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July 2008

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. Army during the Korean War. He worked 18 years for Owings Corning Fiberglass in Barrington. Rich was active at the Archway Senior Activity Center in Haddon Heights. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his viewing on Saturday morning from 9 to 11 am at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, (at Brown Street) Gloucester City. Methodist service officiated by Pastor Richard Miles of Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church will begin at 11 am... 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 upon three pillars of support. These pillars, according to the Independence Fund Web site, include providing specialized tools and therapies to troops and veterans, promoting the overall well-being of severely injured veterans through physical and leisure activity, and providing advocacy and guidance through veterans and family members who have experienced similar events and injuries. For example, the Independence Fund provides assistance such as iBot wheelchairs and sports equipment that has been modified so disabled veterans... 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 materials and heavy machine guns, into the area, military officials said. Coalition forces also discovered and confiscated an AK-47 assault rifle and ammunition. In Wardak province July 7, forces killed a targeted militant and caught two others during an operation to disrupt the Taliban network. 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 benefiting the district, this also helps the Borough with offsetting tax increases, he said. In an interview, Brooklawn Mayor John Soubasis said the agreement solidifies the working relationship which the Borough has with the school district and the community, and has allowed the Borough to continue to work into the future to sustain the quality of life in the Borough. "We not only have to look at the children being effected, but most importantly all... 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 here for five years and move on, but she decided to stay. "As time went on I realized the work never ends," Egan said. "There is always something new that has to be done here." Egan mentioned that since 1989 the library has gone under a revolution in service from being all paper based to being automated. But, it still has the role of educating the community. During the meeting, resident Charlie Pie inquired about... 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 Water Company. The amount of the settlement coming to each town has not yet been determined, McGovern said. Read more →

When East Meets West/ The Tanabata Festival

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Tanabata Matsuri or Tanabata Festival is the essence of summer and summer festivals. Held in Japan on early July 7th or August 7th in other Asian countries such as China and South Korea also hold Star Festivals. Photo of Tanabata Festival Tanabata Star Festival originated in China and is based on a legend that two stars-Aliair the Cowherd Star, and Vega, the Weaver Star-are allowed to cross the Milky Way, and meet on this special night of the year. The legend says that Altair, the patron of agriculture, and Vega, patroness of silkworm raising and weaving, were passionately in love, but that god didn't like it and placed them on the opposite sides of the Milky Way. Praying for the happy reunion of the two stars, many Japanese families with children place branches of cut bamboo decorated with strips of paper bearing poems, romantic... Read more →

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

ClearysNoteBook is preparing our July Cheer and Jeer column also known as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. If you have anyone/anything that you feel deserves a Cheer or a Jeer now is the time to speak up. Send your remarks to Everyone can participate. You need not be from Gloucester City. So come on Brooklawn, Bellmawr, Mt. Ephraim, Westville, Collingswood, .....South Jersey get involved. Send in your suggestions. Related: Bill's Point of View Read more →

Gloucester City High School Commemorates 100th Anniversary

Assembly Speaker Joseph J. Roberts, Jr. (D-Camden, Gloucester), commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Gloucester City High School's first four year graduation. Junior and Senior National Honor Society students from grades 7 through 10, marked the event by collecting memorabilia from their generation and storing it in a time capsule which will be opened in 2058. Photo: at one time Mary Ethel Costello School, at Cumberland and Joy Streets was used as the high school. source Family- "Years from now, students your age will open this time capsule and learn a great deal about the things that were important to your generation," Speaker Roberts said. "From music and pictures to newspapers and articles of clothing, these items tell a story about who you are." Among the artifacts stored in the time capsule were Phillies tickets, senior prom tickets, a cell phone, flip flops, a T-shirt, an Apple iPod play... Read more →

Bellmawr: Youth Program Has Begun

By Lois Staas NEWS Correspondent Bellmawr Borough Councilman Louis P. DiAngelo said during last week's meeting that the town's Youth Program would begin July 7, with registration at the Recreation Center. Mayor Frank R. Filipek added, "About 100 14 and 15 year olds are interested, and want to come out and keep busy this summer." Resident Maria Straub thanked the Highway Department for their efficient work in removing old, flood damaged furniture. Triton Regional High School senior Michael E. Anthony thanked Council for the Community Service Award he received. On another matter, DiAngelo reminded everyone about the Fourth of July festivities in Bellmawr. Celebrations will begin with the Baby Parade at 9 a.m. at the Borough Hall. The Bicycle Parade follows at 10 a.m. The Main Parade is scheduled for 11 a.m., starting on the Annunciation School parking lot. "The American tradition of parades, cookouts, and fireworks helps us celebrate... Read more →

Guard Forces Go to Ground in State's Fire Fight

By Air Force Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith Special to American Forces Press Service ARLINGTON, Va., July 7, 2008 - The first group of 200 California National Guard members called out by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for direct ground support on the fire line July 1 have competed their classroom training and are ready to deploy for hands-on training tomorrow, National Guard officials here said today. California Army National Guard soldiers receive firefighting training from California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention instructors to prepare them for the possible dangers they might face. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Stuart Brown, California National Guard (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Answering two call-ups by Schwarzenegger for additional wildfire assistance on the ground last week, 400 California National Guard members joined or were preparing to join the more than 20,000 civilian ground-based firefighters and support personnel today engaged in extinguishing 330... Read more →

Pier 11 coming back from the dead? | Philadelphia Daily News | 07/07/2008

Link: Philadelphia Daily News | 07/07/2008. Pier 11 coming back from the dead? By CHRIS BRENNAN Philadelphia Daily News 215-854-5973 The "opportunistic species" - that's horticultural lingo for some serious weeds - soar 10 feet and taller on Pier 11, a historic structure that juts into the Delaware River just south of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. The pier's tale tracks the story of Philadelphia - a life launched from and thriving upon commerce that comes with a perch on a big river. Read more →

Breaking News/Gloucester City: Funds for New Middle School Awarded to City

Gloucester City Mayor Bill James announced early this afternoon that the New School funding allocations have been released by the state of New Jersey. “Gloucester City is on the list for a newly constructed Middle School for a total estimated cost of $53,520,915”, said Mayor James. The school will be built on the vacant ground located on Market Street between Fifth and Sixth Streets extending south towards Jersey Avenue. Fifty-three schools will be constructed in New Jersey's poorest communities with $2.9 billion in funding lawmakers approved last week.The projects are the first to be proposed for funding since the contruction program depleted its original $8.6 billion in funding three years ago. View the list of schools. All Things Middle School Read more →

Tuesday's (July 8th) Tips and Snippets

It has been brought to my attention that the City of Gloucester City is seeking five people to add to the payroll. HelpWanted advertisements have been posted on the New Jersey Department of Personnel website . The announcement for *Code Enforcement Trainees started on June 19 and expires on July 10. The announcement for a *Program Monitor was placed on June 24 and expires on July 15. I want to thank Lori for bringing the announcements to my attention. Without her help I doubt many of us would have known the City was going to hire more people. Just last week Mayor and Council hired Lori Kraft to assist City Administrator/Municipal Clerk Paul Kain. Does anyone know the job description of a PROGRAM MONITOR? According to the announcement the person is required to have a college degree. But there is no description of duties for that position. One further thought;... Read more →


The article is authentic was written by Ken Blackwell, an African American conservative columnist. This column appeared on on March 14, 2008. Blackwell is the Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment for the Family Research Council in Washington D.C. He is a columnist for the New York Sun and a contributing editor for It's an amazing time to be alive in America. We're in a year of firsts in this presidential election: the first viable woman candidate; the first viable African-American candidate; and, a candidate who is the first front running freedom fighter over 70. The next president of America will be a first. We won't truly be in an election of firsts, however, until we judge every candidate by where they stand. We won't arrive where we should be until we no longer talk about skin color or gender. Now that Barack Obama steps to the front of... Read more →

Hunting and fishing news: hunting licenses on sale, fish predator, weird stories

Link: The Pocono Record. July 06, 2008 News this week: Hunting licenses are on sale. You can go to the county treasurer's office to buy a license, but then you'll miss the chance to browse at all the hunting equipment at area stores. We tell you where you can buy them. If you need something to get you in the mood for hunting, take a peek at last year's photo gallery. Our reader fishing photo of the week was submitted by Travis Capalbo who caught this striper, weighing 6 to 7 pounds, at Beltzville State Park. Check our fishing photo gallery for others caught this season Read more →

BlueGold Tourney/Puerto Rico vs. Haddon Hts. game highlights

If you are having trouble reading this email click here. Guaynabo, Puert (3) @ Haddon Heights, (1) Location Murnane Field Game Date July 6, 2008 Game Time 4:00 PM - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - GNBO - 2,0,1,0,0,0,0,X,X - 3 5 1 HHTS - 0,0,0,1,0,0,X,X,X - 1 7 1 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - GNBO [SP]ᅠ- Rosario.W [C]ᅠ- Yazquey.Y [RP]ᅠ- Coste.Jᅠ- Quiley.B HHTS [SP]ᅠ- Schneider.Z [C]ᅠ- Gallagher.S [RP]ᅠ- Workman.Bᅠ- Dondarski.Cᅠ- Romond.S Game Highlights: Guaynabo, Puerto Rico wins 1st Annual Adrean Blue and Gold Tourney with outstanding pitching and clutch hitting. Rosario Wilfredo went 4 innings to get the win giving up 1 run on just 4 hits and 2 strike... Read more →

City of Gloucester City: Help Wanted/Program Monitor

Symbol: M0452K Title: PROGRAM MONITOR Issue Date: 6/24/2008 Closing Date: 7/15/2008 Jurisdiction: GLOUCESTER CITY Salary: $35,000.00 Per Year Num. of Positions: 1 Workweek: 37.50 Hours per week Application Fee: $15.00 Open to Residents of: Gloucester City Requirements: EDUCATION: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree. NOTE: Applicants who do not meet the above education requirement may substitute experience in inspecting or reviewing activities/programs for compliance with established standards, guidelines, regulations, or contractual agreements or in the review, analysis, and evaluation of activities/programs to ascertain their adequacy, efficiency, deficiencies, and effectiveness in achieving objectives on a year-for-year basis with 30 semester hour credits being equal to 1 year of experience. Application and More Info Read more →

City of Gloucester City: Help Wanted/ Code Enforcement Officer Trainees (4)

Symbol: M0442K Title: CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER TRAINEE Issue Date: 6/19/2008 Closing Date: 7/10/2008 Jurisdiction: GLOUCESTER CITY Salary: $15.00 Per Hour Num. of Positions: 4 Workweek: 18 Hours per week Application Fee: $15.00 Open to Residents of: Gloucester City Requirements: LICENSE: Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary to perform essential duties of the position. Application and more info Read more →

Gloucester City: The "Northwind" Arrives

photos by John Schmidt The Schooner "Northwind" arrived on Saturday from Greenwich, NJ, to its new home at Freedom Pier, in the City of Gloucester. The schooner is docked at the former Coast Guard Base, King and Cumberland Streets. Aboard for the ride from Greenwich were Mayor Bill James and other city officials. As it was about to dock the Mayor gave the ship a welcome tune on his bagpipes. Plans call for using the former sail training 75-foot vessel for public sailing excursions up and down the river and as a working marine educational exhibit, attracting maritime business and programs for adults and youth. The city recently purchased the schooner with funds from its Urban Development Action Grant. Along with the schooner, a 65-foot, 150-passenger excursion boat, The Flagship, will operate from the pier throughout the summer, offering sightseeing excursions and group charters; and the development of an outdoor... Read more →

Officer Down: Alabama Officer Dies after Crash Breaking News E-Alert Monday, July 7, 2008 PELL CITY -- Flags are flying at half-staff to honor a fallen police officer. Kenneth "Greg" Surles, 29, died at 9:50 a.m. on Friday. Surles was injured in a collision on June 18, while on routine patrol, at the intersection of U.S. 231 and Cropwell Drive/Kings Circle. » Read More Full Story Updates: Read more →

Under New Jersey's new law, BB gun gets you three years

Link: The gun, a Gamo P-23, was sitting under the rear window of the 2004 coupe. Looking like a larger-caliber handgun, the firearm drew a quick response from the bicycle-patrol officer who stopped Narciso for doing 40 mph in a 25-mph zone. With gun drawn, the officer arrested him. Narciso's father, an architect, bought the pellet gun at a garage sale a few years ago to fend off squirrels that made their way into the attic of the families home on Mount Pleasant Avenue in Edison, the father and Narciso's lawyer, Amilcar Perez of Perth Amboy, said. Under a new state law, Narciso's possession of the weapon qualifies as a Graves Act offense. Narciso could face what prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys call a "hard three," meaning three years with no prospect of parole. Read more →

Mary D. Hunter of Bellmawr

HUNTER, MARY D. (Nee Dunn), on July 2, 2008, of Voorhees, NJ. Formerly of Bellmawr, NJ. Age 87. Wife of the late William C. Hunter, Jr. Loving mother ofPatricia H. Monagle (Dan), William D. Hunter (Marie), and Edward P. Hunter (Maureen). Devoted Nana to her 10 grandchildren, Kevin, Kelly, Kara, Katie, Bill, Matt, Andrew, Dennis, Maura, and Patrick, and 6 great-grandchildren, Sarah, Samantha, Emily, Beth, Matty, and Baby Thornton. Also survived by her sister Margaret Hayden and her niece Donna Witeoak. Mary was proud to be a founding member of the Altar & Rosary Society of Mary Mother of the Church in Bellmawr. She loved reading, arts & crafts, antiques, shopping and most of all, her family. Relatives and friends are invited to the visitation on Saturday, July 12 from 1:00-2:00 PM at the BRADLEY FUNERAL HOME, Rt. 73 & Evesham Rd., Marlton, NJ. Memorial Service will be 2:00 PM... Read more →

Michael R. Wilke, age 21, of Wenonah

Michael R. Wilke suddenly, on July 2, 2008, age 21, of Wenonah, NJ. Beloved son of Michael & Eileen Wilke of Wenonah, NJ. Loving brother of Joseph, Rosaleen and Kelly all of Wenonah, NJ. Dear Grandson of Mary T. Murray of Haddon Twp., NJ. Also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his visitation Tuesday morning from 9 to 10:45 AM at St. Margaret¹s Church, Third St. & Beech Ave., Woodbury Hts., NJ. Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 AM at the church. Interment Calvary Cemetery, Cherry Hill, NJ. For e-condolences please visit Read more →

Robert W. Raymond, formerly of Gloucester City, age 51

Robert W. Raymond of Woodbury formerly of Gloucester City age 51 on July 3, 2008. Mr. Raymond is survived by his daughter Jill Raymond of Gloucester. His sister Virginia Martin of Pennsauken and his brother William of Deptford. Also survived by one granddaughter. Services and cremation private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements under the direction of the BUDD FUNERAL HOME 522 Salem Ave. Woodbury, N.J. Read more →

Erin Donohue of Haddonfield Qualifies for the Summer Olympics

Erin Donohue of Haddonfield finished second in the 1500M at the Olympic Trials in Oregon with a time of 4:08 just three seconds behind the winner. As such she will represent the United States in Beijing China in August at the Summer Olympics. The Olympics begin in 32 days. Erin is the daughter of Ed Donohue the former owner of O’Hara’s in Gloucester City and Browns in West Collingswood Hts. The Official Website of Beijing Olympics Report by Bruce Darrow Read more →

Dominick Cipolone, lifelong resident of Brooklawn, original member of St. Maurice Parish

Mr. Dominick Cipolone, age 96, of Brooklawn passed away on July 5th at home surrounded by his loving and caring family. Dominick was a lifelong and oldest original resident of Brooklawn. He worked 48 years as a pipefitter for Campbell Soup Company in Camden before retiring in 1977. Dominick was a devoted volunteer and original parishioner of St. Maurice R.C. Church in Brooklawn. Beloved husband of 67 years to the late Grace Cipolone (nee DeLosso). Devoted father of Frank N. Cipolone of Brooklawn, Joseph A. Cipolone of Texas, Michael J. Cipolone of Brooklawn and Anna Marie Striewski of Brooklawn. Dear Brother of Paul, Ernie and Albert Cipolone and Josephine Conroy. Predeceased by his brother Alfred Cipolone and sister Catherine Patton. Loving grandfather of 10, great-grandfather of 11 and great-great-grandfather of 1. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Relatives, friends and former co-workers are kindly invited to attend his... Read more →

BlueGold Tourney/Haddon Hts takes on Puerto Rico, Brooklawn coming home HADDON HEIGHTS (11) BROOKLAWN (1) Game Summary: Andrew Noon threw a 2 hitter with 2 K's and 1 walk in a 5 inn mercy rule game. Ian Lindsey hit a grand slam in the 2nd while Nate Adamo hit a 3 run homerun in the 4th. Andre Frias scored Brooklawn's only run in the 3rd on a double by George Spingler. Haddon Heights and Guaynabo, Puerto Rico will play for the championship title today at 4 PM. View Full Boxscore Line Score: Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E Haddon Heights, 0 5 0 3 3 X X X X 11 12 0 Brooklawn, NJ 0 0 1 0 0 X X X X 1 2 3 BKLN ᅠ- Cressman.R (C) ᅠ- Donovan.W ᅠ- Melendez.D HHTS ᅠ- Noon.A (C) ᅠ- Leadbeater.R Read more →

Hunting -- Bang for the buck

Link: Yakima Herald-Republic Online. But Jim Pearson isn't some pretentious snob. He's not even a jet-setter. The retired Yakima English teacher and freelance writer is a roll-up-the-sleeves guy who has been willing to spend his diligently saved dollars on the African hunting experience of a lifetime ... more than once in a lifetime. And he does it without breaking the bank. Honest. Even with that seemingly exorbitant cake-and-coffee experience. That $2 million was in Zimbabwean dollars, then already rendered all but worthless by that country's political instability at that time -- and even more so now. Read more →

Gloucester City:Purple Heart Recipient Welcomed Home From Iraq

Link: Local News Story - WCAU | Philadelphia. GLOUCESTER CITY, N.J. -- Family, friends and veterans in Gloucester City welcomed home a Purple Heart recipient on Saturday. Army Specialist Shawn Smierciak, who is stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., recently returned from a tour in Iraq, where he received a Purple Heart. His mother, Nancy Gundle, said she is grateful her son is home. Read more →

The Camden Diocese Continues to Chase "The Almighty Dollar"

Hi Bill, I am not a graduate of Gloucester Catholic and yet I am another person who has been "closed down" or "regionalized" by the Diocese of Camden." With a letter in my children's backpacks, I was notified of the closure of Sacred Heart Elementary School in Mount Ephraim. This was 2 years after many parents made significant contributions to the parish of which 50% went to the school for renovations which included new windows, flooring, etc. We kicked and screamed enough to have a meeting with the Diocese administrators to discuss the closing but their minds were made up and their plans were in place long before we said our peace and made proposal after proposal on how we could increase the funding and keep the school open. Bill, the bottom line is the bottom line for the Diocese in terms of black and red. They do not care... Read more →

In Memory of Clementon Police Officer Miller

Link: Clementon Police Department New Jersey End of Watch: Thursday, May 21, 1942 Biographical Info Age: Not available Tour of Duty: 19 years Badge Number: Not available Incident Details Cause of Death: Gunfire Date of Incident: Thursday, May 21, 1942 Weapon Used: Rifle Suspect Info: Died in prison Patrolman Miller was shot and killed from ambush while responding to a domestic disturbance call. As he walked he walked down the home's driveway the male subject opened fire from a hiding spot in a group of bushes. The shot knocked Patrolman Miller to the ground. The suspect, who had been arrested by Patrolman Miller in the past, then shot him in the back four more times. The suspect was convicted of murdering Patrolman Miller and sentenced to death. The death sentence was overturned and he was sentenced to life in prison. He died in prison two years later. Patrolman Miller... Read more →

BlueGold Tourney Update July 5

If you are having trouble reading this email click here. Sacketes Harbor (13) @ Roberts Post (6) Location Delutis Field 1 Game Date July 5, 2008 Game Time 11:00 AM - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - SACK - 2,1,1,2,7,0,0,X,X - 13 14 3 ROB - 4,0,0,0,2,0,X,X,X - 6 9 5 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - SACK [SP]ᅠ- Cavalet.B [C]Capone [RP]- None ROB [SP]ᅠ- Parsons.C [C]ᅠ- Hurlbut.C [RP]ᅠ- Rixford.M Game Highlights: For Post 1757 Cavalet pitched 7 innings had 12 k's, 3 walks, 9 hits, 6 runs scored 2 were earned,Capone caught.Batting for Post 1757 B.Magovney went 4 for 5 with 1 rbi, and scored 3 times, J Cox went 3... Read more →

Update on BlueGold Tourney, July 5th, Haddon Hts. over Shrub Oak; Brooklawn plays at 5 PM

Blue & Gold Boxscores reprinted with permission/ (4) Shrub Oak @ (6) Haddon Heights, NJ Date/Time: July 5, 2008 9:00 AM Location: Notre Dame HS SHRB | HHTS | View Full Boxscore Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E Shrub Oak 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 X X 4 11 4 Haddon Heights, 0 0 0 6 0 0 X X X 6 6 0 HHTS ᅠ- Harrington.R (C) ᅠ- Leadbeater.R SHRB ᅠ- Ziotnik.D (C) ᅠ- Gimblette.M ᅠ- Mason.D READ MORE Read more →

SISTER MARY ANN'S GASOLINE submitted by Chalie The Clip

MORE CHUCKLES Sister Mary Ann, who worked for a home health agency, was out making her rounds visiting homebound patients when she ran out of gas. As luck would have it, a Texaco gasoline station was just a block away. She walked to the station to borrow a gas can and buy some gas. The attendant told her that the only gas can he owned had been loaned out, but she could wait until it was returned. Since Sister Mary Ann was on the way to see a patient, she decided not to wait and walked back to her car. She looked for something in her car that she could fill with gas and spotted the bedpan she was taking to the patient. Always resourceful, Sister Mary Ann carried the bedpan to the station, filled it with gasoline, and carried the full bedpan back to her car. As she was... Read more →

Schooner Northwind Sails Into Gloucester City's Revitalization - Saturday, July 5

Media Release Gloucester City, NJ, July 1, 2008 - The Schooner "Northwind" will sail from Greenwich, NJ, to its new home at Freedom Pier, in the City of Gloucester, providing the city with a symbol of its revitalization project which is developing the Delaware River waterfront corridor along King and Water streets into a multifaceted, festive retail and entertainment destination with a predominant Irish Village theme. WHO: William James, Mayor of Gloucester City, and other city officials. WHAT: Will welcome the Schooner Northwind to its new home as an addition to the City of Gloucester's revitalization project. The City will dually name the schooner to include "Saoirse Ceallaigh," an Irish-Gaelic term for `Freedom from Strife.' This is done to commemorate and memorialize not only the Irish, who represent 42% of the city's population, but all immigrants who fled their native lands to come to America to be `free.' WHEN: Saturday,... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic Students in the NEWS

Link: Catholic Star Herald - School briefs (7-04-2008). Gloucester Catholic senior Alyse Scaffidi ranked in the top 10 percent of all high school speakers at the National Catholic Forensics Tournament in Appleton, Wis., during Memorial Day Weekend. Alyse competed in the original oratory category. Her sister Alexis, a Gloucester Catholic sophomore, competed in declamation and ranked in the top 20 percent. Another member of the GCHS delegation, senior Rose Marinari, competed in drama and finished in the top third. Under the direction of Coach Joe McKenna, eight Gloucester Catholic students represented the Diocese of Camden at the national event. Other GCHS students who competed in Wisconsin included Bridget Wills, Rob Quigley, Ricky Santosusso, Christy Mainart and Elizabeth O’Shea. Fifteen Gloucester Catholic art students garnered state awards and nine took county honors in the visual arts competition at the annual Camden County Arts 4 Teens Festival. In addition, eight students won... Read more →

BlueGold Tourney, July 4th, Binghamton Post 1, Brooklawn 6

Source (1) Binghamton Post @ (6) Brooklawn, NJ Date/Time: July 4, 2008 9:00 AM Location: New Hartford HS Line Score: Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E Binghamton Post 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 X X 1 5 4 Brooklawn, NJ 1 1 0 1 2 1 X X X 6 7 5 BKLN ᅠ- Brown.C (C) ᅠ- Rodriguez.F BING ᅠ- Matthews.P (C) ᅠ- Gosney.D Game Summary: Cody Brown pitched a complete game giving up 5 hits with 5 K's and only giving up one run. Andrie Frias had 2 hits, 2 runs scored and 2 rbi's for the winning team. For the losing team Dan Gosney had 2 hits with 1 run scored. Binghamton Post Brooklawn, NJ Team LOB - 5 SBᅠ- McFadden.R,ᅠ- McFadden.R,ᅠ- Spingler.G,ᅠ- Gartland.M,ᅠ- Frias.A, Team LOB - 8 Read more →

Blue & Gold Tourney:Dancing with the Stars Championship

Link: reprinted with permission of Brooklawn Legion's Joe Barth and Sonny Graci, tie for first! July 02, 2008 - OK, it was supposed to be a baseball banquet but it turned into a salsa contest between two hot-blooded "young" coaches, Joe Barth and Sonny Graci! Between the two of them, Emmitt Smith and Elio Castrovenes do not have a chance. Barth showed off his classical dance style and destroyed the competition with moves that make Gene Kelly look weak. The smooth-as-silk Barth showed the clearly less talented group of remaining coaches in his set, that there is nothing more captivating than experience and hard work on the dance floor. Of course having a hot looking partner doesn't hurt either! Graci, on the other hand resorted to nothing less than bump and grind tactics that brought his players and the guest speakers to their feet for a rousing ovation!... Read more →

More than 100 turn out for Striper Tourney at Fox Hill Yacht Club

Link:Saugus, MA - Saugus Advertiser. Saugus - The Fox Hill Yacht Club recently held its fifth annual Striper Tournament. The tournament, open to all, raises money for the club’s scholarship fund, as well as the Friendship Club of Saugus. The Friendship Club provides social opportunities for the developmentally-disabled young adults throughout the year. More than 110 fishermen turned out to fish both Saturday and Sunday. Leo Maggioli took first place overall, with a fish weighing in at 44.3 pounds. Second place went to Art Nigro, whose catch weighed 40.55 pounds. Russ Burgess pulled in a third place fish, at 37.85 pounds, but also earned top billing from Sea Tow, Inc. Read more →

Frederick J. Gault, 57, of Williamstown, Vietnam Decorated War Veteran

Gault, Fredrick J. "Ric" ; 57, of Williamstown, suddenly passed away on Sunday, June 22, 2008. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Bellmawr, Ric will be fondly remembered by his family and friends for his love of life and his ability to live it to the fullest. He was a proud combat veteran serving with the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War where he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device and the Rifle Marksman Badge. Ric was employed with the United States Postal Service, Blackwood Office for more than 35 years, where he was a Vehicle Operations Maintenance Assistant. Away from his work, Ric was the "Original Adventure Seeker" where he enjoyed; flying planes, Hot Air Ballooning and riding his Harley. Ric also had a knack for tending to and maintaining a meticulously manicured lawn. He will be dearly missed by... Read more →

Mary G. Stinsman, of Brooklawn, formerly of Gloucester City

Stinsman, Mary G. ( Nee McAteer), 94 , of Brooklawn formerly of Gloucester City and Cherry Hill, NJ on June 27, 2008 in her home surrounded by her loving family. Mary was devoted to her faith and her family. She is the loving wife of the late George, the devoted mother of Genevieve ( Frank) Cipolone, Mary Ann Duus, George ( Carol ) Stinsman, Catherine Lieberum and Dennis Stinsman, Loving grandmother of 9, Great grandmother of 11, Great Great grandmother of 1, dear sister of Gertrude Schultes. Relatives and friends are invited to Mary's Funeral Mass on Tuesday 10 AM in St.Maurice R. C. Church , Brooklawn. Interment New St. Mary Cemetery . In lieu of flowers Donations may be made to Dominican Sisters of Hope, Development Office, 320 Powell Avenue, Newburgh, NY 12550-3498. Read more →

Charles Kamps, age 32, of Woodbury NJ, Air Force Veteran

Kamps, Charles E., III, 32 of Woodbury, NJ on June 30, 2008. Beloved husband of Kimberly (nee Lynch). Devoted father to Charles E., IV and Julia-Lynn. Son of Joan Kamps and the late Charles, Jr. Brother of Kevin Kamps. Chuck is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Chuck Kamps was an outgoing, friendly guy who loved his kids. He was an Air Force veteran and was working for the City of Woodbury at the time of his death. He previously had worked for Pep Boys, Red Bank Lukoil and Wawa. Chuck was especially proud of earning his Class A Tractor Trailer License. Chuck will always be in our hearts and thoughts every day. A viewing will be held Monday evening from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the McGuinness Funeral Home, 34 Hunter St., Woodbury. Funeral services will begin at 8:00 PM Monday. Interment will be held privately at... Read more →

Judith Kiernan, 57, of Woodbury Heights

KIERNAN, Judith C., FMJC, 57, of Woodbury Heights, on July 2, 2008. A devout Catholic all of her life and was a perpetually professed member of the Franciscan missionaries of Jesus crucified. Born in Philadelphia, and raised in Woodbury Heights, Judie graduated from Gateway and soon earned an associate degree in Education. Her true passion was to join the Convent, could always fill the air with a beautiful song and was known to her family and friends as a generous, courageous woman. Judie especially enjoyed holidays with her family and singing in St. Margaret's choir. Loving daughter of Clare (nee Karlovich) and the late Charles Kiernan. Beloved Sister of Rita Anne (Ron) Riskie and Clare (Jim) DeSantis. Dear aunt of Ronald and Timothy Riskie and Christine and James DeSantis. Viewing Monday 8-9:30AM in the McGUINNESS FUNERAL HOME, 34 Hunter St., Woodbury. Memorial Mass 10AM in the St. Margaret's RC Church,... Read more →

Thomas E. Fletcher, 17 year Employee of Most Holy Redeemer Grammar School in Westville Grove

FLETCHER Thomas E. On July 2, 2008. Age 72. Of Gloucester City. Loving husband of 29 years to Eileen M. Fletcher (nee Bernhardt). Devoted father of Thomas A. (Jennifer L.) Fletcher and Brian Fletcher. Beloved grandfather of Colin and Drew Fletcher. Dear brother of Mildred Myers and Brother-in-law of Harold Bernhardt and Harold Myers. Beloved uncle of Greg Myers. Thomas was born in Philadelphia and had been a resident of Gloucester City for more than 40 years. He worked 17 years at Most Holy Redeemer School and Church in Westville Grove. Thomas was a faithful and devoted parishioner of Saint Mary's R.C. Church in Gloucester City. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his viewing on Monday morning from 8:30 to 10:30 am at McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, (at Brown Street) Gloucester City. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 am at Saint Mary's R.C. Church:... Read more →

Eagles increase and thrive in Pa. and N.J.

Link: Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/03/2008. By Sandy Bauers Inquirer Staff Writer Two bald eagles that last year nested in Philadelphia - the first in at least 200 years, according to state game officials - have returned. And while last year no young survived, this year the pair hatched a tiny eaglet that grew from fluff to feathers and learned to shred a fish. Finally, in late June, it left the nest to begin its life in the wider world. A year after eagles were removed from the federal endangered-species list, their numbers continue to grow. Read more →

Gloucester City 4th of July Parade

The Camden County Emerald Society Pipes and Drums was just one of the bands in the parade. Behind the drum major in the first line of bag pipes (center) is Gloucester City Mayor Bill James. Photos by Steve Skipton SEE PHOTO GALLERY click on photo to enlarge Read more →

Grumpys Tackle Fishing Report- July 3, 2008 | Sportfishermen

Link: Sportfishermen. Another good lookin day! Reported on July 3, 2008 Hopefully we get some guys on the beaches today. The weather shouldn't be a problem - Sunny and breezy. Highs in the mid 80s. Southwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Ocean water temps are in the low 60's. We are still suffering from a fisherman deficiency which produces a highly deficient fishing report. It's looking like everybody is fishing on the internet waiting for somebody else to find the fish and report it and you know what I say - Dry hooks don't catch fish! We had one weigh-in yesterday: Dave Leonard - fluke 21" 3.2 lbs on a squid/spearing combo The weatherman is looking forward to his favorite forecasts of doom and gloom for the weekend. Just remember his recent accuracy ratio (or total lack thereof) and get a plan into place to enjoy the holiday weekend rather... Read more →

Pratt Free runs to Middleboro Little League championship

Link: The Gazette By JON HAGLOF Sports Editor Most Viewed Stories * INSIDE BOXING: De La Hoya still assembling the post-Floyd pieces * Smokers denounce cigarette tax hike * Thugs won't give peace a chance * Acquitted murder suspect released on $1,000 bail for aggravated assault charge * INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND EVENTS * Recent arrests from New Bedford * Some Mattapoisett beaches closed due to bacteria levels MIDDLEBORO — Pratt Free School may have been the underdog entering the Middleboro Little League Major League championship series against Kelly's Tire, but they were playing their best ball of the season. Sometimes that's all it takes. With a 12-0 win in Game 1 last Monday night at the Field of Dreams and a 4-2 win in Game 2 last Wednesday night, Pratt Free swept Kelly's Tire to win the 2008 Major League title. For the champs, which earned the number three... Read more →

Blue & Gold International Baseball Tournament Begins Today, Thursday

source UTICA, NY - Mark your calenders folks. July 3,4,5, and 6th will be four days of top caliber American Legion Baseball. It's the 26th annual Blue & Gold International Baseball Tournament. The tournament has ballooned from six teams last year to 12 this year. There three local teams: Adrean, New Hartford, and Utica plus nine from out of the area. There are teams from New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Puerto Rico. Teams from New Jersey include, Brooklawn, Haddon Heights, and Hamilton. They'll play 33 games in four days. The competition will be very strong. To follow the tournament go to (As of 6 p.m. July 3)................. Army Division Guaynabo Post 295, Puerto Rico (1-0) Shrub Oak Post 1080, N.Y. (1-0) Utica Post 229, N.Y. (1-0) Vestal Post 89, N.Y. (0-1) Haddon Heights Post 149, N.J. (0-1) Adrean Post 625, N.Y. (0-1) Navy Division Hamilton Post 31,... Read more →