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March 2012

Video: Gloucester City 2002 Mummers Parade... Featuring Uptown String Band

Uploaded by MumFreak on Mar 26, 2012 2002 Gloucester City Nj Parade Uptown String Band Related articles Philadelphia: 2012 Mummers Parade Winners ( Christie Praises Gloucester City Library for its Invaluable Contributions to the Community ( CNBNEWS Tips and Snippets: Spotlight on 'Radical' John (inc. video),Thank You Joe & Public Works ( CNBNEWS TIPS AND SNIPPETS: Ouch! and A Heated Billboard Debate ( CNBNews Tips and Snippets: TownStats Available, Rams Baseball in the 'Limelight' ,... Read more →

Catholic Student Group Leaving Vanderbilt University over Controversial School Policy

NASHVILLE, TENN., March 29 (CNA) .- A Catholic student group says it will leave the Vanderbilt University campus at the end of the year over a controversial school policy which bars the group from requiring its leaders to be Catholic. “The discriminatory non-discrimination policy at Vanderbilt University has forced our hand,” Vanderbilt Catholic chaplain Father John Sims Baker said in a March 26 statement. “Our purpose has always been to share the Gospel and proudly... Read more →

Arianna Huffington: Obama Vs. Obama, Part 2: Of 'Grand Bargains' and Lost Hope

A few days before the piece came out, I made the case that the 2012 election has two tracks: Obama vs. Mitt Romney (assuming he'll be the GOP nominee) and Obama vs. Obama. This second track pits the soaring, audacious, hope-generating, change-seeking Campaigning Obama against the cautious, compromising, status-quo-maintaining Governing Obama. Campaign Obama came to Washington promising to change the way the system works, but in many instances he let himself become captive to the... Read more →

Welcome Home Sgt. Jake Newcomb

Welcome Back From Afghanistan Mantua, New Jersey Who: Sgt. Jake Newcomb When: Sunday, April 1, 2012 Time: 1:45 PM Where: Mantua VFW 8 New York Avenue Mantua, New Jersey 08051 Please come out to welcome home Sgt. Jake Newcomb from his deployment in Afghanistan. Sgt. Jake Newcomb, 27 years old, grew up in Deptford and Pitman. Graduate of Pittman High School and The College of New Jersey Joined the U.S. Army in 2005 and is... Read more →

Senator Kerry: Republicans Slanderer Me! Please Send $3 to Support Obama's Re-election

Friend -- When I was the Democratic nominee for president in one of the closest and toughest elections in history, a group of billionaires did something unprecedented: They wrote million-dollar checks to fund lies about my service on what were called "Swift Boats" in Vietnam -- and in so doing, they turned the boats my crewmates and I served on into a new political shorthand for the most vicious smears imaginable: "swiftboating." I wish like... Read more →


March 28, 2012 Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on Madonna: Even her fan base knows that she ages more like an aluminum can of beer than a vintage Cabernet. Madonna’s new CD, MDNA, isn’t breaking any records, and one of her flashy singles, “Girl Gone Wild,” didn’t make the Billboard 100; one critic, Chris Willman, even called it “the worst single she’s ever released.” He was too kind. The video of “Girl Gone Wild”... Read more →

VIDEO: Gloucester City 2002 Mummers Parade ...Featuring Woodland String Band

Uploaded to YouTube by MumFreak on Mar 26, 2012 2002 Gloucester City Nj Parade Woodland String Band Related articles Philadelphia: 2012 Mummers Parade Winners ( It took 87 years, but Woodland finally wins ( Video: Brawl ends with mummers, viewers crashing barricade ( CNBNEWS January 2012 Cheers and Jeers ( 2006 YouTube Video: Gloucester City NJ Progress ( Read more →

Obituary: Leslie J. Burton, of Camden

On March 22, 2012. Of Camden. Formerly of Lawnside and Atlantic City. Loving Sister of Glynn "Lynn" Adkins. At Leslie's request, cremation will be private. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of Leslie J. Burton. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Ph: 856-456-1142 Read more →

Gloucester Township Police Traffic Advisory

Little League Parades Saturday 3/31/12 On Saturday 3/31/12, Erial Little League and Glendora Little League will be conducting their annual opening day parades. These parades will generate several temporary road closures. Beginning at 7:45am, Erial Road will be temporarily closed between Hickstown Road and Garwood Road. Williamstown Road will be closed between Jarvis Road and Erial Road. Drivers may use Erial Road and Erial-Clementon Road to bypass the closure. The roadway is expected to be... Read more →

Chronic Stress Spawns Protein Aggregates Linked to Alzheimers

Released: 3/22/2012 2:30 PM EDT Embargo expired: 3/26/2012 3:00 PM EDT Source: University of California, San Diego Health Sciences Newswise — Repeated stress triggers the production and accumulation of insoluble tau protein aggregates inside the brain cells of mice, say researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in a new study published in the March 26 Online Early Edition of theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The aggregates are similar... Read more →

Peregrine Webcam Activated for Nesting Season

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife's Peregrine Webcam has been activated for the 2012 nesting season. Broadcasting from atop 101 Hudson St. in Jersey City since 2001, the webcam has chronicled the nesting activity of peregrine falcons in a nestbox installed the previous year (see Nestbox News at for this year's and previous years' accounts). As of this morning (3/28) four eggs have been laid and incubation is beginning. Follow the live action... Read more →

Poor Colonoscopy Prep Hides Pre-Cancerous Polyps

Released: 3/27/2012 12:30 PM EDT Source: Washington University in St. Louis Newswise — What happens on the day before a colonoscopy may be just as important as the colon-screening test itself. Gastroenterologists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that when patients don’t adequately prep for the test by cleansing their colons, doctors often can’t see potentially dangerous pre-cancerous lesions. Reporting in the journal Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the researchers say that doctors... Read more →

Healthcare: The Doomsday Vote for Democrats

Released: 3/12/2012 3:00 PM EDT Source: Dick Jones Communications Newswise — Despite the numerous votes that passed through the House of Representatives during the 111th United States Congress, health care reform may have single-handedly given Democrats a crippling blow, costing them majority control, according to a new study. “The study suggests that a yes vote on health care reform led voters to perceive their member of Congress as more ideologically distant from themselves, even after... Read more →

Obituary: Rose M. Borda, of Mount Ephraim,

Borda, Rose Marie (nee Borda), 88, of Mt. Ephraim, NJ peacefully passed away on March 24, 2012 with her loving family by her side Legacy Rose was a loving, caring and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. To her children, Rose was supportive, caring and proud of all that they accomplished throughout their lives. To her grandchildren and great grandchildren, Rose was the essence of what we all wish for in a grandmother and... Read more →

Three Things We Don’t Know About Obama’s Massive Voter Database

by Lois Beckett ProPublica, March 27, 2012, 4:48 p.m reprinted with permission of President Obama's re-election campaign isreportedly building a massive database of information about potential supporters. The database seems to bring together information about supporters gathered fromall branches of the campaign -- everything from an individual's donation records to volunteer activity to online interactions with the campaign -- aimed at allowing the campaign to personalize every interactionwith potential supporters. Interactive Features A Tangled... Read more →


Catholic faith, public witness and religious freedom in a changing public square Image Books, a division of Random House publishing, has announced the release of an original new eBook authored by Philadelphia's Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. A Heart on Fire: Catholic Witness and the Next America, will be available electronically on March 27, 2012. The eBook - an extended essay on the role of religious faith in American public life today -contrasts current pressures... Read more →

Cherry Hill Fire Dept Responds to Wind Swept Fire to Rear of Super Market

March 26, 2012 Cherry Hill Firefighters were alerted to a reported rubbish fire to the rear of the Pathmark super market in the 900 block of Church Road. As a single crew of firefighters arrived, they encountered a wind swept fire involving about 40 to 50 feet of wooden fence and the brush around it. Also on fire were a half dozen wooden pallets leaning against the building. Additional crews were asked to respond to... Read more →

Carotid Artery Stenting Found to be Safe in the Elderly

Released: 3/22/2012 8:00 AM EDT Embargo expired: 3/26/2012 12:00 PM EDT Source: Thomas Jefferson University Newswise — (CHICAGO) – Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and a multicenter team of investigators have found that carotid artery stenting (CAS) is safe and effective in patients age 70 and older. Their research showed that while the instance of adverse events (stroke, heart attack, death) increases with age in this high-risk population, in comparison to historical... Read more →

American Legion Post 68 Commander Nicholas J. DiGrosso Succumbs

Nicholas J. DiGrosso, Sr,. 79, a thirty-nine year employee of the Merchantville-Pennsauken Water Commission. Nick, the only son of Michael and Helen DiGrosso and big brother to his three sisters; died Monday with his loving family by his side. Nick first came to the commission in 1958 after serving in the Army in Korea. Having lived most of his life in Pennsauken and Merchantville, Nick attended Camden Catholic High School and Camden County Vocational School.... Read more →

VIDEO: Gloucester City 2002 Mummers Parade Featuring Avalon String Band

Uploaded on YouTube by MumFreak on Mar 26, 2012 2002 Gloucester City Nj Parade Avalon String Band Related articles Letters: Gloucester City's Celebration Committee Needs Financial Help ( Five Gloucester Catholic Baseball Players Selected by ESPSN NJ Team ( 2006 YouTube Video: Gloucester City NJ Progress ( NJ State PBA and Gloucester City PBA Issues Warning About Telemarketing ( EPA Thorium Clean-Up Continues At Ballfields | GCN ( Maybe Ice Skating on the Pier,... Read more →

Archdiocese Statement on the Resignation of School Superintendent Mary E. Rochford

With great reluctance, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announces that it has accepted the resignation of Mary E. Rochford, Superintendent of Schools. Her decision was made in order to devote time to providing physical care for members of her family unable to do so on their own. Rochford said, "It has been my privilege to serve in the ministry of Catholic education for almost forty years. A long time ago, when I was very young, a... Read more →

Obituary: James P. "Bones" Boden Jr. of Gloucester City

James P. "Bones" Boden, Jr. Gloucester City On March 14, 2012, of Gloucester City, NJ. Relatives and friends are invited to meet Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the ETHERINGTON-CRERAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Powell St., Gloucester City. Memorial Services will be held 8:00pm. In lieu of flowers the family has requested Memorial Donations in Bone's name be made to the Townsend C. Young VFW Post 3620, 27 Burlington, St., Gloucester City, NJ 08030. Read more →

Mayor Nutter and City Partners Continue “Freedom Rings” Partnership

Philadelphia, March 26, 2012 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter and the City’s partners launched a mobile KEYSPOT powered by the “Freedom Rings Partnership” site at the Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC). This mobile KEYSPOT is a tech van providing computer, internet access and training to partnering organizations that do not otherwise have access to these important tools. The opening of this KEYSPOT is one of 77 public computer centers slated for the City and providing... Read more →

Obituary: Joan D. Dunn, of Gloucester City, St. Mary's Grammar School and GCHS Alumni

Of Gloucester City, On March 26, 2012, surrounded by her daughters and granddaughter. Beloved mother of Lavinia and Jane, grandmother to Heather (Greg), Alison (Adam), GGMom to Dawson, Evan and Jillian. Wife to Ray. Sister to Rosemarie and Ann, many nieces and nephews, cousin to Tomlinson’s, Friend to Marion, and friend to many at Gorman Manor. Joan loved the beach, the garden and is a longtime fan of the Phillies. Joan loved the children and... Read more →

Obituary: John Kenney, age 68, of Williamstown, GCHS Alumni Class of 60

John J. Kenney, 68, of Williamstown on March 27, 2012. Legacy John was born in Philadelphia and raised in National Park. He was a member of the Gloucester Catholic High School Class of 1960. After high school, he enlisted in the US Navy and served aboard the USS Rowan. John was an avid reader with varying tastes. He enjoyed the stories of the saints and even a few Danielle Steel novels. Family John is survived... Read more →

Regular Chocolate Eaters Are Thinner

Released: 3/20/2012 4:00 PM EDT Embargo expired: 3/26/2012 4:00 PM EDT Source: University of California, San Diego Health Sciences Newswise — Katherine Hepburn famously said of her slim physique: “What you see before you is the result of a lifetime of chocolate.” New evidence suggests she may have been right. Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, and colleagues present new findings that may... Read more →

Dem Rep. Rush kicked off House floor for ‘hoodie’ in Trayvon Martin protest - The Hill

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) on Wednesday morning was asked to leave the House floor after removing his suit jacket to reveal a “hoodie,” then putting the hood on his head to protest the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida. “Racial profiling has to stop,” Rush said. “Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum.” Rush also put on sunglasses. The Illinois Democrat quoted the Bible while presiding officer Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) repeatedly... Read more →

Isa Guzman of Stevens Earns Shooting Touch Sabbatical

BOSTON, Mass. (March 27, 2012) – Senior Isaura Guzman (Union City, N.J.) of the Stevens Institute of Technology women’s basketball team has been named one of two worldwide recipients of a $25,000 grant from the 2012 Shooting Touch Basketball Program. This ‘Basketball Peace Corps’ “grants graduating college seniors the opportunity to travel the world and partake in a 10-month international work program using the platform of basketball to help foster education and influence positive social... Read more →


(12/P32) TRENTON - The Department of Environmental Protection today formally dedicated the Cox Hall Creek Wildlife Management Area, made possible by a Green Acres Program purchase of the former Ponderlodge Golf Course in Lower Township on the ecologically important tip of the Cape May peninsula. "The DEP has worked very closely with the local community every step of the way in the acquisition and restoration of this site, which provides critical habitat to a wide... Read more →

Gloucester City School District Remembers Nicole Ann Christison, Teacher and Friend | GCN

By Anne Forline Gloucester City News The Gloucester City Board of Education (BOE) remembered Nicole Ann Christison with a moment of silence during its meeting March 13. Nicole was a preschool teacher at Cold Springs School who passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on February 25. Cold Springs School Principal Ken Wagstaff said that Nicole’s mother, Elise, appreciated the kindness the district has shown to her. She also said that her daughter loved... Read more →

Christie Praises Gloucester City Library for its Invaluable Contributions to the Community

Dear Mrs. Elizabeth Egan, In honor of Library Lovers Month, I am pleased to recognize the Gloucester City Library for its invaluable contributions to the community. Libraries play key roles in town all throughout our state. With the advent of the Internet, libraries have also become valuable sources of information on job and career sources that can assist with positive life changes. But whether you are borrowing the latest bestseller, looking up your genealogy, attending... Read more →

Completed Revel Atlantic City Resort Marks A Turning Point

March 27, 2012 Trenton, NJ – Governor Chris Christie, joined by Revel CEO Kevin DeSanctis and hundreds of casino workers employed at the new project, today toured the now-completed $2.4 billion Revel Atlantic City that has created 5,500 permanent jobs, part of over 10,000 temporary and permanent jobs associated with its construction and operation. The newest casino and resort to join the Atlantic City skyline, Revel will have an eight-week preview opening beginning on April... Read more →

Cold Springs Honors the Memory of Preschool Teacher Nicole Ann Christison | GCN

photo by Anne Forline Gloucester City NJ- Pictured in front of one of the Giving Trees at Cold Springs School are from left: Marissa Rusk, Janice Pregartner, Olivia Carpenter and Lilly Birney. By Anne Forline Gloucester City News The faculty and staff of Cold Springs School have assembled two “Giving Trees” to remember and honor the memory of preschool teacher, Nicole Ann Christison, who passed away from ovarian cancer last month. Dee Driscoll, a literacy... Read more →

Weekly Basket: Tempest in a Teapot

Volume XVII No. 12: March 23, 2012 Every year there is a kabuki dance on Capitol Hill that churns out partisan claims and counter-claims that one party or the other is courting annihilation of our way of life. The simple, normal-sounding name for it is the budget process. Here's how it goes in 700 words or less: It starts with the President submitting in early February a request for the next year's government budget. This... Read more →


Towson, Md. Native Joins GBC Staff After Six Years at Towson University WILMINGTON, Del. – Eric Rhew has been named as the Sports Information and Communications Specialist at Goldey-Beacom College, it has been announced by Director of Athletics Chuck Hammond. Rhew joined the Goldey-Beacom College Athletics staff after nearly six years as the Assistant Director of Athletics Media Relations at Towson University. “We are thrilled with the addition of Eric to our staff,” Hammond said.... Read more →

Under Obamacare, Select Group Can Get Health Care, Not Pay for It, Not Buy Insurance, Not Pay Penalty |

( - President Barack Obama has justified the mandate in his health-care law that requires individuals to buy health insurance by arguing that it will eliminate free riders—that is, people who get health care (often from emergency rooms) but, lacking insurance, never pay anything back into the health-care system. "So that's why the individual mandate's important," Obama explained in a speech on Aug. 15, 2011. "Because the basic theory is, look, everybody here at some... Read more →

John William Francis Fanelli of Audubon, WW II Marine Veteran, Retired Letter Carrier

John William Francis Fanelli AGE: 86 • Audubon John W. Fanelli, 86, of Audubon, NJ passed away surrounded by family on March 25, 2012. He was born October 25, 1925 in Camden, NJ the son of the late Rocco and Catherine Fanelli. Beloved husband of 50 years to the late Gloria (Cipriani). Devoted father of Mark Fanelli of Deptford, NJ and Nancy (Joseph) Trucksess of Haddon Heights, NJ. Loving grandfather to Andrea (David) DiMenna of... Read more →

Obituary: ALFRED J. WYATT, of Newburgh NY, formerly of Audubon NJ

Alfred J. Wyatt, 86, of Newburgh, NY, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 19, 2012, at the Philadelphia Protestant Home in Philadelphia, PA. Upon graduating in 1943 from Northeast High School in Philadelphia, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, where he served as an aerial photographer with the 3rd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron in the South Pacific, stationed on Guam. He served as a crew member on a reconnaissance B29 named "Wild Westy's Wabbits" (F-13A-BN... Read more →

The First Debate

Kyrillos press release Senator Bob Menendez will be holding a “Twitter Town Hall” on this Wednesday, March 28th at 3:30pm to discuss the state of oil and gas prices. New Jersey’s Absentee Senator is taking to twitter because he is unwilling to defend his record face-to-face with the people he represents. Menendez has consistently opposed increased domestic production of oil and gas. He’s opposed the construction and building of new refineries. He opposed passage of... Read more →

Black and white, &c. - Jay Nordlinger - National Review Online

Every once in a while, something will happen that makes me think, “Oh, yeah — that’s why I became a conservative in the first place.” Does that ever happen to you? (Or maybe you were born one.) How sad — how wrong — to live in a black-and-white world. Of the shooting victim in Florida, Trayvon Martin, President Obama said, “You know, if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” Yeah, so? What if... Read more →

In Wild Winter, Citizen Scientists See Where and Why Birds Traveled

Released: 3/22/2012 12:15 PM EDT Source: Cornell University Newswise — When bird watchers joined this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count, they recorded the most unusual winter for birds in the count’s 15-year history. With 17.4 million bird observations on 104,000 checklists, this was the most detailed four-day snapshot ever recorded for birdlife in the U.S. and Canada. Participants reported 623 species, during Feb. 17–20, including an influx of Snowy Owls from the arctic, early-migrating Sandhill... Read more →


(12/P30) TRENTON - The Department of Environmental Protection, NJ TRANSIT, Washington Township and the Gloucester County Health Department are advising the public that fishing and all other water-related activities on Grenloch Lake are suspended until further notice while monitoring and cleanup activities related to a Jan. 12 fuel spill from a nearby NJ TRANSIT bus garage continue. Grenloch Lake Park will remain open for all other recreational activities. "While there has been significant progress in... Read more →

Mullen Manor Wins National “Community of Quality” Award

Marie Head, far right, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Multifamily Housing for HUD, presents the Community of Quality Award to Mary Anne Varesio, PRD Management’s Site Manager for Mullen Manor. Looking on are Kris Cook, President of NAHMA and Jim McGrath, PRD Management President. GLOUCESTER TWP, NJ – The National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) has recognized Mullen Manor in Gloucester Township, NJ as a winner of its 19th annual Communities of Quality Awards. The community was... Read more →

Welsbach Waste Material Was Dumped In Wetlands | GCN

By Sara Martino Gloucester City News (Editor’s note: This is the second of two articles on the EPA’s continuing Superfund Clean-Up in Gloucester City.) Waste products generated from the Welsbach factory, located just south of the area that now includes the Walt Whitman Bridge in Gloucester City, were deposited into the wetland areas during the company’s active operation from 1890 to the 1940s. Drums containing the thorium and other by-products were found years later at... Read more →

America’s Oldest and Largest Track Meet Returns

2012 Penn Relays to be proving ground for London Olympics The 118th running of the Penn Relays is set for April 26-28 at historic Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania, and many of the world’s best will be on hand as they prepare for this summer’s Olympic Games in London. The Penn Relays hosts over 22,000 high school and collegiate athletes from around the world, and routinely attracts more than 100,000 spectators at Franklin... Read more →

Christie Administration awards $2.7 million in Local Aid funding to 16 Gloucester County towns to help control property taxes

387 Municipal Aid, Local Aid Infrastructure Fund and Safe Streets to Transit grants awarded statewide (Trenton) – The Christie Administration today announced that 16 Gloucester County municipalities will share more than $2.7 million in NJDOT Local Aid grants to advance street improvement, rehabilitation and safety projects without burdening local property taxpayers. Statewide 387 Local Aid grants were awarded, totaling $78.4 million. The bulk of the Local Aid grants were awarded under the Municipal Aid program,... Read more →

Obama Is Most Anti-business President I've Ever Seen | Fox News

Our nation’s top challenge is the economy. Simply put, the economy is not producing enough jobs. We are in the midst of the longest stretch of high unemployment since the Great Depression. These jobless Americans receive an array of social services from Medicaid to unemployment to welfare. Today some half of all Americans receives government benefits and about half of Americans don’t pay federal income taxes. More jobs would mean more government tax revenue and... Read more →


Ocean Township, NJ, March 20, 2012 - Prevention First has named Domenick M. Servodio at president of its Board of Trustees for the year of 2012 - the year that marks the nonprofit agency's 45th year of service to children, families and organizations throughout Monmouth, and now Ocean, counties. Servodio is a vice president of the Government Banking Division of TD Bank in Toms River. He joined Commerce Bank in 1997 after 25 years with... Read more →


HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Game Commission and Harrisburg Stampede, the Capital City’s American Indoor Football Association franchise, today announced that fans who bring their 2011-12 Pennsylvania hunting or furtaker license to any of the remaining home games will be able to purchase a regular ticket for $5. The final four games all begin at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, April 7, April 21, April 28 and May 12; and are played in the Equine Arena at... Read more →

Who Knew? Fruit Files Get Kidney Stones Too

Released: 3/23/2012 8:25 AM EDT Source: Mayo Clinic Newswise — ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Research on kidney stones in fruit flies may hold the key to developing a treatment that could someday stop the formation of kidney stones in humans, a team from Mayo Clinic and the University of Glasgow found. They recently presented their findings at the Genetics Society of America annual meeting. VIDEO ALERT: Click here for additional video. “The kidney tubule of a... Read more →