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CORRECTION: The High School Coach of the Year was Mike Bylone from St Augustine High School and Gloucester Catholic's baseball team received a plaque for winning the Non-Public B State Championship in 2018

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CHEER-Dr. Carl Vitola was named the best urgent care physician by the Washington Township Chamber of Commerce in their annual salute to local businesses.  Dr. Vitola Screen Shot 2018-12-19 at 12.33.06works at the AFC Urgent Care Center 475 Huffville-Crosskeys Road Suite B, Sewell.` He has been practicing family medicine for 40 years. In 1978 he graduated from Kansas City University Of Medicine Bioscience College Of Osteopathic Medicine.  A former resident of Gloucester City he had his office on Monmouth Street for many years.


JEER—This past October New Jersey's gas tax was increased by 4.3 cents a gallon or more than 10 percent under a bipartisan law enacted Screen Shot 2017-12-05 at 19.7.05in 2016. As such the new 41.4 cent-per-gallon tax rate gives the state the fifth-highest gas tax in country. Though it is still be lower than neighboring New York and Pennsylvania. Early this year  Governor Murphy raised the state tax on gas by 25 cents.


CHEER—Pennsylvania is spending $5 million to help homeless people in their state. “Combating homelessness and preventing someone from becoming homeless in the first place is a priority of my administration,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Our goal is simple: to eliminate homelessness in the commonwealth. These grants are another step in achieving that goal.”


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JEER—Enough is enough! The continuous flooding at the Brooklawn circle is just not acceptable. Millions of tax dollars have been spent on that problem since the 1970's. But despite all that money, along with the inconvenience to motorists during the construction period, nothing has worked.


CHEER—This, the season of giving, is a good time to remember those who pick up your trash and other debris.  They work hard in all kinds of weather and a few bucks is all that it would take to show them how much you appreciate what they do. Why you are in the spirt of giving don't forget your barber, hairdresser, letter carrier and other delivery men and women, along with any other craft that provides a service to you.

Screen Shot 2018-12-19 at 14.53.24(April 2018)-Gloucester City firemen help a motorist from his car with the aid of a  Gloucester Iron and Metal heavy equipment operator.  (photo credit Gloucester City Fire Dept.)

JEER—The road condition of New Broadway in Brooklawn along with Broadway in Gloucester City by the Little Timber Creek bridge is deplorable. Whenever there is an extreme high tide the road floods out. Add to that the many potholes and ruts in that roadway and you have a royal pain in the backside. The Camden County Freeholder Board is responsible for repairing that highway, also known as Route 551. When are the voters going to stand up to those individuals and tell them that they are not going to take it anymore. The flooding on South Broadway at the borderline between Gloucester City and Brooklawn was supposed to be fixed after the county (taxpayers)spent over $4 million and three years on repairs. Screen Shot 2018-12-18 at 16.14.25

CHEER-Gloucester Catholic High School alumni award winners (L to R) included Robert Iacovone '81 (Dr. Frank and Catherine Kelly Award); Dr. Patrick Harker '77 (Thomas Iacovone Legacy Award); Paul Kelly '76 (John and Jackie O'Donnell Award); Captain Sean McKenna '89 (Thomas Stewart III Award); and Dr. James Gross '51 (GCHS Special Recognition Award). The award was presented at the Gloucester Catholic Alumni Communion Breakfast, on November 18. (photo credit Gus Ostrum)

JEER—America’s teens report a dramatic increase in their use of vaping devices in just a single year, with 37.3 percent of 12th graders reporting “any vaping” in the past 12 months, compared to just 27.8 percent in 2017. These findings come from the 2018 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey of a nationally representative sample of eighth, 10th and 12th graders in schools nationwide, funded by a government grant to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The annual results were announced recently by the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

CHEER—The annual Thanksgiving game between Gloucester High and Gloucester Catholic did not disappoint the 800 fans who braved the frigid 28 degree temperatures. Using the running of the Rams Dashaun Harris who crossed the end line with runs of 62 and 63 yards, the Rams went on to post a 30- 4 win. Harris rushed for 222 yards for the Rams. The Lions were led by running back AJ Radlinger. With the win the Rams improved to 3-7, while the Lions dropped to 3-7 on the season.  GCHS leads the City Series 22 - 21.


Screen Shot 2018-12-19 at 15.2.01JEER— Judge Brian Martinotti of the U.S. District Court in Trenton recently granted the proposed pipeline full eminent domain rights to nearly 150 properties in New Jersey for a pipeline that might never get built. This is the first time state preserved lands have ever been condemned since the NJ Natural Lands Trust was established in 1969. (The photo of the judge courtesy of



CHEER-The Hot Stovers Baseball Club recently inductee eight new members into the South Jersey Baseball Hall of Fame. They include: Rich Bender (Delran), Greg Burke (Gloucester Catholic), Nick DelGozzo (Audubon), Rich Horan (Audubon), John Kupsey (Gloucester Catholic), Brian Meyer (Shawnee), Dan Meyer (Kingsway) and Jack Meyer (Medford).  Also veteran umpire Richard Luongo was honored for his “Long-time service and contributions to South Jersey baseball.

Named to the All South Jersey baseball team were: pitcher Cole Vanderslice St Augustine, pitcher Brian McMonagle Moorestown, pitcher Dan Nunan Ocean City, pitcher Andrew Vail Gloucester Catholic, pitcher Jesse Barbera Eastern, pitcher Dan Flake Shawnee, catcher Matt Rivera Holy Spirit, infield Evan Giordano Gloucester Catholic, infield Josh Hood St. Augustine, Infield Zac Taylor Holy Cross, infield Jake Topolski Lenape, infield Jack Walters Cherokee, outfield Nick Decker Seneca, outfield Max Dineen Pennsville, outfield Jack Herman Eastern, outfield Lillo Paxia Gloucester Catholic, designated hitter Ryan Teschko Gateway, designated hitter Jack Billings St. Augustine, utility Sky Duff Bishop Eustace, utility Will Gambino Paul VI, and MVP North-South Game Luis Vargas Millville HS. The Robert G. Bobo Scholarship was given to Josh Hood St. Augustine, Edward J. Haas Scholarship went to Ryan Colbert Bishop Eustace. The Diamond Classic Champs was Eastern HS

JEER—Philadelphia has seen more homicides this year than in any other in over a decade, as a particularly violent summer morphed into a deadly fall. Police data show that there have been 333 homicides in the city as of Sunday, an 11 percent increase over the same period last year, according to a WPVI Channel 6 report. New York and Los Angeles, with populations much larger than Philadelphia's 1.5 million, have had fewer homicides this year. Overwhelmingly, the victims tend to be young, black men in neighborhoods struggling with poverty, city data show. Philadelphia is the poorest big city in the country.

CHEER-NJ Transit employees donated toys at a dozen collection points at facilities throughout the state which brought in more than 250 new, packaged toys.  NJ Transit employees also donated 292 new and gently worn coats. During the last several years, personnel have contributed thousands of toys distributed to community-based charitable organizations in north and south Jersey.  This year’s toys will be donated to and distributed by the non-profit Prevent Child Abuse- New Jersey (PCA-NJ), a statewide charity that promotes great childhoods, positive parenting and healthy child development.

JEER—Former Gloucester City Prosecutor Paul Dougherty, a former Haddon Township Commissioner, who was also the municipal prosecutor in Cherry Hill, Screen Shot 2018-12-18 at 16.18.48Clementon, and Medford was in an Atlantic County courtroom recently facing charges that he left the scene of a car accident and was driving with an expired license, according to . He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of failure to report an accident and failure to exhibit a license, a court administrator said. Last month, Dougherty, 48, pleaded guilty for accepting a $7,000 referral fee from a law firm after steering a disgruntled employee to a lawyer who successfully sued his own municipal government. In exchange for his guilty plea and resignation from his elected position, the state attorney general agreed to recommend probation instead of jail time. (image of Dougherty courtesy of AG)


CHEER-The Gloucester Township Police Department, with a partnership with the Gloucester Township Target, participated in its  annual Heroes and Helpers Program (Shop With a Cop). Gift cards were purchased for each child to spend on Christmas gifts for their families. The children were chosen with the assistance of the Gloucester Township Public School District.The Gloucester Township Police Department was able to help out approximately 24 children and their families.  Each child were able to shop with the help of a Gloucester Township Police Officer. They then picked out $100 worth of Christmas presents. On the day of the event, Target, Chick Fil A, and Gloucester Township FOP Lodge 206 provided food for the children. Additional donations were made by Civilian Gloucester Township Staff and Blackwood Kiwanis.


JEER-Felony charges were filed Desiree Peterkin-Bell, a former senior Nutter. The Screen Shot 2018-12-19 at 15.15.27charges stem from a presentment by the Forty-first Statewide Investigating Grand Jury following an investigation into Peterkin-Bell’s frequent, escalating use of two credit cards belonging to a city-related, non-profit organization known as the Fund for Philadelphia (“the Fund”) over the course of a three year period from early 2013 until late 2015.  The Grand Jury also found evidence that she illegally used $225,000 of public dollars designated for City services related to the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic bike race to satisfy multiple other debts which she incurred in relation to other City events and contracts.  (image of Peterkin-Bell courtesy of  The Philadelphia Tribune)




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