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August 16, 2011
Services have been set for Army Ranger Sgt. Alessandro L. Plutino, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on Monday, Aug. 8. The Pitman resident would have turned 29 next week. A visitation is to take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, in the auditorium of Pitman High School, Waverly Avenue near Linden Avenue, and from 8:30 to 11:15 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, before an 11:30 a.m. funeral service there, with burial in Pitman's Hillcrest Memorial Park. Sgt. Plutino was a 2001 graduate of Pitman High, where he played on the football and wrestling teams.
SPORTS
June 4, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova University basketball recruit Tim Delaney will leave Pitman High School and spend his senior year at Blair Academy, a prep school in Warren County. The 6-foot-9 Delaney averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds last season as a junior, helping Pitman to the Group 1 state title. Delaney's mother, Jeanine, confirmed Monday that her son would enroll at Blair Academy but declined further comment. Delaney returned early Monday morning from Colorado Springs, Colo., where he played on the winning team in the USA Basketball three-on-three national tournament.
NEWS
June 9, 1991 | By Dave Urbanski, Special to The Inquirer
Pitman parents are posing an old question with a new twist. Is it that Johnny can't learn? they ask, or is it that Johnny's teacher can't teach? It is not often that every student gets a failing grade for the quarter in two sections of 11th-grade college-preparatory chemistry before marking on a curve raises the grades. But that is what happened recently at Pitman High School. According to one student's father, Kent Jones, a guidance counselor recently quoted the two sections' third-quarter grade summaries in a meeting with Jones concerning his son's grade for the quarter.
NEWS
October 26, 1989 | By Rebecca Barnard, Special to The Inquirer
George H. Haegele, 58, Pitman's Man of the Year, died Monday at the Health Care Center at Washington. Mr. Haegele, a former teacher who had owned Broadway Fashions in Pitman for 14 years, was named Man of the Year 1989 by the Pitman Business Association. He taught history and special education classes in the Clayton, Cinnaminson, Haddon Heights and Runnemede School Districts for many years before retiring in 1976. A professional musician, he played violin with the Pitman United Methodist Church in the 1940s and bass fiddle with the Chuck Morton Orchestra during the 1950s.
NEWS
October 8, 1988 | By Edith L. Dixon, Special to The Inquirer
John R. Robbins, 70, a former mayor of Pitman whose family owned the Robbins Lumber Co. in Pitman, died Thursday at his home in the borough. Mr. Robbins was mayor of Pitman from 1962 to 1966. He served on the borough's Planning Board and Borough Council and was director of public safety there from 1955 to 1961. Mr. Robbins and his family ran the Robbins Lumber Co. for 50 years, starting in 1933. The company was one of the original sponsors of the Pitman Little League baseball team.
NEWS
November 11, 1997 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Robert S. Wilkins, 79, founder of Delaware Valley Wholesale Florists, died Friday at his home in Wildwood. Born in Mullica Hill, he resided in the Pitman-Sewell area most of his life before taking up residence in his longtime summer home in Wildwood 15 years ago. Mr. Wilkins, a 1936 graduate of Pitman High School, started Delaware Valley Wholesale Florists in 1958, opening a shop in a garage at Columbia Avenue and Broadway in Pitman....
NEWS
January 22, 1990 | By Victoria K. Grigsby, Special to The Inquirer
Vernon B. Huston, 63, a longtime administrator at Gloucester County College, died Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Camden. Mr. Huston joined the staff of Gloucester County College in 1971 as part of the continuing education program, where he was the purchasing agent and director of the evening program. Gloucester County College President Richard Jones said Mr. Huston became involved in the college and its community affairs because he enjoyed working with people.
SPORTS
June 27, 2001 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Penn State's Joe Crispin will be watching tonight's NBA draft, but he probably won't be nervous. Crispin, who led Pitman High School to the 1997 New Jersey State Group 1 championship and was The Inquirer's South Jersey male athlete of that school year, knows that his name may not be called in the two-round draft. That's because there are some scouts who say that the 6-foot-1 Crispin does not have the size or quickness to prosper in the NBA. That's fine with Crispin. After all, many college scouts doubted that he could play at the Division I level.
NEWS
May 8, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  In the 1950s, after he had joined his father's dental practice in Pitman, Edward D. Blackman Jr. decided to do what had not been done there before. "One day a week, every Wednesday of the school year, he ran a dental clinic in the Pitman school system," son Douglas said. The free care extended into the 1970s. On Friday, May 2, Dr. Blackman, 92, who practiced in Pitman from 1946 to 1988, died at Pitman Manor, a senior-care community. The Rev. Larry Potts, senior pastor at the Pitman United Methodist Church, called Dr. Blackman "an amazing part of this community.
NEWS
May 29, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Martin A. Yaffe, 87, of Mount Laurel, a history teacher at Pitman High School from 1955 to 1988, died Sunday, May 25, at home of non-Hodgkins' lymphoma. Mr. Yaffe grew up in the Feltonville neighborhood of Philadelphia and dropped out of Olney High School to enlist in the Navy during World War II. He worked as an electrician on the USS Zaniah, whose crews helped repair ships damaged in combat off the Philippines and Okinawa, surviving more than 100 attacks by kamikaze aircraft, his daughter Beth Glenn said in a phone interview.
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SPORTS
February 28, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
Tyler Baer knows there wasn't a grumpy group of old men in a cigar smoke-filled room turning thumbs down on his claim as one of South Jersey's top wrestlers. But sometimes it feels like that. And any extra motivation is welcome by wrestlers at this stage of the season. "Definitely a motivator," Baer, a senior at Pitman High School, said of his odd status as the lowest-seeded wrestler at 145 pounds in the Region 8 tournament. On Friday night at Egg Harbor Township, Baer continued his one-man drive to "prove the system wrong," according to Pitman coach David Smith.
NEWS
March 26, 2015 | By Kelly Flynn, Inquirer Staff Writer
For almost six years, Katelyn Darrow has devoted herself to Angels of God Clothing Closet, the nonprofit she founded that provides clothing, toiletries, and baby supplies to those in need. She started Angels of God when she was 12, she explains, "because I wanted to pay it forward. " This year, the Pitman resident has another ambitious charitable goal: to assemble at least 500 Easter baskets for children and teenagers in need. Darrow, an 18-year-old senior at Pitman High School, splits her time between school and her nonprofit through her high school's work-study program.
SPORTS
September 11, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joe Crispin wanted to start his coaching career. He figured two jobs would be better than one. Crispin, the former Pitman High School and Penn State star, was hired by Rowan University as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's basketball teams, the school announced Tuesday. "I'm going to be busy," Crispin said. "But I'm not afraid of that. " Crispin was one of the best guards in South Jersey basketball history, scoring more than 2,651 career points and leading Pitman to the Group 1 state title as a senior in 1997.
SPORTS
June 4, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova University basketball recruit Tim Delaney will leave Pitman High School and spend his senior year at Blair Academy, a prep school in Warren County. The 6-foot-9 Delaney averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds last season as a junior, helping Pitman to the Group 1 state title. Delaney's mother, Jeanine, confirmed Monday that her son would enroll at Blair Academy but declined further comment. Delaney returned early Monday morning from Colorado Springs, Colo., where he played on the winning team in the USA Basketball three-on-three national tournament.
NEWS
May 29, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Martin A. Yaffe, 87, of Mount Laurel, a history teacher at Pitman High School from 1955 to 1988, died Sunday, May 25, at home of non-Hodgkins' lymphoma. Mr. Yaffe grew up in the Feltonville neighborhood of Philadelphia and dropped out of Olney High School to enlist in the Navy during World War II. He worked as an electrician on the USS Zaniah, whose crews helped repair ships damaged in combat off the Philippines and Okinawa, surviving more than 100 attacks by kamikaze aircraft, his daughter Beth Glenn said in a phone interview.
NEWS
May 8, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  In the 1950s, after he had joined his father's dental practice in Pitman, Edward D. Blackman Jr. decided to do what had not been done there before. "One day a week, every Wednesday of the school year, he ran a dental clinic in the Pitman school system," son Douglas said. The free care extended into the 1970s. On Friday, May 2, Dr. Blackman, 92, who practiced in Pitman from 1946 to 1988, died at Pitman Manor, a senior-care community. The Rev. Larry Potts, senior pastor at the Pitman United Methodist Church, called Dr. Blackman "an amazing part of this community.
NEWS
November 21, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITMAN A proposed $1.6 billion South Jersey light-rail line drew scores of area residents to Pitman on Tuesday evening to review the plans for possible operation by 2019. Another similar "open house" meeting is scheduled for Camden on Thursday as planners explain where the 18-mile route would go and what information they are gathering for their environmental-impact statement. The long-discussed rail line would restore passenger service to a corridor now used only for freight trains and run between Glassboro and Camden, with 14 stops.
NEWS
August 23, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Anthony J. Gresko was a child in Lyndhurst, N.J., he and his best friend would ride their bicycles to local fires. "He had a little hose on the back of the bike," as if it were a miniature fire truck, his wife, Esther, said. Mr. Gresko's interest in firefighting, she said, was "a boyhood thing, and he carried it right through to the end. " On Sunday, Aug. 18, Mr. Gresko, 52, of Pitman, a prominent firefighter, died of kidney cancer at his home. Mr. Gresko was chief of Pitman Fire Company No. 1 from 1989 to 1998, his wife said.
SPORTS
July 12, 2013 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
JAY WRIGHT has a knack for recruiting. He seems to have a formula for convincing the best players in the area to play for Villanova. Wright struck again in June when he got a verbal commitment from Pitman (N.J.) High School junior forward Tim Delaney. "When I went up there, I just felt like I really connected with the coaching staff and the players," Delaney said. "They are all great guys. I just felt really at home" The Villanova coaching staff has won over high-level area prospects such as Darryl Reynolds of Lower Merion and Mikal Bridges of Great Valley in the past few months, boosting its program in the process.
NEWS
August 16, 2011
Services have been set for Army Ranger Sgt. Alessandro L. Plutino, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on Monday, Aug. 8. The Pitman resident would have turned 29 next week. A visitation is to take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, in the auditorium of Pitman High School, Waverly Avenue near Linden Avenue, and from 8:30 to 11:15 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, before an 11:30 a.m. funeral service there, with burial in Pitman's Hillcrest Memorial Park. Sgt. Plutino was a 2001 graduate of Pitman High, where he played on the football and wrestling teams.
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