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July 2007

Legendary Villanova Track & Field Coach Jack Pyrah Succumbs; Services Monday and Tuesday

Category: Obituaries John "Jack" D. Pyrah (photo) died on July 19, 2007 at the age of 88. A Gloucester City resident, he was cared for in his home by his loving wife of 50 years, Regina M. (nee Gorman). Loving father of Jack Pyrah of Belmar, William Van Tassel (late Venise) of Turner, Maine, John Van Tassel (Sue) of Richmond, Virginia and Patricia Johnson (James) of Haddonfield. Devoted grandfather of 9 and great-grandfather of 2. Survived by many in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Pyrah was born in Germantown, PA, on August 11, 1918 to John and Jane Pyrah. He... Read more →


Funeral Arrangements for John “Jack” D. Pyrah, of Gloucester City

Viewing on Monday Evening from 6 to 8 pm and Tuesday morning from 9 am to 10:30 am at Saint Mary's R.C. Church: 426 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City, NJ 08030. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 am in the church. Interment New Saint Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr. Donations to VCLUB: Jack Pyrah Memorial Fund: c/o Villanova University, Villanova, PA 19085-1674 Or Saint Vincent DePaul Society: 426 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City, NJ 08030. Please write in the memo of the check, Jack Pyrah. Online obituaries may be sent to the family through our funeral home website www.mccannhealey.com under online obituaries of John "Jack"... Read more →


Edna Plasket, Born in Gloucester City, she lived in Barrington

PLASKET, EDNA R. On July 18, 2007, at her home in Barrington. Born in Gloucester City, she lived in Barrington for 45 years. Survived by her husband George, her son, Joseph of AZ, and son George, Jr. of Philadelphia; also survived by seven grandchildren and her sister, Ethel C. Hodson of Wenonah, NJ. A Memorial Mass will be Saturday, July 21, 2007, at St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church Barrington at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in her name to the National Organization of Rare Diseases, 55 Knosia Ave., Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968. Read more →


Clara B. Holden, of Audubon, Age 100

HOLDEN, CLARA B. (nee Bosler) On July 19, 2007 of Audubon, NJ age 100 yrs. She is predeceased by her husband Elmer Holden. Surviving are her children: Claire Spille, Elmer Holden and his wife Doris, Kay Hughes and her husband F. Russ Hughes; 10 grandchildren: Robert Spille, Jim Spille, Jo-Ann Rand, Claire Spille, Kathy Duet, Cheryl Scariano, Russ, Scott, Doug, and Kent Hughes; 13 great grandchildren: Katrina Mellott, Peter, Nicole and Kelley Rand, Stephen and Ryan Short, Sean, Colton and Logan Scariano, Robyn, Heidi, Adam, and Drew Hughes; also 2 great grandchildren: Chayse Rand and Dominique Campbell. Born in 1906,... Read more →


Rep Saxton Questions New Flounder Regulations

Source Courier Post WASHINGTON, D.C. A South Jersey legislator, who in January praised an increased quota for summer flounder, on Thursday said a federal agency now wants to slash the allowed catch. U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton, R-N.J., demanded an explanation from the National Marine Fisheries Service, saying the change would hurt the recreational-fishing industry along the Jersey Shore. Saxton said the agency in December proposed a 2008 quota of 19.6 million pounds, but now is projecting a range of 11.6 million to 15.7 million pounds. "How is it possible for the scientific recommendation to change so significantly in seven months?"... Read more →


Jack Pyrah Villanova Coach Emeritus Has Died

Ryan Payne of the Villanova Cross Country and Track andField Alumni Association announced that Jack Pyrah, of Gloucester City, has passed away. Payne said,"It is with great sadness that we announce today the passing of Jack Pyrah. Please keep his family in your prayers over the next few days. We will provide the funeral arrangements as soon as we receive them." Jack, spent 26 years as Villanova assistant track coach under legendary Villanova coach Jumbo Elliott. And 26 years as Villanova's head cross-country coach. 1981. Pyrah retired from Villanova in 1991 and is now considered Villanova "coach emeritus." Upon his... Read more →


Gloucester Little League Round-Up

By Bruce Darrow On Thursday evening the Gloucester City 11 year old All-Stars traveled to Blackwood to play neighboring Audubon and lost 8-6 in a District 14 Semi-Final game. Gloucester's pitcher Chris Walmsley was given the duty to carry this team to the next round against the other Semi-Final winner Erial. Gloucester took a one run lead in the first and then through the next four innings matched Audubon run for run. In the fifth inning Gloucester's Ryan Zeigler entered to pitch in relief of Walmsley. Trailing 5-4, Zeigler worked a scoreless fifth inning and went to the mound in... Read more →


MT Holly School Bd Gives Supt Spaventa 4 Percent Salary Increase

Bill's Note: Spaventa was offered the job of Gloucester City School Superintendent on Tuesday, July 17th. Mt. Holly Board of Education president Carol Johnson said on July 18th the fact that Spaventa is a candidate for another job did not influence the board's decision. see story see all stories on Spaventa By JASON HARRIS Burlington County Times MOUNT HOLLY — The Board of Education voted at a special meeting July 18th to award Superintendent Paul Spaventa a $5,000 raise. The decision broke a long-standing tradition to delay all raises until teachers and staff agreed to a new contract, according to... Read more →


Edwin Foster, of Mt. Ephraim, WW II Army Veteran

FOSTER, EDWIN J. SR. On July 17, 2007, age 87 of Mt. Ephraim NJ. Beloved husband of the late Marie A. (nee Norton) and the late Dorothy (nee Nowinski). Devoted father of Edwin J., Jr. and Daughter-in law Susan Foster of Tabernacle NJ. Loving grand father of Dr. Dennis and (Jacky) Foster of Fairfield, VA. Beloved brother of Patricia (Jerry) McCreery of Audubon Park, Cyrene (Frank) Slegona of Camden, Maine and John Foster of Bellmawr Park. Also many loving neices and newphews. Also dearest neighbors Bill and Judy Evers, and Joann Gavin. Mr. Foster was a World War II Army... Read more →


Rose Gellura, Loving Grandmother of 40 and Great grandmother of 58

GELLURA, ROSE (nee Fornito). Went to be with the Lord on July 15, 2007; Born and raised in Camden, formerly of Lindenwold, Audubon and Wildwood; age 86 yrs Beloved wife of the late Thomas Salvatore Gellura Sr. Devoted mother of Salvatore (Dorothy),Rose 'Chickie', Michael (Karen), Jean (Dean) Allen, Tina (Timothy) McNulty, JoAnn (John) Coverly, Anthony (Jane), Donna, and the late Thomas S. Jr. Loving grandmother of 40 and great grandmother of 58. Dear sister of the late Carl, Lena and Jean. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to the Visitation and Funeral on Saturday... Read more →


Little League News: Mount Ephraim Has A Setback

By DON BENEVENTO Courier-Post Staff GLOUCESTER CITY-It's already been a magical season for the Mt. Ephraim Senior Little League team which, for the first time in the 55-year history of participation, has won the town's first district championship. However, the District 14 champion Hawks now face an uphill battle in a bid to win the South Jersey Section 4 championship following their 5-1 loss Wednesday to North Cumberland, a setback that has thrown Mt. Ephraim into the losers' bracket. "The big bats didn't come through for us," said Mt. Ephraim coach George Gies, whose team will now move on to... Read more →


Welcome To Gloucester City Founded in 1623

"Welcome to Gloucester City" signs are being placed at all the entrances to Gloucester City. The first sign went up today (July 18) at the Rt. 42 and Market Street off ramp. In all seven signs will be erected by the contractor hired to do the job, Astro Outdoor Advertising of Glassboro. The cost for each is $1,759 for a total of $12,313. The background of the sign is blue gradient and it is outlined in gold and white. The posts are made out of PVC, the material used is 1 inch thick high density urethane, and the display is... Read more →


Volunteer Firefighters urged to Become Active Members

Fire News NJ Editorial The past month has been a difficult one for the volunteer fire service. Newsday, a Long Island newspaper, has been running articles that have twisted facts, which are depicting the fire service in a negative light. Slow response times were blamed for two fatal fires, when in fact the delay was a direct result of a four-minute hold up by the homeowners in reporting the fire. In New Jersey, a three-alarm blaze ripped through five multi-family homes. Fire officials are blaming this tragedy on cuts that forced the closing of two Bayonne firehouses. In New York... Read more →


Ruth Cleary Owner of Short Stuff Store; Member of WOW, Haddon Heights Resident for 46 Years

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM on Saturday, July 21, at Saint Rose of Lima R.C. Church, 4th Avenue at Kings Highway, Haddon Heights for Mrs. Ruth Cleary (nee Schneck) , of Haddon Heights, who passed away on Tuesday, July 17th , 2007. She was 87. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her viewing on Saturday at the church from 9 AM to 11 AM. Mrs. Cleary was a resident of Haddon Heights for 46 years. She was the founder and owner of Short Stuff Store on Station Avenue in Haddon Heights. Ruth owned... Read more →


Marguerite Motson, Collingswood; Former Collingswood School Principal

MOTSON, MARGUERITE T. (Nee Tobin), of Collingswood and formerly of N. Myrtle Beach, SC, on July 1, 2007, age 79 years. Beloved wife of the late Walter Z. Motson. Devoted mother of David Motson and his wife Joyce of Cherry Hill and Sudie Burbage of Franklinville. Adoring grandmother of Abby, Eric and Kevin Motson and Laura and Gregory Burbage. Also survived by the Mary Jane (Albert) Schillenger Family and the Marion Tobin Family. Mrs. Motson was a retired Principal and Elementary Teacher for the Collingswood Board of Education. Marguerite had been a member of the Collingswood Library Commitee and St.... Read more →


James R. Middy Lyons, of Bellmawr; Member of IUOE Local 825

LYONS, JAMES R. (MIDDY) On July 16, 2007 of Bellmawr. Age 75. Beloved husband of the late Jenny B. (Nee Martino). Beloved father of Barbara Rettig of Bellmawr and James R., Jr. and his wife Teresa of Blackwood. Dear grandfather of Barbara Kammam, Kevin Rettig, Megan & Jill Lyons. Loving great grandfather of Jenna & Erica Kammam, Karlee Rettig and Gio Piliero. Mr. Lyons was a Life Member of the I.U.O.E. Local 825. Middy was ageless and loved by many. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the viewing Thursday evening from 7 to 9pm and Friday morning from 8:15... Read more →


Joan M Del Duke 75, of Audubon, Secretary for Paul VI High School

DEL DUKE, JOAN M. (nee Tischner) On July 16, 2007 of Audubon, NJ age 75 yrs. Beloved wife of the late John V. Del Duke. Joan is survived by her 5 loving children: Mark J. (Barbara) Del Duke of Cherry Hill, Michael J. (Carol) Del Duke of Erial, Kathleen M. (Gary) Mullins of Woolwich Twp, Lisa A. Del Duke of NYC, Matthew J. (Allison) Del Duke of Audubon; a brother John J. Tischner, III of Dunedin, FL; 2 sisters, Patricia A. Berger of Pennsauken, and Ann C. Johnson of Cherry Hill; also 10 grandchildren. Prior to her retirement from F.W.... Read more →


June W. Berra, 89, formerly of Haddon Hts. and Westmont

BERRA, JUNE W. (nee Walker) Age 89 years, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, formerly of Haddon Heights and Westmont, died peacefully, Monday, July 16th, at her daughter's home in Toms River surrounded by family. June was born in Buffalo, NY and grew up on Staten Island, NY. She lived in Haddon Heights, for over 44 years, and Westmont before moving to her daughter's home in Toms River in March. June worked as a Bookkeeper for many years and was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Haddon Heights until her move to Toms River. She was adored by... Read more →


Wednesday’s Baseball Round-Up: Tussey Hits Two Home Runs as West Deptford Downs Golden Nugget 9-3

Courier-Post Staff Tri-County-West Deptford hit three home runs in the first inning and outslugged Golden Nugget 16-12. Adam Tussey, who hit two, led off the game with a home run. John McMullen, Nick Dalasandro and Ryan Murray also homered for West Deptford. Dustin Roach hit three home runs for Golden Nugget. Deptford scored six times in the fourth inning and three more times in the sixth to down Dandrea 9-3. Derrick Reagan had two hits and two RBIs for Deptford. Conlin Baseball got its second game-ending home run in a week, a two-run shot by Paul Painter, to defeat Moorestown... Read more →


Paul Spaventa, Offered The Job of Gloucester City School Superintendent; Two Board Members Not Allowed to Vote

Correction: An earlier headline read that Spaventa was named as City Superintendent. He has not been appointed, the job was offered to him. The contract is being negotiated. The Gloucester City Board of Education at Tuesday meeting, voted to offer Paul Spaventa the position of Superintendent over Gloucester High School Principal Jack Don. The vote was made after two Board of Education members (Bruce Darrow and Bruce Marks) were notified they would not be entitled to vote as they had relatives working in the school district. Nearly 19 candidates expressed interest and the entire Board of Education voted that both... Read more →


Albert E. Gomeringer, age 78, of Audubon, formerly of Philly

GOMERINGER, ALBERT E. On July 15, 2007, age 78 of Audubon, NJ, formerly of Philadelphia. Beloved husband of Linda C. Gomeringer (nee Martello) for Thirty years. Devoted father of Andrew A. (Donna M.) Gomeringer of Franklinville, Richard (Donna) Schepacarter of Mt. Ephraim, Denise Burroughs of Absecon, Phillip Schepacarter of Audubon. Loving grandfather of 10, Andy, Andrea, Chelsea, Bobby, Melissa, Allison, Anthony, Nicholas, Anthony and Domenic. Also two great grandchildren, Kylie and Alivia. Also one sister Barbara O'Hara and several nieces and nephews. Albert was an avid Fisherman and Outdoorsman. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his Viewing Thursday... Read more →


Christopher J. Desantis, 29, of Bellmawr

DESANTIS, CHRISTOPHER J. Of Bellmawr, NJ, age 29, suddenly on July 14, 2007. Devoted father of Allison and Madison DeSantis of Bellmawr. Beloved son of R.Salvatore DeSantis of Williamstown andFrances Downes of Sicklerville. Dear brother of Rusty DeSantis of Newfield, Salvatore DeSantis, Danté DeSantis both of Williamstown, Angelina M. DeSantis of Deptford, Renee Rayner, Debra Rayner and Brittney Emmons of Sicklerville. Beloved grandson of Dolores Clark of Franklinville. Also survived by his aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Chris was a longtime patient of the Safe Haven Pastoral Counseling Services. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Saturday... Read more →


When East meets West/Riding Out A Typhoon

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. (Hank is a former resident of Gloucester City, who lives in Japan) Someone asked me why I haven't written about Typhoons? And have I ever experienced one? Well yes, I have been through many typhoons as well as earthquakes here in Japan too. The timing of the question came just as a typhoon was forecast for our area. A very powerful typhoon targeted Kyushu this past weekend. "Man-yi" was forecast to approach and possibly make landfall in Kyushu on Saturday afternoon and then travel along the Southern Coast of Honshu through the Kanto region... Read more →


Chuckles by Ken Mac

Everyone concentrates on the problems we're having in this country lately; Illegal immigration, hurricane recovery, wild animals attacking humans in Florida. Not me. I concentrate on solutions to problems. The result is a win-win-win situation: + Dig a moat the length of the Mexican border + Use the dirt to raise the levies in New Orleans + Put the Florida alligators in the moat. Read more →


Animal Shelter Issue Tips to Keep Pets Cool

(Woodbury) Gloucester County Officials are asking pet owners to keep their pets cool during this weeks heat. Hot weather isn't just uncomfortable for animals -- it can be fatal. The countys Animal Control Officers work very hard to keep animals and the public safe and this weather brings very difficult challenges, said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney. "Dogs and cats can't provide their own ventilation or water. They can't get out of a hot car or airless room. It's all up to people." Signs of heat stroke include panting, staring or stupor, breathing difficulty, an anxious expression, refusal to obey,... Read more →


When East Meets West/Japanese Holidays

Commentary By Hank F. Miller Jr. If you're like me, the one thing you need at the end of a long run of holidays is......Yet another holiday. Thus here in Japan we have Coming of Age Day, which follows New Year's like mint after a heavy meal. Ostensibly the day has been set aside to celebrate, the passage of youth into adulthood, but The real celebrants are those folks in desperate need of just one more day as they slowly wean themselves back to work. It occurs to me that other Japanese holidays could stand a bit of interpretation as... Read more →


Goodbye Good Friend

I've changed my ways a little, I cannot now run with you in the evenings along the shore, except in a kind of dream; and you, if you dream a moment you see me there. So leave awhile the paw-marks on the front door where I used to scratch to go out or in, and you'd soon open; leave on the kitchen floor the marks of my drinking-pan. I cannot lie by your fire as I used to do on the warm stone, Nor at the foot your bed; no, all the nights through I lie alone. But your kind... Read more →


Rider University a favored destination for South Jersey Players

Sunday, July 15, 2007 By Lindsay Stetson lstetson@sjnewsco.com Of all the colleges that athletes can attend after graduating from high school, Rider University is quite the popular choice for local baseball players. Currently, three baseball players represent the area at the Division I institution. Adam Tussey (top photo)and Mike DePietropolo (bottom photo)will both be juniors and Jon Leise will be a senior for the Broncs' baseball team. The three are now good friends, but Leise, a West Deptford product, and Tussey, a Gloucester grad, were rivals in high school when their legion teams played against each other. "I knew we... Read more →


Bill's Point of View:Gloucester City’s Mayor & Council Working Hard Since January

By Bill Cleary Recently I asked Mayor Bill James, (photo) who took control of Gloucester City's government in January, what has been happening in his first six months in office. He read off a long rundown of projects that he along with council members Jay Brophy, Bill Hagan, Nick Marchese, Elsie Loebell, Jean Kaye, and Rocky Kormann have been working on over that period of time. The list contains some 58 items in all. Talk about being busy; Wow! Imagine the time they have given up from being with their families to work on our behalf. All the meetings they... Read more →


Pet Tips: Separation Anxiety by Alan

Dog Quote: They are better than human beings, because they know but do not tell.....Emily Dickenson ********************************* Separation Anxiety Many people are unaware that separation anxiety even exists with their dog. There are many different traits that can be seen in a dog due to separation anxiety. When we leave home for work each day, most people are unaware of what their dog is experiencing, and for many of them it is separation anxiety. We assume that because the dog appears to be happy when we arrive home at the end of the day that it has been happy all... Read more →


Am I a Bad American?

YES, I'M A BAD AMERICAN by: George Carlin I Am Your Worst Nightmare. I am a BAD American. I am George Carlin. I believe the money I make belongs to me and my family, not some mid level governmental functionary be it Democratic or Republican! I'm in touch with my feelings and I like it that way! I think owning a gun doesn't make you a killer; it makes you a smart American. I think being a minority does not make you noble or victimized, and does not entitle you to anything. I believe that if you are selling me... Read more →


When East Meets West/Topic: Gas

By Hank Miller Actually this has nothing to do with When East Meets West It's Just A Point Of Interest For You Gas Weary People Back There ! Below is a little something I happen to come across the other day and thought that it may interest most of you readers back in the South Jersey area. WHERE TO BUY YOUR USA-GAS, THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT TO KNOW. READ ON-- Gas rationing in the 80's worked even though we grumbled about it. It might even be good for us! The Saudis are boycotting American goods. We should return the favor.... Read more →


People Are Worried about Health Hazards from Sunoco Fire

story from South Jersey.com Some people are worried about potential health hazards in the wake of the refinery fire that raged out of control Wednesday in South Jersey. The fire broke out Wednesday afternoon at the Sunoco refinery in West Deptford. The huge storage tank was filled with xylene, a chemical used to make gasoline. Nearby residents were warned to stay inside while huge clouds of black smoke billowed into the sky. photo by Matthew Wentzell: The black cloud of smoke from the Sunoco fire in West Deptford blows towards Brooklawn. The soot that seemed to have coated many neighborhoods... Read more →


Mount Ephraim Wins First Championship in 55 Years

(Story and Photo by Bill Bates) MOUNT EPHRAIM CHAMPS - the 2007 Senior League New Jersey District 14 Champions, posing with their new banner and the District Champions trophy Thursday night following their win over Gloucester City. The final score 7-4. (Click photo to enlarge) It was a quiet night; the temperature was 80 degrees with a light breeze. The ball field was packed with parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends alike on both sides. Our American Flag was flying high above, the concession stands were open, and it was time to "play ball". For the first time in its 55... Read more →


Kevin A. Ezzi, age 36, of Gloucester City

EZZI, KEVIN A. On July 9, 2007, of Gloucester City, age 36. He is the beloved son of Marie (nee Harris) and Joseph Ezzi (Terrilee). He is the loving father of Stephanie Ezzi and dear brother of Joseph, Eric, Michael, Robert, Patric & Rochelle Ezzi and the late Marie Dobbins. Relatives and friends are invited to meet Fri-day evening from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the ETHER-INGTON-CRERAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Powell St. in Gloucester City. Kevin's Catholic Prayer Service will be held at 8:00pm. Interment is private at the request of his family Read more →


Elaine Shipko, Bellmawr Resident for 52 Years

SHIPKO, ELAINE R. (nee Robinson), on July 11, 2007, a resident of Bellmawr for 52 years. Age 86. Wife of the late Thadeus. Mother of Elaine M. Shipko of Bellmawr. Sister of the late Miriam Haley, Margaret Briggs and Archibald Robinson. Mrs. Shipko was a member of the Bellmawr Senior Citizens and the Holiday Ramblers Travel Club. There will be a viewing from 6:00 to 7:30pm Monday evening at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Memorial Service 7:30pm at the funeral home. Interment private. Family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made in Mrs. Shipko's memory to VitasHospice, 18 E. Laurel... Read more →


Naomi Hughes, age 94, of Audubon Park

HUGHES, NAOMI K. On July 11, 2007 of Audubon Park, NJ age 94 years. Born in 1912, Mrs. Hughes was a resident of Audubon Park for the past 65 years. She is predeceased by her husband Frank R. Hughes, Sr. and son Harold Hughes. Surviving is her son Frank Russell Hughes, Jr. and his wife Katherine of Stuart, FL; 7 grandchildren: Diane Rodig of Port St. Lucie, FL, Nancy Thompson of Audubon, NJ, Linda Gilfillan of Audubon,NJ, Russ Hughes of Palm City, FL, Scott Hughes of Stuart, FL, Doug Hughes of Jensen Beach, FL, Kent Hughes of Jensen Beach, FL;... Read more →


Heln Baals, of Bellmawr, former Runnemede Resident, Services Saturday

BAALS, HELEN (nee Goss), suddenly, on July 10, 2007, of Bellmawr, formerly of Runnemede. Age 75. Beloved wife of the late Richard J., Sr. Devoted mother of Richard J., Jr., William T., Joseph A., Thomas E., Albert W., Shirley Lynn, Kathleen Marie and Deborah Ann Baals. Sister of Marge, Edna, Rose, John and Leo. Grandmother of 18 and great-grandmother of 7 and one on the way. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and adopted children. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the viewing from 10am to 12 noon Saturday at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Service 12 noon at... Read more →


The 40th Anniversary of the "Battle of Newark" (July 12 to July 17)

photo by Don Hogan Charles/The New York Times National Guardsmen wielding rifles with bayonets advanced along Springfield Avenue in Newark on July 14, 1967. Twenty-three people were killed and 700 injured in rioting. Local men assigned to the Woodbury and Pitman Guard units were among those who fought in the "Battle of Newark". (New York Times) There are no public monuments to mark the episode that painted Newark as a national symbol of racial disparity, police brutality and urban despair, but there is a newfound willingness here to confront the past. City officials, who ignored previous anniversaries, will dedicate a... Read more →


The Fate of Westville Environmental Panel Uncertain

Packed into the borough's meeting room like sardines and fanning themselves with copies of the agenda for the night, more than 50 people attended Wednesday's council meeting where officials were set to decide the fate of the Westville Environmental Commission. Upon the suggestion of Councilman Michael Ledrich, borough officials agreed to first meet with current members of the commission as well as all of the people who volunteered at the meeting to join the commission a motion that was met with an explosion of applause. Ledrich said he hopes such a meeting will allow the two groups to come up... Read more →


Letters/Moyer’s Remarks Upset Board of Health Member

Dear Joyce Moyer, I received your letter that you wrote about me at the board meeting. I must say I was shocked. Joyce for you to write that is a disgrace. To mention how I'm negative caught up in power, and a million other things is a flat out lie and you know it. Why don't you send your letter to Cleary's Notebook. Instead you hide behind a piece of paper and spread lies about me. What are you so afraid of. I started this investigation into the feral cat problem not because I wanted to but because it was... Read more →


Fishermen Are In A Spot

By Ralph Knisell Once again fishermen are in a spot where they have to fight for their rights to pursue their sport in saltwater. Gary Caputi is a dedicated saltwater fishermen and also the Corporate Relations Director for the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA). In an article in last week's Fisherman Magazine, Caputi reveals how a proposition called Oceans-21 (H.R.2) is going to tragically harm the recreational fisherman of this country. According to Jim Donofrio, Executive Director of the RFA, it is just another issue that comes from the extreme anti-fishing radicals in an effort to do critical harm to the... Read more →


Whale washes ashore at Fortescue Beach

Staff Photo by CINDY HEPNER A view of the creature that washed up on Fortescue Beach today. Posted by South Jersey News Online DOWNE TWP. -- A small whale is reported to have washed ashore at Fortescue Beach this morning. The dead mammal was spotted on the beach about 8 a.m. this morning by Diane Patterson, a couple houses down from her residence. Cliff Higbee, chief of Downe Township Fire and Rescue, contacted the Marine Mammal Stranding Center and someone also e-mailed photos of the 9-foot whale to the center. Officials there are currently on their way to the scene.... Read more →


Fire Damages Apartment, Business in Mount Ephraim

By Bill Bates NEWS Correspondent On Thursday, July 12 at 12:23 AM, Task Force 45 (consisting of Mount Ephraim, Audubon, Bellmawr and Gloucester City fire apparatus and MEPRI Emergency Medical Services) were dispatched to 414 North Black Horse Pike between 5th & 6th Avenues for an apartment fire with reported people trapped. Mount Ephraim Fire Chief Mario Scullan and Deputy Chief Brian Gilmore arrived minutes after the first call came in and immediately requested Camden County Communications to re-tone the assignment for "All Hands Operating" as they arrived to find medium to heavy smoke pushing from the second floor windows.... Read more →


Kathleen (nee Woodworth) Sisco, GCHS Class of 1963; Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday

Kathleen M. Sisco (nee Woodworth) ….On July 12, 2007 went Home to Heaven one day after her 62 Birthday of Gloucester City. Formerly of Bellmawr. Loving daughter of the late Sarah "Sadie" Woodworth (nee Wall). Beloved mother of Jill R. Ruggieri and husband John of Bellmawr and Ted F. Sisco and his wife Loretta of Westville. Cherished mom-mom of Jack and Jason Ruggieri. Dear Sister of Stan Woodworth and his wife Beverly of Moorestown. Kathleen was a longtime resident of Gloucester City and was a 1963 Graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School. She lived many years in Bellmawr and worked... Read more →


Patricia M. O’Connor Gloucester City Resident for 81 Years; Services Saturday

Patricia M. O'CONNOR passed away on July 12, 2007. Age 85. (nee Gillerlain) Resident of Gloucester City for 81 years. Loving wife of 56 years to the late Frederick V. O'Connor. Devoted mother of Dr. Fredrick V. O'Connor Jr. and his wife Katherine of Farmington, CT., Maureen Schiffino of Marlton and Dr. Brian O'Connor of Springfield, NJ. Beloved grandmother of Mark Schiffino of Marlton, Greg Schiffino of Marlton, Ryan Schiffino of Marlton, Elizabeth Purcell and her husband Brian of Philadelphia, Brendan O'Connor of New York City, NY and Allison O'Connor of Farmington, CT. Patricia was born in Bridgeport, Ct. and... Read more →


Nick DePietropolo Leads Gloucester LL to Championship Round

written by Courier Post Staff Nick DePietropolo fired a five-inning no-hitter and had five strikeouts as Gloucester reached the championship round of the District 14 Senior Little League Baseball Tournament with a 10-0 victory over Blackwood. Gloucester will host unbeaten Mt. Ephraim at 7 p.m. Thursday. A Mt. Ephraim win clinches the district championship. A Gloucester win forces a deciding game Friday at Gloucester. Matt Gorman sparked the Gloucester offense with three hits while DePietropolo, Sean Curran and Jake Kaighn each had two. Little League: Erial and Barrington will clash for the District 14 championship at Gloucester at 7 p.m.... Read more →


Yo Bill! Have You Heard This One?

The "chit-chat" on the street this week circulating through Gloucester City is interesting enough to share so here goes. According to the "Grapevine" Ken Wagstaff the Junior High School vice-Principal has been attending the Gloucester City Municipal Court representing the school district in the capacity once held by the now removed Attendance Officer. Question We understand it is the summer but there is still summer school where the need of a VP is necessary. Who covers the school when Mr Wagstaff is in court? The BOE has boasted about the low dropout rate, what happens come September when our "At... Read more →


Stretch Some Lines By Doug Skinner South Jersey Outdoors

Long weekends mean that you'll finally have time to get out on the water. However, your not the only one with this idea, and by the time you get out there people are lining the banks and every boat is fishing your favorite spot. It seems that more and more of your favorite holes are being over run. photo: James Burkhardt caught this huge Largemouth bass in April at Martins lake Johnson Blvd and Baynes Avenue, Gloucester City. In situations like this you have to get creative, and do a little research. It's true that you will never find a... Read more →


The Hardest adjustment To Japan: A Slippery Topic

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr......Hank is a former resident of Gloucester City I don't mind putting my foot in my mouth. That's one way to keep it clean. So here goes... I say the trickiest adjustment to living in Japan is not learning to successfully miscommunication in Japanese...nor in developing disregard for the probing eyes and elbows of packed urban life...nor even in growing accustomed to eating food that sometimes looks like it might have already been eaten once by somebody else. Nope. The hardest thing has been...those darn house slippers. Now, I do not... Read more →