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Patricia Ann Sampson of Gloucester City; GCHS Alumnus, St. Mary's Parishioner

GLOUCESTER CITY NJ--On November 28, 2019. Age 89. (nee Nolan). Of Gloucester City. Loving wife of 59 years to the late Riley K. Sampson. Loving mother of Maryann Deacon, Patricia Sampson, Teresa Andrews, Betsy Sherrer (Karl), Kathleen Murchake and Gerald Sampson (Rose). Cherished grandmom of Nicole, William, Christina, Melissa, Dillon, Alyson, Jamie, Tommy, Madison, Julia and Leah. Predeceased by her nine brothers and sisters. Patricia Ann Sampson Pat was a graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School class of 1948. She was a lifelong parishioner of... Read more →


CNBNEWS EXCLUSIVE: Political Activist Wil Levins President of the Gloucester City Democratic Club

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet GLOUCESTER CITY NJ--Political activist Wil Levins will be installed as president of the Gloucester City Democratic Club, tonight (Monday). Levins was a former CNBNews columnist (On Point by Wil Levins) who ran for city council in 2009 as an Independent. In 2011 he ran for state assembly as a Republican. Levins, the former chairman of the Gloucester City Republican Club, has been a member of the Democratic Club since 2013. Over the years there have been a number of... Read more →


Unlikely Fellowship Saved Thousands of Jobs

by Wil Levins Below are a few paragraphs from "Taking Care of Our Own: How Democrats, Republicans, Business, and Labor Saved Thousands of Jobs and Our Refineries", a case study commissioned by Temple University's Center for Regional Politics, which detailed the potentially calamitous events that transpired over the past two years for our region's energy production future. As someone who lived directly within this uncertainty, and was prepared to completely turn their family's lives upside down in the event of a closure, I can personally... Read more →


The Boondoggle, Apartment Complex Sold, School Sale, Fire Dept. Grants, Newspapers Cut Staff

CNBNEWS TIPS AND SNIPPETS: By Bill Cleary CNBNews.net THE Boondoggle-- In 2008 Gloucester City purchased Chatham Square, a 100-unit apartment complex, located at Block 256, Lot 1, at Route 130 and Klemm Avenue. The price? $4.25 million. At the same time the city bought the adjacent Gloucester Terrace complex located at Block 256, Lot 4, for $1.65 million. Two years later the city hired Oren Brothers of Philadelphia to develop the units into townhouses. Oren borrowed $1.1 million from the City’s UDAG program to fund... Read more →


Op-Ed: How Do You Define "Fair Share?" | cnbnews.net

Graphic and Opinion by Wil Levins (cnbnews.net)Throughout the Presidential Campaign season and the current "Fiscal Cliff" negotiations, the term "Fair Share" has been used in political rhetoric to debate Income Tax Rates and Government Spending in the public forum. However, the term has not, and I argue cannot, be specifically defined. I believe paying one's "Fair Share" is a very admirable idea in concept but, what exactly amounts to a "Fair Share" in real numbers? I use the scenario below to illustrate the point that... Read more →


Op-Ed Graphic: Brace for Impact! I CNBnews.net

Opinion & Graphic by Wil Levins For more information about what the Fiscal Cliff is and how it will affect millions of Americans, check out these informative videos below. It basically comes down to two key issues: Higher Taxes and the return of yet another Recession. Read more →


If your side lost the election, time to secede from the Union?

The Obama administration introduced 'We the People,' at petitions.whitehouse.gov, in September 2011 in a bid to create 'an unprecedented level of openness in government,' according to the website.(screen capture of petitions.whitehouse.gov) Are they just sore losers? Or are they, rather, champions of free speech exercising their right of protest against a president they didn't vote for? The answer, like the outcome of the 2012 election itself, may lie in the eye of the beholder. Either way, an attention-getting, post-election petition drive is under way online... Read more →


Op-Ed: Presidential Election Prediction (The Day of Reckoning for the GOP: Part 2)

Graphics and Opinion by Wil Levins In my May 8th, 2012 Op-Ed: A Day of Reckoning for the GOP, I highlighted the threat posed by the GOP to its own future by ignoring the Liberty Movement spearheaded by Congressman Ron Paul and carried forward by Libertarian Party Presidential Nominee, Governor Gary Johnson. In my piece I wrote: "With (Ron) Paul out of the General Election picture, and not running on a third party ticket to protect his son Rand's future in the Party, Gary Johnson... Read more →


CNBNEWS Op-Ed: Muslim Uprisings Showcase America’s Oil Dependence

related FREINDLY FIRE You don’t have to be a prophet to know the future will be worse BY Christopher Freind (cnbnews.net)It’s bad enough British comedian Russell Brand is painfully unfunny and a horrendous actor. But he crossed the line when he caused emotional distress to American pop music goddess Katy Perry during their ill-fated marriage. Therefore, in the spirit of nationalism, we should declare jihad against all things British, scale their embassy walls, rip down the Union Jack and replace it with a giant Katy... Read more →


VIDEO: Carlyle Group's Philadelphia Energy Solutions assumes control of the Philadelphia Refinery | CNBnews.net

Opinion and Graphic by Wil Levins Twenty Thousand jobs destroyed, hundreds of millions of dollars in lost regional revenues, and soaring energy costs for residents of the Northeastern United States. Those were the very real consequences at stake for our region if it were not for industry innovators like the Carlyle Group and Sunoco, Labor Leaders of the USW and regional stakeholders, and Republicans and Democrats all putting aside their differences to work together and forge this new day for the future of the Delaware... Read more →


Op-Ed: Why I endorse Gary Johnson for President | CNBnews.net

Graphics and Opinion by Wil Levins Election after election we lower the bar on our expectations. Campaign after campaign we give way to just one more compromise of our principles, just one more violation of our freedoms, just one more term in office for a person who will raise spending, increase the size of Government, balloon the debt, and force needless regulation into our lives. Piece by piece we have allowed our elected officials to shred our Constitution, surrender our sovereignty, debase our currency, and... Read more →


Op-Ed: The Silence is Deafening | CNBnews.net

Graphic & Opinion by Wil Levins This upcoming Election Day will mark the sixth year of Mayor William James' administration and a mid-point of his second term in office. I remember reading candidate James' pre-election campaign message to the Gloucester City News, back in 2006, in which he said: "Over the past years, I’ve seen a community that is losing its hometown feel and appearance. I see and hear of deteriorating neighborhoods, I see vacant and closed storefronts, and I see the streets, and street... Read more →


Op-Ed: A Shared Hypocrisy | CNBnews.net

Opinion and Graphic by Wil Levins It never ceases to amaze me, as I view conservative and liberal news sites, to see Far-Left Statists Liberals and Far-Right Social Conservatives consistently denouncing one another as whackos, nut-jobs, fanatics, socialists, fascists, atheists, un-patriotic or totally un-American. Yet, throughout their spittle-emitting tirades, neither group's representatives have realized the common thread linking the two in a mirror of rights-denying hypocrisy. No Responsibility When I look at the Statist Far Left and the Social Far Right, I see two groups... Read more →


Andrews Being Investigated, The Dirty Little Secret, No More Laws | CNBNEWS.NET

CNBNEWS.NET TIPS AND SNIPPETS BY BILL CLEARY South Jersey Congressman Under Investigation-U.S. Representative Rob CONGRESSMAN ANDREWS Andrews (1st District, D.) is under investigation by the House ethics committee for using campaign funds to pay for a family trip to Scotland last year. The House Committee on Ethics says it is considering an investigation into the Camden County Democrat after the Office of Congressional Ethics referred a complaint in April. The committee did not disclose the complaint’s details but Camden County Republican Chairman Tom Booth wrote... Read more →


Tax & Spend Gov., NJ Unemployment Rises, City Employees Receive Raise, Rams Alumnus Honored, Fixing Up Costello School, Taxes Due

CNBNEWS TIPS AND SNIPPETS: BY BILL CLEARY THE HELL WITH THE TAXPAYER-Last week the Essex County Freeholder Board, voted 7-0 to renew the County’s $675,000 contract with insurance broker Conner Strong and Buckelew, a firm headed by South Jersey political boss George E. Norcross. In return the firm will help the County find health and prescription insurance coverage for their employees. Your cost for the employees health plan this year, $72 million. In February, state Comptroller Matthew Boxer estimated that Essex County would have saved... Read more →


Op-Ed: OWS Protester Exemplifies Fallacy of the "People Are No Good" Premise - CNBnews.net

Graphic and Opinion by Wil Levins The “PANG” Premise (People Are No Good) "The unstated premise that people are weak, stupid, helpless, incompetent, dishonest, and dangerous to themselves and others. They need a nanny. The PANG premise has a huge logical hole in it. It ignores the fact that those very same weak, stupid, helpless, incompetent, dishonest, and dangerous people would be the ones running government. After all, government is no more than a collection of people – politicians and bureaucrats – who operate it.... Read more →


CNBNEWS POINT OF VIEW: HOMELESS PROBLEM ALIVE IN GLOUCESTER CITY

BY BILL CLEARY (cnbnews.net)Walking our dog recently along the railroad tracks in the Riverview Heights section of Gloucester City I came upon a young man asleep in the weeds rolled up in a sleeping bag. At first I thought he was dead. It appeared that he wasn’t breathing. Undecided on what to do I reached out to 911. As I was speaking with the dispatcher the young man set up and said he was okay. Last week I saw the man in the same area.... Read more →


Op-Ed: A Case For Subsidiarity Over Centralization | CNBnews.net

Graphic and Opinion by Wil Levins cnbnews.net Subsidiarity is an organizing principle stating that matters ought to be handled by the smallest, lowest, or least centralized competent authority. When Government has a specific role to play in fulfilling a public need (like policing) it has subsections or lower levels of Government to delegate responsibility for greater efficiency and effectiveness to the People. For example: The Federal Government is responsible for our military/national law enforcement agencies. State governments are responsible for their own state police departments/national... Read more →


CNBNews Op-Ed: Banning Personal Choices - Following the Logic of Nanny State Central Planners | CNBnews.net

related: ClearysNoteBook YouTube Channel Graphic and Sarcastic Opinion by Wil Levins (Confirmed Fatty) (cnbnews.net)When Government do-gooders abuse our liberty with "Nanny-State" laws - backed by force - to protect us from ourselves, they deny us our right to personal choices. A recent example of Government do-gooder abuse comes from New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his ban on large-sized soda drinks. Chiming in with his support for the Mayor's ban was former President (and reformed fast-food fatty) Bill Clinton during his guest spot on... Read more →


Gloucester City GOP Chairman Endorses Ron Paul for President | cnbnews.net

IN THIS TUESDAY'S PRIMARY: I have reviewed the congressional voting history of Ron Paul and I see an unblemished record of a man stalwart in his defense of liberty, individual rights, our Constitutional Republic, truly SMALL Government, and the ingenuity of our personal freedom. In Ron Paul, I see a principled visionary who looks to the future, understands the trends, and prepares for tomorrow. When I go to the polls on Tuesday, I will be voting for Individual Rights, the Constitution, Private Property, Personal Choices,... Read more →


Op-Ed: Unmarked Police Cars Should NEVER Be Used For Traffic Stops

related: Freindly Fire by Chris Freind cnbnews.net The Killings In Mississippi Illustrate The Dangers In separate incidents last week, two people were gunned down on Mississippi highways by a police impersonator, who, it appears, used a fake unmarked police car to pull over his unsuspecting victims. Police are concerned that, because of this incident and others like it, citizens may no longer stop for unmarked cars. Well it’s about time. They shouldn’t stop. Not now. Not ever. ***** The most important question that needs to... Read more →


Super's Contract, Meet at the Ship, Free Cell Phones, Another Reason, Top 25, Congratulations

related CNBNews TIPS AND SNIPPETS related CNBNews Point of View BY BILL CLEARY Contract negotiations between the Gloucester City School Board and newly appointed Superintendent Joseph Rafferty have been completed. The contract, effective July 1, 2012, is for three years. He is replacing Paul Spaventa whose contract was not renewed. According to Rafferty his starting salary is $146,00 with increase of two percent in year two ($148,920) and year three ($151,898). MEET AT THE SHIP-Jim Walsh, Courier Post staff writer, recently wrote an article on... Read more →


Op-Ed: A Day of Reckoning for the GOP | CNBnews.net

Graphic and opinion by Wil Levins The Libertarian Party officially nominated its Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates with the selections of Governor Gary Johnson and Judge James Gray this past weekend. The Libertarian Party is America's third largest political party and holds the motto "Minimum Government, Maximum Freedom." Is this significant news? - You bet. If Ron Paul's campaign ends at the Republican National Convention in Tampa without serious concessions from the GOP, it is highly unlikely that Paul's millions of supporters will endorse Mitt Romney.... Read more →


Op-Ed: Should Obama Politicize bin Laden Killing? Absolutely!

related FREINDLY FIRE by CHRIS FREIND cnbnews.net Every President would do the same, and he deserves the credit (cnbnews.net)If you’re wondering why America is no longer able to make even the most basic, common-sense decisions, there are two simple answers: extreme partisanship and willful hypocrisy. Forget the desire to seek truth. Many on the Right and Left are simply incapable of seeing the real picture, even if it’s smacking them in the face. And those rare souls who do rise above partisanship to tell the... Read more →


April 2012 CHEERS AND JEERS | cnbnews.net

RELATED: CNBNEWS POINT OF VIEW by Bill Cleary CHEER-To the new owner of the former Red Mill Tavern building, 500 unit block of South Broadway, Gloucester City for taking that run down property and fixing it up. A big improvement! Thank you for showing Community Pride. JEER-The 2010-11 Gloucester City School District budget totaled $38.8 million. The 2011-12 budget was $45 million and the 2012-13 budget totals almost $48 million or approximately $10 million more than two years ago. Yet school enrollment, around 2000 students,... Read more →


Op-Ed: In the Eye of the Beholder | CNBnews.net

Graphic and opinion by Wil Levins What concerns me about CISPA (The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) is the drastic increase of the Federal Government's authority to gather and share information about us without our knowledge or consent. If CISPA is passed in its current form it would grant sweeping authority to intelligence agencies, setting the stage for the real potential of abuse by invading our privacy and violating our individual rights. Proponents of CISPA have made the argument that this act is designed... Read more →


Video: FREE SPEECH SUPPRESSED UNDER NEW FEDERAL LAW; You will be Arrested!

This is a new law signed by Obama in early March 2012 which makes it illegal to protest in his presence. The law means that wherever Obama is you do not have a right to ask him anything you want to. His secret service can have you arrested, fined, and imprisoned for more than a YEAR if you ask him something he doesn't like or doesn't want to answer. http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=7SGWH3kirzg&vq=medium "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms,... Read more →


LL PLayer Dies, Crackdown, Political Season has Begun, Online Training for Candidates

related CNBNEWS Tips and Snippets: BY BILL CLEARY CNBNEWS.NET LITTLE LEAGUE PLAYER DIES-A 12-year-old sports fanatic has died in Illinois after being hit in the neck by a baseball while warming up for a game this week. Eric Lederman, (photo) a sixth-grader from Oswego, Ill., roughly 50 miles (80km) southwest of Chicago, was hospitalized after being hit while throwing a ball with a teammate Wednesday night, April 11, before a league game in Wheaton, the Chicago Tribune reported. He died Thursday night, leaving his local... Read more →


Op-Ed: Corbett’s Senate Candidate Is An Albatross Around His Neck | cnbnews.net

related: Freindly Fire by Chris Freindly CNBNEWS.NET The Guv’s man, Steve Welch, is an Obama Voter, infuriating many in the GOP It’s the bottom of ninth, you’re down a run, two outs and a man on second. Should he try to steal? Hell no. A single probably scores you, and getting thrown out ends the game. Simply stated, the risk outweighs the reward. But if, for whatever reason, the decision to steal is made, there’s only one rule: you damn well better make it. Fail,... Read more →


Gloucester City Republican Chairman Announces Council Candidates | cnbnews.net

APRIL 11, 2012 Dear fellow residents, I am proud to announce Dave Townsend, (1st Ward) Lisa Lopez (3rd Ward) and Anthony Wojtkowiak (unexpired term 3rd Ward) as our candidates for Gloucester City's Council. Dave, Lisa and Anthony exemplify our Municipal Party's commitment to making public safety, community growth, transparent communication, and fiscal responsibility the cornerstones of inclusive and accountable government. They share our Municipal Party's commitment to helping Gloucester City's Small Business Community prosper, to enhance the quality of life for all our City's residents,... Read more →


Op-Ed: CREW on Andrews "One of the most egregious offenders" | CNBnews.net

by Wil Levins cnbnews.net CREW REPORT: "One of the most egregious offenders, Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ), has in the past been cited by the FEC for illegal acts ... Nevertheless, he has continued to use campaign funds for questionable expenses..." After twenty-two years in Congress, and even longer in New Jersey's corrupt political system, should it surprise anyone that Rep. Rob Andrews has ethics questions and violations hanging over his campaign? The bigger question is: If Rep. Rob Andrews misuses Campaign funds in this manner,... Read more →