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CNB News: Bundle Up, Enjoy Good Fishing

Maryland Fishing Report – November 29 Black sea bass, photo by Monty Hawkins. The weather is getting colder but if you bundle up there is plenty of good fishing to be had throughout Maryland. One example is fishing offshore of Ocean City, where anglers are catching limits of hefty black sea bass. In response to five years of below average spawning success for striped bass, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is submitting emergency regulations to help bolster the species’ spawning population. This includes extending closure dates during the 2024 season. These changes, if formally approved, will close the May... Read more →

Gloucester City Turns 400: Reflecting on Four Centuries of History and Heritage

Gloucester City, nestled in Camden County, New Jersey, marks a significant milestone this year, celebrating its 400th anniversary. With a history stretching back to the early 17th century, this city stands as a testament to American resilience and cultural evolution. Today many know it as the birth place of rock and roll, and while its residents may now be more interested in the best online slots, the town was once home to two racetracks and was central to establishing the gambling industry in New Jersey. In this commemoration, we journey through time, exploring Gloucester City's rich heritage, from its early... Read more →

Opening Soon: Apply for Tax Credits for Historic Property Rehabilitation in NJ

ELIGIBILITY To receive tax credits through the Historic Property Reinvestment Program, a project must: Demonstrate that without the tax credit award, the rehabilitation project is not economically feasible. Prove that a project financing gap exists, and the tax credit award being considered for the project is equal to or less than the project financing gap. Not have commenced any construction or rehabilitation activity at the site of the rehabilitation project prior to submitting an application and will not commence any construction or rehabilitation activity until the execution of the Rehabilitation Agreement (with certain limited exceptions). Include business entity contributed equity... Read more →

Where Were You on November 22, 1963

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Columnist GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ--There are certain events in every person's life that s/he will always remember. Where were you? What were you doing? How did you deal with the situation? CNBNews graphic file Next week, November 22nd, will be the 60th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. You will have to be close to 70 years old to remember what happened. Tell us, where were you? How did you learn? What was your reaction? Let me be first. I was in Miss Girard's History class. I don't remember an announcement on the PA.... Read more →

Gloucester City News VAULT: (May 2002): Reds Richards, First Rate Baseball Player

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (November 2, 2023)(CNBNews)--We are currently republishing articles from the Gloucester City News, which were initially written when the Cleary family owned the newspaper. George F. Cleary Sr. worked as a reporter for the paper from 1948 to 1950, and soon after that, he and his wife, Mazie Cleary, acquired the paper. In 1968, William E. Cleary Sr. began his career as a reporter. Ten years later, in 1978, he was named editor of the Gloucester City News and the Camden County Record. In 1984, he and his wife, Connie J. (Sarlo) Cleary, became the proud owners of... Read more →


GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (November 2, 2023)(CNBNews)--We are currently republishing articles from the Gloucester City News, which were initially written when the Cleary family owned the newspaper. George F. Cleary Sr. worked as a reporter for the paper from 1948 to 1950, and soon after that, he and his wife, Mazie Cleary, acquired the paper. In 1968, William E. Cleary Sr. began his career as a reporter. Ten years later, in 1978, he was named editor of the Gloucester City News and the Camden County Record. In 1984, he and his wife, Connie J. (Sarlo) Cleary, became the proud owners of... Read more →

Ray Ford-Leon Harris Old Timers Sunday

Pictured are some of the people who attended the meeting held in October 2007. Unlike previous years, this gathering is now open to both males and females. (photo credit CNBNews) GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (SEPT. 27, 2023)(CNBNews)--Please join us for the Annual Ray Ford-Leon Harris gathering at Elizabeth's Ballroom, which is located at 419 Highland Blvd, on SUNDAY, October 15th, from 2 PM to 5 PM. Former athletes and fans from Gloucester High School and Gloucester Catholic High Schools, regardless of gender, are sincerely welcome. There is a nominal fee of $10, which covers the cost of food and beverages. This... Read more →

Gloucester City's Babe Ruth Baseball Team Sponsored by Orlando's Bar (Year, approximately 1956-58)

ORLANDO'S Babe Ruth team (Gloucester City, NJ)(CNBNews)--(Top) Coach Earl Brandt, Bill Gross, John Bartley, Jake Miller, Bob Bevan, Knute Cogan, Al Brill, Jim Talley, (unknown) (Bottom) ? Fredhoff, George Strobel, ? Viereck, Skip Grandizio, Jack Brandt, Rickie Hancock, Matt Mullin, Jack Collins EDITOR'S NOTE: We may not have all the player's names, as some are unknown to us. The team was sponsored by the former Orlando's Bar, which was once located at 500 Paul Street. The owner Frank Orlando sponsored sports teams in Gloucester City for many years. This particular team participated in the BABE RUTH LEAGUE, around the year... Read more →

Public Invited to Attend Gloucester City Sail Open House

Being Held as Part of Camden County History Month photo provided GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (Ooctober 2, 2023)(CNBNews)--—Gloucester City Sail organization invites the public to join them for an Open House on Saturday, October 14, 2023 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Freedom Pier, 101 S. King Street, Gloucester City, NJ. The event will feature a free family-friendly dockside tour of the Schooner followed by an optional public sail. Tickets for the public sail are available online and at the dock. The Schooner North Wind is home to experiential youth programs and is the premiere sailing charter in the Philadelphia/Camden County area. Its... Read more →

Camden County History Month Feature over 90 Events 

Camden City, NJ— The Camden County History Alliance invites the public to join us for Camden County History Month from October 1 to October 31, 2023, when around thirty participating historic sites and history organizations throughout Camden County will be open with special exhibits, reenactments, and guided tours for adults and children, both in-person and virtual, spanning centuries of history. The vast majority of the more than ninety events and activities during the month are free. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour several historic buildings from across three centuries throughout the county during October. The colonial Griffith Morgan Homestead... Read more →

Saint Marys Parish Celebrates 175 Anniversary

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (SEPTEMBER 28, 2023)--Saint Mary Parish in Gloucester City continued its 175th-anniversary celebration on Sept. 17 with a Mass honoring the living and deceased students, alumni, faculty and staff of Gloucester Catholic Junior Senior High School and the former Saint Mary Grammar School. Deacon Joseph Rafferty, an alumnus and former teacher at both schools who is now principal of Saint Rose of Lima School in Haddon Heights, preached the homily and spoke lovingly of the many dedicated and passionate educators who walked the school halls and guided students in the faith. The Mass was attended by current and... Read more →

Gcity Resident Michael Kazmar III Needs Your Help With His EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT

Greetings, Friends and Family! (GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ)(August 29, 2023)(CNBNews)--As many of you know, our 16-year-old son, Michael III, is now a junior at GHS. A Superintendent's List student since his day at Gloucester Middle School, Michael has been selected by his peers to serve as Unit Commander of GHS' NROTC program for the 2023-24 school year. He also participates in GHS swimming, track, and cross-country and is a member of Interact, LEO, and Friends of Rachel clubs. Outside of GHS, Michael lifeguards at Gloucester City Swim Club and is a member of Haddonfield Troop 3064 Scouts BSA. In November, Michael... Read more →

CNBNews Monthly Cheers and Jeers Column

By CNBNews Staff animated congratulations images CHEER—I would like to extend congratulations to Mayor Dayl Baile and the council members of Gloucester City, including George Berglund, James Johnson, Nancy Baus, Sam Budesa, Robert Page, and Derek Timm. They have made efforts to ensure that the residents they serve will not lose their title of living in the city with the highest property taxes in the state. It is noteworthy that Gloucester City has held this distinction since 2018 and is one of only 30 communities out of 565 in NJ that can boast of this honor. We are fortunate to... Read more →

Saint Mary Parish 175 Anniversary Celebration Sunday, September 17

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (August 12, 2023)(CNBNews)--Please join us in celebrating the 175th anniversary of our parish at St. Mary Church in Gloucester City on Sunday, September 17th, 2023. We will honor the past and present students, faculty, and staff of Gloucester Catholic High School and St. Mary Grammar School. We invite you and your family to come together with our current Gloucester Catholic community for the 11:30 am Mass. St. Mary Parish is the oldest parish in the Diocese of Camden and St. Mary Grammar School and Gloucester Catholic are an integral part of that long and rich tradition. If... Read more →

Memories of Gloucester City: The 3PM Manhattan Gang

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (August 7, 2023)(CNBNews)--When I saw John Barron's name in the comments section today, it reminded me of the 3 O'clock Manhattan gang that was active in Gloucester City in the late 70s and 80s. This exclusive group consisted of local businesspeople, politicians, and residents who would gather between 3 and 4 PM most weekdays. They would convene at either John Lincoln's Brown Street residence or Henry Barron's Highland Boulevard home to discuss local and national events. So what is a Manhattan, you ask? A Manhattan is a cocktail made with whiskey,... Read more →

Growing Up in Gloucester City/ SJ Area and The Geator

by William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews Jerry Blavat died on January 20, 2023, at the age of 82. He was born on July 3, 1940, in Philadelphia This article was first published in 2011 SOUTH PHILADELPHIA, PA (CNBNews)(August 6, 2023)--Jerry Blavat, the Geator with the Heater, the Boss with the Hot Sauce, released his autobiography, You Only Rock Once, earlier this summer. Blavat, who grew up in South Philadelphia, reminisces about dancing on Bandstand at age 13. Building a career for himself as a DJ spinning records on the AM radio station WCAM. Holding record hops at MEPRI... Read more →

Memories of Growing Up Gloucester by Gary Marcucci

Editor's Note: Gary Marcucci, a former resident of Gloucester City and a graduate of Gloucester High School, Class of '61, wrote the following article. The period was in the 40s, 50s and 60s. The article was initially published in 2011. Martins Lake was a popular spot for swimming during that period. GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ -(September 11, 2011)(CNBNews)--I first hung out at VanStein’s, a little store near the corner of 7th and Market. The following is a list of the guys that I remember being there: Harry Wilson Corky McNutt Johnny Clifford Tony McGrath Jack Ahern Tim Downey Howard Dickson Joe... Read more →

*Saint Mary Parish Celebrating 175th Anniversary, Sunday, September 17th

St. Marys Church/CNBNews photo GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (July 31, 2023)--St. Mary's Parish is celebrating its 175th Anniversary this year. The parish will mark the occasion on Sunday, September 17. with a mass and breakfast. Below are the details about that event. Come home to St. Mary Church, Gloucester City, Sunday September 17, and join us in celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the our parish. We will be honoring past and present students, faculty and staff of Gloucester Catholic High School and St. Mary Grammar School. We invite you and your families to join together with our current Gloucester Catholic Community... Read more →

Gloucester City Memories: 53 Years Ago Battalion Chief Revelli Made The Ultimate Sacrifice

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (July 28, 2023)(CNBNews)--Battalion Chief Revelli of the Highland Park Volunteer Fire Department made the ultimate sacrifice on July 9, 1970, while responding to a multiple-alarm fire that destroyed the former Dennery Dairies Factory on Orlando Avenue. He, unfortunately, passed away due to a heart attack while returning from the fire. His memory is honored by the Camden County Hero Scholarship Fund. Revelli was instrumental in establishing the Highland Park Volunteer Fire Department, now defunct, located at Highland Blvd. and Sylvan Avenue. He earned his livelihood as a self-employed distributor of wholesale meat. Years later his son, Dan,... Read more →

Betsy Ross Way Unveiled at Proprietors Park, Inclement Weather Cancels Tuesday's Concert

GLOUCESTER CITY,NJ (July 26, 2023)(CNBNews)--The entrance to Proprietors Park, located on the banks of the Delaware River, has been named Betsy Ross Way. Ross, who made the first American Flag, married John Grisome at Huggs Tavern in Gloucester City, NJ. Elizabeth Griscom Ross (née Griscom; January 1, 1752 – January 30, 1836), also known by her second and third married names, Ashburn and Claypoole, was an American upholsterer who was credited by her relatives in 1870 with making the first official U.S. flag. Source Wikipedia Unfortunately, the concert scheduled for Tuesday, July 25 at Proprietors Park had to be... Read more →

Sports Betting for Fun or for Profit

"You have to be in it to win it," goes the old saying, and nowhere is this truer than in the world of sports betting. Whether you're placing a casual wager on your favourite team for fun or strategically investing money with the aim of turning a profit, you'll need to understand the basics to increase your chances of success. So, how do you navigate this thrilling yet potentially tricky terrain? This article will guide you through sports betting as both a hobby and an investment opportunity. You'll discover strategies for successful betting and learn about the legalities and ethics... Read more →

Gcity Liquor Licenses Okayed; Remember Open Sunday Bars Campaign & Gcity Pub Crawl

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews Editor GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (July 17, 2023)(CNBNews)--At a recent meeting, the Mayor and Council of Gloucester City, approved the annual renewal of liquor licenses for ten taverns, five package goods stores, four club licenses, and one inactive license. The licenses expire each year on June 30. It cost $1,650 to renew a plenary retail consumption license; $1,150 for a plenary retail distribution license, and, $188 for every club license (see here). Below is a list of the names of those approved licenses. In the past, Gloucester City had over 50 taverns and bars, and... Read more →

CNBNews June 2023 CHEERS & JEERS

UPDATED/CORRECTED/UPDATED AGAIN JEER--There are some employees of the Gloucester City Public Works Department who have an attitude when it comes to doing the jobs they were hired to do. For example, in May 2022, eight beautiful marina banners were installed at Freedom Pier. In December 2022 those banners were destroyed by the high winds that blow on the Delaware River at that time of the year. Common sense would dictate that those banners be taken down during the winter months and stored in a safe place until spring. Because of the inepitude of those responsible the taxpayers are left with... Read more →

Celebrate July 4th at Fort Ticonderoga July 1-4

Declare your Independence at Fort Ticonderoga, July 1-4! Experience the American Revolution on the very ground on which the fight for liberty occurred Built as a summer home for the Pell family in 1820, the Pavilion binds together Ticonderoga’s stories of landmark historic preservation and restoration with the birth and growth of heritage tourism. By 1840, the home had become the Fort Ticonderoga Hotel — one of the earliest heritage tourism hotels in America — offering food and shelter to travelers who flocked to Ticonderoga on the fashionable Northern tour. The 6,352 square-foot Greek Revival-style building had fallen into disrepair... Read more →


Dorothy Philbin l CNBNews Research for another article led to the current Master Plan for Gloucester City. The Master Plan contains much information which is probably new to most, if not all residents who don't work for the city. Over the next couple of weeks you will get to know the facts about Gloucester City. One thing to keep in mind is that there are roughly 4,300 households in our city, of which 3,000 are apartments. Keep that in mind when you read the following. House Heating Fuel: Natural Gas 2,948 Bottled Gas 109 Electricity 255 Fuel Oil/Kerosene 818 Coal... Read more →

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Planning/Zoning Board to Decide if Cannabis Store Should Open at former O'Donnells Bar

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews Editor CNBNews photo files GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (June 21, 2023)(CNBNews)--Tonight, Wednesday, June 21, the Gloucester City Planning/Zoning Board will meet to decide on some different requests, including allowing marijuana to be sold from the former O'Donnells' Family restaurant/bar at 401 North Broadway. For those new to Gloucester City, the O'Donnell family opened their doors in 1923 and sold it in 2009. The popular eatery was known for its Manhattan clam chowder, seafood, rye bread baked at Mosteig's Bakery, and ice cream cake roll. The small bar was usually crowded; it was "tucked" away on... Read more →

GROWING UP GLOUCESTER- Jack 'Bomber' Bennett Reminisces About GCity in 50s & 60s

EDITOR'S NOTE--I came across an article written in 2011 by Jack "The Bomber" Bennett while researching an upcoming piece. Jack reminisces about growing up in Gloucester City during the 50s and 60s and how wonderful it was back then. As a lifelong resident of the city, I can't help but feel sad about the changes we are seeing today. Nonetheless, Jack did a fantastic job of taking us down memory lane and reminding us of the "Happy Days" in Gloucester City. We reprinted his story below. Thank you, Jack for sharing this, Bill +++++ (click the map to enlarge) by... Read more →

Gloucester City Little League Players Keep Alive the Tradition of Excellence and Sportsmanship

Above: Gloucester City Little League players Jacob Gettings, Kaiden James, and Desmond Gorman Below:Cash Lyman and Calvin Rafferty "play at the plate". (photos provided) Below are some of the first kids who played in the Gloucester City Little League. The local Little League began in the 1950s. RELATED: Gloucester City Little League Coach Dominic Staiano Retiring After 50 Years The photo was first published here in 2007. It was submitted by Bill Gross Read more →

Gloucester Catholic's Cafe Cabaret June 9

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (May 24, 2023)(CNBNews)--Gloucester Catholic's Performing Arts program will be transforming the school's cafeteria into a 1920s Cabaret on Friday, June 9th. Performances, thematic snacks, and an entertaining night. Read more →


(Trenton, New Jersey)(MAY 19, 2023)(CNBNEWS)- – After 11 years of stewardship for the 1867 Sanctuary in Ewing Township, New Jersey, Preservation New Jersey (“PNJ”) has ended its lease and returned the site back to the Presbytery of the Coastlands. PNJ and the Presbytery entered a lease agreement on May 1, 2012, which granted PNJ full responsibility for the landmark, including the necessary repair, rehabilitation, and reuse of the building. The 1867 Sanctuary, formerly used by the First Presbyterian Church of Ewing congregation, was once slated for demolition. The partnership between both organizations was made to ensure a successful outcome. Through... Read more →

Gloucester City's 400th Anniversary Includes Griscom & Ross Marriage

By Joe Hargesheimer* Betsy Ross sewing the first American flag. Painting by Henry Mosler (1841-1920) image courtesy of GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (MAY 7, 2023)(CNBNews)--This year we celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Dutch settling Fort Nassau in the area that now comprises the City of Gloucester City. Throughout this year, there have been and will be more events that will take place during this historic period in our history. The closing of this year-long celebration is Saturday, November 4th. On this day a recreation of the wedding of Elizabeth Griscom and her fiancee John Ross will take place on... Read more →


Theatrical Event Builds Excitement for Haddonfield Skirmish in June Haddonfield, NJ (May 2, 2023) – Abigail and John Adams – one of America’s first power couples – will take the stage on May 25 for a spirited debate about women’s rights and more during the colonial era. Held at The Haddon Fortnightly, this event features actors in period attire in a program that builds excitement for June 3’s Haddonfield Skirmish, a day-long, family-friendly colonial festival and Revolutionary War reenactment featuring soldiers, horses, and clashes between colonists and redcoats. America’s first vice president and second president, John Adams, was constantly refuted... Read more →


William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews I first met Father Brian when my mother-in-law Blanche Sarlo was sick with cancer. Brian arrived at St. Mary’s parish in 1977, a year before Blanche died. He visited her at home and during the last few weeks of her life at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia. The first thing I liked about the man was his warm demeanor. He was charming and affable. He was especially easy to talk to. This particular day as we were driving home after seeing Blanche, I happened to say out of the clear, “Fr. Brian, the good Nuns... Read more →

Rev. Brian O'Neill, SJ Parish Pastor and Priest for Decades; Retired in 2010

Rev. Brian Edward O'Neill passed peacefully surrounded by loving family on March 31, 2023 at the age of 82. He was born on July 9, 1940 in Philadelphia and prepared for the Priesthood at Resurrection College in Ontario, Canada and Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University. Fr. O'Neill was ordained for the Diocese of Camden on May 18, 1968, by the Most Rev. George H. Guilfoyle at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. He served as Parochial Vicar for St. Maria Goretti, Runnemede (1968-1971); Sacred Heart, Camden (1971-1976); St Andrew the Apostle, Gibbsboro (1976-1977); St Mary's,... Read more →

Are There Neglected Historic Places In Your Community?

Nominations for the 10 Most Programs are due soon! Do you know of a historic place threatened in your community due to neglect and deferred maintenance, threats incurred by redevelopment and new construction, or difficulties raising adequate preservation funding? The 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in New Jersey program highlights irreplaceable historical, architectural, cultural, and archaeological resources in the state that are in imminent danger of being lost. Submit a nomination The deadline to submit is March 31, 2023. The 10 Most Endangered Historic Places ("10 Most") program spotlights irreplaceable historic, architectural, cultural, and archaeological resources in New Jersey that... Read more →


Did the Gloucester Concerned Citizen’s group prevent a train wreck that could have been as bad as the recent one in Ohio? In the late 1970s, a group of “concerned citizens” led by Bob Bevan and Louisa Llewellyn protested about the conditions of the railroad crossings throughout Gloucester City, NJ. Tank cars filled with toxic and poisonous chemicals traveled from DuPont’s Chemical Plant in Pennsville to Camden City and beyond on poorly maintained tracks. After a month of contracting Conrail and state and federal politicians with no response, Mr. Bevan and Mrs. Llewellyn decided to take action by placing a... Read more →

Jeanne Allen from Forza...for Education

There are a lot of things I love about my work, my colleagues and many of YOU reading Forza today. And I’m crazy about anything or anyone that works hard to influence those who influence policy, or people, or behaviors to understand what it takes to educate kids. Like these examples… Loving the Yass Prize Family of Innovators Love was in the air even before Valentine’s Day, when Yass Prize awardees and alumni reunited in Washington DC for two jam-packed days to fill the hearts and minds of members of Congress, Governors and their teams with their views on what... Read more →

James T. Dunn Sr., of Bellmawr; Member of Local 19, Army Veteran, Rams Alum Class of 1958

Bellmawr – Surrounded by his loving family, on January 8, 2023. Age 88. Born in Gloucester City, NJ to the late Henry James Dunn, Sr. and the late Ann C. Dunn (nee Laux). Predeceased by the love of his life, his beautiful wife of 34 years, Margaret F. Dunn (nee Morrison). Loving father of Jim Dunn, Jr. (Becky), Karen L. Dunn (Ron), Linda D. Dunn and Maureen P. Ryan (Eric). Cherished grandfather of Jessica Dunn, Jimmy Dunn, Michael Dunn (Niki), Jasmine Nicholson, Kristina Brady (James), Emily Ryan and Christopher Ryan. Adoring great-grandfather of Zach Dunn, Eva Brady and Nora Brady.... Read more →

2022 Math and Literacy Test Scores for New Jersey Students; See Your District

Catherine Carrera, Chalkbeat Newark Dec 21, 12:01pm EST Significant disparities between New Jersey’s white and Asian American students and their Black and Hispanic peers grew bigger on last spring’s state standardized tests, while proficiency rates among Newark’s relatively young students suffered the biggest declines from pre-pandemic levels, according to a Chalkbeat analysis of the scores. There were drops in proficiency rates in math and English language arts on the spring tests for all student groups in the state. And Newark’s struggles with achieving math proficiency have only grown more pronounced. The scores on the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments, known... Read more →


CNBNews Editor Spotlighted on LION PUBLISHERS

By Matt DeRienzo | October, 2015 A question and answer with William E. Cleary Sr., EDITOR/PUBLISHER of CNBNewsnet 1. When did your site launch, what geography does it cover, and why was it founded? Our site was founded in July 2006. The new owner of the Gloucester City News, a weekly paper located in Gloucester City, New Jersey, asked me to build it. After completing it, he said he didn’t have the time to keep it current. Instead of letting my hard work go by the wayside, I kept it going, adding ClearysNoteBook to the domain name. CNBNews provides news... Read more →

GCN ARCHIVES: A Visit To 1999; The subject Gloucester City's Waterfront

COMMENTARY William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet Albert Countryman first worked for the Gloucester City News in 1991. One of his first assignments was to write an article about the development of the City’s Waterfront. When he returned to work on the paper in 1999, I asked him to do another article about the same topic. The purpose was to see what progress had been made with the redevelopment plans in the eight years he was away. Gloucester City News Archives 1950-2006 That article was sent to me recently. There was no name just the article. After reading his story,... Read more →

Over 16,000 Artifacts of Gloucester City's History in Storage at the New Jersey State Museum

The front page of report (CNBNews graphics file) William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (October 15,2018)--The City of Gloucester City is celebrating the 150th Anniversary of its incorporation this year. Gloucester City was incorporated by the New Jersey Legislature act on February 25, 1868, from the remaining portions of Union Township, which was then dissolved. Additional territory was annexed in 1925 from Centre Township and in 1927 from Haddon Township.[20] The city's name derives from Gloucester, England.[21][22] Gloucester City was founded by the Swedes in 1623 and named Fort Nassau. It is said to be the eighth... Read more →

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... Read more →

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

correction 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 DEMOCRAT, who was elected mayor in 1955. He succeeded Philip Rea, 1950-1954, 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... 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... Read more →

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS! Gloucester High Lions 2022 City Champions

Thanksgiving Day brought beautiful weather, large crowds and the local Lions (9-3) a City Championship. The Lions pounded the Rams (5-5) in a game that saw more penalty flags on the field then players, 35-0. Early in the first quarter Lions #8 John Daily returned a Rams interception 47 yards for a quick touchdown. Then with time running out in the first half, Lions #2 receiver Leo Curran went 20 yards for a are fought TD. The Lions left the field at halftime leading 21 - 0. Then forced a running clock when they punched 14 more points in the... 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... 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... 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... Read more →