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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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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 &... 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... 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.... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more →

2012 Camden County Freedom Medal Recipients

Fourteen Camden County residents have been chosen to receive the 2012 edition of the Camden County Freedom Medal for their unselfish contributions to improving their community. The award, created in 2001, is presented to civic leaders who demonstrate the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Atnre Alleyne From: Camden Nominator: Joshua Lopez Mr. Alleyene is steadfast in his dedication to improve and enhance the educational opportunities for minority students. Mr. Alleyene and his wife... Read more →

Thought for the Day: Every day we get out of bed is a good day!

source unknown submitted by Howard Butch Shaffer ******************* TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU'VE EVER BEEN, YET THE YOUNGEST YOU'LL EVER BE, SO ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS. ~Going Out is good. Coming Home is better! ~You Forget names .... but it's OK because other people forgot they Even knew you !!! ~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything .... especially golf. ~The things you used to care to do, you... Read more →

Independent Women: What is the impact of ObamaCare on small businesses?

Fewer jobs. A new survey just out from the US Chamber of Commerce showed that a whopping 74% of small business owners say that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act makes it more difficult for them to hire additional employees. Thanks to ObamaCare, small businesses are now swimming in a sea of uncertainty, regulations and bureaucratic red tape. They're facing a potential $52 billion in new taxes that will be imposed on businesses as... Read more →

New Mother Delivers Daughter In Bathtub | Gloucester City News

By Albert J. Countryman Jr. A young mother had an exciting morning January 11, as she delivered her first child in the bathtub. Ashley Bell of Burlington Street in Gloucester City went into the bathroom early last Wednesday, and then realized the baby was coming, her aunt said. Calmly, she called for the father and went into the bathtub. “The parents delivered the baby before the ambulance got there,” the aunt said. “The umbilical cord... Read more →

Kevin Fahy Head Gloucester City High Basketball Coach | Gloucester City News

By Anne Forline Gloucester City News After returning from executive session January 10, the Gloucester City Board of Education (BOE) voted to suspend Kevin Hagan as Gloucester High’s head boys’ basketball coach for the rest of the season. His salary will be pro-rated from the time he served as basketball coach up until his suspension. In a subsequent motion, the BOE voted to approve Kevin Fahy as head basketball coach and Ed Malone as junior... Read more →


January 23, 2012 The announcement on January 20 by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius that religious non-profits will have to cover sterilization and contraceptive services, including some abortion-inducing drugs, is being met with growing rancor. Catholic League president Bill Donohue speaks to this issue today: Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, responded to the Obama administration’s edict by saying, “Never before has the federal government forced individuals and organizations to... Read more →

Obituary: Theresa M. Trakimas, of Gloucester City

Surrounded by her loving family, On January 22, 2012. (nee Sherrer) Age 89. Of Gloucester City. Loving wife of the late Alexander Trakimas. Predeceased by her treasured daughters Frances M. and Suzanne M., and her dear brothers and sisters. Devoted mother of Alexander Trakimas, Patricia Woodland (Richard), Joseph F. Trakimas (Jacqueline) and Ann Adams (Charles). Cherished grandmother of 8 and great grandmother of 6. Loving Mother-in-law of Barbara and Carole. Theresa was a 1939 graduate... Read more →

President Obama: Tune In and Remember to Donate

Friend -- I'm heading to Capitol Hill soon to deliver my third State of the Union address. Before I go, I want to say thanks for everything you're doing. Tonight, we set the tone for the year ahead. I'm going to lay out in concrete terms the path we need to take as a country if we want an economy that works for everyone and rewards hard work and responsibility. I'm glad to know you'll... Read more →

CNBNews Stats Jan. 16 through Jan. 22

Weekly Stats Report: 16 Jan - 22 Jan 2012 Project: URL: 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... Read more →


January 23, 2012 The Philadelphia Archdiocese was named an “unindicted co-conspirator” today by prosecutors in a case involving clergy sexual abuse. At the pretrial hearing, Assistant District Attorney Mark Cipolletti made accusations against a defrocked priest, Edward Avery, and the archdiocese. Cipolletti said “the archdiocese was supplying him [Avery] with an endless amount of victims.” Msgr. William Lynn will also face trial in March. He is charged with covering up incidents of sexual abuse for... Read more →

CNB College Sports: Payne Rookie of the Week, Duren Co-Player of the Week, Kraemer Honored

LA SALLE'S PAYNE TABBED ATLANTIC 10 ROOKIE OF THE WEEK PHILADELPHIA - Freshman Jada Payne (Hickory, NC/Hickory) earned her second Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honor of the season, announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon. Payne averaged 21.0 points and 5.5 rebounds to lead the Explorers in both contests last week. Both games saw new career highs for Payne. She netted a game-best 18 points at Charlotte on Wednesday and followed up... Read more →

1,000 Days Without a Budget |

The trailer highlights the fact that January 24, 2012 marks 1,000 days since Senate Democrats passed a budget, and that President Obama's policies have hurt job growth and made our economy worse. (click link below) The movie trailer builds on our mock movie poster released Friday and contains several helpful reminders heading into the State of the Union Address. For example: The trailer begins by reminding Americans of the downgrade to AA+ on President Obama's... Read more →

CNBNEWS Hunting and Fishing: Bobcats, NASP State Championships, Turkey Hunters

Avoid the Capture of Bobcats while Trapping Other Furbearers The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is advising the state's trapping community that if a bobcat (alive or dead) is found in a set to call 877-WARNDEP (877-927-6337). The dispatcher will notify the appropriate Endangered and Nongame Species zoologist. Although bobcats are considered a game species, they are currently classified as "Endangered" in New Jersey and are managed by the division's Endangered and Nongame Species... Read more →

Legislation Encouraging Solar Panel Use

Philadelphia, January 19, 2012 – The Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) has implemented two ordinances designed to encourage the use of solar panels systems in Philadelphia. Sponsored by Councilman Jim Kenney, the two ordinances amend the Philadelphia Building Construction and Occupancy Code to greatly reduce the costs of securing both electrical permits and building permits for solar panel systems (also known as photovoltaic systems). Licenses and Inspections Commissioner Fran Burns stated, “These changes are... Read more →