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December 2013

A Review of some of the Good, Bad, and Ugly to Cross our Radar Recently

POSTED HERE March 19, 2007 By William E. Cleary Sr. CHEERS to Gloucester City resident Jack Pyrah who was recently inducted into the National Coaches Hall of Fame in San Antonio. Jack, who is in his 80's, spent 26 years as Villanova assistant track coach. He retired in 1991. Ten years later he was inducted into the Villanova Hall of Fame. JEERS to the Camden County Municipal Utility Authority for charging a $1.75 convenience fee to anyone who pays their bill on line. If anything the CCMUA should pay the customer for making it so easy for the authority... Read more →


TRENTON – With New Year’s Eve known to be one of the biggest party nights of the year, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety is reminding New Jerseyans to ensure they have a safe and sober way to get home should they celebrate ringing in 2014 with an alcoholic beverage. Division of Highway Traffic Safety Acting Director Gary Poedubicky said if you planned to drink on New Year’s Eve, there were some simple steps to follow to ensure you make it home from celebrating safe and sound. “Plan to go out with a designated driver or take mass transit or... Read more →

New Jersey Woman Sentenced To 51 Months In Prison For Stealing $7 Million From Charity

Medicines Had Been Donated to be Used for Indigent Patients TRENTON, N.J. – A New Jersey woman was sentenced today to 51 months in prison for her role in defrauding a charity program out of more than $7 million in donated HIV and cancer medication, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Keisha Jackson, 48, of Perth Amboy, N.J., previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Mary L. Cooper in Trenton federal court to conspiracy to commit mail fraud. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: A pharmaceutical company donated millions of dollars’ worth of FDA-approved... Read more →

Fender Skirts, Curb Feelers and Steering Knobs

Posted here March 24, 2007 Commentary By Hank F. Miller Jr. CNBNEWS.NET (MARCH 24, 2007)--I came across this phrase in a book yesterday "FENDER SKIRTS". A term I haven't heard in a long time and thinkingabout "fender skirts" started me thinking about other words that quietly disappear from our language with hardly a notice. Like "curb feelers" and "steering knobs." Since I'd been thinking of cars, my mind naturally went that direction first. Any kids will probably have to find some elderly person over 50 to explain some of these terms to you. Remember "Continental kits?" They were rear bumper... Read more →

Strutting to the Mummers

Down the Shore/Catholic Star Herald Residents of the Victorian Towers in Cape May get into the Christmas spirit during their annual Christmas Party by dancing to the music of the Mummers’ Durning String Band. Photo by Alan M. Dumoff for the Catholic Star Herald For more information: Victorian Towers Age requirement 55+ 608 Washington Avenue Cape May, NJ 08204 609-884-5883 Source posted here by Sue Calloway Related articles Behind the Sequins Will Tell You Most of What You Need to Know About Mummers New Year's Day In Philadelphia 2014: A Guide To The 114th Annual Mummers Parade, Where To... Read more →

Phil Robertson reinstated: How Christmas saved 'Duck Dynasty'

Cable network A&E on Friday reinstated the bearded patriarch Phil Robertson of the runaway reality show hit "Duck Dynasty" – a faith-driven country man who had suddenly come to represent many things Southern and good, plus some things, like intolerance, that a lot of Americans think aren’t so good. The decision by A&E to reinstate Phil and let the show go on came after a standoff with the Robertson clan, who suggested they’d quit the quirky show about a bunch of wealthy Louisiana rednecks unless Phil could be part of it. The network put Phil on indefinite hiatus before Christmas... Read more →

Breaking Down the Barriers to Affordable Housing

With homeownership at its lowest level in decades, the demand for rental housing is high -- and so are the rents. BY TOD NEWCOMBE | JANUARY 2014 Homeownership has been one of the cornerstones of the American dream. But after the massive housing crash, which precipitated the Great Recession, that dream became more of a nightmare for many, prompting millions of former homeowners to become renters. Indeed, the U.S. homeownership rate, according to Deutsche Bank, has dropped to an 18-year low and is only expected to fall further. These new renters, along with the 78 million-plus millennials that are expected... Read more →

Courier Post Spotlight on Rams Coach Pat Murphy

Posted here on February 11, 2007 Murphy not just a winner on the court Courier Post Feb. 11, 2007 By Kevin Callahan (February 11, 2007)GLOUCESTER CITY NJ--They could've posed to be chiseled for a Mount Rushmore of Gloucester Catholic High School boys' basketball coaches. Current Rams coach Pat Murphy was there Saturday afternoon at the Colonial/Tri-County Shootout matchup with Sterling. So were former Gloucester Catholic coaches Ralph Saquella and Tony "Putt" Powers. Only missing from the list of the last four Rams coaches dating back to 1965 was the great Art DiPatri. Murphy, photo on the right, was recently honored... Read more →

WATCH: Chip Kelly explains NSFW plan to Riley Cooper during Eagles game

Eliot Shorr-Parks/ December 26, 2013 at 11:06:01 PM EST PHILADELPHIA -- Chip Kelly has been very clear since he became coach of the Philadelphia Eaglesthat he has one goal and one goal only on offense, and that is to score some points. He apparently tells his players the same thing -- just in a slightly more colorful way. Check out this video of Kelly responding to Riley Cooper on the sideline during a recent Eagles'game, when the wideout asked Kelly what his plan was on offense. Follow Eliot Shorr-Parks on Twitter at @EliotShorrParks This article, WATCH: Chip Kelly explains NSFW... Read more →

Mrs. Cass Murray, Past President of Third Ward Democrat Club, St. Mary's Church Parishioner

Mrs. Catherine R. "Cass" Murray (nee Brassill) a lifelong resident of Gloucester City, NJ died on December 23, 2013 at the age of 92 years. Beloved wife of the late Gloucester City Councilman John Murray.Predeceased by her dear sister Josephine Cerrone (Tony), andbrothersJosephBrassill(Jean) and FredBrodowitz(Alberta).She is survived by her loving nieces and nephews Maureen Collins (Bernie), MichaelCerrone(late Gayle), PatrickCerrone(Margaret), John R. Murray (Donna), Jackie Christenson (Jack), Anne Brown (Dennis), BarbaraKingkiner(Frank) and the late PatriciaBrassill, and many great nieces and nephews. Cass was a devoted parishioner of St. Mary’s Church. She was a member and Past President of the 3rd Ward... Read more →

Dianne Nolan, GCHS Alumni and South Jersey Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee

THE FOLLOWING WAS POSTED HERE ON January 23, 2007 GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (CNBNews)--On January 23, 2007, Dianne Nolan was announced as one of the inductees in this year's South Jersey Basketball Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on February 12, 2007. Dianne, a graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School, is the daughter of Andy and Bert Nolan. Her parents, formerly of Gloucester City, now reside in Connecticut. Dianne has been coaching the Fairfield University Girls Basketball team for 28 years. In 2006, she won her 500th game. The following article is from the university newspaper, The Mirror.... Read more →

Bishop Sullivan's Christmas Message

Il Sassoferrato - The Sleep of the Infant Jesus - (Photo credit: Wikipedia) "Christmas shows us the truth about God" The Christmas mystery offers to us and to the whole world a fundamental truth about God, that God is not distant. God is Emanuel. God is with us. The Infant Jesus of Bethlehem who is truly God is also truly one of us. God is enfleshed in the flesh of the Infant Jesus which He received from His Virgin Mother who bore Him in her womb. An early Christian theologian Tertullian used an expression to capture this mystery of God... Read more →

OBITUARY : Josephine L. Forker of Gloucester City, NJ age 74

FORKER JOSEPHINE L. “PAT” On December 22, 2013 (nee Osinski) of Gloucester City, NJ, age 74. She is the beloved wife of Francis C. Forker, loving mother of Tom Girgenti (Barbara), Theresa Thompson (James) and William Girgenti (Jean) and dear sister of Caroline Abate, Diane Lehnowsky, and Deborah Pierce. She is also survived by her loving grandchildren Dana (Todd),Sammuel, Erinn, William Jr. (Samantha), Michael, Alysha, Kaitlin, Robert, great granddaughter Peyton and many dear nieces and nephews. Pat worked for the City of Gloucester, as a Crossing Guard, at the corner of Market and Park Ave. She loved Gloucester City High... Read more →

Face of Defense: Deployed Airmen Prepare for Holiday Feast

By Air Force Senior Airman Hannah Landeros 379th Air Expeditionary Wing SOUTHWEST ASIA, Dec. 20, 2013 – Being separated from family during the holidays can be a tough time for deployed service members. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jesse Tucker checks the temperature of an outdoor freezer at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Dec. 17, 2013. The freezer is used to keep stored food at the appropriate temperature so it doesn’t spoil. Tucker is a 379th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron member deployed from Hurlburt Field, Fla., and a Navarre, Fla., native. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman... Read more →

NORAD to Track Santa’s Global Journey

By Terri Moon Cronk American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2013 – On Christmas Eve, tens of thousands of children around the globe will gather around their family telephones and computers to track the path of Santa Claus as he makes his rounds delivering gifts on his sleigh led by tiny reindeer. Santa Claus reviews his flight plan for his annual Christmas Eve trek across the globe in the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command Current Operations Center at the NORAD and Northcom headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Sept. 26, 2013. U.S. Air Force... Read more →

(Includes Video) The Wreaths Across America Story |

(Published here December 08, 2011)--Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine, was a 12 year old paper boy for the Bangor Daily News when he won a trip to Washington D.C. His first trip to our nation’s capital was one he would never forget, and Arlington National Cemetery made an especially indelible impression on him. This experience followed him throughout his life and successful career in business, reminding him that his good fortune was due, in large part, to the values of this nation and the Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their Country. In 1992,... Read more →

Parents Blame Blue Cross for Daughter's Death

By CAMERON LANGFORD (December 19, 2013) GALVESTON, Texas (CN) - A little girl died when a Dominican hospital botched her appendicitis surgery because Blue Cross would not cover a flight to the United States, her parents claim in court. Marissett and Francisco Tolentino sued Health Care Service Corp. dba Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, for their late, 6-year-old daughter Isabella, in Galveston County Court. The Tolentinos were vacationing at a Dominican Republic resort when Isabella "experienced sharp pains in her stomach, in addition to occasional chills and fever," they say in the lawsuit. One reason they picked the resort,... Read more →

City of Philadelphia Adopts First Parental Leave Policy for Exempt Employees

City cites needs of changing workforce as driver for policy change December 20, 2013 – As a result of action taken by the City of Philadelphia’s Administrative Board, effective January 1, 2014, new parental leave benefits will be provided to exempt employees. The policy provides four weeks of paid parental leave for exempt employees who have at least six months of tenure in City government. The benefit applies to birth, adoptive and foster mothers and fathers equally, including life partners, and is usable within twelve months of the date the child enters the family. “Implementing a parental leave policy reflects... Read more →

Jon Stewart examines Tea Party’s turning on John Boehner, Paul Ryan, and Ronald Reagan

By Arturo Garcia (December 18, 2013)After applauding the congressional bipartisan budget deal last week, Jon Stewart couldn’t help but notice on Tuesday how quickly conservatives and Tea Party Republicans were moving to discredit the agreement, so much so that even House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) had to ask, “Are you kidding me?” “That was an awfully abrupt emotional change,” Stewart observed, adding, “That was pro wrestling-level rhetoric. Clearly Boehner’s trying to make a catchphrase happen.” Stewart pointed out that the deal, which is expected to pass in the Senate this week, has been slammed on multiple occasions by other conservatives,... Read more →

Late Night Demolition of the Harwan Theatre |

February 20, 2007 ....Wakes Up Neighborhood By Bill Bates (FEBRUARY 20, 2007)MOUNT EPHRAIM NJ-- Sunday evening, February 4th, officials from Winzinger Construction Company gathered at the future Walgreen’s site at the Black Horse Pike and Kings Highway. The officials weren’t meeting to finalize plans or to pour concrete, the Winzinger crew was there to accomplish one objective; and that was to start demolishing the remaining Harwan Theatre and adjacent structures. The demolition crew started working shortly after 10 o’clock at night in the rear of the building and continued to work towards the east side of the building. Several neighbors... Read more →

First Lady Lauds Military Families for Toys for Tots Work |

By Terri Moon Cronk American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2013 – Taking on the task of sorting hundreds of holiday toy and gift donations from White House staff, First Lady Michelle Obama lent a hand to the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots campaign here yesterday. Children line up to meet First Lady Michelle Obama and give her their toy donations for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C., Dec. 19, 2013. In the final days of the collection, Obama came to the base to help sort toys and greet Washington-area service members,... Read more →

Nogales Tunnel Task Force shuts down drug tunnel in backyard shed

DECEMBER 19, 2013 NOGALES, AZ PRESS RELEASE Next NOGALES, Ariz. — Federal authorities shut down a completed drug smuggling tunnel Tuesday night in the backyard shed of a Nogales residence, following a multi-agency investigation by the Nogales Tunnel Task Force. Members of the task force, which is led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), developed information that a drug smuggling tunnel was located at a residence located approximately one and a half miles north of the international border in the Nogales city limits. When they responded to the house, authorities discovered the tunnel entrance in... Read more →

Progress With GAF Demolition |

ARTICLE AND PHOTOS POSTED HERE December 10, 2006 Photos and caption by William E. Cleary Sr. GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (December 10,2006)--The demolition of the GAF paper mill and the Vanquard Warehouse at Charles and Water Streets, Gloucester City is nearly finished. As of Friday, December 8 when these photos were taken, all that remains of the Vanquard warehouse is the frame and as you see most of the GAF mill is gone. Work has recently started on demolishing the old GAF power plant. Once the land is cleared Beazer homes plans to build townhouses and condominiums on the site, calling... Read more →

Black Group Defends Duck Dynasty Commander

~posted here by Sue Calloway Rev. Jesse Peterson Decries A&E's Attack on The First Amendment LOS ANGELES, Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, author, radio talk show host, and Founder and President of BOND (Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny), issued the following statement defending "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson. The patriarch of the "Duck Dynasty" hit show was suspended by A&E for expressing his personal views promoting traditional families and disagreeing with homosexuality in a GQ interview. GLADD and other homosexual activist groups condemned his remarks and pressured A&E to suspend him. The following is Rev.... Read more →

Video: I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas |

Sung by 10 year old Gayla Peevey (released in 1953) Peevey was a child star from Ponca City, Oklahoma. When released nationally by Columbia Records, the song shot to the top of the charts and the city zoo acquired a baby hippo named Matilda. Peevey was filmed performing the song on The Ed Sullivan Show in October 1953. A video of this performance is available on her website.[9] A popular legend holds that this 1953 hit had been recorded as a fund-raiser to bring the city zoo a hippo; but in a 2007 radio interview with Detroit-based WNIC radio station,... Read more →

Gloucester City Municipal Alliance Against Drugs and Alcohol Issues Statement |

POSTED HERE February 13, 2007 Just Because It Is Legal Doesn't Mean It Is Safe (February 13, 2007) GLOUCESTER CITY NJ--The Gloucester City Municipal Alliance Against Drugs and Alcohol issued the following statement about the potential abuse of certain over-the-counter drugs: According to a recent SAMHSA article, one in 11 teens have abused OTC (over the counter) medication, such as cough medicine. The ingredient, DXM, is found in many cough medications such as Contac, Coricidin, Robitussin and Sudafed. While this ingredient is generally safe when used at recommended doses, high doses of this ingredient can produce hallucinations and out-of-body experiences.... Read more →

Under Armour's 'Duck Dynasty' Dilemma

posted here by Sue Calloway (December 19,2013)Phil Robertson, one of the stars of the top-rated "Duck Dynasty" show, has been suspended from the series. What does this mean for Under Armour's ties to the family? Apparel from Baltimore's Under Armour features prominently on two TV shows, "Duck Dynasty" and "Buck Commander." Credit: Buck Commander website Baltimore-based Under Armour – which provides much of the camouflage clothing worn by the stars of the “Duck Dynasty”reality TV show – has a dilemma. One of the show’s stars, family patriarch Phil Robertson, was suspended following hisanti-gay remarks in GQ magazine, reports theBaltimore Business... Read more →

OBITUARY: Sister Gertrude Mary Kerin, OP AGE: 99 • formerly of Gloucester City

ondolences Sister Gertrude Mary Kerin, OP of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, died on December 7 at Saint Mary's Home in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. She was 99 years of age. The daughter of the late Thomas F. and Gertrude Murnane Kerin, she was born November 22, 1914 in Chicago, Illinois. Sister Gertrude Mary entered the novitiate of the Dominican Sisters of Newburgh on September 8, 1935, made her First Profession June 27, 1937, and Final Profession August 4, 1943. Sister Gertrude Mary earned her BS in Home Economics from the College of St. Elizabeth, her MA in Education from... Read more →

John W. Birney Sr., of Gloucester City; Pine Grove Fire Co. Volunteer, Ironworker, Army Veteran

GLOUCESTER CITY NJ ( W. Birney Sr., of Gloucester City, NJ, lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. He was 84-years-old. Mr. Birney was a lifelong resident of Gloucester City. He worked as an Ironworker for Local #401, Philadelphia until his retirement in 1971. John was an Army veteran and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3620, and the American Legion Post #135 both located in Gloucester City. John was a Gloucester City volunteer fireman and a lifetime member of the Pine Grove Fire Department. For a good number of years Mr. Birney coached... Read more →

Spotlight on Gloucester City's Jack Pyrah

THIS ARTICLE WAS POSTED HERE ON January 31, 2007 Jack on Jack: A Look at Coaching Legend Jack Pyrah BY JACK HEATH Near the shadow of the Walt Whitman Bridge in Gloucester City, NJ resides one of the best track coaches in the country. Jack Pyrah, now 87 years old, spent 26 years as Villanova assistant track coach under legendary Villanova coach Jumbo Elliott and 26 years as Villanova’s head cross-country coach. Elliott, considered by many to be the best American distance coach of all time, coached at Villanova for 47 years before passing away in March of 1981. Pictured-... Read more →

Joan Marie Wimmer, age 80, of Gloucester City NJ

WIMMER JOAN MARIE (Nee Clayton) of Gloucester City, NJ, age 80, passed away on December 16, 2013. She was the beloved wife, for 57 years, of Richard Wimmer; loving mother of Sharon L. Norman and husband James of Mechanicsville, VA and Richard A. Wimmer and wife Suzanne of Boothwyn, PA; loving grandmother of Janine and James Norman and Katie and Meghan Wimmer. She is also survived by her sister Margaret Quinn of Colmar, PA and brother, William Clayton, of Landsdale, PA. Joan loved her home and was a loving mother to her children and Nana to her grandchildren. She loved... Read more →

Ruth C. Behm, age 84, of Gloucester City, NJ

BEHM Ruth C. On December 11, 2013 a lifelong resident of Gloucester City, NJ, age 84 years. She is the beloved wife of the late John M. Behm, loving mother of Johanna Kulig (the late Peter) and Patricia Kuni (Jim) and cherished grandmother of Christopher Kulig (Melissa), Jamie Everwine (Anthony) and Stephanie Kuni and great grandmother of Mark, Emily, Sierra and Ashlynn. Mrs. Behm was a longtime and devotedParishoner of St. Mary’s Church and loved spending time on the Ocean City Beach. Relatives and friends are invited to meet Tuesday morning from 10:00am to 12:00 noon at St. Mary’s RC... Read more →

Bill's Opinion/JANUARY 2007 Cheers and Jeers

THIS ARTICLE WAS POSTED HERE ON January 20, 2007 CHEERS AND JEERS By Bill Cleary Every month ClearysNotebook cheers those who made our area a better place in which to live and jeers those whose action merit derision. Cheers for the 2007 Gloucester City Council. For the first time in many years our City Leaders approved the broadcasting of the monthly council meetings. Although some of the incumbents members (Kaye, Kormann, and Loebell) wanted to discuss the motion in cacuas, Mayor James, Councilmen Brophy, Hagan, and Marchese called for a public vote at the January 4 meeting. The motion passed... Read more →


Follow NORAD as they track Santa during his test flight prior to Dec. 24! Satellites, radars, fighter aircraft and more! CHECK OUT POSTED HERE BY Susan Calloway Related articles Senate vote clears budget deal for passage this week - USA TODAY Mega Millions: 30% chance no one hits jackpot, lottery official says - Los Angeles Times Snowden Offers to Help Brazil With NSA Inquiry - New York Times Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson won't seek new term - USA TODAY As NORAD Tracks Santa, Critics Track NORAD Read more →

Megyn Kelly Responds to Controversy Over White Santa and White Jesus Comments |

Fox News Megyn Kelly responds to the liberal only media firestorm that started when she talked about a piece about white Santas and that Santa should be black. Megyn's tongue in cheek humor was lost of the liberal crowd who is always watching for Fox News to slip up. posted December 16, 2013 posted here by Susan Calloway Related articles Megyn Kelly's 'Santa Is Just White' Controversy Inspires Emotional Letter from MSNBC Host - Addressed to North Pole Megyn Kelly Replies to Racist Santa Controversy: It Was a Humor Joke! (Video) Which Jesus Do We Worship? Megyn Kelly,... Read more →

Letters: Regarding Bill's Cheers and Jeers Column

This article was posted here on January 24, 2007 (January 24, 2007)GLOUCESTER CITY NJ-- Airing the monthly Council Meetings should only be the first step in this process. The Caucus and the Worksession meetings (public portion) should also be taped, as well as the Planning Board and Historic Meetings. If we are going to be informed than why not fully? Most of the real work is decided in Worksession and Caucus Meetings. During the Worksession meetings, the department heads are present as well as the engineer. Council also gives an overview of the Committee happenings. Both are public meetings and... Read more →

UEZ Helping to Improve Local Commerce

POSTED HERE ON JANUARY 12, 2007 City UEZ Board Assisting Local Business To Expand; Deal Pending State Approval By William E. Cleary Sr. GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (January 12, 2007)The Gloucester City UEZ (Urban Enterprise Zone) Board at their Novembermeeting agreed to purchase the Gloucester Plumbing Supply property at 327-337 South Broadway for $600,000. At the December Board meeting, Gina Dunphy, local UEZ Director asked the members to increase the project amount by $40,000. Dunphy explained the Board in November did not budget enough funds to cover professional services (legal, title report, appraisal, environmental, etc.). A motion to approve the... Read more →


FIRST Published December 17, 2012 BY William E. Cleary Sr. Gloucester City NJ (December 17, 2012)-Gloucester City Mayor and Council passed a resolution at the December 3 meeting that authorizes payments to those employees who have other health insurance to waive coverage under the municipality’s plan. In consideration of such waiver the employee will receive annual payment of $5,000. Those who elected to accept the $5,000 waiver included five members of City Council, (Mayor Wm. James, and council members, John Hutchinson, Jay Brophy, Nicholas Marchese, and Helen Bucher) all part-time employees and 15 full-time employees. See list below. The... Read more →

Brooklawn New Jersey History |

POSTED HERE ON December 06, 2006 Brooklawn NJ Brooklawn: Homes for shipbuilders were basis for new town JOSE F. MORENO/Courier-Post file Brooklawn's American Legion World Series Champions celebrate as they get out of the bus after winning in 2001. DID YOU KNOW? The borough of Brooklawn was originally called Noreg Village. HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS 1844: Camden County is created out of a larger Gloucester County. Camden includes Gloucester City, Gloucester Township, Newton, Washington Township and Waterford. 1855: Center Township is formed, including what will become Brooklawn. 1923: The federal government auctions off 451 homes in and around Brooklawn. 1924: Brooklawn incorporates... Read more →

Who Remembers The Bulletin? |

POSTED HERE ON December 07, 2006 Nearly Everybody Read the Bulletin By Jay Wyatt "Nearly Everybody Reads the Bulletin." Or, so claimed one of Philadelphia's oldest and most revered newspapers, The Evening Bulletin. Factory workers and businessmen streamed down the streets of Center City during the hustle-bustle madness of Philadelphia's evening rush hour. Hurrying to catch the next train or trolley, they often found the time to stop at a sidewalk newsstand and pick up the latest edition of the "The Bulletin." Indeed, by the 1960s, the paper stood as America's largest evening daily with a circulation over 750,000. The... Read more →

Letter to the Editor: Grinch Steals Christmas

Dear Bill, It seems that the Grinch was a much nicer character than the guys who hate for a living. It would seem that the same extremists who would ruin a Fourth of July to find a pulpit would also abuse a sacred holiday to to the same thing. Being on a watchlist for extremist activities only emboldens folks who cannot win their case in a legitimate and legislative fashion. The same cast of forlorn and dangerously addled folks that tried to disrupt Gloucester City are planning to protest the Rider Westminster Choir College annual Christmas Concert performed by the... Read more →

Gloucester City Fireman Weighs in on the Controversy |

THIS ARTICLE WAS POSTED HERE ON January 29, 2007 Judy, GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (JANUARY 29, 2007)--What a sad and distorted picture you paint of your local firefighters. For the record I am proud to say I am a career firefighter with the GCFD and the Vice President of Local 51 of the FMBA . There are several issues that you are attempting to bring light to that really need to be clarified. First-yes we do only work 8 days a month. That works out to be 24 hour shifts every four days. Those three days off that we have are... Read more →

Thumbs up; Thumbs down aka CHEERS AND JEERS

THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE POSTED HERE December 11, 2006 by William E. Cleary SR. Congratulations to former Gloucester City Police Chief Ted Howarth on being named the Lions/Rotary Clubs Citizen of the Year. For his entire adult life Ted has always been a civic minded person who has given his time to so many projects and organizations it would be impossible to mention them all. The honor of naming Ted, Citizens of the Year, is long overdue. According to newspaper reports all schools in Cinnaminson and Gloucester City will be closed today Monday, December 11, as will the Burlington County... Read more →


This article was posted here on December 11, 2006 See Cleary's comment at the bottom of article By LAVINIA DeCASTRO Courier-Post Staff HADDON TWP. The last of the legal battles between Haddon Township Commissioner Kathleen Hogan and Mayor William J. Park has come to an end. In a decision filed Dec. 1, U.S. District Court Judge Jerome B. Simandle issued summary judgment in favor of the defendants. Simandle noted in his decision the running mates became political enemies shortly after the election, when Park and Commissioner James T. Broderick failed to second Hogan's motion to provide health benefits to elected... Read more →

GLOUCESTER CITY NEW JERSEY: Juvenile Delinquents Destroy Lions Club Rest Stop

THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE WAS POSTED HERE December 26, 2006 (photos and article by Bill Cleary) GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (December 26, 2006)--The Gloucester City Lions Club Gazebo was demolished today, Tuesday, December 26 by workers from the City Highway Department. According to Dayl Baile, Lions Club President, the action was taken because vandals had continually destroyed the gazebo over the past several years. The structure was erected, using pressure treated wood, in 1998 by volunteers from the Lions Club. The public also contributed funds for memorial bricks. The rest stop was for joggers and the public to have a spot to... Read more →


THIS ARTICLE WAS POSTED HERE December 22, 2006 .....Demolition of the GAF and Vanquard Buildings Is Finished photo and comment by Bill Cleary Gloucester City NJ (December 22, 2006)--The clearing of the site for Meadowbrook II is nearing completion. If the weather continues to be favorable it is possible that construction could begin in the spring. Speaking of new construction. The Scarborough project on the grounds of the Holt Corporate Office building (the former Coast Guard property) is still a go according to sources. If you recall the incumbent council candidates announced several weeks before the November election that Scarborough... Read more →

Gary Gross Sr., Owner of ECarol Insulators Succumbs, Former Gloucester City Resident

By William E. Cleary Sr. Gary Gross Sr., , of Marco island, Florida succumbed to cancer on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at the age of 68. A former resident of Gloucester City and East Greenwich, Mr. Gross was the founder and owner of ECarol Insulators and a member of the Pipe Coverers Union Local 14, Philadelphia. An avid hunter and fisherman he belonged to the now defunct Gloucester City Rod and Gun Club, and the defunct Gloucester City AC Hawks. He also enjoyed playing golf. Born and raised in Gloucester City Gary’s nickname was “The Woo”. His brother Bill... Read more →


POSTED HERE ON June 10, 2009 By William E. Cleary GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (JUNE 10, 2009)--Jimmy Day was a long time fixture in Gloucester City for many years. A product of the “Rock and Roll” era of the 50’s and 60’s he was a handsome lad who had curly black hair and a warm smile. He was educated in the local public school system, loved to play sports, enjoy shooting pool, playing cards and having a few beers with his friends. He was also one of the original members of the now defunct Gloucester City A.C. Hawks and in... Read more →

CNB ARCHIVES 2007: A conversation with Mayor James

POSTED HERE ON February 07, 2007 Ask the Mayor By William E. Cleary GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (February 7, 2007)--On Tuesday night (February 6) I had the opportunity to question Gloucester City Mayor William James on a number of topics that have come up during his first month in office. Question-What can you tell me about the City's purchase of the Dooley's property, Broadway and Cumberland Street on October 6, 2006? Mayor James-The incumbent council members (Hagan, Kaye, Kormann, Loebell) were asked for the details at last night's work session of council. We (newcomer councilman Brophy, Marchese and myself) were... Read more →

CNB ARCHIVES 2007: How does the song go, "They tore down paradise, put up a parking lot"

The following article posted January 31, 2007 By William E. Cleary Sr. Dooley's Bar Comes Tumbling Down; Cost to the taxpayer $34,400 GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (January 31, 2007)--The empty tavern/restaurant, owned by Gerald F. Dooley Inc., at the corner of Broadway and Cumberland Street , City, has been demolished. Hired to do the work was Franchi Demolition & Excavating, Inc. from Camden, the low bidder, at a cost of $34,400. The city purchased the building in October for $425,000. The intricate details of the purchase was never released to the public. Supposedly it is to be the future home of... Read more →