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September 2008

Gerardo J. Scavone, formerly of Mt. Ephraim, member of Sons of Italy

Image via Wikipedia Funeral Services were held for Gerardo J. Scavone, 80, of Williamstown, formerly of Mount Ephraim, who died September 15, 2008. If you needed a friend you could call Jerry Scavone. He was always there to help family and friends, dependable for any kind of endeavor. If it needed to be built, Jerry Scavone would build it. If something was broken, Jerry Scavone could fix it. And when he was finished, he'd show... Read more →

Audubon: Louise McNally, formerly of Gloucester City, age 94

Funeral services were held for Louise McNally, 94, (nee Ferri) who died on September 9, 2008 of Audubon, formerly of Gloucester. Beloved aunt of John and Dennis Ferri, Jim Shields, Dan McDonald, Kathy Kennedy and Bill Shinn. Also survived by many great nieces and nephews. Interment New St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr. Related articles by Zemanta Audubon: GERTRUDE R. CHRISTIAN, age 96 TIPS AND SNIPPETS FOR MONDAY, September 29th Vendor Application/A Day in the Park Read more →

Gloucester City: VITO PETER GRELLO, WWII Army Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient

Image via Wikipedia Private Funeral Services and Interment were held for Vito Peter Grello, 87, of Gloucester City, who died September 14, 2008. Mr. Grello was born in Philadelphia. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII; received the Purple Heart; and was a member of the Gloucester City VFW Post 3620. Vito retired in 1985 from the Reliable Tire Company of Blackwood and was a member of the Teamster Local 676 of Collingswood. He... Read more →

Gloucester City: JEAN F. SODER, graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School

A Memorial Mass was held at Saint Mary's Catholic Church, Gloucester City, for Jean F. Soder (nee O'Leary), 88, of Gloucester City, who died September 16, 2008. Jean was a loving person who dedicated her life to her family and grandchildren. She was a graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School where she had been an outstanding athlete while attending school there. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert H. Loving mother of Robert... Read more →

Audubon Park: ELVIRA B. TROIANO age 94

Funeral Services were held for Elvira B. Troiano (nee Vadino), 94, of Audubon Park, who died September 16, 2008. Devoted mother of Eileen Cairns and the late Christine Keith. Loving grandmother of eight, Christine Stefanski, Frankie, Gail, Gary, Jackie, Jason, and Jordan and the late Vicky. Also ten great grandchildren and one great great grandson. Dear sister of Alan Vadino. Read more →

Bellmawr: MARIE T. CARNEY age 79

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Annunciation Church, Bellmawr, for Marie T. Carney, (nee Lenard) 79, of Bellmawr, who died September 12, 2008. Beloved wife of the late William T. Carney. Survived by children Patrick (Dolores) of Williamstown, Cissy Carney of Barrington, Kathleen Carney of Vineland, Beverly (John) Panzarella of Annapolis, MD, Sharlene (Tim) Kaercher of Voorhees, William (Michelle) of Bellmawr, Tim (Barb) of Sedalia, MO, Tom of Bellmawr, Laura Carney and her... Read more →

Gloucester City School Supt. Praises BOE for help with June’s Graduation

By Nicole Maiese NEWS Correspondent Superintendent Paul Spaventa thanked the Board of Education (BOE) for their help with the Class of 2008 graduation during the September meeting. He said he appreciated the hard work and service of the School Board members. In other business, the BOE discussed possibly allowing the seniors at Gloucester City High School to be in charge of finance functions. Also, members approved all field trips for the Gloucester City School District.... Read more →

In Camden, clinic plan draws protest

Link: Philadelphia Inquirer They call the plan - which awaits final approval from the political appointees on the board of directors of the South Jersey Port Corp. - illogical. Still, opponents of the move have seized on the idea of having Cooper accept responsibility for the clinic. And the medical director of an award-winning methadone clinic at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, in Baltimore, believes they may have a point. Recovering drug addicts are a... Read more →

Bellmawr: Charles D. Beebe, WWII Navy Veteran

Funeral Services were held for Charles D. Beebe, 82, of Bellmawr, who died September 9, 2008. Mr. Beebe proudly served his country in the US Navy during WWII. Beloved husband of Sally (nee Hall). Devoted father of Virginia Quinn, Thomas Beebe, Cynthia DiMartino (Dominic) and Jennifer Brown (Russell). Dear brother of Robert Beebe. Loving grandfather of 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Interment was held privately. Related articles by... Read more →

Gloucester City : BEATRICE V. (BEA) MONROE,

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Saint Mary's R.C. Church, Gloucester City, for Beatrice V. (Bea) Monroe, (nee Krebs), 81, of Gloucester City, who died September 7, 2008. Beatrice was a 1945 graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School. She worked many years as a telephone operator for Glenview Answering Service. Beatrice was a faithful and devoted parishioner of St. Mary's R.C. Church in Gloucester City. Loving wife of 49 years to the late... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic no soccer lightweight

Link: Marc Narducci: Philadelphia Inquirer That's why yesterday's 2-1 win over visiting Moorestown - in as exciting a brand of soccer as can be displayed in South Jersey - made yet another statement for the Rams. Gloucester Catholic is 6-0 and ranked No. 2 in South Jersey by The Inquirer, and No. 7 Moorestown presented one of the biggest challenges of the season. Actually, Gloucester Catholic would play a more ambitious schedule if it could... Read more →

Gloucester City: Carmela Damiano, 88, active volunteer, member of Senior Citizens

DAMIANO Carmela “Millie” On September 27, 2008. Age 88. Of Gloucester City. Loving Daughter of the late Nicholas and Caterina Damiano (nee DiNardo). Beloved Aunt of Dolores Jones of Bonita Springs, Florida, Rose Marie Pocius of Mantua, Peter Duca of Arroyo Grande, California, Nicholas Duca of Simi Valley, California, Robert Duca of Estell Manor and the late Nicholas Damiani. Dear Sister of the late John and Millie Damiani and the late Antonietta and Joseph Duca.... Read more →


Gloucester City v. Chatham Square Tenants eviction case will be held Thursday, October 2nd at 8:45 AM in the Hall of Justice Building, Camden. The case will be heard in landlord/tenant court by Camden County Judge Michael Kassel in room 63. City Solicitor John Kearney will be representing the interest of the taxpayers. The City of Gloucester purchased the 100 unit Chatham Square Apartment complex earlier this year for $4.1 million. After settlement an audit... Read more →

Gloucester City: Joe Gallagher, High School Baseball Coach, teacher and GHS Business Administrator

Bill, I just read in the Courier this morning that our teacher Joe Gallagher died on Wednesday, September 24th at the age of 76, and that there will be a viewing from 8:30-11:30 AM tomorrow morning, Tuesday,September 30th, followed by a funeral mass at noon. Both will be held at St. Vincent Pallotti Church in HaddonTwp. Joe was an excellent teacher, a fine role model, a great athlete and coach and just an all around... Read more →

Gloucester City: NAOMI ELLA SHARP, age 92, life member of VFW Post 3620

Funeral Services were held for Naomi Ella Sharp, (nee Bruner), 92, of Gloucester City, who died September 8, 2008. Naomi was a life member of the Townsend C. Young VFW Post #3620 Ladies Auxiliary. She liked to travel, dance and was loved by all. She was the loving mother of Albert (Laurie) Sharp, Herbert (Elaine) Sharp and the late Walter Sharp. She is also survived by her dear grandchildren Kimberly (Harry) Ellenbark, Thomas (Cynthia) Sharp,... Read more →

The bear hunting experience

Link: Pahrump Valley Times The Bear's Revenge From my tree stand seat I could see a mammoth black bear walking toward the bait I had been watching for several hours. Slowly he made his way until he was within shooting range. Concentrating my focus on the target area behind his left front shoulder I drew my bow. Just as I began to put pressure on the release, I heard the sound of fabric tearing and... Read more →

Oaklyn: WILLIAM J. FLYNN, WWII Army Veteran, recipient of the Purple Heart, former Fire Chief

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Aloysius Church, Oaklyn, for William J. Flynn, 83, of Oaklyn, who died September 8, 2008. Mr. Flynn was born and raised in Gloucester City. He graduated from Saint Mary's High School (the Old Gloucester Catholic). He was a proud Army Veteran of WWII and twice recipient of the Purple Heart for his participation in the landing at Anzio Beachhead. He worked for many years as a... Read more →

Formerly of Audubon, JAMES J. McGLINN, age 85

Image via Wikipedia A Memorial Service was held at Brig. General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightsville, for James J. McGlinn, 85, originally from Audubon, who died September 4, 2008. Jim was a lifelong resident of Southern NJ. He was an avid golfer and a passionate pursuer of business opportunities who never lost his sense of humor. In WWII he served as a Staff Sergeant in the US Marines; flying many missions over the... Read more →

Bellmawr: RAYMOND A. SIMPSON, age 63

A Funeral Mass was held at Mary, Mother of the Church, Bellmawr, for Raymond A. Simpson, 63, of Bellmawr, who died September 4, 2008. Mr. Simpson was the proud former Chief of Bellmawr Fire Rescue #1 and was very active in all and was very active in all community projects. Best friend and devoted husband of 39 years of Sandee L. Loving father of Jeffrey R. (Nicole). Adoring grandfather of Sophia Rae. Beloved son of... Read more →

Audubon: GERTRUDE R. CHRISTIAN, age 96

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Holy Maternity Church, Audubon, for Gertrude R. Christian, 96, of Myrtle Beach, SC, formerly of Audubon, who died August 26, 2008. Beloved wife of the late Daniel Christian. Loving mother of Jill (Alan) Shoop of Myrtle Beach, SC. Dear grandmother of Daniel (Debbie) Shoop of Somerdale, Erik Shoop of Cape May Court House, and Brad (Mary Jo) Shoop of Oceanview, NJ and dear great grandmother of Ryan... Read more →

Mt. Ephraim: ELWOOD “REDS” WEEKS, JR., age 61/Sears Auto Mechanic for 32 years

Funeral services were held for Elwood “Reds” Weeks, Jr., 61, of Mt. Ephraim who passed away on September 10, 2008. Beloved husband of 24 years of Patricia E. (nee Young). Devoted father of Kenneth E. Weeks (Ramona), Michael S. Weeks (Teresa) and Coleen Serzanin (Robert). Loving son-in-law of Marie P. Young. Dear brother of Linda Cruise, Mary Banach (Ed), Ellen Hartzog (Delbert), Alice Max (Ed), Susan Evridge (John) and Patience Williams (Robert). Brother-in-law of William... Read more →

GEORGE S. HEWES, JR., 89, OF Audubon, former plumbing inspector

Prayer Services were held for George S. Hewes, Jr., 89, of Audubon, NJ, who passed away on September 9, 2008. Beloved husband of the late Florence (nee Sanders) of Audubon. Devoted father of Janet C. Gasbarro (William) of Absecon and Betty Hewes-Eddinger (Thomas) of Haddon Heights. He was the devoted grandfather of Jeffrey Gasbarro, Alexis Hewes-Eddinger, Casey Hewes-Eddinger and the late Johnathon Gasbarro. Also survived by a sister Lurlene Flenard of Cherry Hill, a brother-in-law... Read more →


I would like to give a thumbs up to a local business. I needed to make a quick run to WalMart in Audubon to exchange a computer that I'd bought a couple of days before and didn't work once I got it home. I recalled seeing the ad in the Gloucester City News for Always Affordable Taxi. I like to patronize local businesses and decided to give them a call. I was not sorry. They... Read more →

Gloucester City: Child Safety Program Important

Image via Wikipedia By Frank Murphy, Gloucester City Postmaster Franklin, the eagle, and his sidekick bird friend, Benny, spent their summer making public service announcements on television stations across the country, warning children to stay away from Postal Service delivery vehicles. The two animated characters are now ready to head back to school with postal employees to help teachers spread the word that injuries and death can result when children get too close to delivery... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic in the News: Student Council

Gloucester Catholic High School 2008-2009 Student Council: Moderator Mrs. Anne Heim joins with the 2008-2009 Executive Board after their recent installation. From left: Vice President Julie Pilla, Mrs. Heim, President Julianna Kopakowski and Secretary-Treasurer Taylor Alessandrine. Read more →

This Just In: Rams Scoring at a Glance

Final Score Gloucester Catholic 54 - Delsea 28 Ryan Alcott (of Gloucester Catholic) 1 TD run George Spingler (Gloucester Catholic) 1 TD rec Zach Barlage – (Gloucester Catholic) 1 yrd QB sneak TD Michael Rafferty (Gloucester Catholic) returned a fumble for a kickoff Pat Schuhl - (Gloucester Catholic) 4 rush TDs The Rams dominated the whole game score was 14-0 before Delsea touched the ball. The Rams scored, recovered onside kick, and scored again. Next... Read more →

Angeline Sarlo, of Deptford, retired from Bell Telephone

SARLO, ANGELINE Age 80, passed away September 24, 2008, at her home in Deptford. She was a homemaker most recently, but earlier had worked at Bell Telephone in Philadelphia. Angeline was the wife of the late Walter Sarlo, Sr. and sister of the late Rose D'Agostino. Angeline is survived by her son Walter Sarlo, Jr. and his wife Susan of Mt. Royal. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Angeline's Mass of Christian Burial 11:00am... Read more →

Jim Jensen, age 45, machinist for Midlantic Precision, Gloucester City

JENSEN, JAMES 'JIM' R. Age 45, died suddenly on September 24, 2008. He lived in Glendora for the past 20 years and worked as a machinist for Midlantic Precision in Gloucester City. Jim was a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed riding his Harley. He is survived by his wife Patricia Ann (nee Wismer), daughters Christine Jensen (Tony Mazzella), DanielleJensen all of Glendora, mother Amelia Jensen of Runnemede, brothers William, Mark and Christopher Jensen, and sisters Carol... Read more →

Anthony Galiazzi, of Brooklawn, age 74

GALIAZZI, ANTHONY Suddenly, on September 25, 2008, of Brooklawn, NJ. Age 74 years. Beloved companion of Linda Ford of 30 years. Devoted father of Annemarie & Bill of Oaklyn, Toni & Lee of Sicklerville, Annette of Pennsauken, Charles of PA, Christopher & Dana of Oaklyn, Joshua of Brooklawn, Michael, Jane & Gary of Pennsauken, Pat of Bellmawr, Ellamay of SC, and the late Janice & Bruce. Also survived by his best friend Joan Vennell, friends... Read more →

Lucille Rose Brown, age 73, of Marlton, formerly of Camden and Westville Grove

BROWN Lucille Rose “Lucy” On September 24, 2008. Age 73. (nee Humphries). Of Marlton. Formerly of Camden and Westville Grove. Loving wife of 25 years to the late Lewis E. Brown, Sr. Loving mother of David E. Humphries (Fiancée Virginia), Doris Reeves, James Reeves, Joseph J. Reeves, Earl E. Dawes, Stella E. (Walter) McCully, Linda J. Osler, Angel (Juan) Marrero, Lewis E. (Yvonne) Brown, Jr. and Joseph L. (Doris) Brown, Sr. Predeceased by her children;... Read more →

Gloucester City: Still missing, Robert Dornbach

To my loving son Bobby, who has been missing since November 27, 2005, Happy 20th birthday. "I can't believe you have been gone for three years. It feels like a lifetime. You were still my baby at seventeen with your whole life ahead of you. Since then, I wake up with a lump in my throat and go to bed with emptiness in my heart. I miss your kisses and how you told me that... Read more →

Our Top Bucks From 2007

Link Pennsylvania Game and Fish By Jeff Brown Scot Brun's Westmoreland County non-typical 22-point monster scored 201 2/8 B&C points. Photo courtesy of Scot Brun. Back in 2001, the introduction of antler restrictions was met with pessimism among Keystone State hunters. Many of the state's "expert" hunters voiced skepticism and some fairly strong criticisms. Yet during the past few years, Pennsylvania has produced an eye-popping crop of giant bucks, including some of the best in... Read more →

Coaches show they're good sports

Link: As a result, Deptford was ready to insert freshman forward Amber Scott at keeper, and while Scott is a talented keeper, the move would have weakened the Spartans by removing Scott from the offensive attack. By the time Franchi reached the sideline it was determined she was ready to re-enter the game. But since she was taken off the field, she was not eligible to return until Deptford had a possession during a... Read more →

High School Football: First-timers nervous at Touchdown Club

Link: - "I was here with (Steve) Rotella (when he was honored last year)," Gloucester Catholic receiver George Spingler (photo) said. "I'm a little nervous about this speech. But this is a pretty big accomplishment, there's a lot of good players here. I didn't think I would be here." Six catches for over 230 yards and three TDs will get you there, though. Related articles by Zemanta Rams missing a Core player MUSTANGS FOOTBALL... Read more →

Audubon: Local Group Makes History

Link: Courier-Post. If you played on the Audubon Fathers Little League Team or; if you received an award from the Audubon Fathers; or you just grew up in Audubon then you were likely impacted by the work of the Audubon Fathers' Association. Since 1926 the Audubon Fathers Association has been dedicated to helping the youth in town. This recently completed book chronicles the development of this local organization in Audubon from 1926 until the present.... Read more →

Gloucester City High School Moving On Up!

Media Release Gloucester City High School has reason to be proud, being listed as an " on the move" school. Since 1994, New Jersey Monthly, a magazine that caters to the needs of the Garden State, has produced a biennial ranking of public and charter schools. The resulting ranking is part of the most comprehensive education package the magazine has ever produced, including the value of Advanced Placement classes and the dilemma posed by alternative... Read more →

Gloucester City: School District Strategic Planning

The Gloucester City School District is hosting the first of its strategic planning meetings on September 24, at 7 pm in the ME Costello School Auditorium. The District has embarked on creating a strategic plan for the schools. Gloucester City Board of Education has contracted with NJ School Board Associates to facilitate the process. The process will include creating a vision for the future of Gloucester City Public Schools and managing toward that expectation. The... Read more →

O’Donnell’s Restaurant Serving the public 85 Years

By Albert Countryman Jr. GLOUCESTER CITY NJ Life goes by so quickly – and technology changes so rapidly – it can be a struggle just to keep pace. In our instant gratification society, where hi-speed computers and split second decisions are valued, people tend to forget the simple pleasures of life. Yet, for 85 years and counting, Gloucester City residents have enjoyed the simple pleasure of a great meal at O'Donnell's Restaurant. Boxing legend "KO"... Read more →

City, tenants must compromise on rent

Link: Courier-Post. Major work is clearly needed at the Chatham Square apartments, now owned by Gloucester City. Clearly there are problems at the Chatham Square apartment complex. Why else would only 42 of 100 apartments be occupied? Before the city starts evicting tenants for not paying their rent however, both sides need to take a breath and find a compromise. Related articles by Zemanta Gloucester City in spat with some new tenants Gloucester City: Teen... Read more →

Give Them an Inch They Want a Yard

Bill’s Point of View: Gloucester City:Have you ever notice with some people if you give them an inch they want a yard. Take for example the few hostile tenants at Chatham Square Apartments, Gloucester City. Just last week there was a photo of one these individuals leaning out his apartment window with a sign vilifying a City Councilman on the front page of the Courier Post . He along with some other tenants complain the... Read more →

Gloucester City: Guardian Angels Step In To Help Tenants At Troubled Complex

Link: MyFox Philadelphia The Guardian Angels try to give tenants of a troubled apartment complex peace of mind. Dozens of volunteers from both Philadelphia and New York City patrolled the complex in Gloucester City Sunday night. Residents at the Chatham Apartments say, over the last decade, conditions at their complex have spiraled downward. " We have people talking to our face, promising but not delivering,” said Anthony Parisi. Related: Give Them An Inch They Want... Read more →

Gloucester Mustangs over Lawnside 7-6

caption by Bill: Where did you put the football? I don't know it was here just a couple of minutes ago. Keep looking, its brown with white 75lb Teams Saturday, September 20th Photos by Bruce Darrow/Album by Jill The Gloucester Mustang 75 lb game vs. Lawnside. Final Gloucester won 7-6. Related: Mustang v Lawnside photo gallery Read more →


Image via Wikipedia By CNB Sports I am feeling my age, I have brown spots all over me but I still remember Coaches Billy Flynn, George Thorpe, Bob Mc Quillen, Carlos Paisley, Steve Shimkus and now Leon Harris. I have seen and heard many things from parents and the players who have crossed the fields of Gloucester City. But, I have remained silent through the years and it is time that parents start to listen.... Read more →

When East Meets West:Happy to report our Sons Max & Lucas finished their tours of duty in Iraq

Hi Bill, Hank Here! Both of my sons were born and raised here in Kitakyushu City, Japan. But attended high school in the States. Lucas attended Gateway High School in Woodbury, New Jersey, while my son Max attended Beaverton High School in Beaverton, Oregon. This is a picture of my son, Lucas just before he left Iraq for his new assignment. In the picture is the Iraqi policeman who Lucas was working with On convoy... Read more →

Bill Labbree Jr. Named to the Bd of Directors of the Burlington Camden County Assn. of Realtors

Image via Wikipedia Bill Labbree, Jr. Continues the Tradition of Service and Dedication to the Community and the Real Estate Industry Set by Bill Labbree, Sr. Cherry Hill, NJ – The Board of Directors of the Burlington Camden County Association of Realtors (BCCAR) has voted to appoint Bill Labbree, Jr., a Broker associate with Labbree Realty in Gloucester City, to fulfill the term of a vacated seat on the BCCAR Board of Directors through 2008.... Read more →

Mrs. Leona B. McCall, formerly of Gloucester City, age 98

McCALL Leona B. (nee Young), 98 years, died of natural causes on September 19, 2008 at Woodbury Mews Assisted Living, Woodbury, NJ. She was the devoted wife of the late William A. Beloved mother of Bill (Joanne), Mary, Gerald and Sister Marjorie, IHM. Dear Grandmother of Susan (Niko) Ekimoglou (owners of O'Donnell's), Sharon (Patrick) McMullen, John (Karina) Sikking. Loving Great-Grandmother of Jack, Maria, Anastasia and Michael Ekimoglou and Mary Kate and Brendan McMullen. Beloved Sister-In-Law... Read more →

Raymond K. Ballard, of South Plainfield, formerly of Brooklawn, GHS Alumni, retired Air Force Sgt.

Image via Wikipedia South Plainfield - Raymond K. Ballard, 73, died peacefully Saturday, September 20th in the Haven Hospice at JFK Medical Center in Edison. He was born at Cooper Hospital to his loving parents Viola and Eugene Ballard. Ray grew up in Brooklawn, New Jersey and graduated from Gloucester City High School. He served in the United States Air Force Security Service as a staff sergeant from 1955 to 1966 as an Airborne Electronic... Read more →

Bill's Point of View:Not just a local problem but a national one

BY BILL CLEARY At least once a week I receive a Tip or comment about the homeless people sleeping on the porch in broad daylight at a property on North Broadway in Gloucester City. The house is empty, and is up for Sheriff Sale. Posted on the front wall of the building is a sign that reads ‘No Trespassing’. Just today I received this photo from one of our readers. My first article on this... Read more →

Rams missing a Core player

Link: - GLOUCESTER CITY - As entertaining as the Gloucester Catholic High School football team's season-opening victory last Saturday was, it wasn't exactly pretty. The Rams and visiting Clearview combined for 834 yards of offense in the 45-41 slugfest, 402 by the Pioneers. Tight end Chad Gravinese caught six passes for 142 yards and two TDs. For one Catholic defender in particular, the game was especially painful to watch. Read more →

Gloucester City……Having Fun at the Shamrock Festival

Enjoying the recent Shamrock Festival.... Good Friends, good music, and the beer wasn't too bad, either!! (L-R) John Rowand, John Hindsley, Jim Battersby, and Sam Chew. We welcome your photos to share on be it birthday, anniversary, wedding, etc. There is no charge. Send to [email protected] Read more →