on Front Street carrying a home made container labeled "Glen Landing Middle School Basketball". The investigation revealed that the two suspects were not affiliated with, nor were they representatives of the school or any athletic association. The subjects had already collected $17.94 from unsuspecting households while fraudulently soliciting the money. Both suspects were arrested for Theft by Deception, Soliciting Without a Permit, and for numerous warrants. Both suspects were remanded to Camden County Jail in Default of $500.00 bail. The male suspect, Mark Miller also had... Read more →

Nuclear Power Plants Threaten Drinking Water for Over 3.2 Million New Jerseyans

New Jersey has the 5th Largest Population in the Country with Water Supplies at Risk TRENTON – The drinking water for 3,286,373 people in New Jersey could be at risk of radioactive contamination from a leak or accident at a local nuclear power plant, says a new study released today by the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group Law & Policy Center and the Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center. “The danger of nuclear power is too close to home. Here in New Jersey, the drinking water for over 3.2 million people is too close to an active nuclear power plant,” said Jen Kim, NJPIRG Advocate. “An accident like the one in Fukushima, Japan or a leak could spew cancer-causing radioactive waste into our drinking water.” The nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, Japan last year drew a spotlight on the many risks associated with nuclear power. After the disaster, airborne... Read more →

Rutgers Instructor Charged with Using University Computer to Share Videos of Child Pornography Over Internet

TRENTON – Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced that a Rutgers University instructor has been arrested on charges that he used a computer in his university office to share hundreds of videos of child pornography over the Internet. According to Director Taylor, Gavin Swiatek, 49, a biochemistry instructor on the Rutgers University Cook Campus in New Brunswick, was arrested late yesterday afternoon at his home in Hillsborough by members of the New Jersey State Police. He was charged with second-degree distribution of child pornography and fourth-degree possession of child pornography. Swiatek was lodged in the Middlesex County Jail with bail set at $50,000. He was charged as a result of an investigation by the New Jersey State Police Digital Technology Investigations Unit (DTIU) and the Division of Criminal Justice Computer Analysis & Technology Unit. “Those who view and distribute child pornography contribute to... Read more →

FBI: Human Trafficking Prevention Help Us Identify Potential Victims

01/20/12 For the young Ukrainians, it was a dream come true—the promise of well-paying jobs and free room and board in the United States. Once they arrived, however, it quickly turned into a nightmare. They were forced to endure 16-plus hour workdays, usually with no pay. Their living conditions were wretched, with up to 10 workers in often-unfurnished apartments or row houses. And they faced intimidation, threats of physical harm, or actual violence to keep them in line. Human Trafficking Myths Be aware of these enduring myths about human trafficking: Myth: Trafficking must involve the crossing of borders. Fact: Despite the use of the word “trafficking,” victims can actually be held within their own country—anti-trafficking laws don’t require that victims must have traveled from somewhere else. Myth: U.S. citizens can’t be trafficked. Fact: They can and they are. Myth: Victims know what they are getting into or have chances to... Read more →

Missing Person: Police Need Assistance in Finding Michael Witts

Endangered Missing Person from the 8th Police District January 26, 2012 (Philadelphia) On Friday, January 20, 2012, Michael Witts was last seen at approximately 3:25 pm at his residence on the 12000 block of Salina Place. Michael suffers from mental health issues and maybe operating a 1992 Tan Plymouth Sundance PA Tag# DTC-5024. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Michael Witts, please contact Northeast Detective Division at 215-686-3153 or call 911. NAME Michael Witts AGE 37 HEIGHT 5’7” WEIGHT 205 lbs EYES Brown HAIR Black He was last seen wearing dark jeans, black winter coat and a gray knit hat Related articles Philadelphia Police Need Assistance in Finding Tadeusz Bunjnowski ( Read more →

Kelly seeks information about consumer impact of data breach at

January 25, 2012 HARRISBURG - Attorney General Linda Kelly has joined with attorneys general from eight other states in seeking information about the impact on consumers of a recent hacking attack that targeted online retailer "This incident raises concerns for more than 24 million consumers across the country whose private information may have been compromised," Kelly said. "We have requested details about how the breach occurred, the number of customers affected, how and when those consumers were contacted and what security steps Zappos is taking in response to this incident." Kelly said the letter seeking information about the data breach was sent to the chief executive officer of the Nevada-based online retailer on behalf of the attorneys general from Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, North Carolina and New York, along with several other states whose laws prohibit the disclosure of investigations. "Any data breach triggers concerns about the possibility that... Read more →

"DMT" drug lab in Girard, Erie County

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Linda Kelly today announced the arrest of an Erie County man suspected of manufacturing and selling "DMT," a psychedelic drug often produced using the root of a plant from South America. Kelly identified the defendant as Lucas Andrew Youngs, age 28, of 11390 Cross Station Road, Lot 35, Girard. Kelly said that agents from the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation, Pennsylvania State Police, members of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Meth Task Force and Edinboro Police participated in a coordinated investigation to locate a DMT lab allegedly operated by Youngs. "Our joint investigations have been very effective in shutting down meth labs and cutting off the supply of synthetic drugs like 'bath salts,' forcing drug dealers and users to search for other alternatives, including DMT," Kelly said. "Today's arrest marks the first seizure of a suspected DMT lab in northwestern Pennsylvania." Kelly explained that DMT - Dimethyltryptamine... Read more →

Public Citizen to Financial Regulators:

Bank of America Poses a Grave Threat to U.S. Financial Stability, Should Be Broken Up Petition Calls on the Federal Reserve and Financial Stability Oversight Council to Reform Banking Behemoth, Create Smaller, Simpler and Safer Institutions to Guard Against Financial Crisis WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bank of America, the second-largest bank holding company in the U.S., should be broken up and reformed, Public Citizen said in a petition sent today to the Federal Reserve and the Financial Stability Oversight Council. Public Citizen also sent a separate letter to financial regulators co-signed by 19 individuals, including economists and legal scholars, and by Americans for Financial Reform, Center for Media and Democracy, Demos, National People’s Action, Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project, New Bottom Line, SAFER and U.S. Public Interest Research Group. The letter calls on regulators to investigate any threats posed by Bank of America or other large and complex financial institutions commonly... Read more →

Two Pharmacists Sentenced for Their Roles in a Scheme to Defraud Medicaid

TRENTON - Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced that two pharmacists were sentenced today for their roles in a scheme in which pharmacy owners and employees bought completed prescription forms for HIV/AIDS drugs from indigent patients so Medicaid could be billed for drugs that were never actually dispensed. Nadeem Akhtar, 52, of Upper Saddle River, was sentenced to three years of probation. Akhtar also surrendered his pharmacist license for a period of three years and will be debarred from the Medicaid program for eight years. Omar Mohammad, 34, also of Upper Saddle River, was sentenced to one year of probation. Mohammad also surrendered his pharmacist license for a period of one year and will be debarred from the Medicaid program for five years. Akhtar and Mohammad were sentenced by Superior Court Judge Martin Cronin in Essex County. The sentences were based on the defendants’ Nov. 14 guilty pleas to third-degree... Read more →

Mount Ephraim Selected For NFL Play 60 Program | Gloucester City News

By Leigh Anne Hubbs Gloucester City News Physical Education Teacher Martin Ware made a short presentation about the NFL’s Play 60 program during January’s Mount Ephraim Board of Education (BOE) meeting. He said the program encourages children to get at least 60 minutes of daily physical activity, and that the district is one of only four from the Philadelphia region chosen to participate. The six-week program will be open to students from fourth to eighth grade. The program kicked off during an afternoon assembly January 17, with help from the Philadelphia Eagles mascot “Swoop” and a few cheerleaders. For the next six weeks, students will log their activity time, and the winning gym class will visit Lincoln Financial Field for a tour. Principal Michael Hunter said the program’s goal is to promote lifelong fitness, and that this is an exciting opportunity for the students of Mt. Ephraim. Image via Wikipedia... Read more →

Letters: Fond Memories of Gloucester City NJ

I read the story a Gloucester City lady submitted to Reminisce magazine, describing her childhood in Gloucester City. Well again my memory was shaky as it was when I read the article about the Philadelphia Zoo in and edition of the Gloucester City News. The article was about three young boys Daniel Gilbert Booth, George Ledly, and myself John C. Taylor. We were close buddies from about the age of 12 until World War II separated us. Hearing stories of the New York Ship Building Corporation being unclean buried grounds initiated out first escapade. We asked a neighbor, Mr. Buchanan, a watch man at the shipyard of the fields along Broadway East of the Shipyard that were owned by the shipyard, and he said “yes.” These fields are north of Passaic Street. The three of us decide to begin at Passaic Street, work our way north. After about two weeks... Read more →

Thursdays with John Hayward: Who Is Debra Bosanek?

Warren Buffett's secretary, Debra Bosanek, is unquestionably one of the most important people in America, and her paycheck stub is one of the most significant documents in the world. The entire U.S. tax code stands on the verge of being overhauled, and a gigantic job-killing tax slapped on upper income earners, because she ostensibly pays a higher tax rate than her billionaire boss. So vital is Bosanek to the future of America that she was invited to sit in a place of honor beside the First Lady at the State of the Union address, a position usually reserved for heroes who have survived potentially deadly adventures. She was actually mentioned by President Obama in the State of the Union address. And yet, to this day, Americans do not know one single detail about the taxes or income of the woman who will become the template for our system of punitive... Read more →

Keep Your Body Moving

By Marge Keenan, Gloucester City Coordinator On Aging Now that the holidays are over and we have gained a “few” pounds, let’s get serious to lose them. First item is exercise. If you are able to walk, try walking outside for approximately 20 minutes-weather permitting. Increase your time as you progress. There is a very nice walkway in Gloucester City down at Proprietor’s Park on the waterfront, but bundle up, it can be breezy. An alternate, if you have a car, is the Deptford Mall, as it is enclosed and you can escape the cold or rainy weather. If you are not ambulatory or wheelchair-bound in your home, take a soup can in each hand and lift from adown position to your shoulders and then above your head. Reverse and repeat three times and increase as you progress. This is particularly good exercise for anyone, especially those who watch TV... Read more →

Wanted:Suspects in Homicide/Robbery of Restaurant Owner

$15,000 Reward for Information Leading to the Arrests in the Murder of Huang Xiang January 23, 2012 On Friday, January 20, 2012, at approximately 6:59 PM two unknown black males entered Jin House Take Out Restaurant, located at 4832 Longshore Avenue. The two unknown males shot the owner Huang Xiang, a 27 year old male from the 2400 Block of Mildred Street, in the chest during the course of a robbery. Huang Xiang succumbed to his injuries at the scene at 7:13 PM. The two suspects are described as black males, last seen wearing all dark clothing and possibly black ski masks. A $15,000 reward is being offered by the City of Philadelphia for information leading to the arrests and convictions of these two males. Anyone with any information is asked to call 911. ***The City of Philadelphia is offering up to a $15,000 reward for the arrest and conviction... Read more →

Lehigh Gas Looking to Redeploy Capital

Seeking buyers for 26 nonstrategic sites in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio CSP Daily News | January 20, 2012 BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Saying that the locations no longer fit with its strategic growth plans, Lehigh Gas Corp. said that its is putting 26 of its gas stations and convenience stores and one truckstop on the auction block. The Bethlehem, Pa.-based company added that it wants to sell these assets in order to redeploy the capital in other areas of its business. As reported in a Morgan Keegan/CSP Daily News Flash on Friday, the offering includes 16 stations in New Jersey, one in New York, one in Ohio and nine in Pennsylvania (including the truckstop). The locations are Stratford, Trenton (3), Lebanon, Mount Holly, Merchantville, Cherry Hill, Pennsauken (2), Turnersville, Ocean City, Mount Laurel, Long Branch, Randolph and Hazlet, NJ.; Bolivar, N.Y.; Shaker Heights, Ohio; Norristown, Malvern, Pittsburgh, Milesburg, Levittown,... Read more →

Richard Voorhees, of Palmyra

On January 22, 2012. Age 57. Of Palmyra. Formerly of Toms River. Survived by son and daughter. Services will be private. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of Richard Voorhees. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City, NJ 08030 Ph:856-456-1142 Related articles Obituary: Thomas F. Reed, of Gloucester City, Owner of Dockside Canvas, Rams Class of '59 ( Obituary: Katie Lynn Ruggiero, of Gloucester City, age 27 ( Claire T. Kain, of Gloucester City; US Army Veteran, GCHS Alumni Class of 44 ( Mary A. Law, of Gloucester City Devoted Parishioner of Saint Mary ( Joyce Mortimer, 74, of Bellmawr ( Obituary: Michael Lee "Birdman" Burdick, of Gloucester City, GHS Class of '79 Alumni ( Read more →