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CNBNEWS: CHEERS AND JEERS FOR March 2013

 

BY BILL CLEARY

CHEER--Leon Harris, head football coach at Gloucester City High School for the past Images 26 years, announced his retirement on Tuesday, March 12. Over the course of those 26 seasons, Harris compiled a career record of 182-85-2. He led the Lions to 20 playoff appearances, with his teams reaching the South Jersey Group 1 final in 1990, 1995 and 2011. They also played in the Group 2 final in 1997 and 1998. The Lions went 7-3 last season, winning the West Jersey Football League Classic Division title. In 1997 Harris was named the Coach of the Year by the Brooks-Irvine Memorial Football Club.

CHEER--The Gloucester City Public School District is now operating the local cable channel 19 which serves the communities of Gloucester City, Brooklawn and Mt.Ephraim. In March the school board approved the purchase of equipment and service from Applied Video Technology in the amount of $26,410 for the Channel 19 program. The expenditure will be reimbursed to the school district by the city. Check it out! You’ll find a nice fresh looking community bulletin page that actually works.

CHEER--The Gloucester City Economic Development Corporation has taken on the tough task of rebuilding the Monmouth Street business district. The group purchased two properties for $185,000 and are in the process of renovating the buildings. Once the work is done they will either rent the buildings or put them up for sale. The seven members borrowed $400,000 from the City’s Urban Development Action Grant program.

CHEER--A number of Gloucester City High School students made headlines in March. 

  • The girls field hockey team won the Tri-County Classic Division Championship with a conference record of 9-1.
  • The football team was honored as West Jersey Football League Classic Division Champions with a team record in the division of 5-0 and an overall record of 7-3.
  • The Lady Lions basketball team won South Jersey Group 1 Sectional Championship for the second time in school history. Both Madison McClintock and Alisha Fox scored 1,000 points. This is the 5th consecutive Classic Division Title for coaches Joe and Sean Gorman.
  • In wrestling, Allan Westenberger was the first wrestler in Gloucester High School history to be named District 29 Champion. Westenberger competed in the 285 pound weight class.
  • The girls’ bowling team finished the season second in the South Jersey Group 1 Sectionals and qualified for NJSIAA State Finals before finishing fourth in Group 1 in the State.
  • Stefano Okoro co-captain of the boys basketball team set the single season scoring record for Gloucester City High School with 762 points, and he also became the school’s leading career scorer with a total of 2,133 points. 

  CHEER--Governor Chris Christie commended Lockheed Martin for building on its 40-year commitment to New Jersey and securing a $100 million contract with the federal government to develop the next generation of Aegis radar defense technology. Lockheed Martin recently won the U.S. Navy's Aegis Combat System Engineering Agent program contract preserving area jobs. Lockheed Martin's Moorestown facility is their largest in New Jersey. In addition, the company has several other locations in the state.

CHEER--Although there are some bad kids there are also many, many good kids living in the South Jersey area. For example, Margaret from Fairview Village, Camden writes, “I was at the King of Pizza recently about 1:00 or 1:30 when I saw eight or ten teenage boys come in from Gloucester High School. When I got ready to leave, I walked out to my car, and I heard someone call "Wait, wait." When I turned around there were two of the young fellows. I had dropped $15 out of my pocket and they returned it. They didn't have to do that; they could have kept it, I never would have known.”

CHEER--The Gloucester City Lions Club donated $10,620 to local charities and organizations in 2012. One of the great things about the local Lions Club is they publicly release a breakdown of the donations so that all can see how the money is being distributed. It is too bad more non-profit organizations don’t follow their example.

CHEER--On March 10, 2013 Lighthouse Baptist Church, 811 Market Street, celebrated 20 years of ministry to the Gloucester City, Camden area with a big HOMECOMING ANNIVERSARY DAY.

CHEER--At long last the construction schedule for the proposed Gloucester City Middle School was announced in March. Superintendent Joe Rafferty reported at the Thursday, March 7 Board of Education caucus meeting, that construction on the proposed middle school will begin in January 2015 with a completion date sometime in 2017.

JEER--Shame on the people of this city and elsewhere who ignore the dog waste clean-up ordinances! When you are taking your dog for a walk CLEAN UP AFTER FIDO ELIMINATES!

JEER-Gloucester City Police reported recently that they broke up a large “drinking” party of teenagers at the Brooklawn/Gloucester City railroad trestle. Police Chief George Berglund said, “We have received a report that the kids are drinking so much alcohol that some of them have passed out. Once they pass out other kids lay them across the tracks.” Some suggest that teenagers have been using the trestle for beer parties for decades. That doesn’t make it right. What is most shocking is that kids are putting the lives of their friends at danger by sitting their drunk friends on the tracks. No one in his/her right mind should think this was funny.  

JEER--Nearly 80 percent of New York City high school graduates need to relearn basic skills before they can enter the City University’s community college system.The number of kids behind the 8-ball is the highest in years, CBS 2's Marcia Kramer reported. When they graduated from city high schools, students in a special remedial program at the Borough of Manhattan Community College couldn’t make the grade. They had to re-learn basic skills--reading, writing and math--first before they could begin college courses.

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