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THE UNBEATEN GHS GRIDIRON TEAMS—Philadelphia Inquirer Sports reporter Phil Anastasia wrote a nice article April 14 on the Gloucester High unbeaten football teams of the 1969-70-71. Those players will be inducted into the Gloucester High School Athletic Hall of Fame on May 12. Other inductees are Rhonda Bennett (Class of 2001), Ashley Boulden-Myers (2003), Walt Burrows (1945), Erin James-Gorman (2000), Mike Hutchinson (1975), Sean Gorman (1998), MollyAnne Light (1999), Jason McDonnell (1999), Joe Murphy (1981), and Harry Thomas (2000). Tickets, $40, must be purchased in advance. Contact the high school for more information.

Here is an excerpt of that article.

And even after nearly 50 years, some of those guys still lament the smudges on their otherwise unblemished record, the two ties in three seasons, including the 8-8 deadlock with Delsea in 1971 in a battle of unbeaten teams in freezing rain in one of the most famous Thanksgiving Day games in South Jersey history.

But those Gloucester guys would do well to remember that when they walked off the field in Franklinville following their final game, soaked with sweat and splattered with mud after a tie they all swore felt like a loss, they had compiled the best three-year record ever by a South Jersey football team.

They also had set a South Jersey record for points in a season with 366. And their three-year mark of 25-0-2 looks only better with age, especially since those feats on football fields on fall mornings have come to symbolize a magical time in the sports-crazed, tight-knit town that sits beneath the shadow of the Walt Whitman Bridge.

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COUNCILMAN MEVOLI TO BE HONORED—The Brooklawn Shade Tree Commission Screen Shot 2018-04-18 at 15.22.34will hold an Arbor Day Celebration this Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 11 am. at the Fireman's Circle near Memorial Park as the community honors Councilman Mike Mevoli for his many years of service to our residents with a tree dedication in his honor. The program includes guest speakers and a very special performance of the National Anthem. Refreshments will follow the event. The public is invited and urged to attend.
The Borough is holding its 2nd Annual Spring Fair and Shred Event on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Brooklawn Community Center located at 101 2nd Street. (The Paper Shred Event will be from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
The day will feature vendors from Camden County who will offer information on available resources through the County.

NO MUNICIPAL TAX INCREASE IN MT. EPHRAIM— Mt. Ephraim Mayor Joe Wolk and Commissioners Andy Gilmore and Michael Tovinsky introduced the Borough's 2018 budget totaling $6.01 million. As a result of good financial planning by the commissioners the local purpose tax will remain at $1.317 per $100 of assessed valuation, the same as last year. As such the average property owner assessed at $145,000 will continue to pay about $1,910 in municipal taxes. Budget hearing is set for May 3.

NO MUNICIPAL TAX HIKE IN WESTVILLE-Mayor Russel Welsh thanked all those who worked on this year's municipal budget especially Administrator Ryan Giles and Chief Financial Officer Jack Bruno. The borough's budget totals $5,753,000.

THERE WAS A TIME—Does anyone remember the last time there was no municipal tax increase in the City of Gloucester City? We are 99 percent sure that under the James administration the local purpose tax has gone up every year since he took office in 2007. If you do let us know

Screen Shot 2017-12-05 at 19.7.05 In 2013 we wrote an article on Gloucester City's bond/loan debt. At that time taxpayers owed $35,195,900. In 2006, before the James administration assumed control of the city, the taxpayers debt was just $6 million. Maybe it is time we update that article.  Related: Love Your Money


NEW TITLE FOR SAUNDERS—Gloucester City Mayor and Council created a new unclassified position in the fire department in March. The title is Confidential Assistant (Fire) which pays an annual salary of $32,000. The job will be held by Robert Saunders, who previously held the title of Emergency Management Coordinator (EMC), a job he had performed for decades. His previous salary was also $32,000. Assuming the EMC title is Fire Chief Michael Hagan.

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NEW CITY EMPLOYEES—The Gloucester City Fire Department welcomed two new members in March. They are Christoper Ryan and Eric Glassman. The Gloucester City Police Department also hired two new employees Johanna James and William DeFoney.

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