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July 2008

Coalition Air Strikes Kill Enemy Fighters in Afghanistan

Link: DefenseLink News Article: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, July 20, 2008 – An undetermined number of enemy fighters were killed today in separate air strikes in Afghanistan, with one of the engagements prompting an investigation into reports that Afghan National Police officers were killed. Combined Joint Task Force 101 officials said they’ve launched an investigation into an incident in which a combined U.S.-Afghan patrol came under attack by a “non-uniformed hostile force” early this... Read more →

Gloucester County: World War II Monument is Missing

By Bill Cleary Verga New Jersey-Gene “Jeep” MacAdams, of Brooklawn is looking for some information about a World War II monument that was once located on Old Crown Point Road across the street from Captain’s Cat. MacAdams said his name along with the names of his five brothers were among the 100 that were inscribed in the stone monument. “We originally lived in National Park. During WW II our mother had four Stars in the... Read more →

Favre hurting legacy, even if he doesn't play

Link: , Paul, Minnesota So now what's going to happen on Sept. 8? Will Favre play for the Pack? Will he start, or just stab Aaron Rodgers in the back during timeouts? Will the Pack retire his number while Favre leads a protest outside Lambeau? Will Favre grant his only interview to Stephen Colbert? Will the Pack retire Favre's old Packers jersey or his prospective Vikings jersey? Of all the people who look shaky or... Read more →

World's Best Bass Anglers Heading to Columbia, S.C., Aug. 14-17 for Sport's Biggest Week

Link: - MarketWatch. COLUMBIA, S.C., July 17, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The top 77 professionals and 77 co-anglers in the world will compete for a $1 million top award in the $2 million Forrest Wood Cup presented by BP and Castrol -- bass fishing's world championship -- on Lake Murray in Columbia, S.C., Aug. 14-17. Many of these anglers, representing 31 states and Japan, are fishing on teams sponsored by some of the nation's... Read more →

Mount Ephraim 4th of July Celebration in photos

Photos by Bill Bates (click on photos to enlarge) Miss Mount Ephraim 2008 Michelle Stevenson rides in a convertible during the parade. Miss Flame 2008 Bridget Guigel rides on board Engine 452. Mount Ephraim Police D.A.R.E. & M.E.C.O.P. Float with McGruff the Crime Dog, The D.A.R.E. Lion, D.A.R.E. Officer Danielle Dunnay, and the 2008 D.A.R.E. graduates. Miss Democrat Club 2008 Shannon Carney . Members of the MEFD enjoy their "annual performance" from the Durning String... Read more →

Michael DellaPolla, owner of Dell Chrysler Plymouth of Woodbury

Link: McGuinness Funeral Home GREENE, Daniel T., of Oak Valley, suddenly on July 16, 2008. Aged 47 years. An active, larger then life gentleman known to many as easy going and always on the go will surely be missed by all who met him. Dan excelled as quarterback for the Deptford 'Spartans' High School football team, which he led to victory in 1978. He later went on to play quarterback at Villanova University and transferred... Read more →

Daniel Greene, 47, of Oak Valley/Deptford HS graduate, star football quaterback

Link: McGuinness Funeral Home GREENE, Daniel T., of Oak Valley, suddenly on July 16, 2008. Aged 47 years. An active, larger then life gentleman known to many as easy going and always on the go will surely be missed by all who met him. Dan excelled as quarterback for the Deptford 'Spartans' High School football team, which he led to victory in 1978. He later went on to play quarterback at Villanova University and transferred... Read more →

This big striped bass didn't slip the hook

Link:, Gloucester, MA. Back at Winchester's Fishing Company where it was weighed into an annual contest as the leader by far, MacKenzie learned he had caught a 54-pound bass — so far as Winchester's knows, the largest bass of the decade, and only the second 50-plus bass in 15 years. Winchester's has already weighed in five other fish of more than 35 pounds in a season that seems ready to take its place as... Read more →

Bill's Tips and Snippets for Friday/Board not Adv. in Local Paper

A question was asked today in a comment if the Gloucester City School District advertised teacher positions in the Gloucester City News in the past month. According to the publisher of the Gloucester City News, Albert Countryman, there have been no advertisements for any positions placed in the Gloucester City News by the School District in three months. The Gloucester City News is designated as one of the District’s legal newspapers. The question that comes... Read more →

Sports > Knights garner first Legion title

Link: Recorder Community Newspapers NORTH CALDWELL – Originally known as the Suburban Knights, the contingent now known as the Summer Knights has posted an outstanding 18-2 mark in its first score of Essex County American Legion Baseball League outings and, in doing so, clinched the Essex/National Division championship. That feat has earned the West Essex Regional-based locals a berth in the county’s championship game on Saturday, July 19, and their first ever trip to the... Read more →

Fantasy football player rankings -

Link: - By John Mcfarland, Associated Press Writer QUARTERBACKS 1. Tom Brady, New England: 4,806 yards, 50 touchdowns, 8 interceptions, 2 TDs rushing, eight 300-yard games. Could he really go for record-tying 50 scores again? Maybe he'll hit 60. 2. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis: 4,040 yards, 31 TDs, 14 INTs, 3 TDs rushing, 3 300-yard games. Unlike every other year, he's no longer the top QB. But he's still a pretty close second, even with... Read more →

Across the Pond: Brooklawn and ShopRite in the News

Link: The Spenny Post: More marketisation in the offing.... Parents across America frustrated by the public underfunding of their public schools may not even mind that new public school facilities now carry names like the ShopRite of Brooklawn Center (in Brooklawn, New Jersey), Rust-Oleum Field (in Vernon Hills, Illinois), and Eastern Financial Florida Credit Union Stadium (in Broward County, Florida), given that the corporations in question put in hundreds of thousands of dollars towards construction.... Read more →

Bill’s Tips and Snippets for Thursday July 17th

The last independent pharmacy in Gloucester City will be closing its doors on Tuesday, July 22. RxD Pharmacy at 525 Monmouth Street has been located at that address for 25 years. Kings Pharmacy at Market and Broadway closed a few years ago after serving the community for over 50 years. City residents will still have a choice between CVS Pharmacy at 417 South Broadway or Lipkins Pharmacy in nearby Brooklawn. It is sad to see... Read more →


Submitted by Bernadette Gorman On Jeopardy the other night, the final question was... How many steps does the guard take during his walk across The Tomb of the Unknowns ---- All three missed it - Tomb of the Unknown Soldier 1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the Tomb of the Unknowns and why? · Twenty-one steps. It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute, which is the highest honor given... Read more →

Gloucester City: Banners to Honor Those Who Made The Ultimate Sacrifice

Source Gloucester City's website After much discussion on the appropriate way to honor those whom made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the United States, the Mayor's Advisory Committee has a recommendation that should please the families of the 68 individuals and the present residents of the City. The 68 persons were as follows: three from the Civil War, five from World War I, forty-nine from World War II, two from the Korean War and... Read more →

Bellmawr School Board Discusses Survey

By Lois Staas NEWS Correspondent Superintendent Annette Castiglione presented the results of the 2007-2008 Bellmawr Public Schools Community Survey during the recent Board of Education meeting. The survey was distributed to all district families and had 345 respondents. Printed results were distributed as Castiglione highlighted the assessment. The ongoing controversy over the length of the spring break was put into perspective. Survey results indicate that 254 are in favor of a break as it was... Read more →

Re: Gloucester City Board of Ed. meeting

*Note: At the time this article went to print the Gloucester City News could not clearly verify the legality whether or not the Superindent could act as president of the Board of Education meeting. There have been conflicting answers and as of present time the News is waiting for a response from the Office of the Interim Camden County Superintendent of Schools H. Mark Stanwood. -John Schmidt Read more →

Gloucester City: Board of Ed. Accepts Bids for Auditorium Renovations

By John P. Schmidt NEWS Correspondent The Gloucester City Board of Education held an emergency meeting last Monday (June 30) to accept a bid to renovate the auditorium in the Gloucester City High School for $525,200. Superintendent Paul Spaventa said the district had money in its Capital Improvement Fund, which is used to improve and upgrade facilities. The auditorium renovation had been on a list of projects deemed important. The vote was held last week... Read more →

Gloucester City: Schooner Arrives at Freedom Pier

By John P. Schmidt NEWS Correspondent As Gloucester City Mayor William P. James played the bagpipes on the Delaware River, the Schooner North Wind sailed into port Saturday evening, July 5. It docked at the old Coast Guard Pier, which has been renamed Freedom Pier, under the direction of Captain Charles Reed. Reed has more than 40 years of maritime experience and is volunteering his time to help the City. "It's a beginning," Councilman Jay... Read more →

Gloucester City: Columbia Student Returns Home

By Albert Countryman Jr. Maria Zuluaga of Colombia said goodbye to her friends, host family and members of the Gloucester City Rotary Club during a party June 14. She had lived the past 10 months at the home of Jack and Linda Dilks as part of the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program. "I have enjoyed my stay. Things are a little different compared to my country. It has been a great experience. I appreciate the... Read more →

Letters: Use Gloucester Catholic for the New Middle School

With Gloucester Catholic deserting blue-collar Gloucester City for the "greener grass" of Mullica Hill, everyone is now worried about the empty building left behind... and rightfully so. Since the proposed middle school will never be built, why not use Gloucester Catholic's building for that purpose? I am sure there is plenty of room. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia closed, and merged, many Catholic schools in the mid-1990s. A lot of those buildings are now being used... Read more →

TIPS AND SNIPPETS FOR Tuesday (July 15th) by Bill

Regarding the discussion on CNB about the Gloucester City School District not hiring a local resident for the position of high school English teacher. Although not specifically mentioned by name the person who is at the center of the discussion is David Knecht, a graduate of Gloucester City High School, Class of 2004. Mr. Knecht received his teaching degree from The College of New Jersey. Knecht said on Tuesday (July 15, 2008) that he... Read more →

Gloucester City News Headlines for July 17th

Broadway Banners To Honor Gloucester City War Heroes (pictures needed of the 68 City men who died while serving their country in wars). State OKs New School (Some $53 million has been earmarked to build the new Gloucester City Middle School). Gloucester City Denies OPRA Request (made by the Gloucester City News to get emails between a Councilman and the City Administrator). Gloucester City, Bellmawr And Westville Receive Extraordinary State Aid Mt. Ephraim Lauds Officers... Read more →

William E. Osterman, 57, chief of police in Elmer NJ

Link: William E. Osterman Jr.Died July 7, 2008. At age 57. Bill¹s Maryland roots made him the northern embodiment of the South. He loved Maryland Blue Claw Crabs, hosting barbecues for family and friends, the Chesapeake Bay, and spending time in Fortescue at the Delaware Bay with Grendel, his Chesapeake Bay Retriever. Bill was a highly decorated police officer of 25 years. He started in Swedesboro as a patrolman and was Chief of Police... Read more →

Martin stops Swanson for gold

Link: South Florida HOLLYWOOD - Althea Martin of Absecon, N.J., knocked off defending champion Christina Swanson of Hollywood at the Women's Golden Gloves National Tournament on Saturday night at the Hollywood Marriott Beach Resort Hotel. Swanson, 26, a former University of Miami All-America swimmer, was on the defensive for most of the four-round, 138-pound bout, which Martin won convincingly with a 5-0 decision. It was back-to-back major wins for Martin, who knocked off No.... Read more →

Letters: He Don't Bite!

Bill, Again I write to you and tell you that I enjoy your column. Keep on writing, Bill, many in the town agree with your views. I am also writing to you about a concern of mine. Many residents may not know there are a large and I can not stress a large number of Pit Bulls in Gloucester City. This is evident on Broadway as the town's new residents walk these "killing machines" up... Read more →

Bill's Point of View: Litter Bugs A Real Problem in the area around Cold Springs School

GLOUCESTER CITY-(Saturday, July 12, 2008) Cold Spring Drive has become a convenient dumping site for litter bugs. The trash shown above was laying in the street and school parking lot for the past two days. Besides empty beer bottles, water bottles, pizza boxes, cardboard beer boxes etc. there was also a bag of stinky crab shells. The trash shown in the photos has been picked up and removed. However, the crab shells in the green... Read more →

Letters: True Knowledge Is Power

In a recent Courier-Post "Rabble Rouser" article, a local Camden County resident stated that "people need to quit listening to the hard-core conservative blowhards in the media" and went on to list Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity and even Bill O'Reilly. He also advised to listen to real news instead. Real news as reported on ABC, NBC, CBS and cable TV's MSNBC and CNN? With their liberal slant, that's the real news? There is... Read more →

Chuckles submitted by Tony Thornton

A filthy rich North Carolina man decided that he wanted to throw a Party & invited all of his buddies & neighbors. He also invited Leroy, the only Black man in the neighborhood. He held the party around the pool in the backyard of his mansion. Leroy was having a good time drinking, dancing, eating Shrimp, oysters, BBQ & flirting with all the women. At the height of the party, the host said, 'I have... Read more →

Congratulations Jimmy, nice fish!

Six year old Jimmy McGuckin of Gloucester City had never been fishing. So Dr. Jim Doster, pastor of The Lighthouse Baptist Church, took young Jim to a pond near Bridgeport recently. Pastor Jim said, “Within 45 minutes Jimmy caught 8 fish. His mother told me he was so excited he couldn’t sleep that night.” The McGuckin Family are faithful parishioners of The Lighthouse House Baptist Church located at the corner of Market and Washington Streets... Read more →


ROBERT DORNBACH DOB: Sep 15, 1988 Missing: Nov 27, 2005 Height: 5'8" (173 cm) Eyes: Brown Race: White Age Now: 18 Sex: Male Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg) Hair: Brown Missing From: GLOUCESTER CITY NJ United States Robert was last seen on November 27, 2005. He has a tattoo of a cross on his right ankle and a tattoo of "D-Bach" on his left arm. Robert's nickname is Bobby. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT National... Read more →


Chuckles by JesAn elderly lady called 911 on her cell phone to report that her car has been broken into. She is hysterical as she explains her situation to the dispatcher: "They've stolen the stereo, the steering wheel, the brake pedal and even the accelerator!" she cried. The dispatcher said, "Stay calm. An officer is on the way." A few minutes later, the officer radios in. "Disregard." He says. "She got in the back-seat by... Read more →

ramscrosscountry: Summer Olympics

Link: ramscrosscountry: Raise your hand if you think the athletes may not be the primary focus of the XXIX Olympiad in Bejing. When the International Olympic Committee chose Beijing in 2001 for the XXIX Olympiad, one wonders if the athletes were their main consideration. Or, if it was instead the IOC's stated goal to bring the Olympics to every continent-- with the athletes an afterthought. Consider the news events of the past month: Read more →


A letter carrier from the Gloucester City Post Office sent me the following TIP earlier this week. “As I approached a house where the homeowner was clearing out debris and placing it at the curb for pick-up the Waste Management trash people pulled up. I heard them tell the woman that there was too much trash to pick-up as it exceeded the 10 item limit. I then heard them tell her that a nice monetary... Read more →

Chase Technology Opens Office in Gloucester City

Chase Technology owned and operated by Michael Ireland has open an office at the corner of Chambers Avenue and Broadway in Gloucester City, NJ. "If you are in need of PC/MAC repairs,, website design, photography, or graphics, Chase Technology is the company to call", Bill Cleary, ClearysNoteBook. Below is some background about Chase Technology. Company History Chase Technology started as a small company and still runs that way today. Our friends and clients have increased,... Read more →

Brooklawn resident off to Chicago for Mrs. International pageant.

Hello family & friends, I am leaving for Chicago on Monday (July 14th) to represent the state of New Jersey in the Mrs. International pageant. I am very excited and very ready for this event. My year as Mrs. New Jersey has been an amazing journey, I have grown so much through this experience. I have educated over 80 classrooms this year on children's oral health and I will be visiting our state capitol building... Read more →

Erin Donohue Chasing the Dream

Link: ramscrosscountry: She is one of the most decorated track stars in New Jersey high school history, winning three national titles and nine prestigious Meet of Champion titles during her career at Haddonfield High. Teenage stardom, however, rarely guarantees success on the next level. At the University of North Carolina, Donohue was an above-average distance runner. When she graduated in 2005, agents and shoe companies -- the potential sponsors for a full-time track career --... Read more →

Reducing draw weight gets mixed reviews | Outdoors News

Link:Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission voted in April to drop the minimum draw weight requirement for hunting bows. Beginning in September, deer and turkey hunters will no longer be required to shoot a bow with a draw weight of 40 pounds or more. The change was made to encourage more bowhunting participation from women and youth hunters, or any men with physical problems that makes it... Read more →

Christine McGovern of West Deptford, formerly of Bellmawr

Link: . MCGOVERN, CHRISTINE (nee Daniszewski), of West Deptford, NJ, passed away suddenly on July 8, 2008 at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Aged 56 years. Christine was an unselfish, ambitious woman whose greatest joy in life was making others happy. She was a firm believer of 'living every day to the fullest' and passed that quality along to all those who knew her. Christine enjoyed traveling, spending time at the shore and organizing... Read more →

William Harrington Sr., of Mt. Ephraim

Link: HARRINGTON, WILLIAM J., SR. On July 7, 2008, age 76. Of Mt. Ephraim, NJ for 32 years. Beloved husband of the late Nancy (nee Cicchini). Devoted father of William Jr., (David Giquinto)of Hammonton, Richard (Linda) ofMantua, and Nancy (Tommy) Alberto of Somerdale.Loving grandfather of six Richard, Joseph, and the late Kimberly Harrington, Bernadette, Kevin, and Paul Fitzpatrick. Dear brother of Margaret(Albert) Wolfe of Cherry Hill, also many nieces and nephews. Mr. Harrington was... Read more →

U.S. Officials React to Iranian Missile Test

Link: DefenseLink News Article: U.S. Officials React to Iranian Missile Test By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, July 9, 2008 – Iran’s test of short- and medium-range missiles is a disturbing development and points to the need for a European missile defense system, Pentagon officials said here today. Iran tested at least seven missiles yesterday, according to news reports, capable of hitting Israel and parts of Europe. “Iran’s development of ballistic missiles is... Read more →

Mount Ephraim Honors Retiring Officers & Web-Site Volunteers

By Bill Bates Mount Ephraim News Correspondent Mount Ephraim Board of Commissioners honored Mount Ephraim Police Department Retiring Officers Scott Pezzano & Daniel Tokolish Sr. for their 20 years of service to the borough. "Both Officers retired a few months ago and their years of knowledge are greatly missed in the department" said Police Chief Ed Dobleman, "We wish them great success and years of health in their retirement" he further added. Patrolman Pezzano, a... Read more →

Richard A. Wood, Sr. of Bellmawr; Korean War Army Veteran, retired from Owings Corning Fiberglass

WOOD Richard A., Sr. On July 7, 2008. Age 79. Of Bellmawr. Loving husband of 26 years to the late Rita Ann Wood (nee McLaughin). Devoted father of Richard A. (Betsy) Wood, Jr. of McDonough, GA. and John J. Wood of Bellmawr. Beloved grandfather of Richard, III, Kristina, Katie, John-Thomas, Sarah and Patrick Wood. Loving great-grandfather of Hailey Johnson. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Rich proudly served our county in the U.S.... Read more →

America Supports You: Fund Assists Severely Injured Veterans

Link: DefenseLink News Article: . America Supports You: Fund Assists Severely Injured Veterans By Meghan Vittrup American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, July 9, 2008 – An organization that focuses on helping severely injured veterans channels its efforts toward providing the kinds of assistance they don’t otherwise get. The Independence Fund provides “the tools, therapies and guidance that they are otherwise not receiving,” said Steve Danyluk, the organization’s president. The Independence Fund, he explained, is built... Read more →

Troops in Afghanistan Kill Enemy Fighters, Capture 14, Seize Weapons

Link: DefenseLink News Article: Troops in Afghanistan Kill Enemy Fighters, Capture 14, Seize Weapons American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, July 9, 2008 – Coalition and Afghan forces killed three armed militants, detained 14 suspects and seized weapons in Afghanistan this week. Forces captured five militants during an operation yesterday in Helmand province. The detentions occurred as troops searched compounds in the Req district for a Taliban leader responsible for smuggling explosives and weapons, including bomb-making... Read more →

Brooklawn School Board Approves Interlocal Agreement with the Borough

By John P. Schmidt NEWS Correspondent The Brooklawn Board of Education approved an interlocal service agreement between the BOE and the Borough of Brooklawn. Board President Bruce Darrow said the district gave money to the Borough for shared services for the community center, ball fields, and other things. "The agreement is between us and the Borough, but it is really between us and the community," Darrow said. "We're giving money back to the community." Besides... Read more →

Gloucester City Council: Library Director Honored, Schooner Purchase Discussion, New Employee Hired

By John P. Schmidt NEWS Correspondent Gloucester City Mayor and Council presented two proclamations during last week's meeting honoring Library Director Elizabeth Egan and Mary Lou Adams, who recently founded the Cultural Arts and Heritage Society. Egan received the NJ Library Association President's Award for 2008, which is given for outstanding public service to the library community. She has been the library director in Gloucester City since 1989. Egan said she had planned to be... Read more →

Additive no threat to water in 4 S.J. towns, state says

Link: | Courier-Post. In the settlement announced last month, the oil companies agreed to pay $422 million to plaintiffs from several states. Of that amount, $67 million is slated to come to New Jersey purveyors, and $40 to $45 million to the towns represented by Parker McCay. Among those towns or purveyors are Camden, Gloucester City, Penns Grove, Bridgeton, New Jersey American Water Co., the Mount Laurel Municipal Utilities Authority and the Mount Holly... Read more →