October 26, 2015 |
Generations of players, cheerleaders, band members, and coaches stood shoulder to shoulder across the field during a ceremony at halftime. They stretched just about from end zone to end zone. The oldest, John Holdcraft, led the procession. He played on the same field during his high school days at Woodbury - in the 1930s. He was one of dozens old and young, many wearing varsity jackets, who mingled Saturday afternoon in the packed bleachers, catching up and reminiscing with old friends and rivals.
October 23, 2015 |
Don Sanderson felt as if he was playing in the Rose Bowl. Gerald Colgan compared the game to Army vs. Navy. Two of the oldest veterans of the annual clash between Paulsboro and Woodbury, both in their 80s, still look back at the century-old football rivalry with a sense of boyhood wonder. Sanderson's junior season at Woodbury was 1945, when the Thundering Herd hosted Paulsboro in a game the former star quarterback said drew about 17,000 fans. "I thought I was in the Rose Bowl," Sanderson said.
October 14, 2015 |
Rev. Wendell F. McGinnis Jr., 63, of Berlin, pastor of North Baptist Church in Woodbury, died of heart failure on Thursday, Oct. 8, while at the podium of the 111th annual meeting of the General Baptist Convention of New Jersey Inc. in Elizabeth. Rev. Guy Campbell Jr., president of the statewide organization, said in a phone interview that Mr. McGinnis was "a humble, sincere, compassionate Christian man, a dedicated pastor, effective preacher of the Gospel, and a gifted teacher. " Mr. Campbell said that, at the Thursday session at the New Zion Baptist Church in Elizabeth, "I was getting ready to present the annual address and he was presenting me. "After he had made the introduction, then he fell, at the podium," Mr. Campbell said.
September 19, 2015 |
Months after news of a suspected move out of Woodbury surfaced, Inspira Health Network announced it would seek to build a new hospital in Gloucester County but vowed to retain its presence in the county's seat. Health system officials said Thursday that they are considering multiple locations for the new medical center - and maintained that no site had been finalized - but made known their interest in an area at Rowan University's west campus, on the eastern edge of Harrison Township.
September 14, 2015 |
A strong showing in the first half of Woodbury's home opener on Saturday put the Thundering Herd well on their way toward their first win. The hosts reeled off 20 straight points before the end of the half, and went on to defeat Sterling, 28-13, in a nonleague football game. Darius Triplett paved the way to victory, rushing for a touchdown and connecting with Cameron Berger for another. Charles Sampson began the Herd's stampede, rushing for a touchdown in the first quarter. Jaquan Solomon rounded out Woodbury's scoring with a 50-yard run in the fourth quarter.
September 5, 2015 |
In the latest version of the region's inflatable-duck dynasty, another air-filled rubber ducky recently popped up, this time on Broad Street Lake near downtown Woodbury, where it will remain for several weeks. Albeit about one-10th the size of Mama Duck - the world's largest known rubber duck, which generated delight and then disappointment at the Tall Ships Festival on the Delaware River in June - the Woodbury fowl was sure to at least pique curiosity in the Gloucester County seat. The Woodbury Breakfast Rotary Club placed the nameless duck, about six feet tall, on the lake about two weeks ago, treasurer Barbara Oldt said Thursday, to promote its second annual rubber duck race, Oct. 3. The group used the duck to draw attention last year to the race as well.
August 5, 2015 |
To understand what the arts can do for a place like Woodbury, visit the city's "American Quilt" bridge. The once-drab span near downtown was transformed into a beauty spot 15 years ago, thanks to the late painter Narcissa Weatherbee's grassroots mural-making project. "People would be walking by and say, 'How nice,' " says Weatherbee's collaborator, printmaker Doris Nogueira-Rogers. "We'd say, 'Do you want to paint?' It was all about community participation. " With its intricate, lavishly colored panels depicting Woodbury's history and heritage, the 101-year-old bridge on Hunter Street still delights the eye. But Nogueira-Rogers and other artists involved in similar but more recent ventures - sponsored by what has been renamed the FAF (Fall Arts Festival)
June 11, 2015 |
By the time they moved to Woolwich Township, Tony Gioia and Grace Ellis had already had their lives altered for the worse; both had lost loved ones on 9/11. Denise Dales had a new perspective on life on that morning nearly 14 years ago, too. Then a Woodbury resident, she had plans to attend a 9 a.m. work meeting at the South Tower of the World Trade Center, but canceled, uneasy about taking her 2-month-old son along. Gioia, Ellis, and Dales, who also moved to Woolwich after the attacks, will be in the procession Wednesday when township officials bring a 4,000-pound steel beam - a relic from a day of tragedy - to the township from New York City, for a future 9/11 memorial in front of the town hall.
May 15, 2015 |
In the Woodbury of 2065, cars will fly, chickens will talk, and cake "will float up to your mouth" automatically. Teachers? They'll be replaced by holograms, the better to instruct the extraterrestrials sitting next to the human kids in math class. And smartphones, if they aren't already, will be reading our thoughts. Selections from among the predictions by Evergreen Avenue School students will be sealed in a time capsule commemorating the 250th anniversary of the city's historic Hunter Lawrence Jessup House.
May 11, 2015 |
When George S. Weber and his group completed their climb to the summit of the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps in the 1950s, "he felt extremely blessed," a daughter, Ann Weber-Ammar, said. During such outdoor adventures, he told her later, "he had a sense of tremendous freedom and communion with God. " He certainly felt blessed, she said, when learning later about another party climbing at the same time, a group in which "someone did not make it to the top and fell to their death.