July 29, 2016 |
As the Democratic National Convention got underway amid pledges to "help working families," members of actual working families were assailing the all-Democratic Gloucester Township Council for authorizing a nearly 12-cent hike in the municipal tax rate. "I don't know how long we can stay here. We're not going to be able to afford it," Jessica Marchese, a 28-year-old teacher who is married to a police officer, told council members Monday. "My pay is not increasing," Marchese, a resident of the Broadmoor section, added.
July 27, 2016 |
Lake Gilman glistens, Fred Spreng raises the colors, and Herb Shallcross sings "The Star-Spangled Banner. " Then comes the announcement many in the crowd have been waiting for: Candy scramble! Adults unleash showers of wrapped-up sweets, a dozen or more little kids swarm across the lawn, and the annual Lake Gilman Day celebration begins in what Denyse Spreng, who's been married to Fred for 41 years, calls "the best-kept secret in South Jersey. " Located on 100 wooded, gently sloping acres of Elk and Harrison Townships in rural Gloucester County, the community of 76 houses and perhaps 200 people surrounds a private, wishbone-shape body of water named for "Skipper" Miles Gilman, the Navy lieutenant commander and World War I veteran who dammed two spring-fed streams and created this lovely place nearly a century ago. Imagine Mayberry as rendered by Norman Rockwell.
July 24, 2016 |
Gloucester Premium Outlets, the outdoor mall near the Atlantic City Expressway in Blackwood, marks its one-year anniversary Saturday. The mall, which offers 25 percent to 65 percent off designer brands on a daily basis, had a "fantastic" first year, helped by a warm winter and strong holiday sales, according to management. A celebration will include free live entertainment, face painting and raffle prizes to selected retailers from noon to 4 p.m. Outlet malls are popular among value-conscious consumers and more are on the way nationally.
July 15, 2016 |
The Kingsway Regional School District in Gloucester County has jumped into the statewide debate over competing ideas to more equitably fund New Jersey's public schools. Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) convened a forum Wednesday in Woolwich Township to push his plan to bring every school district to "adequacy" funding within five years by reallocating existing aid and adding up to $100 million a year. "We're not looking to defund anybody; we're looking to treat every child equally," Sweeney said, adding that he wants to have the money follow the children while recognizing each child's specific needs.
June 27, 2016 |
A southwest wind visits Gloucester City most summer days, coming in long fetches up the Delaware River or straight across from Philadelphia. It can loft kites, flutter flags, and lay some welcome cool onto the city's waterfront Proprietors' Park. But sometimes it sends an "uh-oh" through the south side of town. That's when the breeze picks up petroleum odors from the Blueknight Energy Partners asphalt plant on Water Street, home to eight million barrels of asphalt. "Oh, it's horrible," said Denise Becker, whose family moved into a house across the street one year ago. "Sometimes we have to close the windows just so we can breathe.
June 12, 2016 |
Bishop Eustace Prep and Gloucester Catholic High were well-represented Friday on the second day of the Major League Baseball draft, as two graduates from each school were selected. Righthander Zac Gallen was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the third round with the 106th pick. The Bishop Eustace graduate and North Carolina junior had a 2.68 ERA in 902/3 innings for the Tar Heels this season. Another Eustace graduate, Devin Smeltzer, was taken in the fifth round, 161st overall, by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
June 8, 2016 |
Jim Waters hopes to boost Gloucester City by launching a summer concert series on his beloved hometown's waterfront. "There's also a selfish reason," says the longtime high school teacher and newly minted entertainment impresario. "I want to hear good music close to my house!" The free shows at Proprietors Park on the Delaware River are set to debut at 7 p.m. next Tuesday with the quintessential Philly rocker Kenn Kweder. Concerts will continue every other Tuesday through Aug. 23, concluding with Fran Smith Jr. (an original member of the Hooters)
May 31, 2016 |
Jesse Barbera is not a pitcher. He's an athlete who can pitch. That might seem like semantics, but it was enough of a distinction to convince Eastern coach Rob Christ to give the baseball to Barbera for the Vikings' biggest game of the season. "I coach by my gut a lot," Christ said after Barbera worked a complete game, allowing just five hits with one walk in Eastern's 6-1 victory over Gloucester Catholic in the title game of the 43rd annual Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic on Sunday night.
May 30, 2016 |
This year, the two baseball games between Gloucester Catholic and St. Augustine couldn't have been closer, and most South Jersey sports fans wouldn't mind seeing a third matchup. Most, of course, except the fans of Christian Brothers Academy and Bishop Eustace, but we'll get to that in a minute. On Saturday, Gloucester Catholic advanced to the semifinal of the Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic with a 2-1 win over St. Augustine in a crisply played game at Deptford between two of South Jersey's top teams.
May 18, 2016
Gloucester Township Police have been called to Timber Creek Regional High School to investigate a threatening note found by staff, according to an alert posted on the school's website. The building was evacuated and township police, along with other authorities, are investigating, according to the alert. Students who need to gather their belongings from the building cannot do so until police clear the area, according to the alert. Students may wait with administrators outside the building, but must arrange their own ride home if they cannot take the 3:30 late bus. Students who wish to return to the building would be escorted in by a school administrator after 5 p.m., according to the alert.