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July 2008

Gloucester City: Thank You!

Gloucester City PBA #40 and FMBA #51 would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous contributions and/or their time for the recent Flag Football Game held to benefit the Gloucester City Little League. They include: GLOUCESTER CITY LITTLE LEAGUE FIELDERS CHOICE www.fielderschoicenj.com BOWIE JOHNSON AND GLOUCESTER CITY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT GREGG “BIG DADDY” CONKLIN FORT NASSAU PRINTING APRIL ROBIN FLORIST (BARRINGTON) COOPER MONUMENT COMPANY CHARLES PIKE CONSTRUCTION VITALE’S ITALIAN RESTERAUNT MAX’S SEAFOOD ADELPHIA’S BUTCH AND APRIL BERGLUND THE HEALEY FAMILY COMMERCE BANK We would also like to thank everyone who came out to the event, especially Fielder’s Choice who... Read more →


Gloucester Catholic: Youthful Rams ready for the fall season

Link: Youthful Rams ready for the fall season - NJ.com. WEST DEPTFORD - The returning players to the Gloucester Catholic High School girls soccer team have plenty of championship experience, after putting together a 20-1-1 state championship season in 2007. So for the West Deptford 7-v-7 Summer League, the young Rams were on their own, as the "veterans" didn't attend the league. Sophomore Korrie Harkins saw varsity time last season, but ......... Read more →


Ashley Fox: Why doesn't Rollins get Manuel's rules? | Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/25/2008

Link: Ashley Fox: Why doesn't Rollins get Manuel's rules? | Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/25/2008. NEW YORK - Charlie Manuel has two rules. Two. Hustle, and be on time. You don't have to be an MVP or an all-star, a Gold Glove winner or a home-run king. You don't have to put the seat down, or chew with your mouth closed, or say "excuse me" when you spit. All you have to do to be a member in good standing on Manuel's Philadelphia Phillies is hustle and be on time. In about seven weeks, Jimmy Rollins has broken both rules. First,... Read more →


Gloucester City: Floating Docks Installed at Freedom Pier

By Bill Cleary Finally after decades of promises there are some positive signs happening at the former Coast Guard Base, King Street and the Delaware River, Gloucester City. The Coast Guard Base was vacated in 1987. And several years later the federal government gave the deed to the City of Gloucester City. And there the base has set for nearly 15 years. Each election some politician running for office would announce a grandiose plan for the site but nothing much came of those promises but more development studies. PHOTO: FLOATING DOCKS ARRIVE.........to enlarge click. This past week however the City... Read more →


Soldier Missing in Action from Korean War is Identified

Link: DefenseLink News Release The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. He is Master Sgt. Cirildo Valencio, U.S. Army, of Carrizo Springs, Texas. He will be buried on Aug. 4 in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C. Representatives from the Army met with Valencio’s next-of-kin to explain the recovery and identification process on behalf of the Secretary of the Army. Valencio was assigned to Company L, 3rd Battalion,... Read more →


Caring For Camden - 'Violence Free, That's For Me'

Link: South Jersey - NJ.com. CAMDEN -- In support of the National Night Out celebration, the Caring for Camden" "Violence Free, That's For Me" Campaign announces today its second community event scheduled for Aug. 5. The Camden Police Department, in conjunction with Operation CeaseFire, the Philadelphia FBI, the City of Camden and the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, will host this event to reduce violence in the city of Camden. Read more →


'Anchorbabe' Alycia Lane's bikini emails 'hacked by colleague'

Link: ' - Telegraph. Larry Mendte, 51, was so obsessed with Alycia Lane, 34, that after gaining her password, he checked her messages 537 times in four months, logging in 10 times or more on some days, often in the middle of the night, according to prosecutors' records. One, containing a photograph of Lane in a bikini, was sent to a sports television presenter, a married former colleague, whose wife intercepted the email and replied: "Boy, do you look amazing in a bikini ... congrats! I mean, what better way to get a guy's attention than with skin!" Her response... Read more →


Gloucester City: Agenda for the regular meeting of Mayor & Council

Thursday, July 24, 2008 City Hall, 313 MONMOUTH STREET Agenda 1. Call Meeting to Order: 2. Pledge of Allegiance: 3. Roll Call: 4. Open Public Meetings Act Notice: This meeting is being held in accordance with the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act, otherwise known as the "Sunshine Law." It has been legally noticed in accordance with the law and copies have been given to those requesting the same. 5. Cool Cities Initiative - Short informational speech regarding door hangers for the program 6. Resolutions R199 Authorizing Emergency Temporary Budget Appropriations R200 Authorizing Execution of Professional Services Contract with T... Read more →


Troops get free passes to Legion ball games

Link: American Legion. Active-duty troops can enjoy free admission to any American Legion Baseball game at its upcoming Senior State Tournament in Washington state. The event, Aug. 2-6, includes 15 games played among top Legion teams at Heidelberg-Davis Park in Tacoma. The final championship game will be at nearby Cheney Stadium, home of the Seattle Mariners' AAA minor-league team, the Tacoma Rainiers. "We decided to do this as a way to link American Legion Baseball to our troops serving overseas," says Don Hays, the state's chairman for American Legion Baseball. "We wanted to make a stronger connection between our kids,... Read more →


DRPA gets more hits over hikes

Link: | Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/24/2008. Motorists upset with the prospect of higher bridge tolls yesterday accused Delaware River Port Authority officials of catering to developers and political leaders at the expense of ordinary commuters. In the last of two hearings on proposed toll increases and PATCO fare increases, drivers chided the debt-burdened authority for spending $375 million on stadiums, museums and symphony halls. Read more →


Hillsborough star runner Jason Walton struck, killed by train

Link: MyCentralJersey.com. An elite runner at Hillsborough High School who last month was named the Courier News Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year died Tuesday night when he was struck by a train, authorities confirmed today. Advertisement Jason Walton, 18, described by one coach as "tremendously focused and so easy to coach it's ridiculous," was killed by a train at 5:48 p.m. Tuesday on the Norfolk Southern tracks about 500 feet west of Beekman Lane, authorities said. Walton was entering his senior year. Read more →


Myers struggles in loss to Mets

Link: | Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/24/2008. He showed early that the fastball is not. Myers, making his first start for the Phillies since June 27, threw his fastball often last night in a 6-3 loss to the New York Mets at Shea Stadium, but he rarely threw it for strikes. His lack of command proved costly as the Phils fell into a first-place tie with the Mets in the National League East. Read more →


Coalition, Afghan Forces Kill Armed Militants

Link: DefenseLink News Article WASHINGTON, July 23, 2008 – Coalition and Afghan forces killed groups of enemy fighters during operations in Afghanistan this week, military officials said. While coalition forces yesterday searched compounds in the Sayed Abad district of Wardak province for a Taliban commander, a cadre of militants inside a barricaded house attacked troops with grenades, machine guns and small-arms fire. Coalition forces fought back using small arms and grenades, and they called in an air strike, killing an unknown number of the enemy fighters, military officials said. Combined forces also came under ambush during a July 21 operation... Read more →


Afghanistan: PFC Ivan Wilson, 22, of Clearlake, Calif

Link: DefenseLink News Release DoD Identifies Marine Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Pfc. Ivan I. Wilson, 22, of Clearlake, Calif., died July 21 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif. Read more →


Gloucester City: Powers hired at Gloucester Catholic

Link: - NJ.com. When Gloucester Catholic High School went looking for a boys basketball coach this summer, it was pretty much a given that the new boss would come from inside the Rams' family. Todd Powers didn't play hoops at Gloucester Catholic, and he didn't even attend the school. But nobody can dispute that he is exactly what the Rams were looking for. Read more →


Point of View: Philadelphia is back in the saddle again. Well, maybe.

Link: Philadelphia's Center City door to door weekly newspaper. By Richard Carreño | Special to the Weekly Press | 23.JUL.08 To his credit, Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey says he wants revive the Police Department’s moribund mounted unit. But in the next breath he pulls up the reins, sits deep in the saddle, and, in so many words, says, ‘Whoa, Nelly, not so fast!’ First, the new horse unit -- the old one was put down by former Mayor John F. Street in 2005 in one of his classic hissy fits over expenses -- wouldn’t be tacked up until year’s end,... Read more →


Gloucester City: Those Hazy Days of Summer

photo by Bill Looking south towards National Park from Freedom Pier(the old Coast Guard Base) in Gloucester City. Weather forecast for today calls for a high of 88/real feel 96 degrees, mostly cloudy and humid with a strong thunderstorm. Tonight a low of 69. Heavy thunderstorms, rather cloudy warm and humid. There can be flooding in some areas. Information provided by Accu Weather/see five day forecast Read more →


Gloucester City: Mayor and Council Caucus Meeting Agenda, July 17

AGENDA Call to Order: Pledge of Allegiance: 3. Roll Call: 4. Sunshine Law: This meeting is being held in conformance with the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act, otherwise known as the "Sunshine Law". It has been legally noticed in accordance with the law and copies have been given to those requesting the same. 5. Public Comment Period: The Governing Body, in accordance with P.L. 2002, c. 80, have adopted the following guidelines relative to the Public Comment Period (PCP) at Caucus, Worksession, Special and Emergency Meetings of the Mayor and Common Council of Gloucester City: The PCP shall occur... Read more →


Ray Cooney, Korean War Veteran, former employee of City School Board and Highway Depart.

Raymond Cooney, age 77, of Gloucester City passed away on July 22. Raymond was born in Philadelphia and was a resident of Gloucester City for over 44 years. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After his retirement from PLYGEM, Raymond worked many years for the Gloucester City Board of Education and the Gloucester City Highway Department Streets Division. Ray enjoyed the time he spent coaching football with Billy Flynn and baseball with Mr. Casey. Loving and devoted husband of 54 years to Theresa Mary Cooney (nee Coons). Beloved father of Terry and husband... Read more →


Westville: GFWC Woman's Club announce plans for upcoming year

Lois Owens, newly-installed President of the GFWC Woman's Club of Westville, hosted her first Executive Board meeting recently. Plans for the coming club year were thoroughly discussed and dates were set for a variety of events. The group will continue to meet at 1 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month from September to June. These are luncheon meetings make it possible for members who are employed during the weekday to attend. The club is affiliated with the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs as well as the General Federation of Women's Club that is known as the... Read more →


Gloucester City's War Veterans are Priceless

By Paula Carlton NEWS Correspondent If a picture is worth a thousand words, photographs of Gloucester City's veterans are priceless. That is why Mayor William James, his advisory committee, and several of the town's numerous and extraordinarily dedicated veterans of foreign wars are putting out the hue and cry for pictures of the approximately 68 townsmen who gave their lives defending the United States and its allies. Their campaign intends to bring 2 feet by four feet banners with photos and other relevant details for each lost veteran to existing poles along Broadway during the months of May and October,... Read more →


Letters: Pleasant Memories of St. Mary’s HS/Gloucester Catholic

I graduated from St. Mary's Catholic High School in 1943. The same year, I received notice that I was drafted in the U.S. Army. Sister sent a letter to the draft board asking that I could graduate before entering the army. As long as I kept up my grades and maintained good averages, I was allowed to graduate. If I failed, I had to report to the draft board. I was able to graduate in June. Sister Maria DeChantal gave me a medal and made me promise to wear it at all times. I taped it to my dog tags.... Read more →


Gloucester City News Headlines for July 24th

RXD Pharmacy On Monmouth Street In Gloucester City Closing Down Trinity United Methodist Church In Gloucester City Appoints New Pastor (the Rev. Dr. Richard G. Leaver). Westville Borough Receives $100,000 in Extraordinary State Aid (this will decrease the amount of the tax increase). World War II Monument Is Missing Read more →


Letters: Fellow Catholics Should Band Together And Unite As One

Petition Ask Bishop Galante to Keep St.Anne's Church Open! Recently Bishop Joseph A. Galante had announced that many of the Catholic Churches of the Camden Diocese were to be merged or closed all together. I started a petition drive for St. Anne's Church in Westville that collected more than 800 signatures. I personally delivered these petitions myself to the Bishops office. Of course I was met before I could approach by security. I was however politely told without an appointment I could not enter the building. The guard was extremely polite and offered to deliver the package for me, and... Read more →


Lt. Nick A. Dewhirst, 25, of Onalaska, Wis

Link: DoD Identifies Army Casualty. The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. 1st Lt. Nick A. Dewhirst, 25, of Onalaska, Wis., died July 20 in the Qalandar District of the Khost Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his convoy came under attack by individuals using rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky. Read more →


'Street justice' follows murder of 'saint'

Link: | Philadelphia Daily News | 07/21/2008. Diane Barrow's family knew the location of her alleged killer as they stood near police at the Upper Darby murder scene yesterday morning. But instead of telling officers where alleged killer Keith Thomas was hiding, Barrow's family hunted him down and beat him first. "This was street justice at its core," said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. Read more →


NJ Legislators upset with Bear Management by Commissioner Jackson

news release Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano (R-24, Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) sent a letter today to Commissioner Lisa Jackson of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection requesting that the Department publicly release its figures on the present bear population in New Jersey. "We are extremely concerned about the growing number of black bear sightings and incidents in rural and suburban New Jersey," Oroho stated. "Human encounters with bears have become more commonplace, especially in the northwestern part of the state, and we want more-effective bear management practices enacted and enforced." "We are disturbed... Read more →


Staff Sgt. Danny Dupre, 28, of Lockport, LA

Link: DefenseLink News Release: The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Staff Sgt. Danny P. Dupre, 28, of Lockport, La., died July 15 from wounds sustained while supporting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Read more →


Eagles can't replace Westbrook, but his age dictates his money

Link: Les Bowen: Philadelphia Daily News | 07/21/2008. JUST A WEEK ago, the Eagles seemed to be sailing so smoothly into training camp, which starts this afternoon with rookies and select vets reporting to the hilltop dorms at Lehigh. Donovan McNabb's shoulder tendinitis was gone, and McNabb was throwing to his receivers out in Arizona. All the other marquee names were healthy. There was no first-round draft pick to sign, and thus, little prospect of a lengthy, distracting rookie holdout. Read more →


Phillies' Burrell unhappy about being removed

Link: Phillies' Burrell unhappy about being removed | Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/21/2008. MIAMI - Pat Burrell was not happy with manager Charlie Manuel's decision to remove him late in yesterday's 11-inning loss to the Florida Marlins. "I'm upset, absolutely," Burrell said. "I'm upset, and I have been for a long time. It's not personal. I don't want to ever come out of close games." Manuel routinely replaces his leftfielder with a speedier defender when the Phillies have leads late in games. Read more →


The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly for July

Bill’s Point of View: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." —Margaret Mead... Correction: The Gloucester City School District over the past three months has placed legal notices in the Gloucester City News. However, according to Albert Countryman, Publisher of The NEWS, there have been no advertisements for Help Wanted placed in the paper from the School District over that time period. JEER-We have heard a number of complaints against the Gloucester City Board of Education/School District for not hiring local residents recently for teaching... Read more →


Chuckles: How Blonde Was She??? submitted by brother Geo

She was Soooooooo Blonde . She thought a quarterback was a refund. She thought General Motors was in the army. She thought Meow Mix was a CD for cats. She thought Boyz II Men was a day care center. At the bottom of an application where it says 'Sign here:' she wrote 'Sagittarius.' She Was Soooooooooooooo Blonde... She took the ruler to bed to see how long she slept. She sent a fax with a stamp on it. Under 'education' on her job application, she put 'Hooked On
Phonics.' She was Sooooooooooooooooo Blonde... She tripped over a cordless phone. She spent... Read more →


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 morning in the Ana Dara district of western Afghanistan’s Farah province. The combined patrol signaled their status as coalition forces, but continued to receive fire,... Read more →


Catching attention -

Link: - southphillyreview.com. It’s a hot, summer afternoon. Joey Armata could very easily play hookey and head to the Jersey Shore. But there are things much more important than having fun in the sun, like putting his Neumann-Goretti baseball team in position to win a championship and earning a Division I scholarship to Temple University. “I love this team and [giving up vacation] doesn’t bother me at all,” Armata, who is leading the Saints with a .480 batting average in the Delaware Valley 17-and-under Wooden Bat League, said. Saints coach Lou Spadaccini sees his catcher as one of the driving... 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 windows of our home representing her four sons who were serving in the Armed Forces.” They included: Charles W. MacAdams, US Army, Europe/ Normandy to... Read more →


Favre hurting legacy, even if he doesn't play

Link: ,StarTribune.com/Minneapolis-St. 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 shady in this deal, nobody comes out looking worse than Favre, even if you believe, as I do, that the Packers are foolish not to... 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 leading brands. "The Forrest Wood Cup is the crown jewel of professional fishing and the biggest sporting event of any kind held in South Carolina... 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 Band at the conclusion of the parade on East Kings Highway. From left are Firefighter Al Cooney, Battalion Chief Jeff Vilardo, President Rich Holmes and... 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 to the University of Georgia where he earned a BA in Accounting. Dan was a member of the Deptford Twp School Hall of Fame Committee,... 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 to the University of Georgia where he earned a BA in Accounting. Dan was a member of the Deptford Twp School Hall of Fame Committee,... Read more →


Oaklyn Marine dies in service in Afghanistan

Link: CourierPostOnline.com | Courier-Post. OAKLYN — A decorated Marine from the borough has died in a nonhostile incident in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense reported Friday. Advertisement Click here for a coupon The Marine, 1st Lt. Jason D. Mann, 29, was in Helmand province when the incident happened Thursday, according to a military statement. Read more →


This big striped bass didn't slip the hook

Link: GloucesterTimes.com, 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 the best for fish of a certain size. By the standard chart of length, age and weight, the MacKenzie bass likely hatched from an egg... Read more →


Police Report - Christmas in July

Link: Police Report - southphillyreview.com. Christmas in July The Philadelphia Chapter of the Centurions, a police-organized motorcycle club, will ride in the 12th Annual Christmas in July Motorcycle Toy Run July 27 for patients of Shriners Hospital for Children. More than 400 bikers will rev up at the Police Academy, 8500 State Road, at 11 a.m. with an anticipated arrival at Shriners Hospital, 3551 N. Broad St., between 11:30 and 11:45 a.m. Led by Santa Claus himself, riders will greet patients and present gifts. The run is open to all bikers, including the public, with sign-ups at the academy from... Read more →


PFC Willington M. Rhoads, 23, of Las Vegas, Nev.

Link: DefenseLink News Release: DoD Identifies Army Casualty. The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Pfc. Willington M. Rhoads, 23, of Las Vegas, Nev., died July 16 in Bagram, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 173rd Brigade Support Battalion (Airborne), Vicenza, Italy. The incident is under investigation. Read more →


Lt. Jason D. Mann, 29, of Woodlynne NJ

Link: DefenseLink News Release: DoD Identifies Marine Casualty. The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. 1st Lt. Jason D. Mann, 29, of Woodlynne, N.J., died July 17 from a non-hostile incident in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Read more →


Coroner: Intoxication contributed to Marzano death

Link: - USATODAY.com. PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former major leaguer and baseball commentator John Marzano was intoxicated when he fell down the stairs and died in his home, the medical examiner's office said Thursday. The cause of Marzano's death was determined as "postural asphyxia contributed to by blunt trauma and ethanol intoxication," said Jeff Moran, spokesman for the medical examiner's office. Moran said he could not elaborate. Marzano, known as "Johnny Marz," died in April at the age of 45. Read more →


Marine from New Jersey dies in Iraq

Link:-- Newsday.com. NEWTON, N.J. (AP) _ A U.S. Marine from Sussex County has died in what military officials have termed a "non-hostile incident" in Iraq. Lance Cpl. Jeffery S. Stevenson, 20, of Newton, died Sunday in Al Anbar Province, the U.S. Department of Defense said Thursday. It provided no further information on the cause of death. Stevenson was a machinist with the 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, home-based at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Read more →


Boatswain Mate Daniel Verbeke, age 25 of Exton PA

Link: DefenseLink News Release: DoD Identifies Navy Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Aviation Boatswain Mate Third Class Petty officer Daniel R. Verbeke, 25, of Exton, Penn., died July 14 in Paoli, Penn. of complications from injuries he suffered in a flight deck accident in December 2005 while serving aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, CVN-71. 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 immediately to mind is where has the Gloucester City School District been advertising for help? And why haven’t the ads been placed in the local... 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 New Jersey District Tournaments. Heading into Tuesday’s games, the Essex/National Division standings showed the Summer Knights on top at 18-2, followed by Livingston at 16-5,... Read more →