September 16, 2014 |
For most of the last nine years, the $52,000 camera system in West Deptford's police cruisers functioned well. It recorded intoxicated drivers swerving through lanes or later stumbling on their feet. Sometimes the footage helped prevent lengthy drags through the court system, because, as West Deptford Prosecutor John Moustakas said, "You really don't have a defense. " But in the last year, the cameras began begging for repairs, much like an outdated laptop. Some recorded audio but no video, or vice versa.
September 14, 2014 |
Luke Cornelius noticed a few things as he ran to the sideline, having just recovered a fumble for the West Deptford football team. It was early in the second quarter, and the senior saw the demeanor completely change in his teammates. They were louder - "hyped," as the linebacker, kicker, and running back put it. But the most obvious change was the look on the Eagles' coach, Clyde Folsom: He was smiling. Cornelius' fumble recovery turned the tide in the season opener for West Deptford, as the visiting Eagles defeated Sterling, 27-10, Friday night.
September 13, 2014 |
Here is a closer look at seven football games that kick off at 7 o'clock on Friday night. West Deptford at Sterling. The Silver Knights haven't beaten West Deptford since 2005. They haven't really come close - the cumulative score over the last eight seasons has been 333-65. But Sterling has a chance in this one, as the Silver Knights return several veterans from an 8-3 squad, led by Western Michigan recruit Davon Tucker, a running back and linebacker, and two-way senior lineman J.T. Thompson.
September 12, 2014 |
Supported by two first-half goals, Penns Grove goalkeeper Justin Pharo had a solid afternoon Wednesday. The sophomore made four saves in a 2-0 shutout at Glassboro in a Tri-County Diamond boys' soccer game. Avery Killebrew and Alex Rivera scored. Tri-County Royal. Justin Fyfe scored twice in Williamstown's 7-0 rout at Triton. Justin Curtin, Dustin Dickson, Fred Durant, Ismail Kaya, and Dan Musilli each netted a goal. Nonleague. Matt Miller collected two goals and an assist in Clayton's 7-1 win over visiting Woodrow Wilson.
September 1, 2014 |
West Deptford High School student Elizabeth Pass says she never realized how complicated it was to select the appropriate paint color for a room. "It is a lot harder than I thought," said Pass, an aspiring engineer who is interested in design, and who likes to "know how things work and how they're put together. " Pass and fellow student Aja Andrews, members of the Gloucester County school's Distributive Education Club of America chapter, helped design the interior of a model home at D.R. Horton's the Fields at West Deptford single-family community, at Parkville Station and West Jessup Road.
August 14, 2014 |
It was a quiet Tuesday morning, darkness still prevailing, at the West Deptford Police Department. Of the four officers on duty, three were out on calls. A fourth, the supervisor, had just walked into the office. It was 4 a.m. Five minutes later, someone in a dark sedan pulled up, aiming a high-caliber weapon at the police building. Gunfire erupted. The supervisor ducked. Five bullets barreled into the white, key-fobbed outside door that officers use to enter. Another pierced the deputy chief's office window.
August 11, 2014 |
It seemed like the end of the road for DeHart's Farm Market in West Deptford when the roadside stand closed in December at the end of the season. The longtime fixture on Jessup Road was told to make way for new utility lines, and the future seemed bleak. "I didn't know what was going to happen," said William DeHart, 63, a second-generation farmer. "I don't know where we would have gone. " Instead, DeHart had to move the family-run Gloucester County business only a short distance from where his father, Charles, opened it in 1968 - directly across the street.
July 22, 2014 |
The white, office-style water dispenser in the corner of the kitchen says quite a bit about the unwanted lifestyle changes underway in the Minix household in West Deptford. Jeannie Minix, 55 and a vegetarian, will not be eating the tomatoes, eggplant, and other organic produce she nurtures in her backyard garden. Her daughters Chelsea, 24, and Haley, 21, keep reminding themselves not to use ice cubes from the freezer or to run their toothbrushes under the faucet. Otherwise unthinking actions are now tainted by fear of an emerging, unregulated contaminant found in the family's water this month.
July 10, 2014 |
The water contamination that has triggered the shutdown of five public water wells in Gloucester County has been found at even higher levels in several private wells. Tests commissioned by the company believed responsible for the spread of perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA) show that some private wells in West Deptford used for drinking water have concentrations of the chemical higher than what was found in Paulsboro's public supply. A state Department of Environmental Protection report has described Paulsboro's levels as "higher than reported elsewhere in the world" in drinking water studies.