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October 2008

Montclair H.S. football player dies following brain hemorrhage

Link: Ryne Dougherty, a 16-year-old Montclair High football player who suffered a brain hemorrhage during a recent game, has died after being removed from life support, officials said. Dougherty died at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Hackensack University Medical Center, said Nancy Radwin, a hospital spokeswoman. Dougherty was hospitalized Monday after tackling an opposing player during a game against Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey. Photo Ryne Dougherty from 2007 year book Read more →

Auld Dubliner, Irish Family Restaurant and Pub Grand Opening Thursday

photos by Bill Cleary GLOUCESTER CITY-The Grand Opening of the Auld Dubliner, Irish Family Restaurant and Pub, located at 157 South Burlington Street, Gloucester City, will be held Thursday, October 16th. According to the Pub’s press release, “The Auld Dubliner is family oriented and focused on providing quality meals at a reasonable price. Our menu offers well balanced meals with heart healthy choices. Our lunch menu includes a daily $5 Lunch Special. We have discounted... Read more →

The Gloucester City Democrat Club Endorses Barack Obama for President

Photo and caption by Bill Cleary The local Democrat Club unveiled a new sign recently endorsing Senator Barack Obama for president and Senator Joe Biden for vice-president. The Gloucester City Democrat Club is located at Broadway and Monmouth Street. A few weeks ago there were a few comments posted on CNB calling the Democrats in Gloucester City “racist rednecks” because there were no Obama for president signs posted on the Club’s headquarters. At the time... Read more →

Elsie Moore, of Pitman formerly of Gloucester City

Funeral services were held for Elsie P. Moore, (nee Brandt), 85, who passed away on September 30, 2008. Elsie was born and raised in Gloucester City, and lived in Pitman for over 55 years. Survived by her loving husband of 57 years, James G. and many nieces and nephews and friends. Interment at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Read more →

You May Have to Pay to Fish in Salt Water

Link: Coastal Broadcasting News Two bills are sitting in Trenton for consideration by the state legislator that deal with licenses being created for people who fish in salt water. The federal government is forcing states to create a plan that would register those who fish in salt water and create a license. Related Hunting and Fishing Read more →

Gloucester City Reaches Agreement with 12 Chatham Square Tenants

By Albert Countryman Jr. October 2, 2008-Landlord/Tenant Court was packed Thursday morning in Room 63 of the Camden County Hall of Justice. Gloucester City Solicitor John Kearney was present, as part of the effort to see who has paid, and who has not, at the Chatham Square Apartments, which had been purchased by the City earlier this year. "It was a successful day. We reached resolution on all but one case," said Kearney, who patiently... Read more →

Jacqueline M. Boner parishioner of Saint Rose of Lima R.C. Church

BONER Jacqueline M. Suddenly, On October 12, 2008. (nee Dupuy) Age 88. Of Haddon Heights. Loving wife of the late Joseph B. Boner. Survived by many nieces, nephews, friends and loving neighbors. Jacqueline was born in France and moved to the United States. She and her husband lived in Haddon Heights. Jacqueline was a parishioner of Saint Rose of Lima R.C. Church in Haddon Heights. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her Mass... Read more →

Mount Ephraim Honors Blue Star Banner Recipients

Photo's by Bill Bates BLUE STAR BANNER AWARDS -Member of the American Legion Post 150, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6262, Troop Support 08059 and Support Our Troop Effort pose with the families of Sergeant First Class Priscilla Blogojevich, Sergeant John Blogojevich, the families of Sergeant John Blogojevich, Specialist Nicholas Rabeau, Specialist Martin Coogan, and Private First Class Marcus Wild after receiving their awards at the Board of Commissioners monthly meeting. By Bill Bates Mount... Read more →

MARION BREIDENBACK, of Gloucester City active at the HP Church of God

A Memorial Service was held at the Highland Park Church of God, Gloucester City, for Marion Breidenback (nee Brewer), 83, of Sunrise at Woodbury Lake, formerly of Gloucester City, who died September 27, 2008. Marion was a lovely lady who loved her family, friends, church and little dog Misty. She worked for many years at GAF in Gloucester City and was active at the Highland Park Church of God. She was also State Treasurer of... Read more →

Gloucester City Headlines for October 16th

Anthony Parisi of Chatham Square Association Jailed For Fake Bomb, Obstruction Gloucester City School District Dedicates New Computer Lab Westville Council Repeals It Public Intoxication Law McCann-Healey Funeral Home Offering Two New Programs Broadway Redevelopment Committee Picks Up The Pace See many photographs of Gloucester City’s Day In The Park Related articles by Zemanta Gloucester City: Give Them an Inch They Want a Yard Gloucester City: Guardian Angels Step In To Help Tenants At Troubled... Read more →

Thomas M. Zane Jr., age 32, Avid Hunter who loved the outdoors

A Memorial Service for Thomas M. Zane Jr., of Mantua will be held on Saturday, October 18 at 11 AM at the Etherington -Creran Funeral Home, 700 Powell Street, Gloucester City. Relatives and friends are invited to meet Saturday at the funeral home between 10 AM and 11 AM Mr. Zane, a former resident of Gloucester City, succumbed to cancer at the age of 32 on Thursday, October 9, 2008. He is the beloved son... Read more →

Mary Ellen Flexon of Audubon Park, worked at Oaklyn Diner for 21 years

Mary Ellen Flexon (nee Meyers), age 87 of Audubon Park, on Friday, October 10, 2008. Born in Glassboro, she had been a resident of Audubon Park most of her life. For 21 years she worked at the Oaklyn Diner. She will be remembered as a hard worker who loved her family. Surviving are two daughters Mary Ellen Stokes (Dale) of Audubon Park, Geri Mancini (Jim), a grandson, Andrew Mancini (Christine), 3 great grandchildren, Nicole, Thomas,... Read more →

Christ runs for 232 yards in Gloucester Catholic victory

Link Gloucester County Times With Schuhl out with turf toe, Christ carried 23 times for 232 yards and three scores as the Gloucester Catholic High School football team improved to 4-0 with a 42-7 victory over Woodstown in a Tri-County Conference Royal Division game. "It's a good opportunity for me to start and show myself as a junior and get my name out there," said Christ. "I just wanted to come out, pursue, win and... Read more →

ZANE, JOSEPH CHARLES, SR., of Deptford, formerly of Gloucester City

On November 10, 2004, of Deptford, NJ. Born and raised in Gloucester City, NJ. Age 55 years. Beloved husband of Karen Zane (nee Louis). Loving father of Joseph Zane, Jr. and Christina of Westvile, and Christine Zane and Bill of Williamstown. His mother, Carrie Zane of Deptford. Dear brother of Bill Zane, Betty Franceschini, Peggy Teschko and Pat Zane-Marchetti and brother-in law, of Linda and Bob Sherwood. His grandchildren Joseph III, Christian and Nicholas, best... Read more →

ZANE, CARRIE H., of Gloucester City

On May 10, 2007, (nee Cleavenger) of Gloucester City, age 95. She was the beloved wife of the late Herbert and loving mother of Bill Zane, Betty Franceschini (Frank), Peggy Teschko (Jim), and Patricia Zane-Marchetti. She is also survived by her dear daughter-in-law Karen Zane, 13 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. She was predeceased by her son Joseph and step-son Herbert Jr. Mrs. Zane liked flowers and enjoyed going out to eat.... Read more →

Mt. Ephraim: Halloween Parade and House Decorating Contest

The Mount Ephraim Celebration Committee is sponsoring a House Decorating Contest. Residents are encouraged to decorate their homes for the Halloween Season and register for the contest. Categories for the prizes are: The Scariest House; The Most Original House; Judge’s Choice. Residents may pick up a registration form at the Borough Hall or download from below, which will be available soon. Judging will take place on October 22nd. Photo from 2007 SEE MORE The winner... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic Homecoming Court for 2008

Gloucester Catholic High School proudly announces it’s 2008 Homecoming Court: Kenneth Hill, Nicholas Core, Zachary Barlage, Ryan Alcott, Michael Gartland Caitlin Sweeney, Chinyere Ihunnah, Ariel Rofrano, Katlyn Monahan, June Maloney. Related articles by Zemanta In Life, There is No Easy Way Out Gloucester Catholic on CNB RAMS ALUMNI ON CNB Read more →

HS Football: Another win for the Rams.....Score 42-7

Saturday, October 11, 2008, John Lynch Field, Gloucester City Gloucester Catholic let up an opening drive touchdown then scored 42 unanswered points. The Rams Jake Yates caught 2 TD passes from Zach Barlage. Alex Christ ran for 233 yards and 3 TD. And Gloucester City resident Pat Ward recovered a fumble in the end zone for the final TD. Next week Gloucester Catholic will be at home again playing Deptford. Kickoff at 10:30 AM. The... Read more →

When East Meets West: Sports Day in Japan

Image via Wikipedia Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. October 10th. Is Sports Day. It was added to the list of national holidays in Japan in 1966 to commemorate the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. It was on October 10, 1964, that the opening ceremony of the 18th Summer Olympic Games was held at the National Stadium in Tokyo. Nothing is more important than good health. In fact, both physical and mental health is the most... Read more →

Joseph J. Dopilka, of Audubon, WW II Army Veteran

Funeral Services were held for Joseph J. Dopilka, 83, of Audubon, who died September 22, 2008. Mr. Dopilka was a WWII U.S. Army veteran. He was an amateur radio operator, enjoyed traveling with his family and repairing his automobiles. Beloved husband of Elsie R. Dopilka. Dear father of David J. Dopilka, Dwight A. Dopilka and Joseph A. Dopilka. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Christopher, Andrew, Marcus, Alicia, Krisann and Sidney and two brothers,... Read more →

Anthony Parisi of Chatham Square Tenant Assn. Jailed for False Public Alarm & Obstruction

By Bill Cleary The spokesperson for the Chatham Square Tenants Association, Anthony Parisi, (photo) was arrested on a number of charges on Wednesday, October 8th at the apartment complex in Gloucester City. Chatham Square, the former Reading Manor Apartments, is located at US Route 130 and Klemm Avenue. PoliceLt. George Berglund, spokesperson for the department said officers were dispatched to A-8 Chatham Square for a report of a suspicious device blocking the front door. Upon... Read more →

Two sad news items to report

Tommy Zane Jr., of Gloucester City, loss his battle with cancer and passed away today (October 9th, 2008). The Beef and Beer Social to help the family pay off his medical bills is still being held on Oct. 24th. See Link for more information. And Thomas E. Casey Jr. also passed away today (October 9, 2008). He had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for the past year. He and his wife Joan have lived happily... Read more →

Once Again Gloucester City Taxes Will Increase

By Sara Martino NEWS Correspondent Gloucester City Councilman Nicholas Marchese, Jr. said the city budget of $16,485,308.27 will result in a tax increase of 27 cents per $100 of an assessed home value. "Before we looked for cuts, the tax (increase) was going to be 41 cents per $100," Marchese said during last week's City Council meeting. "I'd like to thank the mayor, department heads and the employees for their diligence. Some capital improvements will... Read more →

RAYMOND K. BALLARD, retired Air Force Sgt., and Gloucester High Alumni

Image via Wikipedia Private Funeral Services were held along with burial and military honors in Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown, NJ, for Raymond K. Ballard, 73, who died September 20, 2008. He was born at Cooper Hospital to his loving parents Viola and Eugene Ballard. Ray grew up in Brooklawn, and graduated from Gloucester City High School. He served in the United States Air Force Security Service as a staff sergeant... Read more →

MARGARET M. MARONSKI of Bellmawr, active parishioner of Mary Mother of the Church

A Funeral Mass was held at Mary, Mother of the Church, for Margaret M. Maronski (nee Steigerwald), of Bellmawr, formerly of Fairview, who died September 20, 2008. She worked for many years in the Admissions Department at West Jersey Hospital in Camden. Margaret was an active member of Mary, Mother of the Church, Bellmawr and Bellmawr Senior Citizens. Beloved wife of Robert Sr., to whom she was married for 53 years. Loving mother of Kathi... Read more →

BERTHA E. GARDNER, of Bellmawr enjoyed spending time with her family

Funeral Services were held at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Bellmawr, for Bertha E. Gardner (nee Jennett), 80, of Bellmawr, who died September 20, 2008. Bertha was an active member of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Bellmawr. In her free time she enjoyed ceramics, crocheting and traveling, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her loving family. Beloved wife of Charles for 56 years. Loving mother of Charles, Jr., David and... Read more →

CHARLES K. LOUX, 81, of Bellmawr, WWII veteran and Past Commander of VFW Post 9563

Image via Wikipedia Funeral Services were held for Charles K. Loux, 81, of Bellmawr, who died September 19, 2008. Mr. Loux was President of Local Union 473 of Philadelphia. He served in World War II and was a member and Past Commander of VFW Post 9563 Bellmawr for 40 years. Beloved husband of Marie E. to whom he was married for 61 years. Devoted father of Kenneth Loux and his wife Ellen and Michele Oswald... Read more →


A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Saint Mary's Church, Gloucester, for Kathryn M. Blackburn (nee McHenry), 84, who died September 18, 2008. Beloved wife of the late Thomas and survived by her sons Tom (Debbie) and Tim (Deana), all of Washington Township; two daughters Tina (Denny) Helder of Westville and Anna (Bob) Hoesl of West Deptford; a brother John of Collingswood; nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Friends met at the Ellis-Stiefel Funeral... Read more →

VINCENT J. ECKERLE, age 97, former Bellmawr employee

A Funeral Mass was held at Annunciation Church, Bellmawr, for Vincent J. Eckerle, 97, of Ocean City, formerly of Bellmawr, who died September 20, 2008. Mr. Eckerle was an avid boater and fisherman, who enjoyed crabbing, camping in his trailer and playing cards. He was formerly self employed as a paper hanger, was the Manager of Dick Crean Men's Apparel Store, worked at the Evening and Sunday Bulletin newspaper and retired from the Borough of... Read more →

MARGARET M. MARONSKI, employee of West Jersey Hospital, of Bellmawr

A Funeral Mass was held at Mary, Mother of the Church, Bellmawr, for Margaret M. Maronski (nee Steigerwald), of Bellmawr, formerly of Fairview, who died September 20, 2008. She worked for many years in the Admissions Department at West Jersey Hospital in Camden. Margaret was an active member of Mary, Mother of the Church, Bellmawr and Bellmawr Senior Citizens. Beloved wife of Robert Sr., to whom she was married for 53 years. Loving mother of... Read more →

ERNEST J. “BUDDY” PHILIPONA, SR. of Audubon Korean War Veteran

Image via Wikipedia Funeral Services were held for Ernest J. "Buddy" Philipona, Sr., 77, of Audubon, who died September 19, 2008. Born in Camden, Mr. Philipona had been a lifelong resident of Audubon. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Dana-PSI Division of Warner Electric in Hurfville. Ernie was a US Army veteran and served during the Korean conflict. He was a member of Oaklyn American Legion Post #84, Runnemede VFW Post #3324 and... Read more →


Link: By Frank Smith Frank (pictured) is a youth drug-abuse prevention motivational speaker who lives in Gloucester County. After having a huge fight with my girlfriend one night, I decided to go out with some friends to have a good time and forget my problems. I was very drunk and high on Methamphetamine when I foolishly climbed up a tree and fell about 40 feet to the ground. The next thing I remember is... Read more →

Bellmawr School District Researching Consolidation of Services

By Lois Staas NEWS Correspondent During last week's meeting of the Bellmawr Board of Education, former Board Member Darlene Lescota clarified the reason for her recent resignation, "I did not resign because of time constraints. I resigned because as a board member I could not speak about the surplus in the budget and what it is used for." Lescota is one figure in a long line of resignation after the retirement of former Superintendent Timothy... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic High School 2008 Cross Country Team

Photo by Dianna Broussard Top row: Alex Hickman, Adam Malkowicz, Greg Brecht, Jim O'Donnell, Joe Lafferty, Louis Tassi, John Stulpin, Frank Broussard, Jon Rothschild, George Winton, Colin James, Jessica Marks, Anna Hickman, Amanda Pegues, Taylor Morgan, Kelly Taylor, Alicia O'Donnell, Julia Porado, Coach Jack Heath, Coach Mike McGowan. Middle row: Molly Mickle, Taylor Mickle, Sarah Minchin, Sabrina Picot, Breanna Sipple. Bottom row:Pat McHenry, Mike McDonough, Bob Swartz, Tommy Flynn, Mike Cice, Tom Dougherty, Joe Usher,... Read more →

September’s Cheers and Jeers

By Bill Cleary CHEERS-Gloucester City resident Bill Waters submitted some photos of graffiti in September along with a letter expressing his concern about this unsightly problem. As a result of his “citizen journalism” some of the sites he pointed out have been painted and cleared of the graffiti. Kudos to you Bill for caring enough about our community to get involved. CHEERS-The Cherry Hill Reform committee who forced their local government to create a register... Read more →

City Seeks Information on Veterans

Gloucester City is still looking for information on veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the country for its Banners on Broadway project. Relatives of the veterans are asked to check the City website at, click the news tab, and then click events listings to see the 28 banners. Those without access to a computer can use one at the City Library. The banners will be displayed in November along Broadway. Information is... Read more →

Gloucester City Council Work Session Meeting

Monday, October 6, 2008 7:00 P.M. 313 Monmouth Street 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,... Read more →

Two U.S. Helicopters Collide at Baghdad Base

Image via Wikipedia Link: DefenseLink News American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Oct. 5, 2008 – Two U.S. helicopters collided Oct. 4 as they were landing at a coalition force base near Adhamiyah in northwest Baghdad. One Iraqi soldier died. Three U.S. soldiers and two Iraqi soldiers were injured. Hostile fire is not suspected to have caused the crash, officials said. The cause of the accident is under investigation. Officials did not release the make of... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic Averaging 47 Points a Game

Link: Philadelphia Inquirer | 10/05/2008. Gloucester Catholic trailed Kingsway by 21-7 at halftime on Friday before assuming control with a 28-0 third quarter. In last week's 54-26 win over Delsea, Gloucester Catholic led by 28-26 entering the fourth quarter before outscored the Crusaders, 26-0. Gloucester Catholic (3-0) is averaging 47 points per game. In Friday's game, Gloucester Catholic running back Pat Schuhl scored four touchdowns for the second consecutive week. Related articles by Zemanta Varsity... Read more →

Jeanne C. McArdle, of Cherry Hill, Former Parishoner of Queen of Heaven R.C. Church.

McARDLE Jeanne C. On October 1, 2008. (nee Fink) Age 83. Of Cherry Hill. Loving wife of 27 years to the late George I. McArdle. Dear Sister of the late Mary Violet Ficca. Survived by many dear friends, loved ones and her caregivers at the Statesman Health and Rehab in Levittown, PA. Jeanne was a former parishioner of Queen of Heaven R.C. Church in Cherry Hill. At Jeanne’s request, cremation is private. Rite of Committal... Read more →

- Does & Bows: One Woman's Story

Image via Wikipedia Link: The Greeneville Sun By LARRY SELF Outdoor Writer It was July hot in Tuskegee, Ala. as I rolled down the gravel road toward White Oak Plantation -- dry dust boiling behind my Suburban. But this was October, and a still fledging whitetails tradition was about to continue. It's a young tradition as far as hunting hallmarks are concerned, but one that has gained in popularity when others thought it might never... Read more →

Joan M. Aimino, longtime member of St. Maurice Church, member of John West Senior Building

AIMINO Joan M. On October 3, 2008, (nee Priebs) of Mt. Ephraim formerly of Brooklawn, NJ, age 74 yrs. She was the loving mother of Larry Aimino (Peggy) of Winslow, Renee Dickerman (Mark) of Brooklawn and Curtis Aimino (Brenda) of Fl. The beloved grandmother of 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, dear sister of John Priebs and also survived by former husband Larry Aimino, Sr. and dear friend of Grace. Mrs. Aimino was a longtime... Read more →

HS Football-Gloucester Catholic over Kingsway 42-35

Gloucester Catholic TD's scored by Pat Schuhl (3), Ryan Alcott, Alex Christ, and George Spingler. Alcott and Spingler are Gloucester City residents. Going into last night’s game Rams Spingler was South Jersey's leading reciever. Next Game – Saturday October 11 at 10:30 Gloucester Catholic vs Woodstown. ~Ryan Murphy, Rams assistant AD Gloucester Catholic HS Rams Alumni Read more →

Henry "Hank" Lawrence, of Gloucester City, devoted St. Mary's Parishioner

LAWRENCE Henry Thomas “Hank” On October 1, 2008. Age 66. Of Gloucester City. Devoted Husband of 46 years to Judith Marie Lawrence (nee Butler). Loving Father of Michelle Lawrence, Colleen (Charlie) Harris, and Henry T. (Linda) Lawrence, Jr. Loving Grandfather of Spencer, Jennifer and Rebecca. Dear brother of Frank, June, Patricia, Rita and the late James. Hank proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy. He was a devoted parishioner of St. Mary’s R.C. Church... Read more →

Gloucester City: 16 Chatham Square tenants Will be Evicted

Link: | Courier-Post. That brings to at least 12 the number of tenants who should be able to stay at the complex. Sixteen other tenants appear ready to default on their lease obligations and will be expected to leave the property within a couple weeks or so, Kearney said. He said the city will work with the evicted residents to ease the transition and may be able to accommodate them a few extra days. "We're... Read more →

We Need your Cheers and Jeers Suggestions

ClearysNoteBook is preparing our September 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 [email protected]. Everyone can participate. You need not be from Gloucester City. So come on Brooklawn, Bellmawr, Mt. Ephraim, Westville, Collingswood, .....South Jersey get involved. Related articles by Zemanta City, tenants must compromise... Read more →

Mt. Ephraim: HENRY L. ROSETTI, JR age 61, Respiratory Therapist.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Sacred Heart Church, Mount Ephraim, for Henry L. Rosetti, Jr., 61, of Mount Ephraim, who died September 14. Henry was a respiratory therapist for Albert Einstein Medical Center in Phila. for over 23 years. He was also a Sergeant in the Air Force. Henry loved his family, job and co-workers. He will be sadly missed by all. Beloved son of Rose Marie Rosetti and his father Henry... Read more →