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February 2013

OBITUARY: Doris Mae Ford, age 64, of Gloucester City

FORD Doris Mae On February 26, 2013. Age 64. Of Gloucester City. Cherished daughter of the late Howard Martin Ford and Josephine C. Ford (nee Farally). Beloved sister of Judith Ann Ford. Relatives and friends are invited to her visitation on Thursday, March 7th, from 1 to 3 pm at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Funeral service will begin at 3 PM in the funeral home. Condolences and memories may be... Read more →

Gloucester City Board of Education Says School Choice Idea has Been Dropped...For Now

photo by Anne Forline Quality Students - The student representatives smile after giving reports about their schools during the recent Gloucester City Board of Education meeting. The students are, from left: Mary Ethel Costello's Sophia Harley, Cold Springs School's Riley Marcheski, and Gloucester High's Stephaine Kauffman. By Anne Forline Gloucester City News During the recent Gloucester City Board of Education (BOE) meeting, resident Vanessa Courant asked for a status regarding the district’s position on school... Read more →


New Orleans (Feb. 27, 2013) – The Kay Yow Cancer Fund®, in partnership with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and The V Foundation for Cancer Research, has awarded a $100,000 women’s lung cancer research grant to the Tulane Cancer Center. Annually, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund supports a cancer research based grant in the host city of the NCAA Women’s Final Four. The $100,000 grant will be awarded to the Tulane Cancer Center to... Read more →

Seasonal Alcoholic Beverage Licenses can Begin Serving March 1

Trenton, NJ – Taking action to support shore businesses as they make preparations for the 2013 tourism season, Governor Chris Christie today signed Executive Order No. 126 allowing seasonal alcoholic beverage licensees to begin serving alcohol on March 1, two months ahead of the traditional allowance of May 1. “Some of the most adverse effects in terms of lost commerce and economic activity from Superstorm Sandy were on our shore businesses that rely on seasonal... Read more →

OBITUARY--Patricia Lynn Kaysar, age 51, formerly of South Amboy

KAYSAR Patricia Lynn On February 24, 2013. Age 51. Formerly of South Amboy. Burial will be private. Condolences and memories may be shared at under the obituary of Patricia Lynn Kaysar. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City.Ph: 856-456-1142 Read more →

Top UK Catholic quits after sexual advances claims

LONDON (AFP) February 25, 2013, 11:35:52 AM EST Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/File Cardinal Keith O'Brien pictured at St Peter's Square in Vatican City in 2005. Cardinal O'Brien, Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, resigned with immediate effect as head of the Catholic Church in Scotland on Monday in the wake of claims that he made sexual advances towards priests. Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric resigned with immediate effect as head of the Catholic Church in Scotland... Read more →

Leatherback Sea Turtle in Danger of Extinction | cnbnews

English: Leatherback sea turtle with head above water (Dermochelys coriacea) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Released: 2/26/2013 1:50 PM EST Source Newsroom: University of Alabama at Birmingham more news from this source Newswise — An international team led by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has documented a 78 percent decline in the number of nests of the critically endangered leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) at the turtle’s last stronghold in the Pacific Ocean. The study,... Read more →

Ducks Softball Picked to Finish Fourth in Empire 8

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (February 27, 2013) – The Empire 8 Conference released its Preseason Coaches’ Poll earlier this month and the Stevens Institute Technology softball team was voted to finish the season fourth out of the eight-team conference. In 2012, Stevens wrapped up the season with a 17-24 overall record and a 7-5 mark within the Empire 8. Ithaca College was chosen to claim its ninth conference title and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the... Read more →

Meandering w/ Mark Matthews: Wide power outage in Deptford and Runnemede

BREAKING NEWS Sitting in the Deptford Pizzeria UNOs for a late dinner on Wednesday Night (great gluten free pizza!), and the power went out. Everywhere we could see. The hotels next door. Up the road. And not just a blip, but we were there a good 20 minutes in the dark before putting together the money we needed to get out even while the cash registers were down. I've never really experienced an outage like... Read more →

Sensational Frosh Maggie McIntyre Makes History

February 19, 2013 GLOUCESTER CATHOLIC HS NEWS--While the Lady Rams basketball team ran into some tough competition at the South Jersey Invitational Basketball Tournament at Eastern last weekend, GCHS' Maggie McIntyre was busy making history. Maggie became the first freshman in history to win the 3-Point Shootout Campaign on Sunday, when she prevailed over her competition in the Final Four. Overall, Maggie beat out 167 of South Jersey's top shooters, and was awarded the title... Read more →

Governors Sportsmen's Caucus Gathers in Washington

February 25, 2013 (Washington, DC) - Members of the Governors Sportsmen's Caucus (GSC) gathered with sportsmen-industry leaders at a GSC reception on Saturday in Washington, DC. The bipartisan GSC is a group of 22 governors committed to protecting and advancing hunting, recreational fishing and shooting and trapping. The eight governors in attendance voiced their commitment to the outdoor traditions that the GSC works to protect and recalled many personal hunting and fishing experiences from their... Read more →

CNBNews Hunting and Fishing: 2012 Skillful Angler Awards Program

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has announced the winners of the 2012 Skillful Angler Awards Program. The program honors anglers who catch both freshwater and marine fish that are not quite record size, but are large enough to have tested the angler's skill and be worthy of recognition. The Skillful Angler program highlights the great fishing opportunities found in New Jersey, and anglers of all ages and skill levels participate. This year 163... Read more →

La Salle Field Hockey Signs Four To National Letters Of Intent

PHILADELPHIA - Four student-athletes—Rachel Hartman (Oley, Pa. / Oley Valley), Abbey Lawrence (Edgewater, Md. / South River), Gina Smith (Hammonton, N.J. / St. Joseph’s), Devin Muracco (Washington Twp., N.J. / Washington Twp.) —have signed National Letters of Intent to play field hockey at La Salle University, head coach Michelle Marks announced today. “As a coaching staff, we are very excited about this incoming class and feel they will be a great compliment to our team,”... Read more →

Camden County Freeholder Board Weekly Update released Feb. 26

ATTENTION VETERANS OF CAMDEN COUNTY--The Camden County Freeholder Board reminds veterans it is tax time and they should seek professional tax assistance to help them prepare their taxes. A Hero’s Welcome On Sunday, the Camden County Board of Freeholders was proud to welcome home 1st Lieutenant Frank C. Broomell upon his return from his second consecutive seven-month deployment in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, and to thank him for his service. “This young man’s dedication to our... Read more →

Hillary Clinton PAC Staffs Up

Official portrait of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The "Ready for Hillary" political action committee, founded late last month in support of Secretary Hillary Clinton's possible bid for the presidency in 2016, has made its first major hire and is gearing up to expand further, a source familiar with the group tells BuzzFeed. Seth Bringman, who served as communications director of the Ohio Democratic Party from 2009 to 2012, has joined... Read more →

Alex Trakimas, former Gloucester City Resident, GCHS Alumnus Class of '61 |

TRAKIMAS Alexander F. Quietly passed away at home in Somerdale on February 18, 2013 at the age of 70. Alex was rarely without a book in hand, the Barron’s newspaper and the Wall Street Journal. His beloved grandparents, Frank and Marie Sherrer, encouraged his love of reading and education when he was a child. He was born on October 21, 1942, the eldest son of the late Alexander and Theresa Trakimas (nee Sherrer) in Gloucester... Read more →

2 Hill Panels Examining Changes To Medicare

SHORT TAKES ON NEWS & EVENTS By Mary Agnes Carey FEBRUARY 25TH, 2013, 5:46 AM With $85 billion in automatic federal spending cuts set to take effect on Friday and predictions of economic disruption, much of official Washington is focused on the “blame game.” Publicly, there has been no sign that Congress or administration officials has made any progress on averting these cuts or finding common ground on tackling the country’s fiscal problems. Photo by... Read more →

AMAC: Add These 5 Foods to Your Diet to Enhance Your Health

Posted 02/22/2013 | Health & Fitness by Pam Smith - There are numerous often-ignored foods that fit the bill for healthier eating. Adding the following five foods to your grocery cart can help in your quest for a healthier you: bulgur, chickpeas, kale, spaghetti squash and sunflower seeds. While unfamiliar to some, these foods are readily accessible in most grocery stores and can really expand a person’s daily diet without expanding their waistlines. Bulgur: This... Read more →


FEBRUARY 25, 2013 Good Morning. We received some news a few weeks ago that we can share with you today. As announced by the Vatican early this morning, Philadelphia has been confirmed by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, as the host city for the Eighth World Meeting of Families. The official dates set for this gathering are September 22 - September 27, 2015. This marks the first time an American city has hosted the World... Read more →

Birthplace of Baseball Classic Set for March 2

HOBOKEN, N.J. (February 25, 2013) – The Stevens Institute of Technology baseball team will be hosting its inaugural Birthplace of Baseball Classic on Saturday, March 2 at Dobbelaar Field beginning at 11 a.m. There will be two, nine-inning collegiate baseball games played during the day and a two-inning exhibition contest between Hoboken’s Historic H9 Baseball Team throughout the event. Festivities will kick-off with a game between nationally ranked No. 24 Eastern Connecticut State University and... Read more →

‘Berettas Don’t Bluff’: Major Gun Company Threatens to Leave Maryland Over New Gun Control Proposals |

Beretta USA is threatening to leave Maryland over new gun control proposals, the Washington Post reports, and they would take hundreds of jobs along with them. “Why expand in a place where the people who built the gun couldn’t buy it?” Jeffrey Reh, general counsel for Beretta, asked. The Washington Post explains: Beretta, the nearly 500-year-old family-owned company that made one of James Bond’s firearms, has already invested more than $1 million in the [civilian... Read more →


Camden Riversharks (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Camden signs first pitchers for 2013 season CAMDEN, N.J. – The Camden Riversharks have re-signed four members of the 2012 squad and announced the signing of a free agent for the upcoming season. Santo Hernandez, Paddy Matera, Mike McGuire and Eduardo Perez will all return to the Riversharks for the 2013 season after playing with the team in 2012. Additionally, outfielder Stantrel Smith was added to the Riversharks roster for... Read more →

Monsignor Sciciuna: 'Sinners' who hid sex abuse 'should vote for pope'

VATICAN CITY (AFP) February 25, 2013 5:09:19 AM EST Andreas Solaro/AFP/File Maltese bishop Charles Scicluna of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith speaks to the press on February 3, 2012 in Rome. Cardinals suspected of having protected predator priests should be allowed to take part in next month's papal conclave, the Vatican's former prosecutor on child sex abuse cases said Monday. Cardinals suspected of having protected predator priests should be allowed to take... Read more →

Young amputee's sports success brings joy to family

By Hillary Senour WOODBURN, IND., February 22 (CNA/EWTN News) .- The story of an Indiana teen who continues to make local sports headlines despite having prosthetic legs has highlighted the Catholic faith and pro-life devotion of his parents. Like most American teens, Nik Hoot, a 16 year-old sophomore at Woodlan High School in Woodburn, In., has yet to meet an extra-curricular activity he does not enjoy. He has played football, baseball, basketball and is now... Read more →

Crews Battle Fire At Apartment Building In Camden County « CBS Philly

February 23, 2013 HADDON HEIGHTS, N.J. (CBS) — Authorities say at least two people were injured in a fire that started after an apparent explosion at an apartment home in Camden County, New Jersey. The incident happened around 4 p.m. at a three-story house along the 100 block of White Horse Pike in Haddon Heights. Witnesses who live nearby say they heard a loud explosion and that the subsequent fire destroyed the home in a... Read more →

Johnson wins Daytona 500, Patrick 8th

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (AFP) February 24, 2013 5:10:07 PM EST Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 24, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Jimmie Johnson won the Daytona 500 on Sunday with pole sitter Danica Patrick's bid to become the first woman to win a NASCARSprint Cup race ending in an eighth-placed... Read more →

Strong pitching, late run lifts Scarlet Raptors

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Virginia (February 24, 2013) – Freshman shortstop Joe Sigismondi (Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional) doubled home senior pinch-runner Nicco Esgro (Glassboro, NJ/Glassboro) in the bottom of the eighth inning, moments after SUNY-New Paltz had tied the game, to give the Rutgers University-Camden baseball team a 4-3 victory here Sunday at the Ty Cobb Classic. The Scarlet Raptors raised their record to 2-1 at the three-day season-opening event, which was held at Hampden-Sydney College. Rutgers-Camden won behind... Read more →

Raptors win opener in Barth's collegiate coaching debut

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Virginia (February 22, 2013) – The Dennis Barth era is underway at Rutgers University-Camden. The Scarlet Raptors’ new head coach collected his first collegiate victory in his first game when Rutgers-Camden scored five unearned runs in the top of the eighth inning to defeat host Hampden-Sydney College, 9-4, at the Ty Cobb Classic here Friday. The Raptors’ season-opening win was called after eight innings due to darkness. The Scarlet Raptors’ big inning featured four... Read more →

WEEKLY BASKET: Sequestration Chicken Littles

Volume XVIII No. 8: February 22, 2013 Congress and the President are trying to blame each other for looming across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration. Dueling press releases claim it’s well nigh to a budget apocalypse and that everything from air travel to military readiness will be ruined. Our response to Congress and the President: The chickens have come home to roost. You can stop sequestration, but that requires you to do your job. Some... Read more →

Russ Hoffman Sr., WW II Army Vet, GHS Alumnus Class of '44, Member of Ray Ford Old Timers

Russell E. Hoffman, Sr., age 86, died on February 17, 2013 at his home in West Deptford where he lived since 1956. Russell was born and raised in Gloucester City, NJ. He was a graduate of Gloucester High School in 1944 where he played football. Russell served in the US Army during World War II from 1944-1946. Upon returning from the war, Russ played football for the Mustangs, a semi pro football team. He worked... Read more →


By David Uebbing Vatican City, Feb 23, 2013 / 08:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the conclave to elect a new Pope Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan is greeted by his brother cardinals at the Feb. 18, 2012 consistory in St. Peter's Basilica. CNA file photo. approaches, the media has ramped up its speculation about why the Pope is resigning, causing the Secretariat of State to warn about “completely false and unverifiable” news stories aimed at swaying... Read more →

Haddon Heights: Permanent Radar Signs

HADDON HEIGHTS NJ-You may notice several new permanent radar signs in town. The objective is similar to speed humps, to deter speeders. They hopefully will be activated soon, we are waiting for the PSE&G hook-up. We took great care in placement of these devices because the cost is high and we only had three locations we could select. The guidelines were established in 2011 and finalized in the 2012 budget process. Police considered: • High... Read more →

Malkin: Firearms Industry Breaking With Liberal States | GOPUSA

American writer and blogger Michelle Malkin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Here's the latest example of head-splitting cognitive dissonance in Washington: President Obama used his State of the Union address to crusade for a revitalized U.S. manufacturing sector. But while he pays lip service to supporting businesses that build their products on American soil, Obama and his left-wing operatives are hell-bent on driving a key sector of the U.S. manufacturing industry six feet under: the American firearms... Read more →


(Photo credit: Wikipedia) press release February 21, 2013 Agreement marks first time Rutgers will offer massive open online courses NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, continues to expand access through online courses. Rutgers today announced that the university is joining Coursera, a leading massive open online course (MOOC) platform, to provide free, non-credit courses to students and lifelong learners around the world. A MOOC is an online course aimed at... Read more →

Squrt 51 First Due in Maple Shade

Squrt 51 stretching 2 1/2" attack line FEBRUARY 19, 2013--Squrt 51 was dispatched to Maple Shade to Robert Mills Apartments for an apartment fire. They arrived to find a heavy fire condition in an aparatment extending into the eaves of the complex. The company stetched a 2/1/2' attack line and darken down the fire will Mt. Laurel's Ladder company assisted opening Related articles CHFD News: Cherry Hill Firefighters Battle House Fire 65 Teams Participate in... Read more →

Hospitals Clamp Down On Dangerous Early Elective Deliveries

By Phil Galewitz KHN Staff Writer FEB 21, 2013 For decades, doctors have been warned about the dangers of delivering babies early without a medical reason. But the practice remained stubbornly persistent. Now, with pressure on doctors and hospitals from the federal government, private and public insurers and patient advocacy groups, the rate of elective deliveries before 39 weeks is dropping significantly, according to latest hospital survey from The Leapfrog Group, a coalition of some... Read more →

The NFF California Showcase:

Opening New Doors to College Free events in Houston have set the stage for the inaugural NFF California Showcase, which will provide student-athletes in the region a new opportunity to connect with divisional college coaches from around the country. IRVING, Texas - Feb. 21, 2013 – Building on the success of similar events in Houston and El Paso, Texas, the inaugural National Football Foundation (NFF) California Showcase, which will take place this weekend at the... Read more →

Show of Shows in Atlantic City on Saturday, February 23 at 3 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (February 19, 2013) – The world-renowned String Bands of the Fralinger String Band: Thomas D’Amore leads the Fralinger String Band in its first place performance of “Back from the Dead.” Philadelphia Mummers Parade will travel to Atlantic City to present the annual “Show of Shows” at Boardwalk Hall on Saturday, February 23 at 3 p.m. The encore performance of the time-honored New Year’s Day tradition is a dazzling display of the vibrant, sequin-studded costumes... Read more →

South Jersey's 'Johnny Hockey' making waves on ice

A MAKESHIFT SIGN on an 8 1/2-by-11-inch computer printout greets you on the far right door of Hollydell Ice Arena in Sewell, N.J. It reads: WELCOME TO THE HOME OF 'JOHNNY HOCKEY' A certain buzz now surrounds this rink, where locals of all ages have laced up the skates since 1992. Everyone knows South Jersey's own John Gaudreau, the 19-year-old Boston College standout who starred in the recent world junior hockey championships. Now, the kids... Read more →

Federal Government To Run Insurance Marketplaces in Half the States

"I have determined that federal operation of the Exchange is the responsible choice for our state," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, wrote in letter By Phil Galewitz and Alvin Tran KHN Staff Writers FEB 15, 2013 Updated at 12:09 p.m. Feb. 19 to reflect that West Virginia is seeking a partnership exchange with the federal government, while South Dakota is not. It's official. The Obama administration will be running new health insurance marketplaces... Read more →

Catholic League: Maher and SNL Get Dirty

February 19, 2013 Bill Donohue comments on Friday night’s “Real Time” show with Bill Maher, and the “Saturday Night Live” episode that aired the next night: It was quite a weekend for the haters. Speaking of Pope Benedict XVI, Maher said, “Benedict told them he was going to resign because the Church needs a fresh young face. Somewhere other than a priest’s lap.” He then mocked the Church’s teachings, imploring Catholics to quit. He ended... Read more →


The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold its next freshwater fisheries public forum on Saturday, February 23, at Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest in Burlington County. The forum will begin at 10:00 a.m. Anglers are invited to share their views and recommendations for the future of freshwater fisheries research and management with staff biologists. Preliminary results of the trout angler telephone and on-line surveys, as well as 2012 field sampling results, will... Read more →

Route 295/42/76 Public Information Meeting Thurs Feb 21 in Bellmawr

View from Annunciation Church The information center session will be held at: Bellmawr Ballroom 29 Lewis Ave Bellmawr NJ 08031 Thursday Feb 21, 5pm to 8pm You can visit at a time that is convenient to you as this is an informal information center. You will be able to review exhibits of the project, and ask questions of NJDOT representatives and designers. From the NJ.Com article: “This is a major multi-year project that will have... Read more →

New Officers for Bellmawr Police Department

By Chris Concannon Gloucester City News Adding to their existing complement of officers, the Bellmawr Police swore in three new patrolman to its ranks during the January 24 Borough Council Meeting. Anthony Grandinetti, Andrew Thomas and Matthew Wilhelm were appointed and introduced as the Borough’s newest Class I Special Officers. Following the recent retirements of several senior officers, the three will help to provide the already high level of enforcement and security the Borough has... Read more →

Video: Struck Out, The Fall of the 1964 Phillies

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After Great Turnaround Season, Baseball Looks to Build on 2013

HOBOKEN, N.J. (February 19, 2013) – After a 10-win improvement from 2011 to last season, the Stevens Institute of Technology baseball team looks to maintain its consistency and make a run at an appearance in the 2013 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship. The improvement of 7.5 games (in accordance to the NCAA record book) was one of the 25-best turnaround seasons in the nation last year which resulted in first-year head coach Kristaps Aldins being... Read more →

Little League Urban Initiative Announces Nine Jamboree Events

By Communications Division SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. The Urban initiative State Jamborees have been held each year since 2010. The response to these state-wide events from Little Leagues chartered through the Urban Initiative has been positive, and has generated much excitement for the hosts leagues and communities.Since the Little League Urban Initiative decided to move its Jamboree concept from one national tournament to numerous state/regional tournaments in 2010, the initiative for boys and girls in urban... Read more →

Letters: Thank You Mr. Johnson for Finding Pepper

A BIG THANK YOU I cannot express my thanks enough to Jim Johnson. My senior dog, Pepper, had wandered away in the early hours of Monday, February 4, as I was fixing her outside chain. She has a leg problem plus the temperature was below freezing. I spent hours looking for her. Due to the kindness of Mr. Johnson, Pepper was returned to me. It was the best birthday gift I received. Mr. Johnson renewed... Read more →

Jesuit High School In Tampa Gets New Chapel | CNA/EWTN News

TAMPA, FLA., February 17 (CNA/EWTN News) .- A Jesuit High School in Tampa, Fla., recently dedicated its new chapel, which was beautifully re-designed to encourage devotion to God. “The Jesuits recognized that the existing chapel was becoming inadequate to the growing liturgical needs and desires of the community,” artist Joel Pidel, who re-designed the chapel, told CNA Feb. 13. Pidel noted “that greater devotion would be fostered” by transforming the space “into a place that... Read more →


When I started to read my Gloucester City News on Thursday, I was surprised and delighted to see a movie review by Damien Andre, a young man I met and known for years. I read Damien’s review and enjoyed it very much. For a long time I have wondered what a Hobbit was, but never read the book. Nor did I see the movie ad, as I do not care for watching movies. By the... Read more →