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October 2007

Men’s College Basketball: Rider to Host Alumni Game

LAWRENCEVILLE—Some of the greatest basketball players and coaches in the history of the Rider University program will return to Alumni Gymnasium on Saturday, November 17. “This is going to be an exciting day for the entire Rider basketball family,” said Rider head coach Tommy Dempsey. The alumni game will be played at 11:00 am, prior to Rider’s 3:00 pm home opener against the University of Delaware. Two former head coaches with a combined 16 years and 258 victories on the Rider bench will be the honorary coaches for the alumni game, Kevin Bannon and Don Harnum. “Having Kevin and Don back on the benches certainly will add to the fun,” said Dempsey, the former interim coach who begins his second season as the Bronc head coach with a 16-15 record. Bannon took Rider to two NCAA tournaments and five conference title games, winning three regular season crowns on his way... Read more →

Lora May Flaherty, of Washington Twp., formerly of Gloucester City….wife of the late Fritz Flaherty

On October 30, 2007. Age 81. Of Washington Township. Formerly of Gloucester City. Loving wife of 38 years to the late Francis Flaherty, Proud U.S. Army World War II Veteran who passed away in 1987. Devoted and cared for by her children: Carolyn A. Saxenmeyer (Charles) of Sewell, Dennis J. Flaherty (Mary Jane) of Hamilton and the late Paul J. Flaherty, Dedicated U.S. Army Veteran who was Killed in Action in 1969 during Vietnam. Cherished grandmother of Paul J. Saxenmeyer (Samantha) of Holly Springs, North Carolina, Steven (Kristine) Saxenmeyer of Deptford, Lauren Flaherty of Hamilton and Ryan Flaherty of Hamilton. Beloved great-grandmother of William, Charles and Evan Saxenmeyer. At Lora May's request, the viewing, service, and burial at New Saint Mary's Cemetery are private. The family requests no flowers. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer's Association: Delaware Valley Chapter: 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Please write in memo:... Read more →


Note from Bill: The following article was printed October 29th, 2007 in the Gloucester Daily Times, Gloucester, Massachusetts. When I first read it I thought the author was talking about the Career Fire Fighters in Gloucester City New Jersey. It is uncanny how the two fire departments are so much alike even though they are 350 miles away; besides sharing the same name of the community they also share the same union problems. And it appears the City Council in both communities have a lot in common. Read on and afterwards drop me a line, I like to know what you think. Gloucester Daily Times, October 29th, 2007 Source How many firemen do you know? I know a few, and they are the greatest. These guys are super-friendly. They take their work seriously, and they contribute to the tenor of the town, active in sports and community stuff. When... Read more →

GLOUCESTER CITY-Slow..... Deer Crossing!

WILDLIFE BEING SQUEEZED OUT OF ITS NATURAL HABITAT- Years ago a bunch of us would drive 16 hours each fall to Moosehead Lake in Maine to spend a week hunting deer. Most times we came back empty handed. Now that I don't hunt the deer are coming to me. Life it seems is always that way. Brian Cohan took this photo recently of a doe just taking a leisurely walk in the parking lot of Gloucester City High School, Market Street and Route 130. And just a few weeks ago, during the day, I saw a fox. It was just walking along the tree line out in the open by the high school football practice field. And we can’t forget the wild turkey that use to prance around near the high school. And just today Bill Bates sent in a photo of a beautiful hawk perched in a tree in... Read more →

Charlotte Husted Mailley, age 79, of Gloucester City

On October 29, 2007 age 79 of Gloucester City. Charlotte was the wife of the late William T. Mailley. Several years after his untimely death she married William Husted (now deceased). Survived by daughter Carol Ann (Bob) sons William (Tracy), Paul, Ken (Joan) and Steve (Colleen). She cherished her grand children Kimberly, Kelly, Lisa, Colin, Allison, Ryan, Lauren and Lindsay. Charlotte has sisters Joan (Jim) Almond and Pat (late Ray) Gerard. Charlotte was born in National Park and grew up in Westville. She graduated from Woodbury High School and went to work as a telephone operator. She was a talented artist and loved to draw and paint. She married Bill at the age of 18. Charlotte mourned the loss of her second son (Bobby) but was blessed with more sons. Her family and friends gave her many happy years. Recently she enjoyed going out to eat and spending time with... Read more →

MOUNT EPHRAIM:A rare sighting

Here is a wide shot of the hawk that was spotted across the street from my house recently on a Friday afternoon as I was stopping home for lunch. Photos and captions by Bill Bates more Mount Ephraim Here is a close up of the awesome hawk that was spotted across the street from my house on a recent Friday afternoon. It is very rare to see this type of animal in residential areas such as ours, but Mount Ephraim Public Works employee's (whose garage is just down the street) say that they believe there is more then one hawk that might have found a temporary home in this area. They believe they have seen more then one over the past couple of weeks lingering in the area. Read more →

Marvin Lowers, 73, of Deptford

LOWERS, MARVIN Age 73, of Deptford went home to be with the Lord October 20, 2007 at the Nova Health and Rehabilitation Center, Dept ford, NJ after an extended illness. Born in Philadelphia, PA to the late Godfrey and Anna Marie (Freeman) Lowers, he was a Postal Worker from the Cherry Hill Branch where he retired from in 1992. Marvin was also an avid golfer. Marvin leaves to cherish his memories 1 son Eric Lowers, 1 sister Helen Talton, 3 grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Services will be held Thursday, November 1, 2007 at the EDWARDS & SON FUNERAL HOMES, INC., 208 E. Commerce St. Bridgeton, NJ at 10:00 am where friends may view 1 hour prior to services. Rev. Hyram Adams of Union Baptist Temple will be eulogizing. Interment will be held at the Sunset Cemetery, Pennsauken, NJ immediately following services. Read more →

Tommy Morrone, 38, of Blackwood

MORRONE, THOMAS 'TOMMY' Suddenly on October 26, 2007 of Blackwood Age 38. Treasured and Beloved son of Frances A. (nee Micali) and the late Michael Morrone. Loving brother of Teresa Morrone. Devoted nephew of Gina DeJesse. Loving cousin of Chalie DeJesse. Reunited with his grandparents the late Charles 'Teet' and Theresa Micali. Many loving Cousins, Aunts, Uncles, God Children and Loyal friends. Tommy had a deep love for his family and lived for them, as they did for him. He was incredibly loyal, almost to a fault. He was one in a million, and there will never be another person in the world like him. Tommy had the biggest heart. He would give you the shirt off of his back. He will be missed every second of the day. He was golden and will stay 'forever gold'. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing Thursday eve. 6:00-9:00pm and... Read more →

Dorothy Leonard, 82, of Gloucester City

LEONARD, DOROTHY A. H. (nee Harvey) on Oct. 28, 2007, age 82, of Gloucester City. Beloved mother of Diana Fell Leonard Brose (Thomas E.) of Gloucester City. Also survived by 2 grandsons, Patrick L. Brose of Gloucester City and J. Mark Gladney of MD, one great grandson, Dezmon P. Gladney, one sister, Ruth T. H. Mavronikolas (Christopher G.) of Haddonfield and one brother, Cyril H. Harvey, II (Judith W.) of Greensboro, NC. Mrs. Leonard's family will receive friends on Thursday, after 10 AM, at KAIN-MURPHY FUNERAL SERVICES, 15 West End. Ave., Haddonfield; where her Quaker Service will follow at 11 AM. Interment, Springfield Friends' Burial Grounds, Springfield, PA. Memorial donations may be made in Mrs. Leonard's name to The Children's Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 827790, Philadelphia, PA 19182-7790 Read more →

Jerry Donato, 87, of Mt. Ephraim

DONATO, GERALD A. 'JERRY' On October 29, 2007, age 87 of Mt. Ephraim, NJ. Beloved husband of the late Daisy E. (nee Rizzo). Devoted father of Diane Marie Donato of Mt. Ephraim, Gerald A. Donato Jr. of Virginia and Ronald A. Donato Sr of Mt. Laurel. Loving grandfather of Anna Marie, Nicole, Joseph, Deean, Ronald Jr., Julia and the late Anthony. Loving great grandfather of Karila, Becca, Brandon, and Madeline. Dear brother of Alida, Eleanor, Vivian, Norita, Arthur, Richard and Carl. Mr. Donato was a World War II Navy Veteran. He also was a long time parishioner of Sacred Heart Church, Mt. Ephraim and very active with running Bingo atSacred Heart Church for over 50 years. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his viewing Thursday evening 7-9pm and Friday from 8:30 to 9:30 am at the: MAHAFFEY-MILANO FUNERAL HOME 11 East Kings Hwy. Mt. Ephraim, NJ 856-931-1628Mass of... Read more →

Brooklawn Student Removed from School for Making Threats

BROOKLAWN, N.J.-An Alice Costello school student was removed from the school after he told another student he made up a list of names of classmates he wanted to harm. Included on the list was the name of a teacher. The incident occurred on Thursday, October 25. Dr. John Kellmayer, School Superintendent, said after he was informed of the incident by a teacher he called law enforcement authorities. Kellmayer said the student was interviewed by a member of the Camden County Prosecutors Office and local police. It was determined by authorities that it was not a credible threat but he did need mental help. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment where he remains. Following the incident Dr. Kellmayer notified sixth grade parents about it via a letter he sent home with the students of that class. A copy of the letter appears below. Brooklawn Public School District 301... Read more →

Brooklawn is determined to stop graffiti

"We will have police officers on patrol in unmarked cars and on bicycles in the parks and near the gazebos," Mayor John Soubasis said at last week's Borough Council meeting. "I feel sorry for the parents when we catch those responsible for graffiti in those areas," he said. "We will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law," Soubasis emphasized. At a previous meeting, the mayor had said he regretted that many of the vandals were local youths. Lights have also been ordered for the gazebo areas and near the Little League field. Chuck Riebel Jr., borough engineer, said the DEP still has not given an answer for the go ahead on the stream bank improvement project. The state-ordered study, costing $19,000 and paid for by the state, has indicated that the remains of a building from the 1700s were found in the waterfront bank area. Soubasis said, "Finding hypodermic... Read more →

Bill's Point of View: 'The Good & The Bad' for October

Thanks to those individuals who helped me with this month's column. Their names appear at the bottom of the article. CHEERS-To Gloucester City Police Officer Craig Reinhart. A resident wrote, "He is kind to the children and always stops to say hello or give the little ones a minute to look through the window of the police car. I know he makes a point to take time in his day to give the teens in our city a little pep talk. He is such a wonderful guy and is NEVER mean or too busy to acknowledge the children. Cheers to you Officer Rhinehardt. All the parents appreciate you very much." CHEERS-Recently the Ray Ford Old Timers held their yearly meeting. Along one wall of the Gloucester Heights Fire Hall were table after table of photos from past meetings. The individual responsible for preserving the photos from year to year and... Read more →

Bill's Point of View: What Is Happening!

Here we go again. Another student dies needlessly while away at college. What is happening? News outlets are reporting that a Rowan University sophomore, Donald Farrell, 19, died this morning of injuries he suffered during a brief, brutal beating by four unidentified men. Police said when they found the victim he was so badly beaten he was laying in a pool of blood. He was rushed to the hospital but died several hours later. Earlier in October another New Jersey college student died needlessly. His death was caused by a drug-overdose. Justin Warfield, 18, of Maryland, was a freshman attending Westminster Choir College, a Rider University subsidiary. A friend allegedly administered an injection of heroin into the arm of Warfield. He was found unconscious and rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Warfield's death comes seven months after another Rider freshman, Gary DeVercelly Jr., died after... Read more →

Gloucester City High School Cheerleading Squad

Photo by Bruce Darrow Gloucester High 2006 Homecoming Dance Gloucester City High School Cheerleading Squad at the recent Homecoming Football Game between the Lions and Pennsville. The squad consists of senior Tara Curran, juniors Nicole Hammill, Cecilia Fedore, Brittany Green, Ashley Lisanti and sophomores Kim Bramble, Corey Gaff and Kyrstine Ziegler under the leadership of co-captains Brittany Walters and Amber Hartzel both seniors. Squad Advisor: Ms. Brandt Lions vs Pennsville Game Photo Gallery Read more →

West Virginia over Rutgers; Rice rushes for 142 yards

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Despite a 142-yard rushing effort from Heisman Trophy candidate Ray Rice (New Rochelle, N.Y.), the No. 25-ranked Scarlet Knights suffered a 31-3 loss to No. 6 West Virginia Saturday afternoon at a rain-soaked Rutgers Stadium. WVU running back Steve Slaton and quarterback Pat White combined for four scores as the Mountaineers earned the victory before the venue's ninth straight sell out crowd and a national television audience. Rutgers (5-3, 2-2) took the field dressed in all black uniforms looking to capture consecutive wins over ranked opponents for the first time in school history. The poor weather, however, did little to enable the charged environment from which the Scarlet Knights fed in their win over No. 2 South Florida. Rutgers entered the game having scored on 26 of its 27 trips inside the 20, but came away empty on two trips inside the red zone versus the Mountaineers.... Read more →

HS Field Hockey: Gloucester High School blanks Burlington High

Saturday, October 27, 2007 By Lindsay Stetson It took an entire half for the Gloucester High School field hockey team to adjust to wet and rainy field conditions, but once it did, the No. 8 Lions unleashed three goals in the last 20 minutes of play to send it past No. 9 Burlington City, 3-0, on Friday in the opening round of the Central Jersey Group I tournament. Emily Bucher led the Lions with two goals and an assist. The freshman scored the game-winner when center midfielder Jackie Leafy sent a ball into the circle and Bucher deflected it over the goalkeeper's head for the score. Emily Reinhart added an insurance with another deflected shot off the post, and Bucher picked up the third goal when she one-timed a shot in the cage off a crossed ball. "We dominated in the first half, but we just couldn't get it... Read more →

College Softball:Nine Broncs Honored for Academics

Rider 22nd in the nation LAWRENCEVILLE—Nine members of the Rider University softball team were honored for having at least a 3.5 grade point average, it was announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association this past week. “We constantly stress the importance of a student athlete’s performance in the classroom and that effort shows not only on the softball team but with each team at Rider,” said head coach Tricia Carroll. “We are very proud of the consistent level of academic excellence of the Rider softball program,” said Director of Athletics Don Harnum. “It is a tribute to the recruiting efforts of the coaching staff and the many efforts of the student-athletes.” As a team, Rider ranked 22nd in the nation with a 3.354 g.p.a. Last year, over half of the 355 student-athletes at Rider accumulated over a 3.00 g.p.a. Honored for the 2006-07 academic year were seniors Ashley Boulden (Brooklawn,... Read more →

Breakfast Club's October 2007 meeting

The Gloucester City Breakfast Club met on Saturday at the Dining Car Depot, Monmouth Street and the Railroad, Gloucester City. The guys get together at the same place on the last Saturday of the month at 9 AM. If you remember Tucker's Corner, Powell's, Pine House, Augie's Pool Room, Gords, Cerrone's Luncheonette, The Venice, Crown Point, Dick Lees, Wayne's Log Cabin, Sand Bar, Sports Corner your're invited. Next meeting, Saturday, November 24th. Remember breakfast starts at 9 AM Present at the October 27th : Bob Bevan, Jim Boyle, Bill Cleary, George Cleary, Pete Coppola, Jim Coppola, Frank DiFelice, Joe DiGiacomo, Frank Grandizio, John Hindsley, Ed Hubbs, Jack Heiser, Earl Kaighn, Len Lacavara, Tom ChooChoo Murphy, Jack Persichetti , Chalie Pitzo, Bill Ritchie, Ron Raube, Butch Shaffer, Bob Sliwa, Chalie Tourtual, Harry Walker, Bud Wrigley, Bill Wibby Yeager. Winner of the 50-50, "Wibby", who donated the $68 to a veterans fund... Read more →

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Our Cardiac Kids Win Again!

By Bruce Darrow Please understand that both the Gloucester City News and Cleary's Notebook take pride in the integrity of their respective outlets. Rest assured that what you are about to read is the truth. It may appear as though you have been here before but after all this is our 2007 Lion's football team, our "Cardiac Kids"... Once again the game came down to the final 30 seconds. Why should we expect anything less from our gang before walking off with a rain soaked 13 - 6 win against an underrated Salem football team. You ask why we should expect anything less. Try to follow the mathematics of Lion's football. 1- at Schalick, we watched the Cougars kick a go ahead field goal with under two minutes left, then the Lion's marched 65 yards in the finals seconds before a Steve Goad pass was intercepted in the end zone... Read more →

David Towner 47 of Glassboro, loved playing baseball

TOWNER, DAVID W. On October 24, 2007, of Glassboro. Age 47. Loving husband of Rita M. Towner (nee White) and devoted father of David E. Towner. Beloved son of Kenneth W. Towner of Leisuretown, NJ, and the late Nancy Towner (nee Deibert). Dear brother of Ann C. Bush of Westgrove, PA. Brother-in-law of Thomas White, Jim & Phyliss White, Kathy Krol, and Barbara & Mike Palmer. Uncle of Christopher & Melissa Bush, Jen White, Jim White, Courtney White, Greg White, Lisa & John Gaffney, Johnny Krol, Kaley Krol, Mike Palmer Jr. and Sean Palmer. Dave obtained an AS degree in Architectural Design in 1986. He loved his work as a senior construction inspector in the civil engineering field of bridge and highway road construction. He graduated from Washington Township High School in 1978. He played on the WTHS baseball team all 4 years and continued his love of the sport... Read more →

John Horner Jr., of Bellmawr WWII Veteran

HORNER, JOHN 'TERRIBLE' JR. Of Bellmawr, died October 22, 2007 at home. John was born in Haddonfield. Served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Retired from the Owens Corning Co. of Barrington in 1987 with 27 years of service. Survived by his beloved wife Kathryn (nee Richards), 4 sons, Scott 'Lori' of Sicklerville; Brian 'Amy' of Mullica Hill; Glenn 'Jill' of Runnemede, Jason 'Dawn' of Blackwood; a daughter Kathy Bronum 'Steven' of Runnemede; a brother Paul of Barrington, 2 sisters, Alberta Tomlin of Bellmawr and Dorothy Flanagan of Pine Hill and 13 grandchildren. Funeral Services and Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements under the supervision of the Associated National Cremation Service of Westville. Read more →

Patricia Ann Flynn-Wolf, 64 of Mt. Ephraim

FLYNN-WOLF, PATRICIA ANN (nee Milligan), of Mt. Ephraim, NJ, age 64, passed Tuesday October 23, 2007. Survived by her only son, George Wolf and wife Margie and two grandsons, Timothy and Christopher, of West-mont, NJ., a brother Edward Milligan and wife Dee of Haddon Twp. NJ, and a sister Barbara Chaney of Livingston, TX. All family and friends are welcome at a Mem-orial Service to be held on Monday, October 29, at 10:00 am at the Church of the Holy Savior, 50 Emerald Ave., West-mont, NJ. 08108. Read more →

Gail Albertson, 47, of Gloucester City

ALBERTSON, GAIL V. On Oct. 23, 2007, (nee Griffin), age 47 years of Gloucester City. Beloved wife of Richard L. Albertson, Sr. Loving mother of Danielle M. Albertson (Jeff) and Richard L. Albertson, Jr. Dear grandmother of Jeffrey and cherished daughter of Violet Griffin (nee DiAntonio) and the late William Griffin. She is also survived by two brothers, William(Karen) and Henry(Kelly), 3 sisters, Janet Landini, Debbie Toal (Joseph) and Dianna Zinck (Carl) and was predeceased by Patti, Richard and Cheryl Griffin and Edna Knopka. There are also many loving nieces and nephews surviving her. Gail was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. She especially loved her family and the precious moments she shared with her grandson. Gail loved her dogs, the beach and bathing in the sun. Relatives and friends are invited to meet Sunday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 PM and again Monday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at... Read more →

Alzheimer’s Association Offers Help to those in need

The Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter serves Southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Delaware. It is the local chapter of the National Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association. They are an alliance of family members and professionals dedicated to helping people with Alzheimer's disease and their families through education, advocacy and support. Their goal is to provide leadership and to enhance care and support services for individuals with dementia and their families, while supporting the elimination of Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research. There are more than 294,000 families in the area and more than 4.5 million nationwide, coping with the devastating effects of Alzheimer's disease and other progressively debilitating disorders. They offer the following chapter core programs and services: 24-Hour Contact Center/Helpline: Their toll-free 24/7/365 Contact Center/Helpline (1-800-272-3900) is available in over 140 languages and is staffed by professionals and trained volunteers who provide information, referrals, and emotional support... Read more →

The HMS Augusta has New Life

The auction of an heirloom will fund college scholarships. By Edward Colimore Inquirer Staff Writer Source Standing along the earthworks of Fort Mercer, overlooking the Delaware River at National Park, Mark English pointed to the place a few hundred feet offshore where a crucial battle was fought 230 years ago today. "It would have been right over there," English said, scanning the waters as an airliner descended to nearby Philadelphia International Airport. "Back then, you could've heard the huge explosion 18 miles away." While Americans were fighting off Hessian troops at the fort - in what became known as the Battle of Red Bank - the mighty British navy was trying to force its way up the river to Philadelphia in the fall of 1777. The 64-gun HMS Augusta came under heavy fire, struck the shoals, caught fire, and blew up. But the Augusta's voyage didn't end there. The... Read more →

Jim Quinn, Army Veteran, Sportsman AC & Memorial AA member

QUINN, JAMES J. On October 20, 2007, Age 72 years. A lifelong resident of Gloucester City. Loving father of Michael and James Quinn and Michele Varela. Dear grandfather of 6 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. He was also predeceased by his brother Daniel Quinn. Mr. Quinn was very involved with many organizations in and around Gloucester. Mr. Quinn was a member of the 1959 Gloucester City Mustangs football team that won the Garden State League State Championship. He was a member of the Sportman's AC, The Memorial A.A. and the Gloucester City Old Timers. Mr. Quinn was a proud Army Veteran, and was also a member of the Townsend C. Young VFW Post#3620 and the Brooklawn American Legion Post #72. Relatives and friends are invited to meet Thursday afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00pm at the ETHERINGTON-CRERAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Powell Street, Gloucester City, NJ. Memorial services will be held 4:00pm... Read more →

John Jan Tomkow, 74, of Audubon

TOMKOW, JAN 'JOHN' On October 23, 2007, of Audubon. Age 74. Devoted father of Diane Brewin (Wayne), Jennifer Tomkow and step-father of Tom Laskowski (Jackie). Dear brother of Stanley Tomkow and the late Joseph, Helen and Sophie. Loving grandfather of Allison, Amanda, Daniel, Gwen and the late Jessica. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the viewing Saturday morning from 9 to 11am at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, BELLMAWR. Funeral Liturgy Saturday 11am at the funeral home. Interment St. Joseph's Cemetery, Chews Landing. Expressions of sympathy may be e-mailed to Condolences@Gardner Read more →

TCNJ earns shutout over Rowan

Thursday, October 25, 2007 Source The College of New Jersey women's soccer team downed Rowan, 2-0, in the final New Jersey Athletic Conference game of the regular season for both teams on Wednesday, clinching the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament. TCNJ, ranked third in the nation, improved to 15-0-1 overall. Rowan dropped to 14-3 overall, but has the No. 2 seed in the NJAC Tournament and a first-round bye. Midfielders Dana DiBruno and Gina Colati scored a goal apiece for TCNJ. Kristen Cubicciotti had an assist. TCNJ outshot Rowan, 18-3, and Lions keeper Jessica Clarke made two saves for her eighth shutout of the year. Profs keeper Sarah Volkomer saved eight shots in the loss. WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL Rowan tops Immaculata The Rowan women's volleyball team defeated Immaculata, 3-0, in a non-conference match. Rowan was led by outside hitter Siobahn Young (Clearview Regional High School) with 16 kills,... Read more →

Rosemarie R. Fisher-Collins, of Westville, formerly of Gloucester City; Parishioner of St. Mary’s Church

On October 24, 2007. (nee Miller). Age 66. Of Westville for the last 23 years. Formerly a longtime resident of Gloucester City. Loving wife of 21 years to Philip E. Collins. Devoted mother of Dawn Marie Lee (Carl) of Gloucester City, Amy Gill (Joshua) of San Diego, California and Robert J. Fisher (Tina) of San Diego, California. Beloved step-mother of Michael Collins (Paula) of Pennsville, Karen Collins of Carney's Point and Diane Smith (Harry) of Pennsville. Loving Sister of Harry Miller of Japan, Joe Miller of Gloucester City and Roni Arrera of Bridgeton. Dear grandmother of 2 and step-grandmother of 3. Rosemarie was a graduate of Saint Mary's Grammar School in Gloucester City and the first graduating class of Triton High School in Runnemede in 1959. She worked at Sears Department Store in Deptford for 15 years as a store clerk and retired in 2004. Rosemarie was a longtime parishioner... Read more →

Looking for my old Friend, George Reider from Gloucester City

Dear Bill, Trying to locate old friend and Camden Industrial League (RCA BMEWS), Gloucester City Memorial AA basketball team mate George Reider. We played many years ago (1960's) with the above teams. Though from Camden, I was "recruited" by Rudy and younger (but bigger) brother Bob "Ish" Weichmann to play with the Mustangs. Relations with my friends from the Camden Y were never quite the same. It seems your "Cleary's Notebook" is the only place I've been able to find a possible mention of George. I dug up and attached this old clipping I’ve had since 1962 to authenticate my credentials re Geo and B-ball. Geo might also be interested to know that I still can hit a “trey from the top of the key” and was wondering if he could boast the same! Any info appreciated. Regards, John H. Block (Attached is a Courier Post clipping from April 1962... Read more →

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: Part OF Me Left This Earth Yesterday For A Better Place!

To My Dear Sister Rosemarie Miller Collins: With Faith in God, as sure as there is sunshine that follows the summer rain, So, too, there will be happiness to ease both grief and pain. As sure as darkness of night gives way to light of day, The problems that perplex your mind with faith will fade away. As springtime follows winter And earth is born anew, You'll find you never walk alone If God is part of you. Rest in peace, my dear sister Rosemarie. Warm Regards from Kitakyushu City Japan, With A lot Of Love. I'll be coming back to Gloucester City from October 26th till November 1st, I'll be staying at my brother Joe Miller's home on Burdsall ave. Gloucester, City. Hank & Keiko Miller Site Editor's Note: Rosemarie, the sister of Hank and Joe Miller, died Wednesday, October 24. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic HS: 500 Plus Partake in “Support Sidoti Day”

Students, teachers, friends and the Gloucester Catholic community where out in force last Saturday to pay tribute to Tony Sidoti, who has required extensive rehabilitation since suffering the stroke. Gloucester Catholic had designated Saturday, Oct. 20 as "Support Sidoti Day' with a day-long series of fund raisers to help offset the rising costs of his treatment. High School Principal John Colman said "Tony is improving and continues with rehabilitation. We look forward to him coming back on a volunteer basis for the short term and see how that goes." The "Support Sidoti Day' began with a 5k run/1 mile walk through the Red Bank Battlefield in National Park. More than 500 people (Photo at top) participated. Corporate sponsors were solicited to underwrite expenses. That evening a Beef & Beer was held at the school gym. The evening consisted of music, dining, dancing. A silent auction and a 50-50 were held.... Read more →

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: The fading pitter-patter of little feet

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. The flip-side of Japan's ever aging population is that there are increasingly fewer kids. Record-low statistics from the 2006 put the birth rate at 1.26 children per woman, a count that somehow sound painful-but the real hurt is the one being put on Japanese society. Pain, in a national sense, is always best expressed in money. In this case, as Japan fades from a Grumpy Old Men-present to a Children of man-like tomorrow, the question is who's going to pay for the transition? Forget the pitter-patter of little feet. Oh, for the jingle-jingle of the future tax payers! And with them a fresh wave of young couples pregnant with the desire for mortgages. Plus an influx of new teens shameless in their lust for more and more consumer goods. Money seems to talk and it clearly says that Japan's troubles with a top-heavy population... Read more →

Baby Jake Nasto, of Voorhees, age 2 years

NASTO, JACOB MYLES 'BABY JAKE' On October 21, 2007, of Voorhees, NJ, age 2 years. The strongest, smartest, bravest, most handsome boy in the whole wide world; Jake is the beloved son of Joseph and Kate; Dear brother of Terry Russell; Loving grandson of Jim and Lynn Cummings, Paula Nasto and Chris Nasto and the Loving great grandson of Margaret Cummings. Relatives and friends are invited to the Visitation and Funeral on Friday from 7 to 9 PM and Saturday from 8:15 to 9:45AM at the FALCO/CARUSO & LEONARD PENNS-AUKEN FUNERAL HOME, 6600 North Browning Road. Mass of the Angels will be celebrated at 10:30 AM at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Broadway and Ferry Avenues in Camden. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Cherry Hill. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Children's Hospital Foundation, 34th and Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia,... Read more →

John J. Donnelly, owner of construction company of Haddon Hts.

DONNELLY, JOHN J. On Oct. 23, 2007, 'Jack', of Haddon Heights, age 84, passed away at home in the comfort of his family. Mr. Donnelly was the co-owner of John J. Donnelly Inc., a commercial construction company in Audubon for more than 38 years. He was involved with Sacred Heart Church in Camden, as well as the Heart of Camden, and he served on the board of the Martin Luther King Day Care Center. He was a past member of the St. Rose ofLima Parish Council, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Community National Bank and First Colonial National Bank. Mr. Donnelly was the beloved husband of the late Elizabeth A. (nee Griffin). He is thedevoted father of MaryJo D. (Frank) Kuhn, John J. (Michel) Donnelly IV, Eileen (Phil) Donnelly Coyle, Francis X. (Nancy) Donnelly, Paul J. (Stefanie) Donnelly, Roseanne (Mark) Donnelly and Jacqueline D.... Read more →

Welcome To Gloucester City Founded in 1623

On July 18, Gloucester City erected the first of many new entryway enhancement signs being placed throughout the City to beautify the aesthetics of the gateways into our community. This sign, was erected on South Broadway is near the Gloucester City/Brooklawn boundary lines was funded by Gloucester City Plumbing Supply Company and is being maintained by the Gloucester City Business Association. Last year the UEZ sponsored a town meeting. The moderator, Ms. Stacy Irving from the Center City District in Philadelphia, suggested one of the things the City could do to enhance their image was to erect new signage. "By doing so you will create a sense of place to let people know they’re in Gloucester City." In all, seven new signs will be constructed and hung throughout the City positioned at almost all entryways. The signs have been purchased by local Gloucester City businesses and will be maintained by... Read more →

Pet of the Week: Karla 4-5-year-old German Shepherd

Karla is a 4-5-year-old German Shepherd Dog who is very intelligent and just waiting for someone to take her home. Karla knows her basic commands and loves to go for long walks. She is housebroken and would make a great addition to any family. Karla prefers to be an only dog; she is particular about her dog companions. Please stop in and meet Karla soon. If you are interested in adopting, please call the shelter at (856) 663-3058 and check on his/her availability. All dogs adopted from our shelter will be spayed/neutered prior to leaving the facility. Feel free to e-mail us with any questions or comments that you may have. Almost Home Animal Shelter and Adoption Center Promoting 'Purrfect' Matches and Lasting Adoptions through Adoption Counseling 9140C Pennsauken Highway Pennsauken, NJ 08109 Phone: (856) 663-3058 Related: Pet Tips Read more →

Mount Ephraim Highways and Streets are being Improved

PHOTOS BY BILL BATES The intersection of West Kings Highway and James Street, one of the many intersections that are being replaced, is closed for about 10 days as construction crews replace the older intersections with a new modern walkway that is much safer for pedestrians. Related: Message from Mt. Ephraim Police More Mt. Ephriam This new intersection at West Kings Highway and Centre Avenue was replaced and looks better then it ever did thanks to the Street Scape Grant that is being utilized to resurface the walkways and intersections along West Kings Highway. Read more →

2007 GHS Senior Class Homecoming Spirit Court

Standing-Leanna Wiley, Alexandria McColligan, Tara Curran, Marci Hutchinson, Chelsea Thomson, Kristin Marchese. Seated-Kristen Herda, Brittny Boulden, Tiffaney Stiteler, Jessica Ryan, Emily Reinhardt, Megan Dilks, Erika Smizer. Front-Brittany Walters, Sara Klemowitz. (Not pictured) Senior Class Escorts: Charles Aymes, Chris Beck, Gus Camp, Ethan Casey, Steve Crank, Ken Davidson, Cody Gorman, Jeff Grant, Kevin Griffin, Brandon Keenan, Bryan Greer, Frank Mecchella. see photos from 2006 homecoming dance Read more →

Former Gloucester City Mayor Running for 2nd Ward Council Seat

Walter W. Jost is running for the Second Ward City Council Seat in Gloucester City during this year's General Election November 6 against Bruce Parry. Candidates in Wards One and Three are running unopposed. Walter Jost was mayor of Gloucester City in the early '90s. He is a lifelong resident of Gloucester and a graduate of Gloucester City High School. He said he is very involved in the City and has always shown care and concern from his experience in local government to numerous organizations and committees he has belonged to over the years. Jost has taken a major interest in the youth of the city and has been active in the Cub Scouts of America for many years. He has received two outstanding awards for his service to the youth: the District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver Award by the National Council. Jost said he has pledged... Read more →

Mount Ephraim: HOLIDAY SHOPPING NIGHT Friday, November 2

Mount Ephraim Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary presents a Holiday Shopping Night. Numerous participants including Pampered Chef, Wood Crafts, Discovery Toys, Princess House Crystal, Home Interior Gifts, Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry, Partlite Candles, Tupperware Products, Tastefully Simple, Grandma's Creations, Avon Products and many more... at the Mount Ephraim Firehouse at 200 Bell Road, Mt. Ephraim. Free refreshments provided. For more information, contact Donna Schepacarter at 931-9206. Cash & Carry. Read more →

College Field Hockey: Rider’s Ecke Honored by the Northeast Conference

October 22, 2007 - LAWRENCEVILLE—Rider freshman Margaret Ecke (New Egypt) was awarded Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week honors for games played October 15-21 it was announced by the conference office Monday afternoon. “It is a well deserved honor for her,” said head coach Lori Hussong. “She just had an outstanding week in the games that she played.” Ecke, a 5-2 midfielder/forward had a goal and two assists last week as the Broncs posted two NEC road wins at Monmouth and Sacred Heart. “I’m very honored to represent my team,” said Ecke. “We’ve pulled together and the team as a whole has made me a better player. The comradeship has made our team more competitive as a whole.” Against the Hawks, Ecke made a defensive save in overtime and pushed the ball up the field, creating a penalty corner. Ecke then scored the winning goal with 52 seconds left in... Read more →

Poll Results Released: Public Felt Firemen Were Wrong to hold Protest Demonstration during Memorial Event

The unofficial straw poll regarding the demonstration by the Gloucester City Career Firemen during the recent Heroes to Hero 5K memorial run ended on Sunday evening. The 5k Run is a tribute to the memories of the three firemen (two volunteer and one career) who died on July 4, 2002 fighting a fire at Broadway and Mercer Street. Fire Chief James Sylvester, Deputy Chief John West and Firefighter Thomas Stewart III perished in the fire along with three children. The girls -- Claudia, Colletta and Alexandra Slack -- also died The unions for the career firefighters were demonstrating over a recent change in staffing made by Mayor and Council. The City said the change was necessary because the Fire Department as of August had used up this year’s overtime budget of $240,000 and had over expended that amount by $38,000. Firemen work 24 hours shifts. If someone is called in... Read more →

Bill Baird, age 86, of St. Cloud, Florida, formerly of Fairview; Employee of PRC-DeSoto

William "Bill" Baird On October 19, 2007. Age 86. Of Saint Cloud, Florida. Formerly of the Fairview section of Camden. Loving husband of 63 years to Marie J. (nee Hoffman). Beloved father of Barbara Wilson (Ronnie), Patricia Baird and William J. Baird all of Saint Cloud, Florida and the late Daniel T. Baird. Devoted grandfather of Rebecca, Daniel, Kristyn, Byron, Molly and great-grandfather of Kaitlynn, Kendall and Kyra. Bill proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a longtime resident of the Fairview section of Camden and was an active parishioner of Saint Joan of Arc R.C. Church. Bill worked at PRC-DeSoto Company in Gloucester City for many years. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his viewing on Wednesday Evening from 7 to 9 pm and Thursday morning from 9 am to 10 am at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street... Read more →

Need Your Help with October’s Cheers & Jeers

Editor's Note: I am working on the October Cheers and Jeers column which will be published next Monday, October 29th and would appreciate some help from all of you. If you know of someone who should be recognized for their community spirit, or an Act of Kindness, send their name, along with where they reside to Include a brief summary on why you feel they should be acknowledged. Also if you have someone/ or something that you feel should be given a JEER let me know about that too. I can't promise that your suggestion (s) will be used but it will help me with writing my column. All entries should be sent to --------Thank you, Bill Read more →

College Field Hockey: Rider 3 Sacred Heart 1

Click Here for Box Score October 21, 2007 Northeast Conference Game FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Youth was served early and a veteran wrapped it up. The Broncs clinched the number two seed in the upcoming playoffs with a 3-1 Northeast Conference road win at Sacred Heart Sunday afternoon, on the strength of a solid scoring effort from the 2007 freshmen class. “The freshmen have been great all year,” said head coach Lori Hussong. “Immediately after we inserted Allison Vogel and Michaela Franey into the game, they both scored and that was a huge lift for us, especially on the road in a conference game.” Rider (9-8, 6-1 NEC) opened the scoring with freshman Allison Vogel (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional) hitting the back of the cage 11 minutes in and the Broncs scored again off a penalty corner one minute later when rookie Michaela Franey (York, Maine/York) scored off an assist from freshman Margaret Ecke... Read more →

Ted Krueger, GHS Alumni, Korean War Veteran, and NJ Bell Employee; Services at Brooklawn United Methodist Church

Theodore F. Krueger Jr., a lifelong resident of Gloucester City and a graduate of Gloucester City High School, lost his battle with cancer on Saturday, October 20, 2007 at the age of 78. Ted was a member of the Gloucester City High School Class of 1948, and played on the school's baseball and football teams. Throughout his adult life, he and his lovely wife Grace were great fans of the Lions football teams. The inseparable two-some could always be found in the bleachers on Saturdays cheering for "Their Lions". PHOTO: THEODORE F. KRUEGER JR. After he graduated from high school, Mr. Krueger in 1949 enlisted in the United States Navy. He served during the Korean Conflict on the U.S.S Mindoro as a 2nd Class Radioman. In 1953 he received an Honorable Discharge. The same year he was hired by New Jersey Bell Telephone. He worked at Bell for 36 ½... Read more →