NEWS, SPORTS, COMMENTARY, POLITICS for Gloucester City and the Surrounding Areas of South Jersey and Philadelphia

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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 over areas southeast and southwest of the airport (Gloucester County). There are no new headings planned to go over Gloucester City.”


NEW JERSEY POVERTY RATE INCREASES-A record 885,0000 people in the state, nearly 300,000 of them children, lived below the poverty line, say authors of an analysis by the Legal Services of New Jersey Poverty Research Institute in Edison, which is based on the most recent numbers available.

Overall, the poverty rate increased from 8.7 percent in 2008 to 9.4 percent in 2009, and finally to 10.3 percent in 2010. (By comparison, the percentage of Pennsylvanians living in poverty jumped from 11.6 in 2007 to 13.4 percent in 2010, according to the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center.)

The report offers a portrait of a New Jersey devastated by recession and unemployment, particularly among adults aged 18 to 24, whose jobless rate was nearly 15 percent, compared with 9 percent for all adults in the state. More than half the total unemployed population of New Jersey had been out of work for more than six months.

In addition, it shows that one-eighth of New Jersey households - about 380,000 - had difficulty at some time between 2008 and 2010 providing enough food for family members because of lack of resources. It was the highest level in 12 years.

The median household income in the state fell for the second straight year in 2010, according to the findings: from $71,764 in 2008; to $69,571 in 2009; to $67,681 in 2010 - its lowest point in six years.

Ram Alumni News-Gloucester Catholic alumnus and cross country coach Jack Heath is writing a book about his mentor; two-time Olympian Browning Ross, himself a former Ram coach. Jack is hoping that some Gloucester Catholic alumni will share newspaper clippings, photographs, and memories for his book on the legendary coach. Contact Jack at [email protected] 

Father Sullivan Annual Golf Tournament is set for Monday, June 11 at the Pitman Golf Club. Registration begins at 12 noon. Profit from the event helps to fund the Alumni scholarship and the Athletic Department. Contact Pat Moughan 609-970-1822 or [email protected]

The February 2012 South Jersey Magazine lists Rams alumna as a “Reader’s Choice” Top Doc for Children in the region. Nicole is a board certified pediatrician at Cooper University Hospital and works in the newborn nursery and general pediatric floor at the Children’s Regional Hospital. ~source Ramblings spring 2012 edition


ET CETERA- The City of Gloucester City received a $211,500 grant from the NJ Department of Transportation to be used for the repaving of Monmouth Street. The City also received a $16,740 Clean Communities Grant from the state DEP for participating in the NJ recycling P1070291program. The state’s Division of Traffic Safety awarded the City a $4,000 grant for the Click It or Ticket campaign.




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