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Lawnside Volunteer Fire Company's History to be Featured in a Zoom Presentation

LAWNSIDE, New Jersey (Dec. 1, 2022) -- From bucket brigade in the 20th century to modern trucks and firefighting techniques, the Lawnside Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 has come a long way. Samuel “Butch” Funches, Jr., a life member and former chief, will talk about its 110- Past Chief Funches will be discussing the history of the Lawnside Fire Company! Register with the link, , to get the zoom link. year history in a Zoom presentation for the Lawnside Historical Society. This virtual event, Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m., is free to the public. Register in advance online at Funches, a former Lawnside policeman and member of the county sheriff's department, has spent 55 years as a Lawnside fireman. In 2006, he recorded a video oral history along with former chief Franklin Harper, Sr. Firefighting is a local family tradition with fathers, sons and grandsons serving in... Read more →

Gloucester City History: Historic Postcard/Photo of Remains of the Frigate Augusta

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (November 28, 2022)(CNBNews)--Going thru an old file belonging to my father, George F. Sr., I discovered the photo/postcard below given to my dad by Mayor Fred Floyd, a Republican, who was elected mayor in 1955. He succeeded Philip Rea, 1950-1954, also a Republican. In the 1950s, Gloucester City Historian Harry Green sent the picture below to Mayor Floyd about the remains of the historic Frigate Augusta sunk on October 22, 1777, at the battle of Red Bank, National Park. Some of the lumber from that ship landed at the foot of Market Street, Gloucester City. Floyd wrote, "This is the only remaining historic landmark existing in our City, and I think a cut of this should be used in the proposed history. It is not known if that ever happened. The U.S. Coast Guard Base appears to be in the foreground.... Read more →



1. c. toward the river 2. a. the Kittyhawk 3. c. 514 4. c. 1902 5. d. She refused to holster her gun. 6. a. 1888 7. a. February, 1961 8. c. or d. It depends how "dainty" your parents thought their daughters were. 9. a. Sherrif West 10. fill in as many as you can, we'll print the answers later. Dorothy Philbin | CNBNewsnet How much do you know about the city in which you live or were raised? Here are 10 questions about our town with four possible answers. Some questions go back 300 years and some go back 300 minutes. Let us know how you did (if you want to) in the comments. 1. You are standing in the middle of Monmouth St. and Broadway. You read an article in Cleary's Note Book that an accident occurred two blocks west. In what direction will you walk? a.... Read more →

ADPI Says NJ Ranks Seventh in Overall Propensity

WASHINGTON, November 15, 2022 – New Jersey ranks seventh in overall prosperity according to the American Dream Prosperity Index (ADPI), released this month by the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream in partnership with Legatum Institute. The United States continues to see a rise in prosperity, even as we faced the long-term impacts of a pandemic and the economic realities of rising inflation and a shrinking economy. But while the overall trend points to a prosperous nation, prosperity continues to be unequally distributed regionally, often eluding rural communities and Black Americans. Prosperity is a multidimensional concept which the American Dream Prosperity Index seeks to measure, explore, and understand. The framework of the Index captures prosperity through three equally-weighted domains which are the essential foundations of prosperity — Inclusive Societies, Open Economies, and Empowered People. These domains are made up of 11 pillars of prosperity, built upon 49 actionable policy... Read more →

Idella Jane Disney Mackle of Audubon

February 4, 1927 - November 12, 2022 A lifelong resident of Audubon, NJ, Idella Jane passed away on November 12, 2022 at the age of 95. She was the beloved wife of the late James J. Mackle. Loving mother of Laurie A. (Stephen) Fox (nee Mackle. Devoted grandmother of Stephen J. Fox and Rebecca M. Fox. Cherished daughter of the late Howard and Theodora Disney, Sr. Dear sister of the late Howard (Kay) Disney, Jr. She is also survived by nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the family on Monday, November 21, 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon at the FOSTER-WARNE FUNERAL HOME, 820 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ. A Celebration of Life service will follow at 12:00 Noon. Interment will be private for family at Locustwood Memorial Park, Cherry Hill, NJ. Read more →

GCN Archives (1948-2005): Lions Win Over Clayton And Lose To Salem

First appeared in the Gloucester City News (newspaper) on January 30, 1986 Gloucester High School's basketball team, having divided a pair of games last week, finds itself in a position of having to win two of its next three games to qualify for state tournament play. The Lions took a 6-7 record to Carneys Point this past Tuesday to face an improving St. James' team. A win would've given them a 7-7 record, with games against Glassboro and Schalick remaining before next Tuesday's cutoff date for the tournament. Glassboro visits the Lions tomorrow night (Friday), and Schalick travels to Gloucester for an important game next Tuesday. If the Lions weren't victorious against St. James, its tournament hopes would appear bleak heading into the Glassboro games. "I think we can beat Glassboro," said Burke, "but it would take a maximum effort on our part. We would have to play better than... Read more →



Hollywood boat houses 100 unit block of Market Street 1920s Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (November 6, 2022)--Gloucester City has a long, long, and exciting history. Here are some facts you may (or may not) know about our city. It was discovered by Captain Cornelius Mey (May), who also found Cape May and Mays Landing. It was settled between 1623 and 1626 (historians disagree.) If 1623 is the actual date, we will celebrate our 400th anniversary next year. We had our own royalty. William "Billy" Thompson was born in Northern Ireland but moved to and put Gloucester City on the map. He was given the nickname "The Duke of Gloucester City." Poet Walt Whitman lived in Camden and, on occasion, would come down to Gloucester City to have a meal with Billy Thompson. They usually ate planked shad. Gloucester City was once the county seat for Gloucester County.... Read more →

GCN Archives 1950-2005; Gloucester City Local Tax Rate Decreases; 1st Time In 16 Years

Previously published in the Gloucester City News 1986 GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (1986)--"For the first time in 16 years, the citizens of Gloucester City will realize a decrease in their local purpose tax. On top of this, our administration plans to implement over $200,000 in capital improvements this year," commented Independent Mayor Robert Bevan at last Thursday's budget meeting. "City departments will be upgraded, the city's parks and playgrounds will be improved, and streets will resurface. "The future of Gloucester City looks bright thanks to the new systems that council put into effect this year. I want to thank members of the council, especially those on the finance committee, for their hard work on this year's budget, " said the mayor. The new budget, which passed unanimously, increased approximately four percent and totaled $5,920,490 or $225,235 more than the 1987 figure of $5,695,255. To be raised by local taxation is $1,758,289... Read more →

GCN ARCHIVES (1948-2005) : Robert "Reds' Richards, First Rate Baseball Pitcher; Local Disc Jockey, Record Promoter

Published in the Gloucester City News, May 30, 2002 Robert R. Richards, an outstanding baseball pitcher in his youth, died after a brief illness on May 19, 2002. He was 60 years old. Bob "Reds" Richards Reds, as he was known by his friends and family, played on the 1954 Gloucester City Little League All-Star Team. That team was only one win away from competing in the Little League World Series before it lost. Incidentally, Reds received his nickname from his bright red hair. Mr. Richards continued his success on the pitcher mound for four years at Gloucester Catholic High School. Upon graduation in 1960, the Milwaukee Braves signed him to a major league contract. (The Milwaukee team was called the Braves in 1960). But shortly after signing the contract, he hurt his arm and had to retire from his dream of playing in the “big leagues.” Reds were sharp-witted... Read more →

GCN Archives (1948-2005)Mr. Louis Barber, The Glassman, Succumbs, at 97; Collected Glass, Old Newspapers in Gcity

by Connie Cleary Woods/Staff reporter Gloucester City News, February 2002 Louis H. Barber, “The Glassman,” of West Deptford, passed away suddenly on Monday, February 18, 2002, at the age of 97. You could say Mr. Barber started recycling before many communities. He made a living for 20 years, collecting used bottles and newspapers weekly from businesses and residents in Gloucester City and nearby towns. He then would take the tons of glass and newspapers to the junkyard. The Glassman had a strong resembelance to the Jazz Trumpet Player Louie Armstrong Mr. Barber retired from the defunct Armstrong Cork, where Holt Cargo is today, unloading ships. He was a likable man who had great wit and would greet friends and strangers with a big broad smile and a hardy laugh. He sounded a lot like Louis Armstrong, the famous jazz trumpet player and singer. He was a regular at Jim's Pizzeria,... Read more →

Video: Fond Memories of 1950s and 1960s, Great Music and Great Cars

American Bandstand A great look back at the 1950s and 1960s should bring back fond memories for anyone that grew up in that era. Great music and classic cars. Unlike today when every car looks exactly alike, in those days, you could tell whether it was a Chevy, Ford, Plymouth, Pontiac, etc., and the year it was made by just looking at it. 1959 Corvette If you like this video, be sure to watch The Best Of Times II. source BIG GEEK DADDY- Read more →

(GCN Archives 1948-2005): Gov. Florio To Attend Brooklawn Post 72 Legion Banquet (1-2-1992)

EDITOR'S NOTE-(Gloucester City, NJ)(October 4, 2022)--The Cleary family owned the Gloucester City News, Inc. (GCN) for 57 years (1948 up until 2005). Over the next several weeks, we will post articles that appeared in the paper from that period on ClearysNoteBook (CNBNewsnet) ( The Internet became a reality in 1983. For many years, the Internet was mainly used by government groups and scientists, but in 1995, commercial Internet access started to be sold to consumers. As a result of our effort, the stories we will be publishing will now be available on the World Wide Web. If you have an obituary or a news article published in the Gloucester City News from the period mentioned that you would like to share with the world, send it to Gov. Florio To Attend Brooklawn Post 72 Legion Banquet Published in the Gloucester City News January 2, 1992 The Honorable James J.... Read more →

Cornell University Professor James Gross Retires; former Gloucester City Resident and GCHS Alum Class of '51

EDITOR'S NOTE: Professor James Gross graduated from Gloucester Catholic High School, class of '51. After high school, he attended LaSalle, then Temple for his M.A, followed by the University of Wisconsin for his PH.D. His cousin, Bill Waters, of Gloucester City, said, " He grew up at 229 Hudson Street, in the house next to Max's Restaurant's parking lot. Jim is a regular at the annual Gloucester Catholic Alumni Communion Breakfast and is among the top one or two scholarship sponsors." ***** Professor James Gross Retires After 56 Years Professor James Gross (photo) was teaching at the College of the Holy Cross when he learned that the ILR School valued teaching as much as big-time research. “It was exactly what I was looking for.” In July 1966, he arrived at Cornell. Fifty-six years later, he is retiring as the tenured faculty member with the longest run in ILR history. Worker... Read more →

GCN ARCHIVES (1948-2005)Stiles Award Presented To Green & Campbell

EDITOR'S NOTE-(Gloucester City, NJ)(October 4, 2022)--The Cleary family owned the Gloucester City News, Inc. (GCN) for 57 years (1948 up until 2005). Over the next several weeks, we will post articles that appeared in the paper from that period on ClearysNoteBook (CNBNewsnet) ( The Internet became a reality in 1983. For many years, the Internet was mainly used by government groups and scientists, but in 1995, commercial Internet access started to be sold to consumers. As a result of our effort, the stories we will be publishing will now be available on the World Wide Web. If you have an obituary or a news article published in the Gloucester City News from the period mentioned that you would like to share with the world, send it to +++++ Stiles Award Presented To Green & Campbell (1st row) Anne, Michaeleen, Karen Stiles. (2nd row)Jim Goldschmidt, Bob Bevan, Mike Campbell, Shawn... Read more →

GCN ARCHIVES (1948-2005)Pupil Enrollment in Gloucester City Public Schools Continues to Decline (11-20-1980)

EDITOR'S NOTE-(Gloucester City, NJ)(October 4, 2022)--The Cleary family owned the Gloucester City News, Inc. (GCN) for 57 years (1948 up until 2005). Over the next several weeks, we will post articles that appeared in the paper from that period on ClearysNoteBook (CNBNewsnet) ( The Internet became a reality in 1983. For many years, the Internet was mainly used by government groups and scientists, but in 1995, commercial Internet access started to be sold to consumers. As a result of our effort, the stories we will be publishing will now be available on the World Wide Web. If you have an obituary or a news article published in the Gloucester City News from the period mentioned that you would like to share with the world, send it to +++++ Pupil Enrollment in Gloucester City Public Schools Continues to Decline by Connie L. Cleary Gloucester City News November 20, 1980 Dr.... Read more →

Coming to Gloucester City, NJ: " The Wave", A New Public Landmark in Proprietors Park

CNBNewsnet file photo GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (October 3, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--After several years of development, "The Wave" will be rising in Proprietors Park. The unveiling will occur on October 8, 2022, at 4 pm at Proprietors Park, Gloucester City, NJ, during our Pack the Park Fall Festival celebration. The installation, dedicated to former Mayor Bill James and created in partnership with the Hearth Community Fund, was designed by NY based artist Winter Willoughby-Spera as part of a winning plan to beautify and redevelop Gloucester City's historic harbor front. "The Wave" showcases hundreds of fish sculptures painted by residents of all ages in response to the prompt: "What does Gloucester City mean to you?" The fish are symbolic of each citizen's story, forming "The Wave" that represents the legacy of Gloucester's historic waterfront and the promise of the city's future in its community. In 2015, Willoughby-Spera envisioned visitors approaching an installation that celebrates... Read more →

GCN ARCHIVES 1948-2005)--Services Held For John J. Ryan Gloucester City News Employee (September 1, 1988)

EDITOR'S NOTE-(GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ)(October 3, 2022)--The Cleary family owned the Gloucester City News, Inc. (GCN) for 57 years (1948 up until 2005). Over the next several weeks, we will post articles that appeared in the paper from that period on ClearysNoteBook (CNBNewsnet) ( The Internet became a reality in 1983. For many years, the Internet was mainly used by government groups and scientists, but in 1995, commercial Internet access started to be sold to consumers. As a result of our effort, the stories we will be publishing will now be available on the World Wide Web. If you have an obituary or a news article published in the Gloucester City News from the period mentioned that you would like to share with the world, send it to +++++ Services Held For John J. Ryan Gloucester City News Employee by William E. Cleary, Sr., Editor & Publisher Published in the... Read more →

William J Harris III 80 of Woodbine, formerly of Bellmawr

William J Harris III “Bill” 80 of Woodbine, NJ, formerly of Bellmawr, NJ passed away peacefully at home on September 12th, 2022. Bill was predeceased by his Parents William and Julia. He is survived by his beloved wife of almost 60 years, Carol A (Holland). Beloved Father to Kelly Aulenbach (Jeff) of Bellmawr, NJ and Denise Fair (Joe) of Sicklerville, NJ. Treasured Grandfather to Gretchen Elizabeth Aulenbach, Lilliana Grace Fair and his only Grandson Brett Alexander Fair. Loving Brother-in-law to Denise Bohr (Niels) of Manahawkin NJ and Edward Holland (Cathy) of Berlin, NJ. Fun-loving Uncle to Eddie, Nancy, David, Becky, Kristin, Justin and Gina. Loving cousin to Theresa, Patti and Frances. Graveside inurnment Wed., Oct. 5, 2022 at 11 am in the Cape May County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 127 Crest Haven Rd, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Thoughts and prayers at: Read more →

A Tour of St. Joseph's Polish Church, Camden City

Camden City, NJ—Saint Joseph’s History Society of South Camden invites the public to join us for a tour of St. Joseph’s Polish Church on October 9, 2022, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at 1010 Liberty Street, Camden, NJ 08104. The event will feature a presentation of the history of the Polish community of South Camden. The church was designed by ecclesiastical architect George I. Lovatt, Sr. in the early part of the 20th century. Its baroque style is unique among Roman Catholic churches in the Diocese of Camden. The marble altar and stunning stained-glass windows help to create a truly majestic structure. Also included in the tour are visits to the szopka (Polish mechanical nativity) and the history room, located in the parish hall, which was the original 1895 church building. For reservations and information, please email This event is one of more than seventy activities taking place... Read more →

Gloucester High Class of 1972 Celebrate 50th Reunion

UPDATED WITH NEW PHOTOS photos provided by Gary Devine GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (September 21, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--Saturday, September 17, the Gloucester City High School Class of 1972 held their 50th Reunion at the Elizabeth Ballroom, Highland Boulevard. Five years ago, the 45th Class Reunion was paid for by classmate Gregg Teears of Gloucester City. Amazingly, the 50th reunion was also paid for by two other classmates. Jim McGlade of Washington D.C. paid for the bulk of the bill, and one other donor wanted to remain anonymous. The committee paid for the decorations, favors, door prizes, and extra desserts. Gary Devine donated two door prizes. A big Shout Out to Classmate Gale Stanley of the San Francisco Bay area came the furthest. Those on the GHS 1972 Reunion Committee are Kathy Erhmann Jackson, Gregg Teears, Ruthanne Greene, Joe Bocchicchio, Joan Stainker Reagan, Kevin Boulden, Joyce Underwood Calzonetti, and Debbie Lewis Wagner. The buffet... Read more →

*Just Weeks Remaining: Rams Class of '63 Reunion

GCHS Class of '63 at their 50th Reunion. (CNBNews file photo) WEST DEPTFORD, NJ--Members of the Gloucester Catholic High School Class of 1963 are gathering at the beautiful Riverwinds Restaurant for their 60th Reunion Luncheon, on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20 located on the Delaware River in West Deptford, NJ. The social gathering will be held from noon to 4 PM. All class members at any time, including those who may have graduated elsewhere, and their guests are welcome. Cost per Person: $50 Includes an entree choice, made at the luncheon itself, of: - Salmon w/Dijon Cream Sauce (sauce may be omitted) - Chicken Marsala - New York Strip Steak Cost include incidental reunion expenses and gratuity. Cash Bar: Servers will take any alcoholic beverage orders and deliver them. Payment directly to them by cash or credit card. Tips to them for this would be appreciated. No outside beverages are permitted on... Read more →

Daniel O'Brien Beloved GCHS Educator and Friend to Many Dies in Tragic Vermont Auto Accident

UPDATED/CORRECTED GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (September 11, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--Daniel J. O’Brien, from Sandgate, Vermont, died in a single car crash on Wednesday, September 7. According to the Vermont State Police, the accident occurred on the S.E. Corners Road in Sandgate at around 4 PM on Wednesday. Danny O'Brien GCHS Graduation Photo Police say that O’Brien was traveling west when he left the traveling portion of the road, hitting a tree. He was driving a 2011 Nissan Sentra and was wearing a seatbelt. The weather was partly sunny at the time of the accident, and the road conditions were dry and dirt. From the Vermont State Police Crash Summary report: On September 7th, 2022, at approximately 1600 hours, Troopers from the Vermont State Police - Shaftsbury Barracks were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on S.E. Corners Rd. with the Town of Sandgate, VT. Investigation revealed that Daniel O'Brien (operator #1), of Sandgate... Read more →

Walt Whitman Returns to Laurel Springs

Attention history buffs. The month of October is Camden County History Month. Visit the Historic Whitman Stafford Farm House, 315 East Maple Avenue, Laurel Springs. For free house tours, Tuesday nights, October 4 and October 11. More information below. Read more →

Lawnside Historical Society News

News from The Peter Mott House Lawnside, New Jersey Getting Ready to Re-Open Mott House Re-VISITED The Historical Society has exciting plans to re-open the Peter Mott House Underground Railroad Museum on Saturday, Oct. 8. After being closed for more than two years, the house needs volunteer tour guides and will follow COVID protocols. Training is planned for Saturdays, Sept. 10, 17, and 24, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Mott House, 26 Kings Court, Lawnside. Thanks to those who have already volunteered. If you want to learn how to lead visitors on a journey to freedom, click the button. Celebrate the Society's 32nd Anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 15. Details to come. Volunteer Guide Sign-Up   Lawnside Public School, 1940. It was built in 1915 at 23 Warwick Road. Learn the History of Lawnside Public School Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. Learn about the school via Zoom as... Read more →

GROWING UP IN GLOUCESTER CITY: Harry Brannon, Singer, Songwriter, Lew Palma's House of Fun Mgr. (see PostScript)

Harry Brannon(June 19, 1920–December 29, 1991)was a famous American singer born in Gloucester City, New Jersey. Brannon regularly introduced new pop songs in a live format over New York City radio on the WOR Mutual Broadcasting Company broadcast coast to coast. For example, early in November 1949, Brannon sang "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" over the airwaves for WOR, promoting the Gene Autry classic. By November 25, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" began its appearance on the music charts. Due to its slow tempo, various famous artists, including Bing Crosby, had initially turned down the opportunity to promote the record. However, after hearing the faster and more upbeat Brannon rendition, Crosby sang his version during his CBS The Bing Crosby – Chesterfield Show radio show on December 14, 1949. Brannon is known to have recorded at least two songs during his short music career. Both were released in early 1948. One was... Read more →

Howard 'Butch' Shaffer Catches Two Big Flounder; What's the Difference Between Fluke and Flounder?

Howard Shaffer recently traveled from South Carolina to show South Jersey fishermen how to catch fluke. William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet DOWN THE SHORE--(CNBNewsnet)--Former Gloucester-ite Howard "Butch" Shaffer was at the Jersey Shore recently and caught two nice flukes, aka flounder. It just goes to show no matter how old you are, and Butch is close to 100, that you should keep yourself moving no matter your age. Shaffer has been living in South Carolina for over a decade. He and his wife, Lenore, are good friends of ours. We wrote an article about him not too long ago, which can be found here. What’s the Difference Between Fluke and Flounder? Put simply, Fluke is Flounder, according to Albert from Fluke is another name for Summer Flounder, a large, predatory Flatfish species living in the North Atlantic. People get confused because Winter Flounder also live in the same... Read more →


CNBNewsnet photo GROWING UP GLOUCESTER- In the late 70s a bus load of Gloucesterites traveled to Philadelphia to see Elvis impersonator Ed Lucky perform. Some of those in the picture are (left to right) Helene Rettig, Jan Ferry, Jim Ferry, Kay Ferry, Peg Ferry, Bill and Babe Tourtual, Janet and Bob Bevan. (Standing)-Unknown, Connie Cleary and Bill Rettig. If you recognize anyone, let us know ( Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), or simply Elvis, was an American singer and actor. Dubbed the "King of Rock and Roll", he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines during a transformative era in race relations, led him to both great success and initial controversy. (source Wikipedia). WORDS & MUSIC BY... Read more →

The Story Behind The Story:

Who Owns That Gloucester City Rental Property?

by Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Contributor Arriving in Gloucester City from Camden City via Broadway, the first street you come to is King Street, which runs north to south through the City. Above is King and Monmouth Street intersection, which separates north from south. There are only 92 homes on the street. How many of those homes are rentals? GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (August 5, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--It is said that great minds think alike. I agree. While Bill Cleary was walking up and down city streets with Peyton observing the town's problems, I was busy doing what I do best - research. I looked into the owners of every house on King Street, Market Street, Burlington/Third Streets. The results were interesting. I'll start with King Street. Obviously, since the west side of the street is waterfront, there are only 92 houses. Some of them are non-ratables (city-owned, churches, schools, etc.) so that... Read more →

The Early History of the Gloucester City Fire Department Bells, Fire Department and Police Department

First published here on Thursday, May 13, 2010 By Ed Walens Gloucester City built its first Fire Department headquarters in 1879 on Bergen Street – where the police station is now. The fire hall was built on a lot adjacent to the old City Hall, which is now the new City Hall. After 1879, several fires took place without the knowledge of some firemen because there was no alarm bell to let them know. Some concerned Gloucester City businessmen decided to approach City Council and ask that a fire alarm bell be placed in the tower of the fire hall. The Councilmen liked the idea, and wasted no time planning for the installation of a fire alarm bell. They purchased a large bell that would be heard in every corner of the town. The alarm would be set off by electricity, and Council decided to put the bell in the... Read more →

Trenton’s Revolutionary History Comes Alive

LIBERTY WEEKEND JULY 8,9, 10 The iconic vision of Washington crossing the Delaware in 1776 is etched into the minds of Americans. What may not be as well-known is how Washington’s subsequent victory in Trenton reversed our fledgling nation’s sure defeat and changed the course of history. Now, 246 years later, “Liberty Weekend” – July 8, 9 and 10, 2022 -- will tell the story and celebrate anew Trenton’s central role in American history. Visit for a full calendar of events, starting with a re-enactment of the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence outside of Philadelphia on Friday, July 8, 2022 at noon. Trentonians will gather exactly 246 years – to the hour – after the reading at the spot on Warren Street where the world outside of Philadelphia first heard the revolutionary words of the Declaration. On Saturday, July 9, 2022 start your day at 10... Read more →

All-Day Colonial Festival/Skirmish Reenactment in Haddonfield on June 4

The Skirmish Returns to South Jersey After Two-Year Pause, Bringing Outdoor Family-Fun On Saturday, June 4, 2022, the British will invade Haddonfield and be challenged by Continental troops, just as they did 244 years ago — in June 1778. The day’s events include many other activities such as a Yelling Contest, Colonial Dancing, Pillory Prisoners and Character reenactors. Plus, Soldier reenactors will be available to meet visitors before and after the Skirmish. Redcoats on horseback will charge, muskets will be fired, and the Continentals will try to stop the redcoats before they head off to the Battle at Monmouth. General Washington had ordered the militia to “annoy” the Redcoats, and so we will again. The clash and other events takes place on Kings Highway. There will be plenty of sidewalk space for viewing and cheering along Kings Highway and the conflict should take about 20 minutes. Tours of the historic... Read more →

10 Most Endangered Historic Places in NJ

PRESERVATION NEW JERSEY ANNOUNCES THE 10 MOST ENDANGERED HISTORIC PLACES LIST FOR 2022 TRENTON, NJ – In recognition of National Preservation Month, Preservation New Jersey (PNJ) announced its annual list of the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in New Jersey at a press conference at the State House Annex at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 17th 2022. PNJ was joined by the advocates for this year’s endangered historic places to support New Jersey’s threatened cultural and architectural heritage. A reception followed at the William Trent House. The 10 Most Endangered Historic Places program spotlights irreplaceable historic, architectural, cultural, and archeological resources in New Jersey that are in imminent danger of being lost. The act of listing these resources acknowledges their importance to the heritage of New Jersey and draws attention to the predicaments that endanger their survival and the survival of historic resources statewide. The list, generated from nominations by... Read more →

Cricket Betting in UK: A Brief History

Meta: A short summary on ways in which cricket betting panned out in the United Kingdom within the course of time. Read more. Cricket is one among the oldest sports prevalent throughout the UK which is considered to have originated during the late 16th century. Earlier it was known by the name Creckett especially in Southern England which is the birthplace of the great game. History tells us that the game was extremely old as there are several references that suggest it was present during the 1530s. The sport had gone through several transitions over the years and more and more exciting alterations made the game much more popular all around the world. Competitive Cricket According to primary sources, by the 17th century, cricket had evolved from a casual hobby among idle children to a sporting competition. It was a slow and gradual process in which the activity moulded itself... Read more →

GROWING UP GLOUCESTER: "Crashing" A Wedding Reception, a Saturday Night Tradition Back in the Day

by Connie Cleary Woods/Staff Reporter GROWING UP IN GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (CNBNews)--From left to right, Ed "Hootie" DiGiacomo, George Walsh, unknown, Jack "The Rat" Hargraves, unknown, Pat "Dempsey" Welsh, standing Ed Dailey. It is believed the two photos were taken at a wedding reception being held at either the VFW Hall, 27-29 North Burlington Street, Gloucester City, or the West Collingswood Fire Hall on Nicholson Road. The year of the top photo is sometime between 1960 and 1970. The photo below was taken sometime in the 70s, from left, George Cleary Jr., Ed Simila, Lou Grello, Bob Seufert, unknown, and John Azzari, unknown. Read more →

Gunfire Heard Near Gloucester City Middle School

Gloucester City Middle School, Market, and 5th Streets GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (April 25, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--Gloucester City Police were summoned to the area of the Middle School around 8 PM Sunday (April 24, 2022) to investigate a report that someone was shooting a gun. Police stated, “Upon arrival, it was determined that several shots were fired, but no one was struck by the gunfire.” Police are asking the public to call them if they have any information about the incident, at 856-456-7797. Related: Some Thoughts on the Cancellation of Gloucester City's Police Department Weekly Crime Report Gloucester City shares its north border with Camden City, one of the most dangerous communities in the country. But, even though it is so close to Camden it is very rare to have any gun violence in this small community of 11,000 plus. That is until nine months ago, on July 10, 2021, when a man... Read more →

Because of Staff Shortages, Newark School District is Recruiting Retired Teachers

Patrick Wall, Chalkbeat Newark Apr 12, 7:02pm EDT The Newark school district plans to hire dozens of retired teachers to fill open positions, as schools in Newark and nationwide continue to reel from acute staff shortages. Earlier this month, the state approved Newark Public Schools’ request to take advantage of a new state law that allows retired teachers to return to the classroom without losing their retirement pensions, the district announced Tuesday. More than 40 retired teachers have already expressed interest in returning to district schools, the announcement said. The district, which is short more than 100 teachers, also applied to participate in another state program meant to ease the school-staffing crunch, according to the announcement. The new program, created by a state law passed last year, allows approved districts to hire would-be teachers who failed to meet one of the requirements for certification, such as a minimum grade point... Read more →

Blessed Sister Nora Foley, OP, Catholic Elementary School Principal & Teacher; Caregiver to GCity Homeless & Sick

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (April 11, 2022)(CNBNews)Sister Nora Foley, OP (Sister Patricia Margaret) of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, died April 9, 2022 in Wall, New Jersey. She was 89 years of age. The daughter of the late Patrick and Margaret (Horan) Foley, she was born February 26, 1933 in Kilcummin, Ireland. Sister Nora entered the novitiate of the Dominican Sisters of Newburgh, New York, in September 1954, made her First Profession in June 1956, and Final Profession in August 1959. Sister Nora earned her BA in Elementary Education from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York and her MA in Administration from Villanova University. Sister Nora’s ministry in elementary education began at Saint Lawrence School in Lindenwold, New Jersey, where she taught from 1956-67. She then moved to Sacred Heart School in Camden, New Jersey, where she was principal from 1967-79. From 1979-2004, she was principal at Saint Mary... Read more →

All Time GHS Lions Basketball 2nd Team

Gloucester High School Boys Basketball Team, the 2022 Group I South Jersey Champs (Photo credit Jeremy Roemmich) Bruce Darrow | CNBNews Sports GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (April 10, 2022)(CNBNews)The Gloucester High School Boys basketball team, who won the 2022 Group I South Jersey title this year has to be the BEST overall team in the school's history. A team made up of many unsung heroes. Each game another leads the team in rebounding or scoring. Without rebounders, and ball handlers getting the ball up the court no team can play offense. The young players in the Gloucester City Basketball League should take a serious note of what team play can mean. image courtesy of Gloucester High School It has become routine for High School players to top the 1,000 point plateau. Followers of GHS basketball through the years can only wonder how many more players would have reached that magical number... Read more →

GROWING UP IN Gloucester City NJ (The Year 1939-40)

GLOUCESTER CITY NJ-Bottom row L-R: Charles (Ozzie) Souder, Tilley Wiltsey, Jane Thilo, Ella Mackey, Henry Kowalski, Bill (Doc) Lonabaugh. Middle row L-R: Nora Peltz, Mary Ellen Clark, Ruth Souder, Roy Mackey, Walt Thilo, Lew Souder. Top row L-R: John Lonabaugh, (McNutt twins?), Alex Lonabaugh, Cathy Peltz. The picture was taken on the front steps of the house located on the southeast corner of Atlantic Street and Ridgeway Street. The year is estimated to be 1939 or 1940. Related articles April 2011 CHEERS AND JEERS ( Read more →

Peyton and Me Meandering:

The Twin Coming Down? Junk Vehicles; Kudos to Chickie; Flag Disrespect! Geese & Irish Parade; Bill's BACK!

CHAPTER 18 William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews IS ANOTHER GLOUCESTER CITY HISTORICAL BUILDING COMING DOWN?--Thursday, February 24, we talked with a contractor who was clearing out items from the Twin Bar, Broadway, and Market Street. Asked if the building was being demolished he said that he didn't know. That he was hired to empty the property. He apologized for blocking the sidewalk. Earlier in the month, we noticed a sign on the building stating the property was unfit/unsafe for habitat. The Twin Bar, the alleged home of Rock and Roll has been sitting empty for nearly a decade. Several years ago we reached out to a historical group that fixes up historical properties in the state of NJ to see if they would be interested in repairing this property which dates back to the 1940s. More recently we talked with Councilman Jim Johnson and asked why doesn't the city... Read more →

An Estimated 600 Students A Day Are Absent


updated Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (February 20, 2022)(CNBNews)In the past weeks I have been bringing attention to the deficiencies of our school system. Most of the comments have been along the lines of surprise and in some cases, shock. I only got one negative comment and that was from a former GHS teacher. "Why are you trashing Gloucester? STOP IT!" How about "No as an answer?" graphic files My goal is not to trash Gloucester City and the school district. Everything I have published has come from either the state's website or Gloucester City's School District's own website. If I have misquoted something, bring it to my attention and I will correct it. My goal is to bring to everyone's attention, especially the school's administration and city leaders that we are failing our students. If they are embarrassed, they should be. Millions upon millions of dollars... Read more →



(The THIRD PART... of a four-part series Dumbing Down American Education) Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Contributor Gloucester High School, 1300 Market Street, Gloucester City, NJ (CNBNewsnet photo credit)...The local school district became an Abbott District in 1997. Since that time the school district has received millions of dollars, if not more, from the residents of New Jersey. YOUR MONEY: After the original ruling in 1985, New Jersey increased spending such that Abbott district students received 22% more per pupil (at $20,859) vs. non-Abbott districts (at $17,051) in 2011.[3] 60% of New Jersey's education aid goes to the Abbotts.[4] Throughout the state, there are 31 Abbott Districts. Despite 40 years of increased funding, the gaps between Abbott Schools and their suburban counterparts has widened significantly.[6](source Wikipedia) ++++++ GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (February 8, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--Most Gloucester City residents, especially those with children, know that our school district is an Abbott District. Many may... Read more →


Brooklawn Rumor, Baile's Good News, Cars Collide, Road Rage, MERIDIA, Toxic Water, Opinion, A New Dog

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews William E. Cleary Sr. CNBNews Editor GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (February 6, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--Looking back over the past week the immediate area of South Jersey was a hotbed of news. Some of those topics we are reporting on below include: A rumor about a halfway house coming to Brooklawn Mayor Baile's Good News A road rage incident that ended in a death of a driver A two-car accident stopping train traffic at the Railroad and Essex Street MERIDIA ON THE PIER POLITICO'S story on your toxic drinking water Our Opinion Plus the Make A Wish Foundation visits Gloucester City +++++ Let’s start with the halfway house...We received a tip from an anonymous person who asked about a rumor circulating in Brooklawn about a halfway house for recovering addicts and alcoholics opening near the Alice Costello School. The Alice Costello Elementary School and the School Library, 301... Read more →

Growing Up Gloucester City: Juveniles Strike Elderly Resident; String Band Parade April 18; GCHS Golf Wins Two

Reprinted from the Gloucester City News April 8, 1982: Five Juvenile Deliquents Rough Up 82-Year-Old Man Gloucester City Resident GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ-- Last Saturday, April 3, an elderly Gloucester City resident was roughed up by five juveniles, four of which were involved in the burglary of John Jeffrey, a warehouse on Charles Street on March 28. Those four, by the way, are still awaiting sentencing for that incident. According to police, the 82 year old man was walking in the area of Monmouth and King streets at around 2:40 p.m. when he was approached by the youths. They attacked him and fled on foot with the fruits of the robbery, $5.70. Their names are being withheld because of their age. At the time we went to press the police were trying to have the courts detain the youths. Police are investigating the discharging of a weapon in the Gloucester Terrace... Read more →


If Gloucester City Residents Are Fed-Up With Paying The Highest Taxes In The State of New Jersey?

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews CNBNewsnet graphic files Gloucester City residents are fed up with the continual surge in their property and school taxes as evident when you read the Facebook comments we received on our article "Gloucester City One of Five Towns with Highest Tax Increase etc ". Related: CNB Opinion: Higher Taxes are Forcing People Out of Their Homes Residents are finally realizing after many decades of high local property and school taxes the only plan these two bodies had to offer you and others was "TAX AND SPEND." Related: Gloucester City in the Top 30 with the Highest Property Taxes Gloucester City Republican Ticket for November’s 2022 Election Announced That Democratic strategy has led to 955 homes in Gloucester City being in foreclosures according to the widget on our website (left column near the bottom). When that advertisement was first published last summer the number... Read more →

GROWING UP IN GLOUCESTER CITY: The Gloucester City Coast Guard Base Circa 1968

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (CNBNewsnet)--Looking at the photo below there are two tall buildings that stand out. This is a guess, is the first arrow on the left pointing to St. Mary's Grammar School? Regarding the second arrow on the right, would that building be the Hunter Street School? Comment below if you have a guess. Check out the Christmas menu below the photo. The Coastguardsmen ate pretty well. I never paid much attention to the Coast Guard Base, it was always there when I was growing up. The property was given to City residents by the federal government in 1990-91. Personally, I wish it was still the home of the U.S. Coast Guard. It was part of my childhood. I can remember seeing the "Coasties" playing softball on the field closest to King Street in the summer. Also, remember students at Gloucester Catholic using... Read more →

Peyton and Me Meandering: Gloucester City, Brooklawn and Westville (Chapter 17)

William E. Cleary Sr. I CNBNewsnet A RECENT WINTER DAY IN GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ-Have you given any thought to what job you like to do if you make it to heaven? I have. I like to be in charge of moving the clouds around in the sky. You would get to travel the universe. And, if you get tired just lay down on one of those soft fuzzy clouds. ++++++ POTHOLE SEASON--Watch out, pothole season is here. These two beauties are slowly turning into craters near the intersection of Market Street and Lane Avenue, across from Gentlemen's Den and Anyzek Fuel. (A little plug for friends Frank Anello and Ed Anyzek, no charge) +++++ TICKLE BELLY BRIDGE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT-We were told by nearby residents that a van crashed into the guard railing on Nicholson Road just before crossing over Tickle Belly bridge. The sidewalk appears to be nothing but cinders... Read more →

The 3PM Manhattan Gang and Their Meetings

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews A Manhattan Cocktail Seeing John Barron’s name today in the comments section of our page reminded me of the 3 O’clock Manhattan gang that was active in the late 70s and 80s in Gloucester City. It was a select group, made up of longtime businessmen, politicians, and residents. Most every day during the week between 3 and 4 PM they would meet at the Brown Street home of John Lincoln or the Highland Blvd., home of Henry Barron. They would discuss what was happening in Gloucester City and at times what was going on in our country. So what is a Manhattan, you ask? A Manhattan is a cocktail made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters. While rye is the traditional whiskey of choice, other commonly used whiskies include Canadian whisky, bourbon, blended whiskey, and Tennessee whiskey. It is a strong cocktail, something you... Read more →

*New Jersey Civil Service Commission Job Fairs

Dress for Success! Open to the Public! Bring your Resumes! State agencies and department representatives will be in attendance to meet with you to share employment opportunities in state government. source Read more →