~President Ronald Reagan, March 22, 1986
BY BILL CLEARY
CHEER--A warm welcome to Auxiliary Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan of New York who was named the new Bishop of the Camden Diocese on January 8.
CHEER--For new mayors and council members across the state of New Jersey and elsewhere
who began their first term in office on New Year’s Day. Likewise kudos to the new school board members who started their terms in January. Although we might not agree with some of the decisions they make, we do admire them for stepping up and taking on the challenge.
CHEER--A big cheer for Audubon's Joe Flacco, quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, who also played his only midget football season for the Gloucester Mustangs. Joe has not let his success go to his head. He goes out of his way to have a conversation with an old friend or teammate whenever he sees them. Congratulations to Super Bowl Joe. Signed a former teammate.
CHEER--The state of New Jersey will be hosting Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014. The New York/New Jersey Super Bowl will be played at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014. What happens if the region is hit with a blizzard on the same day remains to be seen.
CHEER--Our prayers and best wishes go out to President Obama as he begins his second term in office.
CHEER--The Philadelphia Eagles hired University of Oregon football coach Chip Kelly on January 3. He replaces Andy Reid, who was sacked after 14 seasons with the Eagles the day after the club completed a 4-12 season. Kelly guided the Ducks to a 46-7 record in his four years at the university and to a prestigious bowl game in each of those seasons. The 49-year-old is a strategic innovator who favors a fast-paced offense, his Oregon teams averaging 44.7 points per game. He'll be coaching in the NFL for the first time.
CHEER--Mount Ephraim’s new Police Chief Brian Beppel and Police Captain Brian Conte took the oath of office for their positions in front of a large crowd last month. Beppel joined the Borough Police Department in 1990, was promoted to captain in 2002, and has been acting chief since former Chief Edward Dobleman retired early last year. The Commissioners selected former Sergeant Conte for the police captain position, which was left vacant due to Beppel’s promotion.
JEER--Nine Philadelphia elected judges along with three other individuals were indicted in January in a fraud conspiracy that involved a frequent and pervasive “ticket-fixing” at the Philadelphia Traffic Court. According to the indictment, Philadelphia ward leaders, local politicians and associates of the Democratic City Committee regularly contacted defendants seeking preferential treatment on specific tickets. These defendants accepted these requests and either gave the preferential treatment directly or communicated the request to another judge to whom the case was assigned. Two of the judges pled guilty last week.
JEER--To the state of New Jersey for putting the squeeze on the Camden City Children’s Garden, which is led by Michael Devlin. This organization has been praised by Mrs. Obama for the work they do providing hands on education to the people of Camden on how to grow foods that are healthier for them in an area that is considered a food desert. Now that they have achieved some success, the state wants a cut. They should be ashamed of themselves. We citizens of Gloucester City also reap the benefits of Mr. Devlin’s efforts with our own Gloucester City Children’s garden, without his help Mickie Glassman and company may not have been so successful. Signed A Reader
JEER--The Mount Carmel Elementary School, in Northumberland County, PA, suspended a five- year- old kindergartener in January for 10 days for talking about using her pink Hello Kitty Bubble Gun to shoot a classmate. She was accused of making a terroristic threat and branded as a threat to harm others. The district also mandated she undertake a psychological evaluation. The matter has ended up in the courts. This is utterly ridiculous. The Silent Majority should demand that all the Mount Carmel School District administrators be fired for making such a fuss over such a harmless remark.
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