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May 2012

Introducing Obama's Pot-Smoking Gang |

Remember when Bill Clinton said he tried pot but did not inhale? Well, you can count on Barack Obama to make no such claims. In fact, he inhaled over and over and over again. As a new biography points out, Obama had a gang of friends when he was younger, known as the Choom Gang, who would spend their days coming up with creative ways to smoke pot. In his 1995 memoir "Dreams of My... Read more →

Obituary: Tony Frye of Audubon, age 96

Tony Frye of Audubon, N.J. Tony Frye passed away on May 21, 2012. He was 96 years old. He was the beloved husband of the late Nancy Frye (nee Booth). He was the dear father of Nancy Frye Brice, Diane (Dave) Hollingshead, Joseph (Pat) Frye and Gail Capriotti; grandfather of Curtis Jentsch, Michelle and Andrea Brice, Joseph Frye, Jr., the late Richard Frye, Deana Gresham, David Hollingshead, Dawn Cumella and Anthony Buchanan. He is also... Read more →

CNBNEWS Face of Defense: Black Hawk Helicopters Land at AC International Airport

05/30/2012 03:34 PM CDT Four UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters land at Atlantic City International Airport, N.J., May 29, 2012. The crews are assigned to 1-150th Assault Helicopter Battalion, New Jersey Army National Guard. The helicopters transported civilian employers of New Jersey's Guardsmen for "Boss Lift," an event run by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. The civilian employers spent the day touring facilities and meeting soldiers and airmen. Related articles Face of Defense:... Read more →

Meandering w/ Mark Matthews: Bellmawr Concert, 5k, Election, Youth Program |

( things going on right now in Bellmawr... instead of my usual wordy self, here's some quick hits. Bellmawr Concert in The Park Up first on Thursday May 31st, is Bellmawr's First Annual "Concert in the Park". This innagural event features cover band BlackHorse and will be held at the Recreation Center (Bell and Creek Rds) from 7-9pm. The band's website lists Journey, Boston and Foreigner as some of their top covered bands. Food and... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic High School Class of 2012 to Graduate 170 Students |

Gloucester Catholic High School’s Class of 2012 will graduate 170 students during the Annual Commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 31, at St. Agnes Church in Blackwood. The Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation Ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. at St. Agnes. Earlier in the day, graduates will be honored during the Annual Senior Awards Breakfast at Auletto’s Ballroom in Almonesson starting at 9:30 a.m. Class Valedictorian Timothy Scaffidi Claudia Gallagher Class Salutatorian. Related articles Gloucester Catholic... Read more →

States Schedule Hearings on Black Drum Public Information Document

Logo of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, chartered by U.S. Government for interstate cooperation in fisheries management. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) press release May 29, 2012 Arlington, VA - The States of New Jersey, Delaware, North Carolina and the Commonwealth of Virginia have scheduled their hearings to gather public comment on the Public Information Document (PID) to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Black Drum. The PID provides the public an opportunity to submit... Read more →

President Obama: 50 years after Vietnam

In his speech at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., President Obama did more than just mark Memorial Day; he began the 50th commemoration of that conflict and those who served in one of America's longest wars. Fifty years ago, American forces stepped up operations in Vietnam. During the conflict, more than three million Americans served in the Vietnam war, and more than 58,000 American patriots gave their lives. And when U.S. forces returned... Read more →

Calvin Zaun, of Cherry Hill, Gloucester City HS Alumni Class of '47

Calvin Zaun, of Cherry Hill, the father of the American POW whose battered face became an iconic image during the Persian Gulf War, died Sunday, May 27, at the Lutheran Home nursing-care facility in Moorestown after a long illness. Mr. Zaun’s son, Jeffrey, was held captive for six weeks by Saddam Hussein’s forces in 1991. Calvin and Marjorie Zaun found their quiet lives on Whitman Avenue in Cherry Hill plunged into a media maelstrom after... Read more →

League recap: Gloucester Catholic extends undefeated streak to seven games - MaxPreps News

Gloucester Catholic Rams May 29, 2012 Gloucester Catholic (24-4, 10-0) has won seven games in a row, Tri-County - Diamond's longest active win streak. In the past week, the Rams won another four games, including a 5-0 victory over Buena and a 7-1 win over Holy Spirit. Brett Tenuto led Gloucester Catholic's offense with three hits and zero RBIs this week. Behind a 4-0 record over the past week, the Rams made the biggest jump... Read more →

Gloucester City (13) at Pennsville (5), NJSIAA Tournament, Semifinal Round -

South Jersey, Group 1 - Softball - Gloucester Times, May 29, 2012 10:12 p.m. Gloucester scored 13 unanswered runs, including 10 in the fifth inning, as the third-seeded Lions roared past No. 2 Pennsville, 13-5, in a South Jersey Group I semifinal. Maddy McClintock's three-run double capped the rally and Kate Boulden pitched 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to pace the Lions. Kassidy White scored three runs and Casey Kisielewski knocked in two... Read more →

U.S. Bishops Prepare Catholics for Civil Disobedience: ‘We May Need to Witness to the Truth by Resisting the Law’ |

( - Having organized 43 plaintiffs—including the archdioceses of New York and Washington and the University of Notre Dame—to file 12 different lawsuits against the Obama administration last Monday alleging the administration is violating the religious freedom of Catholics, the Catholic bishops of the United States are now preparing Catholics for what may be the most massive campaign of civil disobedience in this country since the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and early 1960s.... Read more →

Gloucester City’s Bond/Loan Debt Totals $30.1 Million, Landlords Lose Rental License, Et Cetera TIPS AND SNIPPETS by Bill Cleary Gloucester City Mayor and Council passed two bond ordinances at the May 24 meeting, one in the amount of $716,000 and the other in the amount of $182,000 for a total of $898,000. The money from the first bond will be used for the reconstruction and resurfacing of various streets ($175,000), replacement of windows in various municipal buildings ($70,000), to purchase a sports utility vehicle ($35,000) for the... Read more →

Mt. Ephraim BOE Disagrees On Superintendent Search

By Leigh Anne Hubbs Gloucester City News Now that Superintendent Joseph Rafferty has announced his resignation effective June 30, members of the Mount Ephraim School Board have three options in hiring a new superintendent. They are to hire a new superintendent, promote from within the school district, or enter a shared services agreement with another district. Board of Education (BOE) President Dominick Cipolone said he wanted to start searching as soon as possible, since summer... Read more →

Child Nearly Drowns In Small Pool |

press release On May 29, 2012 at approximately 10:33 the Gloucester Township Police Department responded to a residence on the unit block of Glamis Road in Gloucester Township, NJ for a report of a 1 1/2 year old girl who had drowned in an inflatable pool. The child's mother was visiting friends and several other children who were playing at the residence. Upon arrival officers found the residents performing CPR on the child, and were... Read more →

Bellmawr Students Are ‘Wonderstruck’ At History Museum | GCN

By Chris Concannon, Gloucester City News A group of fourth grade students from Bellmawr Park School enjoyed the field trip of the year when they visited the American Museum of Natural History in New York City May 2. The trip was spearheaded by teacher Carol Benedict, with full support from Principal Elizabeth Calabria and Superintendent Annette Castiglione. Their day in the Big Apple was the culmination of their reading of “Wonderstruck,” by Brian Selznick, who... Read more →

Traveling With Man’s Best Friend |

by D.J. Wilson - It’s fun to indulge in travel and discover the world from a new perspective. In today’s society it is widely acceptable to share this experience with our pets. Pet friendly vacations are not simply designed to pamper our pooches; they are about spending quality time with man’s best friend. Things used to be vastly different. While growing up, our dog accompanied us on several rustic vacations to the lake and even... Read more →


Signs along the road remember EMS members from around the country who were lost in 2012.. Once again, CHFD Paramedic Dave Milsted, the A-Group Medical Services Officer, is participating in the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride. This year's route will take Dave and nearly 100 other riders approximately 500 miles as they pedal from Boston, MA to Alexandria, VA over the course of 7 days. The CHFD will post updates from Dave as he sends... Read more →

Obituary: Mrs. Kathryn L. Rusk, age 60, of Gloucester City |

On May 24, 2012. Age 60. (nee Wrysec) Of Gloucester City. Loving mother of Donna Rusk (Richard Cook), Denise Clifford (John), Dawn Rusk (Kirk Stuart) and Debra Rusk (Richard Durbin). Cherished grandmother of Matthew Katsoris Jr., Kasey Clifford, Morgan Clifford, John Clifford Jr, Brennan Clifford, Richard Cook Jr. and Sophia Stuart. Dear sister of Marion Murray (Charles), Louie Wrysec (Elaine), Elwood Mengle (Karen), Judy Mengle (Mike), Joe Mengle (Kathy) and the late John Wrysec (Darlene).... Read more →

Catholics Could Be Decisive Vote in November

By Hillary Senour Denver, Colo., May 25, 2012 / 04:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the presidential election draws closer, political expert Brian Burch is telling Catholics that if they turn out in slightly larger numbers at the polls, they will be “the decisive vote this November.” Although some Catholics tend to shy away from the political sphere with the mindset that it is unrelated to their faith, Burch said that due to recent developments, “we... Read more →

Pentagon, CIA, White House opened up to Hollywood on bin Laden raid -

Just weeks after Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency officials warned publicly of the dangers posed by leaks about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, top officials at both agencies and at the White House granted Hollywood filmmakers unusual access to those involved in planning the raid and some of the methods they used to do it, newly released government records show. At a briefing in July 2011, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Mike Vickers... Read more →

Good News/Bad News, Poverty Rate Increases, Rams Alumni News, Et Cetera

CNBNEWS TIPS AND SNIPPETS by Bill Cleary GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS-Some flights leaving from the Philadelphia International Airport will be changing departure headings, according to Jon Collette, Airport Noise Manager. In a letter to Bob Bevan, aide to the Mayor of Gloucester City, the Manager said, “You might hear about an airspace change that is scheduled to occur on May 31. This will introduce several new departure headings over parts of New Jersey; however they are... Read more →

Face of Defense: Marines Earn Citizenship Before Deployment

By Marine Corps Cpl. Isaac Lamberth 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan, May 24, 2012 - Two Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 273 reached a turning point in their lives before deploying to Afghanistan. Marine Corps Sgt. Jose Guadarramapedraza, left, and Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jason Constable pose for a photo at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, May 16, 2012. They earned their U.S. citizenship before deploying. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Lamberth... Read more →

Weekly Basket: Profiting from Entitlements

Volume XVII No.21: May 24, 2012 As farmers finish the last of their spring plantings, lawmakers on the Agriculture Committees are scrambling to sow the seeds for costly new entitlements. Most of the programs under their jurisdiction—from payments to farmers and conservation programs, to research funding and food stamps—will soon expire, unless they are re-authorized in a new Farm Bill. But instead of leading efforts to separate the budgetary wheat from the chaff, the committees... Read more →

CHFD: Follow CHFD Paramedic on the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride (Day 5)

A honor guard greeting the riders at the Princeton Rescue Squad. Once again, CHFD Paramedic Dave Milsted, the A-Group Medical Services Officer, is participating in the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride. This year's route will take Dave and nearly 100 other riders approximately 500 miles as they pedal from Boston, MA to Alexandria, VA over the course of 7 days. The CHFD will post updates from Dave as he sends them in. Here's Dave's recap... Read more →

National Center Welcomes First Amendment Lawsuits Filed Against Contraception Mandate

May 23, 2012 Washington, DC - The National Center for Public Policy issued the following statement concerning the forty-three Catholic dioceses and organizations across the country that have announced religious liberty lawsuits against the federal government challenging the Obama administration's contraception mandate. "When the White House and HHS first put forward this mandate, we argued that it was a violation of the First Amendment. And we explained that it was a 'radical departure' from the... Read more →

K of C: Majority of Americans Support 1st Amendment Conscience Rights in Health Care

source Knights of Columbus Complete Results of Poll AMERICANS SAY RIGHTS OF RELIGIOUSLY AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS SHOULD BE PROTECTED As America’s bishops and Catholic organizations around the country file lawsuits to protect their First Amendment rights from the government’s health care mandate, a new survey finds that a significant majority of Americans support the right to opt out of providing drugs, services and procedures for religious reasons. According to the Knights of Columbus-Marist Poll, the survey... Read more →

Obama birth certificate OK by Arizona official | The Seattle Times

PHOENIX — Arizona's secretary of state said Wednesday that Hawaii's official verification of President Barack Obama's birth records meets necessary requirements, meaning the president's name will appear on Arizona's ballot in the fall. The inquiry launched recently by Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett gave official weight to a long-simmering political controversy generated by those who say that Obama was not born in the U.S. and therefore is ineligible to hold the nation's highest office.... Read more →

Ave Maria drops student health insurance over HHS mandate |

Naples, Fla., May 23, 2012 / 04:02 am (CNA).- Ave Maria University has become the second Catholic college to announce it will discontinue its student health insurance plan due to the Obama administration’s contraception mandate. In a May 21 statement, university president Jim Towey called the mandate “an affront to our core values.” “Ave Maria University will not offer or pay for health insurance plans that violate our deeply-held religious beliefs,” he said. The announcement... Read more →

Gertrude M. McFaul, age 90, of Colorado Springs, formerly of Gloucester City

On April 20, 2012 (nee Martin) of Colorado Springs, CO, formerly of Gloucester City, NJ, age 90. She was the beloved wife of the late Donald McFaul, loving mother of Mary Jane Braun and dear sister of Elizabeth Clifford. She is also survived by her dear grandson Joseph Terrazzini (Wendy), great grandchildren Deanna, Joseph, and Mia and several loving nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to meet Wednesday from 11:00 AM to 12:00... Read more →

Michael D. VanFossen Sr., Active Sacred Heart Church Member, Brooklawn Fire Dept. Volunteer

On May 23, 2012 of Gloucester City, NJ, age 51 years. He is the beloved husband of Cynthia (nee Stephen), loving father of Michael, Jr. (Laura) Katherine and John VanFossen and step father of Anthony Marden, cherished grandfather of Julia, Brielle and Liam, devoted son of Katherine (nee Keim) and the late Charles VanFossen and dear brother of Lisa VanFossen and the late Charles J. VanFossen III. Mike was born and raised in Gloucester City.... Read more →

Mrs. Gail Marie Kormann, age 58, of Gloucester City, Triton HS Class of '72 Alumni

In the care of her loving family, on May 24, 2012. Age 58. (nee Pascarello) Of Gloucester City. Loving and devoted wife of 35 years to Paul M. Kormann. Loving mother of Melissa Kormann and Philip Kormann. Cherished daughter of Martha E. Pascarello (nee Bergé) and the late Joseph E. Pascarello, Sr. Dear sister of Joseph Pascarello (Kathleen), Theresa Greene (Robert), Linda Capie (Steven) and Richard Pascarello (Paula). Gail graduated from Triton High School class... Read more →


May 23, 2012 Once again, CHFD Paramedic Dave Milsted, the A-Group Medical Services Officer, is participating in the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride. This year's route will take Dave and nearly 100 other riders approximately 500 miles as they pedal from Boston, MA to Alexandria, VA over the course of 7 days. The CHFD will post updates from Dave as he sends them in. Here's Dave's recap from Day #4: "Day 4" "The rain woke... Read more →

Corbett Improves Access to Quality Health Care through Telemedicine Initiative

May 22, 2012 Harrisburg – Committed to helping the 2.1 million Pennsylvanians covered by the Medical Assistance program, Governor Tom Corbett today announced that Pennsylvania will increase recipients’ access to specialist care by expanding coverage for telemedicine. By using proven technology, like interactive audio and video equipment, physicians and patients will now be able to connect from remote locations. This practice is commonly referred to as telemedicine and allows for two-way, real-time interactive communication between... Read more →

Disappointed in Obama, New Black Panthers openly consider 'the bullet' | The Daily Caller

The small but vocal New Black Panther Party is woefully disappointed in President Barack Obama, and is openly implying that the best way to reach its goals is no longer through “the ballot” but through “the bullet.” In the Spring edition of the New Black Panther Party (NBPP) newspaper — cover reading “The Ballot or The Bullet: which way for black people?” — NBPP Chairman Malik Zulu Shabazz breaks down the presidential election, concluding the... Read more →

Gloucester County Memorial Day Ceremony

The official Gloucester County Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at the Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Wreaths will be placed to honor fallen comrades during the hour-long ceremony that will conclude with a rifle salute and TAPS. The ceremony is open to everyone and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and arrive early. More than 500 veterans, friends and family attend this event. The ceremony is held rain or shine. Sunday, May 27th... Read more →


CAMDEN, New Jersey (May 21, 2012) - The non-profit Camden Children's Garden was selected by Whole Foods Market Regional Leadership for a Team Build to Launch Multi-Year Partnership. Through this partnership, the Camden Children's Garden will receive support for programs, gardens and projects. The Camden City Garden Club, Inc. (CCGC) is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that operates the Camden Children's Garden and is dedicated to supporting a sustainable environment through education designed for... Read more →

CHFD: Ride Along with CHFD Paramedic on the MS National Bike Ride (Day 3)

Paramedic Milsted (left) and another hold a tribute to another fallen EMS member during a stop in Long Island, NY. Once again, CHFD Paramedic Dave Milsted, the A-Group Medical Services Officer, is participating in the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride. This year's route will take Dave and nearly 100 other riders approximately 500 miles as they pedal from Boston, MA to Alexandria, VA over the course of 7 days. The CHFD will post updates from... Read more →

Archbishop Questions Pelosi’s Logic

By Pete Winn May 21, 2012 ( - Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who oversees all Catholic priests who serve as chaplains in the U.S. military, says House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defies logic in opposing a provision to the House Defense Authorization bill that protects military chaplains from being forced to violate their religious beliefs. In an interview with last Friday, Broglio challenged Pelosi, who on Thursday had called the provision “a fraud.” “I am... Read more →

Gloucester High nips Penns Grove; Face Audubon Today at 4PM |

May 23, 2012 Gloucester High School’s Melissa Mackey stepped to the forefront in Wednesday’s South Jersey Group 1 first-round game. Mackey was 3-for-4 with three runs and came up with a crucial defensive play at second for the final out in a 9-8 win over Penns Grove. Madison McClintock added two RBIs and a run. Madison Chain tossed an eight-hitter with five strikeouts for the Lions, who led 7-1 after five innings. Penns Grove rallied... Read more →

Update: Family Found/Laundromat Surveillance Video Of Boy in Washer |

This laundromat surveillance video shows the father of a little boy placing the child in a washer apparently as part of a peek- a- boo game. He then shuts door, which locked and started an automatic cycle with the child inside. The incident happened on May 11 at the Federal Laundromat, 23rd and Federal Streets in Camden City. The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office is trying to locate the family to make sure the boy is... Read more →

The Closing of the Rams Annex, Outrageous, Camden County Tax Increase

CNBNews Tips and Snippets by Bill Cleary Gloucester Catholic Moving into Grammar School-Principal John Colman has announced that Gloucester Catholic will close the Annex, (photo) Burlington and Monmouth Streets, at the end of the the current school year and move classes into the adjoining Saint Mary’s Grammar School Building, Cumberland and Sussex Sts. The grammar school was closed last year by the Diocese because of financial reason. Students will use the renovated classrooms on the... Read more →

Why America loves the Facebook fiasco - MarketWatch

The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism pointed out on Monday that the social-media behemoth’s May 18 IPO, which placed the worth of Facebook /quotes/zigman/9962609/quotes/nls/fb FB +1.00% at $105 billion, “sparked significant discussion on Twitter, blogs and Facebook itself, with more expressions of skepticism than confidence about the stock’s value.” Twitter users were the most skeptical of all, as nearly four times as many users said that Facebook was overhyped as said it... Read more →


By Jack Minor The White House is doubling down on its promotion of Obamacare, the signature administration legislation that now is being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court for its constitutionality, with a new plan to spend $20 million of taxpayer money to promote it. The news follows by just days an order from the Obama administration that insurance companies send letters to all of their policy holders praising the plan. According to a report... Read more →

Mrs. Josephine Cerrone, of Brooklawn, WW II Navy Veteran, Saint Maurice Church Altar and Rosary Society, GCHS Alumni Class of '37

Surrounded by her loving family, on May 22, 2012. Age 94. (nee Brassill) Of Brooklawn. Loving and devoted wife of 60 years to the late Anthony M. Cerrone. Predeceased by her son, James A. Cerrone. Loving mother of Patrick Cerrone (Margaret), Michael Cerrone (late Gayle) and Maureen Collins (Bernie). Dear sister of Catherine Murray (late John), the late Joseph Brassill (late Jean) and the late Alfred Brodowitz. Cherished grandmother of Jerry (Renee) and Phil Collins,... Read more →

Bellmawr School Board Hires Three Teachers

By Chris Concannon Gloucester City News Three new teachers were introduced to the School District during last week’s meeting of the Bellmawr Board of Education (BOE). Anthony Di Bartolo (Music), Lauren Di Bello (Basic Skills) and Susan Di Prinzio (Basic Skills), were unanimously approved for employment by the Board. In comments following his introduction, Mr. Di Bartolo said he had been substituting at Bell Oaks since mid-January. He is looking to build a music program... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic Honors Sports Standouts

Gloucester Catholic principal John Colman congratulates female athlete of the year Devin Dougherty. GLASSBORO – Gloucester Catholic High School honored its sports standouts with special awards during its Annual Sports Banquet on Monday, May 16, at Masso’s Catering in Glassboro. Among the honorees were: Lanny Letgzus Award: Shane Ward Tom Delengowski Award: Jason Moore Male Athlete of the Year: Elliott McCummings Female Athlete of the Year: Devin Dougherty Boy of the Year: Jake Turner Girl... Read more →

CHFD: Ride Along with the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride (day 2)


Teacher Warns Student About Speaking Badly About Obama |

Last Monday, a high school student in North Carolina engaged his social studies teacher in a heated debate about politics and the two leading presidential candidates. During the exchange, the teacher (an obvious Obama supporter) got very angry with the student and accused him of disrespecting the president. She even went so far as to tell the boy that he could be jailed for speaking ill of Obama. Sarah Campbell of the Salisbury Post first... Read more →