March 22, 2015 |
It's a sunny morning in Bellmawr, but a thunderous boom pierces the air. Then another, and another. The bangs echo for blocks. At nearby businesses, the earth shakes. Photos rattle on walls, startling sleepy residents, but the skies remain clear, because, although it sounds like a storm, Mother Nature has nothing to do with it. The small town, located where Route 42 and I-295 and other thoroughfares converge, is in the midst of construction that has sent residents complaining to their neighbors, their mayor, the New Jersey Department of Transportation - and some to lawyers.
January 20, 2015 |
Rain and ice caused a pileup of a dozen vehicles Sunday that damaged a fire engine on a New Jersey Turnpike overpass Sunday. The trouble began when firefighters and an EMS crew responded to a one-car accident on Route 42 in Bellmawr, Fire Chief Jim Burleigh said. The responders blocked the road with a fire engine to protect workers at the scene, Burleigh said. As the EMS crew worked to treat the driver involved in the accident, another car slid on the ice and hit the fire engine.
January 5, 2015 |
REDONDO BEACH, Calif. - For the second year in a row, I said goodbye to the gray skies of New Jersey and flew to California to visit family for the holidays. It's a beautiful place, full of warmth and sunshine and palm trees. I tried to relax into a Southern California beach lifestyle where so many people drive expensive cars but work hard at looking artfully sloppy in thousands of dollars of clothes. But I couldn't shake the feeling that I didn't quite fit in. I was always a half-beat behind while the band roared on. Except when running.
November 28, 2014 |
Rita M. Jensen, 72, of Gloucester City, who worked as a food service director at local schools and as a substitute teacher, died of myocardial infarction Sunday, Nov. 23, at her home. She died in her sleep, said daughter Michele Lugiano. A 1960 graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School, Ms. Jensen was food service director for a number of schools and assisted-living facilities in the area. She loved to dance and swim, and was a lifelong parishioner of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Gloucester City.
October 24, 2014 |
William T. Pfeffer, 65, of Somerdale, who owned and operated Chatham Communications, a telephone services firm in Bellmawr, from 1981 until it was sold in 2007, died of Parkinson's disease Thursday, Oct. 16, at his home. Born in Camden, Mr. Pfeffer graduated from Collingswood High School in 1967, where he won medals while on the wrestling team, daughter Jennifer Campbell said. After serving in the Navy, Mr. Pfeffer was a lineman for New Jersey Bell Telephone Co. in the 1970s, she said.
October 18, 2014 |
Victoria Gimmi Burgo, 98, formerly of Westville, died Saturday, Oct. 11, at Victorian Manor, an assisted-living community in Hollywood, Fla. Mrs. Burgo had lived in Westville, Gloucester County, from the 1940s until she moved to the Fort Lauderdale area 14 years ago, her daughter, Annette Kershaw, said. Born in Bari, on the southern Adriatic coast of Italy, she was raised by an aunt after her mother, Vincenza, died when she was 2. Her father, Giuseppe, had moved to South Camden with his two other daughters and in 1923, when Victoria was 7, she made the Atlantic crossing in the care of a ship's captain and joined her father's household.
October 10, 2014 |
Alice Fish Lick, 93, a volunteer at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden in the 1990s, died Sunday, Oct. 5, at the retirement community Cadbury at Cherry Hill. Mrs. Lick lived in West Collingswood from the late 1940s to the late 1970s and for the last seven years in Haddonfield, a son, John, said. Born in Camden, Mrs. Lick graduated in 1939 from what is now Gloucester Catholic High School in Gloucester City and, after marrying, "was a stay-at-home mother," her son said.
September 12, 2014 |
Stephen E. Skipton Sr., 41, of Goose Creek, S.C., former chief of the Bellmawr Park Volunteer Fire Department in Bellmawr, died of complications from bladder cancer Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. While also a full-time emergency medical technician for Camden City Emergency Medical Services every year but one from 1994 to 2010, Mr. Skipton responded to the World Trade Center attack on Sept. 11, 2001, Chris Williams, a fellow Camden EMT, said.
August 23, 2014 |
Robert C. Pappas, 75, of Radford, Va., owner of a Bellmawr firm that he moved to Virginia in 1992, died of cancer on Friday, Aug. 15, at home. Born in Bridgeview, Ill., Mr. Pappas graduated from Argo Community High School in Summit, Ill., and served as a paratrooper in the 101st Army Airborne Division from 1958 to 1961, for a time in Korea, a daughter, Eve Pappas, said in a phone interview. Mr. Pappas earned a bachelor's degree in business and finance in night classes at Northwestern University while working for Intercraft Industries Corp.