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The Role of Technology in Shaping the Online Casino Experience

The integration of technology into various aspects of our lives has revolutionized numerous industries, and the online casino sector is no exception. The rapid advancements in digital technology have created a dynamic and immersive environment for players, enhancing both accessibility and the overall gaming experience. This article explores the various ways in which technology has influenced online casinos, highlighting the innovations that have reshaped this form of entertainment. One can explore such innovative features on platforms like, which exemplify the technological advancements in the online casino industry. CNBNews graphic files High-Quality Graphics and Sound One of the most noticeable... Read more →

The Role of Technology in Shaping the Online Casino Experience

The integration of technology into various aspects of our lives has revolutionized numerous industries, and the online casino sector is no exception. The rapid advancements in digital technology have created a dynamic and immersive environment for players, enhancing both accessibility and the overall gaming experience. This article explores the various ways in which technology has influenced online casinos, highlighting the innovations that have reshaped this form of entertainment. One can explore such innovative features on platforms like, which exemplify the technological advancements in the online casino industry. CNBNews graphic files High-Quality Graphics and Sound One of the most noticeable... Read more →

Checking Out the History of the Place Gloucester City Was Named After

Before becoming Gloucester City proper, the area saw many changes of ownership. First, there were the Dutch in the 1620s, who created Fort Nassau for trading beaver pelts, followed by its incorporation into New Sweden. The Swedish owners moved the settlement across the river to forge Fort Casimir in 1651. In 1677, the English Quakers arrived on the river and erected the permanent settlement of Axwamus, reaching the size of a town by 1689. This is where Gloucester City would eventually stand as a chartered city. Now in Camden County, New Jersey, having been incorporated in 1868, it bears the... Read more →

GCHS ALUMNI NEWS: Honoring the 1997-98 Gloucester Catholic Boys' Basketball Team

RAMBLINGS photo GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (April 16, 2024)(CNBNews)--The 1997-98 Gloucester Catholic Boys' Basketball team was highlighted in the Alumni section of the winter-spring issue of the RAMBLINGS. That season, the Rams dominated the Tri-County Royal Division and finished as the 15th-ranked team in South Jersey according to the final rankings by Courier Post. Their impressive record of outscoring their opponents by nearly 12 points per game is the 10th highest point difference in the program's history. There's no denying that this team was a force to be reckoned with, and their achievements speak for themselves. The coach of the team... Read more →

Margaret Moellers, of Audubon, age 95, formerly of Gloucester City

On April 7, 2024, age 95. Of Audubon. Formerly of Gloucester City. CNBNews graphic files Loving mother of William McNeece (Andrea), Timothy Duffy (Kate) and the late Christopher Duffy. Cherished grandmother of David McNeece (Susannah), Nicole McNeece, Nicholas Cook and Beckham Duffy and great-grandmother of Grayson, Henry and Bodhi. Born in Vienna, Austria to the late Franz and Aloisia Guggenberger At Margaret’s request, services will be private at this time. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Margaret’s memory to Serenity Hospice, 56 Georgetown Road, Bordentown, NJ 08505. Please memo, Margaret Moellers. Condolences and Memories may be shared... Read more →

The Ripple Effect of Social Media Analytics in Gloucester's Digital Landscape

As the world sails through the digital age, the quaint town of Gloucester is witnessing a remarkable transformation. From local artisans to emerging entrepreneurs, the power of social media has elevated the global reach of Gloucester's talent pool. The key to success in this digital dominion? Understanding audience engagement and identifying growth opportunities. For those eager to harness the full potential of their online presence, go to this website that equips content creators with the tools needed to thrive in the digital ecosystem. Insights into analytics and metrics for social media influencers prove invaluable. To delve into the specifics and... Read more →

Justice Must Be for All, Not Just a Few

Recently, William E. Cleary Sr. CNBNews Editor and Publisher, and his son, William E. Cleary Jr., had to endure such a stressful situation due to false charges brought against them by the Gloucester City Police Department. Over several months they were summoned to court six times to answered charges of trespassing and theft that were never proven. Not knowning how many more times they would have to appear in court they pleaded guilty to a plea agreeement and each had to pay a $500 fine. It is even more disheartening to know that some of the people responsible for this... Read more →

Cleary's Faced With Mounting Legal Costs and Criminal Fines Surrender; Accept Plea Deal

"Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel." ~Mark Twain UPDATED/CORRECTED William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews Editor As some of you may already know, my son and I were charged with trespassing on the Cold Springs School property and accused of stealing a small child's bench last October. The bench in question was actually broken and discarded in a trash pile next to a dumpster. If I had managed to fix it successfully, I would have given it to one of my great-grandchildren. On October 10, a video of the two of us behind th... Read more →

Spectators Gather Along Delaware River to See Celebrated USS Battleship New Jersey Pass By

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (March 22, 2024)(CNBNews)--Former Brooklawn residents Michael and Rosemary Costello came to Gloucester City Thursday to see the Battleship New Jersey BB62 head south on the Delaware River to the Paulsboro Marine Terminal. Michael is a Navy vet from the 1960s, so it was special for him to see the Battleship live! Photo /caption credit CNBNews photographer Joe Townsend CAMDEN CITY, NJ (March 22, 2024)(CNBNews)—On Thursday, March 21, a large crowd gathered at the home of the Battleship New Jersey to watch the historic ship depart for needed maintenance at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. New Jersey Gov. Phil... Read more →

Thousands' Watch Irish Parade in Gloucester City

photos provided GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (MARCH 3, 2024)(CNBNEWS)--Today, over 1,000 people gathered along the streets to watch the Gloucester City Irish Parade. The parade featured many organizations, including the Gloucester City Republican Party, with four candidates running for election in November. The party's candidates include Anthony Kates for Ward 1, Pattie Kropp for Ward 2, Sandy Reed for Ward 3, and James Muller for At-Large. RELATED: Reed List Reasons for Seeking Office Apart from the Republican Party, other participants in the parade included the Gloucester High School Color Guard, NJSP on Horseback, Gloucester City Old Timers String Band, Grand Marshall... Read more →

Gloucester City Shamrock Celebration Friday 3/1/24; Irish Parade Sunday 3/3/24 (VIDEO)

At the 2018 parade, Monsignor Hodge entertained the crowd in front of St. Mary's Church with his version of the Mummers Strut. In the background on the left is Bishop Guilfoyle. GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (February 24, 2024)(CNBNews)--The Gloucester City Shamrock Celebration is Friday evening, March 1, starting at 6 PM. Guest of Honor, parade's Grand Marshall, Rev. Monsignor Bill Hodge, the founder of the event and the former pastor of St. Mary's Parish in Gloucester City. He has since retired from that position. The parade is on Sunday, March 3, starting at 1 PM. ========================== RELATED photos of the 2018... Read more →

Exhibit On Philadelphia Negro Baseball Leagues at Camden County Community College

(Cherry Hill, NJ) – Beginning on the first day of Black History Month, Camden County College in Cherry Hill will be hosting the A League Apart exhibition that showcases the stories of the Philadelphia Negro Baseball Leagues and their ongoing legacy. A League Apart focuses on the importance of breaking barriers through photos and stories. The installation specifically highlights five individuals: Octavious Catto, Ed Bolden, Richard “Dick” Allen, Henry “Pop” Lloyd and Mo’ne Davis. “I can’t think of a better way to honor and celebrate Black History Month than with an exhibition highlighting contributions and accomplishments made by Black Americans... Read more →

VIDEO: Reenactment of the Elizabeth Griscom and John Ross Wedding in Gloucester City NJ

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (CNBNews)--On November 4, 2023, a reenactment of the wedding between Elizabeth Griscom and John Ross was held at Proprietors Park in Gloucester City as part of the city's 400th-anniversary celebration of the Dutch settlement of Fort Nassau, later to be known as Gloucester City. The ceremony took place in the exact spot where the couple was married 250 years ago, in 1773, and was performed by Natalee Azzari and Jakob Spotts, both students of Gloucester City High School. Mayor Dayl Baile played the role of Justice of the Peace James Bowman, who officiated the wedding. Elizabeth Griscom,... Read more →

Gloucester City Family Thankful For Early Christmas Present

Image courtesy of CBSNews Philadelphia GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (December 26, 2023)(Clearysnotebook)-On Christmas Eve, a local car dealership and a non-profit organization, Wigs and Wishes, teamed up to surprise the Eells family in Gloucester City, NJ. According to CBSNews, Santa led a procession of firetrucks to the family's neighborhood, where they gifted them with a wheelchair-accessible van to help transport their daughter, AnnaMae Eells. The founder of Wigs and Wishes, Martino Cartier, presented the van to the family, saying, "It's yours, AnnaMae. Merry Christmas!" The family was overwhelmed with gratitude and joy at this unexpected and generous gift. AnnaMae was born... Read more →

ARCHIVES: Gloucester City Council Ousts Fire Chief Walter Klaus, Chief for 22 years

Gloucester City Fire Chief Walter Klaus Sr. Firemen's Banquet mid 1950's GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (December 13, 2023)(CNBNews)--For several centuries, the City of Gloucester City relied on an all-volunteer firefighting force to protect its community. Today, the department consists of all paid men and has a budget of several million dollars. In the 1960s, the volunteer fire chief Walter Klaus was fired by the City Council. This happened because Klaus had criticized Councilman Elmer Ritchie during an August meeting. Klaus accused Ritchie of countermanding his order regarding the placement of a fire truck on the Fourth of July. Klaus oversaw 100... Read more →

Ron Canning, Gloucester City Police Officer, and U.S. Navy Veteran Succumbs at age 87

Surrounded by his family, Ron passed peacefully on December 10, 2023, at the age of 87. Of Gloucester City. Loving husband of 55 years to the late Frances Canning (nee Harvey). Loving father of Joseph “Ronnie” Canning, Jr. and Pamela Gettings. Cherished grandfather of 6 and great-grandfather of 13. Beloved brother of Robert J. Canning. Ron was born in Philadelphia, Pa to the late Joseph H. and Florence Canning. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1959. Ron was a dedicated patrolman for the Gloucester City Police Department with 25 years of service to the... Read more →

Memories: Joseph R. Harvey, Gloucester City

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (MARCH 7, 1967)--Funeral services for Joseph R. Harvey, 87, a member of the Gloucester City Police force from 1915 to 1918, will be Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at the Etherington Funeral Home, 700 Powell Street, Gloucester City, where friends may call tomorrow night. The burial will be in New St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr, NJ. CNBNews graphic file A retired engineman for the Gloucester City water works, Mr. Harvey, died Sunday in Camden County General Hospital, Lakeland. He was active in early 1900 as a pitcher and first baseman for the Gloucester City Athletic Chub. He resided at... Read more →

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 →