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I just read the article from Ken Doyle about not being able to fish from Freedom Pier. Now I don't know how other Gloucester CITY residents feel, but no fishing is just not right. We have two, what used to be nice piers, and Gloucester City cannot take care of them? These areas are not that old. Come on, how does the city expect people to come here to live if the two places that should offer some type recreation for free to the residents, especially senior citizens, cannot be taken care of? There have been so many promises about... Read more →

Could ObamaCare Make The Uninsured Problem Worse?

from Investors Business Daily – John Merline - When President Obama was selling health reform, he often talked about providing universal coverage. But a Congressional Budget Office report out this week finds that goal getting more elusive. The report found that despite ObamaCare’s $1.2 trillion price tag, it would only cut the ranks of the uninsured in half, leaving 30 million without coverage. That’s seven million more uninsured than the CBO first projected in March 2010. The latest downgrade comes in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling, which gave states the freedom to reject ObamaCare’s massive expansion of Medicaid.... Read more →

Senator Weinberg Response to Reverend Torres

Dear Reverend Torres, I appreciate your input. If you have any information to back up your claims of corruption in the mayor's office, I think you should ask for a meeting with the U.S. Attorney. Loretta Weinberg Senator, District 37 Related articles John Paff: Regarding Senator Loretta Weinberg Comments on Filing of OPMA Lawsuits Sen. Weinberg proposes temporary Meadowlands casino for 2014 Super Bowl PolitiFact N.J.: Loretta Weinberg incorrectly says PolitiFact listed Scott Walker, Chris Christie among most untruthful governors Letters: Hug a tree and starve Letter to the Editor: Camden Activist Ulysis Delgado continues protest Letters to the Editor:... Read more →

Letter to the Editor: Enjoyed the Growing Up Gloucester Article

Bill What a nice human interest article. It was especially interesting for me me since (1) Walt Butler and I developed the playing rules (everyone plays a quarter etc), I coached Orlando's (a few of my players were Stan Booth, Bob Weichman, Franny Hass, Jake Miller etc., Also both my sons (Tom & Scott) played in the league with other teams, and I later refereed high school and college basketball with Alan's dad Sam (Mester). Hal Merritt and Franny Powers two excellent high school basketball referees donated their time each weeks in working the games bro bono.. The league was... Read more →

Gloucester City News Headlines for August 2 issue

Gloucester City Council To Ban Fishing At Freedom Pier SUV Hits Pole And Snaps In Half; Two People Hurt Gloucester City School Board Welcomes Superintendent Joseph Rafferty Bellmawr CPR Student Saves Victim Choking In Restaurant RELATED TOPIC: cnbnews Weekly Poll Should Fishing be Banned at Freedom Pier, Gloucester City NJ YES 19.67% (24 votes) NO 80.33% (98 votes) Total Votes: 122 Cast your vote above, right hand column Related articles Another Traffic Accident on Nicholson Road | Change on the Horizon for Post Offices in the South Jersey Area | Breaking News: Gloucester City School Supintendent's Contract Will... Read more →

Teams have responded to more than 100 fires in the first 25 days of July

Between July 1 and July 25, Tulsa Red Cross Disaster Action Teams have answered the call for fire assistance more than 100 times. That’s 25 percent more than last year’s annual average of 2.8 disaster responses per day. Since Sunday alone, the Tulsa Red Cross has responded to 16 home fires and provided more than $10,000 in financial assistance for shelter, food and clothing to 24 families who have suffered fire-related losses. During the same five days, area fire departments, police departments and emergency managers have called upon the Red Cross to provide critical canteen services for emergency responders on... Read more →

CNBNEWS Hunting and Fishing: Big Game Scoring

2012 BIG GAME SCORING PROGRAM BOOK AVAILABLE HARRISBURG – Copies of the 2012 Pennsylvania Big Game Records are available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission online at The Outdoor Shop,, or call 1-888-888-3459, or mail your remittance to: PA Game Commission, Dept. MS, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797. Over the counter sales cost $5, which includes sales tax; mailed copies are $6.25, which includes shipping and handling costs. For additional information, contact Pennsylvania Big Game Records Program Coordinator Bob D’Angelo at the Game Commission Harrisburg headquarters ([email protected]). “Hunters who follow Pennsylvania’s Big Game Scoring Program will find it interesting... Read more →

Camden County Library System Would Like Your Opinion

VOORHEES, NJ – July 30, 2012 – The Camden County Library System is seeking input from its customers and the public in general about how it meets their needs and what it should do in the future. The survey is part of the library’s strategic planning as it considers what to keep and what to change for the next five years in terms of programs, services and materials. “Circulation of our materials, visits to the library and the number of people attending our program events at all eight branches have been consistently rising over the years, so we know that... Read more →


We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Gloucester City Fire Department for marching in our 4th of July parade and taking part in our ceremonies honoring Jim, John & Tommy at the Sylvester, West memorial. We would also like to thank the Bellmawr Fire Department along with other organizations and individuals who took the time in placing wreaths, flowers or other symbols of remembrance at the Memorial at King’s Hwy and Station Avenue. Ever since the monument was dedicated in December of 2007, the Fire Department has been stopping at the site during the 4th of... Read more →

New Jersey Citizen Action Releases Report

Showing Impact to New Jersey Residents of Ending Bush Tax Cuts for Richest 2% of Americans Wealthy Few Would Still Reap Significant Tax Breaks Highland Park, NJ – If the U.S. House of Representatives passes the Republican plan this week to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for one year for the richest 2 percent of households making over $250,000, the wealthiest 5 percent of New Jersey taxpayers in that income group could get a disproportionate 45.7 percent of the total tax breaks in their state. They’re average tax cut would be about $27,000. In contrast, if Congress passed President Obama’s... Read more →

The tank that could not be stopped

source Introducing our editorial cartoonist, Rob Tornoe The Army is in a battle to save $3 billion by halting work on the military’s premier M1 Abrams tank. Congress so far has blocked the Army’s proposal, in a move led by lawmakers that have received millions of dollars in campaign donations by the tank’s manufacturer, General Dynamics. A deep analysis of spending and lobbying records by the Center for Public Integrity revealed that sharp spikes in the company’s donations - including a two-week period in 2011 when its employees and political action committee sent the lawmakers checks for their campaigns... Read more →

CNBNEWS Video: A Nice Day in Gloucester City NJ

On a sunny day in July CNBNews took a ride through Gloucester City stopping along the way at the Lane and Thompson Avenues Playground, the Community Garden at Market and Atlantic Streets, the new baseball fields on Johnson Blvd, (at the Billy Flynn Sports Complex), the new City Water Plant. Also shown are the Little League Fields being rebuilt, Johnson Blvd and Nicholson Road, the Martins Lake Playground and the Johnson Blvd. Jogging Track. RELATED: CNBNEWS CATEGORY FILM RELATED: CNBNEWS POINT OF VIEW related: ClearysNoteBook YouTube Channel CNBNEWS TIPS AND SNIPPETS Background music: Cherry Bomb, John Mellencamp and Bill Pinkley,... Read more →

U.S. Bridges Built by Chinese With Our Tax Dollars | AMAC, Inc.

In an ABC News investigative report on the rebuilding of American infrastructure, it was learned that three major bridge projects in the U.S. were awarded to Chinese government owned construction firms, rather than U.S. companies. ABC reported that each project — the Alexander Hamilton Bridge in New York, a new bridge connecting San Francisco to Oakland and a bridge in Alaska — were all awarded to Chinese government construction companies using Chinese workers to build the projects. The clip shows President Barack Hussein Obama addressing a crowd of his supporters with the Alexander Hamilton Bridge in the background. “Help us... Read more →

Obituary: David Edward Barger, Sr. "Bird" of Thorofare and National Park

David Edward Barger, Sr. "Bird" of Thorofare and National Park on July 27, 2012. Age 52 years. A good hearted, people pleaser, Bird loved life. Every morning he would begin the day at Heritage's with his coffee club friends and then would head to Beach Hill. Christmas was his favorite time of the year and enjoyed get togethers with his family. He loved spending time at the shore; especially when he was fishing and crabbing and also loved to go camping and four wheeling in the mountains. He was a volunteer member of the National Park Fire Department for 12... Read more →

Obituary: SNYDER Grace S., age 70 of Gloucester Heights NJ

On July 27, 2012. (nee Jackson) Age 70. Of Gloucester Heights. Loving wife of 24 years to the late Leroy J. Snyder. In the loving care of her devoted children: Kevin (Dina) Snyder of Mount Ephraim, Brian L. Snyder, Sr. (Rebecca) of Gloucester Heights and Scott Snyder of Gloucester Heights. Beloved Sister of Theodore (Betty) Jackson of Pennsauken, William (Donna) Jackson of Haddon Heights, Joseph (Patricia) Jackson of West Deptford, Ruth Jackson of Gloucester Heights and the late John Jackson (surviving wife Nancy) of Deptford. Cherished grandmother of Megan, Emily, Brian L. Snyder, Jr., Jessica and Natalie. Survived by many... Read more →


Webcast planned for public drawing of elk licenses HARRISBURG – Hunters looking to participate in this year’s Pennsylvania elk season have until Aug. 26 to submit an application through the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS). This can be done at any issuing agent or through the “Enter Elk Drawing” icon in the center of the agency’s homepage ( Applicants must pay a $10.70 non-refundable application fee to be included in the drawing. Details on the elk season and drawing are available on pages 86-88 of the 2012-13 Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping Digest, which is provided to license... Read more →

Struggling Veteran Gets Help, Secures Job

By Terri Moon Cronk American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, July 27, 2012 - When Corey Wynn was struggling with a lengthy job search and a bout with unemployment, a group of veterans' organizations helped him in a variety of ways. Corey Wynn struggled after he left the military, but got help through the Labor Department's Gold Card Initiative. Labor Department photo Wynn, an Alabama Army National Guardsman from Stevensville, Ala., was a military policeman in Iraq from 2009-2010. Once he came home from active duty, he worked at a string of odd jobs, but none lasted very long, and he... Read more →

Camden County Weekly News released July 27th

Reconstruction of Broadway Bridge in Gloucester City The Camden County Department of Public Works is in the process of reconstructing the Broadway Bridge connecting Gloucester City and Brooklawn. The $4,154,144.00 project includes the demolition of the existing structure and construction of a new bridge including new abutments, bridge span, decking and parapets. The project also features new bridge approaches, new pedestrian sidewalks, new guide rails, traffic striping and roadway markings. Phases of the project require detours from south of Jersey Avenue and Broadway (DR 551) in Gloucester City to north of Chestnut Street and New Broadway (DR 551) in Brooklawn.... Read more →

Legion State Baseball Tournament Results: Four District Winners are Lyndhurst, Flemington, Brooklawn Red, West Deptford |

The Tournament is a "Double Elimination" Tournament - Two Loses and a Team is eliminated from the Tournament. Each District will produce a Winner and a Runner Up who will go on to the Final 8 at the State Finals tobe held at Mercer County Park starting Tuesday, July 31. In District 1 at " Gardner Field" in Denville Jul 24/Tue 3:00 PM Game 1 West Essex Knights 4 vs Parsippany 249 3 DH Game 2 Park Ridge 153 5 vs Mt Morris 15 Jul 25/Wed 3:00 PM Game 3 Livingston 201 2 vs Lyndhurst 139 4 DH Game 4... Read more →

Motion Sensing Security Lights Recalled |

by HeathCo due to Electrical Shock Hazard Sold Exclusively at Home Depot WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. Name of product: Motion Security Lights Units: About 7,800 Manufacturer: HeathCo LLC, of Bowling Green, Ky. Hazard: Internal wiring can be damaged during installation, bulb replacement or adjustment, posing an electric shock hazard. Incidents/Injuries: None reported. Description: This recall... Read more →

CNBNews Weekly Poll: Should Fishing Be Banned at Freedom Pier?

BY BILL CLEARY ( City Council introduced an Ordinance on First Proprietor's Park Walkway Gloucester City NJ reading July 28 that forbids fishing at Freedom Pier, King and Cumberland Streets. The site is the future home of the proposed Otts Restaurant. The new law came about because of a few fishermen who are trashing the area which is located at the former Coast Guard Base on the Delaware River. Trash is also a problem at the nearby Proprietor’s Park Fishing Pier but that pier will remain open. Second reading and final adoption of the new law is scheduled for August... Read more →

Face of Defense: Marine Boxer Fights for Olympic Gold

By Gary Sheftick Army News Service LONDON, July 27, 2012 – After leading the U.S. boxing team in warm-ups yesterday, Marine Corps Sgt. Jamel Herring demonstrated the unique style and speed that may earn him an Olympic medal. Marine Corps Sgt. Jamel Herring raises his arms in victory after a hard-fought contest against Air Force Senior Airman Adan Hassan at the 2012 Armed Forces Boxing Championships at Paige Fieldhouse on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 3, 2012. Herring now is in London to represent the United States at the Olympic boxing competitions. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc.... Read more →

A new way to keep Camden County clean and green

Seal of Camden County, New Jersey (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Freeholder Board would like your assistance in making Camden County a better place to live. We have instituted a new interactive program through our Department of Public Works to address areas of concern throughout our 400 miles of highway. Residents are our best eyes on roadways as we endeavor to address problems with weeds, potholes, trash and line striping in our roadway network from the Delaware River to the County line. We invite you to visit or call the Highway Department at (856) 566-2980 to report an issue. Within... Read more →

American Legion 2012 State Baseball Tournament Results as of July 27

In District 3 at "Mercer County Park" (2 Fields) Jul 24/Tue 4:00 PM Game 1 So. Amboy 62 7 vs Brooklawn "Blue" 72 17 4:00 PM Game 2 Brooklawn "Red" 72 6 vs West Windsor Plainsboro 0 Jul 25/Wed 4:00 PM Game 3 Wharton 91 10 vs No. Warren 258 11 4:00 PM Game 4 Hopewell 339 5 vs Mt Laurel 8 Jul 26/Thu 4:00 PM Game 5 So. Amboy 62 4 (Out) vs West Windsor Plainsboro 6 4:00 PM Game 6 Brooklawn "Blue" 72 5 vs Brooklawn "Red" 72 12 Jul 27/Fri 4:00 PM Game 7 Wharton 91 9... Read more →

Olympic Cross aims to foster faith during games |

Cropped transparent version of Image:Olympic flag.svg (Photo credit: Wikipedia) LONDON, ENGLAND, July 26 (CNA/EWTN News) .- Catholics in England have created an Olympic Cross to help reach out to Olympians and attendees of the 2012 Olympic Games. “We wanted to create a keepsake that symbolizes everything the games truly represent, something we could then pass on to future Olympic host nations,” explained James Parker, Catholic Executive Coordinator for the 2012 Games. “As Christians our lives mean nothing without the Cross and so this seemed to be the most suitable object to commission for ourselves and as a future gift to... Read more →

Growing Up Gloucester : VFW Post 3620 Carmen Palmiero League the Year 1955 |

photo submitted by ALAN MESTER GLOUCESTER CITY, NEW JERSEY-The 1955 VFW Post 3620 team, age 10-12 year olds, playing in the Carmen Palmeiro League. Back Row:Mr. Hoover, ? McKeever, Jack Brandt, Albert Miller, Bill Rettig, Toby Frymire, Alan Mester, Wayne Ives, George Dolbow Front Row: Mr McKinney, Billy Cleary, Bobby McKinney, ? Smith, ? Krueger, ? Hoover, Jim Barrett, Mr. Martin. Check out the new white sneakers on yours truly. I was 11-years-old at the time. My basketball career was short lived. I got a sore butt from sitting on the bench. Notice too, I looked malnurish. The Cleary family... Read more →

CAGW Names Reps. Lucas & Peterson Porkers of the Month

Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) its July 2012 Porkers of the Month for sponsoring the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (FARRM). Like its counterpart in the Senate, FARRM is a massive waste of taxpayer dollars at a time of record profits for farmers, maintains the command-and-control system that has been in place for decades, and falls far short of the $180 billion in savings for the Farm Bill that was included in the House-passed budget resolution. The bill would reduce... Read more →

Down the Shore: Atlantic City 3rd Most Popular Destination |

press release Atlantic City was the third most popular destination for Memorial Day Weekend searches on the travel site, according to an article on Huffington Post, based on online searches for hotels in Atlantic City. Those searches apparently translated into actual visitors, as hotels, restaurants, retail and entertainment all experienced an outstanding Memorial Day weekend, according to reports from many local merchants. The long awaited "official" opening of Revel over the Memorial Day Weekend featured four sold-out performances at the 5,500 seat Ovation Theater for Beyonce'. Attendees included First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha, and NJ... Read more →

John Paff: Local Government Ethics Law enforcement in New Jersey

The majority of New Jersey counties and the vast majority of New Jersey municipalities have not created their own local ethics boards. In those counties and municipalities, the Local Government Ethics Law, which prohibits certain types of financial dealings by local government officials and their families, is enforced by theLocal Finance Board (LFB) within the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. (A list of the counties and municipalities that have established their own ethics boards is here.) Over the years, I have put some effort into tracking the cases that the LFB handles. This endeavor is more complicated than it... Read more →

Postal Service on the Brink of Bankruptcy |

CCAGW Calls for Congress to Deliver on Postal Service (Washington, D.C.) – Today, in response to the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) announcement that it will default on its future retiree health benefit payment due August 1, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) again slammed Congress for failing to enact a meaningful set of structural reforms that would improve USPS’s fiscal health. The Postal Service, which lost $8.5 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2010, $5.1 billion in FY 2011, and $3.3 billion in the first quarter of FY 2012, is literally on the brink of financial ruin and,... Read more →

Diocese of Camden - Summer in the City - down the shore teen service project

Youth from six counties in the Diocese of Camden will trade fun in the sun for service at the shore as part of the Summer in the City service project sponsored by the Office Lifelong Faith Formation – Youth Ministries. Beginning Aug. 5 through Aug. 11, the week-long community service project provides high school teenagers the opportunity to volunteer at various work sites in Atlantic City including Catholic Charities, The Rescue Mission, Jean Webster’s Kitchen, Atlantic County Food Bank, and Villa Raffaella. Lodging will be provided at Holy Trinity Parish, St. James Church, in Ventnor. “This week of service, spirituality,... Read more →

Pennsylvania Appeals New Marcellus Shale Law

July 27, 2012 Governor Corbett Appeals Commonwealth Court Decision on New Marcellus Shale Law Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today announced that the state has appealed to the state Supreme Court yesterday’s Commonwealth Court split decision which set aside key provisions of the state's new Marcellus Shale law. “The provisions struck down by the Commonwealth Court are critically important for job creators who are employing more than 240,000 Pennsylvanians, for landowners seeking to exercise their property rights, and for local governments looking for guidance on how they may reasonably regulate oil and gas operations,” Corbett said. “The provisions are also... Read more →

“Mean and Nasty” Red Cross Volunteer Helps in Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. – Norma Pilkington is a legend. She’s too humble to say it, but her fellow Red Cross volunteers quickly reach for the word when describing the 84-year-old great, great grandmother from Bloomington, Ill. The organization is famous for its volunteers, so what makes this lady, who introduces herself as “Mean and nasty,” stand out? Well, to start with, the Montana fire relief effort marks the 92nd time Pilkington has left her loved ones to help others following a disaster. Since her first relief operation, a flood response in 1996, Pilkington has averaged nearly six deployments a year and... Read more →

Down the Shore: Audubon Society Continuing Invasive Plant Control in West Cape May

press release WEST CAPE MAY - Mayor Pam Kaithern announced The Borough of West Cape May has received notification from Suzanne Treyger, Stewardship Project Coordinator for the New Jersey Audubon Society of continuation of Invasive plant control underway on private property along Elmira Street near Cape Island Creek. This project is now in its second year of controlling kudzu, porcelain berry, and Japanese knotweed using an integrated vegetation management strategy over several years. This involves chemical, mechanical, and manual control methods to effectively control these invasive plants. When progress is observed in the next year or two, NJ Audubon plans... Read more →

Special Report: Remembering the Korean War

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, July 27, 2012 - The Korean War began June 25, 1950, with the North Korean army's invasion of South Korea, and officially ended July 27, 1953 – a day now officially recognized as Armistice Day. The signing marked the end of the longest negotiated armistice in history: 158 meetings spread over two years and 17 days. At 10 a.m. that day, in Panmunjom, 18 official copies of the tri-language Korean Armistice Agreement were signed. An American Forces Press Service special report at back at the Korean War. Read more →

FSU coach Fisher bans Twitter -

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State’s football coach has told his players they can’t use their Twitter accounts for the rest of the year. Jimbo Fisher’s move came after some players tweeted objectionable material on their Twitter sites in recent weeks, including one that quoted rap lyrics about killing police officers. The third-year Seminole coach wants his players to be as focused as possible and believes that social media can be a distraction, especially during the season. Many players shut down their participation on Twitter last year after an early three-game losing streak wiped out their championship hopes. Florida State is... Read more →

Obituary: LANEADER Agnes C. “Dook”, age 76, of Gloucester City

On July 25, 2012. Age 76. (nee Prepsel) Of Gloucester City. Loving wife of 58 years to John Laneader. Loving mother of John A. Laneader (Gwendolyn) and the late Mark F. Laneader. Cherished grandmother of John A. Jr. (Christina), Laura Lynn, Elizabeth Ann, Dana and Chase and great grandmother of John A. III, Andrew, Alexis and Arianna. Dear sister of Frank Prepsel (Shirley). Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Church and burial in New St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to St. Mary’s Church: 426 Monmouth St., Gloucester City,... Read more →

Consumer Alert Regarding Medications Purchased at CVS

NEWARK – The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs today issued a Consumer Alert noting that medication and other products, purchased at CVS/pharmacies in Clark and Scotch Plains, may have been exposed to elevated temperatures. Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any other form of consumer abuse, can file a complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey ) or 973-504-6200. Follow the Division of Consumer Affairs on Facebook, and check our online calendar of upcoming Consumer Outreach events.... Read more →

Weasel Zippers: UN Backs Away from Gun Ban...for now

From the Foreign Policy Blog The United States upended a major international treaty negotiation, telling foreign delegates at the final session today that they needed more time to consider the pact. Some diplomats said that Washington is seeking another six months, pushing off any decision on the politically sensitive treaty until after the U.S. election. Russia, Indonesia, and India also asked for more time. Today the U.S. did not grab the golden ring: an international arms treaty that would have bolstered our country’s reputation as a elader on human rights,” said Scott Stedjman, senior policy advisor for Oxfam. “Moving forward,... Read more →


HARRISBURG – Early Canada goose and dove hunters take to the fields of Penn’s Woods on Sept. 1, as part of Pennsylvania’s 2012-13 migratory bird seasons announced today by Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe. Dove hunters will have the opportunity to participate in a triple-split season. The first season runs Sept. 1-29, and hunting will start at noon and close at sunset daily. The second and third splits will be Oct. 27-Nov. 24, and Dec. 26-Jan 5, with hunting hours a half-hour before sunrise until sunset. In all three seasons, the daily bag limit will be 15,... Read more →


Plaza to be finished by September 11th, 2012; features I-beam from World Trade Center (Avalon, NJ)—The Borough of Avalon has created a donation program that will support the construction of the Borough’s new September 11th Memorial Plaza that is currently being constructed at Veterans Plaza at 21st Street and Dune Drive. The Memorial Plaza will feature a 9’11” tall steel beam that was salvaged from the World Trade Center in New York City. “We have experienced a very high level of interest from individuals and businesses who want to support this very honorable and reflective memorial plaza in Avalon”, said... Read more →


HIDDEN GEMS OF NEW JERSEY'S PARK SYSTEM: (July 25, 2012)TRENTON - Island Beach State Park is one of New Jersey's most popular parks, a picturesque strand of coastline visited by a million people each year. A vast majority visit in the summer, drawn to beaches that offer a more natural experience than can be experienced anywhere in New Jersey. Yet there is an even wilder side to Island Beach - surf fishing for stripers at sunrise, intimate kayak explorations of Sedge Island on Barnegat Bay, crabbing and clamming along quiet coves, tiny shorebirds searching for morsels along the surf line,... Read more →

OBITUARY: HENRY Geraldine D., of Haddon Twp. age 93

On July 25, 2012. Age 93. (nee Dauer) Of Haddon Township. Loving wife of 56 years to the late Daniel J. Henry. Loving mother of Geraldine Henry Morrison (Stan) of Scotch Plains, NJ and Jacqueline Henry Bull (Michael) of Haddon Township. Dear Grandmother of Patrick McDonald (Beth) of Exton, PA, Kevin McDonald of South Plainfield, NJ, Timothy (Erin) McDonald of Scottsdale, Arizona and Meghan McDonald of Boston, MA. Survived by her great grandson Sean McDonald of Exton, PA and great-granddaughter Caroline McDonald of Exton, PA. Predeceased by her son-in-law John P. McDonald. Geraldine graduated from Haddonfield Memorial High School in... Read more →

Kyrillos Announces Comprehensive Jobs Plan

Trenton, July 26 2012… A little less than two months ago, Senator Joe Kyrillos announced that he was embarking on a statewide jobs tour. After 41 months of over 8 percent unemployment, and 20 million people unemployed or underemployed, Kyrillos wanted to hear directly from the job creators themselves the challenges they face. Kyrillos toured 19 businesses of all sizes and types from Sussex to Cape May Counties and one message became abundantly clear: the policies coming out of Washington from politicians like Senator Bob Menendez are making things worse. “Americans are struggling through the weakest economic recovery since the... Read more →

American exorcist-in-training shares his experience

By David Kerr Rome, Italy, Jul 25, 2012 / 04:03 am (CNA).- “I never thought I’d end up doing this, no,” admits the middle-aged priest whose unexpected path to becoming an exorcist began while saying one of his first Masses after he was ordained 15 years ago. “At the moment of consecration of the precious blood I asked the Lord to shower his blood upon the youth and to help any young men who may have a vocation to the priesthood.” The instant reaction of one 13-year old boy shocked the young priest, “he fell backwards and started growling. And... Read more →

Freeholders working to Preserve Open Space in Swedesboro, Clayton and Monroe – Farmland in East Greenwich

July 25, 2012 (Woodbury, NJ) – The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders will consider several measures at their regular meeting that will take steps in preserving open space in Swedesboro, Clayton and Monroe Townships. They will also consider a Planning Incentive Grant (PIG) for East Greenwich Township that preserve farmland forever, rather than the property becoming an 83-home development. “There is a lot of activity taking place now with the county’s ability to save open space and to keep land in its natural state rather than becoming more housing developments,” said Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger. “We have been... Read more →

Gloucester City Students Help Artist Paint Anti-Bullying Mural At MEC

By Kelly Sibree Gloucester City News The Mary Ethel Costello (MEC) School in Gloucester CITY has a great summer program called the “Gloucester City Summer Enrichment Program,” which is filled with enthusiastic kids. The children participate in fun, academic activities – such as playing games and learning tricks – and also receive a breakfast and a lunch. Included in the program are fourth, fifth and sixth graders, and this year Director Kelly Beirne got them to help paint a mural in the school. Last year Keith Locker had helped Beirne, a talented artist, paint a mural in the entranceway to... Read more →

Deer Hunting Could be Free Under New Law - Hopatcong, NJ Patch

The deer population in Hopatcong has long been a hot-topic issue for residents and the governing body. Councilman Mike Francis introduced the most recent deer-hunt proposal in February. Deer in Hopatcong caused 45 motor vehicle accidents in 2009, 53 in 2010 and 114 in 2011, Francis said at the time. But the borough held off introducing a deer-hunting law June 27, pulling it off a council meeting agenda before residents complained about several aspects of the ordinance. Patch published the law's initial incarnation June 21. The first law called for a $250 permit cost. The new law, which was introduced... Read more →

Rep. Rush Holt, Advocates, and New Jersey Business Owners Applaud US Senate Vote to End Bush Tax Cuts

for Richest 2% of Americans Urge NJ House Members to Reject House GOP Proposal in Vote Next Week Highland Park, NJ – State public interest advocates gathered on a teleconference today to laud the US Senate for voting to end the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2% of Americans. Yesterday, the US Senate passed the Middle Class Tax Cut Act (S 3412), which would extend the Bush-era tax cuts for the 98% of Americans who make less than $250,000 in household income, and end the Bush tax breaks above that level, by a 51 to 48 vote. Congressman Rush... Read more →